ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament
September 18, 2016 at Eton College – 5 rounds for teams of 6 players.
Pictures by John Upham can be found here – https://johnupham.smugmug.com/Chess/ECF/ECF-Secondary-Schools/
Congratulations to Gonzaga College, Dublin on winning this exciting tournament by the narrowest of margins.
Position / Name / Total game points
1 / Gonzaga College A / 24
2 / Hampton School A / 24
3 / Millfield / 23
4 / RGS Guildford A / 22
5 / Haberdashers Omega / 21
6 / Wilson’s School A / 19.5
7= / City of London Boys School, KEGS A, Winchester College A, Haberdashers Alpha, QE Barnet, Eton College / 18
13 / Sevenoaks School / 17.5
14= / King Edwards School A, Chepstow School, Simon Langton GSB A, Wilson’s School B / 17
18= / Abingdon School, Sir Thomas Rich’s, Brighton College / 16.5
21= / Gonzaga College B, Mill Hill CHS / 16
23 / North London Collegiate / 15.5
24= / Reigate GS, Horris Hill / 14.5
26= / Hampton School B, Dame Alice Owen’s School, Westminster Under School, King’s School Grantham, King’s School Canterbury, The Hall, Bristol Grammar School / 14
33= / Winchester College B, Heathside Prep School, St Paul’s Girls’ School / 13.5
36= / RGS Guildford B, ACS Egham, King Edwards School B / 13
39= / Nonsuch, Churchill Academy / 12.5
41= / KEGS B, Simon Langton GSB B, Guildford County School / 11.5
44= / Sir William Borlase, Bishop Luffa School / 10.5
46 / The Abbey School / 9.5; 47 / Hereford Cathedral School / 9; 48 / Basildon Upper Academy / 8; 49 / Reserves / 7.5; 50 / St Francis College / 3
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ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament
Sunday 14th September 2014, Eton College, Berks …
Eton College hosted the third annual Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament in their magnificent school hall. 227 players made up 38 teams representing 29 schools from fourteen counties, from Lincolnshire to Somerset, Warwickshire to Kent. Over 500 games rapidplay games were played across the five rounds.
Schools featured include past winners Haberdashers’ Askes and Hampton Schools, National Schools Champions Reading School and past national champions Millfield School. Along with some very strong teams, there were many others of a range of strengths seeking to do their best. Whilst the top players were graded over 200, the median grade was closer to 100.
Play went remarkably smoothly with any issues being quickly resolved by arbiters Chris and Matthew Howell. The draw for each round and scores were clear for all to see on an enormous screen at the end of the hall.
The scoring system was based on games points (so every game counted towards the total) rather than match points. This proved popular with the weaker teams who found that their scores were increasing even when they were losing matches. Also the Swiss system lead to many close matches – half the results being 4–2 or closer, even though the first round matches were all more one sided than this.
The average team grading implied that it should be a close contest between the top three teams from Haberdashers’ Askes (ECF 175), Reading School (170) and Hampton (168). However round 3 was pivotal as Haberdashers’ convincingly beat Reading. Haberdasher’s duly went on to win all their matches to amass 27 out of a maximum of 30 game points to win the event. RGS Guildford came second with 22 game points and Hampton and reading joint 3rd with 21 points.
We are very grateful to Eton College for providing their facilities free of charge
It was a privilege to have British Chess Champion Jonathan Hawkins present the trophies to Haberdashers’ Askes’, whose captain was British U18 Champion Ravi Haria.
