The Barceló Oxford Hotel will host the first official BUCA Championship for almost twenty years on Saturday, 27th February and Sunday, 28th February 2010. University societies are invited to enter teams of 4 for the event which will be the re-launch of the British Universities’ Chess Association. The Barceló Oxford Hotel offers four-star accommodation at a discount rate, as well as dinner, bed & breakfast for those playing in the tournament.
I apologise for the delay in announcing the details for the 2015 BUCA Championships. When a venue has been secured, full details will be announced and distributed.
Imperial 1 successfully retained their title in the Championship with an undefeated 10/10, while Imperial 2 managed to win the first Plate section. A massive congratulations to our new champions and a huge thank you to everyone who took part!
Click below for more detailed results of the 2014 BUCA Team Championship.
Time is running out to get the 2014 BUCA Team Championship entries in! Don’t forget that there are two sections this year, so there’s plenty of flexibility and fun to be had for all abilities!
For more details, please visit the “Team” tab above.
For those with an inclination for preparation, click to see the entry list!
As with so many other tournaments, it was round 1 that kicked off the 2013 BUCA Team Championship. While most teams arrived in time for the midday start, allowances had been made for defending champions Edinburgh and the other most northerly teams, including newest recruits Newcastle.
It must be said however, that round 1 was not one for the underdogs with the top seeds dropping only a point and a half out of a possible thirty-two. The real surprise was…
See below the results for the 2013 BUCA Team Championship.
Team results (MP-GP):
(1) Imperial 9-14
(2) Warwick 1 9-13.5
(3) LSE 7-14
(4) Durham 6-13
(5) Southampton 1 6-12.5
(6) Edinburgh 6-12.5
(7) York 1 6-12
(8) Bristol 1 6-11.5
(9) Warwick 2 5-10.5
(10) York 2 5-9.5
(11) Swansea 5-9
(12) Newcastle 4-10
(13) Southampton 2 4-9
(14) Bristol 2 4-8
(15) UCL 4-7
(16) LSE 2 2-7.5
(17) Bristol 3 2-6.5
Individual Results (calculated by performance grade):
Board 1: Gold: Ankush Khandelwal (Warwick 1), Silver: Callum Kilpatrick (Durham), Bronze: James Adair (York)
Board 2: Gold: Alex Galliano (Imperial), Silver: Clement Sreeves (Edinburgh), Bronze: Thomas McFaul (Southampton 1)
Board 3: Gold: Shyamal Patel (LSE 1), Silver: Sam Porter (Imperial), Bronze: Boris Mitrovic (Edinburgh)
Board 4: Gold: Subin Sen (Warwick 1), Silver: Siddharth Gopakumar (LSE 1), Bronze: Hamish Olson (Edinburgh)
Now is the time to get your BUCA 2013 Team entries in! 17 teams are already entered!
Click to see the current entries.
The World Memory Championships 2012 are being held from Friday 14th December to Sunday 16th December, with a preparation day on Thursday 13th December at
Lilian Baylis Technology School
323 Kennington Lane
Additional volunteer arbiters are badly needed so BUCA members are encouraged to help out. Click below to read the full request.
The entry form for the 2013 Team Championship has been released, so get your teams together and enter as soon as possible!
With the London Team Rapidplay little more than two weeks away, time is running out for teams to enter!
BUCA is very pleased to announce the events that it will be running in the 2012/13 season. The two main events will be:
November 24-25: Individual Championship at De Vere Wychwood Park, Crewe
February 16-17: Team Championship at De Vere Uplands House, High Wycombe
The specific arrangements for each event will be announced in due course.
Edinburgh won the 2012 BUCA Championship, winning the title for the first time since 1980, and for only the second time ever.
A full report will be shown in due course.
Click “Read More” for full final standings.
The 8th annual Oxford University Rapidplay will be held on Saturday 29 October at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University. The total prize fund is £600, and there are two sections: Open and U170. Entry fees are £17/£12. The format is six rounds with 30 minutes per player, and rounds start at 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00, 17.30. The prize ceremony will be ASAP after the last round.
Oxford University Chess Society
Oxford won the 2011 BUCA Championship ahead of UCL and Bath. Oxford and defending Champions Bath went into the final round tied on 7 matchpoints, and in their match against one-another, Oxford prevailed 3½-½ to win the title.
