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28/10/2023

The B team made the trip to play Bath B resulting in a hard fought narrow loss 3.5-2.5. The Bath team fielded an average grade of 1732, which for Division 3 is very high and reflects well on the current strength in depth. Score Sheet

21/01/2023

It was fantastic to see the introduction of our new C team, on Thursday Night, with so many new and keen chess players. Welcome to competitive chess. Score Sheet

Running simultaneously, the A team hosted Cabot tying the match 3-3. Richard Garrett drew on 1, Tony Harvey and Gareth Cullen winning on 2 and 3 and Dave Neagle drawing on 4. Score Sheet

 

13/01/2023

Last night  South Bristol  hosted a Horfield & Redland sextet in the quarterfinals of the MKO. With four games settled we trailed 3-1 with draws for Richard and Gareth on the top two boards and losses on 5 and 6. However Dave and Andrew held their nerve to win on 3 and 4 and tie the score at 3-3. South Bristol advance to the semis thanks to the board count tie break.

09/01/2023

We are very excited to announce the club's first JUNIOR RAPIDPLAY on 12th March - all age groups under-16 years. This is limited to 32 players so get your entries in quick! Details and entries can be found HERE!

07/01/2023

Thursday saw a great result for the A team, winning against a strong, as always, Downend & Fishponds C. Richard and Tony did the heavy lifting on the top boards, both coming away with wins, supported by Dave with victory on board 4 and a draw for Jon on 6. Result 3.5-2.5 Score Sheet

18/12/2022

That is all folks for 2022, that went quick. Wishing everyone and their families a great Christmas and a happy new year!

18/12/2022

Exciting news, we can confirm entry of a third South Bristol chess team in the Bristol & District League, playing in Division Four from January. Good luck.

18/12/2022

The B team came up against a very strong North Bristol B and succumbed 4.5-1.5. Score Sheet

07/12/2022

last night the A team travelled to play an equally matched Horfield B, with the scores ultimately tied at 3 a piece. Things could have been very different however as two of our players got lost en route mistakenly heading for the Gloucester Rd as opposed to the Whiteladies Rd and arriving 40 mins late. Many thanks must go to Horfield for sportingly allowing these games to go ahead rather than claiming  default.    Score Sheet

04/12/2022

The club will be closed for two weeks over Christmas, with no club nights on the 22nd or the 29th of December. Things will run as usual on December  the 8th and 15th and will return on January the 5th.

04/12/2022

South Bristol B 2.5, Clevedon B 3.5. Wins for Ed and for nine year old Akira Booker who has now won all three of his league games! Score Sheet

 

26/11/2022

On Thursday the A team hosted Keynsham A  clearly outgrading our opponents on boards one to six with the result reflecting this in a 4.5 - 1.5. Gareth, Dave and Jon scored emphatic wins, followed up with draws on boards one and two and with the match settled captain Tony offered the draw in his game to wrap things up quite early. Score Sheet

19/11/2022

The A team  who were missing a few stalwarts went down heavily against a University B team, losing 4.5-1.5. Jon picked up the sole win and Gareth had to settle for a draw despite winning the exchange early on. Gareth, Jon and Andrew played in both club matches this week. Score Sheet

19/11/2022

The B team, playing at Horfield C scored a handsome win 4-2. Gareth scored an early win on board 1, when his opponent lost the exchange and compounded it with a further error leading to a collapse. Jon deploying an opening gambit neutralised his opponent leading to a static game and a draw. Andrew's game became blocked also leading to a draw. There was little between the sides in Rod's game until late on when he found a nice bishop move trapping his opponents rook, which soon led to Victory. John  on board six, playing his first league match, and against an experienced player, created an outside passed pawn which was although stopped  made space for a queening d pawn and a win. Well played. Score Sheet

13/11/2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE This Thursday the 17th Nov 2022, there will be no club night or juniors night, because of rewiring work. Things should be back to normal next week.

