Bournemouth & District Chess League

Oct
15

ECF LMS “owners” can add, edit and delete players – as well as entering results. Good discipline to enter a new player first

Phil Wallace, County Grader, who manages the Dorset LMS has mentioned that: * Club owners can make changes on LMS themselves and it does not have to be done through him * This is in addition to entering results In LMS terminology, an ‘existing player’ means one known to the ECF and a “new player” […]

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Oct
11

Southbourne’s John Harris has been trying to help members finding it difficult to access results on ECF LMS – here are John’s notes

John Harris from Southbourne has issued these notes within the club for members finding it difficult to find League results and tables on the website. This follows the move to LMS and no longer showing results and league tables in a conventional form John has very thoughtfully suggested this advice may help others who may […]

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Oct
05

Exciting inaugural Bacchus match; “heart-stopping”- a big crowd, but no segregation

Eric Sachs has written an excellent and amusing report on the first ever match in the Bacchus League. Poole Knights v Wimborne, Thurs 4 Oct. Purpose of the League to give graded, match play opportunities to lower graded and often less experienced players, especially emerging youngsters. Grading max 100. Wimborne, managed by the experienced Mike […]

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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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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
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
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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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
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
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
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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