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Feb
13

Talbot Heath School Recognises Chess Achievements

Talbot Heath has posted on its Facebook Page the achievements of Larissa Cuthbert and Florence Spirling at the Dorset Junior championships.   Well done girls.

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Feb
05

Black to play

What is black's best move? Hint: Look at where black's pieces are focussed. Count the attackers and count the defenders. Solution
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May
04

B&DCL Handicap Knock-out final is Highcliffe v Purbeck; clubs have agreed on Mon 3 June

4 May: Martin Simons, in his Handicap KO Cup organiser role, has sent out the message below; followed by Richard Ursell’s reflections as the excitement builds Thank you for completing the semi-final matches and well done to Highcliffe and Purbeck for winning their matches in some style. The match results and reports can be found on the […]

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Mar
02

“Chess Knights” initiative running at Dorchester Library & Learning Centre & began 5 March ’19

Julian Cherryson, Dorchester Chess Club reports the excellent news that Dorchester Library & Learning Centre will be hosting “friendly chess sessions”. These will be for anyone aged 14 and over – and  will be called “Chess Knights” taking place on Tuesdays, fortnightly from 5 March ’19, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Julian is keen each session is attended by at least one […]

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Feb
26

25 Feb: Derek Chaffey wins Highcliffe Quickplay (handicap + time increments) 5/6

26 Feb: Richard Ursell has kindly sent this news item… “We held a  Quickplay tournament at Highcliffe last night, handicapped with time increments. Congratulations to Derek Chaffey who won with 5/6, and Tom Trach and myself were 2nd. Full scorecard below”

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Feb
10

4NCL – Wessex A narrowly lose to fellow relegation pool candidates Guildford

The 3 Wessex teams were all in action this weekend, 9 & 10 Feb ’19. A playing in 2b, B & C both competing in 4s. On 9 Feb, Wessex A lost to Irish team Gonzaga 1.5-4.5. Allan Pleasants sent this report Saturday evening: A tough match for us against Irish team Gonzaga. After a long journey to Telford […]

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Jan
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Dec
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21 Dec: Southbourne Christmas Handicap has record entry for “fun & enjoyment” – Len Laker wins with 5.5/6 & is also ahead on mince pies

Summary: There was a very pleasing record entry of 33 players at the Southbourne CC Christmas Handicap Tournament since the club has moved to its new premises.  As always, fun & enjoyment was the main theme with Christmas music being played throughout together with Bucks fizz & mince pies being offered during the tea break […]

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Oct
16

Organiser Ian Clark reflects on a very successful 53rd Dorset Congress

REPORT ON 53rd DORSET CHESS CONGRESS The event had 100 entries and was situated in 3 rooms in the Elstead Hotel, close to the centre of Bournemouth. We had a larger room than expected in what was previously the bookstall and analysis room. The main room housed the Open and Minor and was quite warm […]

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Aug
15

Wanted: a chess team! Please apply to Keith Gregory

Chess Team Wanted! Any grade 80 to 280! The immensely hard working and enthusiast Wessex 4NCL Team Manager/Captain Keith Gregory is seeking additional players for new Wessex teams in the weekend 4NCL (4 Nations Chess League). This follows success last season when Wessex excelled winning promotion to Div 2 and there has been a consequent […]

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Jul
13

Michael Duggan wins Southbourne Summer Blitz in style

Poole’s Michael Duggan (pictured above) scored an excellent 5/6 to win the Summer Blitz and earn £30 ahead of 18 competitors, who were undeterred in was Friday the 13th (July). Organiser Martin Simons commented “…Michael Duggan (Poole) played exceptionally well, remained undefeated and was a deserved winner”. Some other very good performances, including James Forster […]

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May
30

Eric Sachs takes part in 1st Belgrade Open (Air) Congress and draws enthusiastic spectators

Eric Sachs pictured taking part in an impromptu street chess game during his recent Belgrade holiday. Reports say he did very well, taking on the best of local players and was unbeaten

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May
11

Poole A 1 Wimborne A 3, County Div 1; Wimborne become County Champions!