The Oxford team was composed of David Zakarian, Ravindran Shanmugam, Robbie Coleman, Murray David, Chris Smith, Yangshi Yu and Yangshan Yu.
Full results can be downloaded here. (spreadsheet)
A full report will follow.
Follow the games online, including the progress of the British players on the tournament website, which you can find here.
Are you interested in becoming a qualified ECF Arbiter?
The Chess Arbiters’ Association (CAA), in partnership with the 4NCL, are holding a training course for wannabe arbiters that will run alongside the 4NCL Rapidplay Championship.
British Universities’ Chess Association will be fielding a team in Division 3 of the 4NCL this season. A squad of 9 players with Elo ratings between 1700-2100 has already been assembled, but there is space for more players. Click “Read more” for more information.
The British Universities’ Chess Association has assembled a British team to play in the World Universities’ Chess Championship in Zurich from September 4 to September 12:
FM Peter Poobalasingam (Bath)
Vedantha Kumar (Cambridge)
WFM Sarah Hegarty (Bristol)
Hannah Dale (Exeter)
Team Manager: IM Lorin d’Costa
Dundee University are organising the 1st Scottish Universities’ Cup. The entry form can be downloaded here.
A page has been created on Facebook which will provide updates and information about our events. The page can be found here. Simply click “Like” to get information sent directly to your feed.
The 4NCL will be holding its first team and individual rapidplay championships on 9-10 October 2010 for which entries are invited from all interested teams and players. The team championship held on the Saturday and the individual championship on the Sunday. Winners will hold the title of 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Champion respectively for 2010/2011. The 4NCL are guaranteeing a prize fund of at least £2,000 for the weekend.
BUCA is looking to send a team of 4 players and 1 non-playing team manager to Zurich in September.
In order to do this, BUCA requires a minimum of £1,400 to cover the finances of the team of players. With £1,400, each player would still pay £345 to attend; the maximum they’re allowed to pay under the rules of British University & College Sport, who are officially responsible for sending the team.
If you have any interest questions about the team, and or have interest in sponsoring the team of players attending this event, please e-mail Alex Holowczak.
The National Chess Junior Squad will be holding a Young Masters tournament at Millfield School, Somerset. It is open to anyone under 25, and is a 6-round FIDE-rated Swiss in the middle of July. Players must be ECF members (or members of their national federation) to play. There is a 5-round weekend event running alongside it.
The entry form has all the details, and can be downloaded here.
Ignore the line about “accepting an invitation”; it is open entry.
BUCA require between 6 and 12 players who wish to play in a combined BUCA team that will play in Division Three of the 4NCL in 2010/2011.
The British Universities’ Chess Association is looking for a Team Manager to captain a group of up to 8 students in the 2010 World Universities’ Chess Championship in Zurich, Switzerland between September 4-12, 2010.
The 2010 World Universities’ Chess Championship will be played between September 4-12 in Zurich, Switzerland. BUCA, in liaison with British Universities’ College & Sport will be responsible for organising a team of up to 8 players, in which no more than 5 can be of the same gender, can attend the event.
The games from the 2010 BUCA Championship are available to view online, and download here. Thanks to Alex Holowczak, Katie Smith, and Sam Doran for compiling them.
Bath 1 won the 2010 BUCA Championship, beating Edinburgh on the gamepoints tiebreaker, after the two drew 2-2 in their match against one another.
A more detailed report will follow. Click “Read More” for the final ranking of all teams.
The teams and players who have so far entered the event in Oxford on February 27/28 have been posted here. 14 teams and 64 players have entered as of Monday 22nd February. Teams can still enter, but the entry fee has now risen to £36 per team.
The page will be updated if more teams enter.
Any teams who have entered the event in Oxford should book accommodation without delay, or else risk not having a room for the Saturday night.
The University of Birmingham beat Aston University 11 1/2 – 4 1/2 in a two-match friendly on Thursday, 4th February and Wednesday, 10th February 2010.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the payment methods.
You can no longer pay £28 on the day, you can only pay £28 until February 19, and £36 thereafter.
The entry form has been updated to account for this.