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Oct 14th Matches
  • Bruce and Pat went at each other, with Pat winning 3, Bruce 2, and 2 draws!  After all that there ratings didn't change :D!
  • Frank and Will Atkinson played, and Frank got his king, bishop and rook trapped with no good squares to move to without losing a pawn. Will on the other hand could advance his pawns and king and controlled the center.  The net result was a win for Will.
  • Bob Flanagan and Richard Neal had an interesting match.  The match went back and forth until Bob was able to fork Richard's rooks with a pawn.  A rook up was all it took to win.
    • To view the above game, click on Neal vs Flanagan Oct 14.  Scroll down to the mini-chessboards to see a move by move analysis.  The mini-boards show alternate moves and the pawns up for White and Black.  This was generated by www.chesspractice.com
  • The match between Mendenhall and Wolfgang went back and forth until move 49 when Bill sacked his knight for a pawn to prevent Wolfgang from having two connected past pawns.  But Wolfgang had a bishop, rook and a passed pawn and Bill just a rook.......
    • To view the above game, click on Mendenhall vs Wolfgang Oct 14.  Scroll down to the mini-chessboards to see a move by move analysis.  The mini-boards show alternate moves and the pawns up for White and Black.  This was generated by www.chesspractice.com
Oct 7th Matches
  • The tournaments continue!  
  • Wolfgang and Will Atkinson had a battle that was even until Wolf  moved the wrong pawn. This allowed Will to drive pawns down the center with obvious results!
  • Richard Neal and Bill Mendenhall had a battle.  Near the end, Richard appeared to have it won, but didn't take what appeared to be a free rook. Its possible that Bill could have stalemated with repeated checks, but I didn't see it. Richard must have, or missed the rook take.  At the end of the game, Bill was down to about thirty seconds and up a queen but Richard had a pawn on the 6th rank.  After about a dozen moves with Bill not finding a way to win, they agreed on a draw.
  • I didn't see any of the B tournament matches.  Next time I'll spend time watching them.
  • I compared the matches in the ladder to Bruce's results and found about a half dozen from the tournament that were not recorded.  I've included in the ladder.
  • Both Will Atkinson and Bruce Bucari have sent updates on the A and B tournaments.  I've posted those on the club news page.

Sept 30th Matches
  • Van Wooley was back and in force!  He played many of his B tournament matches,  going 8-0!  This netted him 40 points on the ladder and put him tied with Bob for 10th place.
  • No surprises in the A tournament.  Wolfgang and Frank did draw, but they are close in ratings, and draws do happen.
  • Charles Murter lost more than he wond, going to his lowest ladder ranking since January 2018
  • Bill Penjuke steped up his game with five wins against closely rated oppoents. And he won against Cliff who is much higher.  This jumped him to 19th place with the resulitng 78 point gain.
Sept 23rd Matches
  • A lot of of B tournament matches were played. I'm not certain who is ahead :).  I'll ask Bruce and update when I hear back.
  • No upsets in the A tournament.  Most of the matches were over quickly. However, the Flanagan-Mendenhall match lasted 4 hours +, with Bill finally winning
  • Wolfgang is recovering from his his summer golf play and has gained ladder points the past two weeks after being beat up on when he returned :D.
  • Joe Brank has jumped 150 points in the past month!  Way to go Joe
  • Charles Jay must be studying a new book!  He has jumped 100 points in a month and a half
  • Cliff's game is slipping, as his rating is nearing an all time low. I'm certain we'll hear about it.
  • Bill Mendenhall needs only 12 more points to reach his all time high on the ladder. He's been on an upward run since July.
  • Charles Murter has dropped from his all time high of  1534 back in early June to 1397.  We'll ask Charles to lend him the book he is reading.
  • And Richard Neal has gone in the opposite direction,  approaching his 1750!  He split games with Frank, which helped his ranking.

Sept 16th Matches
  • All the matches were slooow matches as both the A and B tournament is going on.  No major upsets.

Sept 2nd Matches
  • A lot of players who hadn't been to the club in several weeks showed up. And a lot of players who had been showing up took the holiday off!  Welcome back wWolfgang, Cliff, Van, and others
  • Bob took the holiday off so Bill Mendenhall's victories, which included a victory over Wolfgang,  took him 28 points above Bob in their battle on the ladder.
  • Cliff came back from several weeks off.  Normally when he comes back, he wins.  Unfortunately, his concentration must have not vacationed enough.  He lost two and drew one.  
  • Charles Murter has been on a downward slide since he hit hs all time high of 1534.  He's down to 1380.  Sounds like his preferred opponents have figured out how to play him!
August 25th Matches
  • Bruce set a new milestone!  He played himeself and won. Twice :D.  The entry for White was "Bruce" and the entry for Black was "Bruce Bucari"  Good try!!!
  • Bruce and  Pat Holland are competing for the most games played.  They are averaging 5 games a night.  Bruce has the lead since we started the new ladder two years ago. He has played 521 games. Pat has played 490.  No one else is close.
