Devon County Chess Association have been running an online Spring Grand-Prix blitz event open to all Devon players.
The Grand-Prix operated over several weeks and placed player according to their best 7 Blitz tournament results with both Seaton players Paul Hampton and Jonathan Underwood reaching the play offs from a field of 50.
Jonathan has now progressed to the final after defeating Paul in a tense semi-final match and will play International Master Jack Rudd on Friday 3rd July 2020 at 8pm on chess.com.
The match will be streamed live with online expert commentary so please join us on Friday for an exciting showdown!
Just go to the Live Stream from 7:20pm on Friday to tune in!
Jon Underwood came top of a very strong field of 34 with a score of 4.5/5 in the DCCA Online Club event on Monday 30th March. This event was a 5 round Swiss tournament with a 9 + 3 second control and featured some of Devon's finest players including a FIDE master, International Master and National Master. Well done Jon!
Paul Hampton also performed well winning the faster Wacky Wednesday event on the 1st April with 38 points (11 wins 2 losses). This was a 60-minute "arena" style event with 1 min + 4 sec increment with 22 players. Steve Dean also played well to come joint 5th with a FIDE master, and was awarded a prize for his efforts.
Seaton player Jon Underwood took part in the 25th Dorset rapidplay championship earlier in March, before coronavirus cancelled everything.
Despite many late withdrawals the field was still a strong one with three players rated over 200 headed by British top ten player and Grandmaster Matthew Turner. At the half way stage Jon was on 2.5/3, just half a point off the lead, but his next opponent was Harry Grieve (213). Jon managed to win a wild game with the black pieces, and so had to face Ian Thompson (208) in the fifth round, again with black. Another draw left him in overall second, but unfortunately his final round opponent was to be Matt Turner who was leading with 5/5.
Somehow Jon managed to defend a very awkward endgame, earning his first ever draw against a grandmaster in the process. It was only good enough for fourth place overall, but still the best performance of his chess career.
Wed 25th March 2020
to be held ONLINE at lichess.org
Rate of play
7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves
6.45pm – 9.15pm
Free to register and enter
an immortal place in the Seaton Chess Club Hall of Fame!
to enter contact: Paul Hampton
Tel: 07711 519655
For more details see the Entry Form.
Seaton entered two teams into the Devon Team Quickplay that took place on the 22nd Feb 2020 at the America Hall in Pinhoe, Exeter.
This event comprised 10 teams of 4, playing over 6 round with 10min + 3sec/move increment for each game.
It is a pleasure to announce that Seaton's 'The Flying Dutchmen' tied joint first with a formidable Exeter team and Seaton's 'The Flying Dustmen' won the best U450 trophy (pictured being collected by Hazel).