This will be a popular event aimed at encouraging girls and boys to join in a fun evening, which will be excellent chess learning & development. One of the activities planned by Eric Sachs is a ‘Brain and Hand ‘match which is fun chess and popular with pairs of mixed teams of adults and juniors. Please see letter alongside Eric has sent out.
Innovative Dorset 1 day Chess Congress in exciting format at a new venue – Sunday 1 July ’18 – Entered at 17 May: 8
This is a really innovative and potentially exciting day of competitive chess at Merley, home of Wimborne Chess Club. The Dorset Closed has been revived in an attractive new format. Entry fee of just £12 and 4 sections of maximum 12 players each. Entrants will be competing for The Dorset Individual Championship, The Dorset Major, The Dorset Intermediate and The Dorset Minor. Prize money within each section is a generous £100. There are 3 scheduled rounds, followed by Play-Off matches if required. All moves for each player in 1 hour, plus 15 second increments. Results recorded as “Standard Play Games” for ECF grading. As a “Dorset Closed” competition kindly note conditions of entry. For more information and both hard copy and on-line entry forms please go to “Congresses” on Main Menu above and then “1st Dorset 1 Day Closed Congress”. There is a sub-menu to show entrants to date. When entering please remember to make, or enclose, payment. Organiser is Ian Clark
2nd Dorset Blitz Sunday, 16 Sept ’18 – at Furzebrook – Entries now possible on-line; Entered at 17 May: 4
1 Feb. Venue will again be the spacious and popular Furzebrook Village Hall, near Wareham. The 1st Dorset Blitz run by Steve Peirson drew many compliments from players drawn from a wide geographical area. This is an Open event.
DORSET CHESS WELCOME
Dorset is a good choice of county in which to play chess! Over 300 players actively take part in regular club matches and competitions. There are 2 major congresses each year, the Grand and the Dorset Open, plus a Rapidplay held in March. On Sunday, 16 September 2018 the 2nd Dorset Blitz Championships will take place in Furzebrook, Wareham. The Controller will again be Steve Peirson. Before that, on Sunday 1 July there is a 1 day Dorset Closed Championships, 4 sections at Merley, Wimborne. In July & August 2016, the 103rd British Championships were held in Bournemouth, with record individual entries – very much down to the considerable efforts of Dorset Chess Association officials Martin Simons and Ian Clark. Clubs playing in the Dorset County and Bournemouth & District Leagues also gave generous financial support to help enable the event to take place.
Finally, chess for juniors is highly organised including coaching and several congresses. Dorset Junior Chess Officer is Eric Sachs.
County League & B&DCL Champions so far (at 17 May '18)
Many congratulations to all the successful teams!
The Phase 1 ECF League Management System (LMS)
ECF League Management Software (LMS) (updated 17 May ’18)
Dorset continues to be one of many Associations and Leagues participating in Phase 1 of the ECF League Management System (LMS). This is, of course, running in parallel with the current system of results and league tables on our website. There is a link to ECF LMS, then click “Dorset”, on the very top menu. You do not need a password to view information, only to enter results. You will see the system allows for listing fixtures by club and other searches are also possible.
In recent months, Phil Wallace, the LMS Project Leader for Dorset and our Grading Officer, has set up club captains to enter results themselves on LMS and this has been a successful and evolving operation.
Subject to local consultation and agreement, it is proposed to use this software next season to provide the fixtures/results and league tables through an ongoing link from our current website. We believe this has many advantages and reduces administration time considerably. But we would not run our own system for results and tables in parallel. As Malcolm says on the video link below, it is far quicker to enter a result on LMS than send an email. Many captains have said it takes only 2 minutes.
The software is still being developed all the time so there will, inevitably, be future changes.
Malcolm Peacock is the ECF Officer responsible for the LMS, especially its development. His video is aimed at all those who have been given access to LMS for the first time to enter results and runs for about 12 minutes. Phil Wallace is keen to get any feedback on whether current LMS users feel this might be helpful for anyone about to use LMS for the first time.