  • Richard Neal must have read a good chess book!  He won five matches!  Two against Frank.  Overall, Richard went up 48 points and took 7th place away from Tom Distillo
  • Charles Jay has been on a upward rating run for the past few weeks.  He's gained over a 100 points since August 5th.  Jackie has been going in the opposite direction.
  • Bill Mendenhall and Bob Flanagan played two games and each won one. Going in Bob was a point behind Bill.  Because Bob was the underdog. :D,  The rating system made his win over Bill worth more than Bill's win over Bob.  Bob now has retaken 9th place from Bill with 1593.0 points.  Bill has 1592.7!
August 19th Matches
  • Bill Mendenhall managed to jump ahead of Bob, by one point!  As I left early due to exhaustion (after playing in a a daze against Tom and losing), I didn't see any of the highlights or lowlights of the evening's matches.
  • We did have Tony Durkin show backup and he drew Will Atkinson, which means it was a tough played game for both.
  • Pat Holland had a good day, going up 94 points and to #18 on the ladder.
  • Quite a few of our regulars were not there. Most likely due to end of summary nice weather and vacations. With September rolling around attendance should increase back to normal.
August 12th Matches
  • Don Forest returned after almost a six month absence. Don plays on Thursdays at West Chester.  He lost against Richard but had strong wins against Clift and Joe.  Welcome back Don!
  • Lots of players at the club and lots of matches!  All the tables were full. And Jackie brought food as always. Thanks Jackie!
  • Tom Distillo has a phenomenal night! 8 wins, no losses.  In one game Richard Neal gifted Tom his queen.  What looked like a perfect queen move by Richard was almost perfect. Until the unseen bishop took the queen!
  • Bob and Van split matches.  In the first match, Bob's knights forked the queen and a took twice :D.  In the second match, Van played very aggressively and very carefully and easily won.
  • Bob and Bill Mendenhall then played.  Bob checkmated Bill with 25 seconds left on his clock. Bill had 1 second left the last 10-15 moves so it was a super speed ending.  The game was even for 40+ moves until Bob got the advantage with a bishop versus a knight and a king in the center vs a king in the corner.
  • Bruce, Bill Penjuke and Charles Jay all had good nights, going up 50-60 points each.
  • Pat Holland set a record I think.  He dropped 181 points!!!!  Bill Penjuke, Bruce, and Charles Murter all had multiple victories.  I suspect Pat will have revenge next week.
August 5th Matches
  • Lots of players at the club and lots of matches!
  • Jackie Brown had a great day, winning three matches against higher rated opponents and gaining 74 points!
  • The battle between Bob, Bill M, and Van continues!  Bob jumped form 10th to 8th with two powerful games against Van. Then Shannon took two games off of Van. So Van dropped 38 points.  Bill had a good night, gaining 17 points, primarily from a draw with Will Atkinson..  It could have been a victory but few know how to do a bishop-knight checkmate.  Bob's victories over Van gave him enough points, 26, to jump ahead of both players.
  • Frank had a good day with three wins over Neal and one over Bob
July 29th Matches
  • Lots of matches!  We ran out of room on the front page and had to fill in half the back. And then results were emailed to me on matches that were not recorded.
  • I got a note from Shannon Miles that he had to complete a tournament match at Franklin Mills so missed this Monday. But he expects to be attending regularly in August.
  • I'm not certain how it happened but Bill Killinger got a draw against Will Atkinson.  Will then won victories over VAn Woolley and Jackie Brown.
  • Bruce had a fun day but had two  losses to Bill Mendenhall, two to Pat Holland, and two to Humaan Said.  Bruce and Joe Brank are now tied and we look forward to what happens when they play each other next week.
  • Humaan Said continues to move up the ladder.  He beat Bob and Bob was mad as he missed three moves, one of which would likely have won and one that would have drew the game.  SLOW play is the key!!!
  • Pat Holland has a record for one of the biggest gains of the year, 118 points!  Six victories and a draw!
  • Bill Mendenhall and Bob Flanagan had a hour and half battle.  However Bill was on the defensive most of the game, and when Bill went for what looked like a free pawn (I think frustration had sat in), it turned out to be a trap that ended up with Bill lossing a minor piece..  Both have three wins, two draws and three losses!  And are just 5 points apart.
  • Richard Neal, after some tough losses at USCF quads last weekend decided to take revenge on Tom, winning both matches.  And this to Tom, who had just lost two matches against Frank Jackson.
  • Cliff, after realizing that Bob could see all the moves (and lost to Bob), when on to buit Jackie twice and Charles Murter twice, gaining 31 points.

July 22nd Matches
  • Not as many matches as last week. Several players, who typically play faster than average matches were vacationing.
  • Bill Mendenhall has lots of people gunning for him!  Humaan Said won his match against Bill, ending up with more sevaral more pawns than Bill had.with the obvious results.  Penjuke and Bob drew against Bill. Bill lost 40 points.....
