For those of you who enjoyed the Combined Services at Whittering, then you are in for a treat with the lastest Open File.
Please download it * HERE * . As usual, to download right-click and select 'Save Target As).
Check back to this website soon after Christmas for more details on this years Combined Services Chess Championship. With an upswing in numbers for the Championship this year, and places for a very special NATO championship in Canada, it promises to be something special.
Combined Services Chess Championship 2013
The championship will be held at RAF Wittering next year, from Thursday 23nd May to Monday 27th May 2013. This will take place over the Bank Holiday and will be the usual seven round swiss system. You can download the entry form, and further information, from the link below.
New Edition of 'Open File' (Autumn/Winter 2012/13)
How did the UK team get on at the NATO Chess Championships in Breast?
The magazine is availble * HERE * .
(To Download simply right click and select 'Save Target As'.)
Also... The AGM will discuss the CSCA Draft Constitution.
To Review this document before the AGM, please click * HERE *
The London Candidates Tournament
London is the place to be at the moment for chessplayers everywhere. First the Classic in December and now the world's best are doing battle at the candidates tournanment. Through the hard work of Dave Ross, a place for a few lucky Combined Services players was found at the opening ceremony and the first days play (sadly, round one's games turned out to be a rather 'peaceful' affair). Here is a great picture of the team with World Number One Magnus Carlson care of Dave Ross.
London Chess Classic Report
Our intrepid Open File reporter, Carl Portman, enjoyed himself at the recent London Chess Classic. He reports direct from the event HERE.
Tournament Report: NATO Chess Championship 2012 in France
The 23rd NATO chess championships were held in Brest 1-5 Oct, the team tournament was won by Germany and the individual by Fabrice Wantiez of Belgium.
Germany Poland and France all finished on 19 points in a very tight competition, with the winners determined by tie break, this was particularly tough on France whose top board defaulted in the final round due an urgent family compassionate issue. France contested the arbiters decision to award the full point to his opponent but the decision was upheld by the appeals committee. In the individual both Fabrice Wantiez and Lorenz Drabke won their last round games to finish on 6 points, neither lost a game and their head to head in round 6 was a draw.
The UK finished in 8th only 4 points behind the winners individually Sgt David Onley, Mr David Tucker MOD and Sgt Mike Redman RM finished on 4/7, Mr Carl Portman MOD, scored 3, Cdr Scott Bower RN 2 and Lt David Ross RN 1.5. Alec Toll scored 3 and SSGT Edd Chwieseni 2 for the NATO team.
The French hosted a great tournament with all players accommodated in the Naval Circle close to the town centre, Alec searched in vain for the camera he lost back in 2002 when the French last hosted the tournament. The cultural visit was a poigniant visit to the Pointe Saint-Mathieu with a wreath laying ceremony and service for sailors who have died for France. France lived up to its reputation for excellence in food with some great dishes and an endless supply of cheese and wine at both lunch and dinner! Next years tournament will be in Warsaw, Poland 11-16 Aug and it promises to be a great tournament. During the week it will be Polish Armed Forces Day and chess players will march through the city in best uniform alongside Polands finest.
Combined Services Chess Championships 2012 & New Editions of 'Open File'
Would you like to know what happened at this year's Combined Services? Who won? Where did all the trophies go?
Well, you can find the answer in the NEW editions of Open File... now edited by the one and only Carl Portman!
The magazine is availble * HERE * and the CSCC 'special edition' is * HERE *. To Download simply right click and select 'Save Target As'.