DAVID DOMINIC HURLEY
(17th February 1959 – 23rd October 2020)

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David Hurley

David Hurley sadly passed away during the early hours of October 23rd 2020 following a diagnosis of inoperable stomach and bowel cancer which he learned of some 12 months ago. On learning of his illness, David accepted it very much in the way he dealt with his life in general. That is to say he fully took on board the consequences of both his diagnosis and prognosis but, within those limits, maintained a refreshing optimism for maximising what time he had left in this world rather than, as he put it himself, ‘… simply roll over and die’. Unfortunately, Fate would deliver a further cruel blow and the Covid19 pandemic sadly curtailed many of the things he planned to do. However, even that did not daunt his spirit and he continued to revise his plans to get the most out of the life he had left.

I first met David back in October 1984 when we both enrolled as mature students at Liverpool University. I had seen him in the early philosophy seminars but first met him face-to-face in Blackwell’s Bookshop. His first words to me were ‘You flash Bastard!’ in response to my saying I had read Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. And with that passing comment a friendship was struck. We moved from the book shop to the Augustus John pub, got pretty drunk drinking beer, playing pool and, from that moment on, never looked back.

To those who know David, it should come as no surprise that I took to him as quickly as I did. It is a fact that he is funny, clever, kind, generous and an absolute master of original one-liners! A mutual friend of ours once said, “All my mates are characters. and have a spark that is missing in others!”. David had both of these qualities (and more) in spades.

It has been a pleasure to have known David and an honour to have been counted among his friends. Like all who have known him, he will be sorely missed.

David, may you rest in peace.

 

If you want to play in this tournament, please contact Steve Kee and send him all required details:
full name, grade/rating, e-mail address, phone or mobile, link to your Lichess-profile

 

For all details, please visit: MCA Online 2020/2021

The MCA invites teams of 4 players to join our first MCA Online Tournament:

By registering a team for this tournament you agree to the regulations, terms and conditions.
Thank you for your understanding.
Venue: Online Tournament using Lichess.org
Players: - A player can only be a member of one team, he/she can not play in two teams
- Players must have a Lichess.org account in order to play in this tournament
- All players must have an ECF Ref number
Entry Fee: There is no tournament fee. The ECF may or may not charge a fee for online matches and/or rating. When we get the information from the ECF, we will inform everyone and ask him or her to pay the fee, if there is one.
Registration: Clubs may register teams by e-mail to the tournament controllers. A squad can have more that four players.
Requirements for registration:
Players: Full name, grade/rating, e-mail address, phone or mobile, link to his Lichess-profile
A team captain must be named.
Every team captain must be registered on the MCA website and will get all necessary rights to submit results online.
Deadline for Registration: 05/11/2020
Tournament Mode: 9 rounds Swiss system, computer-pairing (Sevilla 18.3.1 or later)
White challenges his opponent on Lichess.org.
Team Points: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a lost match
Board Points: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a lost game
In case of equal team points and board points, the ranking will be decided by first Buchholz, second Sonnborn-Berger, third number of wins (Tie Break System)
Time Control: 60 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move
Match day and Start time The default match day is Monday, the fallback match day is Wednesday. If both days are not suitable, both team captains have to agree another day and time and get the consent of the tournament controllers.
The default start time is 7.30 p.m.
Rounds: round 1: Monday, 09/11/2020, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 13/11/2020
round 2: Monday, 23/11/2020, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 27/11/2020
round 3: Monday, 07/12/2020, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 11/12/2021
- Christmas and New Year break -
round 4: Monday, 11/01/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 15/01/2021
round 5: Monday, 25/01/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 29/01/2021
round 6: Monday, 08/02/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 12/02/2021
round 7: Monday, 22/02/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 26/02/2021
round 8: Monday, 08/03/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 12/03/2021
round 9: Monday, 22/03/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 26/03/2021
Reporting match results: Team Captains shall report the match result at latest by Saturday midday after the end of the round.

Team captains shall send PGN-files to the tournament controllers at latest by Sunday after the end of the round.
Board Colour: The home team (= first-named team) plays black on odd boards, and white on even boards,
the away team (= second-named team) plays white on odd boards, and black on even boards.
Home team: black – white – black – white
Away team: white – black – white – black
Grading: This tournament is registered for ECF online grading
Tournament Controller: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fair Play: All players commit themselves to fair play and to try to solve problems in good faith together with their opponents, team captains and tournament controllers.

The success of this tournament depends on you all and on your co-operation.

 

The new monthly ECF Grading System has been released today.

Follow the link below to get all the latest Atticus Club Grades.

https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/new/list_players.php?club_code=7ATT

The Cross Keys Pub are continuing with their generous food offer throughout September. All meals have 50% reduction on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday in September.