    • Bill almost checkmated Bob in their match.  But in the end game, Bob ran to where all the remain pieces were in hopes of getting a stalemate. And Bill, thinking he had a free knight, pinned it against Bob's King.  Unfortunately, that mean that Bob couldn't move and the game was a stale mate.
  • Bob and Will Atkinson had a two hour battle, with Will ending up with just one more pawn.... Next time Bob is going to ask for one of Will's pawns to even things out.
  • Wolfgang was rained out of golf so was able to attend.  Hopefully we will have rain next Monday...
    • I saw only a little of Wolfgang's games against Neal.  To say they got into some unusual attacks and lost pieces easily is an understatment.

July 15th Matches
  • We had 39 matches reported, and I know several others most likely were played and not recorded.  It was a very busy chess club meeting!
  • Shannon Miles had a good day with 4 wins and no losses!
  • Wolfgang hasn't won a game since May.  Well over a month :((((. :D
  • Richard lost two games to Frank and then turned around and won two games!
  • Charles Murter gained 74 points. 
  • There is almost a four way tye for 12th pace with Charels Murter, Cliff Koehler, Bill Killinger, and Rich Henry all within a few points of each other and constantly switching places. :).
  • Pat Holland, Bill Penjuke, Humaan Said, Bruce Bucari, Jacki Brown and Charles Jay are all within 30 points of each other!  One wonders when one will find a way to leap ahead.  It will happen! 
  • July 8th Matches
    • Lots of matches and four new people came to the club!
    • Van Wooley had a great night, going 6 for 1.  He had some spectactular checkmates,
    • Van Wooley, Bill Mendenhall and Bob Flanagan are fighting for 8th place. But it looks like Van is pulling away.
    • Will Atkinson and Bob Flanagan had a great match. But Will won it in the end game with a brilliant rook sacrifice.
    • Bill Mendenhall had a good day with some wins and loses, gaining 18 points.
  • July 1st Matches
    • I forgot to mention but last week Greg Nolan showed up. He's 2100+. He and Will Atkinson played a match that ended in a draw.  Greg is our new #1 player.
    • Not as many matches this week. Several players are playing in the big tournament up in Philly.
    • Bill Mendenhall's game was off and on!  Unfortunately, more off than on. Bill lost twice to Van Wooley.  In the first game, Bill was playing White and Van managed to force Bill's pieces to stay near the king while Van's pieces got to eat up pawns.  In the second game, they took turns being ahead until Van got such a commanding lead, that even though he messed up and had to sack a rook for a queening pawn, he still won.
    • Van also had good games against other players. Net result is van jumped up two places to 8th.  Bill dropped to 10th.
    • Bruce gained 85 points with wins over Bill Mendenhall, Jackie, and Bill Penjuke.
  • June 24th Matches
    • Lots of matches!  Matches overflowed to the back page :D
    • Will Atkinson and Shannon Miles had a long match, wth Will winning in the end when Shannon missed a move
    • Bob Flanagan and Bill Mendenhall went at it but Bob won the middle game, going up two pieces with Bill then having no play.
    • Cliff and Richard Neal exchanged victories.  It was a quiet match.  Cliff then went on to split games with Charles Jay.
    • Jackie pulled an upset with a draw against Shannon, who is 800 points highter
  • June 17th Matches
    • Sorry I wasn't able to make the club Monday.  Our house refinishing project is keeping me busy  - Bob.
    • Van Wooley definitely has Richard Neal's number!  Anyone wanting to beat Richard needs to get a less fron from Van :D.   Richard and Van split matches Monday.  Van's victories over Richard has definitely boasted his rating!
    • Shannon made it back to the club after being away for over a month.  He and Will Atkinson played a long match with Shannon winning.  I suspect that Bill Mendenhall wore Will out as they played earlier.
    • I just noticed that Jackie may be turning her game around, gaining over 100 points in the past few weeks.  Bruce is moving in the opposite direction!
    • If Rich Henry plays good next week, he will likely be at an all time personal high since over a year ago!
    • Pat Holland is playing good!  He reached his highest level since May 2018!!!
    • Cliff has been losing more than winning, and has dropped under 1400. 
    • The big surprise is Bill Mendenhall.  He's gained over 150 points in the past month and a half!

  • June 10th Matches
    • There were lots of players at the club and lots of matches
    • We had a new member, Joshua Cook from Oxford show up.  A bit of a drive, but hopefully he will make it every now and then.
    • The biggest upset was Van Wooley beating Richard Neal not once but twice!  Van gained 53 points from these victories. 
    • Bob and Bill Mendenhall had a long battle, almost two hours.  Bill accidently checkmated Bob :D
    • Bill also played Cliff and Cliff once again affirmed that he can't beat Bill. :)
  • June 3rd Matches
    • Bob almost drew Will Atkinson in a hard fought game.  But accidently put a bishop on the wrong square in the end game.....
    • Bill Mendenhall had a hard fought match will Will that began about 9:30 and wasn't over until 11. And it was a draw.
