Message sent out by KO Team Handicap Organiser Martin Simons, 20 February 2020 Well done to all teams, hope the matches were enjoyable and well played all winning teams! You have now given me a bit of a headache as all the away teams won in emphatic style which means 2 teams will have to […]
19 Feb: Wimborne continued the pattern for big scoring wins in the 1st round, succeeding 5.5-0.5 last night at Winton. Roy Egglington reports that Wimborne had needed to win at least 4.5-1.5 due to a significant grading advantage (872 to 741). Well done to both teams. Since their successful move to Winton Liberal Club at the […]
26 Jan ’20: To celebrate 25 years this is a very special Rapidplay event! There is a record £1000 in cash prizes. Please click on “Congresses”, main menu bar and then “Rapidplay 2020”.
If you are still thinking of entering, just a prompt that, like other congresses, we have to set a limit on entries to ensure good playing conditions. For this we have a limit of 70. It is an open event.
Countdown to Dorset Rapidplay on 15th March 2020
WELCOME TO DORSET CHESS
Dorset is a good choice of county in which to play chess! Over 200 adult players regularly take part in club matches and competitions and over 100 juniors in chess activities.
There are 48 participating teams in 2 vibrant chess leagues – the Bournemouth & District Chess League (B&DCL) and the Dorset County Chess Association (DCCA) League in which 10 friendly clubs participate. Details of your nearest club can be found by clicking on the ‘B&DCL League‘ and ‘Dorset League‘ headers at the top of this page.
There is also a B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup and more recently a friendly Bacchus League for new or inexperienced players.
Results from the leagues and cup can be accessed via the ECF LMS (League Management System) – click on the red button on this page, top right. All other current chess news is posted on this website.
Several congresses are run during the year
Dorset Open and these 1 day congresses:
- Dorset Closed
- Dorset Blitz
- Dorset Rapidplay
- Various juniors chess events.
In July and August 2016 the 103rd British Chess Championships were held in Bournemouth for the first time in 80 years which achieved a record attendance. This was very much down to the considerable work of the B&DCL and DCCA officials Martin Simons and Ian Clark. Along with the successful Bournemouth Grand Chess Congress organised by the B&DCL for 4 years which provided half of the local sponsorship to these championships, clubs across both leagues also provided essential financial support.
JUNIOR CHESSFIND OUT MORE
Sun 15 Mar ’20 25th Dorset Rapidplay, Greyfriars Ringwood (all day)
Sun 24 May ’20 3rd Dorset Closed Congress, Merley (all day)
Fri 16- Sun 18 Oct ’20 55th Dorset Open Championship, Bournemouth (weekend congress)