Monday, 14 February 2022

Project 30 Results Update: Semi-finals Now Completed

KO Championship

Semi-finals


Dave Baillie 0-1 Sean Marsh

Matt Jackman 1-0 Richard Harris


Final

Matt Jackman vs. Sean Marsh


Rapidplay Championship


Sean Marsh 3-1 John Garnett (1,1,1,0)
Matt Jackman 3-1 Dave​ Baillie​ (1,0,1,1)


Final

Matt Jackman vs. Sean Marsh


The two finals have a provisional deadline of the end of April 2022.



Earlier Results

KO Championship

Round One


Sean Cassidy 0-1 Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman 0-1 Stephen Ollis​


Round Two


Sean Marsh 1-0 John Garnett (the first game was a draw and we required a replay)

Dave Baillie 1-0 Peter Harker

Matt Jackman 1-0 Royce Parker

Richard Harris 1-0 Stephen Ollis


Confirmed semi-finalists

Sean Marsh

Dave Baillie

Matt Jackman

Richard Harris

The draw will be made soon.


Rapidplay Championship


The top two players from each group will advance to the semi-finals (winner of group A vs. runner-up of group B and vice versa.)

The semi-finals will be four Rapidplay games and the final will be six games.


Group A

Sean Marsh

Matt Jackman

Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman

Sean Cassidy


Matt Jackman 2-0 Richard Harris

Matt Jackman 2-0 Sean Cassidy

Matt Jackman 0-2 Sean Marsh

Matt Jackman 1-1 Kevin Waterman

Sean Cassidy 0-2 Sean Marsh

Kevin Waterman 0-2 Sean Marsh

Kevin Waterman 0-2 Sean Cassidy

Kevin Waterman 1-1 Richard Harris

Richard Harris 0-2 Sean Marsh

Richard Harris 1.5-0.5 Sean Cassidy


Final Group Standings


Sean Marsh 8/8

Matt Jackman 5/8

Sean Cassidy 2.5/8

Richard Harris 2.5/8

Kevin Waterman 2/8


Group B



Dave Baillie

John Garnett

Royce Parker

Peter Harker

Stephen Ollis


Da​ve Baillie 1.5-0.5John Gar​nett

Dave Baillie 1.5-0.5 Stephen Ollis

Dave Baillie 1-1 Royce Parker

Dave Baillie 2-0 Peter Harker

John Garnett 2-0 Stephen Ollis

John Garnett 2-0 Peter Harker

John Garnett 1-1 Royce Parker

Peter Harker 2-0 Stephen Ollis

Peter Harker 0-2 Royce Parker

Royce Parker 1.5-0.5 Stephen Ollis


Final Group Standings



Dave Baillie 6/8

John Garnett 5.5/8

Royce Parker 5.5/8

Peter Harker 2/8

Stephen Ollis 1/8


Play-off:

John Garnett 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker

Confirmed Semi-finalists



Sean Marsh - John Garnett
Matt Jackman - Dave Baillie

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

The Ali Ghiassi Memorial Junior Chess Tournament

The Ali Ghiassi Memorial Junior Chess Tournament 

Sponsored by Marguerita Evans in memory of her son Ali Ghiassi 

Date: Saturday 19 February 2022 

Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. 

Venue: Sports Hall, John Leggott College, West Common Lane, Scunthorpe, DN17 1DS 

Tournament Format: Five-round Swiss

Ali Ghiassi
'Ali started playing at a chess club in London at six years old but it wasn't until he moved to Scunthorpe that he started playing competitively. Ali continued to play chess throughout his life and he would have been so pleased to think that through this tournament young players are being encouraged to participate playing chess into the future. '

General Information

Entry Fee: £2.00 per player (cheques payable to ‘Joanne Hutchinson’). Closing date for entries: Wednesday 16 February 2022

Prizes include trophies, medals and certificates. Sections may be combined, depending on the number of entries.

We cannot offer full supervision outside of the playing hall and children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the day. Basic refreshments will be available on the day but please bring a packed lunch.

ECF Arbiter Jo Hutchinson is the tournament organizer and controller. The controller's decision, in all matters regarding the tournament, is final. All enquiries to: johutchinsonchess@gmail.com

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Project 30 Results Update

Project 30 results update.


KO Championship

Round One


Sean Cassidy 0-1 Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman 0-1 Stephen Ollis​

Round Two

Sean Marsh 1-0 John Garnett (the first game was a draw and we required a replay)

Dave Baillie 1-0 Peter Harker

Matt Jackman 1-0 Royce Parker

Richard Harris 1-0 Stephen Ollis


Confirmed semi-finalists

Sean Marsh

Dave Baillie

Matt Jackman

Richard Harris


Rapidplay Championship


The top two players from each group will advance to the semi-finals (winner of group A vs. runner-up of group B and vice versa.) The semi-finals will be four Rapidplay games and the final will be six games.


