Sad news the County League is losing an established club
Falling membership and consequent problems fulfilling fixtures has resulted in Bridport closing forthwith (posted 3 Aug ’17). Last season Bridport managed to complete the season, but were not having regular club nights. Several members are said to be joining Dorchester and Weymouth. Club Chairman Malcolm Steevens is hopeful Bridport may “rise from the ashes” in the next year or two. An entry on the website etc will be maintained in the hope there is future interest for the club to be reformed.
The recently issued draft fixtures are not affected, as Bridport asked to be excluded. On a more positive note there are 2 new teams in Div 1 next season, and there might be 1 or 2 new teams in Div 3.
On behalf of everyone involved with Dorset chess we sincerely hope Bridport can get going again and be an important part of the county chess scene.