English Women's Championship 2018

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Reg Clucas
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English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Reg Clucas » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:04 pm

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/the-201 ... pionships/

Hopefully in the actual event the boards will be the right way round!

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Michael Farthing » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:01 pm

Probably didn't matter at the time of the picture!

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:04 pm

According to chess-results, there are 30 entrants, ranging from 2161 down to 1180 plus unrated players.

http://chess-results.com/tnr374829.aspx?lan=1

There are 6, if I counted correctly, current and former Olympiad players in the field.

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Reg Clucas » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:24 pm

Reg Clucas wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:04 pm
https://www.englishchess.org.uk/the-201 ... pionships/

Hopefully in the actual event the boards will be the right way round!
That link doesn't work any more. They've now replaced it with another, which has a picture with a very unusual board! - https://www.englishchess.org.uk/watch-t ... ship-live/

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:54 pm

Reg Clucas wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:24 pm
Reg Clucas wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:04 pm
https://www.englishchess.org.uk/the-201 ... pionships/

Hopefully in the actual event the boards will be the right way round!
That link doesn't work any more. They've now replaced it with another, which has a picture with a very unusual board! - https://www.englishchess.org.uk/watch-t ... ship-live/
That is a detail from here, where it can be seen that the board is 8 squares by 9 squares (maybe more, as the edge is not visible)! To be fair, just colour in the edge by the Black player's elbow and it would be OK.

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:57 pm

Pairings/Results
Round 1 on 2018/08/31 at 1900
Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 16 Sheremetyeva Elizaveta 1717 0 0 WFM Head Louise 2161 1
2 2 WFM Longson Sarah N 2120 0 0 Milewska Agnieszka 1687 17
3 18 WCM Sheikh Anum 1686 0 0 WGM Jackson Sheila 2068 3
4 4 WFM Bhatia Kanwal K 2042 0 0 Walker Kate 1667 20
5 21 Denning Julie L 1658 0 0 Frostick Helen M 2037 5
6 6 WIM Lauterbach Ingrid 2010 0 0 Dicen Imogen 1513 22
7 23 Wang Susie 1490 0 0 Varney Zoe 1986 7
8 8 WIM Regan Natasha K 1942 0 0 Dicen Elis Denele 1390 24
9 26 Eccleston Bryony 1225 0 0 Gamal Alaa 1862 9
10 10 Zhu Yaoyao 1836 0 0 Jafarinejad Shohreh 0 27
11 28 Meng Hanzhi 0 0 0 Jaufarally Nadia 1828 12
12 13 Wei Naomi 1781 0 0 Naudé Nanette 0 29
13 30 Posadas Rayelynn 0 0 0 Chowdhury Feroza 1742 14
14 11 Rahulan Thivyaa 1829 0 ½ not paired
15 15 Volovich Julia 1731 0 ½ not paired
16 19 Maladkar Lavanya 1671 0 ½ not paired
17 25 Kluckova Alzbeta 1281 0 ½ not paired
http://chess-results.com/tnr374829.aspx ... =1&flag=30

Live games here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2018/1/1/1

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:59 am

Pairings/Results
Round 1 on 2018/08/31 at 1900
Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 16 Sheremetyeva Elizaveta 1717 0 0 - 1 0 WFM Head Louise 2161 1
2 2 WFM Longson Sarah N 2120 0 1 - 0 0 Milewska Agnieszka 1687 17
3 18 WCM Sheikh Anum 1686 0 0 - 1 0 WGM Jackson Sheila 2068 3
4 4 WFM Bhatia Kanwal K 2042 0 1 - 0 0 Walker Kate 1667 20
5 21 Denning Julie L 1658 0 0 - 1 0 Frostick Helen M 2037 5
6 6 WIM Lauterbach Ingrid 2010 0 1 - 0 0 Dicen Imogen 1513 22
7 23 Wang Susie 1490 0 0 - 1 0 Varney Zoe 1986 7
8 8 WIM Regan Natasha K 1942 0 1 - 0 0 Dicen Elis Denele 1390 24
9 26 Eccleston Bryony 1225 0 0 - 1 0 Gamal Alaa 1862 9
10 10 Zhu Yaoyao 1836 0 1 - 0 0 Jafarinejad Shohreh 0 27
11 28 Meng Hanzhi 0 0 0 - 1 0 Jaufarally Nadia 1828 12
12 13 Wei Naomi 1781 0 1 - 0 0 Naudé Nanette 0 29
13 30 Posadas Rayelynn 0 0 1 - 0 0 Chowdhury Feroza 1742 14
14 11 Rahulan Thivyaa 1829 0 ½ not paired
15 15 Volovich Julia 1731 0 ½ not paired
16 19 Maladkar Lavanya 1671 0 ½ not paired
17 25 Kluckova Alzbeta 1281 0 ½ not paired