Group A


Sean Marsh

Matt Jackman

Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman

Sean Cassidy


Matt Jackman 2-0 Richard Harris
Matt Jackman 2-0 Sean Cassidy
Matt Jackman 0-2 Sean Marsh
Matt Jackman 1-1 Kevin Waterman
Sean Cassidy 0-2 Sean Marsh
Kevin Waterman 0-2 Sean Marsh
Kevin Waterman 0-2 Sean Cassidy
Kevin Waterman 1-1 Richard Harris
Richard Harris 0-2 Sean Marsh
Richard Harris 1.5-0.5 Sean Cassidy


Final Group Standings

Sean Marsh 8/8

Matt Jackman 5/8

Sean Cassidy 2.5/8

Richard Harris 2.5/8

Kevin Waterman 2/8


Group B


Dave Baillie

John Garnett

Royce Parker

Peter Harker

Stephen Ollis


Da​ve Baillie 1.5-0.5John Gar​nett
Dave Baillie 1.5-0.5 Stephen Ollis
Dave Baillie 1-1 Royce Parker
Dave Baillie 2-0 Peter Harker
John Garnett 2-0 Stephen Ollis
John Garnett 2-0 Peter Harker
John Garnett 1-1 Royce Parker
Peter Harker 2-0 Stephen Ollis
Peter Harker 0-2 Royce Parker
Royce Parker 1.5-0.5 Stephen Ollis


Final Group Standings


Dave Baillie 6/8

John Garnett 5.5/8

Royce Parker 5.5/8

Peter Harker 2/8

Stephen Ollis 1/8


Play-off

John Garnett 1.5-0.5 Royce Parker



Confirmed Semi-finalists


Sean Marsh - John Garnett

Matt Jackman - Dave Baillie

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Best of the Year: 2021

 It has been another year of greatly reduced gigs, for very obvious reasons.

Nevertheless, amid the cancellations some gigs still went ahead, including a number of live, online transmissions.

The online gigs (T-Rextasy, The Skids, Big Country, Gary Numan and Midge Ure) were very good, but nothing can match the real live experience.

Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that a lot of people had forgotten how to behave in public after the lockdowns and several gigs were tainted by sheer doltery.

Some venues need to rapidly tighten up their policies on vaping, serving virtually endless amounts of drinks during the gigs and morons talking loudly and repeatedly over the shows.

The worst offenders this time could be found at the gigs featuring The Bluejays, The Wandering Hearts, Amy Macdonald and, worst of all, Paul Weller.

An extraordinary about of people appear to be exempt from wearing masks too. I don't believe it - but that's another story.

Here is a quick spin through the gigs I saw during 2021.

Calling Planet Earth
The Wandering Hearts
Amy Macdonald
Bootleg Blondie
The Bluejays
Bowie Experience
Holy Moly and the Crackers
Nine Below Zero
The Skids
Emma Stevens
Totally Tina
Jane Weaver
Paul Weller

The gig of the year was undoubtedly Soft Cell, who were fabulous from start to finish - and the audience was perfectly behaved too.

Soft Cell

What will 2022 bring, I wonder? I have tickets for shows which have been repeatedly pushed back for years now but hopefully they will eventually go ahead.

Friday, 24 December 2021

Project 30 Tournament Update

Project 30 Tournament Update

KO Championship

Round One


Sean Cassidy 0-1 Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman 0-1 Stephen Ollis​

Round Two

Sean Marsh 1-0 John Garnett (the first game was drawn and we required a replay)

Dave Baillie 1-0 Peter Harker

Matt Jackman 1-0 Royce Parker

Richard Harris v Stephen Ollis


Rapidplay Championship


The top two players from each group will advance to the semi-finals (winner of group A vs. runner-up of group B and vice versa.)

The semi-finals will be four Rapidplay games and the final will be six games.

Group A


Sean Marsh

Matt Jackman

Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman

Sean Cassidy

Results

Matt Jackman 2-0 Richard Harris

Matt Jackman 2-0 Sean Cassidy

Matt Jackman 0-2 Sean Marsh

Matt Jackman 1-1 Kevin Waterman

Sean Cassidy 0-2 Sean Marsh

Kevin Waterman 0-2 Sean Marsh

Richard Harris 0-2 Sean Marsh

Richard Harris 1.5-0.5 Sean Cassidy

Remaining Fixtures

Kevin Waterman - Richard Harris

Kevin Waterman - Sean Cassidy


Current Standings


Sean Marsh 8/8

Matt Jackman 5/8

Richard Harris 1.5/6

Kevin Waterman 1/4

Sean Cassidy 0.5/6


Group B

Dave Baillie

John Garnett

Royce Parker

Peter Harker

Stephen Ollis

Results

​Da​ve Baillie 1.5-0.5 John Gar​nett

Dave Baillie 1.5-0.5 Stephen Ollis

John Garnett 2-0 Stephen Ollis

John Garnett 2-0 Peter Harker

Peter Harker 2-0 Stephen Ollis

Remaining Fixtures

Dave Baillie - Peter Harker

Dave Baillie - Royce Parker

Royce Parker - John Garnett

Royce Parker - Stephen Ollis

Royce Parker - Peter Harker


Current Standings


John Garnett 4.5/6

Dave Baillie 3/4

Peter Harker 2/4

Stephen Ollis 0.5/6

Royce Parker 0/0

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

CHESS Interview

The new issue of CHESS Magazine has an interview with me.

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Click here for the free sample, which has the interview, some of my book reviews and also a photograph from my recent CSC Stoke Training Day.

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Project 30 Chessmas Quiz

Thank you to everyone who braved my annual Chessmas Quiz tonight.


Congratulations to the Piper Team, who followed up their London success with another victory!