Brian Thompson has won the webserver Gold Medal tournament for the 2nd season in succession. The final crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=57632 Brian wins an engraved BCCA Gold Medal & earns 8 BCCA Master points. Eugenio Spagnoli played well above his rating to finish in 2nd place & earn 4 BCCA Master points.
Seven Trios have been decided this month 4 of which were Class 3’s which means that 9 of our Top Players now have the option of playing in a Trio Championship Qualifier.
Class 1 Trio No.153 – John Dunn has won this Trio with a perfect score of 4/4 against Patrick Walsh and Martin Hardwick. John is awarded 2 BCM Points bringing his total to 10 and promoted to Class 2.
Class 1 Trio No.154 – William Lindberg is the winner with a perfect score of 4/4 against Iris Pardoe and Patrick Walsh. William is awarded 2 BCM Points giving him a total of 10 and promoted to Class 2
Class 3 Trio No.41 – Robert Rozanski wins with an excellent score of 3.5/4 against Graham Patrick and Phil Beckitt – well played. Robert receives his first 3 BM Points towards the title
Class 3 Trio No.46 – BM John Brasier has won this close fought Trio with a score of 2.5/4 against Alex Sherwood and Phillip Tolhurst. If John wins his next Class 3 Trio he will qualify for the New Webserver Trios Championship.
Class 3 Trio No.37 – The result was a three way tie between Russell Sherwood, Alexander Relyea and Eoin Campbell and they share the 3 BM Points available. This kicks off the BM Campaigns for Alex and Eoin.
Class 1 Trio No.74 – John Horton and BCM Raymond Burridge are joint winners. John receives 2 BCM Points and both he and Raymond are promoted to Class 3. The third player was Raymond Cox
Class 3 Trio No.45 – LIM Dawn Williamson has won this Trio in a tight finish with LGM Helen Sherwood and David Cook. Dawn finished with a score of 2.5/4. and is awarded 3 BCCA Master Points bringing her total to 6. David came within half-a-point of making it a three way tie. Well played all.
Another busy month in the Trios with 5 Matches decided. The strong support for the tournament has prompted the creation of the new ‘Trios Championship’ with cash prizes available. Check it out HERE
Class 1 Trio No.121 has been won by Jonathan Tymms with a perfect score of 4/4 against Hilary Walsh and new member Stuart Honey. Jonathan is promoted to Class 2 and receives 2 BCCA Candidate Master Points taking is total up to 4.
Class 1 Trio No.150 has been won by new member, Ray Kappel, with an impressive score of 3.5/4 against David Roberts and John Dunn. Ray is also promoted to Class 2 and receives his first BCCA Candidate Master Points.
Class 1 Trio No.143 has been won by John Walker with an impressive score of 3.5/4 against David Elwood and David Richardson. John is promoted to Class 2 and receives his first BCCA Candidate Master Points
Class 3 Trio No.42 has been won by Yosua Sitorus with a very impressive 3.5/4 against Allan Gardner and Richard Akrill. Yosua already holds the BCCA Candidate Master Title and receives his first 3 BCCA Master Points, Well played Yosua!
Class 2 Trio No. 67 has also been won by Yosua Sitorus with a score of 3/4 against Pablo Moulan and Sandy Smyth
OK you have achieved the BCCA Candidate Master & BCCA Master Titles why continue to play Trios? To become a Trios Champion and win £80!
Starting from Class 3 Trio No. 49 all Class 3 winners (must be outright wins no 2 or 3 way draws go through) will be eligible to enter a Championship Trio Semi-Final, once we have three entries a Championship Trio Semi-Final will start and the winner will go through to the Trio Championship Final and a guaranteed cash prize.
When we have three Semi-Final Winners a Final will be set up with a Cash Prize of £80 for the winner, £40 for second and £20 for third. In the event of a two or three way draw the prize fund will be split accordingly. There will be no entry fee for the final.
The Trios Championship will continue to run on a continuous basis for Class 3 Trio winners.
