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Jan
19

Poole edge exciting Team Battle

It was back to winning ways for Poole as they edged out Southbourne in a tight team battle.   West Dorset Jedi were clear of the remaining field in third. Spare a thought for Dan Ursell who was the only Highcliffe representative but battled on gamely. Well played Dan! Please click on the table below for [...]
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Jan
08

Review of the Year Feedback

In Bulletin No.43 we asked you for feedback on the bulletins and other chess related issues. These are the replies we received via the feedback form: Keith Gregory I look forward to the Dorset chess newsletters – they are always imaginative, entertaining & enlightening and it’s great to feel part of a “chess community” at […]

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Jan
07

Wimborne U125 Tournaments Tuesdays 2 pm

Wimborne have been running online tournaments on Tuesday afternoons for a while and would like to notify everyone that these are open to players from other local clubs. The details are: Held on lichess for players graded under 125 old money Tuesday 2 pm – 5 pm Time limit: 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment. […]

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Jan
05

1st Team Battle of the Year: Southbourne win

They won the last battle of 2020 and now Southbourne have won the first of 2021. With no fellow Wimborne team-mates, Ian Clark played for Ringwood who nonetheless only had three players.   Allan Pleasants was also bereft of team-mates but turned downed an offer from Martin Clancy to join another team, despite several clamouring for [...]
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Dec
31

Online Tournament Schedule Changes

The format of the Monday and Wednesday sessions is changing in the new year.

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Dec
22

Southbourne win last Team Battle of the year

Southbourne put in a superb performance to comfortably win the last team battle of the year, notching up 89 points in the process, one of the highest ever scores.  It was a good team effort as many of their players scored well, with Alan Dommett being their top scorer and Keith Gregory once again going [...]
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Dec
08

Poole make it 3 in a row in team battle.

Once again no Wimborne team with Ian Clark guesting for Ringwood in the absence of any team mates. Poole won once more, comfortably ahead of Southbourne, to make it three victories in a row.   All the Poole team scored well but perhaps the most notable performance was from Oscar Garcia who only played 5 games [...]
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Dec
02

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL Semi-Finals – B & C teams knocked out

Results Having come top of their Division 3 and Division 4 groups and having already gained promotion, the B & C teams had the opportunity to win their divisions by knock-out matches against the top placed teams in the other groups. The B team drew its match against Catford Cosmonauts 2 but lost the match [...]
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Nov
24

Poole win again in Team Battle

Once again no Wimborne team but once again a well fought evening of chess that came down to the wire. Poole won again, finishing just four points ahead of Southbourne with the result being decided in the last minute of play. There was also the traditional battle for third place between Highcliffe and Ringwood, with [...]
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Nov
18

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL Final Round: A good night!

Results In the final round it was a really good set of results for Wessex teams in terms of the league standings. The A team whilst being outgraded again on three of the four boards always stood a chance against bottom placed Wood Green Youth and duly won its match.   Atticus A lost theirs leaving [...]
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Nov
14

Terry Walsh – R.I.P.

It is with great sadness we report that Terry Walsh (Southbourne) passed away in early November. Terry was a regular, active and much valued Southbourne Chess Club member since the mid 1980s and a keen cyclist. More details can be found here … https://southbournechessclub.weebly.com/

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Nov
10

Poole Win 10th Team Battle

Sadly no Wimborne team this time as Ian Clark would have been lacking teammates (as last time).  Instead Ian guested for Ringwood. Poole won in style, notching up a record 95 points. They were headed by a new signing, Adrian Pinem, who won 10 in a row to score 36 points, before finally losing to [...]
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Nov
04

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL Round 6 out of 7: Results, Standings and Game

Results Another night of mixed results - this time coupled with strange online happenings. The A team was outgraded on every board again and lost but it was once again looking promising at one stage.  Gavin Lock was playing IM Jack Rudd who plays incredibly quickly which always makes things difficult for the opponent.  Gavin [...]
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Oct
27

