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
=2 Justin Baptie x 0(W) - - 0/1 =1 Bob Fowles x - 1(B) - 1/1
1 Radu Bara 1(B) x - - 1/1 =1 Paul Savin - x - 1(W) 1/1
=2 Arunas Gedvilas - - x - 0/0 =3 Tye Byram 0(W) - x - 0/1
=2 Mandar Mane - - - x 0/0 =3 Allan Reid - 0(B) - x 0/1
Pos Group C TS DK LS SH Pts       Pos Group D DM SC PL AD Pts
1 Tamas Somogyi x - 0(B) - 1/1 =3 David Millward x - 0(W) - 0/1
=2 David Kraszewski - x - - 0/0 =1 Sean Clarke - x - 1(W) 1/1
=2 Lakshan Siddharth 0 (W) - x - 0/1 =1 Peter Laundy 1(B) - x - 1/1
=2 Steve Higgins - - - x 0/0 =3 Andy Daniel - 0(B) - x 0/1
Under-1800 Championship
=2 Tye Byram x - - - - - - 0/0
=2 Lakshan Siddharth - x - - - - - 0/0
=2 Allan Reid - - x - - - - 0/0
=2 Andy Daniel - - - x - - - 0/0
=2 Mandar Mane - - - - x - - 0/0
1 Steve Higgins - - - - - x 1(B) 1/1
=2 Keve Somogyi - - - - - 0(W) x 0/1
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.