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:00 am

Pairings/Results
Round 2 on 2018/09/01 at 1000
Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 1 WFM Head Louise 2161 1 1 WIM Regan Natasha K 1942 8
2 7 Varney Zoe 1986 1 1 WFM Longson Sarah N 2120 2
3 3 WGM Jackson Sheila 2068 1 1 Zhu Yaoyao 1836 10
4 9 Gamal Alaa 1862 1 1 WFM Bhatia Kanwal K 2042 4
5 5 Frostick Helen M 2037 1 1 Wei Naomi 1781 13
6 12 Jaufarally Nadia 1828 1 1 WIM Lauterbach Ingrid 2010 6
7 11 Rahulan Thivyaa 1829 ½ 1 Posadas Rayelynn 0 30
8 19 Maladkar Lavanya 1671 ½ ½ Volovich Julia 1731 15
9 14 Chowdhury Feroza 1742 0 ½ Kluckova Alzbeta 1281 25
10 24 Dicen Elis Denele 1390 0 0 Sheremetyeva Elizaveta 1717 16
11 17 Milewska Agnieszka 1687 0 0 Wang Susie 1490 23
12 27 Jafarinejad Shohreh 0 0 0 WCM Sheikh Anum 1686 18
13 20 Walker Kate 1667 0 0 Eccleston Bryony 1225 26
14 29 Naudé Nanette 0 0 0 Denning Julie L 1658 21
15 22 Dicen Imogen 1513 0 0 Meng Hanzhi 0 28

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English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Alex Longson » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:48 am

The English Women’s Championship 2018 is underway at the St John Hotel in Solihull. This is the third year of the event with previous winners Kanwal Bhatia (2016) and Louise Head (2017) both present. It is a five round swiss with a time control of 90 minutes for the whole game plus 30 second increments.

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english ... ips-2018/
http://chess-results.com/tnr374829.aspx?lan=1
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 018/2/1/1

The event is much larger this year which is great to see. 30 players are competing compared to 6 in 2016 and 11 in 2017. The organisers should be congratulated on this increase and the comfortable playing conditions at St John’s with most of the games being broadcast live on chess 24. Total prize fund is £2,000 and the winner gets a confirmed slot in the English women’s team in the 2019 European Championship.

The spread of the field is quite interesting. 3 of the top 10 are playing and 10 of the top 30. There is a good representation of younger players also.

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Carl Hibbard » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:13 am

I merged a couple of the topics.
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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Alex Longson » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:16 am

Round 1

Four players took a half point bye though none of the top seeds. All game were decisive (a refreshing change from the recent Sinquefield Cup) and no upsets really occurred.

Defending champion Louise Head was actually on the ropes somewhat in the opening against her young opponent Elizaveta Sheremetyeva who missed a thematic opportunity on move 17. After this Louise showed good technique to grind out a long win.


17.f5 gxf5 18.Nxf5 is an excellent thematic piece sacrifice

Sarah Longson caught her opponent with a nice tactic on move 23 after a trendy Italian opening suddenly went horribly wrong for Agnieszka Sapkowska (Executive Assistant for Chess in Schools).


After 22...Qd7?? - white to play and win

Another promising junior Anum Sheikh essayed the interesting and rare 8.h4 in the Miezes Scotch – more alert readers than me may be able to point out which high level game this was seen in recently but I’m pretty certain it involved Nakamura. Anyway, Sheila Jackson was not phased and was always somewhat better in the endgame.


8.h4!? - an interesting new development in the Miezes

Kanwal Bhatia – Kate Walker saw black grab a very hot pawn out of an Caro Kann Panov (transposed to an Alapin Sicilian also) – so hot in fact that white is immediately winning with a huge attack on the black king.

