The Atticus Summer Tournament, now renamed the Wiseman-Hurley Open concluded last night.  Once again all five games were very keenly contested.

Steve Kee went into final round as heavy favourite, having collected four wins and a draw from the previous five rounds, yet Brendan was only a point behind and knew that if he could upset the form book, he could earn a share of first place.  The game was a Sicilian Alapin with 3...g6 (Smith-Morra Declined) and Brendan found some nice tactical ideas to give the number one seed pause for thought, but eventually Steve came through, and was crowned champion for a record fifth time.

Colin took clear second place defeating Sanjoy in a Sicilian Najdorf Opočenský Variation, where the theory gave way to a sharp tactical dogfight where both players missed good opportunities before Colin steered the ship home.  Consolation for Sanjoy was provided by the U1750 grading prize and a tie for 3rd place with Brendan and Luke, who himself returned to winning ways in the final round but was pushed all the way by Steve Burge in a Classical Dutch.

Peter Jenner rounded off a superb tournament for him with a fighting draw against Brian to achieve a creditable 50% result, tying for sixth place with Brian and Mike Coffey who defeated Steve Winstanley.

Tom Webb and Steve Burge finished half a point further back, and Steve Winstanley will look back at oppotunities missed.

The tournament was well supported throughout by players and spectators alike, and it was great to be able to return to over-the-board chess after a long absence.  Thanks in particular to Luke and Martin for assisting with the running of the tournament, as attention now turns to the impending return of league chess on 4th October.

By FM David Lawson

I was lucky enough to watch most of all the games from Round 5, and learnt a lot in the process. Every game had very original ideas, and each player seemed determined to twist for opportunities rather than acquiesce to draw-dom……….. And they were all less than 30 moves, which the crowds love!

Things are hotting up after four rounds.  Steve Kee won the big clash on top board against Luke and Colin kept his hopes of retaining his title still very much alive with a good win over Brian.  Elsewhere Sanjoy and Brendan picked up wins, while the games between Mike Coffey and Steve Burge and Peter Jenner and Steve Winstanley ended peacefully.

We were lucky to have FM David J James analyse some of the games from this round, which are presented below.

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Results from Round 4:

Luke Boumphrey 0-1 Steve Kee
Brian Ewart 0-1 Colin Horton
Mike Coffey ½-½ Steve Burge
Tom Webb 0-1 Sanjoy Banerjee
Ben Ellington 0-1 Brendan Kane
Peter Jenner ½-½ Steve Winstanley

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Draw for Round 5 (ties to be played Monday 6th September)

1. Steve Kee (3.5) v Colin Horton (3)
2. Sanjoy Banerjee (2.5) v Luke Boumphrey (2.5)
3. Brendan Kane (2.5) v Mike Coffey (2)
4. Steve Burge (2) v Brian Ewart (2)
5. Tom Webb (1.5) v Peter Jenner (1.5)
6. Steve Winstanley (0.5) v Ben Ellington (1)

Results from Round 3:

Colin Horton ½-½ Luke Boumphrey
Steve Kee 1-0 Mike Coffey
Brian Ewart 1-0 Ben Ellington
Brendan Kane ½-½ Tom Webb
Sanjoy Banerjee 1-0 Peter Jenner
Steve Winstanley 0-1 Steve Burge

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Board 1: Colin Horton v Luke Boumphrey

The first to finish after both players entered a supposedly drawish line in the Dragon.  However, later analysis showed there was considerable bite below the surface, where either combatant could have prospered or been sunk.  A share of the spoils a fair result.

Board 2: Steve Kee v Mike Coffey

Mike's opening preparation led to a very reasonable position against the English, however, his position became quite passive, his play restricted by Steve's advancing kingside pawns, and this in turn led to a winning attack from Steve.

Board 3: Brian Ewart v Ben Ellington

The players somehow played this game with colours reversed from the published draw, with Ben taking the white pieces.  In a game that showed the considerable skill of both players, Brian's experience and nous was ultimately telling, as he deployed a strong defensive set-up in the Rauser, where the latent power of the bishop pair proved irresistible in the long term.

Board 4: Brendan Kane v Tom Webb

A Smith-Morra - it ended all square with an agreed draw on move 37.  Black kept hold of the gambited pawn but the pawn structure was blocked with no way through.

Board 5: Sanjoy Banerjee v Peter Jenner

In an exchange Caro, black dropped a central pawn in the opening, but found an energetic plan by keeping the king in the centre and thrusting forward on the kingside.  White had to tread with care to keep the game under wraps, but ultimately found a way to trade into a winning endgame.

Board 6: Steve Winstanley v Steve Burge

In a really open game both sides fought to advance on opposite sides of board. As the game progressed black had a good advantage but Steve Winstanley managed to turn things around but used up too much time to keep on top, and things had turned again as his flag fell.

