D Team beats C team in Super-match of 8 boards

Chandler’s Ford‘s C and D Teams are both in Southampton Chess League Division 5, and have already met this season. Tuesday 14th January was the ‘return’ fixture, C team hosting (although both teams in their own home venue, the home or away distinction decides which players play with which colour pieces: the ‘Away’ side plays white on odd-numbered boards).

Chandlers Ford C (left) v D team (right) Tuesday 14th January 2020 (photo by Suzan Dunleavy)
Chandlers Ford C (left) v D team (right) Tuesday 14th January 2020 (photo by Suzan Dunleavy)

Division 5 fixtures are played across 4 boards, but the League permits an extra graded game for grading purposes. We stretched that facility to have not one but four graded pairings in addition to the League match boards 1-4. A big event for us: we’ve previously had two matches at club before against two visiting clubs, with up to ten of our players involved at the same time – but this was between two of our own teams, both at double-numbers: 16 players of our club playing at the same time! A super-match played over 8 boards.

Chandlers Ford C (left) v D team (right) Tuesday 14th January 2020
Chandlers Ford C (left) v D team (right) Tuesday 14th January 2020, photo by Suzan Dunleavy.

So how did the match play out? Well, a conclusive win for the D team, with 6 points to 2, with the League Match boards 1-4 a romping 0-4 win for the D team. This result propels the D team up to second place in Division 5, a great start to their second half of the 2019-2020 season. There were some surprises with a couple of out-graded players getting draws against their higher-graded opponents: Ian Parker against Sam Murphy and David Culliford against Graham Stuart. See full individual results below, and the match result card submitted to the SCL with match comments and results of the extra grading pairings.

Results Card 2019-20, Division 5 Super-match: CFC v CFD plus multiple grading pairings

Date: Tuesday 14th January 2020

Chandlers Ford C ECF
1 Maha Chandar
96 0 James Daas 95 1
2 Don Creasey
85 0 Rob Bird 103 1
3 Keven Lamb
0 Rob Sims 95 1
4 Steve Saunders
64 0 Nobby George 88 1
League Match result

0 League Match result 4
5 (grading purposes only) Rose Saunders


(grading purposes only) John Kooner

6 (grading purposes only) Dick Meredith


(grading purposes only) Steve Dunleavy

(grading purposes only)
Sam Murphy


(grading purposes only) Ian Parker


8 (grading purposes only) Graham Stuart


(grading purposes only) David Culliford


Total of the 8 boards
2 Total of the 8 boards

You may be wondering why some strong players weren’t in the top 4, match-board half of the line-up. This was to avoid eligibility issues now or later in the season, as the players would normally play for our A or B teams in Divisions 3 or 4.

Although I write as the captain of the losing team, I must say the event was a highlight of the season for me, seeing so many players of the club all participating in such a good atmosphere and showing flexibility to make the ‘super-match’ possible. A really enjoyable evening. Kev Lamb.

Chandlers Ford Central Club 2020 Subs due

Chandlers Ford Central Club
Our venue, Chandlers Ford Central Club

Membership subscriptions for the Chandlers Ford Central Club – the venue we play at – are due for renewal in January. Central Club membership is for the venue; chess club membership is a different cost – see the What does it cost? tab on this website for more information.

Chandler's Ford Central Club membership card with choc coins on chess board
Chandler’s Ford Central Club membership card: membership runs from January- December

We meet at the Chandler’s Ford Central Club at 2 Winchester Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 2FZ . See their Join Us section of their website for more information. Being a member of the venue enables easy access to the place, such as door entry, and registering your car registration, and access to the club’s facilities and events. Facilities include:

  • A well stocked bar including cheap beer prices
  • Various Bar Snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi

Membership runs January to December.
MEMBERSHIP: New: £38.75 | Senior Citizen: £27.25 | Renewal: £20 (£23.50 with CIU- Club and Institute Union – pass card); £8.50 for OAP, £12 OAP with CIU pass card.

See the Central Club’s announcement below for more information:

2020 Subscriptions are due

TUESDAY: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
FRIDAY: 12.00pm – 1.30pm &   7.00pm – 9.00pm
SUNDAY: 1.00pm – 3.00pm Members can now pay over the bar, however, you will not receive your card immediately. You would need to collect them on your next visit to the Club.


MEMBERWithout Pass Card *With Pass Card *
MALE/FEMALE £20.00 £23.50 
OAP £ 8.50 £12.00 
LIFE Not available£ 3.50 

* Note: Pass card enables entry to all other Club and Institute Union (CIU)


Curry Night: Knockout Trophy Presented.

Our social secretary David Culliford arranged a Curry Night at the Sunrise Restaurant in Chandler’s Ford: the Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Christmas Curry (the CFCCCC…) Steve Dunleavy presented the Knockout Trophy to Pete Przybycin at the meal.

