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.
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.
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 Alan & Brian finished on 3½/5 and 3/5 respectively in the Bury St Edmunds Minor. That won Alan a grading prize.
October 13th Mark, John and Alan all won to help Herts beat Middlesex in the SCCU U120 County Championships.