Author: Mike Jay

Sep
15

3rd Dorset Blitz, Sunday 22 Sept – 27 entered including 7 juniors @ 15 Sept

14 Sept: Dorset Open Blitz, Sunday 22 Sept ’19. Run by Dorset County Chess Association.  Enjoy a great day of competitive chess in the excellent playing conditions at Furzebrook Village Hall near Wareham.  Lunch and refreshments are included. This is an “Open” event. Organiser is Steve Peirson and details, plus entry forms available via the main menu […]

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Sep
15

54th Dorset Open has 65 entries @ 15 Sept. Ian announces closing date for entries

15 Sept: Ian Clark is the Organiser for this always popular event, taking place over the weekend 11-13 Oct ’19 at the Elstead Hotel, Knyveton Road, close to the centre of Bournemouth. Accommodation is available at the hotel in double/twin rooms but first come, first served. More information and entry forms Main Menu, “Congresses” & then “54th […]

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Sep
12

7 teams contest the 13th Dorchester Jamboree; excellent event – Poole win

12 Sept: It was another really good evening of competitive chess played in a friendly and sociable atmosphere at the Colliton Club. Along with the 2 Towns match in Poole, this event has come to traditionally mark the start of the season. Many thanks to the hosts and organisers Dorchester Chess Club and especially Julian Cherryson, Mark Potter […]

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Sep
02

Nikki Forster is appointed as B&DCL and DCCA Junior Chess Coordinator

Appointment of New B&DCL & DCCA Junior Chess Coordinator On behalf of the Bournemouth & District Chess League and Dorset County Chess Association, we are very pleased to formally announce the appointment of Nikki Forster as the B&DCL and DCCA Junior Chess Coordinator. Nikki comes with a wealth of experience having worked with and supported […]

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Aug
19

Dave Lockwood Memorial event highly successful & fitting tribute; 37 take part

19 Aug: Excellent report from Dave Fuller on a great day of quick-play chess held Sat 17 Aug ’19 at Poole to remember Dave Lockwood (pictured immediate left) who had been such an outstanding and loyal member of Poole Chess Club. He had been a member for over 50 years and played in the Parkstone and […]

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Aug
07

Larissa Cuthbert’s exceptional performance in UK Schools Chess Challenge Gigafinal

Larissa Cuthbert from Poole recently achieved an outstanding 2nd place in the UK Schools Chess Challenge Delancey Southern Gigafinal Under 10 girls section. Upon receiving her medal from GM Viktor Bologan she has qualified for the final round – the Terafinal for the second year running. The competition began in October 2018 with 40,000 school […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset Junior Chess
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Jul
23

ECF new grades out, but gremlin in the system has duplicated some B&DCL results; update @ 24 July

24 July: Phil has today updated his message below. He explains the grades affected should be corrected by the start of the season. And adds those players who played several games in the B&DCL Sept-Dec ’18, and had a performance about the same as their grade, will probably see no difference when the grades are corrected. It’s […]

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Jul
07

James Forster in state of shock after winning a strong Dorset “Closed” Open at Merley, Sun 7 July

7 July: According to informed sources, James was a reluctant late entrant for the Open Championship – he felt out of practice, the season is over etc. But enter he sportingly did, fearing the worst, as the Open section was so strong. But with 3/4 he played some great chess and won – much against […]

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Jun
27

DCCA AGM 26 June ’19 – Officers report successful season – Highcliffe achieve a cup & league “double”

27 June: All participating clubs were well represented at the Dorset County Chess Association AGM, which took place at RBL, North Road, Poole Weds 26 June. There were reports on 3 successful congresses and the 3 league divisions were well contested, with 2 newcomers, Ringwood and Highcliffe becoming champions for the first time in Divisions […]

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Jun
24

Well attended B&DCL AGM at Tuckton 19 June ’19 – Meeting outline, including competition winners

