Bournemouth & District Chess League

May
21

Time Increments – lots of views, but support for 1 season trial in Div 1 of both County & B&DCL, and in matches in lower leagues, but only if both teams agree in advance

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 […]

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May
21

Bacchus – encouraging level of support for new league, which would not be part of Dorset League or B&DCL – but AGM’s of both Leagues will be asked to approve

21 May. 6 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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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
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

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
27

Poole D 2 Highcliffe C 2, B&DCL Div 4; Poole D stay in promotion challenge, Highcliffe C could avoid relegation

26 Apr. It was a close match. In-form Richard Smith won for Poole, but Roger Howell got a full point for Highcliffe. The other 2 games were drawn. Ron Salinger on board 1 used all his experience to turn a losing position into stalemate. But Highcliffe C had winning chances in other games too. Poole […]

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Apr
25

Wimborne F 2 Poole E 2, B&DCL Div 4; Poole E Captain Tim McCullagh on “a draw that feels like a loss”

25 Apr. Wimborne F did well to hold their high flying opponents to a draw. Poole won on the top 2 boards through in-form Adam Jaggard and Tony Pritchard. Jim Newman and Phil Holden won on boards 3 & 4 for the home team. Poole E are 2nd in Div 4, 1 point behind Southbourne […]

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Apr
25

New Milton B 1.5 Ringwood B 2.5, B&DCL Div 3; Close match sees Ringwood reach safety but “phew”!

29 Apr. This was a key match in the brave bid by both teams to stay in Div 3. New Milton B had been on a good run, but fell just short to a higher graded Ringwood team. But after 2 games New Milton were leading 1.5-0.5 thanks to a Simon Bown win on board […]

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Apr
21

Southbourne C 1.5 New Milton B 2.5, B&DCL Div 3; key win for New Milton in bid to avoid relegation

20 Apr. A fine victory for the visitors made possible with wins from Simon Brown and John Beasant. Top board was drawn and Dave Bryant won for Southbourne on board 3. Southbourne out graded New Milton by around 20 points on each of the top 3 boards. New Milton next play Ringwood B, just above them […]

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Apr
20

Poole E 3 Wimborne E 1, B&DCL Div 4; Poole up to =2nd

19 Apr. Poole E helped their promotion aspirations considerably with this success against a Wimborne team also challenging for the Div 4 Championship. The victory was made possible with wins from Ciaran Southey on board 1, Adam Jaggard board 2 and Christine Roberts board 4. Phil Wallace won on board 3 for the visitors. Poole E now […]

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Apr
19

Poole C 2.5 Wimborne D 1.5, B&DCL Div 3; Poole very close to promotion & the Championship

19 Apr. Poole C are within a whisker of promotion after this win against their principal challengers for the Div 3 Championship. The Poole team are to be congratulated on a fine run that has seen 5 successive wins. The points in this match came from Simon Fox on board 1 and Richard Smith on […]

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Apr
19

Poole A 2.5 Southbourne B 1.5, B&DCL Div 1; Poole back as league leaders

18 Apr. It was expected to be a very competitive encounter between 2 strong teams and it was! Poole Captain Dave Fuller commented “A close match, some exciting games. You could cut the tension with a wet kipper!” Brian Curran, Southbourne B Captain said “A match decided on the top boards, which puts Poole A in the driving seat to finish […]

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Apr
17

New Milton A 3 Ringwood A 1, B&DCL Div 2; New Milton finishing season strongly

17 April. New Milton A won their 2nd Div 2 match in a row. In this  match they took 3/3 on the top 3 boards and it was a good overall performance. Ringwood were the higher graded team 599 to 567. It was the penultimate league match of the season for both teams

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Apr
14

Southbourne B 2.5 Wimborne A 1.5, B&DCL Div 1; Southbourne go joint 1st

13 Apr. Southbourne B, who welcomed back Paul Kemp for his 1st league match of the season, have gone equal 1st after this narrow win against the leaders. The top 3 boards were drawn, but the 1 decisive result was on board 4 where Len Laker won. Southbourne B are having a fine season and travel […]

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Apr
14

Southbourne 3 Wimborne 3, Team Handicap Knock-Out Cup; Wimborne advance to final – see Martin’s latest report

13 Apr. An exciting and close match, saw Wimborne become finalists to play Poole. Southbourne, who needed to win 3.5-2.5, finished just short. Please go to LMS for score details and a report: http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/16376 Also Martin has sent out an updated report on the competition so far. Please go to very top menu and click on […]