The Chandler’s Ford Chess Club meets up for social gatherings a few times a year, with David Culliford organising the get-togethers. Often these occasions provide the setting for the presentation of one or more of the Trophies for the Chess Club’s various Tournaments. The most recent one was our Christmas Curry at the Sunrise Balti & Tandoori Restaurant in Chandlers Ford, on 12th December.

The Knockout Trophy was presented during the evening. The event was well attended, with 16 of us present, and was a very enjoyable evening.

Chess Club Curry Night 12 December 2019
Chess Club Curry Night 12 December 2019

Steve Dunleavy, the Knockout tournament organiser, presented the Trophy to the 2019 winner Pete Przybbycin.

Steve Dunleavy (left) presents the Knockout Trophy to Peter Przybycin
Steve Dunleavy (left) presents the Knockout Trophy to Peter Przybycin

Season’s Greetings

Malcolm Clarke’s latest chess club update: the Dunleavy Party, and season’s greetings.

With no Southampton Chess League fixtures scheduled for the two weeks immediately prior to Christmas it has been a relatively quiet week at the Chandlers Ford chess club, but club stalwart Steve Dunleavy hosted a party at his home on the Saturday before Christmas which was attended by several chess club members many of whom brought their partners and the guest list included the former Southampton footballer Nicky Banger, an expert pianist who has starred in Mamma Mia and a saxophonist who provided the music for the evening.  Steve, his wife Suzan and their daughter Hannah provided the hospitality for the evening.

League fixtures resume on Tuesday 14th January when for the third time this season Chandlers Ford C and D team meet with both teams likely to have full squads to choose from.

Happy Christmas to all our readers.

B Team at top of Division 4

Malcolm Clarke reports on the recent surge for Chandlers Ford B team to the top of Division 4; plus C team’s more declining progress…; also Winchester C v University C.

After drawing their first two matches Chandlers Ford B have won their last three matches and sit at the top of division 4.  In their most recent match they beat Andover B who have faded after a good start to the season, with their winners in a 3-1 triumph being Dick Meredith, Rob Bird and Sam Murphy on the bottom three boards. 

Chandlers Ford C in contrast have faded after a bright start to the season and were whitewashed by a Basingstoke team who out-graded them on every board, having in their previous two games been comfortably beaten at Salisbury in the league and by their own D team in the cup.  They nevertheless still have a 50% record in the league in terms of match points.

Chandlers Ford D v C in Division 5 Cup, 26 November 2019
Chandlers Ford D (left) v C (right) in Division 5 Cup, 26 November 2019

Wins on the bottom two boards by Alan Weaver and Sammy Rebdi earned Winchester C a 2-2 draw against University C.

Winchester Junior Chess Blitz: Sunday 15th December 2019

Please see Lukasz Piecha’s message below giving details about the Winchester Junior Chess Blitz tournament on Sunday, 15th December. The tournament organisers are Lukasz Piecha and Maha Chandar.

We have a Winchester Chess Blitz Junior Championships coming up at the The venue at Unit 12, Winnall Valley Road, Winchester SO23 0LD on 15th December 2019.
SO23 0LD is close to the Junction 9 and only 3 minutes from M3.
It starts at 10.50am and finishes at 4pm(latest).
The time control will be  10 minutes for each player. There is ample free parking on-site.
There are excellent cash and medal prizes and free lunch and free refreshments to the players!
The event is heavily sponsored by the
 Winchester Junior Chess Club, Chandlers Ford Junior Chess Club, Community Centre Unit 12 (https://www.unit-12.org/about-unit-12)
Maha Chandar and Lucas Piecha are the tournament organisers.
Full details are given on the link below which includes  entry form.
Please find enclosed an entry form. Print, write, make photo and send us again. 
Regards  Lukasz Piecha
Download all attachments as a zip file

D team through to Cup final

Malcolm Clarke reports on Chandlers Ford D team’s win against our own C team to reach the Division 5 Cup final, and the A Team’s defeat against Andover.

Chandlers Ford D comfortably beat Chandlers Ford C 3.5-0.5 to reach the division 5 cup final.  Their team was a strong one and in fact on paper it was the stronger of the two teams.  The two Rob’s Bird and Sims both won their games and James Daas continued the good form he showed in the club tournament by winning on board 1.  The game on board 4 between Nobby George and Rose Saunders was drawn.  However D team captain Steve Dunleavy won his game against Colin Grant which counted for grading purposes only.

Chandlers Ford D v C in Division 5 Cup, 26 November 2019
Chandlers Ford D (left) v C (right) in Division 5 Cup, 26 November 2019

After drawing their first two league games the Chandlers Ford A team lost 3-2 to Andover with David Culliford being their sole winner and Dave Holmes and Sam Murphy drawing.  However both Murphy and Phil Overton who lost had good positions at one stage.  Graham Stuart who suffered a rare league loss showed great resilience in trying to get back into the game when material down.

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