Further to the recent expression of interest, we’ve entered a team in the 4NCL. The squad is Joe Ryan FM, Kavin Venkatesan, Brendan Lyons, Leon Putar, Lara Putar, John Healy, Kevin Burke (latter two are really “just in case” squad members – it’s a team of 4 and a squad of 8 – and if there is any more interest, let me know)
Tournament details are here. First round is 7:30pm on Tuesday, with team declaration due by Monday at 7:30pm. The tournament will be hosted on lichess, with a time control of 45 minutes + 15 seconds. The 4NCL equivalent of our 150-point rule is an 80-point rule, based on FIDE ratings, so Joe (2271) has to be board 1, but there’s a lot of flexibility elsewhere – Kavin (1971), Brendan (1941), John (1889), me (1878), Leon (1868), Lara (1821).
The round 1 draw will be available on Sunday.
The 4NCL – the British chess league – is starting its own online version while the current lockdown restrictions are in place, and Irish teams are invited. We’re looking at entering a St Benildus team, so if you’re interested in playing, let me know by Friday (which is the entry deadline). Games are 45 minutes plus 15 seconds per move each and start at 7:30pm on Tuesdays. We can have a squad of 8, though matches are 4 players each. Full rules are here. As it’s the 4NCL, we do expect it to be a strong competition, so we’ll if there’s more interest than places, we’ll give first dibs to the strongest players.
A quick reminder about our three online tournaments –
Tomorrow at 7:30, we have a 20-minute hyperbullet tournament (30 seconds each) – you can enter here.
The main event then starts at 8pm, with a 90-minute blitz (5+3) tournament here. It’s the same password as last week in both cases.
And we still have a couple of places left in our gameknot club championships here – just send me your user name for an invite.
In line with recent government announcements, the Leinster leagues have been postponed, and the club will remain closed, until 19th April.
The link for next week’s blitz is here. Password to enter is the same. Only difference is it’s now a 90 minute tournament, from 8 to 9:30.
We’ve also added an hyperbullet tournament at 7:30 for 20 minutes, which is here, and again the password is the same. That then gives a 10 minute gap to rest until the main event!
Finally, the gameknot tournament is now online here – those players who have just joined the site do need to have three wins and six games played before we can invite them.
Mihailo was the winner of our first online blitz, which saw 26 players enter all told. Stephen and John filled out the top three.
Full details are here. I’ve no idea what happened other than that I was steeped to beat Diana in the first round and managed to spectacularly mess up against Mihailo in round 4.
In terms of messing around with format, suggestion seems to be a 90 minute main tournament, and an ultrabullet beforehand. See how it goes.
A quick reminder that our first online blitz will be tonight at the slightly unusual time of 8pm sharp (“Whenever Ciarán arrives wasn’t an option”). We’ve 17 players signed up so far, and there’s others interested as well. The link is here, and drop me a line (before 8!) for the password.
We’ll take any feedback after the event and roll that into next week’s tournament – one early suggestion is that we warm up for the main event with a 15-minute 30-second ultrabullet tournament for example. We’ll also look at getting the gameknot tournament underway as well.