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Aug
15

2nd Dorset Blitz 16 Sept – 9 entered at 12 Aug – Furzebrook, nr Wareham

Entrant Club or Location Grade Anderson, Peter Dorset 198 Pleasants, Allan Weymouth 187 Simons, Martin Southbourne 185 Gregory, Keith Fareham 180 Nielsen, Joergen Wimborne 150 Jackson, Paul Bournemouth 146 Ursell, Richard Highcliffe 144 Harris, John Southbourne 120 Trach, Thomas Highcliffe 113 Donations – sincere thanks to: Keith Gregory Joergen Nielsen Takes place Sun 16 Sept […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Blitz . Dorset Blitz
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Aug
11

Dorset Open entries now 19 @ 11 Aug- venue The Elstead, Bournemouth

Weekend 12-14 Oct ’18. Organiser Ian Clark. To enter on-line or hard copy, please go to “Congresses” on the main menu and scroll down, where there is also information about the event. Last year just over 100 entered at this popular and central venue in Bournemouth. Details of entrants so far also available via “Congresses” & 53rd […]

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Aug
06

Steve Bailey reports on Barbados VI cricket tour

UK Women’s Visually Impaired Cricket Team – Barbados Tour, 5-15 July ’18 Steve coaches England to series win Written by Steve Bailey 18 visually impaired women with an age group range of 15-70 and 4 visually impaired coaches of which Steve Bailey (Dorset Dolphins Coach and Captain) was Head Coach. (Steve, of course is also an active member […]

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Aug
04

Poole AGM honours members’ success in winning 5 trophies in 8 months; Bournemouth Echo report 1 Aug

This photo was taken at the recent Poole AGM. Chair Eric Sachs commented “I would like to mention it is not intended to highlight trophy and glory hunting for Poole; the intention is to record the success and connection with all members at the club and chess in the area to increase the profile”. On […]

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Jul
26

ECF July ’18 Grades are out!

Thurs 26 July: link http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php This link will appear on the top menu bar through the season. Under the rules of both the County League and B&D, only a few grades of course, change at 1 Jan. Typically, these are grades that were estimated, shown as “L” for local, at the start of the season. […]

By Mike Jay | ECF Grades
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Jul
13

Michael Duggan wins Southbourne Summer Blitz in style

Poole’s Michael Duggan (pictured above) scored an excellent 5/6 to win the Summer Blitz and earn £30 ahead of 18 competitors, who were undeterred in was Friday the 13th (July). Organiser Martin Simons commented “…Michael Duggan (Poole) played exceptionally well, remained undefeated and was a deserved winner”. Some other very good performances, including James Forster […]

By Mike Jay | Southbourne Fun Chess
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Jul
11

Successful junior evening at Poole 5 July – draws new members – Brain & Hand

Eric Sachs reports…. So, in between World Cup football games we held a fun open Junior night at the club on the 5th July. Students and Juniors came from Poole Grammar School/Lytchett Minster School/Bournemouth Library and one student came from Dorchester, We played one serious game each between club members and juniors with some tuition […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Junior Chess
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Jul
06

Highcliffe Castles win Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy; Final Table

24 players in 6 teams from Salisbury, Highcliffe & Ringwood, including players from Southbourne, packed into the White Hart Ringwood Thurs night, 5 July. They were taking part in the inaugural Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy. It was excellently planned, organised and run by Ringwood’s Pete Donaldson, who in his opening welcome remembered the life of popular Keith […]

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Jul
01

Mike Waddington new Dorset Champion

A successful, if not very demanding Dorset Closed in a new one day format took place at Merley on Sunday, 1 July ’18. Mike Waddington (pictured on the right above) receiving the Championship cup from runner-up & DCCA Chairman Ian Clark. The Championship went to a quick-play finish between Mike & Ian ending at 1-1, so […]

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Jul
01

Braille Chess Association thanks Dorset Chess

BIG THANKS TO DORSET CHESS PLAYERS FROM THE BRAILLE CHESS ASSOCIATION Twenty blind and partially sighted chess players held their Chairman’s Cup Congress this June at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth. We all had a most enjoyable week which was ably supported by local chess players. The congress was opened on Friday 15th June by […]