Southbourne Win Team Battle

Once again Southbourne and Poole were fighting for top spot in the Team Battle, with the former winning on this occasion.  That makes it four wins each as their neck and neck race continues. Also as usual Highcliffe and Ringwood had their own competition with the former winning this time, denying Ringwood their almost traditional [...]
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Oct
26

Junior Chess Newsletter 8 Available

In Newsletter 8 Nikki Forster reports on the success of Dorset Juniors in the Delancey Chess Challenge, explains the latest opportunities for junior practice and training online, and covers lots of other interesting chess snippets! Past newsletters are available here in the Junior section of the website.  

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Oct
21

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL Round 5 Results and Game

Congratulations to the A Team who won their first match in Division 1, courtesy of a win by Gavin Lock on top board. I give that game with light notes at the end of this report. The B team was again up against weaker opposition and again won, albeit not without some worry along the [...]
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Oct
15

Western Counties Championship Online – Call For Dorset Players

Effort is being made to organise a Western Counties Championship online.   Ian Clark is coordinating on behalf of Dorset. This is an exciting opportunity for our County players to represent Dorset without all the traveling and expense that was previously involved.  Ian is therefore looking for players for the Dorset team/teams. If you are interested [...]
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Oct
13

Poole Win Again In Team Battle

Good news as West Dorset Jedi joined the battle giving 7 teams in the scrap.   All but Wimborne turned out with at least 4 players too. It was close at the top again but Poole managed to edge out Southbourne despite another very strong performance from Martin Simons, who was top points scorer and top [...]
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Oct
12

Menu Changes

In case you were wondering where things have gone… The Archives page is now on the top (blue) menu The Bacchus League page is now under Dorset League on the main (black) menu.

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Oct
07

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL Round 4 Results and Game

The A team once again faced tough opposition, 2 IMs and FM and someone else graded over 2300, and once again lost.  However, this match was much closer and at one stage it looked like they might even win it.  Jamie Wilson reached a level endgame, Matt Chapman stood better out of the opening and [...]
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Oct
01

New ECF Rating System Live

The new ECF rating system is live and can be found here. It features 4 digit ELO style ratings and will be updated monthly (though presumably due to the coronavirus there will be little or nothing to update for a while). Clubs are encouraged to enter any rated internal competition results through LMS which automatically […]

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Sep
29

Update to Bulletin No.30 – The Chess Problem Column in the Echo

After Bulletin 30 on the Chess Problem Column in the Bournemouth Echo was published,  Roy Egginton kindly sent us more scans of Ivor Sander’s problem articles from the Bournemouth Echo, all of which give a good insight into the types of problems involved and how the competitions ran. The extra scans have been added to […]

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Sep
29

Poole Win 7th Team Battle

Only Poole and Southbourne turned out will full teams and they also turned out with strong teams. So, as is normally the case, it was a two horse race for first and on this occasion Poole gradually pulled away to claim top spot, amassing 69 points in the process, the highest total for a while. [...]
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Sep
23

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL Round 3 Results and Game

Before coming to last night's results, an update on the results from the previous round. Harrow 3 who so surprisingly beat Wessex Some Stars B have withdrawn from the competition and Wessex were therefore awarded a 4-0 win against them. Turning to Round 3, the B and C teams both had significant strength advantages over [...]
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Sep
17

Online Schedule Change

Please note that the Ringwood Online tournaments that are run by Martin Clancy and are open to all local players have had a schedule change: the Friday afternoon arenas are being discontinued because of insufficient interest. Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons are continuing as usual. As you can see on the home page, […]

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Sep
15

Southbourne Win 6th Team Battle

Wimborne returned to make the usual set of 6 teams.   Southbourne again turned out in force with 7 players, whilst Ringwood only had 3 and Wimborne 2. The top 3 positions were the same as in the previous battle.   However, whereas last time it was a fight for first place, this time it was a [...]
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Sep
10

More Clubs Starting to Meet – Updated

Bournemouth and Wimborne join Purbeck in resuming over the board chess.