    • Cliff had trouble with Bill Mendenhall, losing two in a row.  Cliff's been on a downhill run for awhile.
    • Richard Neal and Frank Jackson played three matches.  I saw part of  the last match and Richard had a good chance to win when Frank thought he could win with a rook sacrifice.  It didn't work and Frank had to work for a draw.
  • May 27 Matches
    • Lots of matches!
    • Bill Killinger had a good day, moving up to 14th place with a gain of 29 points.
    • Wolfgang was at the club again even though it is golf season!  He went head to head with Bill Mendenhall and won both matches.
    • Richard Neal was back after being out for a few weeks. He played Wolfgang and drew, and played Will Atkinson, and lost.
  • May 20 Matches
    • Bob and Will Atkinson when head to head for over two hours.  The game ended in a draw with each having three pawns facing each other backed by their kings.
    • Jackie ended up losing all her matches, but the pizza she brought in was a winner!
    • Van Wooley and Bill Mendenhall played two games with Bill winning both.  In the last game, Van had six pawns to three but was down the exchange.  Van almost got a pawn to become a queen but Bill was able to stop the threat and win.
      • Bill is at his all time rating high, 1614, with a steady run up for the past two months.
    • Cliff ran into trouble with Pat Holland winning both games they played. Cliff is at his lowest rating in over a year.  Pat's rating has been going up fo rhte past month, and if he plays well next week, he will be at his highest rating in over a year.
  • May 13 Matches
    • We had a fair number of matches on Monday.  
    • Cliff had a bad day, which we all most likely heard.  He lost two matches to Bob and two to Tom.  Cliff was expecting Bob and Tom to miss opportunities and neither missed one.
    • Charles Jay had a good night, going up 4 in ranking, to #16.  He gained 62 points.
    • Pat Holland jumped from 18 to 14 and gained 92 points with six victories.
    • Bill Penjuk, Jackie and Bruce were the the ones victimized by Pat and Charle
  • May 6 Matches
    • Not as many matches as last week. A number of regulars were not at the club.  I suspect the nice weather was a factor!
    • Bill Mendenhall and Bob Flanagan had a two and half hour battle.  Bill kept trying to checkmate Bob and finally succeed with less than a minute leff on his clock.
    • Bill then decided to play Will Atkinson. And that ended up in a 78 move match!
    • Bill Penjuke lost his focus in matches against Bruce Bucari. Bill dropped 42 points and Bruce gained 53 from the victories!  Way to go Bruce!
    • Charles Murter seems to be recovering from his losses in March.  He's gained backed close to 100 points but still has a 100 go to get to his all time high.
  • April 29 Matches
    • Many, many matches - over 40!
    • Shannon Miles and Will Atkinson played and Shannon won. I suspect there will be a lot of tough matches between these two.
    • Bill Penjuke went 5 out of 7 and gained 42 points.  
    • Wolfgang dropped matches to both Cliff Koehler and Richard Neal.  This dropped him 31 points!
    • Bill Mendenhall had a good day, going 4-0 and gaining 43 points to move into 9th place
    • Bob and Van traded matches.  I suspect this will happen again!
    • Cliff, after losing two matches to the unbeatable (per Cliff) Bill Mendenhall, turned around and beat Wolfgang!
  • April 22 Matches
    • One big upset, if I read the ladder results: Jackie beat Frank!  But I do want to confirm.
    • Wolfgang continues his climb to the top!  He has consistently improved since his return from golfing.  We all should take a golfing break!
    • Richard Neal and Shannon Miles must have had a good time.  Each won a game and then there was a draw.  Richard gained 18 points as a result.
    • Bill Penjuke and Pat Holland continue to trade points each week. This was Bill's week to get the points!
  • April 15 Matches
    • Lots of matches. And play continued until after 11PM!
    • Shannon has a strong lock on 3rd place, with wins over everyone he played Monday
    • Wolfgang has a good day, with a win and draw against Frank.
    •  Frank and Bob had bad days! Not as bad as Charles Murter's day.  Enough said......
    • Cliff had a victory over Frank, helping him jump 58 points.
  • April 8 Matches
    • Not as many matches as last week, but a lot of long matches, which means more thinking!
    • We welcomed Eric Kurtz last night!  Eric is USCF 2070 and recently graduated from U of D and worked for awhile in Canada. He's back in Delaware now.
    • Eric played Will Atkinson.  He could have drawn the first game but took a chance and went for a win. Will found the move that gave him the win instead.
    • Shannon Miles had a good day, gaining 13 points with several victories.
    • Charles Murter is now just above Bill Mendenhall now.It looks like these two need to go head to head again. Charles leads 2-0.
  • April 1 Matches
    • The ladder has been updated. Lots of matches:  27 in total!
    • Bob had a bad day, finding ways to take winning positions in two games into losing positions!  Greed will do that :)
    • Charles Murter continues to gain points, up 19 this week.
    • Van Wooley made up for a bad day a few weeks ago, gaining 27 this week!