20 June: Pictured immediately above is successful Wimborne A captain Ian Clark (right) at the presentation with B&DCL Secretary Pete Donaldson. Main picture is Richard Ursell, who led Highcliffe to success in the B&DCL KO Handicap Cup, beating Purbeck in a close match. The new B&DCL rules, as agreed at the AGM, appear under "B&DCL League" on [...]
By Mike Jay | Uncategorised
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Jun
24

B&DCL Rules following AGM 19 June ’19 – both summary and detail of what has changed

  Image: John Belinger, New Milton (on the right) at the AGM presentation.  Pete Donaldson, B&DCL Secretary presenting. Steven Disney was the successful captain. New Milton B had the best points and games record of any team in the 5 divisions and will play in B&D 3 next season.       These are the […]

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Jun
08

ECF: Entries invited for European Senior Team Championships in Croatia from 18-26 Sept ’19

European Senior Team Chess Championships  (taken from ECF Newsletter 8 June ’19) Stewart Reuben writes – The European Senior Team Chess Championships take place in Croatia from 17-27 September 2019.  The arrival date and registration for the event are 17 September, with play taking place every day at 15.00 from 18-26 September. Departure is 27 September.  The […]

By Mike Jay | Seniors Chess events
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May
04

B&DCL AGM: Weds 19 June ’19; request for any rule change proposals to be sent in soonest please

4 May ’19: Martin Simons, B&DCL Chairman role has sent out this message to club secretaries: The B&DCL AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at the Tuckton Social Club (home venue of Southbourne Chess Club), 222 Tuckton Road BH6 3AA and all members of B&DCL clubs are welcome. It is […]

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May
04

B&DCL Handicap Knock-out final is Highcliffe v Purbeck; clubs have agreed on Mon 3 June

4 May: Martin Simons, in his Handicap KO Cup organiser role, has sent out the message below; followed by Richard Ursell’s reflections as the excitement builds Thank you for completing the semi-final matches and well done to Highcliffe and Purbeck for winning their matches in some style. The match results and reports can be found on the […]

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Apr
12

Steve Peirson sets date for the 3rd Dorset County Chess Association Blitz: Sunday, 22 Sept ’19;

12 Apr: Blitz Organiser Steve Peirson has today announced the date for the 3rd Dorset Blitz as explained below. As previously, this will be an open event: “This year’s Dorset Chess Blitz Tournament will be held on Sunday, 22nd September at the usual venue of Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham. Further details and entrance form will […]

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Apr
12

Highcliffe riding high after 3-1 win at Dorchester B secures County 2 – in debut season

12 April: Many congratulations to Highcliffe after their success last night, made possible with wins on the top 2 boards, and draws on 3 & 4. It was always going to be a key fixture, bringing together 2 strong teams and mindful Dorchester B were the one team to have beaten Highcliffe, at fortress Greystones, back in […]

By Mike Jay | Dorset County League
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Apr
09

Ringwood edge tight match with Dorchester A to win County 1 for first time; board 2 decisive

9 Apr: As Martin Clancy & Geoff Searing reported on LMS, 2 evenly matched teams battled it out last night to decide the County 1 Championship. All credit to Dorchester who brought a strong team and provided tough opposition. There was very little between the players on each board and after draws on boards 3 & […]

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Apr
04

Bournemouth Central Library Junior Team 17, Park School 15 – in close Primary Schools Junior final

This B&DCL Primary Inter-Schools Junior Final was played on 2 April ’19 in Bournemouth. Pictured the winning Bournemouth Central Library team. Report from Organiser Eric Sachs appears under “Junior Chess” Main Menu

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Mar
25

Dorset Rapidplay 24 March at Greyfriars, Ringwood: 63 take part and 6 share 1st place with 5/6

Everyone took home a prize from this 24th Dorset Rapidplay, superbly run by Controller Martin Simons with Assistant Controller Graham Morris. There were 29 cash prize winners, including 13 for winning grading sections and a team prize. £648.24 was paid out. It was the strongest ever Rapidplay, and that was reflected in 6 players sharing first place pictured (and […]

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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
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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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