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Sep
09

Wessex Some Stars, 4NCL round 2 results and game.

Most of the matches went pretty much according to form.   The A and E teams lost against significantly stronger opposition, the C team won against weaker opposition and the D team drew against a team against a slightly weaker team. The shock of the evening was the B team losing to a team that on [...]
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Sep
07

2020 Dorset Blitz Cancelled

It is with much regret that I have decided to cancel this year’s Dorset Blitz Championship. The three main reasons are: 1. Although I understand that a couple of chess tournaments are planned for late September, I’m not entirely convinced that such a gathering is legal yet. 2. As far as I’m concerned, the Blitz […]

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Sep
04

Historical League Tables Added to Archives Section

The B&DCL and Dorset League tables for 2004/05 through to 2016/17 have been added to the Archives section.  For most years cross-tables have been added too. Records for 2017/18 onwards are held on LMS

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Sep
03

Dorset Juniors UK Chess Challenge success: bring on the Terafinal!

The weekend of the 5th and 6th of September sees the final and toughest round of the prestigious UK Chess Challenge tournament, the Terafinal. Dorset Chess are very proud to have two of its juniors, Leo Camopy (U8 boys) and Larissa Cuthbert (U12 girls), taking part in this weekend’s final. Congratulations to both and good […]

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Sep
01

Southbourne win 5th Team Battle

In the absence of Wimborne it was a slightly reduced field of 5 teams but nonetheless some interesting chess was played and there was a good battle for the top spot. It was a very close run affair with Southbourne, who fielded eight players, edging Poole out. Southbourne's top scorer was Jamie Doyle who has [...]
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Aug
26

Wessex Start 2nd 4NCL online season

The "Wessex Some Stars" teams organised by Keith Gregory and featuring many Dorset players started the 2nd season of 4NCL online competitions.   This season Wessex Some Stars are fielding five teams: The A team in Division 1 (newly promoted) The B team in Division 3 The C team in Division 4 The D team in [...]
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Aug
25

Online Team Events Schedule

Martin Clancy has set the dates for the forthcoming Ringwood Invitational online team battles, all at 7:30 pm: Monday 31st August Monday 14th September Monday 28th September Monday 12th October Monday 26th October Reports on past events and the winners are here: Poole Poole Southbourne Ringwood

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Aug
18

Ringwood win Team Battle

Ringwood win first mid-month team battle in closely run race.

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Aug
16

Success as Dorset juniors reach the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Terafinal

CONGRATULATIONS to two Dorset junior chess players who have made it to the Terafinal of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge. Leo Camopy  (U8 boys) and Larissa Cuthbert  (U12 Girls) were both successful in qualifying from the  Gigafinal  stage which took place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August.  Well done to both of you. Larissa [...]
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Aug
12

2020 Dorset Open cancelled

Ian Clark advises that the Dorset Open which was provisionally scheduled for 16th – 18th October has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

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Jul
28

Southbourne win 3rd Online Team Battle

Southbourne convincingly won the 3rd online team battle by 25 clear points. The whole Southbourne team perfomed well, but especially Martin Simons who was on excellent form, amassing 26 points and dropping only one loss and one draw during the 90 minutes of play. Second place was hotly contested with Highcliffe and New Milton only [...]
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Jul
27

Mind Sports Olympiad: Online, Free to Enter, Cash Prizes

The 2020 Mind Sports Olympiad runs from August 1st to 30th and includes chess and other games such as draughts, backgammon and poker. This year it is online and there are 15 different chess events to be held over the month starting with blitz on the evening of Saturday August 1. All the chess events […]

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Jul
25

July 2020 Grades Out

The latest ECF grades are out. This will be the last set of grades in the old 3 digit ECF format. Later in the year, probably in October, we will be moving to 4 digit Elo style grades and monthly updates.

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