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Solution to problem on Home page. 1 Bh5+! Kxh5 2 Qxf7+ Kg4 2..Qg6 3 g4+ wins the Queen 3 Kg2! Qf6 4 Rxd5 Rxd5 5 Qxd5 1-0. Courtesy of Chess Magazine, June 2019.

Chess Scalps

Chess Scalps is a social competition devised as a way to encourage friendly, informal games on club nights (Tuesdays 7:30 onwards). Here's how it works.

Each player starts with 30 minutes on the clock. If player A beats player B then A can be said to have taken B’s scalp. If A beats B twice he doesn't get two scalps. That would be greedy. But if, the following week, B beats A, not only does he win his scalp back but he can boast he has now won A's scalp. A player can win or lose several scalps - they're only virtual after all.

We keep track of the number of games played and the number of scalps currently held. Those two numbers are multiplied together to give a points count. No scalps change hands (or heads) for a drawn game but players are rewarded with a bonus half point. The bonus is added to the 'plays' count.

We are keen to encourage social chess at Hertford Chess Club so we reward players for playing (as well winning). The competition is very flexible: play as many, or as few, games as you like. Just come and play! Oh - make sure the result of your scalp games reaches Mike Humeniuk.

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Chess Challenge

This is another new club iniative. Any ungraded (or 'F' graded) player can challenge any u130 club player (Corinne excepted) to a graded, game. Providing the club player accepts (he doesn't have to) the two players arrange their game on any convenient Tuesday club night. Let Alan know though so it can be included in the club fixtures.
The rate of play is 70 mins + 10 secs per move per player. Colour to be decided by the toss of a coin.
Any number of games can be played. Results to Alan who will arrange for them to be graded.

In the first game, played Tues 29th January, Gerald was white and he soon had Harry the h pawn rushing up the board towards Alan's King. Alan, luckily perhaps, found a reasonable defence and survived with a kingside counter attack of his own. His King was a bit drafty by now and Gerald sacked a Rook on h7. Alan generously took it with the wrong piece which fortunately led quickly to an endgame with him an exchange to the good and a better position. Gerald 0 - 1 Alan.
In the second match, played on March 22nd, Gerald and John drew.
They played again, April 15th - another draw.
Ron beat Gerald in a game played on 23rd April.

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Club players in the news

May 17th - 19th   Corinne scored 2/5 in the Intermediate section of the Frome Chess Congress.
May 18th   Alan won his game in the ECF County Championships Q-F but Herts lost the match against Worcestershire 6 - 10.
April 6th - 7th   Paul, Simon Morris, Alan and Brian played in the St Albans Congress. Simon did best, finishing joint in the Intermediate tournament.
March 21st   Corinne won the Tom Wright Trophy scoring 4½/6 (the best performance) for the Herts U160 team this season. The team finished second in the East Anglia County Championships. As a result they qualify for the ECF final stages. However, the difficulty finding enough players may result in the Herts U160 team declining the ECF invitation this season.
March 17th   Corinne scored 1½/2 for the county U160 team.
February 23rd   Mark Buswell, Simon Morris, Alan Brewis and Brian Kirby represented Hertford in the EACU Team Championships at Bury St Edmunds, winning their first match and losing their second.
February 17th   Corinne and Simon turned out for the second time this weekend, on this occasion for the U160 team. The format here is two matches in one day played in Newmarket.
February 16th   Four Hertford players came to help the U140 county team, after a plea from the captain. Simon and Duncan won, whilst Corinne and John lost in their match against Essex.
February 9th   Mark, Alan and John helped Herts beat Surrey 7½ - 4½ in Cheam, South London, scoring a win, a draw and a win respectively.
February 8th   Mike H, Duncan, Alan, Andrew and Mark attended the Hertford U3A Sci-Tech Group talk 'Relativity for the layman' by Ron Hulman. Ron successfuly demonstrated that the concepts of relativity are understandable to most people if explained logically and without maths. It seems that along with bird watching and cycling our chess club has a third special interest group - physics.
January 26th   Corinne was one of only two players to score full point in Herts u140 match against Kent. Result Herts 6½ - 9½ Kent.
December 1st   Ex Hertford player Svetlana Sucikova scored 4½/15 in the UK Open Blitz Championship Final.
November   Paul Byway and Stephen Swanson play for the 'Poisoned Pawns' in Division 3B South 4NCL weekend tournaments throughout the season.
November 15th   Alan and ex-member Steve Bailes travelled to London to watch the 5th game of the Carlsen v Caruana world championship match. You would think we were at the local swimmimg pool as two days before our visit the organisers suddenly introduced session entry to the games area. The game area was disappointing anyway with limited hard bench seating. So perhaps it wasn't quite so bad being evicted after only 40 mins play as we adjourned to the analysis area. This was better, the seats had backs, and we stayed to see the whole game which, conveniently for us, finished at 6.00 pm in a draw. Judit Polgar was commentating. The arrangements at the match were quite well organised but overall the organisers lacked ambition.
October 27/28th   Paul Byway finished on 2/5 in the Scarborough Open.
October 28th   Corinne and Simon scored 2/2 and ½/2 points respectively for the U160 team.
October 27th   Brian Kirby won his game in the u120 Essex v Herts match played in Wansted. Herts lost the match 8 - 4 though
October 20/21st   Mark, John and Alan all won to help Herts beat Middlesex in the SCCU U120 County Championships.

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