1 Haberdashers’ Askes’ School, Herts – 27
2 RGS Guildford A, Surrey – 22
3-4 Hampton School A, Surrey; Reading School, Berks – 21
5 Wilson’s School A, Surrey – 19
6-8 King Edwards School, Warks; Mill Hill County High School, Middx; Millfield, Somerset – 18
9-11 Hampton School B, Surrey; King Edward VI Grammar School A, Essex; Sevenoaks School, Kent – 17.5
12 RGS Guildford B, Surrey – 17
13-15 King’s School, Grantham A, Lincs; Sir Thomas Rich’s, Gloucs; Wilson’s School B, Surrey – 16.5
16 Westminster Under School, Middx – 16
17 Winchester College, Hants – 15.5
18-19 Claremont High School Academy, Middx; The Hall, Middx – 15
20-21 Eton College, Berks; Simon Langton GSB A, Kent – 14
22 Vandyke Upper B, Beds – 13.5
23-24 Hampton School C, Surrey; The King’s School, Canterbury, Kent – 13
25-28 Dame Alice Owen’s School, Herts; Dulwich College, Kent; The Abbey School, Reading, Berks; Wilson’s School C, Surrey – 12.5
29-32 Cumnor House, Surrey; Simon Langton GSB B, Kent; St Paul’s Girls’ School, Middx; Vandyke Upper A, Beds – 11.5
33-35 Bedales School, Hants; Bristol Grammar School, Avon; Harewood College, Dorset – 11
36 King Edward VI Grammar School B, Essex – 10
37 King’s School, Grantham B, Lincs – 8
38 Piggott School, Berks – 6
Surrey Junior – Russell Trophy Jamboree at Wilson’s School, Friday 19th September 2014
Two rounds, fifteen teams of 8 split into Major of 7 teams and Minor of 8 teams. Rate of play: all moves in 40 minutes
1 Hampton A 14½/16; 2 Wilson’s A 12½; 3 RGS Guildford 11; 4 Sutton GS 9; 5 Whitgift 5; 6 Wilson’s B 4½; 7 Trinity 2
1 Hampton B 13½/16 ; 2 Wilson’s C 11; 3 RGS Guildford B 9; 4 Reigate GS 8½; 5 Wilson’s D 7½; 6 Wallington CGS A 5½; 7= Cumnor House, Wilson’s E 4½
Team Chess Problem Challenge
The first round of this new event took place during and after the Eton College Chess Tournament. The 4 problems to be solved are given on this sheet [PDF]
Leading scores after the first round are:
20 points – Kings School Grantham & Westminster Under School
10 points – Millfield and Mill Hill School
(5 points for a correct answer)
ECF Afternoon Event – Wilson’s School, 9th May 2014
The sixth afternoon secondary school event went very well. Sixteen teams from seven schools took place.
It was particularly good to welcome new schools to the event: Sevenoaks, Cumnor House and Putney High.
Quest Academy only took up chess this year but after entering one team in the last event entered 3 here.
Nonsuch also returned having not played at one of these events for a while.
There was a wide range of ability. Whilst some players were graded over 100, the majority were ungraded or graded below 50. Whilst this meant that many of the first round matches were one sided after that there were many close matches.
As with Team Chess Challenge the time limit of 10 mins + 2 secs worked well on the upper boards. Clocks were not used on the lower boards (many players were not used to them) with a few lower boards being adjudicated after 30 minutes play.
Teams left saying how much they had enjoyed the event, including those who lost more games than they won.
One positive aspect of these multi-match events is that most players and teams go away with some successes.
1 Wilson’s A 12.5 || 2 Wilson’s B 11 || 3 Wilson’s D 10.5 || 4 Cumnor House 10 || 5-6 Sevenoaks 9.5 || Wilson’s E 9.5 || 7-8 Wilson’s C 9 || Wilson’s F 9 || 9 Nonsuch 8.5 || 10-11 Graveney School 7.5 || Quest A 7.5 || 12 Quest B 7 || 13-14 Wilson’s G 6 || Quest C 6 || 15 Putney High 3 || 16 Reserves 1.5
ECF Afternoon School Chess Tournament – Wilson’s School, 29th January 2014
The fifth ECF Afternoon School Chess Tournament at Wilson’s School comprised a total of 18 teams with 4 players in each team. The tournament was run as a single Swiss Tournament, with clocks being used on the top few matches. Each round was allocated 25 minutes so the whole event of 4 rounds lasted 2 hours. Of the schools taking part only Wilson’s and Wallington regularly play inter-school chess. The other schools have only recently started playing inter-school chess. For Quest Academy, Selsdon this was their first ever inter-school chess tournament.
