Author: Mike Jay

Mar
20

Dorset Rapidplay – Entries @ 22 Mar ’19: 63 – Mike Duggan (Poole) enters & becomes highest graded player

Many thanks to everyone who has entered. Due to your support, this will make the competition the largest since formation 24 years ago. The Congress has enjoyed a late surge of entries and we are nearing our maximum entry limit to ensure good playing conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to accept entries on the day. […]

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Mar
19

Poole Grammar 10.5 Lychett Minster School 7.5 in B&DCL Inter-Schools tie after very close match – next up Bournemouth Grammar v Highcliffe

Played 18 March: This was an excellent match at Lychett Minster, and as Eric Sachs explains in this report, Poole only crossed the line in the 3rd & final round. Well done to both teams and Tarik & Eric, the organisers. Please see Eric’s latest report under “Junior Chess” from the main menu bar. Pictured Highcliffe […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Junior Chess
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Mar
08

B&D KO Handicap Cup: Round 2 features Weymouth v Purbeck; Poole v Highcliffe – LMS for more

8 Mar: B&DCL Handicap KO Cup Organiser Martin Simons sent out this message to the clubs last evening:- Dear all There were some very exciting yet tense 1st round matches so well done to all players & captains for being so sporting and also well played Poole (reigning champions), Weymouth, Highcliffe and Purbeck for winning […]

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Mar
02

“Chess Knights” initiative running at Dorchester Library & Learning Centre & began 5 March ’19

Julian Cherryson, Dorchester Chess Club reports the excellent news that Dorchester Library & Learning Centre will be hosting “friendly chess sessions”. These will be for anyone aged 14 and over – and  will be called “Chess Knights” taking place on Tuesdays, fortnightly from 5 March ’19, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Julian is keen each session is attended by at least one […]

By Mike Jay | Dorchester Chess Club
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Feb
26

25 Feb: Derek Chaffey wins Highcliffe Quickplay (handicap + time increments) 5/6

26 Feb: Richard Ursell has kindly sent this news item… “We held a  Quickplay tournament at Highcliffe last night, handicapped with time increments. Congratulations to Derek Chaffey who won with 5/6, and Tom Trach and myself were 2nd. Full scorecard below”

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Feb
14

Junior Chess: Ted Paul 6/6 – Organiser Eric Sachs submits Congress Report

9 Feb: Pictured left is Ted Paul  being presented with the Dorset Junior Championship trophy by Dorset County Chess Association President Ian Clark. Ted had a fantastic 100% score with 6/6. Also in the picture is Junior Chess Officer and Congress Organiser Eric Sachs. Here is a report from the Junior Congress Organiser Eric Sachs:- Report on the Dorset Junior […]

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Feb
13

Monthly grading moves closer as ECF embarks on consultation process

The ECF is consulting about grades being calculated and published monthly instead of twice a year. Details are on the ECF website, but the main document is reproduced below. There is also a suggestion to adopt the Elo system, so that would mean 4 digit grades, instead of 3. The move to monthly grading lists […]

By Mike Jay | ECF Grading
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Feb
10

4NCL – Wessex A narrowly lose to fellow relegation pool candidates Guildford

The 3 Wessex teams were all in action this weekend, 9 & 10 Feb ’19. A playing in 2b, B & C both competing in 4s. On 9 Feb, Wessex A lost to Irish team Gonzaga 1.5-4.5. Allan Pleasants sent this report Saturday evening: A tough match for us against Irish team Gonzaga. After a long journey to Telford […]

By Mike Jay | 4NCL
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Jan
25

ECF announces English Senior Championships for early April ’19

Email sent round by organisers Nigel Towers and Ed Goodwin 25 Jan ’19 The ECF is relaunching the annual English Seniors Championship with a four day FIDE-rated and ECF graded congress at the St Johns Hotel, Solihull in April 2019. The event will run for four days from 4th to 7th April, with a total […]

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Jan
18

Poole Knights 4.5 Poole Bishops 1.5 – Bacchus – “kids hog the limelight!”

Tarik reports on 17 Jan: Poole Knights names first Graham Morris 0.5 – 0.5 Steve Bailey Harry Rowbotham 1 – 0 Teo Borsa Ben Howard 1 – 0 Josh Leggatt Zack Little 1 – 0 Felix Wyatt Samuel Williams 0 – 1 Jamie Doyle Matthew Bailey 1 – 0 Jake Doyle POOLE KNIGHTS 4.5 POOLE […]

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Jan
13

13 Jan: Wessex teams all lose on Sunday, but still doing well in 4NCL

Sunday: Something of a reversal of fortunes compared with the success of the day before – this time, Wessex A, B & C all lost. In 2B round 4, Wessex A lost to Grantham Sharks (2) by 2.5-5.5. But following promotion they are holding their own well with 2/4 and sit mid-table Wessex B & […]

By Mike Jay | 4NCL
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Jan
08

Bacchus: Bishops v Knights 17 Jan will be 6 a side – new league creates ideal opportunities for juniors

Poole’s commendable commitment to using Bacchus to give match experience to young players breaks new ground on 17 Jan ’19. Their 2 teams, made up entirely of junior players, meet over an innovative 6 boards. Tarik does an excellent job for junior chess at Lychett Minster, including running the Poole Knights team.  Eric Sachs is responsible for Poole Bishops as […]

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Jan
07

Tournament opportunities for senior players – both UK and abroad – from Stewart Reuben

7 Jan ’19. Not everyone may have seen the message below from Stewart Reuben, the ECF Manager of Senior Chess. Stewart outlines tournaments at home and abroad for senior players (age 50 or 65, and over @ 31 Dec ’19) COMPLIMENTS OF THE FORTHCOMING FESTIVE SEASON and the chessiest of wishes for 2019. Any replies […]

