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Jan
22

Weekly Results Summary – w/e Fri 21st Jan

These results will be refreshed once a week on a Friday or Saturday (plus updates for late results).  Please click on the match scores to see the detailed match reports in LMS. DateLeagueHome TeamResultAway Team Tue 18th JanB&DCL Div 1 New Milton A 1 - 3Ringwood Wed 19th Jan DCL Div 3Wimborne C P - [...]
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Jan
21

Next Wessex 5+5 Online Tournament – Fri 28th Jan

Weekly 5 minute + 5 seconds online tournament for local players. Day of the week varies to give more people the chance to play. The next tournament is on Friday 28th January at 7:35 pm Players normally include some juniors and some of the strongest players from the region – great practice! To play: Join […]

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Jan
14

Dorchester C.C. New Year Lightning Tournament

Geoff Searing reports on Dorchester Chess Club’s lightning tournament… Dorchester Chess Club were pleased to be able to start the second half of the season with their traditional New Year lightning tournament last Thursday (6th). 10 players enjoyed an all-play-all tournament at 10 seconds per move. The contest was close throughout with four players in […]

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Jan
04

Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter No.14

Junior Newsletter 14 provides a review of 2021 covering tournaments, leagues and matches played during the year great results of Dorset juniors jokes puzzles and quizzes to keep you sharp! It is available to read here. * If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please contact Nikki Forster at [email protected] Previous editions [...]
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Dec
21

Xmas Special Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter

The Christmas Special Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter is great fun with unusual puzzles jokes Christmas messages. It is available to read here. * If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please contact Nikki Forster at [email protected] Previous editions are still available on our newsletters page. * If the newsletter does not appear [...]
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Dec
17

New Milton CC Annual Yuletide Fun Frolic

Barry Jolly has sent us this report on New Milton's Xmas tournament. New Milton held their third annual yuletide frolic on Tuesday evening. Previous events have been an unwieldy Swiss, but, with all 12 Tuesday players signed up, a change of format was introduced. The top four would pay a double round all-play-all (10 minutes [...]
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Dec
15

Coronavirus Update – masks must be worn

December 2021 - Latest Government Regulations. As of 10/12/21 new tougher government regulations are in force including new rules regarding face masks. It appears that these rules make it a legal requirement for face coverings (masks) to be worn in chess clubs (which are "members clubs" as per the government announcement) by all adults and [...]
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Dec
06

Junior Newsletter 13

The 13th Edition of the Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter covers the recent excellent results of Dorset juniors upcoming tournaments for juniors the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi. It is available to read here. * If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please contact Nikki Forster at [email protected] Previous [...]
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Nov
25

Wimborne online tournaments

Mike Davidson has informed us that the Wimborne Thursday evening online tournaments have been suspended due to a lack of numbers, probably as a result of players returning to face-to-face chess. The Tuesday afternoon tournaments are continuing and are still attracting good numbers. Please see the details on how to join in.
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Nov
24

4NCL OTB Weekend 1 Report

Ian Clark has kindly sent the following report on the Wessex teams, which complements the results posting and the report on the Poole website. The first over the board 4NCL weekend was held in Milton Keynes on 20/21 November. It was great to get back to some normality with almost 200 players and 28 teams [...]
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Nov
22

4NCL OTB Restarts: Weekend 1 – Poole and Wessex Results

After a long COVID hiatus the 4NCL OTB leagues restarted at the weekend.   There were three Wessex teams in action, now under the non-playing captaincy of Annie Adaway, and a newly formed Poole team captained by John Weatherlake. The format for this season is that there is a combined Division 1 & 2, a Division [...]
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Nov
18

4NCL Online Season 4 Final Round – Wessex Results, Standings and Game

The Wessex Some Stars teams won 4 and lost 4 matches last night, but overall it was still a great night as the two teams who were fighting for promotion achieved it! Results and Standings The A had a tough time in their final match, going down  0.5-3.5 with Gavin Lock picking up the draw [...]
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Nov
17

David Prior, R.I.P.