1 Wilson’s A 13.5
2 Wallington A 12
3-5 Wilson’s B, Wilson’s C, Wallington B 11
6 Wilson’s D 9
7-8 Wallington C, St Andrews A 8.5
9 Graveney 8
10 Glyn A 7.5
11-13 Glyn B, St Andrews B, Quest 7
14 Wilson’s E 6.5
15 Wilson’s F 5
16-17 Glyn C, Wilson’s G 4
18 St Andrews C 3.5
The event was enjoyed by all players, particularly as there were lots of close matches. “Many thanks once again for having us at your tournament. The boys really enjoyed themselves. Please do keep me posted about future chess opportunities. We are going to try and make chess grow exponentially at our school now!” “Thanks for running such a great event: the kids love it! Much more than the one-on–one school matches – this way they get to play 4 games and get to win at least one. My lot were buzzing on the way back! Definitely will be coming to any more events you run!” Wilson’s will host a similar event in the summer term.
Birmingham Schools Rapidplay, 30th November
1 Hampton – 10/10 MP 29.5/40 GP
2 Nottingham 1 – 8 MP 28.5 GP
3 KES – 8 MP 25 GP
4 Nottingham 2 – 6 MP 24.5 GP
5 KE Camp Hill – 6 MP 22 GP
6 Bolton – 6 MP 21 GP
7 Wilsons 1 – 4 MP 23 GP
8 Westminster – 4 MP 21.5 GP
9 Vandyke – 4 MP 14 GP
10 Wilsons 2 – 2 MP 13.5 GP
11 Stockport – 2 MP 10.5 GP
12 Reserves – 0 MP 7 GP
Afternoon School Chess Tournament, 20th March 2013
The third ECF Afternoon School Chess Tournament comprised a total of 20 teams with 4 players in each team. The tournament was run as a single large Swiss tournament, with clocks being used on the top three matches.
As well as Wilson’s, the host school, teams from Ewell Castle, Emanuel School, Glyn School and Dulwich College took part. Whilst Wilson’s, Emanuel and Dulwich College regularly play inter-school chess, Ewell Castle and Glyn have only recently started (though in the case of Glyn, this is restarting). It was particularly positive, therefore, that Glyn could enter three teams.
After dropping a point in the first round, Dulwich College A quickly built up a dominant position and comfortably won the event, dropping only 1½ points.
Of the 80 players, just four won all their games: Rohan Bansal and Dooley O’Khann (Dulwich College), Tharshan Kuhendiran and Kirishoth Sivalogarajah (Wilson’s School)
1 Dulwich College A – 14.5
2 Wilson’s 11 – 11
3-6 Wilson’s 8B; Wilson’s 10; Emanuel A; Wilson’s 12 – 10
7-8 Wilson’s GC; Wilson’s 7C – 9
9-10 Ewell Castle School; Wilson’s 7G – 8
11 Wilson’s R 7.5
12-14 Glyn School A; Dulwich College B; Wilson’s D – 7
15-17 Wilson’s 7B; Emanuel B; Wilson’s 7H – 6.5
18 Glyn School B – 5
19 Wilson’s 7S – 4
20 Glyn School C – 3.5
This event was valuable practice for the new ‘Team Chess Challenge’ to be initiated next year. The event was enjoyed by all players, particularly as there were lots of close matches. Another similar event will be held in the summer term.
ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament
– Sunday 17th March 2013, The King’s School, Grantham
The first ECF Secondary School event to be held outside the South East took place at The King’s School in Grantham, Lincs, on Sunday 17th March 2013. Whilst twenty teams entered, some withdrew due to illness or lack of players, resulting in fourteen teams of four playing. It was great to have a spacious playing hall and, courtesy of ECF equipment supplies, digital clocks for all games. The Fischer timing of 25mins + 5 seconds a move was greatly appreciated by the players who got short of time! What is more there were no draw claims under the ‘2 minute rule’. David Welch therefore had a reasonably quiet day as arbiter, but his presence was also appreciated. The event was efficiently organised and run by Phill Beckett of The King’s School, Grantham, who also ran 3 teams. There was a wide range of abilities, whilst a few players graded over 150, the majority were evenly spread between 50 and 150, and about a third were ungraded. The use of a Swiss system based on game points meant that after the first round there were many closely balanced matches and all teams had some success.