 

 

SECOND ON-LINE (LICHESS) CHESS CHALLENGE MATCH 

45MINS + 15 SECS INCREMENT 

 

TUESDAY AUGUST 18th 2020 

 

MATCH REPORT 

 

 

ATTICUS 

CHESS CLUB 

USER NAME 

(Lichess) 

ECF 

RESULT 

CREWE  

CHESS  

CLUB 

USER NAME 

(Lichess) 

ECF 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom  

Bimpson 

tombimpson 

173 

1 - 0 

Karl  

Lockett 

ZZCrewe 

159 

Sanjoy  

Banerjee 

sanjoybanerjee 

135 

0 - 1 

Rick Renegade 

DONT_WALK_OFF 

146 

Steve 

Burge 

SteveJB 

135 

0 - 1 

Harry Gardiner 

gingerninja2003 

153 

Mark  

Wadsworth 

AtticusChallenger 

132 

1 - 0 

Neville  

Layhe 

Whitevanman 

131 

Tom  

Webb 

TomWebb 

128 

½ - ½  

Dave  

Price 

baldrickprice 

109 

Chris 

Wentworth 

Chriswent 

123 

½ - ½ 

Lukasz Michalek 

Good-40-percent 

115 

Jim  

Wiseman (Capt) 

JimWiz20 

121 

1 - 0 

Lee 

Tilton 

LeeTilton 

95 

Lee  

Webster 

leebster 

*130 

1 - 0 

Ben 

Harrison 

Ben60805 

85 

 

5 - 3 

 

 

 

David  Hulme (Non-playing Captain) 

*130: LeeWebster Jan 2020 ECF Grade based on 5 games only played at Heywood Congress in 2019. Most recent previous grade (2004) = 94; Between 1994 & 2003 (incl) grades ranged between 84 & 102 . I have discussed this with Crewe Captain David Hulme and estimated his current grade to be somewhere between 115-120. 

 

A very close match with honours going to Atticus this time making up for the drubbing Crewe unleashed upon us last time. 

All the games appeared close and there was chances for both players on most of the boards. 

Thanks to Crewe for accepting the challenge and I hope everyone enjoyed the match 

Jim Wiseman 

(Atticus Captain) 

Could all Atticus players who are interested in playing in this season's MCA Matches, please state their intent immediately as teams need to be registered next week.

Please conctact Secretary Steve Kee to express your interest  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is likely all games will be played online on the Lichess Website.

Any players at present based abroad will be able to join in with this online format. Full instructions will be given nearer the start of the competition.

 

On a personal note can I thank Martin Blasczyk for running an excellent Open Summer Tournament.

Well done to Waterloo players Colin Horton and Peter O'Driscoll for finishing 1st and 2nd with Atticus Dave James in 3rd place.

 

 

 

 

A return match has been arranged with Crewe Chess Club for Tuesday August 18th at 19h30, everyone is welcome to play in this game and the number of boards will be adjusted accordingly. 

Time Control  45mins + 15secs on the Lichess Website

Please contact organiser/Captain Jim Wiseman to join the team.

 email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The new grades have emerged. Not a great deal of movement (given the circumstances.) Many players have stayed the same or only gone up or down by one. Luke, however, is up 8 to 185 while Steve B is up 4 to 135. Mark is also up 4 to 132. Well done to all concerned!

CREWE CHESS CLUB v ATTICUS CHESS CLUB

ON-LINE (LICHESS) CHESS CHALLENGE MATCH

45MINS + 15 SECS INCREMENT

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 22nd 2020

 

MATCH REPORT

 

CREWE CHESS CLUB USER NAME (Lichess) ECF RESULT ATTICUS CHESS CLUB USER NAME (Lichess) ECF

 

1 Karl Lockett ZZCrewe 148 1-0 Tom Bimpson tombimpson 175

2 Rick Renegade DONT_WALK_OFF 137 1-0 Sanjoy Banerjee sanjoybanerjee 135

3 Harry Gardiner gingerninja2003 135 0-1 Steve Burge SteveJB 131

4 Neville Layhe Whitevanman 121 1-0 Mark Wadsworth AtticusChallenger 128

5 Dave Price baldrickprice 119 1-0 Tom Webb TomWebb 128

6 Lukasz Michalek Good-40-percent 113 1-0 Chris Wentworth chriswent 123

7 Martin Gill Beemerman318 108 1-0 Jim Wiseman (Capt) JimWiz20 121

8 Andrew Crosby Portlover 96 1-0 Lee Webster leebster *130

7 - 1

David Hulme (Non-playing Captain)

*130: LeeWebster Jan 2020 ECF Grade based on 5 games only played at Heywood

Congress in 2019. Most recent previous grade (2004) = 94; Between 1994 & 2003 (incl)

grades ranged between 84 & 102 . I have discussed this with Crewe Captain David Hulme

and estimated his current grade to be somewhere between 115-120.

 

 

Despite being clearly out-graded on paper, history will record that Crewe Chess Club delivered a sound thrashing to Atticus. Only Steve Burge of Atticus managed to get a result with the rest of us all getting beaten. There were times during the match when it looked like Atticus might do better, although to be fair, I think Crewe always looked like winning on the night.

 

I feel the match was played in a good spirit by both sides and well done to Crewe for their magnificent performance.

 

Thanks to all the players and to Dave Hulme (Crewe’s non-playing captain) for making this an easy and enjoyable event to organise.

 

Jim Wiseman

(Atticus Capt

Atticus have been challenged to an online Lichess match on July 22nd at 19h30,

Time control will be 45mins plus 15 seconds.

 

So far we have a team of 7 players but would welcome any more players who might like to join in. Crewe have suggested they could field up to 17 players.

 

Please Contact Organiser Jim Wiseman ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further details or if you would like to join the team.

The Club has received the sad news that long time member Dave Healiss has recently passed away. An obituary will be posted shortly.

Dave last played for Atticus 2 in the Championship winning team of 2016/17. That season he turned out in every match and had an excellent record of 10/14.

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