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Standings after Round 3

2.5/3.0 Luke Boumphrey, Steve Kee
2.0/3.0 Colin Horton, Brian Ewart
1.5/3.0 Mike Coffey, Brendan Kane, Tom Webb, Sanjoy Banerjee, Steve Burge
1.0/3.0 Ben Ellington, Peter Jenner
0.0/3.0 Steve Winstanley

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Draw for Round 4

Luke Boumphrey (2.5) v Steve Kee (2.5)
Brian Ewart (2) v Colin Horton (2)
Mike Coffey (1.5) v Steve Burge (1.5)
Tom Webb (1.5) v Sanjoy Banerjee (1.5)
Ben Ellington (1.0) v Brendan Kane (1.5)
Peter Jenner (1.0) v Steve Winstanley (0.0)

Results from Round 2:

Luke Boumphrey 1-0 Brian Ewart
Mike Coffey ½-½ Colin Horton
Steve Burge 0-1 Steve Kee
Peter Jenner ½-½ Brendan Kane
Sanjoy Banerjee 0-1 Ben Ellington
Steve Winstanley 0-1 Tom Webb

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Draw for Round 3

Colin Horton (1.5) v Luke Boumphrey (2)
Steve Kee (1.5) v Mike Coffey (1.5)
Brian Ewart (1) v Ben Ellington (1)
Brendan Kane (1) ½-½ Tom Webb (1)
Sanjoy Banerjee (0.5) v Peter Jenner (1)
Steve Winstanley (0) v Steve Burge (0.5)

We have been advised at short notice that due to staff illness The Cross Keys will close at 9.30pm tonight.  As such round 3 of the Atticus Open has been postponed until next week (16th August).  The club night will still take place tonight as usual, the early closing notwithstanding.

Please note that the draw for Round Two tonight has been revised as below:

1. Luke Boumphrey v Brian Ewart
2. Mike Coffey v Colin Horton
3. Steve Burge v Steve Kee
4. Peter Jenner v Brendan Kane
5. Sanjoy Banerjee v Ben Ellington
6. Steve Winstanley v Tom Webb

Apologies for any inconvenience.

After some delay due to the Covid situation, the 2021 Atticus Summer Tournament finally kicked off on Monday evening.  The format has been adjusted this year to a six round Swiss due to the limited entry.

Board 1: Steve Kee v Sanjoy Banerjee

In a reverse Dragon, I took the fight to Steve with a swashbuckling kingside attack.  He defended manfully and we eventually agreed a peaceful conclusion after 29 moves.

Board 2: Ben Ellington v Luke Boumphrey

Ben and Luke reached a queenless middlegame in the Dragon with Ben an exchange up, which he later converted to a rook for three pawns.  But with time running out he was unable to see it home and Luke used his experience and guile to harvest the full point.

Board 3: Colin Horton v Mark Wadsworth

Colin appeard to seize a middlegame advantage and never relinquished it.

Board 4: Tom Webb v Mike Coffey

Tom was two pawns ahead, and both kings were exposed, but Tom's king was central and Mike increased the pressure to smash through.

Board 5: Brian Ewart v Steve Winstanley

Steve put up a valiant fight, but Brian proved too strong.

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or click on the link Wiseman-Hurley Open at CLM

Draw for Round Two:
1. Luke Boumphrey v Brian Ewart
2. Mike Coffey v Colin Horton
3. Steve Burge v Steve Kee
4. Sean Kane v Brendan Kane
5. Sanjoy Banerjee v Peter Jenner
6. Steve Winstanley v Ben Ellington
7. Mark Wadsworth v Tom Webb

1. Steve Kee (2155) ½-½ Sanjoy Banerjee (1728)
2. Ben Ellington (1705) 0-1 Luke Boumphrey (2118)
3. Colin Horton (2020) 1-0 Mark Wadsworth (1690)
4. Tom Webb (1653) 0-1 Mike Coffey (1908)
5. Brian Ewart (1825) 1-0 Steve Winstanley (1510)

Bye in round 1:
- Sean Kane
- Peter Jenner
- Steve Burge

Dear All,

Following discussion with the Cross Keys, the Atticus 2021 Summer Tournament will now begin one week later than planned on Monday 26th July.

Expressions of interest have been received from the following:

- Steve Kee
- Steve Winstanley
- Tom Webb
- Mike Coffey
- Peter Jenner
- Joe Butterworth
- Luke Boumphrey
- Steve Burge
- Tom Bimpson
- Ben Ellington
- Mark Wadsworth

Please let me know if you would like to enter.

Kind Regards,
Sanjoy Banerjee

Dear All,

In light of the recent government announcement that COVID-19 related restrictions will remain in place until 19th July at the earliest, the Atticus Open has been rescheduled to begin on this date.

Apologies for any inconvience.

Please note, full details of the amended schedule are below.  Expressions of interest have been received from the following players.  Please let me know if you would like to enter:

- Steve Kee
- Steve Winstanley
- Tom Webb
- Mike Coffey
- Peter Jenner
- Joe Butterworth
- Luke Boumphrey
- Steve Burge

In the event of clashes with any fixtures in the leagues, we will take note of this and make flexible arrangements accordingly.

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