Nomads C 2.5 – Aughton B 1.5

Our first double pointer of the season, as Aughton, short on players this season, declined a second fixture.  We had an immediate boost as they arrived with only three players, giving us a 1-0 advantage.  They  outgraded us on every board but credit to Eric, Sam and new player Sean, who all had very tight games.

Sam eventually succumbed to his very experienced opponent, Eric had the advantage all the way through but had to settle for a draw, leaving it all square with Sean to finish.  His game had everything, down the exchange, getting it back, queen sacrifices, pawns on the 7th, a king on the run, eventually going into the end game a piece down, a Queen and a couple of pawns to his opponents Queen, Bishop and 3 pawns.  Just when it looked like he may be on the losing end, his opponent lost his queen turning the game completely, with Sean achieving check mate after about 80 moves  with 20 seconds left, getting his first win for the team.

Three wins out of three so far 🙂

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Joining the ECF

Following the demise of the Chessnuts grading site, the Sheffield League have voted to join the ECF (English Chess Federation) so that games will continue to be graded.

As discussed at our AGM in June, due to the charges a club can be liable for if a non member plays more than three games, we decided that to play for Nomads this season, you need to be a member of the ECF.  This means we would very much appreciate it if club members could join ahead of the season starting, certainly by the end of September.

Nomads fees for the coming season only will be a straight £5 for all members, to assist in the costs for joining up.

The facility is now up and running to either join or renew membership for the 2018-19 season.  The minimum membership level is Bronze, this is £16 for the year and covers just League chess, if you think you will play in Congresses or other events, you may find the Silver or Gold membership more cost effective (as these give discounts on the event entry prices).

For existing members (approximately 10-12 of these), go to https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-renewing-your-ecf-membership/  The instructions are quite elaborate but hopefully clear enough. If you get stuck, you can shortcut the process by calling the ECF directly on 01424 775222.

For non-members, go to https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-joining-the-ecf/  Again, if you get lost with the online instructions, just call ECF directly, on the number above!

One point to make: in the Club option (which is miss-able), make sure you include Sheffield Nomads (as well as any other clubs, such as Sheffield, that you play for).

Please get back to Jeremy or Jo if you have any problems!

You can check on existing or previous grading references by going to the ECF grading database (these date back up to 20 years, so it is worth checking if you are on there, even if you haven’t been a member you may well have games, and therefore a grading reference logged) – http://ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php , putting your name in the search box and pressing enter. If you’re a current member, your name will appear on the right – you can select it and see your membership status. If you were a previous but not a current member, you can change the ‘Graded Players’ selected to ‘Players Total’ in the top right  drop-down menu – this pulls up details of everyone.

British Chess Championships

The British Chess Championships take part in Hull this year, 27th July – 5th August.  Jon Nelson is so far the only Nomad in the entries but it’s not to late for anyone who wishes to take part.  There are classes for all abilities.

Detail can be found here – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/

Also, check out the events and social programme running along side the event – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Events-BCC-2018.pdf