David Prior of Southbourne Chess club sadly passed away on 27th October 2021. David (pictured fourth from left below, partially behind Russell Pegg) was well known to local chess players having been active in the area for many years and particularly at Southbourne Chess Club in the 1980s and 90s when he held the position […]

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Nov
03

4NCL Online season 4 round 6 – Wessex Results and Games

It was a night of mixed results for Wessex Some Stars yesterday, with three match wins, two draws and three match losses. Most teams look like they will end up mid-table, with one already relegated and two still fighting for promotion. Results The A team were strong favourites and won in style. Mark Cleary finished [...]
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Oct
25

Purbeck moves to Corfe Castle Village Hall – UPDATED

Please note that Purbeck Chess Club has a new venue, Corfe Castle Village Hall. The address is: Corfe Castle Village Hall 67 East Street Corfe Castle BH20 5EE Steve Peirson has sent the following message and photos regarding the move: Purbeck Chess club now play at Corfe Castle village hall – still on Mondays from [...]
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Oct
22

Don Hewson, R.I.P.

Don Hewson of Poole Chess club sadly passed away on 5th October. Don is well known to local chess players having been active in the area for many years. You can read Eric Sachs' kind comments about him on the Poole website.
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Oct
21

4NCL Online season 4 round 5 – Wessex Results and Game

It was another tough night for Wessex Some Stars on Tuesday, with just two match wins, one draw and five match  losses. Not being super-GMs we all make mistakes to varying degrees but looking through the games it seems that we had far more than our usual quota of howlers in these matches.  There were [...]
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Oct
11

B&DCL Captain’s Page Updated

Please note that the B&DCL Captain’s Page has been updated with: Revised Captain’s Notes reflecting COVID and the change from Grades to Ratings A fresh Player Allocation Table for 2021-22.

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Oct
06

4NCL Online season 4 round 4 – Wessex Results, Standings and Games

It was not the greatest night for Wessex yesterday, with just two match wins and six losses.  With 4 of the 7 rounds complete, we look at the results and the standings team by team. Results and Standings The A team looked to have good chances on paper but narrowly lost their match. Their one [...]
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Sep
29

2021/22 B&DCL Fixtures now live on LMS

This season's B&DCL league fixtures are now available to view on LMS on the following link. https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/408/ofixtures. As always, LMS for the whole of Dorset Chess can be reached by clicking on the LMS logo in the top right hand corner of each page. Fixtures can be filtered by club, by team and by event.  [...]
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Sep
29

More teams wanted for the friendly Bacchus League – ideal for beginners.

The Bacchus League is our friendly league for inexperienced players and an ideal introduction to competitive chess for both adults and juniors. So far 3 teams have entered for the 2021/22 season but one or two more would be ideal. Please see our Bacchus League page for more details and contact Martin Simons if you [...]
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Sep
25

Ringwood Chess Club moves to Greyfriars

Please note that Ringwood Chess Club has a new venue, the Greyfriars Centre. Having trialed it for Dorset League and Bacchus League matches in 2019/20, it is now Ringwood’s permanent home. Directions are available on the Ringwood Chess Club site.

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Sep
22

4NCL Online season 4 round 3 – Wessex Results and Game

It was a night of mixed set of results for Wessex yesterday with  3 match wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. That said, there was some really entertaining chess played. The A team won again. Roland Bezuidenhout (who has recently beaten not just one but two GMs in tournament games) was first to finish, going [...]
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Sep
21

Local juniors put up great fight in Delancey UK Chess Challenge Challengers

This weekend (18th & 19th September) saw the penultimate round in the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, The Challengers round in which young chess players competed for a second chance to make it into the Grand Terafinal at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. The Challengers was the first round that had been held face to face over the [...]
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Sep
18

UK Chess Challenge – tough Terafinals and best of luck for Challengers

The weekend of 4th and 5th September saw the 3rd round of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, known as the Preliminary Terafinal (online). Our 4 Dorset Chess juniors (Merlin, Jamie, Larissa and Zander) had done exceptionally well to make it into the Preliminary Terafinals against strong competition. Whilst all of them performed well, the opposition proved to be very tough and, unfortunately, none of [...]
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Sep
14

Richard Ursell Wins Southbourne 10 Second Buzzer Tournament

Face-to-face chess is gradually returning, not quite to normal but something closer to it... Southbourne Chess Club held its annual 10 second 'buzzer' 7 round tournament last Friday which proved to be very exciting and great fun for the 18 players who took part. Richard Ursell (pictured below) won the event with an impressive 6.5pts [...]
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Sep
10

Wessex Online Tournaments

Keith Gregory is continuing to run online tournaments once a week at 7:30 pm (day of the week varies). These were originally for people playing in his 4NCL teams but are now open to all local players. The format is: There are 5 rounds, Swiss format Time control is 5 minutes + 5 seconds The […]

