Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Checkmate COVID: The Rematch


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This is happening next weekend and all of the details can be found here.

You can play, donate or simply follow the action online.

I will be making my debut as a stream commentator, together with my friends Woman International Master Natasha Regan and Grandmaster Matthew Sadler, from 8.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m on the morning of Sunday 6 June.

Be there - or be square!

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Project 30: Final Results, January - April 2021

Project 30: Results Update

The latest four Project 30 tournaments have now reached their conclusions.

There have been many excellent games over the course of the last four months and now we can confirm the final standings.

We have four different champions, all of whom deserved their success.

Summary of Champions

Rapidplay Match Championship

Matt Jackman

KO Championship

Rayelynn Posadas

Alekhine Tournament

Richard Harris

Capablanca Tournament

Peter Harker


Summary of Results

Rapidplay Match Championship

Matt Jackman 4.5-3.5 Dave Baillie (Results from Matt's point of view: 0.5, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0.5, 0.5)

Congratulations to Matt for winning the Rapidplay Championship!

Congratulations to Dave also, for such a fantastic final.

The final was everything we hoped it would be. Each of the four two-game sessions brought something different.


KO Final

Rayelynn Posadas 1-0 Andrew Smith

Congratulations to both players on reaching the final and extra congratulations to Rayelynn for becoming the new KO Champion!

Semi-Final Results

Andrew Smith 1-0 (First game drawn) Dave Baillie

Matt Jackman 0-1 Rayelynn Posadas


All-play-all Alekhine Tournament


Richard Harris 4.5/6

Royce Parker 3.5/6

Kevin Waterman 3/6

Graham Edwards 1/6

Results

Richard Harris 1-1 Graham Edwards

Richard Harris 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Richard Harris 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker

Royce Parker 2-0 Graham Edwards

Royce Parker 1-1 Kevin Waterman

Kevin Waterman 2-0 Graham Edwards



All-play-all Capablanca Tournament


Peter Harker 7/10

Royce Parker 6/10

John Garnett 5.5/10

Mike Pointon 3.5/8

Paul Weightman 3/6

Kevin Waterman 1/8


Results


Peter Harker 2-0 Mike Pointon

Peter Harker 1-1 Paul Weightman

Peter Harker 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Peter Harker 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker

Peter Harker 0.5-1.5 John Garnett

Royce Parker 1.5-0.5 John Garnett

Royce Parker 1-1 Paul Weightman

Royce Parker 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Royce Parker 1-1 Mike Pointon

Paul Weightman 1-1 John Garnett

Mike Pointon 1.5-0.5 John Garnett

Kevin Waterman 1-1 Mike Pointon

Kevin Waterman 0-2 John Garnett


There are still two fixtures remaining. They cannot alter the top place but I will add the results here if the games are eventually played.

Kevin Waterman - Paul Weightman

Paul Weightman - Mike Pointon

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Blank Canvas

What do you want from life?

Are you still dreaming of the illusive larger pay-packet, the bigger house and the faster car?

All these decades in…is it still possible to see those dreams come to fruition?

Or could it possibly be that each and every one of us who is still surviving the extraordinary challenges of these terrible times has an unforeseen opportunity to change in ways which would have seemed impossible one year ago?

Everyone has been forced to change. Some changes have been for the better; some for the worse. Maybe you have felt thoroughly disorganised, or even worthless. Perhaps you have felt anger rising at unexpected moments, or become surprisingly emotional over the smallest of matters. Do you hide your tears? Can you still bring the Black Dog to heel?

Do not underestimate how well you have done. So many people weren’t able to make it this far at all.

What do you want from life?

You can make it anything you would like it to be.

Imagine if you had been away for a year or more. When you return to your usual situation, you will have changed. The people you know will all have changed too. Some former friends will have moved on; others will become more prominent in your life.

This is the situation we are all going to be in if we can eventually emerge at the other side of this emergency.

There is an unexpected blank canvas in front of all of us. Time to assess what is really important; time to let go of a plethora of things which are important no more.

In the words of Paul Cezanne: ‘It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.’

Remove the terror and bring plenty of paint.

The sooner we start, the better it will be. I need to be a better version of me. Much better.

Time is against all of us; tomorrow is never promised.

What do you want from life?

Project 30: Results Update

The semi-finals of both competitions have now concluded.All four battles were extremely close and ferociously contested.

The results are given below.