  • March 25 Matches
    • The ladder has been updated along with the what if resuls (showing how you would do if you win or lose against another player)
    • Like last week, lots of matches played at the club, but only a few were ladder matches. Most were blitz matches as the club is running a blitz tournament.
    • Will Atkinson had a tough match he won against Richard Neal.  Will then played Tom Distillo and Tom won.  Not certain if Richard deserves pat credit!!!!  I'll let Richard and Tom decide :).
    • Paul Shields returned after a four month absense due to his work schedule.
    • Paul was a bit rusty, splitting matches with Bruce Bucari and Bill Mendenhall
    • Will Atkinson is almost back to his pre Richard Neal level, having won all his matches since then.
    • Wolfgang is at an all time personal high of 1760
    • Tom Distillo is back up to 1656 but it looks like it has been a battle with a combination of wins and losses since his return after Christmas work at his store kept him away.
    • Frank has run into a rough start of the year, dropping down to 1852
    • Cliff took off about a month and half back around December.  Since then, he has been sliding and is at his lowest ranking since May of last year.
    • Bill Mendenhall's rating crashed back in mid January, down to about 1475, but he has fought his way back to around 1525 since then.
    • Charles Murter hit a low of 1350 back in November but is almost back to 1500!
  • March 18 Matches
    • Only a few ladder matches.  However, there were many matches played at the club as this was the second week of the blitz tournament.
  • March 11 Matches
    • The ladder has been updated.
    • Only a few matches this week.  Most of the members played in a blitz tournament at the club and we don't count blitz matches in ladder standings.
  • March 4th Matches
    • The ladder has been updated. 40 matches!  Lots of players at the club,  John Jacob is our newest member!  Welcome John!
    • Wolfgang continues his rise to the top, with a victory over Frank Jackson.
    • Charles Murter had a good day, moving up to 14th and gaining 41 points with two victories over Cliff and two over Pat Holland.
  • Feb 25th Matches
    • There were 36 matches for the day!
    • We are missing several matches:  I think Will had a match still going at the end of night. And Frank's matches against new member Shannon Miler were not recorded. We'll update once they become available.
    • Richard Neal handled Bob easily!  Bob gave up a center pawn in both games and that is all it took
    • Wolfgang dropped 13 points.  Among his matches was a loss to Cliff, that cost Wolf 19 points and gave Cliff 28 points
    • Pat Holland had a good night, gaining 46 points
    • Bruce got beaten up bad by several players,and dropped a bigh 106 points. Two ways to stop the loss next time:  win or play slower and play fewer matches :D.
    • Late update:  Frank played new member Shannon Miler and lost two games to him.  Based on Frank's input (and lost of two games), we've adjusted Shannon's starting rating to 1800.  Frank and Shannon are within a few points of each other.
    • Super late update (Mar3):  Richard Neal's late match win over Bill Mendenhall was reported and added.
  • Feb 18th Matches
    • It looks like Wolfgang and Tom Distillo went at it strong, with Wolf winning both matches.  Wolfgang has a 7 to 5 edge over Tom
    • Bill Mendenhall is still searching for a win against Will Atkinson, to join the group of three who have been Will! 
    • Bill Penjuke went 0 for 4 against different opponents.  It must have been the water....
  • Feb 11th Matches
    • There were quite a few matches and some interesting upsets!
    • Frank and Wolfgang played two games and split victories.  This netted Wolfgang 12 points (-7 for the loss, but +19 for the win)
    • Bill Mendenhall was upset by Pat Holland. Pat lost the first game but drew Bill in the second. And Bill was up three pawns!  I think Bill got in the trap of playing fast.  Bill knew he was going to lose points with the draw as he was higher rated.
    • Bob and Wolfgang finally paired off against each other after Wolfgang's victory in the club tournament.  Wolfgang decided to take ownership of the A file and the H file with pawns to a3 and h3.  So, Bob decided to take control of the center and push pawns down the D and E files. Wolfgang finally tipped his king when Bob threatened to queen one of three pawns on the 7th rank.
    • Richard Neal arrived late, around 10PM.  Richard's opponent for the evening was Will Atkinson.  Richard was highly motivated to win, as Bob's victory over Wolfgang was going to put Bob ahead in the rankings. Richard pulled off the upset with a victory over Will and retained his lead over Bob.
    • Charles Murter played two games and left, but both were victories over Pat Holland, gaining him 34 points.
    • Bruce gained points with a victory over Bill Penjuke.
    • Tom Distillo had a nice night with two victories over Bill Mendenhall and a victory over Don Forest.  What I saw of the match with Don was it was a hard fought match with a lot of careful strategic moves by both sides.
  • Feb 4th Matches
    • The big winner of the night was Bill Mendenhall. He gained 37 points, most from a victory over Bob. At one point in the game there were four queens on the board!
    • Wolfgang lost a few points against Will Atkinson but gained them back with victories over Bruce. Net change Zero!!! :D
    • Pat Holland had another good night, gaining 27 more points, moving up to 15th.
