Book Prize Tournament Round 4 Begins

The Book Prize Tournament 2021 Round 4 begins. Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin announces the pairings and gives the scores so far.

Pairings for Book Prize Tournament Round 4 are as follows:


  • John Kooner v Rose Saunders
  • Steve Saunders v Geoff Parish
  • Nobby George v Steve Dunleavy
  • Ian Parker v Rob Strachan
  • Lee Mundy v Maha Chandar


  • Peter Przybycin v Rob Sims
  • Keven Lamb v Manoj Chandar
  • Graham Stuart v Eric Jones
  • Keith Gregory v Mike Henbury
  • Dick Meredith v Sam Murphy

All games in round 4 to be completed by January 29th 2022.

Current scores:

Major section:
  • Keith Gregory 3
  • Graham Stuart 2.5
  • Eric Jones 2.5
  • Peter Przybycin 1.5
  • Manoj Chandar 1 (from 2)
  • Keven Lamb 1
  • Dick Meredith 1
  • Sam Murphy 1
  • Mike Henbury 0.5 (from 2)
  • Rob Sims 0
Book prize Tournament round 3 Sam Murphy (white) v Keven Lamb (black) 7 Dec 2021
Book prize Tournament round 3 Sam Murphy (white) v Keven Lamb (black) 7 Dec 2021
Minor Section:
  • John Kooner 3
  • Nobby George 3
  • Maha Chandar 2 (from2)
  • Geoff Parish 2
  • Ian Parker 1 (from 2)
  • Steve Saunders 1 (from 2)
  • Rob Strachan 1
  • Lee Mundy 0 (from 2)
  • Rose Saunders 0
  • Steve Dunleavy 0
Book Prize 2021 round 3 Rose Saunders v Nobby George 7 Dec 2021
Book Prize 2021 round 3 Rose Saunders v Nobby George 7 Dec 2021

All the best,


Rules Reminder

(for full list see the Tournament’s Page) :

  • Rate of play – 90 minutes each for the whole game.
  • The first named player has the white pieces.
  • Games will (preferably) be played over-the-board at chess club, or at the home of the player with the white pieces. Score sheets and clocks should be used.
  • Games may alternatively be played online, using Lichess, by mutual consent. Score sheets are not needed for online games.
  • Online games will not be sent for grading.


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

Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year everyone! Much like a year ago, Covid dominates the news. But 2021 still saw a fair amount of chess at Club and beyond. We take a brief look back at the year.

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Review of 2021

Club Tournaments

All the club tournaments Chandler’s Ford Chess Club players normally enjoy did run this year – even if games had to be played online for much of the year.

The Knock-out Tournament. Steve Dunleavy organised this again, and this year the tournament attracted 20 players. Peter Przybycin won the Knock-out, and Steve Dunleavy presented him with its weighty Trophy at the Autumn Curry.

Peter Przybycin (left) is presented with the Knock-Out Trophy by Steve Dunleavy
Peter Przybycin (left) is presented with the Knock-Out Trophy by Steve Dunleavy

Peter Przybycin organises the newest of the club tournaments, the Book Prize. 12 players participated in the first all-play-all 11 Round event, 2020-21. Mike Henbury won the Book Prize – Bronstein Move By Move by Steve Giddins. The new 2021-22 Book Prize is divided into Major and Minor Sections so that an all-play-all format can be retained for the increased number of players in this popular event (20 players in all).

The Prize

The Summer Tournament, organised by our Club Secretary Malcolm Clarke, had 19 players this year. The 2021 winner is Keith Gregory.

Nobby George originally set up the The Ladder Tournament. When the Coronavirus led to lockdown, Nobby ran an online version of the Ladder on Sam Murphy was the winner of the 2021 Ladder. Sam has set up and got the the 2021-22 Ladder started, whilst Rob Sims will run the Tournament going forward.

Online Tournaments. During lockdown we kept in touch as a club by playing chess online, in the standard long-play games of the established club tournaments, plus the ‘virtual club-nights’ of our regular weekly rapid-play online tournaments. Our online games are played on

Junior Chess Club

The Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club is organised by Maha Chandar, and this year has seen some major tournaments, both online and over the board. The coronavirus has limited the numbers that could safely attend the over-the-board tournaments – but these were successful and popular events. See photo below.

Junior Tournament 28 Nov 2021
Junior Tournament 28 Nov 2021

A rising star of the Junior Club is Iwan Cave: in October he played in the Major Section of the Castle Chess Fareham Congress against players of all ages – and won the Major Section Grading Prize!

Iwan Cave, Grading Prize winner, at Castle Chess Fareham Congress 2021
Iwan Cave, Grading Prize winner, at Castle Chess Fareham Congress 2021

Club Secretary Honoured at League EGM

Malcolm Clarke, Club Secretary of Chandler’s Ford Chess Club and Southampton Chess League Fixture Secretary, was honoured for his long service to the local chess scene by both League and Club, receiving trophies on behalf of both at the Southampton Chess League Extraordinary General Meeting on 13th October from League President Gillian Moore.

Malcolm Clarke receives League and Club Awards at SCL EGM 13 October 2021
Delight! Malcolm Clarke with his League and Club Awards 13 October 2021, presented by League President Gillian Moore. Photo: Mansa Chandar.

Club AGM

Malcolm Clarke presided over the Club’s own AGM on Tuesday 26th October, attended by 15 of the club’s members. It was quite a jolly meeting, everyone just so glad to meet in person after the long lockdown.

Chandlers Ford Chess Club AGM 26 October 2021
Chandlers Ford Chess Club AGM 26 October 2021

The Autumn Curry

The next evening, Wednesday 27th October saw the chess club’s Autumn Curry, organised by David Culliford. This was a great social gathering – and as it turned out – the main social event of the year. One of our former players, John Zastapilo, who has lived in Belgium for many years now, has renewed his link with the club by participating in our online weekly tournaments. John Z was visiting the UK at the time, seeing family and friends – and he came to the Autumn Curry at the Sunrise Balti & Tandoori Restaurant in Chandler’s Ford. It was great to see him after such a long time.

Steve Dunleavy (left) and John Zastapilo at the Autumn Curry 2021
Steve Dunleavy (left) and John Zastapilo at the Autumn Curry 2021
The Chandlers Ford Chess Club Autumn Curry 27 October 2021
The Chandlers Ford Chess Club Autumn Curry 27 October 2021

County matches

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club players have taken part in Over The Board County matches when these resumed in the Autumn, including the home match against Kent, and the away match against Oxford. Click on the pictures below to see more information.

Vishy Anand wishes Steve season’s greetings

2021 ended with Festive wishes and some good advice from former World Champion Viswanathan Anand to our own club’s Steve Dunleavy. Read our recent Post here.