10 May. Poole A have looked all season likely County Div 1 Champions, but in a thrilling finish to the competition Wimborne A defeated them to be league winners themselves with a fine win last night. Ian Clark, Mark Littleton & Peter Wilcock all won for the visitors and Ciprian Stanciu scored a full point for […]

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May
08

Wessex triumph over 4NCL Bank Holiday weekend & are promoted; 3-3 draw with nearest challengers Brown Jack 1

Many congratulations to the Wessex team who have been promoted from 3 South Pool C. They finished 1 point ahead of nearest challengers Brown Jack 1, after holding them to a draw in the final  match. In this encounter,  Martin Simons & Ian Clark both won, and there were draws from Gill Oliver and Jaimie Wilson. […]

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Apr
28

Southbourne 1.5 Poole B 2.5, County Div 3; Southbourne compete strongly, but Poole now 3 points ahead & championship beckons

26 Apr. Poole came through this test against a Southbourne team, who challenged them all the way. Dragi Popovic & Richard Smith both won for Poole & Paul Sandy (Southbourne) beat Adam Jaggard on board 4. It was drawn on board 2. John Harris, Southbourne’s  Captain commented “I played a 153 on board 1 and made him work […]

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Apr
26

Wimborne E 3 Southbourne D 1, B&DCL Div 4; 4 teams challenging for championship, only 2 points apart

26 Apr. Wins from Tim Joyce and Sepp Clarke enabled Wimborne E to pull off this victory against the league leaders. Boards 2 & 3 were drawn. Wimborne were slightly the higher graded team, except on board 4. For the Southbourne team it was a chance lost to pull away at the top, after a […]

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Apr
23

Ringwood 3 Dorchester A 1, County Div 1; Ringwood move up table to 3rd

23 Apr. Kenny Harman got Ringwood off to a good start with a win and then Geoff Searing (Dorchester) drew with Bruce Jenks. Chris Webb  (Dorchester) had winning opportunities against Martin Clancy on board 4, who forced a draw with perpetual check. The last to finish was on board 1 and Martin Simons played accurately to win […]

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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 A 3 Weymouth A 1, County Div 1; Wimborne consolidate their 2nd place in table

11 Apr. With this win Wimborne moved to within 2 points of leaders Poole A, but Poole have played a match less. Eddie Barker and Steve Appleby won on boards 2 & 4 for Wimborne. The other 2 boards were drawn. Weymouth A stay in equal 3rd place with Dorchester B

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Apr
08

German schoolboy Vincent Keymer achieves highest rated performance in history by U14 year old

The Guardian newspaper has reported (April ’18) on a brilliant tournament performance by 13 year old German chess prodigy Vincent Keymer. Many thanks to Brian Lose, who is the inspiration behind the growth of chess at Highcliffe School, for sending this link to Eric Sachs: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/06/schoolboy-vincent-keymer-wins-grenke-open

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Mar
28

Eric Sachs reports on latest rounds in Senior Inter-Schools Chess

28 Mar. Please go to “Junior Chess” top menu, for a full report from Eric on the 1st & 2nd round matches, score details & Qualifying Table. Pictured Poole Grammar School, who did not make the final, but competed well and showed much promise

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Mar
26

Wessex enjoy 4NCL success at weekend with 2 wins and are 2nd in Div 3 Promotion Pool

On Saturday, 24 Mar, Wessex beat Full Ponty 3.5-2.5 and the next day it was Wessex 5 MK Phoenix 1. So the 2 wins mean Wessex are well placed. For score details please go to 4NCL website Wessex were in 3A on Saturday and then the Promotion Pool 3C Sunday

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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
19

Ringwood A 2.5 Weymouth A 1.5, County Div 1; Ringwood secure inaugural win

19 Mar. In this 1st season in the County League Ringwood moved up the table by 2 places with a narrow win . The top 3 boards were drawn, but on board 4 Niall Woodger beat Chris Leeson

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Mar
11

Results & Comments on ECF LMS

The arrangements set up by Phil Wallace for Captains to enter results direct are progressing well. Captains say it is far quicker and easier than sending emails. Ongoing feedback suggests most readers also like to know a little background to the match, e.g “closely fought, good atmosphere, came back to draw from 0-2 down, fine […]

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Mar
01

Team Handicap Cup Semi-Finals – Dorchester v Poole, Southbourne v Wimborne

1 March – Controller Martin Simons announces the draw. One change is Peter Wilcock has taken over as the Wimborne Captain from Phil Wallace. For Martin’s news update, scores to date, plus other information including score sheets and the rules, please click on “Team Handicap KO Cup” very top menu

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Mar
01

Wimborne 3.5 Purbeck 2.5, B&DCL Handicap KO Cup; Thrilling finish to a close match

28 Feb. Report below and result from Wimborne’s Colin Wilson (Many apologies to Peter Wilcock for wrongly saying Colin is the Captain in earlier report!). Wimborne were the higher graded team and so needed to win 3.5-2.5. All credit to both teams. Wimborne join Dorchester, Poole and Southbourne in the next round What a terrific […]

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Feb
22

Wimborne D 2 New Milton B 2, B&DCL Div 3; Close match in a very competitive Division

21 Feb. Honours shared at Merley with draws on all 4 boards and a particularly good result for the New Milton team. Wimborne D stay top, but the outcome emphasised what a close Division this is, with only 3 points separating 1st and 5th currently

