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The First round of the Club Championships got underway on Tuesday 5 Sept 2017 with the top 7 players In the club taking part in a new Round Robin format for the ‘A’ Grade and remainder combining in a Swiss Format for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Grade Championship

After a long 6 weeks the Free Bird Competition finally came to an end with Alan Winfield holding off David Pauls challenge to see out the evening with 3 points from 4, giving him a total of 22 out of a possible 24 points. David stared the night well with a good win over Alan but faltered with a draw and loss to Gordon Lyall and Ross Jackson, respectively.

To those who did not attend on Tuesday, the Club Championships start this coming Tuesday so all members are encouraged to turn up.  

As mentioned last week, the club is now opening at 7.00pm to allow the juniors more time to play and learn however all members are welcome if they wish to come in a little earlier.

Whilst Guy Burns is away, any questions anyone has please feel free to contact me; Alan Winfield.

President Guy Burns is away and returns early 2018.
We welcome Alan Winffield to the weekly Newsletter helm.
Alan begins:

With the Penultimate round of the FreeBird tournament completed on Tuesday 22nd August, Alan Winfield won all four of his games to increase his lead to two points. With four games left only David Paul can catch him. See Top 3 standings below. Full Tournament Chart will be on the Notice Board on Tuesday.
With only Four games left, members are encouraged to attend to ensure sufficient numbers are present to complete the round.
This coming Tuesday we are going to trial opening at 7.00pm so that the juniors (we have 3!!!) can have some game time to not only have friendly games with themselves but also to provide them with some tuition to help them develop.
Should any general member wish to come in a little earlier please feel free to drop in.

Alan Winfield continues to head off David Paul, by one point in the Freebird Trophy. 2 more nights to go then our Holy Grail of Chess Tourneys begins:  Club Champ time!

After 3 nights of the Freebird Trophy,  Alan Winfield, with 11 points, has a slight edge on David Paul (10 points). Still room for possibilities with 3 nights more play to flow under the bridge.

Strong play by David Paul propels him well in front of the Blitz competition—with one more round to go it will be hard to catch him—full results below. It was good to see Earl Roberts back at the Club after a long sabbatical of 11 years-.
Next week we start the Freebird Trophy—10 minutes plus 5 second add-on timeframe.

Play in the John Kingston Memorial Trophy is over.
Congratulations goes out to Ross Jackson, winner of this Trophy — final totals below.
Next week we play the third series of our Blitz competition.

A strong win by Ross Jackson over David Paul, propels Ross into a one point lead (with one round to go) for the John Kingston Memorial. Alan Winfield is one point behind and has a chance of tying with Ross.

Good wins by Alastair McGowan and Guy Burns have muddied the waters. With two rounds to go, Ross Jackson has 3 players within cooee of catching his lead of one point.

In an exciting finish, Ross Jackson finished Gordon Lyall to cement his lead in the John Kingston Memorial Trophy