By Mike Jay | English Chess Federation
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Dec
25

Junior Chess Event – “Rise of new kids on the block! Hugely enjoyable”

Junior competition at Bournemouth Library held  last Saturday 22/12/18. Winners and runners up of the Major & Minor are from the left: Yash, Souyara, Jamie, Jake and overall Champion Larissa. 22 juniors took part in a hugely enjoyable event over 5 rounds. Larissa scored 5/5 and is progressing with promise as she continues developing her […]

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Dec
22

21 Dec: Southbourne Christmas Handicap has record entry for “fun & enjoyment” – Len Laker wins with 5.5/6 & is also ahead on mince pies

Summary: There was a very pleasing record entry of 33 players at the Southbourne CC Christmas Handicap Tournament since the club has moved to its new premises.  As always, fun & enjoyment was the main theme with Christmas music being played throughout together with Bucks fizz & mince pies being offered during the tea break […]

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Dec
04

When do the ECF charge Game Fees for grading non-members?

From time to time clubs ask for clarification on this. The actual ECF ruling, as applicable to Leagues like ours, is given below from their website. The current annual ECF membership fee for Bronze Membership is £16. Non ECF members are allowed to play up to 3 games in any one League without the ECF […]

By Mike Jay | English Chess Federation
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Nov
28

Relaxed and informal chess at Swanage: moves temporarily to Chococo from now until early Feb ’19

Steve Peirson has advised that the casual chess sessions, which have been taking place at Caffe Tratt, will move while this venue is closed for the next couple of months. Derek Mount has found an alternative venue. So from now (29 Nov '18) until 21 Jan '19 the Thursday morning chess will be played at Chococo [...]
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Nov
18

4NCL Sun 18 Nov ’18 Div 4 (South) – Wessex B storm to another big win; Wessex C win and draw in same day

Wessex B had an incredibly successful weekend. They followed up their 5-1 win on Saturday going even better on Sunday – beating CSC 3 by 5.5-0.5! And this time Wessex C had a better day themselves, in 2 reduced boards matches – beating Oxford 4 by 2-1. With a different team, they drew with Barnet Knights […]

By Mike Jay | 4NCL
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Nov
07

LMS can tell you your grade performance so far this season – but it is only an estimate and more for fun and interest!

Not all County and B&D players may be aware that LMS keeps a running calculation of your grade, but only based on matches so far this season. It is more for interest and fun, than an attempt to accurately project what your grade should or will be. Therefore please note it should be treated with […]

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Oct
16

Organiser Ian Clark reflects on a very successful 53rd Dorset Congress

REPORT ON 53rd DORSET CHESS CONGRESS The event had 100 entries and was situated in 3 rooms in the Elstead Hotel, close to the centre of Bournemouth. We had a larger room than expected in what was previously the bookstall and analysis room. The main room housed the Open and Minor and was quite warm […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Open Congress
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Sep
16

2nd Dorset Blitz – 30 competitors & big success; Further Steve report + cross-tables + photo links

Organiser Steve Peirson reports on a most successful day on Sun 16 Sept ’18 at Furzebrook, nr Wareham “Everything went very well – we had 3 groups of 10 players and we extended the time limit to 10 mins + 5 sec increment. These are the prize winners:-         Group A (please see […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Blitz
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Sep
13

Poole win Dorchester Jamboree – 7 teams take part in excellent season opener

Julian Cherryson reports Poole Chess Club won the Dorchester Jamboree for the first time scoring 5 out of 6. Ringwood came second with 4 out of 6. Event took place Thurs 6 Sept ’18. Teams of six from seven chess clubs took part (Weymouth, Yeovil, Dorchester, Purbeck, Poole, Wimborne and Ringwood). There were 21 boards […]

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Sep
13

2 Towns 12 Sept: Poole 17 Bournemouth 12; 1st Poole win in 4 years – Martin: “Great evening, well done Poole!” Score details

Please note results details at foot of this report 12 Sept. Poole Captain Eric Sachs Reports: On a most enjoyable night as the season commenced with  the traditional curtain raiser, Poole beat Bournemouth 17-12 to win the trophy for the first time in 4 years. Quote from the losing captain Martin Simons “it was a great night, […]

By Mike Jay | 2 Towns Match
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Sep
08

24 thoroughly enjoy Southbourne 10 sec competition; Bruce wins with 6/7 but Reenen & Grzegorz close behind

“Fun” 10 Second Buzzer Tournament Results on Fri 7 Sept ’18, Tuckton Martin writes Good turnout, 24 players. Pleasing to see players from other clubs and also some people who don’t normally play. Great fun, everyone enjoys the buzzer (I think!). Bruce Jenks (180) was in good form to win with 6 points out of […]

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Sep
07

Bournemouth Library Junior Chess restarted Sat 8 Sept – lots to look forward to including news, games & features for juniors through the Poole Club website

Junior Chess Officer Eric Sachs has sent out a letter to parents explaining the very popular junior chess sessions are starting up again. Please go to “Junior Chess” on the main menu to see Eric’s letter

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Aug
15

Wanted: a chess team! Please apply to Keith Gregory

Chess Team Wanted! Any grade 80 to 280! The immensely hard working and enthusiast Wessex 4NCL Team Manager/Captain Keith Gregory is seeking additional players for new Wessex teams in the weekend 4NCL (4 Nations Chess League). This follows success last season when Wessex excelled winning promotion to Div 2 and there has been a consequent […]

By Mike Jay | Uncategorised
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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 […]

By Mike Jay | Uncategorised
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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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