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Apr
12

Wimborne C 1.5 Bournemouth A 2.5, B&DCL Div 2; Bournemouth keep alive promotion hopes

11 Apr. With this narrow win Bournemouth A still have a chance of promotion with 1 match to go, but Wimborne C needed to win to keep the pressure on leaders Highcliffe A. The teams were fairly evenly matched on grades, but Paul Errington (Bournemouth) did very well to overcome a 14 grading points difference to […]

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Apr
09

Highcliffe D 1 Bournemouth C 3, B&DCL Div 5; Bournemouth C lead Division on game points

9 Apr. Wins from Paul Bland and Derek Jones, on boards 1 & 4 respectively, ensured victory for Bournemouth. The other 2 games were drawn. With 1 match left for each club, Division 5 could hardly be more engrossing with Bournemouth C, Southbourne E and Purbeck all in with a chance of being Champions. And as if […]

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Apr
09

Highcliffe A 3 Bournemouth B 1, B&DCL Div 2; Highcliffe strengthen position at top

9 Apr. The top 3 boards only were played, with board 4 a win by default to Highcliffe. There were draws on  boards 1 & 3, but the decisive game was Ken Smith’s win on board 2 for Highcliffe v Ivan Willis. Rob Halse, Highcliffe Captain, reported “all the games were played in a friendly […]

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Apr
06

Fixture Date Change – updated 6 Apr ’18 (B&DCL)

B&DCL Div 1, Poole A v Southbourne B. Postponed 1 March ’18 due to the snow and the clubs have now agreed on Weds, 18 April, RBL North Road

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Apr
06

Poole B 2.5 Southbourne B 1.5, B&DCL Div 1; Close games as Poole edge home

5 Apr. Southbourne B Captain Brian Curran said “win for Poole in tight match”. This was made possible with victories on boards 1 & 4 from John Weatherlake and Toby Miller. Grzegorz Sawicki won on board 3 for Southbourne and it was drawn on board 2. Division 1 is so close and competitive. For example, […]

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Apr
05

Poole F 1.5 Southbourne E 2.5, B&DCL Div 5; Southbourne new leaders

5 Mar. Poole F put up a brave fight in this match, only losing narrowly, especially as they were out graded by more than 20 points a board. Paul Sandy and Chris Lane won for Southbourne, but Poole’s Matt Austin overcame a grading difference with his opponent of 45 points to win. But well done […]

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Apr
05

Wimborne G 3.5 Purbeck 0.5, B&DCL Div 5; Purbeck still lead Division, Wimborne =4th

4 Apr. The teams were fairly evenly match on grades. Bournemouth C & Southbourne E are now 1 point behind leaders Purbeck, but with a match in hand. Wimborne move equal with Poole F in 4th place, but have the better game points. Well done to the Wimborne & Purbeck clubs, and other clubs, for their commitment […]

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Apr
05

Wimborne A 1.5 Southbourne A 2.5, B&DCL Div 1; Wimborne setback, but Southbourne edge to safety

4 April. A second win a row for Southbourne, who must be wishing the season was only just starting. But disappointing result for leaders Wimborne in their push to retain the Div 1 Championship. Southbourne Captain Martin Simons commented “tightly fought and close match as confirmed by the score. James Forster played well to win […]

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Mar
24

Southbourne D 0.5 Poole D 3.5, B&DCL Div 4; Southbourne lose unbeaten record as Poole move into promotion contention

23 Mar. Leaders Southbourne D have been enjoying a fine season, and before this match had been the only unbeaten team in all 5 Divisions. But Poole D won convincingly and become promotion contenders themselves. The 2 teams were matched grading wise. The top board game was drawn, but there were wins for Poole from […]

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Mar
23

Dorchester 3 Poole 3, Handicap Cup Semi-Final; Poole come from behind to win another Handicap thriller

22 Mar. Eric Sachs reports that “Poole came from behind to win the top boards to ensure victory on tie break rules. Great credit to Dorchester who fought back, so hard late on, to win boards 4 & 5, when these games looked drawn, and square the match 3-3”. Poole’s decisive winning advantage was winning […]

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Mar
23

Wimborne D 3 Southbourne C 1, B&DCL Div 3; All down to final matches

21 Mar. With this win Wimborne D, kept up their push for promotion. Southbourne Captain, Brian Curran, lamented “it was another bad night for his team”. Southbourne defaulted on board 2. Alan Tyler, who is is on good form, won for the home team on board 1. Wimborne D and Poole C, joint leaders, meet […]

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