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