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Jun
28

4NCL OTB Final 2021-22 Weekend – Poole and Wessex Results

After a long gap the fourth and final weekend for Division 3 South of the 2021/2022 OTB season took place on 25th and 26th June, with Wessex A, Wessex B, Wessex C and Poole taking part. The results were mixed: Poole lost both its matches Wessex A drew both its matches Wessex B won both [...]
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Jun
25

Next Wessex 5+5 Online Tournament – FRIDAY 1st July

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 1st July at 7:35 pm Participants normally include some juniors and some of the strongest players from the region – great practice! To play: Join […]

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Jun
20

Dorset Closed Prize Winners – Full Report to Follow

The 2022 Dorset Closed tournament took place on Sunday 19th.  A full report from Ian Clark will follow but in the meantime below are the prize winners from each section. Congratulations to all. Championship 1st: Allan Pleasants and Bruce Jenks, 3.5/4 3rd: Mark Littleton: 2.5/4 Major (Under 1850) 1st: Femi Oloyede 3.5/4 2nd: Ted Paul [...]
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Jun
10

B&DCL AGM Tues 21st June – Significant changes proposed

Introduction As previously advised, the B&DCL AGM is to be held at: 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st June 2022 Tuckton Social Club, 222 Tuckton Road, Southbourne, BH6 3AA (the home venue of Southbourne Chess Club). A link to the full AGM agenda is given at the end of this article but some significant items are listed [...]
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Jun
03

New Rating Categories

New rating categories have come into effect and replace the old A-F, X and * categories.  From the ECF Ratings website... Category A: A player who has 30 or more rated results in the previous 12 calendar months Category H: For OTB, players who inherited a rating on 1st July 2020, but who has less [...]
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May
26

4th Dorset Blitz Championship – Sunday 25th Sept – Reserve the Date!

Steve Peirson is delighted to announce that the 4th Dorset Blitz Championship will be held on Sunday 25th September 2022 at Furzebrook Village Hall, BH20 5AR. More details will follow but in the meantime please reserve the date!
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May
26

DCCA AGM – Wednesday 29th June

The Dorset County Chess Association AGM will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 29th June at Merley Community Centre, Harrier Drive, Merley, Wimborne, BH21 1XE (the home of Wimborne chess club).
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May
25

2022 Team Handicap KO Cup – 1st Round Results and 2nd Round Draw

The B&DCL Team  Handicap Knockout Cup is scheduled to run from the Spring 2022 to the Autumn 2022 before our leagues start next season. This worked well for the start of this season when the delayed 2019/20 Cup competition was completed with a semi-final in September and the final in October 2021. Indeed, it became [...]
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Apr
22

B&DCL AGM – Tuesday 21st June

The B&DCL AGM is to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st June 2022 at Tuckton Social Club, 222 Tuckton Road, Southbourne, BH6 3AA (the home venue of Southbourne Chess Club). Rule change proposals are to be submitted from clubs by 7th May 2022, if possible, so these can be discussed at the next B&DCL [...]
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Apr
22

4NCL Online Season 5 – Round 7 of 7 – Wessex Results, Tables and Game

Keith Gregory sends his final report for the Wessex Some Stars teams in 4NCL Online Season 5.  Many thanks from all the players for Keith's hard work throughout the season and indeed Martin Simons and Allan Pleasants for standing in for him in round 6. Results At the start of the round 7 evening things [...]
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Apr
17

Frome Chess Congress – 13th to 15th May

The Frome Congress is back after a two year break caused by COVID. This well run tournament is popular with Dorset players and is played in an excellent venue with a friendly vibe. You can find details and enter here.
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Apr
07

4NCL Online Season 5 – Round 6 of 7 – Wessex Results, Tables and Game

Keith Gregory was away on holiday for Round 6 so the match captaincy was managed jointly on Tuesday evening by his deputies, Allan Pleasants and Martin Simons. This arrangement seemed to work well as they had to deal with a few late substitutions, an opposing team default, an opposing individual default, one very late arrival [...]
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Apr
07

Poole CC has a new venue

Please note that Poole Chess Club is now located at Poole Centenary Hall & Club, 22 Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 2BU. They continue to meet on Thursdays but will switch to Mondays from 29th May. Further details are on the Poole website.

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Apr
05

Great Results For Dorset Juniors in the Hampshire Open Junior Blitz

Several Dorset junior chess players were in action this weekend at the Hampshire Open Junior Blitz. Dorset Juniors taking part included Jamie Doyle, Finn Schell, Zander Booth, Florence Spirling, Leo Camopy, Harry Mercer, Matthew Butcher and, new to OTB tournaments, Smyan Sripirasanna. From a field of 40 youngsters, at least 8 were from Dorset which [...]
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Apr
01

Mihail Nutu, R.I.P.

