Basildon Chess Club Championship 2024 The 2024 Club Championship commenced on 30th May 2024. 12 entries were received.
The winner has the honour of an engraving on the ancient(!?) Club Champions shield, which dates back to the latter part of the 20th century.
The tournament consists of two all-play-all (once) groups. The winner and runner-up of each group will qualify for the semi-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 semi-finals will be Winner Group A v Runner-Up Group B and Winner Group B v Runner-Up Group A.
The time controls for all non-rapid games will be 80 mins + 10 secs per move.

Club Championship Group Matches
Pos Group A JB RB RS PL SH SV Pts             Pos Group B DK DM AG PS MM AH Pts
=2 Justin Baptie x -B -W -B -W -B 0/0 1 Dave Kraszewski x -B -W -B -W 1B 1/1
=2 Radu Bara -W x -B -W -B -W 0/0 =2 David Millward -W x -B -W -B -W 0/0
=2 Robbie Staff -B -W x -B -W -B 0/0 =2 Arunas Gedvilas -B -W x -B -W -B 0/0
1 Peter Laundy -W -B -W x -B 1W 1/1 =2 Paul Savin -W -B -W x -B -W 0/0
=2 Steve Higgins -B -W -B -W x -B 0/0 =2 Mandar Mane -B -W -B -W x -B 0/0
=2 Spyros Vasileiadis -W -B -W 0B -W x 0/1 =2 Alice Harmer 0W -B -W -B -W x 0/1
Group Match Reports Group A
30-May-2024 - Peter got off to a winning start against Spyros. Early gains of a pawn and then the exchange were sufficient for Peter's experience to do the rest and claim the point.

Group B
30-May-2024 - Alice, making her club championship debut, had a tough start against Dave K. Alice had a promising opening position, but then misjudged and castled Q-side into a wicked attack that ended in mate on the 20th move.