The pairings for the respective finals are:

Rapidplay:

(An eight-game match)
Matt Jackman - Dave Baillie

KO:

Andrew Smith - Rayelynn Posadas

Target Date for Completion of the Finals: End of April 2021


Project 30 Rapidplay Match Championship

January - April 2021



Semi-Final Results

(Matches were of six games)


Matt Jackman 3.5-2.5 Andrew Smith (W2, D3, -1 from Matt's point of view)


Dave Baillie 3-3 Richard Harris (+2, =2, -2. Dave won the Blitz play-off)


Project 30 KO Championship 2021

February - April 2021



Semi-Final Results

(Players will decide the colours)


Andrew Smith 1-0 (First game drawn) Dave Baillie


Matt Jackman 0-1 Rayelynn Posadas


All-play-all Capablanca Tournament


Peter Harker 7/10

Royce Parker 6/10

Paul Weightman 3/6

John Garnett 3/6

Mike Pointon 1/4

Kevin Waterman 0/4



Results


Peter Harker 2-0 Mike Pointon

Peter Harker 1-1 Paul Weightman

Peter Harker 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Peter Harker 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker

Peter Harker 0.5-1.5 John Garnett

Royce Parker 1.5-0.5 John Garnett

Royce Parker 1-1 Paul Weightman

Royce Parker 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Royce Parker 1-1 Mike Pointon

Paul Weightman 1-1 John Garnett



All-play-all Alekhine Tournament



Richard Harris 4.5/6

Graham Edwards 1/2

Royce Parker 0.5/2

Kevin Waterman 0/2


Results

Richard Harris 1-1 Graham Edwards

Richard Harris 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Richard Harris 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker


Rules:


In both of the new tournaments, the format will be all-play-all twice. A 1-1 result will stand; there will be no tie-breakers.


The default time-limit will be 30 minutes on each clock, but there is scope for you to decide on another time-limit with your opponents.

Start as soon as you want to, using the rough timetable of one round in February and two rounds per subsequent months, which should enable the tournaments to draw to a close at the end of April 2021.

Monday, 8 March 2021

The Teesside Roar

There is a lot of talk about schools reopening today, when in fact they have never closed.

The difference is that all pupils are now expected to return, albeit with various new measures in place.

It should not be overlooked or forgotten that staff in all schools have worked incredibly hard, often in extremely difficult circumstances, all the way through the full year of the current pandemic.

It is strange that self-testing has just been introduced after a whole year of expecting school staff to work on the front-line without such an important measure being in place, but despite some loud voices offering opinions to the contrary, school staff do have an extremely strong sense of duty and genuinely do care about children and their families.

CSC Teesside has never stopped delivering chess lessons to our schools either.

We have had to evolve, retrain and often go beyond the call of duty.

Yet we never stopped - and didn't even come close to giving up.

I know for sure exactly the magnitude of our impact on schools.

Enrichment has become more important than ever. Teachers openly report to me that they have not seen the children so enthused about anything else for a long time. It has been worth the journey just to see all of the smiling faces.

We have delivered lessons online to nearly all of our CSC Teesside schools and from tomorrow we will be delivering partly online and partly in person.

School renewals for 2021-22 are going extremely well, proving that loyalty works both ways.

The CSC Tessside tutors - Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Harris and Mr. Edmunds - are three heroes, who have never shirked a challenge and who inspire hundreds of children all across our area, every single week.

We are certainly not out of the woods yet, but we are ready, willing and able to continue delivering top-quality lessons whatever happens next.

The Teesside roar will never fade away.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Project 30 Update

Project 30 Rapidplay Match Championship

January - April 2021

Semi-Final Pairings

(Matches are of six games)

Matt Jackman - Andrew Smith

Dave Baillie - Graham Edwards or Richard Harris (currently 0-2; to be concluded...)


Project 30 KO Championship 2021

February - April 2021


Semi-Final Pairings

(Players will decide the colours)

Andrew Smith - Dave Baillie

Matt Jackman - Rayelynn Posadas


Target Date for Completion of the Semi-Finals: End of March 2021.




All-play-all Capablanca Tournament

Peter Harker 5/6

Paul Weightman 3/6

Royce Parker 2.5/4

John Garnett 1.5/4

Mike Pointon 0/2

Kevin Waterman 0/2


Results

Peter Harker 2-0 Mike Pointon

Peter Harker 1-1 Paul Weightman

Peter Harker 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Royce Parker 1.5-0.5 John Garnett

Royce Parker 1-1 Paul Weightman

Paul Weightman 1-1 John Garnett


All-play-all Alekhine Tournament


Richard Harris 4.5/6

Graham Edwards 1/2

Royce Parker 0.5/2

Kevin Waterman 0/2



Results


Richard Harris 1-1 Graham Edwards

Richard Harris 2-0 Kevin Waterman

Richard Harris 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker

Monday, 1 March 2021

New Interview

This is the unedited version of an interview conducted by Matt Jackman for a CV8 Tennis project.



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