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Congatulations to Kate Walker for winning the under 120 section of the recent North Wales Congess and to Nick Holmes who came second in the same competition.
Congratulations also go to John Westhead for winning the Shropshire Minor Tournement with 5.5/7.
Club Championship Winter 2018/19
Shrewsbury Town Championship 2019
Congratulations to Graham Shepherd for his performance in the recent Paignton Chess Congress
Graham shared first prize with one other player in the morning competition for players graded under 135, and shared second prize with three others in the afternoon competition for players graded under 150. Perhaps Graham would like to share his favourite game with us.
Telepost Rapidplay 3 Sep.18
The tournament was organised and run by Steve Wilson. It was held over rounds using the Swiss pairings system. Fourteen members took part and at the end of the nigh , Philip Zabrocki was the winner with 5 wins out of 5. John Westhead and Matthew Clark were joint 2nd both scoring 4 wins out of 5.
Pre season friendly Telepost v Shrewsbury on Monday 20 August 2018
Shrewsbury came to Telepost mustering three players and to make a seven board game Telepost loaned them four players for the night.A close match ensued with Telepost running out 4-3 winners.
2017-18 SEASONClub Championship 2017/18
Congratulations to John Westhead winning the club championship 2017/8 with 4.5/5. An admiral performance considering he was outgraded by two of his opponents.
National Club ChampionshipsThe National Chess Club championships were held at the Park Hotel in Telford on Saturday/Sunday 7/8th April.
Our club had two 4 person teams. The A team were in the Major Section,the Rules stipulated that the average grade of the 4 people must be no more than 175. We also had a B team in the Minor Section, the average grading could be no more than 125.
Our B team won the Minor Section, so congratulations go to Graham Shepherd, Dennis Bonner, Steve Wilson and Shane Sweeney. This was especially well deserved as all of the other teams well outgraded our B team. Our A team also did well, achieving 2nd Position in the Major. Congratulations go to Nigel Ferrington, Phil Zabrocki, Matthew Clark and John Bashall. Nigel with 3 out of 4 and Matthew with the same score were the highest scorers on boards 1 and 3 respectively.
It was a very good weekend for Shropshire as Telford won the Intermediate section. We now have our first silverware of the Season. Matthew agreed to get the Cup and the Plate engraved with our teams and date, they will both be placed on the shelves in the Bar area for all to see.
Division 3; C versus D
The C team played our D team on Monday 26/2 which was their 3rd fixture against each other this season.
The honours turned out even at 2-2 with Nick Holmes beating John Casewell, Charles Micallef drawing with Kate Walker, Andy Lewis drew with Steve Wilson, and Dennis Bonner lost against Shane Sweeney.
This leaves the C team in 3rd place in the Division 3 followed by the D team in 4th position, with only 2 points separating the teams.
Simultaneous at Newport
Good news from the recent Simutaneous display by Grandmaster Keith Arkell on 13th February.
There were 18 opponents from the various clubs in Shropshire and there was only 1 winner from all of these clubs……None other than our own Phil Zabroki.
Phil had the better position in the game and finally won the end game against Arkell, who has the reputation of being a fine endgame player. Congratulations to Phil from all of our club.
Telepost A 4 Wellington A 1 07/02/18Telepost A were happy to get back to winning ways last Wednesday. Nigel and Phil secured good wins over traditional rivals Toby Neal and Colin Roberts. John Bashall and John Westhead also achieved good wins on boards 4 and 5. Sadly, Matthew was unable to complete the clean sweep on board 3 after achieving a good position from the opening, but congratulations to James Kuczynski for getting the better of the time scramble and achieving checkmate with only 20 seconds on the clock.
Rapidplay debuts end the duck
Debut Rapidplay appearances of the season by Peter Crean and Kate Walker helped Telepost B break their Rapidplay Division 2 duck as Telepost Club hosted round four of the competition on February 5th. The win came in the final match of the evening, against Newport B. Peter, on fine form, had two wins and a draw on the night, and a win and a draw for Steve Wilson and two wins for Shane Sweeney made it easily our best showing of the season, against teams graded much higher. We remain bottom of the division but not quite as bottom as we were!
Our C team played Telford B at home on Moday 12/2/18.
“C” team met Newport “C” at home on Monday 29/1/18.
It turned out to be a tense battle but Nick Holmes beat his opponent Michael Moore in the first game to complete. Then Andy Lewis had a good draw against Malcolm Price as did Charles Micallef who drew with Paul Broderick. Quickly following those results Dennis Bonner beat Zack Maydew to complete a good win at 3-1 which puts the “C” team in 3rd position in the 3rd Division.
Newport A v Telepost A 18 /01/18
Telepost A lost 4-1 to Newport A last night. Nigel drew with Nick Rutter on board one in a battle of the recent county champions and John Westhead drew with Chris Paul on 4, but none of the rest of us had any success. Steve Kempsell played very well to push Nathaniel Paul hard, but Nat ground him down in the ending. Team was Nigel on 1, Matthew on 2, Steve on 3, John on 4 and Nick making his first team debut on 5.
Josh put up a great battle but lost to the very experienced Stefan Tennant. The other 3 games continued very tensely until Shane beat Roger Brown on time . This set the match at 1-1 with everything to play for. The 3rd game was very well won by Kate, who was playing her first game for the D Team . She played Richard Thompson, who lost a long battle but fell to Kate’s well thought out strategy.
The last game was played out virtually to the Time Control and could have gone either way but the game was finally won by Andy Jones . Steve Wilson had a great battle against his higher graded opponent.
So the match finished at 2-2, an excellent performance for our D team.
Dennis Bonner 17/01/18
Shropshire Congress- 5th - 7th January 2018
In the Intermediate U 140 section congratulations to both John Westhead who had 2.5 and Kate Walker with 2 points.
12/07/2017 Shropshire Star
Telepost A have beaten Newport A in the final of the Shropshire chess Cox Trophy by the closest of margins, disappointing Newport's hopes of doing a league and cup double.
The final, which was broadcast live on the internet thanks to the use of digital chess boards, ended in a 2-2 draw on the night. But using the board countback tiebreak rule, Telepost were declared winners. A top board win for Trevor Brotherton eventually proved decisive despite a late win on time for Ian Jamieson, and Athar Ansari salvaging a 91 move draw even though a piece down for most of his game with David Hodge.
In the Minor knockout final pitting Telford A against Telepost B, which was played simultaneously, Richard Thompson's win gave Telford the early lead. Draws on boards two and four left the match depending on the top board where, with only four seconds left on his clock, Mark Keady finally resigned to Keith Tabner.
Amazingly this gave another 2-2 match result, and again Telepost emerged victorious through the board countback rule, in which the result of the bottom board is scrubbed out, repeatedly if necessary, until a decisive result is arrived at.
Shrewsbury-based Telepost had been underdogs in both matches, being outgraded on seven of the eight boards.
Detailed results were – Cox Trophy, Newport A 2, Telepost A 2: Nathanael Paul 0, Trevor Brotherton 1; Chris Lewis 0.5, John Bashall 0.5; Ian Jamieson 1, Matthew Clark 0; Athar Ansari 0.5, David Hodge 0.5.
Minor Knockout, Telford A 2, Telepost B 2 - Mark Keady 0, Keith Tabner 1; Richard Szwajkun 0.5, Steve Kempsell 0.5; Richard Thompson 1, Peter Crean 0; Stefan Tennant 0.5, John Westhead 0.5.
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