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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 Harrow 3 who so surprisingly beat Wessex Some Stars B have withdrawn from the competition and Wessex were therefore awarded a 4-0 win against them.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 Southborune 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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Jul
18

Monday 20th July is International Chess Day

The 20th of July every year is International Chess Day. FIDE in their press release are encouraging chess players to participate by teaching chess the weekend before and promoting chess via social media on the day. If you are feeling brave on Monday you can watch a big meeting of UN and FIDE officials, government […]

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Jul
05

Delancey UK Chess Challenge – congratulations to our local junior players

Many congratulations to six of our Dorset Junior Chess players who obtained the required number of points at the Megafinal stage to qualify for the next stage of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, the Gigafinals. Well done indeed as you were up against top juniors from across the UK. They are: Leo Camopy (Boys U8) [...]
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Jul
02

Newsletter No. 7 is out

Nikki Forster has released Junior Newsletter number 7

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Jun
30

Poole win again in online team event

The second team event organised by Martin Clancy of Ringwood Chess Club was a huge success with 54 players participating, including a few from two Jamaican clubs with a loose connection to Salisbury. Congratualtions to Poole who won the event convincingly.   Oscar Garcia and Richard Allis were the top two points scorers in the event, [...]
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Jun
17

Some Wessex Stars A lose in play-offs

Some Wessex Stars A lose on tie-break against St Benildus A

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Jun
10

4NCL final round: Wessex A tops group, Wessex B survives.

Final round results all OK for Wessex teams.

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May
31

Welcome to Peter and Martin – as Mike retires

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Peter Anderson as Webmaster and Martin Clancy, League Controller, both appointed from tomorrow, 1 June ’20. With my retirement from chess admin today, I would just like to say it has been an honour and privilege to serve both Leagues for the last 6 years […]

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May
28

Martin Simons – now step up the player, who was a club champion at 17

Mike Jay wrties a few words about Martin Simons

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May
10

Remembering Tim Crouch, who “greatly supported Dorset events” – “a true legend, always courteous and gentlemanly”

The recent passing of Tim Crouch has been reported – another tragic victim of  Coronavirus. As Martin Simons has commented, “he greatly supported events in Dorset and originally came from this county”. Tim was also very well known on the chess congresses circuit across the country and was “hugely liked and respected”. His loss to the […]

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