League EGM and Club Fixtures For 2022

The New Southampton Chess League Season starts this month! Chandler’s Ford B have their first match on Tuesday 18th January 2022. In this article we look back at the Southampton Chess League EGM which discussed the format for the forthcoming semi-season – and look forward as the League Fixtures are announced.

League EGM

The Southampton Chess League met for its Extraordinary General Meeting at our Club’s venue in Chandler’s Ford on Wednesday 13th October 2021.

Fixtures Secretary Malcolm Clarke Awarded for long service by League and Chess Club

Chandler’s Ford’s Malcolm Clarke received recognition for his long service to the Southampton Chess League as its Fixtures Secretary and as Club Secretary of Chandler’s Ford (previously Eastleigh). He has served 31 years as a principal member of the Southampton League. Malcolm Clarke was awarded a special Trophy and engraved Tankard from the League and Chandler’s Ford Chess Club. The video and pictures below capture Malcolm’s delight at the Awards.

VIDEO: Fraser McLeod presents Malcolm Clarke with Long Service Award Tankard at the League EGM on Wednesday 13th October 2021.

Click on any of the photos in the gallery below for full picture, and scroll from there.

New Season 2021-22

Following the EGM the League consulted with the chess clubs as to what form the 2021-22 season would take, given the effects of Covid. Three format options were proposed:

  • Option 1 – League format with 3 divisions of 6 teams, 5 matches playing each team once only
  • Option 2 – League format with 5 divisions of 4 teams, 6 matches playing each team home and away
  • Option 3 – Team Swiss format with 5 or 6 rounds, each match to be played within a 3-week period. Either all teams together in one Swiss or, to avoid mismatches, there could be a Swiss A and a Swiss B

In all cases, teams have 4 players only as agreed at the EGM.

The consultation process has now crystallised into the League format of Option 2. The League has a 5-Division structure.

Club Fixtures 2022

We now have the dates for the Chandler’s Ford fixtures. See the fixture table below.

Southampton Chess League Fixtures for Chandler’s Ford Chess Club

DayDateHome TeamAway TeamDivision
Tuesday18 January 2022Chandlers Ford BAndover B4
Tuesday25 January 2022Chandlers Ford ASalisbury B3
Tuesday01 February 2022Chandlers Ford CWinchester C5
Thursday03 February 2022University BChandlers Ford B4
Wednesday09 February 2022Basingstoke CChandlers Ford C5
Wednesday16 February 2022Basingstoke AChandlers Ford A3
Tuesday22 February 2022Chandlers Ford AWinchester B3
Tuesday01 March 2022Chandlers Ford CBasingstoke C5
Tuesday08 March 2022Chandlers Ford A Basingstoke A3
Wednesday09 March 2022Winchester CChandlers Ford C5
Tuesday 22 March 2022Chandlers Ford BFareham B4
Wednesday23 March 2022Winchester BChandlers Ford A3
Thursday24 March 2022Salisbury CChandlers Ford C5
Thursday07 April 2022Salisbury BChandlers Ford A3
Wednesday20 April 2022Basingstoke B Chandlers Ford B4
Tuesday26 April 2022Chandlers Ford CSalisbury C5
SCL fixtures for Chandler’s Ford

Chandler’s Ford Team Captains

  • Chandler’s Ford A Team: Malcolm Clarke
  • Chandler’s Ford B Team: Rob Sims
  • Chandler’s Ford C Team: Steve Dunleavy

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