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Jul
01

Big attendance at B&DCL AGM, 12 June – Poole honoured

There were special congratulations at the AGM for Poole who won 3 of the 4 B&DCL Divisions they entered, plus the Handicap Team KO Cup. It was an outstanding performance. Pictured here on behalf of Poole, Michael Duggan (centre) and Eric Sachs (right) with Pete Donaldson presenting the Div 1 Championship board. Highcliffe A were congratulated […]

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Jun
21

Dorset League hold AGM 20 June @ Poole

Main picture Weymouth’s Chris Johns (on the left) presenting the Div 1 Championship board to winners Wimborne A & Ian Clark. Ian received the board on behalf of Wimborne A Captain Mark Littleton. The AGM was told by Treasurer Steve Peirson that the Association had made a surplus in the year to 31 May ’18, helped by […]

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Jun
21

Good support for cricketer Steve Bailey

Poole hosted a final charity evening last Thursday before Steve Bailey departs for the West Indies this week (2 July) and collected an impressive £70. Around 20 attended a fun evening, including new juniors plus a Russian family. This follows Poole’s highly successful and earlier fund-raising to enable Steve to take part in the cricket coaching and matches […]

By Mike Jay | Steve Bailey
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Jun
15

Bacchus – 8 clubs interested – teams 3 or more; sponsorship

18 June. 8 clubs have expressed interest so far, which is great, so this new league looks likely to run. Reminder that the key aim is to give graded match experience to players who are perhaps new to league chess, or inexperienced and do not normally get the chance to play against other clubs. Ideas and suggestions still […]

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Jun
15

Mike Waddington success in Bristol Open 15-17 June ’18

Mike has reported he shared 1st place (£300) with IM Alan Merry last weekend, with 4.5/5 and ahead of a strong field that included “such luminaries as GM Keith Arkell”. Very well done to Mike who has an excellent record of weekend congress successes. Our own 53rd Dorset Open is in Bournemouth, this October and […]

By Mike Jay | Congress
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Jun
14

Highcliffe A – B&DCL Div 2 Champions

Richard Ursell being presented with the Div 2 Championship board at the B&DCL AGM 12 June. The ambitious Highcliffe team finished with 6 wins in a row and proudly take their place in Div 1 with a strong and improving team link for images from the presentation: https://mikejay.smugmug.com/organize/BDCL-AGM-12-June-18    

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Jun
13

Grzegorz Sawicki (Southbourne B) wins Urry Cup with excellent performances

Grzegorz Sawicki had a fine B&DCL Div 1 season on top board for Southbourne B and won the Urry Cup with 7.5/10, just ahead of Ian Clark (Wimborne A) and James Forster (Southbourne A) both on 7/10. Southbourne B competed well all season, finishing 3rd and at one stage looked potential Div 1 champions

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Jun
13

B&DCL Boardman Winners Announced at AGM

The winner of the Div 2 Boardman was Highcliffe’s Ken Smith (pictured above) with 8/10. Ken has developed quite a reputation for strong attacking play and he will be key member next season when his team compete in Div 1. Ken just edged out team colleague Rob Halse, also 8/10, on board count. Div 3 Boardman winner […]

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Jun
13

53rd Dorset Open (12-14 Oct) Bournemouth – Entries now possible – Entered at 18 June: 4

Ian Clark has announced (30 May) entries now possible for this popular weekend congress, taking place at the Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth. Please go to “Congresses” main menu & then 53rd Dorset Open. Update on who has entered will appear in due course

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Jun
12

Steve Culleton retires as B&DCL Secretary after 23 years

The B&DCL AGM 12 June ’18 marked Steve Culleton’s retirement as B&DCL Secretary. Steve (pictured on the left) was presented with a “Go Outdoors” voucher from B&DCL Chair Martin Simons at the end of the meeting, to thank him sincerely for all his work over this long period. There was a speech of appreciation by B&DCL President […]

