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 (
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
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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.