  • Jan 28 Matches
    • Lots of matches at the club: 35!
    • Wolfgang continues to gain points, up 27, with two victories over Richard Neal.  Details are sketchy, but it looked like Richard went for a victory in one game but lost a piece and the game.  
    • Going into next week, Tom Distillo and Richard Neal are just 8 points apart. Let's see if we can encourage them to do battle.
    • Bill Mendenhall had a rough night, dropping 77 points and going from 8th place to 10th place.
    • Pat Holland seemed to have the magic touch winning far more than he lost, with victories over Bill Mendenhall, Jackie, Bruce, and Bill Penjuke.  Pat went up 150 points and from 20th place to 17th.
  • Jan 21, 2019 Matches
    • Sorry for the late update on the chess ladder. I had forgotten to do the update
    • Biggest upset was Pat Holland had a victory over Bill Mendenhall.
    • Another big upset was Bruce winning four (yep 4!) matches over Pat Holland
    • Frank gave Wolfgang no quarter in two matches.  I'm certain Wolfgang will be after revenge against someone!
    • Charles Murter had several victories and moved up 43 points!
  • Jan 15, 2019
    • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's games.
    • There were a lot of players at the club!  No Monday night football and no college championship help :).
    • Kevin Moss, a 1500+ player, has returned! He joined back in the summer but his work schedule changed so he couldn't come back.  His schedule has changed and he's back! Expect tough matches against him.
    • Pat Holland and Bruce Bucari beat up on each other, with each winning 3.5 games.  I suspect we can just take the clock away from them as they are playing so fast they don't need it :D.  Because Bruce was lower rated, he gained points.
    • Bruce gained the most points (37) because of his split in games with Pat and with two draws against Bill Killinger, who is about 200 points higher than Bruce.
    • Tom and Bob swapped places on the ladder. Bob is now #7 and Tom #8.  Bob drew against Frank and won against Kevin Moss, gaining 22 points. Tom split matches against Van and lost to Will Atkinson. Net loss was 10.  Bob is now 11 points above Tom.
    • Bill Mendenhall had a good night, with +19 points. He's chasing Bob and is #9 on the ladder.
    • Wolfgang gained back some points against Frank (who beat up on him last week). He did so by Bob drawing Frank (resulting in Frank dropping 5 points), and Wolfgang have several victories, gaining 8 points.
  • Jan 9, 2019
    • The chess ladder has been updated for Monday's games.  We had a fair number of games played even though a few players were missing (Alabama-Clemson game effect?)
    • Bob Flanagan and Will Atkinson played to a draw after 27 moves.  It was a classic queen pawn declined with few weak moves by either player.
    • Frank was on his game, taking two from Wolfgang.
    • Jackie won several games against higher rated players.  Looks like a few weeks off improved her game.
  • Jan 4, 2019
    • The chess ladder has been updated for the matches on Jan 2
    • The upset of the evening was Wolfgang's victory over Frank. Frank then took revenge and won the 2nd game.
    • Bob Flanagan and Bill Mendenhall had a one our battle that ended in a draw.  However, they swapped positions (Bob to 9, Bill to 10) after Bill lost a later match to Charles Jay
    • Bruce had a rough night, dropping 76 points
    • Pat Holland was on his game, and went up 85 points with several victories over Bill Penjuke and Bruce.
  • Jan 2, 2019
    • The chess ladder has been updated for the matches on Dec 26
  • Dec 20, 2018
    • The chess ladder has been updated for the Dec 17th matches
    • We have a new ladder member: Drew Fleming, rated 1800.  He gave Will Atkinson a tough game.
    • Richard Neal and Bob Flanagan took on Wolfgang.  Wolfgang drew each and got a win against Richard. 
    • Charles Jay had a great night, winning all has matches!
  • Dec 7, 2018
    • The chess ladder has been updated for the Dec 3rd matches
    • Due to the Eagles playing Monday night, a number of players stayed home, and all left early to watch the game, so not as many matches as usual!
    • Charles Jay (1169) had a victory over Bill Killinger (1430)!  Charles jumped 40 points!
    • Wolfgang continues to move up on the ladder!  He split matches with Frank and went up 15 points.  
    • Bill Mendenhall has a firm lock on 10th with a draw against Will Atkinson.
    • I just noticed that Bruce has jumped 129 points in the past three months! Wow!
  • Nov 29, 2018
    • The chess ladder has been updated for the Nov 26th matches.
    • Bob and Van did a three game match with Bob taking all three.  
    • Bill Mendenhal and Cliff had two matches and Bill got victories in both.
    • Pat Holland won four of his five games, jumping 68 points!  This moved him from 21st on the ladder to 16!
    • Charles Murter has been having a tough two months. He's dropped from 1467 to 1253, over 100 points!  His high was 1510, so we need a big comeback!
    • Bill Killenger jumped from 17th to 14th place!
  • Nov 25, 2018 - The chess ladder has been updated for Nov 19th matches
    • Sorry for the delay - Thanksgiving....