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Jun
10

Dorset Closed Entrants Updated 10 June (22)

Entries going well, but Organiser Ian Clark especially keen for more in the Major <160. News items (posts) are now appearing here on the website, across the top of the page, but Event information, like Congresses has moved to the right hand side of this page. And more detailed information on Congresses, such as entry forms […]

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Jun
05

Time Increments – Trial in Div 1 of both Leagues proposed

21 May. An update appears in the last paragraph of the feature item in the column alongside. Since it was posted for information some months ago, there have been unexpectedly high levels of opinion and feedback, including at Committee of both Leagues. Essentially stronger players, specifically Div 1 of both County & B&DCL generally want to […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
31

Wimborne B 1.5 Southbourne B 2.5, B&DCL Div 1; teams bring season to a close in both B&DCL & County

30 May. It was a close result with Mark Littleton (Wimborne) continuing his fine run of form with a win on board 1. But the foundation to the Southbourne victory was success on boards 2 & 3 for Bruce Jenks and Grzegorz Sawicki respectively. Colin Wilson (Wimborne) and Brian Curran drew on 4. It finished an […]

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May
30

Eric Sachs takes part in 1st Belgrade Open (Air) Congress and draws enthusiastic spectators

Eric Sachs pictured taking part in an impromptu street chess game during his recent Belgrade holiday. Reports say he did very well, taking on the best of local players and was unbeaten

By Mike Jay | Belgrade Open
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May
25

Poole D 3 Wimborne E 1, B&DCL Div 4; Very well done to Poole D who win Div 4 and secure 5th trophy for club

24 May. In a close finish to the season Wimborne had needed to win, but it was Poole who secured full points and become champions after an excellent season. Poole winners were Steve Chappell, Richard Smith & Captain Chris Ambrose. Jim Fox won for Wimborne on board 3. Poole D won the Division by 1 […]

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May
20

GDPR 25 May ’18 – Letter to club members, Congress information and Privacy Policy

To comply with the new regs we have been created a permission letter for clubs to send to their members.  Also, there is a statement covering congresses run by Dorset County Chess Association on how personal information is used and this will be included in all entry forms etc. Both documents appear under “GDPR” on the “Links” […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
19

Southbourne C 3 Poole C 1, B&DCL Div 3; Southbourne beat the new champions & finish 3rd

18 May. This was the final match in Div 3 this season. Board 4 brought together 2 in-form players, John Harris (Southbourne) &  Richard Smith (Poole) and resulted in a win for John. Elsewhere, Brian Curran and Dave Bryant won for Southbourne and Simon Patterson, board 2,  gained a full point for Poole. Both captains reported […]

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May
18

Poole E 1 Southbourne D 3, B&DCL Div 4; Southbourne return to top spot but Christine Roberts win for Poole may be crucial

17 May. John Harris, the Southbourne Captain reported that “Poole made us work hard on every board. David’s (Arorash) game was 70 moves and mine over 60”. The Southbourne team out graded Poole 450-383 and the win returns them to 1st place in the battle with Poole D & Wimborne E to decide who will be […]

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May
17

Wimborne D 2 Highcliffe B 2, B&DCL Div 3; Wimborne F 1 Poole D 3, B&DCL Div 4; Poole C Champions Div 3 & Poole D lead Div 4 – what a night for Poole!

16 May. It was a night to remember for Poole Chess Club! Not only did their A team win Div 1, but by Wimborne D dropping a point at home to Highcliffe B it meant Poole C cannot be caught at the top, so they become Div 3 Champions. So very well done to Poole C on […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
16

Poole A 2.5 Wimborne B 1.5, B&DCL Div 1; Poole A become champions after Wimborne B nearly pull off shock result! “Phew!”

16 May. Very well done to Poole who are crowned Div 1 champions after an incredibly close match with Wimborne B. As Eric Sachs reports below, Poole had to battle back after going 0-1 behind to a Jorgen Nielsen win on board 4 and to their credit, Wimborne B fought all the way and the […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
16

Bournemouth B 1.5 Wimborne C 2.5, B&DCL Div 2; Wimborne fall just short, so many congratulations to Highcliffe A on their promotion to Div 1!