We are sorry to announce the death of Mihail Puiu Nutu of New Milton Chess Club at the age of 56 in very unfortunate circumstances. Mihail went to his homeland of Rumania at the beginning of the year for a few weeks holiday. Whilst there he required dental treatment, but contracted an infection and could [...]
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Mar
30

4NCL OTB Weekend 3 – Poole and Wessex Results

The third weekend of the 2021/2022 OTB season took place on 26th and 27th March, with Wessex A, Wessex B and Poole taking part in Division 3 South.  There was no Wessex C team this weekend. Overall the results were pretty good: Poole won one match and drew one Wessex A won both its matches [...]
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Mar
24

4NCL Online Season 5 – Round 5 of 7 – Wessex Results and Game

Results With round 5 completed we will now move into the final two rounds with some promotion / relegation battles still raging. At the start of the round 5 evening things looked tough, with our players out-graded on 24 boards out of the 32 – this, however, seemed to spur us on and we pretty [...]
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Mar
18

West of England Online: Hants/Dorset/Wilts lose in final round

In the fifth and final round of the West of England online county championship the combined Hants/Dorset/Wilts team were playing Devon.  To say the match did not go well for the combined team would be an understatement.  It defaulted on 7 boards and lost the 9 that were played 1.5 - 7.5 giving a total [...]
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Mar
11

Wessex Some Stars Weekly Swiss #100 – Results

Keith Gregory sends the following report on the very well attended 100th edition of the Wessex Some Stars 5 minute + 5 second tournament. I was delighted to see our 100th Weekly Swiss had a record turnout of 28 players, including players from Chandlers Ford who kindly suspended their usual Thursday tournament to support us. [...]
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Mar
10

4NCL Online Season 5 – Round 4 of 7 – Wessex Results and Games

Results With round 4 completed, we are now over half-way through the season, so I’ll check in on the promotion / relegation battles we’re involved in. With 11 wins (our lowest number this season), 4 draws and 17 losses (our highest number this season) it was a tough evening at the office for our 32 [...]
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Mar
04

West of England Online: Hants/Dorset/Wilts lose in round 4

Following defeats in rounds 1 and 3 and a bye in round 2, the combined Hants/Dorset/Wilts team faced a Cornwall team which on paper they looked to have a chance against: Cornwall had a significant rating advantage on the top board but the remaining 14 boards were fairly evenly matched, with Hants/Dorset/Wilts actually being higher [...]
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Feb
25

Coronavirus Update – self-isolating no longer compulsory but Still Advised

February 2022 - Latest Government Regulations and Guidance. A summary of the latest UK government update following last week's announcement, which covers the removal of the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test, can be found here ... https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus However, adults and children who test positive are still strongly advised to stay at home [...]
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Feb
24

4NCL Online Season 5 – Round 3 of 7 – Wessex Results and Game

Introduction Keith Gregory has kindly agreed to produce the reports for the Wessex Online teams going forward.  Peter Anderson will continue to provide some annotations to the games.  So here is the first of Keith's reports... Results With round 3 completed we are already near the half-way point for season 5 so we’ll check how [...]
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Feb
16

West of England Online: Hants/Dorset/Wilts lose again in round 3

Following their loss in Round 1, the combined Hants/Dorset/Wilts team had a bye in Round 2. On Sunday they fielded a much weakened team in Round 3, not least because many regular players were participating in the 4NCL that day. Three Dorset players, Tim Jones (New Milton), Malcolm Steevens (Weymouth) and Jamie Doyle (Southbourne), played [...]
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Feb
15

4NCL OTB Weekend 2 – Wessex Report

Keith Gregory has kindly sent in the following entertaining and informative report on the Wessex teams at the OTB 4NCL. Round 3 Round 3 of “4NCL Division 3 South” saw us congregate at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead. It was a great chance for me to catch up with people such as Bill Adaway, Annie Adaway [...]
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Feb
14

4NCL OTB Weekend 2 – Poole and Wessex Results

After a delay due to the Omicron surge, the second weekend of the 4NCL OTB 2021-22 season happened this weekend. The detailed results are below but in summary the match results were: Poole won one and lost one Wessex A drew one and lost one Wessex B won one and lost one Wessex C lost [...]
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Feb
10

4NCL Online season 5 round 2 – Wessex Results and Game

Introduction It was another reasonable night on Tuesday for Wessex with 4 matches wins, one draw, and 3 losses, just as in round one. Keith Gregory reports that after a couple of rounds we have just one person on 2/2 across all the teams: Richard Ursell. On 1.5/2 there are Mark Cleary, Jamie Wilson and [...]
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Jan
27

4NCL Online Season 5 Round 1 – Wessex Results and Games

Introduction Season 5 of the 4NCL Online leagues commenced on Tuesday evening with eight Wessex Some Stars teams in action, all captained by Keith Gregory. The format of the leagues is unchanged. Divisions 1 to 4 each consist of 32 teams in 4 groups of 8. There are 7 rounds so it is all-play-all within [...]
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Jan
25

Hants/Dorset/Wilts Team Competing in West of England Champs

As reported in Martin's newsletter No.62, Dorset and Wilts did not manage to raise a combined team to play in the West of England Counties Online Championship.  At that time it was being suggested that some Dorset players might be eligible to play for Hampshire, e.g. by virtue of being born in Hampshire.   Somewhere along [...]
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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
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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