    • Only a few matches, as it was Thanksgiving week.
    • The big match of the evening was the final A tournament match between Frank Jackson and Richard Neal.  The match could have gone to a draw, but Richard saw a possible checkmate and went for it. Unfortunately, Frank was able to block the attack and queen his passed pawn.
    • There were no major upsets.  Wolfgang appears to have finally learned how to beat Bruce, with Wolfgang getting two victories.
  • Nov 14, 2018:  The chess ladder has been updated for Nov 12th matches
    • We had a fair number of matches.  Some games seemed to go real quickly.   When you play, longer clock settings with a longer delay, like 30 minutes and 10 seconds or 45 minutes 10 seconds will allow you much more think time and improve your chess.  I see many games being lost because players are not studying the board to see what their opponent did, and what they will do.
    • Bob played Will Atkinson in a 2 1/2 hour battle that ended in a draw.  Both players had chances for a win.
    • Wolfgang finally figured out how to win against Bruce!  Unfortunately, it looks like Paul Shields has Wolfgang's number now :).
    • Rich Henry had a really bad day :(.  He lost all six of his matches, dropping 130 points and down four in the ratings. Hmmmm. Longer clock times next time?
    • Bill Mendenhall is back from his back surgery.  Bill Killinger took advance of his absence from chess with a victory. But Bill M. then got revenge with two wins over Pat Holland.
  • Nov 6, 2018:  The chess ladder has been updated for Nov 5th matches
    • Not as many matches.  Lots of rain and several regular players didn't show up. We expect them back next week.
    • The A tournament matches over.  Will Atkinson has to figure out who won or if there is a multi-player tie.  
    • In A tournament matches, Will Atkinson beat Frank, Wolfgang beat Bob, and Will Saxe beat Tom
      • Will had a slightly better board position against Frank, allowing him to queen a pawn
      • Bob tried to get Wolfgang confused by changing the opening.  That didn't work :D.  Nor did a beautiful knight sacrifice :).
      • Will Saxe said he beat Tom by having multiple different attacks that couldn't be countered.
    • Kevin Moss said his work schedule has changed to 3-11 on Mondays, so won't be at the club until work changes for the better.
    • Will Saxe also had two victories against Pat Holland.  Will went up 55 points and moved into 15th place
    • Bill Penjuke had three victories over Bruce and gained a bunch of points and moved from 20th to 17th.
  • Oct 30, 2018: The chess ladder has been updated for Oct 29th matches
    • Big upset:  Bruce beat Wolfgang.  And he's done it before. Sounds like Bruce has Wolfgang's number.
      • Bruce went up to #17 in the ladder. Wolfgang dropped to #8 from #6
    • Bob beat Richard in the tournament match. And almost beat him in a second game but ran out of time.
    • Paul Shields was back! He said it may be difficult for him to get back often. He had a strong win over Wolfgang.
    • Cliff had a winning position against Rich but missed an agressive winning move.  
    • Charles Murter played four games but got two draws that hurt his rating as draws against lower rating players aren't good!  So, think twice on offering or accepting a draw.  
    • Tom Distillo and Van Woolley ended up with a draw in their tournament match. All that was left on the board were two kings :D!
  • Oct 25, 2018: The chess ladder has been updated for Oct 22nd matches
    • Two matches, between Will Atkinson and ??? has not been entered as I could not read the  hand writing.  Clear, readable hand writing is important. 
    • Bruce (1201) went up 112 points with a upset victory over Wolfgang (1700).  Way to go Bruce!
    • Tom and Bob went head to head, with Tom winning. Tom almost fell into a trap but at the last second moved his hand back and re-thought his move :D.   
    • Three new players, Brock, Wayne Normam and Jason Cohen, who have showed up only once and its been two months ago, are no longer shown on the ladder due to inactivity.  Let's hope they show back up.
    • Charles Murte had a string of victories, and us up 41 points and in 16th place.  Charles is at 1449, fixing to break into the 1500 level!
  • Oct 22, 2018: Chess ladder updated for Oct 15 matches
    • More matches than last week
    • No upsets in the A bracket
    • In the B bracket, Rich Henry won over Cliff. It went to three games.
    • Preston Ladsen and Paul Shields were at the club. Preston played several matches and that puts him back on the ladder.  Welcome back!
  • Oct 12, 2018: Update on Oct 8 matches
    • I didn't realize that Richard Neal is still undefeated in the A bracket!  My apologies.  GO RICHARD!!!
    • Bruce provided me with the B Bracket standings, and several matches were not included in the ladder results. I've added the missing matches in as Oct 8th matches, as I am uncertain on the actual date played. It will not affect the ladder standings standings.
    • View the latest B Bracket Standing - Rich and Cliff are tied at 10 victories each, and they most likely will play each other this coming Monday
    • I just noticed that with Wolfgang's victory, he has moved in to 4th place, just six points above Richard!