16 May. This was a close match. Jorgen Nielsen and Steve Culleton won on boards 2 & 4 for Wimborne, board 3 was drawn and on top board Ivan Willis gained a full point for Bournemouth. Aggregate grades were Bournemouth 524, Wimborne 565. Unfortunately for the Wimborne team, they needed a bigger win to overtake Highcliffe A, […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
15

Highcliffe C 1 Wimborne E 3; B&DCL Div 4; Wimborne E lead in Div 4 title chase, but Wimborne F safe

14 May. The result was beneficial to the 2 Wimborne teams in Div 4. For E, it put them back on top with just 1 match to go – a crucial encounter at Poole D on 24 May. The position at the top is so close, with 4 teams separated by just 2 league points, so […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
15

Dorchester A 2.5 Weymouth A 1.5, County Div 1; Dorchester A secure first win

10 & 14 May. This match, between near neighbours, completed the County Div 1 season for both teams. It was played over 2 nights, with the remaining game on 14 May when Geoff Searing (Dorchester) drew with Frank Pittman. It was Dorchester A’s first win this season in the top division. The decisive game was […]

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May
15

Poole A 1.5 Wimborne A 2.5, B&DCL Div 1; Wimborne A now top table, but Poole A have crucial match in hand

14 May. Several Championships this season across B&DCL & County are being settled between the Poole and Wimborne clubs. In this important match Wimborne’s narrow win put them as new league leaders, but they have now completed their programme. There were 3 draws, but the crucial outcome was on board 3 where Eddie Barker (Wimborne) […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
14

Ringwoood A 3.5 Bournemouth A 0.5, B&DCL Div 2; Highcliffe A on the brink of historic promotion to Div 1

14 May. This defeat for near challengers Bournemouth A means Highcliffe A are almost assured of playing in the top flight next season. But the result does leave Wimborne C with an outside chance. Bournemouth deserve credit for competing especially well both this season and last, coming close to promotion themselves. In this match Kenny Harman, Peter Donaldson […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
12

Southbourne A 3.5 Wimborne B 0.5, B&DCL Div 1; Southbourne win again, but Wimborne relegated

11 May. Southbourne Captain Martin Simons reported “a competitive match, closer than the score suggests”. His interesting and comprehensive report appears on LMS: http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/10299 and is well worth a read Meanwhile, the loss confirms Wimborne B are relegated to Div 2 next season, where they seem certain to be one of the frontrunners. Southbourne A are experiencing a season of […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
11

Poole A 1 Wimborne A 3, County Div 1; Wimborne become County Champions!

10 May. Poole A have looked all season likely County Div 1 Champions, but in a thrilling finish to the competition Wimborne A defeated them to be league winners themselves with a fine win last night. Ian Clark, Mark Littleton & Peter Wilcock all won for the visitors and Ciprian Stanciu scored a full point for […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset County League
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May
11

Poole B 2.5 Dorchester D 1.5, County Div 3; Poole are Champions! “Woop!”

10 May. Many congratulations to Poole B, who are Champions at the first attempt of County Div 3!  A win by Dorchester D would have made Wimborne C champions, so it all went down to the last match, which was decided by the narrowest of margins. So well done to the Dorchester team for making […]

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May
11

Dorchester B 1.5 Ringwood 2.5, County Div 1; Ringwood consolidate 3rd place – Martin Clancy discusses “beasts”

10 May. Boards 1, 3 & 4 were drawn, but Ringwood won by default on board 2 to gain a narrow away victory. For Dorchester B it was only their 2nd defeat of the season and they have been strong opposition for opponents. Martin Clancy, Ringwood’s Captain commented “A very enjoyable evening at a great […]

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May
10

B&DCL Fixture Change – Div 4

Poole D are now playing their home game with Wimborne E on Thurs 24 May. This was originally scheduled for 1 Mar

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