The results were: 1st – Wilson’s School ‘A’ 17 points (out of a possible 20) 2nd – RGS Guildford 14.5 3rd – Nottingham High School 13.5 4th – Dame Alice Owen’s 12.5 5th – King’s School, Grantham 12 (also winning a trophy as the highest placed Lincolnshire team) 6th – Bolton School 11 7th – Wilson’s School ‘B’ 10.5 8th= Bolton School ‘B’ and Cordeaux Academy 8.5 10th – King’s School ‘B’ 8 11th – Meden School ‘A’ 7 12th= Caistor Grammar School and King’s School ‘C’ 6.5 14th – Meden School ‘B’ 4 The fact that the event was graded during the day was greatly appreciated by many of the participants and had many benefits:
- Previously ungraded players were very enthusiastic to get an indication of their playing ability
- Local juniors who had only ever before played in Lincolnshire junior events played juniors from around the country, thus reducing the ‘local pool’ effect
- Juniors from all over the country played each other, thus leading to some normalisation nationally
- Juniors who regularly played against adults were included, thus providing further normalisation
- Some ungraded players have now played enough school games to get an ECF grade in August
ECF Afternoon School Chess Tournament
Open (mainly graded players, 10 mins + 2 sec per move)
1st Wilson’s Year 11 14/16
2nd Wilson’s Year 8/9 9
3rd Wilson’s Year 7 8.5
4th= Worth 8
4th= Nonsuch A 8
6th= Wilson’s Sixth Form 7.5
6th= Trinity A 7.5
8th= Wilson’s Castles 6.5
8th= Wilson’s Year 10 6.5
10th Trinity B 4.5
Major (mainly ungraded players, no clocks, 25 mins per game)
1st= Wilson’s 7G 12
1st= Wilson’s Year 8 12
3rd= Wilson’s Sixth Form B 10.5
3rd= Warlingham 10.5
3rd= Glyn 10.5
6th Wilson’s Sixth Form C 10
7th Wilson’s 7HA 9
8th St Peter’s, Guildford 8.5
9th Worth B 7.5
10th= Wilson’s 7BA 7
10th= Wilson’s 7CA 7
12th= Wilson’s 7S 6.5
12th= Ewell Castle 6.5
14th= Nonsuch B 5.5
14th= Nonsuch C 5.5
16th Wilson’s 7BB 4.5
17th Wilson’s 7HB 4
– Neill Cooper, ECF National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator
Millfield International – 13th & 14th October 2012
The Millfield International has been taking place for 29 years, firstly as the Marlwood tournament and then moving to the Dragon School, Oxford, Edgarley Hall and now to its current venue of Millfield School. Many of Britain’s leading players have taken part and the winner of the Stephen Joseph Memorial Trophy, for the best Individual performance, sees their name feature alongside the likes of Michael Adams, Brian Kelly, Sam Collins and Mark Ferguson.
The Millfield International is a unique event because with teams of twelve, schools cannot rely on one or two star players, but need a thriving chess community and team spirit to challenge for the top prizes. This year, fourteen teams competed, in an exceptionally strong event. After two preliminary rounds the tournament splits into a Championship and Major sections for the remaining five games. The Championship saw Haberdashers’ Aske’s and Manchester Grammar pull away from their competition and battle it out for top spot. Haberdashers’ clinched victory and their score of 49.5/60 is one of the highest in the competition’s history.
[below – the winning team, Haberdashers’ Aske’s]
The Major section saw a three way battle as King Edward’s Camp Hill, RGS Guildford and Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet fought out the medal positions. King Edward’s greater experience proved decisive in the end and they took the title with 41/60. The best individual performance went to IM Daniel Fernandez of Manchester Grammar.
The dates for next year’s tournament are 12th and 13th October 2013.
Former Stephen Joseph Memorial winner and World Championships Semi-Finalist, Michael Adams will be returning to Millfield for a Summer Camp the week before next year’s British in Torquay. Watch this space.
MP Rachel Reeves recently hosted a number of players from new NSCC sponsors St. Catherine’s Bramley at the Houses of Parliament. Representatives from the ECF’s organising team also attended the meeting.