Pl click on this link: http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/14084
Time Increments with chess clocks (updated 21 May '18)
Time Increments seem a popular way to go currently in all kinds of chess competitions, especially congresses and leagues. So, these brief notes are simply intended to help understanding for anyone wanting to learn more. Sometimes it is known as the “Fischer” system (time increments were added in the privately organised Fischer v Spassky 1992 rematch and quickly became popular – and first introduced by FIDE in a World Championship match in 1998)
What does “Time Increments” mean?
The first requirement is to have available digital clocks, like pictured above and capable of calculating increments. Essentially, it means a specified amount of time, such as 10 seconds is given for each move and this is added to whatever is allocated to each player for the whole game – such as 1 hour
What are the advantages?
It is claimed Time Increments allow players more time to think on each move, improve the quality of play and minimise time scrambles. There is also a perceived benefit of making possible longer games in terms of moves played, but not necessarily with time needed. Time Increments remove the need to apply the controversial “2 minute rule” (this rule allows a player with less than 2 minutes on their clock to claim a draw if the opponent is making no effort to win by normal means, or it is not possible to win by normal means)
What are the disadvantages?
There are views that time scrambles are an exciting feature of the game and managing your time properly is part of the game. Also, games with Time Increments would be slightly faster, in the sense of more moves being played in the time available, and some players may not welcome this
Does it make games last longer?
Not necessarily. Much depends on how much time is allowed for each move. Experience over the years has suggested that most games played with increments are slightly shorter than those with a quick-play finish. For example, if each player had, say, 1 hour each and 15 seconds a move, a game of 36 moves would last no more than 2 hours 18 minutes. It would need an unlikely 120 plus moves to have a chance of going over 3 hours. At time of posting this (21 May), 1hr + 30secs is the preference. It that was adopted a 60 move game would last 3 hrs, 70 moves 3hrs 10 mins and an unusual 90 moves 3hrs 30mins
Would players need to record their moves if time increments are used?
For standard games, players are now required to record all the moves of the game even when they have less than 5 minutes left on their clock if the Time Increment is 30 seconds or more per move. This is clearly an important change, as when there are no Time Increments, FIDE rules state it is permissible to stop recording moves when a player has less than 5 minutes on his or her clock in a time period. The recording of moves in Rapidplay, of course, has never been required.
Are time increments proposed for competitive chess in Dorset?
Since this article was posted there has been interest in trialling Time Increments in both the Dorset County League and also the B&DCL. Discussions have taken place at Committee Meetings of both leagues. No decisions have been made and, in any case, approval would have to be given at the forthcoming AGM’s. But the option most preferred is to apply Time Increments with digital clocks across all Division 1 matches in both the County League & B&DCL season 2018/19. And to allow Time Increments to be used below Division 1 in both leagues, but only if both captains agree in advance and on a match by match basis.
Dorset Chess Association supports and encourages chess playing throughout the county
To view club details and make contact with secretaries etc, please see details by clicking on B&DCL & Dorset League on main menu above. Some clubs have websites and links to these are through the menu at the foot of this home page.
If you seek social and informal chess during the day, the Bournemouth, Southbourne, Poole & Wimborne clubs run sessions typically in café type settings. Please click on “Relaxed and casual chess” below
Relaxed and casual chess locally
You may be interested in more informal chess and there are currently these weekly opportunities: Monday Kinson Community Centre, Kinson 1.45pm to 5pm Tuesday Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Wednesday Flirt Café Chess Club, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm, also Wednesday Amberwood Inn, Walkford around 8pm; Thursday Royal British Legion, Wimborne from 10am; Thursday, Highcliffe Community Association Greystones 1.45pm; Thursday, Caffe Tratt, High Street Swanage, 10.15am to 12.15pm; Friday The Crooked Book, Boscombe 11am to 1pm
(There are no board fees, but chess players are expected to buy a drink, i.e tea/coffee/soft drink or something to eat)
Laws of Chess
Here is a link to the FIDE website and the laws of chess: Laws of Chess
The laws run into many pages; listed below are a few of the less understood ones:
Extracts from the FIDE Laws of Chess (as at July ’17)
Most recent laws of chess (Jan ’18), in which most recent changes highlighted: Laws_of_Chess_2018_-_EB_approved_-_highlighted_correction_version
Please also refer to the B&DCL Rules (updated June ’17) and the Captains Notes, both on the website