Basildon Chess Club Championships 2021-22 (Open and Under-1800) The 2021-22 Club Championships commenced on 11th November 2021. 16 entries were received for the Open tournament and 7 entries for the Under-1800.
The winner of the Open tournament will be crowned Club Champion and will receive a trophy and engraving on the Club Championship shield, which is also kept for one year. The winner of the U1800 tournament will also receive a trophy.
The Open tournament consists of four all-play-all (once) groups. The winner and runner-up of each group will qualify for the quarter-final. In the event of a tie for 1st/2nd place, the head to head game will act as a tie breaker. If this was drawn, 1st/2nd place will be decided by the toss of a coin. In the event of a tie for 2nd/3rd, a Rapid play off will take place. No tie breaker in this case.
The quarter-finals will be the winner of each group playing a runner-up of one of the other groups.
The U1800 Tournament will be all-play-all once. In the event of a tie, a rapidplay decider will determine the winner.
The time controls for all non-rapid games will be 80 mins + 10 secs per move. A draw for colours will take place before every game.

Group Matches
Pos Group A JB RB AG MM Pts       Pos Group B BF PS TB AR Pts
=Q1 Justin Baptie x 0(W) 1(W) 1(B) 2/3 =Q1 Bob Fowles x ½(B) 1(B) 1(W) 2½/3
=Q1 Radu Bara 1(B) x 1(W) - 2/2 =Q1 Paul Savin ½(W) x 1(B) 1(W) 2½/3
3 Arunas Gedvilas 0(B) 0(B) x 1(B) 1/2 =3 Tye Byram 0(W) 0(W) x ½(B) ½/3
4 Mandar Mane 0(W) - 0(W) x 0/2 =3 Allan Reid 0(B) 0(B) ½(W) x ½/3
Pos Group C TS DK LS SH Pts       Pos Group D DM SC PL AD Pts
=Q1 Tamas Somogyi x ½(W) 1(B) 1(W) 2½(W)/3 3 David Millward x ½(W) 0(W) 1(W) 1½/3
=Q1 David Kraszewski ½(W) x 1(W) 1(B) 2½(W)/3 Q2 Sean Clarke ½(B) x ½(W) 1(W) 2/3
=3 Lakshan Siddharth 0(W) 0(B) x - 0/2 Q1 Peter Laundy 1(B) ½(B) x 1(W) 2½/3
=3 Steve Higgins 0(B) 0(W) - x 0/2 4 Andy Daniel 0(B) 0(B) 0(B) x 0/3
Under-1800 Championship
=3 Tye Byram x - - - 1(B) - - 1/1
=6 Lakshan Siddharth - x - - - - - 0/0
1 Allan Reid - - x 1(B) - 1(B) 1(W) 3/3
=3 Andy Daniel - - 0(W) x 0(W) 1(B) - 1/3
2 Mandar Mane 0(W) - - 1(B) x - 1(B) 2/3
=3 Steve Higgins - - 0(W) 0(W) - x 1(B) 1/3
=6 Keve Somogyi - - 0(B) - 0(W) 0(W) x 0/3
Group and U1800 Match Reports Group A
11th November - The battle of the top seeds saw Radu win a pawn going into a rook, minor piece and pawns ending. Although Radu won a second pawn, they eventually reached R+N v R, which is theoretically drawn, but Justin's king was stuck in the corner and the pressure of having to play on 10 second increments eventually led to a mistake - knight fork and a big win for Radu.
25th November - Justin was back on the winning trail against the in-form Arunas, who never recovered from an early slip that gave away a pawn and disturbed his position. An efficient win by Justin followed.
16th December - Mandar found the going tough in his first match in this group, losing to Arunas.
3rd March - Mandar looked to have a good position early on against Justin, but it didn't last and Justin claimed the full point.

