Chandlers Ford ‘Robs’ Winchester

Malcolm Clarke reports on the Southampton Chess League latest, including a match in which the Chandlers Ford D team winners were all called Rob…

Both Winchester C and D teams lost matches by a 3 – 1 margin last week, with the C team losing  to Ringwood and the D team losing to Chandlers Ford D.  However Winchester D team captain Alan Weaver was Winchester’s sole winner in both matches, although Sammy Rebdi won a game counting for grading purposes only in the Chandlers Ford match.  The Chandlers Ford winners in the match against Winchester were coincidentally all forenamed Rob namely Rob Bird, Rob Sims and Rob Strachan.

The Winchester A team achieved a good draw in division 2 against Hamble B who won this division last season with Jon Barnes on board 2 and Robin Atkins on board 5 winning their games, while on top board Jose Alfonso Jimenez Capilla drew his game.

Chandlers Ford stalwart Sam Murphy celebrated his 65th birthday at Eastleigh’s Concorde club and this was attended by some of his chess colleagues, his wife Mary and sons Sam Junior and Luke, as well as former work colleagues, former class mates, past and present neighbours and other relatives and the event was enjoyed by all who attended it.


Southampton Rapid-play on Saturday 30th November 2019

The Southampton Rapidplay Tournament is a 6-round event jointly organised by Southampton and Southampton University Chess clubs.

The Rapid-play tournament will be at the Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Highfield Road, Southampton SO17 1BF on Saturday 30th November 2019. The first Round begins at 10:00. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible

Entry fees are £12 for adults, £8 for Juniors, with a £3 surcharge for entries received on the day.

The tournament will be divided into 3 Sections by ECF grade.

Time Control for Sections A and B will be 25 minutes per player with an additional 5 seconds per move; Section C 30 minutes each for all moves.

Prizes: 1st £50, second £30, 3rd £20.

For further information plus Entry forms (online and printable versions), please see the event website at Southampton Chess Club

Team Matches, plus Hampshire Tournament

Malcolm Clarke reports on recent Chandlers Ford A & B team matches, plus tournament news: the Hampshire Chess Association Congress plus our own Tournament.

In the first 19 games of Malcolm Clarke’s captaincy of the Chandlers Ford A team not a single match finished all square, but now the team have drawn their last three matches.  The latest draw was against Winchester where some of the visiting players were playing at the William Walker club in Winchester for the first time, even if three of the Chandlers Ford players had previously played for Winchester.  On board 2 David Holmes’s opponent forced a draw by perpetual check early in proceedings, but winners were Graham Stuart and Peter Przybycin for Chandlers Ford and Doug Beer and Mike White for Winchester.

Chandlers Ford’s poor recent record against University teams ended when their B team beat the University C team 3-1 thanks to wins from Dick Meredith and John Kooner and draws from Peter Przybycin and Sam Murphy.

Dave Holmes is presented with joint 2nd prize at Hampshire Congress
Dave Holmes is presented with joint 2nd prize at Hampshire Congress by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant

Chandlers Ford players Dave Holmes and Keven Lamb entered the Hampshire Individual tournament and Holmes finished second equal in the major section, while the Chandlers Ford tournament which begun in May has resulted in a four way playoff between Phil Overton, Peter Przybycin, Sam Murphy and James Daas all of whom got four points from five rounds with the first playoff matches being played later this month.

2019 Hampshire Congress playing venue at the Lysses hotel
2019 Hampshire Congress playing venue at the Lysses hotel, Fareham
Malcolm inspects the Silver Rook
Malcolm inspects the Silver Rook

League and Cup matches

Malcolm Clarke’s regular chess news roundup: this week: Winchester’s woes; Salisbury’s good run; Chandler’s Ford D to the semi-final of the Division 5 Cup, and more.

It was not a good week for Winchester teams in the Southampton Chess League with all three teams losing and no individual player winning a game counting for league purposes.  Chandlers Ford D whitewashed Winchester D in the Division 5 Cup and play Chandlers Ford C in the semi final.  However Winchester’s Sam Rebdi won a game counting for grading purposes only. 

Winchester A were beaten 4-1 by a strong Ringwood B team with Jon Barnes and Alan Dyos obtaining the two draws from the match, while in the 3.5-1.5 defeat at the hands of Andover it was the three players playing with the black pieces Doug Beer, Steve Kitley and Bob Cleave who salvaged the draws.

Despite the fact that the only five players in the Chandlers Ford A v Salisbury match being graded below 140 were all on the Salisbury team, the match finished all square at 2.5-2.5 with Chandlers Ford’s two winners being David Holmes and Phil Overton both of whom played with the white pieces.  Peter Przybycin uncharacteristically lost on board 5 and it continued Salisbury B’s recent good record at Chandlers Ford having won on their previous two visits.

Chandlers Ford C were beaten 3.5-0.5 by Salisbury C with Peter Eales obtaining their only half point.

Two matches at Chandlers Ford 22 Oct 2019
A busy night at Chandlers Ford 22 Oct 2019: Chandler’s Ford A against Salisbury B (nearest), and Winchester D v Chandler’s Ford D.

Hampshire Chess Congress reminder

Just a reminder that the annual Hampshire Chess Association Congress 2019 is only one week away – Friday 1st November to Sunday 3rd November. The tournament will be at the Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BQ.

The Lysses House Hotel, Fareham
The Lysses House Hotel (including Richmond Restaurant), Fareham.

There are 47 players currently entered in total (see Entrants so far on the HCA website) , spread over the three Sections, and hopefully more are likely to enter in the coming week .

