Entries so far slightly up on last year

At this point we have had 57 entries for the tournament, which is slightly up on last year at the same stage, and more significantly up on the year before that.
Bearing in mind that in both those years we had reached our full capacity of 192 players nearly a week before the event, you may well wish to ensure that you avoid disappointment by not delaying your entry too long.
Prospective entrants are also reminded that the £2 discount for early entries still applies, but only until 11 January.

Oxfordshire Individual Championship: first leg

The Open section of this weekend’s Witney’s 6th Weekend Chess Congress incorporated the first leg of the 2018-19 Oxfordshire Individual Championship.
Cowley’s Mike Handley held Marcus Harvey (Witney) with Black in the final round, allowing David Zakarian to catch up with Marcus, to produce a tie between the two of them on 4 out of 5. Mike Handley was the next-highest-placed player eligible for the Oxfordshire title on 3 points, with Oxford City’s Phil Hayward half a point further back on 2.5.
I hope both Marcus and David will be able to play in the second leg at Kidlington, which could make for a close finish and an exciting climax to this year’s championship.

Online entry now available

I’m pleased to say that our online entry form is now available via the Kidlington 2019 tab.

It has been tested, including on a real entry(!), but if for some reason anyone should experience any oddity or problem in the process of entering online, please let me know  (gerard@kidlingtonchess.org.uk) so that it can be promptly addressed. Thank you.

More prizes at Kidlington in 2019

As you can see from the entry forms now available under the Kidlington 2019 tab, we have increased the prize fund for next February’s 42nd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament to over £2200, by adding four more £40 prizes:
(i) an U130 grading prize in the U145 section;
(ii) a Veteran’s prize in the U180 section; and
(iii) two Junior prizes, one in each of the U120 and U145 sections.

Downloadable entry forms now available

Entry forms (in Word or pdf format) are now available for inspection, printing or download under the Kidlington 2019 tab.
We are still sorting out some details for the online entry form, which should be available this weekend.

I have also posted there a page drawing together the Tournament Rules and Conditions of Entry as well as giving details of the 2018-19 Oxfordshire Individual Championship, the result of which will be settled by the results of the Open section at Kidlington.

6th Witney Chess Congress, 3 & 4 November: still time to enter

The Sixth Witney Chess Congress will take place on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 3 & 4 November 2018. It has four sections (Open, U170, U145 & U120) and a prize fund of nearly £2000. Tim Dickinson and Priscilla Morris, very familiar to Kidlington regulars as stalwarts of our controlling team, will be the controllers at Witney. I warmly encourage you to support this second Oxfordshire weekend congress. Please follow the link above to find out more and to enter.

The Open section will, I hope, be of particular interest to ambitious Oxfordshire players because it incorporates the first leg of the 2018-19 Oxfordshire Individual Chess Championship. The Open section at Kidlington next February incorporates the second leg. The title of Oxfordshire Chess Champion and the Championship Trophy will go to the eligible player with the highest combined score in the Open sections of the two events.

Note on Eligibility
A player will count as eligible to win the title of Oxfordshire Champion provided that either (i) his or her (main) home at the time of both events is in Oxfordshire, or (ii) he or she has played a combined total of at least four games in the Oxfordshire League and (representing the Oxfordshire Open team) the Chilterns League before the end of January in the season in which both events are held. In the event of eligible players being tied for the highest combined number of points, the title will be shared.
  In clause (i) above, the point of speaking of a player’s ‘main home’ is that, for example, Oxfordshire students who may be residing away from home in their university town during term will be regarded as eligible for the Oxfordshire Individual Championship if their parental home to which they return during university vacations is in Oxfordshire. Those students and others whose main home is outside Oxfordshire will be eligible for the Individual Championship if they satisfy clause (ii) above. If you have any further questions about eligibility, please contact me.