Highcliffe & Ringwood take part in the 2nd Keith Bateman Memorial Shield at Salisbury Chess Club; 5/5 Matthew Coldwell proves inspired loan signing for Chandlers Ford!

Team chess competition at Salisbury Chess Club 22 July '19
As Pete explains, the time handicap rules produce some amazing finishes


25th July 2019


25th July 2019

Pete Donaldson, organiser of the Keith Bateman Memorial Shield reports:


The second Keith Bateman Memorial competition took place at Salisbury Chess Club on Thursday 25th July ’19. Six teams of four players took part with Highcliffe, Ringwood, Salisbury, and for the first time Chandlers Ford taking part.

The competition uses a time handicap system with the higher graded player taking part in a game having less time based on the difference between the two players grades. The system is a great leveller and leads to some amazing time scrambles.

The result was in doubt until the last round when any of three teams could have won the competition.

After three rounds Chandlers Ford and Salisbury Stones had both won all their matches and were paired to play each other in round 4. In third place were last year’s winners Highcliffe Castles who had narrowly lost to Salisbury Stones in round three.

A 2.5 to 1.5 win by Chandlers Ford saw them in clear first place with Salisbury Stones and Highcliffe Castles in joint second after round four.

The last round paired Chandlers Ford with Highcliffe Castles. If the Castles had won this match and Salisbury Stones had beaten Highcliffe Greystones then there would have been a three way tie for first place. In the event Chandlers Ford after a match which was decided in the last game of the night drew with the Castles securing the trophy.

Player of the night was Matthew Coldwell who played on board four for Chandlers Ford and secured a score of 5 out of 5. Matthew is a member of Salisbury CC and was “loaned out” to Chandlers Ford for the evening, a decision the hosts may now regret.

Congratulations to the Chandlers Ford team of Graham Stuart, David Culliford, Sam Murphy and Matthew Coldwell

Regardless of the result an enjoyable evening was had by all with an excellent buffet provided by Salisbury Social and Cycling Club.

I would like to thank Mike Pope for organising the venue and buffet and acting as joint Arbiter for the competition. May I also thank all those who took part and made the event such a success.

I believe that this annual competition is a fitting tribute to Keith who was not only an enthusiastic chess player but a personal friend.

Pete Donaldson

Team chess competition at Salisbury Chess Club 22 July '19

The presentation of the Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy to members of the winning team from Chandler’s Ford Chess Club. Pictured from left: Matthew Coldwell, David Culliford (captain), Pete Donaldson (tournament organiser), Sam Murphy. Graham Stuart (absent from the photograph) played on top board for the Chandler’s Ford team.

pictured; the winning Chandlers Ford team from their club website