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Feb
21

New Milton 1.5 Southbourne 4.5, B&DCL Team Handicap KO Cup; New Milton make debut

21 Feb. Southbourne advanced to the next round to join current KO Cup Champions Poole and Weymouth. James Forster, Grzegorz Sawicki, John Harris and Martin Buse were the Southbourne winners, and Stephen Disney won for New Milton. The board 4 game between John Belinger (NM) and Frank Hamilton-Taylor was drawn. New Milton were warmly welcomed this […]

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Jan
15

Junior Chess Championships, Bournemouth – Sat 9 Feb ’19 – Pl enter soon as junior chess increasingly popular

15 Jan ’19. Organiser Eric Sachs has commented “We are still able to welcome entries for this popular event.  Bournemouth Grammar school for Girls provided an excellent venue last year and with added interest I am sure this will be another enjoyable and successful event”. For information and details on how to enter please click on “Junior […]

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Jan
14

Wessex going very well in 4NCL – won 1, lost 1 over this weekend & 75% overall

Our regional team, Wessex has been on good form in the 4NCL this weekend at Reading. In their Sunday match they defeated Cambridge University (2) 4.5-1.5 and are 2nd, on better games points over Anglian Avengers (2), in 3A. More information, including forthcoming fixtures on the 4NCL website. Come on Wessex!

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Dec
16

Southbourne C 1.5 Highcliffe B 2.5, B&DCL Div 3; Neil & Ron Salinger wins ensure victory

Michael Litchfield won on board 2 for Southbourne C, but Neil Salinger & his father Ron both scored a full point for Highcliffe B. And so with board 4 between John Harris and Jan van Heeckeren being drawn, Highcliffe emerged winners. Southbourne had the higher aggregate grades, 552 to 501. Jan, the Highcliffe captain commented […]

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Dec
13

Wimborne D 2 Ringwood B 2, B&DCL Div 3; Wimborne D new league leaders – Wimborne F 1 Wimborne E 3, B&DCL Div 4; Wimborne E now 2nd

13 Dec – Honours shared at Merley, with 2 games drawn; a win by Rob Davenport (Ringwood) on board 2, but scores levelled by John Bowley’s success on board 4 for Wimborne. The Wimborne team are top of the table by 1 point, but Southbourne C in 2nd place have a game in hand. Ringwood B stay 3rd. […]

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Dec
07

Junior Chess Champs 25 Nov ’17 – Eric Sachs Reports

Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Officer reports on a highly successful Junior Championships held at Bournemouth School for Girls. 71 took part in 4 sections. Image features 2 shield winners – Oscar Davis (U11) and Hugo Svedberg (U10), with Eric also in the picture. Please see Eric’s report by going to the main menu and […]

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Dec
02

Fixture change: County Div 2 – Southbourne v Purbeck B

The match is now taking place on 16 Feb ’18 instead of 15 Dec ’17

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Nov
30

B&DCL Round-Up 29 Nov: Div 2 Wimborne C 3.5 Highcliffe A 0.5; Div 4 Wimborne E 2 Poole D 2

Highcliffe A had the higher aggregate grades, 586 to 564 and their new recruit from Southend, Christian Westrap made his debut on board 1, but Wimborne C were convincing winners 3.5-0.5. Highcliffe Captain Rob Halse generously commented “Lost our sparkle last night and Wimborne played really well”. In recent seasons, Wimborne C have been successful escapologists […]

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Nov
24

B&DCL Div 5: 23 Nov – Purbeck 3 Highcliffe D 1 – Purbeck go top

Both clubs were very grateful to Eric Sachs and Poole for allowing this match to be played at the Poole RBL clubroom – to reduce travelling for both teams. Purbeck Captain Paul Stanley comments “For the time being our mini winning run continues”. In fact, Purbeck now lead Div 5 on better games points from […]

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Nov
16

Mike Waddington was joint winner Hampshire Open; John Belinger equal 1st in the Minor – 3-5 Nov ’17

Dorset based player, Mike Waddington (Dorchester) was joint winner of the Hampshire Open at Eastleigh, weekend 3-5 Nov. Mike scored an excellent 5/6. Another Dorset player in the prize winners was John Belinger (New Milton). John also had a fine congress sharing 1st place with 3 others on 4.5/6 in the Minor. (Image is Mike Waddington, […]

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Aug
03

Bridport Chess Club closes

Sad news the County League is losing an established club Falling membership and consequent problems fulfilling fixtures has resulted in Bridport closing forthwith (posted 3 Aug ’17). Last season Bridport managed to complete the season, but were not having regular club nights. Several members are said to be joining Dorchester and Weymouth. Club Chairman Malcolm Steevens […]

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