Group B
11th November - Steady and strong play by Bob against Tye led to him forcing through in the centre and pushing a pawn to the 7th, with much material still on the board. This proved enough to gain the point. Paul won the exchange in the middle game against Allan and used all his years of experience to simplify into an ending where he could give back the exchange, but be left with a winning runaway pawn.
25th November - Paul started strongly in a complicated French variation against Bob, and looked to be better after the early moves. As the game progressed, the complications disappeared and a draw was agreed before the ending took shape.
6th December - Bob became the 2nd quarter final qualifier with a win over Allan.
16th December - Paul gained a quick advantage in the opening against Tye and held it to secure the victory and qualification for the quarter finals.
17th February - Tye was a couple of pawns up against Allan, but with major pieces on the board and exposed kings, Allan had just enough to salvage a draw.
12th May - Radu v Aranas was in danger of being a 'normal' game, but then Radu started sacrificing. First a pawn, then a knight, then a rook. Despite the material deficit Arunas found himself mated (and as bemused as I was as a spectator). A highly entertaining game that I will upload to the website when I get the chance. This also ensures Radu's (and Justin's) qualification for the KO stage.

Group C
11th November - Tamas against Lakshan was a tremendous spectacle where Tamas' kingside attack resulted in Lakshan's king being chased all over the board. Although he was temporarily a piece up Lakshan was never able to find a safe haven and was eventually forced to concede.
25th November - Newcomer Steve put up a battling display against Tamas, but Tamas eventually used his middle game skills to overwork the black pieces and turn his advantage into a full point.
6th January - Steve set up a well blocked position against Dave K, and after much manoevering the latter overpressed, allowing Steve to pick up 2 extra pawns in a B+N+6p v B+N+4P ending. With both players heading into severe time trouble, Steve blundered twice (pawn then knight) to give Dave K a totally undeserved win.
17th February - Dave steered the game towards an early ending and confined Lakshan's bad bishop before picking up a couple of pawns to gain a winning position and qualification for the quarter finals.
24th February - Although both had already qualified, Tamas and Dave played for the title of Group Winner. As it turned out, a very entertaining encounter, with a manic scramble at the end, resulted in a draw so they share 1st place.

Group D
11th November - David versus Peter looked very even for a long time, but then Peter managed to fork king and rook with his knight and the extra exchange, coupled with efficient endgame technique gave him the win. Sean applied the long, slow squeeze on Andy's position, until the pressure eventually forced a mistake and Sean took the point.
25th November - Sean, with the white pieces, held a small advantage over Peter for most of the game. However, he couldn't use his more active pieces to get the win and the game tailed off into a drawn K+P ending.
2nd December - Peter versus Andy was an eventful game that very nearly went black's way. Peter started well but miscalculated in the middle game. A wrong move order meant Andy would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A fortuitous win for Peter means that he is the first qualifier for the quarter finals.
6th January - Andy (black) sacrificed a piece for an attack against David M's Lopez, but this backfired and after also losing the exchange he was a whole rook down. David made no mistake in concluding the win, to keep open his chances of a qualifying place.
10th March - In the crucial last group game, David M (white) obtained a space advantage on the k-side, but Sean advanced his q-side pawns in response. The position eventually became quite blocked and, although a sacrificial pawn break was possible, David eventually accepted Sean's draw offer. So Sean qualifies with Peter for the KO stages.

11th November - First appearances for our two new members. Welcome Steve and Keve (son of Tamas). This was an impressive start from Steve, winning a piece early on and following this up with a quick finish.
25th November - Allan won the exchange early on against Keve and never let the advantage slip, to give him a winning U1800 start.
9th December - Keve's tough start continued with a loss to Mandar.
6th January - Tye (black) managed to entice Mandar's queen into a vulnerable position, and using the semi-open f-file for his rook provoked a mistake winning a piece and the game.
10th February - Andy (white) built up a tremendous attack against Allan, won a couple of pawns, but then blundered a piece to leave Allan with an advantageous ending in which he made no mistake in winning.
17th February - Andy won the exchange in the middle game against Steve, and this time made no mistake in converting this into the full point.
5th May - Andy against Mandar was a wide open game, which after Mandar won a piece, was decided by a mating attack with Andy's king stuck in the centre of the board. Steve against Allan was level for a long time, but a decisive blunder from Steve gave Allan the point.