05/11/2022

Thursday night saw success for the B team against Hanham winning 3.5-2.5. There were wins for Andrew on board 2 against a player graded 300 points higher and young junior Akira on board 5. They were supported with a critical half point from Liam. Hanham travelled a player light. Score Sheet

29/10/2022

The A team lost at the Folk House against North Bristol A 4-2. There were wins on board 2 for Richard and on 6 for Viv. On boards 1, 3 and 4 there were late losses. Well played North Bristol. Score Sheet

29/10/2022

The B team salvaged a late draw away at Yate on Tuesday thanks to Tony on top board conjuring a win out of a drawn game. Vicky also won, making it two in a row now. What were narrow losses are now being converted into wins. Ed and Jason picked up half points. Score Sheet

17/10/2022

The A team had a tough night against Thornbury, losing the match 4-2. New player John Waterfield won for us on board 1 and Dave also won. Apart from that it was a series of reverses. Well played Thornbury. Score Sheet

06/10/2022

Top marks go to the B team, who, on Tuesday, travelled to play Clifton B in their Division Three match and won 4-2. Wins for captain Ed, Rod and Vicky in her first ever league game. They were supported with valuable draws by up and coming Liam and Jon who had a tricky opponent. Score Sheet

01/10/2022

On Thursday the club hosted two teams, Downend Knights and Hanham in the first round of the minor cup. Team 1 had a tough night against Hanham, who despite defaulting on board 6, won the match 4.5-1.5. Well done to Nathan for collecting the half point on board 5.  Score Sheet . Team 2 had a far better night against Downend Knights prevailing 4-2, with wins for Richard, Gareth and liam and now progress to the quarter finals. Score sheet

26/09/2022

The Regency Chess Company (https://www.facebook.com/RegencyChess and https://www.regencychess.co.uk) have been supporting South Bristol Chess Club for many years - and have just agreed to continue doing so for yet another year! They are the UK's leading supplier of chess sets - so there's nowhere better to go should you be thinking of upgrading your current set, or maybe thinking of a fantastic birthday or Christmas present!

25/09/2022

On Wednesday our Juniors played their very first competitive match,a rapid double match, away at Downend Juniors. In the first round we had the white pieces and tied 3-3 and in the second round the black pieces holding on for another 3-3 thus tying the match 6-6. Very well done. Plans are now afoot for a return fixture.

16/09/2022

A fantastic start to the new league season. First the A team, despite a default on board four, defeated Cabot     4-2. Iain led the way with victory on top board. Gareth and Dave held on for the draws on boards two and three . Newcomers Sam and Viv won on five and six. Score Sheet. On Thursday the B team who were outgraded on all six boards against Bath B won the match 3.5-2.5! Nathan and 10 year old Akira were playing their first ever league games and Akira won, very impressive stuff! Score Sheet

10/09/2022 

Following the summer break the club returns to league action next week. The A team play at Cabot on the 14th with B team hosting a Bath team the next evening. The junior section is also back up and running, every Thursday from 18:30 to 19:30.

19/08/2022

Next Thursday, the 25th there will be a themed evening featuring Sicilian Accelerated Dragon, which should be fun and a learning experience for many. Normal club night will run alongside.

12/08/2022

Last night the club held it's AGM with a fantastic turnout. Many thanks to Vicky for doing so much of the preparatory work. Also thanks go to Sherif whose input was so valuable that he has now been appointed to the committee as Parent Representitive.  Amongst the things agreed on the night were the club's team names with The Woodentops becoming called the A team and the Smurfs becoming called the B team. 

The Full Agenda

1) Chairman's Opening Remarks

2) Vote for continuation of the committee/nominations from the floor

3) Apologies for absence

4) Approval of minutes from Committee Meeting 24th Feb 2022

5) Reports

   - Treasurer's Report

   - Junior Report ( Iain Bourne)

   - Team Captain's Reports ( Ed Swann & Tony Harvey)

   - Secretary Report's ( From last minutes)

   - Adoption of Accounts

12th July 2022

With regret we have had to cancel the Rapidplay on 30th July. Our apologies to anyone who was looking forward to competing.

24/06/2022

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

30th July 2022

South Bristol Rapidplay

Click here for details and registration

This is limited to 28 players so get your registration in fast (I mean now!) if you don't want to miss out.

24/06/2022

Next Thursday (30th June) we are having another "Opening Themed Tournament" this time featuring the Vienna Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4). Be there at 7.30 to register - and don't forget your opening preparation!

24/06/2022

Last night we had our first "Opening Themed Evening" featuring the Evans Gambit. Two games were played by each player (black and white) with 30 minutes on the clock. Play was typically "wild" but in the end Black came out on top 3.5-6.5. Well done everyone who took part.