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Sep
08

4NCL Online season 4 round 2 – Wessex Results and Game

It was an excellent set of results for Wessex last night as they turned in 6 match wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss. The A team won comfortably with straightforward victories from Mark Cleary and Rolandas Lukosius, and draws from Roland Bezuidenhout and Jamie Wilson, the latter being unlucky not to convert a tricky [...]
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Sep
03

Junior Newsletter 12

Junior Newsletter 12 is now available. This newsletter covers: Dorset Junior Team's fine performance versus other counties Local juniors' progress in the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Upcoming junior events And much more! Past newsletters are available here on our dedicated Newsletter page.
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Aug
28

B&DCL 2021/22 Restart

Below is a message from Martin Simons on behalf of the B&DCL Committee following a meeting held on 12th August 2021. Summary Subject to the ever changing Covid situation and UK Government guidance the B&DCL is hoping to make a restart to over the board league competitive chess in October for those who wish to [...]
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Aug
25

4NCL Online season 4 starts – Wessex Results and Games

Introduction Season 4 of the 4NCL Online leagues commenced yesterday evening with eight Wessex Some Stars teams in action, all captained by Keith Gregory. The format of the leagues is largely unchanged but there are fewer teams and divisions this season, perhaps reflecting the imminent return of face-to-face leagues. Divisions 1 to 4 each consist [...]
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Jul
20

Southbourne Win Final Team Battle

Last night there was the final Team Battle organised by Martin Clancy. Sadly, Martin could not participate himself because of internet problems.  As last time, only 18 players participated but nonetheless an enjoyable evening was had. Having won the previous event on tie-break, Southbourne won this one in clear-cut fashion, seventeen points ahead of their [...]
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Jul
19

Dorset Juniors Shine, Coming Third in Inter-County Junior Chess Tournament

Dorset Junior Chess shine against Hampshire, Devon and Berkshire, coming third in second Inter-county junior chess tournament. The second Inter-county junior chess team battle took place on Saturday 17th July during a weekend of much chess activity across the whole country and the Dorset junior Chess team certainly did itself proud. With a somewhat depleted [...]
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Jul
10

Wimborne Add Thursday Evening Online Tournament

Wimborne Chess Club are now running an online tournament on Thursday evenings as well as Tuesday afternoons.  The tournaments are open to players graded under 125 or equivalent, and are played at the rate of 20 minutes, either with or without increment. Please see the home page for more details.  

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Jul
06

Southbourne Win Penultimate Team Battle on Tie-Break

Martin Clancy has announced that with chess clubs starting to meet up and life more generally returning to some sort of normality, last night's Team Battle would be the penultimate one that he would be running, with the last one to be held in two weeks time. At the start of the evening, many players [...]
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Jul
06

Gigafinal success for two local junior chess players: Jamie and Merlin

Many congratulations to two local junior chess players who competed in the first round of Delancey UK Chess Challenge Gigafinals this weekend (3rd and 4th July) and qualified for the next stage of the tournament, the Terafinal Preliminaries. Well done to Jamie Doyle and Merlin Cork. In the U14 Mixed section, Dorset junior chess player [...]
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Jun
22

7 in a row for Poole in Team Battle

After the dip in attendance at the last one, there was a better turn out for the Team Battle this time with 5 teams and 25 players. The overall result was the same, with a Poole, Ringwood, Southbourne 1, 2, 3.   Poole got off to a quick start and whilst Ringwood gave a good chase, [...]
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Jun
08

Poole Win Quiet Team Battle

It may have been the anniversary of the first Team Battle but it was the quietest to date with New Milton and West Dorset Jedi absent.   There were just 17 players and four teams involved.  Perhaps this is the combined effect of lockdown easing, the nice weather and the partial return of normal chess. [...]
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Jun
05

Website Changes – New Content Coming…

With lockdown easing a bit and life returning to some sort of normality, there will be a few changes to the extra content we are publishing on this website. The last day of the Daily Quiz will be this coming Monday, 7th June. Starting 12th June, the Saturday content will be a little different: Bulletins will [...]
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May
25

Junior Newsletter 11

Junior Newsletter 11 is now available. This newsletter: summarises some of the recent junior successes (whoop, whoop, applause!) looks forward to upcoming tournaments recommends chess movies to watch and contains fun articles. Past newsletters are available here on our dedicated Newsletter page.
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