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Chris Lewis wins blitz handicap - 16/07/2019

Chris Lewis was the winner of his own tournament in the first of the summer blitz chess competitions hosted by Newport chess club. Lewis, who organised the event, scored 6.5 to take first prize of £15, winning six games and drawing his seventh. Bill Bates was second on 6, and Tony Preece in third spot and winning the grading prize for players graded under 150. Other grading prizes went to Rajeev Raghaven, Nick Holmes, and Dan Hilditch-Love.
The event was a handicap, with the strongest players having just three minutes to make all their moves, and less strong players having as much as eight minutes.

Newport's Athar Ansari is celebrating an impressive success at the Golders Green rapidplay tournament, which is FIDE rated. Taking part in the Open in the London event, he was joint winner.
"I played three FIDE Masters, the strongest of whom was rated 2294," said Athar. "This was my best performance, to win the Open section in London."

Athar and other Shropshire players will be involved in more chess action in Shropshire this weekend, with the Four Nations Chess League congress being held at the Ramada Hotel in Telford town centre from July 19 to 21, with a total field of around 150.
A number of Grandmasters have entered and will compete in the Open, which is the strongest section. Several Shropshire players have entered this section Chris Lewis, Nathanael Paul, and Stuart Ross, all from the Newport club, and Steve Tarr, from Oakengates-based Maddocks.
In the section for players with a FIDE rating of under 2000, Shropshire entries include Athar Ansari and Ian Jamieson (both Newport), Oswestry's Richard Bryant, Peter Kitchen from Shrewsbury, Tony Preece (Maddocks), and Graham Shepherd (Telepost).
And in the section for those graded under 135, Shropshire hopefuls include Roger Brown (Telford), Kate Walker (Telepost), and George Viszokai (Maddocks),

County teams to be re-established - 09/07/2019

Shropshire is making a return to the fray in inter-county chess competition after several years away.
At least two teams, an Open, and a team for players graded under 120, will be fielded next season, run by Matthew Clark and Dennis Bonner respectively. And Roger Brown is hoping to run a third team, for players graded under 140. The proposal was given the nod at the annual meeting of Shropshire Chess Association.
Shropshire dropped out of inter-county competition because there was nobody to run the teams, and also trouble finding enough players 16 are needed for the Open team.

Among other headlines from the meeting are that home teams which fail to set up chess sets and clocks in time for a prompt 7.30pm start in league matches will face what is in effect a time penalty the clocks will be set as if the match had started on time and a new trophy is being introduced in memory of the former general secretary and Wellington player Colin Roberts, who died last year.
The Colin Roberts Memorial Trophy will be a brilliancy prize, for the best game by a Shropshire player in any competition during the course of the season, excluding blitz, rapidplay, and internet games. It has been made possible thanks to a £100 donation in his memory by his family.

Among more controversial resolutions were a proposal that a nominated Division One player must play in at least half the matches, or face a penalty a move to stop clubs nominating players who then do not play regularly. That was passed, but a move to strip Division Two or Division Three champions of the championship trophy if they decline promotion was narrowly defeated.

League controller Nat Paul has stepped down, to be replaced by Adrian Zdanowski, and Munroe Morrison is being lined up to take over as president from Francis Best.

Meanwhile Telepost's Kate Walker, who has acquired the nickname "Killer Kate," has been in the prizes again, winning joint first at the North Wales chess congress at Llandudno, taking home £200.

And the first summer blitz event at Newport chess club is being held on Thursday, July 11 , at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.