The 3 sections are the Open (any grade), the Major (Under 160 ECF grade), and the Minor (Under grade 125).

The Congress is a 6-round tournament, and one half-point bye is available on any round except the last round. See the Timetable below for Round start and finish times.

  • Tournament Timetable:
  • Friday: Rd 1: 19:00-23:00
  • Saturday: Rd 2: 09:00-13:00, Rd 3: 14:00-18:00, Rd 4: 19:00-23:00
  • Sunday: Rd 5: 09:00-13:00, Rd 6: 14:00-18:00
  • Prize-giving on Sunday at 18:05

The rate of play is 40 moves in 100 minutes followed by a 20 minute quickplay finish.

For more details, including entry fees, conditions, prizes, and Entry form, see the Hampshire Chess Association website.

HCA Congress Trophies
HCA Congress Trophies

D Team draws with Basingstoke

Malcolm Clarke reports on the D team’s match plus other recent fixtures.

Chandlers Ford D drew 2-2 with Basingstoke with Nobby George and John Kooner winning their games.  However the Chandlers Ford B team lost 5-0 to Winchester A in the Robertson Cup by default.  The Chandlers Ford D team was unchanged from its’ opening match of the season against Chandlers Ford C except for Rob Sims replacing Rob Bird on top board.

Winchester B opened their season with a 3.5-1.5 loss at the hands of Salisbury B in a match in which they defaulted board 5.  A draw from Bob Cleave on board 1 and a win from Mike White on board 3 represented Winchester’s only points of the evening with both Bob and Mike playing with the white pieces.  Salisbury teams though have made a good start to the season.


League and Cup updates

In his latest league and Cup updates, which appear in the print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle, Malcolm Clarke rounds up what has been a busy time for the club, with matches in Division 3 (A team), Division 5 (C team) plus the A team’s trip to Andover in the Robertson Cup.

Winchester A won on the top two boards, with Jose Jimenez-Capilla and Jon Barnes being their winners, but still lost 3-2 to Southampton C.  The following day their D team made the short journey to Chandlers Ford and were beaten 2.5-1.53-2 by the home team’s C team.  Peter Eales making a welcome return to action having hardly played at all in recent seasons drew with Winchester secretary Graham Payne, and Don Creasey and captain Keven Lamb winning their games for Chandlers Ford, and John Schonenberrger winning for Winchester.  Winchester’s Alan Weaver won a game against Chandlers Ford’s Colin Grant which counted for grading purposes, but not the match score.

Chandlers Ford lost 3-2 to Andover in the Robertson Cup with four of the games being drawn and Steve Cartridge beating Dick Meredith in the match between the two captains.  Keven Lamb playing for the second time in two days was one of the Chandlers Ford players to draw.

Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2019: 6th October

News of some Juniors events coming up – one this weekend, and another in January.

Hampshire Junior Chess Congress

This year’s Hampshire Junior Congress event will take place on Sunday 6th October 2019 at Winchester College, College St, Winchester SO23 9NA. Please visit The online Entry System to secure your entries or  Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2019 Entry Form.

South of England Junior Chess Congress January 25, 2020

South of England Junior Chess Congress January 25, 2020 South of England Junior Chess Congress takes place at Yateley Manor School organised by IM Andrew Martin- Enter via the official web site https://www.southofenglandjunior.com/

First matches of the new season

In his news roundup Malcolm Clarke details the opening fixtures of the new season, plus the summer tournament latest.

Chandlers Ford B opened the season with a 2-2 draw against newly promoted Ringwood C with Sam Murphy and James Daas on the bottom two boards obtaining their points.  Last season Ringwood teams won all five matches they played against teams from Chandlers Ford, but this time the teams were evenly matched and a drawn match was probably the fairest outcome.

Playing their first match at the new venue Winchester C beat Southampton D 3-1.  There was a win for Winchester’s Steve Kitley and draws for Mike White and Andrew Habbitts,  Winchester captain David Green lost his game on board 3, but Southampton D agreed to default this board when it was realised their player should in terms of grading been played on a higher board,

In the Chandlers Ford tournament Peter Przybycin and Phil Overton drew their round 4 game which means going into round 5 two players have 3.5 points and four players 3 points.

Phil Overton and Peter Przybycin in Round 4 of the Summer Tournament 2019
Phil Overton (left) and Peter Przybycin (right) in Round 4 of the Summer Tournament 2019

Club website 1 year old

The Chandler’s Ford Chess Club website is 1 year old today! The site’s web master Kev Lamb marks the anniversary on the website’s 50th Post.

The Chess club’s website chandlersfordchess.org.uk was launched a year ago, on 26th September 2018. From then until now (26/09/19) there have been 2,743 views of the website , the best being 61 on one day (yesterday 25th September 2019!).

The website comprises various Pages (they stay accessible for reference), plus Posts (announcements, news, articles etc. – a blog). There are currently 8 Pages, and 49 Posts have been published. This is the 50th Post.

Posts are published at a rate of roughly one or two a week: as well as Malcolm Clarke’s weekly update, other members and I have contributed items over the year.

Pages largely stay static for reference, until updated when appropriate – with tournament developments usually: ‘The Ladder’ is the Page most often updated.

As well as receiving articles and preparing them for posting on the website, adding photos and appropriate links, behind-the-scenes stuff involves activating technical updates when they become available, taking and uploading photos (photos taken by me or other members of our Chess Club).

All of which I thoroughly enjoy doing.

Kev Lamb

26th September 2019

Keven Lamb with decorative chess set
Keven Lamb with decorative chess set