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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
16

1st Dorset Closed 1 July – Merley – entries reach 28

Ian Clark reports entries have encouragingly increased to 28 and places still available in all 4 sections. Less than 2 weeks to go. Please note fee of £5 for entries received after 23 June. Payment to Ian must be made with entry please. Generous prizes and entry fee is only £12. Excellent new venue at Merley, Wimborne. To […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Closed Congress
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Jun
15

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
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
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

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
10

Wimborne C 2.5 Southbourne 1.5, County Div 3; Championship goes down to last match!

9 May. The top 3 boards were drawn, but Sepp Clarke won on board 4 to give Wimborne a narrow win. Wimborne are the new league leaders. So this Division goes down to the final match on 10 May and remains very exciting. Poole B host Dorchester D at home. If Poole win or draw […]

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May
09

New Milton B 2.5 Highcliffe B 1.5, B&DCL Div 3; New Milton finish season promisingly

8 May. New Milton B were just short of staying up, finishing 1 point behind Ringwood B. But they only lost 1 match out of their last 4, winning 2 and also their team has experienced new recruits. So all promises well for next season, when they are likely to be one of the front […]

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
08

Wessex triumph over 4NCL Bank Holiday weekend & are promoted; 3-3 draw with nearest challengers Brown Jack 1

Many congratulations to the Wessex team who have been promoted from 3 South Pool C. They finished 1 point ahead of nearest challengers Brown Jack 1, after holding them to a draw in the final  match. In this encounter,  Martin Simons & Ian Clark both won, and there were draws from Gill Oliver and Jaimie Wilson. […]

By Mike Jay | 4NCL
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May
05

Southbourne E 3.5 Wimborne G 0.5, B&DCL Div 5: Southbourne E Div 5 Champions!

5 May. This was the final match of the season in Div 5 and ended with an emphatic win for the home team, who are confirmed as Champions. Wimborne G defaulted board 1. 2 games were drawn and Nigel Purry won on board 4 for Southbourne, who won a close division by just 1 point. […]

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May
05

Southbourne A 3.5 Poole B 0.5, B&DCL Div 1; Southbourne’s strong finish lifts them to mid table

4 May. Southbourne A moved up the table to shared 4th place with Poole B, but with the better games points. A better start to the season by this Southbourne team, who have now won 3 matches in a row, might have seen them as Championship contenders. Special mention to Poole B who have completed […]

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May
03

Wimborne C 3 Purbeck B 1, County Div 3; Championship goes to final round

2 May. Both clubs fielded strong teams and it was Wimborne C who ran out winners, keeping up their challenge on leaders Poole B. Tim Joyce and Sepp Clarke won for Wimborne and the 2 top boards were drawn. Purbeck B have now completed all their matches. So in common with the B&DCL divisions, this […]

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May
02

Bournemouth C 1 Purbeck 3, B&DCL Div 5; Purbeck go back top, but Southbourne E one win from being champions

1 May. So after this result it all comes down to the final match on Friday evening, 4 May at Tuckton! If Southbourne E beat Wimborne G they become Div 5 champions. Bournemouth B needed to win to have a chance themselves, but it was Purbeck who ran out winners. And Purbeck could still be […]

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May
01

Bacchus League – proposals circulated for possible new league, 2018/19 for lower graded & new players

Clubs across the County League & B&DCL have been asked for their views. It is early days in terms of consultation, but initial ideas are below. The Bacchus League  The aim is to offer graded league conditions matches for players who do not normally get the opportunity to play in league matches, or are new […]

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May
01

Thursday morning chess in Swanage – a success story thanks to Derek Mount!

Eric Sach’s photo is a good reminder of the very successful informal chess sessions now running in Swanage High Street, every Thursday morning from 10.15am. This excellent project was the idea of Purbeck Chess Club member Derek Mount

By Mike Jay | Chess news
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May
01

Highcliffe B 3 Ringwood B 1, B&DCL Div 3; Highcliffe D 2.5 Poole F 1.5, B&DCL Div 5; Highcliffe teams end season on a high

30 Apr. In a double bill, Highcliffe hosted 2 visiting teams. The B team beat Ringwood B 3-1 to ensure another season in Div 3. Rob Halse won on board 2 and the other 2 games played were drawn. Ringwood defaulted a board due to illness. It means New Milton B, who despite a strong late […]

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Apr
30

County League Div 1 new date: Dorchester B v Ringwood

Now taking place Thurs 10 May. Originally 1 Mar, but hit by weather. 10 May is the most important night of the season in County Div 1, with all 6 teams playing, and 2 of the matches are at Dorchester. At North Road, Poole, the home team take on Wimborne in a match that will […]

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