  • Oct 8, 2018
    • Big upset:  Wolfgang beat Will Atkinson.  This leaves Frank as the only undefeated player in the A bracket.  If Will beats Frank in their upcoming match, we'll have lots of players with one loss tied for 1st.
    • In other A round matches, Frank beat Will Saxe, Bob beat Van Wooley, and Tom beat Charles.
    • Jackie and Cliff played their B tournament and it was a noisy match.  We do ask them to be quiet going forward.
    • We have several other matches in the results, but not certain which ones are B bracket matches.
    • Cliff and Bill Mendenhall exchanged matches.  
  • Oct 1, 2018
    • Will Saxe got an upset by beating Bob
    • Frank And Will Atkinson are tied in the A Tournament
    • Cliff  continues to stay ahead in the B tournament.
    • Fewer matches are players are taking longer to play their matches because of the tournament
  • Sept 24, 2018 
    • Bob got another half an upset.  Bob and Will Atkinson drew there A bracket match that lasted until 10:30!
    • There weren't any other upsets in the A bracket.  There are five undefeated players:  Atkinson, Flanagan, Jackson, Brunke, and Neal!  Could we have a five way tie for club champion??
    • In the B Bracket, Rich Henry and Charles Murter swapped victories.
    • By my count, Rich Henry and Cliff Koehler are tied at 6 points in the B bracket, but the official tally will come from Bruce, and I'll post it as soon as available.
  • Sept 17, 2018
    • Bob Flanagan got half an upset!  He got a draw against Frank Jackson!  Now if someone can help and knock off Will Atkinson.....
    • Paul Shields returned and got an upset win over Tom Distillo.
    • Bill Mendenhall also upset Tom and gained 9th place as a result!
    • Bill Mendenhall and Will Saxe played two late matches, each winning one.
  • Sept 10, 2018
    • I just updated the ladder for Sept 10th tournament matches.  I held off in hopes of getting non tournament matches, but I'll get those tonight instead.
    • Richard Neal and Tom Distello when head to head in the tournament.  Both have almost identical ladder rankings.  Richard won, which put him up 13 points.  And Tom dropped 13 points.
    • Bill Killinger and Cliff Koehler, both close in rankings went head to head in the B tournament.  Bill won both and went up 33 points while Cliff went down 33.
  • Sept 3, 2018
    • The chess ladder has been updated for today's matches. There were fewer matches as it was Labor Day Monday, but many still showed up.
    • Wolfgang Brunke and Ali Wilson showed back up!  Wolfgang had a good night with victories over Will Saxe and Van Wooley.  Ali lost two hard fought matches against Will Atkinson.
    • Bill Mendenhall won two matches against Cliff
    • Richard Neal and Bob Flanagan went head to head in a warm up for the club tournament.  The first game was a long hard fought game that ended draw. The next two games were split with a win each. 
    • Charles Murter may be going for the most improved!  He has gained 141 points in the past three months!!!
         
  • August 27, 2018 Highlights!
    • As always, lots of matches!
    • Charles Murter has a great day, going up 31 points with two victories over Pat Holland.
    • Bill Mendenhall had a slightly better day, going up 33 points!
    • Will Saxe and Bruce had bad days :).  It happens to all of us.
    • Frank and Richard played 6 matches. Frank won five and Richard one.  But Richard's rating hardly changed! That's the beauty of using a ranking system like the USCF, where player rankings are taken into account.
    • Bob gained 8 points with a draw against Will Atkinson, a lose to Bill Killinger and a win over Cliff.
         
  • August 20, 2018 Highlights!
    • 36 matches!  20 players!
    • Richard Neal had a great day, moving up to #3 in the rankings.  Most of his victories came over Frank Jackson
    • We added a new strong player. I hope I have the name right, "Druch". If wrong, I'll correct ASAP.  He gave Will Atkinson a very strong battle. As such I placed him at 1700, competitive with Richard Neal and Tom Distillo
    • Van and Bob both dropped matches (but had a good time!)
    • Charles Jay found a chess book he really liked and his play was very strong in the openings!  Watch out!
    • Kevin Moss, one of our new players, played strong against Pat Holland, and moved into 7th place.  Van and Bob will be gunning for him next meeting!
  • August 13, 2018 Highlights!
    • Van Woolley had a great night. Two wins over Bob Flanagan and a draw against Will Atkinson.  Van has gained 81 points in the past three months!
    • Richard Neal moved into 4th place!   Richard has gained 41 points in the past three months.
    • It looks like a battle for 10th is going to happen between Cliff Koehler and Will Saxe.  Let's encourage them to play each other :).
    • Pat Holland had a good night, gaining 69 points.

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  • Matches should be at least 15 minutes.  Please do not report blitz games.
  • We use an approach like the USCF ratings.  
    • If a very strong player wins against a very weak player, neither player's rankings will change. 
    • If a very weak player wins against a very strong player,  then the weak player's rankings go up 50-60 points and the strong player's ranking goes down 10-15 points.
    • If two evenly matched players play each other, the winner will go up 10-15 points.