Don’t miss out – enter a Trio today, BCCA Candidate Masters and players rated > 2200 start in Class 3
Congratulations to BCCA member John Brasier who has been awarded the ICCF Title “Correspondence Chess Expert”! The Title Norms were obtained in a German Masters strong event: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=58315 and the North Atlantic Team Tournament playing for England: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=58361 Given John’s rating is now well over 2400 I hope that other higher ICCF Titles will soon be in his grasp. Well played John!
January has been a busy month for Steve Cole, the Trios Tournament Organiser and TD with 7 Trios decided. Steve is doing an excellent job having taken over from Tony Cannon at the start of 2016 and we are sure all the players will join in our appreciation of the time and effort he devotes to running the Tournament.
Congratulations to Dennis Broadway on achieving 3 more BCCA Master Points by winning Class 3 Trio No. 38 and with an impressive score of 3.5/4. Dennis now has a total of 18 BM Points – just 2 more needed for the title.
Paul Armiger has won his second Class 1 Trio No.139 with a perfect score of 4/4 – very well played Paul. He has been awarded 2 BCCA Candidate Master Points bringing his total to 4. He has also been promoted to Class 2 where 4 BCM Points are available for a win.
Greg Hughes is the winner of Class 1 Trio No.152 with a score of 4/4 and has been awarded 2 BCM Points bringing his total to 17, only 3 more needed for the Title. Greg will now play in Class 2.
Congratulations to Leslie Eastoe on winning Class 2 Trio No.68 and 4 BCM Points with an impressive score of 3.5/4. This win brings Leslie’s total BCM Points to 23 and he has been awarded the BCCA Candidate Master Title. He will now play in Class 3 and start his BCCA Master Campaign. Very well played sir!
New Member Carlos Almarza Mato has won Class 1 Trio No.148 with a score of 3.5/4 and received his first 2 BCM Points, well played Carlos. He is now playing in Class 2 where tougher opposition awaits.
Robert Bruce has won Class 2 Trio No.75 scoring 3/4 – well played Robert. The 4 BCM points have taken Robert to a total of 18 so if he wishes he can play in both Class 2 and Class 3 where BM Points are available.
Congratulations to Maurice Carter on winning Class 1 Trio No. 136 with an impressive score of 3.5/4. Maurice has been promoted to class 2 and awarded 2 BCCA Candidate Master Points taking his total to 8 (20 needed to gain the title).
The 2nd Welsh Member Organisations Team Tournament, which began in December 2015, has a very exciting finish in store. With only 5 games remaining (out of 105 initially), there are still three teams in with a shout at victory: BCCA Cougars, SCCA “A” and BCCA Wildcats. The tournament crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=56581 This tournament, provided free by the Welsh CC Federation, has provided some excellent chess and there is no reason why this event should not get stronger every year. There are six BCCA teams (24 players) in the 2016 event which started last month.
If your name is not down to represent BCCA in tournaments or matches, you are missing some excellent opportunities. Contact the Match Captain, Neil Limbert, to add your name to the list.
Leslie Eastoe’s latest victory in a Class 2 Trio has taken him over the 20 point barrier & he is now awarded the BCCA Candidate Master (CM) Title. Congratulations to Leslie! This follows on from his award of the BCCA Master Title in 2014 so Leslie now has the full set.
BCCA has only just learned that Life member John Rogers passed away in late 2015 – very sad news. John was responsible for writing two Histories of the BCCA and many members will still have these books. He was also Editor of the BCCA magazine during the 1970’s & member of the Executive Committee in the 1990’s. RIP.
Alex Relyea has become the first BCCA member in 2017 to earn the BCCA Candidate Master Title. He accumulated the necessary 20 points from 2nd place in a 2016 Silver Medal tournament; 3rd place in a 2015 Silver Medal tournament; Winner of a BCCA Candidates Tournament & a Class 2 Trio. Well played Alex!
The full list of BCCA Title holders can be found here: http://www.bccachess.org/members/bcca-titles-within-reach-of-every-player/current-title-holders-and-year-awarded/
The full list of Points Awarded for players who do not yet have a BCCA Title can be found here: http://www.bccachess.org/members/bcca-titles-within-reach-of-every-player/title-points-awarded/