News Roundup

Malcolm Clarke’s latest chess news roundup that appeared in this week’s print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle. He mentions this website -which is most welcome!

Chandlers Ford chess club during the course of last season set up a new website and the webmaster for this is Keven Lamb who has given excellent service to the club over a number of years.  The website address is and it has several photographs with a picture of the players shaking hands at the match between the Chandlers Ford B and C teams.

Round 3 of the Chandlers Ford summer tournament is now  underway, but many local players will be looking forward to seeing the new July grading list which will be coming out shortly.  Some local players will also be attending the English Chess championships at Torquay International Riviera Centre which will be held from 26th July to 4th August.

Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy

The Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy event was held at Salisbury, and was a handicap blitz chess tournament (see Highcliffe Chess Club’s report on last year’s inaugural event). Six teams of 4 players competed. Chandler’s Ford captain David Culliford reports.

On Thursday 25th July, Chandler’s Ford accepted an invitation to compete in a handicap blitz tournament hosted by Salisbury Chess Club. The event comprised six teams of four players, drawn from four local clubs (Salisbury, Ringwood, Highcliffe and Chandler’s Ford), playing in an all-play-all format. Handicap blitz is a style of chess with a fast and furious time control in which players are handicapped based on the difference between their playing strengths. For example, opposing players with a similar grading would have ten minutes each on their clock for the entire game, whereas a strong county player meeting a novice might have 4 and 16 minutes available respectively.

The organisers and arbiters for the evening (Pete Donaldson of Ringwood and Michael Pope of Salisbury) began by welcoming the assembled players and then briefly summarised the tournament rules for those unfamiliar with the playing format. Some exciting chess was played over the five rounds, and occasionally one could hear the clatter of pieces hitting the floor as over eager players got carried away in their urgency to meet the time control – who says chess is boring?! There was an interval after the 3rd round during which refreshments were served, which provided much needed relief from the intensity of the chess on what was a hot and humid night.

At the end of the evening, the Chandler’s Ford team (Graham Stuart, David Culliford, Sam Murphy and Matthew Coldwell) emerged victorious, winning the first four rounds and drawing the last, although it must be said that a quarter of the Chandler’s Ford team (Coldwell) is actually a Salisbury club member. Matthew’s performance was particularly noteworthy, with wins in all five of his games. The evening concluded with Pete Donaldson presenting the trophy to David Culliford, the captain of Chandler’s Ford. All in all, a great evening of fun competitive chess among friends.

Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy being presented to Chandlers Ford July 2019
The presentation of the Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy to members of the winning team from Chandler’s Ford Chess Club. Pictured from left: Matthew Coldwell, David Culliford (captain), Pete Donaldson (tournament organiser), Sam Murphy. Graham Stuart (absent from the photograph) played on top board for the Chandler’s Ford team.

Summer and Knock-out update

Malcolm Clarke in his regular article for the Hampshire Chronicle gives a round-up of the Summer Tournament and the Knock-Out.

At  the end of round 2 of the Chandlers Ford summer chess tournament four players have two points Phil Overton, Rob Sims, Peter Przybycin and David Culliford and they will play each other in round 3 with Overton playing Sims and Culliford playing Przybycin.  James Lesniak who had a bye in round 1 and won his round 2 game is half a point behind, Przybycin and Overton are also amongst the semi finalists for the knockout competition which also includes Rob Bird and John Kooner.

Summer Tournament: Round 3 draw

The 2019 Summer Tournament began in April and is now in its third Round. It is organised and run by Malcolm Clarke, and is a 5-round Swiss in its format. It is one of three of the Club’s Tournaments. When the pairings for each round are announced, the first-named player has the white pieces. The odd number of players means byes are inevitable, but no player will receive more than one bye. The winner will have their name engraved on the Tournament’s trophy, the Kooner Cup.

The Summer Tournament trophy - the Kooner Cup
The Summer Tournament trophy – the Kooner Cup

Round 3 pairings

Phil OvertonRob Sims
David CullifordPeter Przybycin
Don CreaseyJames Lesniak
John KoonerRob Bird
Dick MeredithMaha Chandar
Rob StrachanKeven Lamb
Sam MurphyMansa Chandar
Steve SaundersIan Parker
Steve DunleavyRose Saunders
Nobby Georgebye

League AGM Roundup

Malcolm Clarke reports on the Chandler’s Ford Ladder, the Hampshire Individual tournament, The Robertson Draw at the Southampton Chess League AGM, plus the likelihood of our C team being relegated, in an article that appears in the current print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle.

The ladder competition at Chandlers Ford chess club has been won by Peter Przybycin.  He drew his playoff match with Phil Overton, but as he had beaten Phil in their game in the ladder Phil sportingly agreed to allow him to take the title.

Ladder Final 18 June 2019
Ladder Final: Phil Overton v Peter Przybycin play, watched by club players.

In the Southampton Individual Championship Chandlers Ford’s Rob Strachan obtained one point from four games, but he gave a good account of himself against higher graded players.

Rob Strachan at the FIDE Basingstoke Congress July 2019
Rob Strachan at the FIDE Basingstoke Congress July 2019

Roger Marsh who captained the Eastleigh Rail  first team before their relocation to Chandlers Ford obtained two points in the same competition.

Fraser McLeod receives the Individual Cup
Fraser McLeod receives the Individual Cup from League President Gillian Moore

At the AGM of the Southampton Chess League the draw for next season’s Robertson Cup was made with Chandlers Ford being drawn to play away at Andover, while their B team will play away to Winchester.

The composition of the divisions for next season has not been completely determined, but it is likely that the Chandlers Ford C team will be relegated to division 5 with all Chandlers Ford and Winchester teams remaining in the same divisions as last season.