Congratulations to David Zakarian, the Oxfordshire Individual Chess Champion for the season 2016-17!
Despite having to leave before the last round to supervise the Oxfordshire Under-9 team in a team event on the Sunday afternoon, David’s combined score of 5.5 points in the Open sections at Witney in October and at Kidlington last weekend won him the title by half a point from Zoe Varney, whose combined score was 5 points.
Marcus Harvey came third with 4.5 points despite not having played in the Witney event at all!
Gerard O’Reilly (12 February)
Following ratification of the proposal by the AGM of the Oxfordshire Chess Association on 22 September 2016, the Oxfordshire Individual Chess Championship is being revived. The title of Oxfordshire Chess Champion for 2016 and the Championship Trophy will be awarded to the eligible player with the highest combined score in the Open sections of the Witney Weekend Congress (held in October 2016) and the 2017 Kidlington Chess Tournament.
A player will count as eligible 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.
Gerard O’Reilly (8 January 2017)