After the Tournament

Dear All,

In these Corona-dominated times, we at Atticus Chess Club decided to uphold our tradition and to play the tenth Atticus Open/Summer Tournament for the first time online on This was a challenge as we had never done this before.

A great 'thank you' to all Players

First of all I want to thank you all for your very good co-operation. Thanks to you and your fair-spiritedness the whole tournament has been a great success. You players are the real winners of the tenth Atticus Open/Summer Tournament. You made it possible.

There were no real problems: You co-operated and rearranged games whenever necessary. Thank you for creating no conflicts. It was a pleasure to be your tournament controller.

I hope you enjoyed our tenth Atticus Open/Summer Tournament at least as well as I did.

After the game: Honouring those who lost

The winner takes all glory of his victory, and the one who lost the game gets the shame? But no, a chess game is a piece of art, created by the interaction of two artists, or one may call them players. Every move is the result of the intellect, creativity, ideas, thoughts, knowledge and psychology of the players and the position on the board. Often there is no best objective move in mathematical and logical terms. A move can be a surprise or completely unexpected or unforeseen. A move can be brilliant or a mistake or a real blunder, everything is possible. It is up to the opponent to prove it. The most important moves are those which are possible but won’t be executed. The heart and soul of a game are the threats and the possibilities, tactical combinations and positional advantages. Does your opponent spot the threats? Does your opponent perceive the deepest secrets of the position? Did your move confuse your opponent? … Step by step, move by move, both players create a unique piece of intellectual art, honouring both, the winner and the looser. Most games end by resigning, congratulating and honouring the opponent, paying tribute to his performance and value the game as an intellectual piece of art. My congratulations to both players!


I am not aware of any cheating in this tournament. If someone cheated, then he has to live with this shame, his guilty conscience and his moral failures.

The Winners

We congratulate Colin Horton for winning the tournament: Gold Medal.

We congratulate Peter O’Driscoll for second place, winning the Silver Medal.

We congratulate David James for third place, winning the Bronze Medal.

We congratulate Roland Howorka for improving his rating most. His grade improved by 91 points.

We congratulate Peter Jenner and Sanjoy Banerjee for the long and very interesting endgame in round 8. It was a draw.


For the complete table, please follow this link:

10. Atticus Open/Summer Tournament 2020: Table

For all pairings and games please follow this link:

10. Atticus Open/Summer Tournament 2020: Pairing list

All games are available for replay on our website:

10. Atticus Open/Summer Tournament 2020

You will find the unofficial grading analysus here:

10. Atticus Open/Summer Tournament 2020: Unofficial Grading Analysis

Highlights of this Tournament

There were many very interesting games, good combinations and, as we are only normal humans, some blunders. Let me highlight some games:

Round 3, Board 2: Peter O'Driscoll -v- Michael O'Mahony 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Board 4: Peter Jenner -v- Phil Ramsey 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Board 6: Martin Blasczyk -v- Sanjoy Banerjee 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Board 11: Buedel, Juergen -v- Payne, Kenneth 1:0

Round 8, Board 4: Tom Webb -v- Steve Burge 0-1


Many of the players have sent me their expressions of gratitude and their compliments. Thank you for this, it is very much appreciated.

Have a nice summer break and stay healthy!

All the best,


12    Payne, Kenneth (2.5)    1278    -    Burr, Chris (1.5)    1383   


















Because of the circumstances this year we decided to play the 10. Atticus Open/Summer Tournament 2020 online using

27 Players, three from Dortmund, Germany, have registered for the tournament, two players dropped out: one because he has problems playing online, the other because his computer sadly "took its last breath" and "went to the happy hunting grounds" ...

The first three rounds have now been played. There are lots of really good and interesting games. You can replay all games on our website. Simply click on "10. Atticus Open/Summer Tournament 2020" or go to "Atticus Open Championship 2020" or click in the List of Fixtures in the column "Result" on the result of a game.

Have a look at the table and the ranking: only Colin Horton from Waterloo Chess Club has won his first three games, but nearly every player can still wil this tournament. We are looking forward to more exciting rounds.
Here are some explanations of the names (abreveations) of the tables:
- G = number of games played
- Pts = Points
- Bhlz = Buchholz-Ranking-System; for explanations please read:
Wiki: Buchholz System and Tie-breaking in Swiss-system tournaments
- SoBe = Sonneborn–Berger score; for explanations please read:
Wiki: Sonneborn–Berger score and Tie-breaking in Swiss-system tournaments
- di-ma = direct match result; if Points, Buchholz-numbers and Sonneborn–Berger score are the same for two or more players, then the direct match result decides about the ranking.
These Tie-break systems are common in chess tournaments. Of course there are some others too. If you are interested in this topic, please let me know.

All players are very relyable and co-operative, there have been only some very minor problems and I expect that there will be less or no problems in the remaining rounds. Thank you all.



P.S.: Because the ECF wants to introduce 4-digit ELO-based grading numbers and because these grading numbers are established internationally for many decades, we are using these numbers in our tournament. Have a look at the "Unofficial Grading Analysis". Here are some explanations about ther different columns in this table:
This table shows how the DWZ-grade of a player develops during the tournament.
: achieved points
: expected points
: development coefficient
+/-: differencs between the new grade and the old grade
For details of the math and explanations of the go to: Calculating the DWZ

The 4-digit-grades have been calculated using the official ECF-formular  [grade = (7.5 x ECF-grade) + 700] and back [ECF-gade = (grade - 700) / 7.5].



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