After 8...Nxd4?? 9.Nxd4 Bxe2 10.Qxe2 Qxd4 11.Be3 white's initiative is already winning

Julie Denning – Helen Frostick saw a speculative sacrifice by black which paid off after white failed to play the natural 17.g3 – after which Helen crashed through quickly.


17.g3 repels the attack- but after 17.Nf4? black was clearly better and won quickly

Ingrid Lauterbach and Natasha Regan both used closed openings to outplay the extremely young (and talented) Dicen sisters Imogen and Elis.

Susie Wang – Zoe Varney started out as a quiet Berlin, but white played quite passively and black took over the initiative eventually converting a heavy piece endgame.

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:01 pm

23 b4! wins for Longson doesn't it - as you say, pretty (and not *that* easy to see the longest winning line after 23...ab4 24 ab4 Nb4)
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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:15 pm

Pairings/Results
Round 2 on 2018/09/01 at 1000
Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 1 WFM Head Louise 2161 1 0 - 1 1 WIM Regan Natasha K 1942 8
2 7 Varney Zoe 1986 1 ½ - ½ 1 WFM Longson Sarah N 2120 2
3 3 WGM Jackson Sheila 2068 1 1 - 0 1 Zhu Yaoyao 1836 10
4 9 Gamal Alaa 1862 1 0 - 1 1 WFM Bhatia Kanwal K 2042 4
5 5 Frostick Helen M 2037 1 0 - 1 1 Wei Naomi 1781 13
6 12 Jaufarally Nadia 1828 1 0 - 1 1 WIM Lauterbach Ingrid 2010 6
7 11 Rahulan Thivyaa 1829 ½ 1 - 0 1 Posadas Rayelynn 0 30
8 19 Maladkar Lavanya 1671 ½ 0 - 1 ½ Volovich Julia 1731 15
9 14 Chowdhury Feroza 1742 0 1 - 0 ½ Kluckova Alzbeta 1281 25
10 24 Dicen Elis Denele 1390 0 0 - 1 0 Sheremetyeva Elizaveta 1717 16
11 17 Milewska Agnieszka 1687 0 0 - 1 0 Wang Susie 1490 23
12 27 Jafarinejad Shohreh 0 0 0 - 1 0 WCM Sheikh Anum 1686 18
13 20 Walker Kate 1667 0 1 - 0 0 Eccleston Bryony 1225 26
14 29 Naudé Nanette 0 0 0 - 1 0 Denning Julie L 1658 21
15 22 Dicen Imogen 1513 0 1 - 0 0 Meng Hanzhi 0 28

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:35 pm

Pairings/Results
Round 3 on 2018/09/01 at 1500
Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 6 WIM Lauterbach Ingrid 2010 2 2 WGM Jackson Sheila 2068 3
2 4 WFM Bhatia Kanwal K 2042 2 2 WIM Regan Natasha K 1942 8
3 13 Wei Naomi 1781 2 1½ Varney Zoe 1986 7
4 15 Volovich Julia 1731 1½ 1½ Rahulan Thivyaa 1829 11
5 2 WFM Longson Sarah N 2120 1½ 1 WFM Head Louise 2161 1
6 18 WCM Sheikh Anum 1686 1 1 Frostick Helen M 2037 5
7 21 Denning Julie L 1658 1 1 Gamal Alaa 1862 9
8 10 Zhu Yaoyao 1836 1 1 Walker Kate 1667 20
9 30 Posadas Rayelynn 0 1 1 Jaufarally Nadia 1828 12
10 23 Wang Susie 1490 1 1 Chowdhury Feroza 1742 14
11 16 Sheremetyeva Elizaveta 1717 1 1 Dicen Imogen 1513 22
12 25 Kluckova Alzbeta 1281 ½ ½ Maladkar Lavanya 1671 19
13 27 Jafarinejad Shohreh 0 0 0 Milewska Agnieszka 1687 17
14 28 Meng Hanzhi 0 0 0 Dicen Elis Denele 1390 24
15 26 Eccleston Bryony 1225 0 0 Naudé Nanette 0 29

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Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Post by Alex Longson » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:28 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:01 pm
23 b4! wins for Longson doesn't it - as you say, pretty (and not *that* easy to see the longest winning line after 23...ab4 24 ab4 Nb4)
That's right! Wins on the spot

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