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Barnet chess club report  
40th Capes Trophy event, 1999
held at the Angel Community Centre, Edmonton
(Pre-season fun blitz tournament!)

3rd draft, 18th September

Background

John Capes started playing chess at the relatively late age of 29 years old in 1969. He conceived the idea of a lightning chess team tournament in that same year, soon after he joined Enfield chess club. This is where he met WB Harze (County champion at the time) who introduced him to the pleasure of lightning chess. 

Some of the elderly people at the club at the time were opposed to this form of chess, because of fear of damage to the clocks. However this did not dissuade John from organising this excellent annual 5 minute tournament- and he did so for the next 40 years and plans to continue!  

This year

This year - the 40th year of the event, was a particularly fiercely contested 5 minute tournament, with clubs from the London, North Circular and Hertfordshire chess leagues present. The attendance was very good.

Barnet had won the tournament last year, and it seemed a daunting task to retain it this year, because of the presence of some very strong teams. Hackney for example, fielded 4 teams, with their 1st team having 2 International masters- IM Simon Ansell and IM Miroslav Houska ! 

Barnet preparation before the start of Round 1

The "mean machine" Barnet team - Alex Ethelontis, Eddie Holland, Paul Georghiou, Tryfon Gavriel

Fellow Barnet player Costas Karayannis
(playing for his closer to home chess club Chingford on this occasion)

Tough teams...

Hackney A Left face their little brother team Hackney B (right)
Hackney A players: IM Ansell, IM Houska, Adelaja, Mark Lyell
Hackney B players: Cassilas, Bob Eames, Dom Mackle, Michael Tasker

The Drama

Barnet were cruising through the tournament winning the 1st 8 matches! (1 bye round) - including a 3-1 defeat of Hackney A team (Left of above picture). Then in the 2nd from last round, we lost 4-0 to Hackney B (right of above picture). We needed 2.5/4 from our last round match against Imperial Knights to secure 1st place. We managed to win 4-0, thus retaining the Capes Trophy won last year!

After the 11 rounds of 5 minute chess, Barnet scores were:

Board Barnet player Score
1 Paul Georghiou 9.5/11
2 Tryfon Gavriel 10/11
3 Alex Ethelontis 9/11
4 Eddie Holland 8/11
36.5/44

Tryfon Gavriel was unlucky not to win the "board prize" - prize for the highest scoring player on any board. This was won by Michael Tasker (Hackney B) with a perfect 11/11 score !


Barnet retain Capes Trophy title

Barnet chess club retain the Capes Trophy title!
Left to right: Alex Ethelontis, Paul Georghiou, Tryfon Gavriel, Eddie Holland

 

A game from the event

Here is a game from two Hertfordshire leagues arch-rivals - Barnet and Hertford

(2134) Swanson,S (BCF 204) - Georghiou,P  (BCF 205)

 










 

(1) Swanson,S - Georghiou,P [C11]
Capes Trophy 99, 17.09.1999

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.d4 e6 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be2 a6 8.a4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bc5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bf3 a5 12.Ne2 Qb6 13.Rf1 Ba6 14.c3 0-0 15.Qc2 f6 16.Bg4 Rae8 17.Bh5 Re7 18.exf6 Nxf6 19.Bf3 e5 20.fxe5 Rxe5 21.Bf4 Rxe2+ 22.Bxe2 Re8 23.0-0-0 Rxe2 24.Bd2 Ne4 25.Rfe1 Rxd2 26.Rxd2 Be3 27.Rxe3 Qxe3 28.b4 Qxd2+ 29.Qxd2 Nxd2 30.Kxd2 axb4 31.cxb4 Kf7 0-1

 

Full results tables

Many thanks to Garry Cook for typing out and Emailing these results to the relevant media

This years format was a single qualifying round with the winners going to final group A, and the chance to play for the Capes Trophy, and the losers going into final group B, and the chance to play for fun and honour.

Qualifying Round

Hackney "A"

4-0

Chingford "B"

Hackney "B"

4-0

Barking "A"

Hertford

4-0

Powdermill "B"

Powdermill "A"

3-1

Edmonton "A"

Hackney "C"

4-0

Thamesview def

Imperial Knights

3-1

Edmonton "B"

Wanstead "A"

2-2

Muswell Hill

Chingford "A"

3-1

Wanstead "B"

Barnet

4-0

Waltham Forest "B"

Beckton Revisited

3-1

Barking "B"

Waltham Forest "A"

4-0

Hackney "D"

Final Group A

   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

1

Barnet

 

3

0

4

3

4

3

4

3

4

4

32˝

2

Hackney "A"

1

 

3

3

3

3

2

3

4

4

30˝

3

Hackney "B"

4

1

 

2

3

3

3

4

4

2

4

30

4

Hertford

0

1

2

 

3

2

3

4

3

4

23˝

5

Powdermill "A"

1

˝

1

1

 

0

3

3

3

3

19

6

Imp’ Knights

0

1

1

2

4

 

3

3

3

1

17˝

7

Chingford "A"

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

2

2

2

3

15

8

Hackney "C"

0

2

0

1

1

2

 

3

2

2

14˝

9

Wanstead "A"

1

1

0

0

˝

2

1

 

4

3

14˝

10

Wal’ Forest "A"

0

0

2

1

1

1

2

2

0

 

2

11

11

Beckton Revisited

0

0

0

0

1

3

1

2

1

2

 

10

Final Group B

   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

1

Powdermill "B"

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

26˝

2

Barking "A"

1

 

3

3

3

4

2

3

24

3

Muswell Hill

1

 

3

3

3

4

1

4

23

4

Edmonton "A"

1

1

1

 

3

2

2

2

4

18˝

5

Wanstead "B"

1

1

1

 

2

3

3

3

2

17˝

6

Edmonton "B"

1

1

1

2

 

3

2

2

2

15˝

7

Barking "B"

1

0

0

2

1

1

 

4

3

2

14

8

Hackney "D"

1

2

2

1

2

0

 

3

14

9

Wal’ Forest "B"

1

3

2

1

2

1

1

 

14

10

Chingford "B"

1

1

0

0

2

2

2

 

13