29/05/2022

A reminder that there will be no Club Night or Juniors this week 02/06/2022 because of the Platinum Jubilee. Chess will return next week!

06/05/2022

The Smurfs lost narrowly last night in their Quarter-Final of the MKO against Yate & Sodbury. Iain playing on top board, went one better than earlier in the season and won against  Andrew Penn. David Campbell, playing in his first season won his game and Rod picked up the half point, making the score line 2.5-3.5 Score Sheet

Next Thursday night the club will once again be hosting a rapidplay, four rounds, 10 mins on the clock. Registration from 7:30 with kick off at 7:45 with an estimated finish at 9:15. All levels are welcome, from complete beginner to experienced league players. Entry is free and everything will be explained.

23/04/2022

We fielded two teams of six in the round of 16 of the league Minor Knockout. First up on Wednesday the Smurfs travelled to play the Downend & Fishponds Knights, winning the contest 4-2, with victories for Sam, Jon and captain Ed. They now progress to the quarter-finals with a home fixture against Yate & Sodbury. The following evening, the club had the opportunity to give some of our fast-improving new players a taste of competitive chess. Tham , Vicky, Nathan and 

last minute addition Piers all held their own deep into their games.  Vicky, playing white on board 4, showed much promise by building a winning position against her experienced Downend opponent and later could have opted for a perpetual.

16/04/2022

On Wednesday 13th, the Woodentops visited the Colosseum public house expecting a tough match against Cabot A, having previously had a 2-2 draw against their B team. The Cabot team captain was not present and we were greeted by a B- team player who did not know who was playing for the A team (!) Later a further Cabot player arrived, but still no team captain. Thet conceded the match and we spent the evening playing some casual chess. A very strange end to the season.

The following evening the Smurfs hosted league leaders Downend & Fishponds C, where they had all to play for because a 4-0 home win would have handed the Woodentops the league title. The final score, however, went in favour of Downend, 3-1 Score sheet and who are worthy champions. The Woodentops had a strong season finishing runners-up with 11 wins, 2 draws and just one loss. The Smurfs also had a very creditable season. 

02/04/2022

Thursday night saw the in- house league clash between The Woodentops and the  Smurfs which mostly went to form with the former prevailing 3-1, with wins for Richard, Gareth and recently joined player David Campbell. The upset was on board 3 where Andrew won  with an overwhelming kingside attack. Playing his first competitive chess was Liam Bailey for the Smurfs. Score Sheet

18/03/2022

Not to be out done the Woodentops saw off a good North Bristol A team 3.5-0.5 with wins for Richard, Sam and David. Score sheet

16/03/2022

Many congratulations to the Smurfs who on Monday night won convincingly 3.5-0.5 away at Clevedon C and have risen to fourth place out of 30 registered teams in Division 2. Score Sheet

12/03/2022

There was a great turnout of 24 players for the club hosted rapidplay (10/03), including four juniors, four visitors from Grendal Chess Club and four first time visitors. The joint winners were Richard Garrett and Gareth Cullen, each scoring 3.5/4. Many thanks to Iain Bourne for both publicising and running the tournament.

05/03/2022

Both teams were in action at the Folk House, with the Smurfs prevailing 2.5-1.5 against Clevedon B with wins on the top two boards for Dave and Jon. Well played. Score Sheet. The Woodentops faced a good Yate team tying 2-2, with a win for Richard. Score Sheet

Next Thursday, 10th March, with no league fixtures the club will be hosting a four round tournament, with 10 minutes on the clock. Everyone is welcome, starts at 7:45pm, please arrive by 7:30.

25/02/2022

Bristol Swiss Rapid 2022 Online Sunday 27th Feb   7pm start     ( 5 round swiss   15min + 5 sec ) Open to any players from Bristol area of any standard. Thank you to John Stubbs for organising.  https://lichess.org/swiss/iqpugllH

18/02/2022

Well played the Smurfs for winning 2.5-1.5 at North Bristol B and a big congratulations to Sam Inman who in his first competitive over-the-board chess both played on top board and won! Score Sheet

17/02/2022

Last night the top two Division Two teams, the Woodentops and Downend & Fishponds C, clashed at Downend. The home team fielded a very  strong  quartet, all of whom had current First Division chess experience and also outgraded us by an average of 148 points per board. Ultimately it resulted in a first loss of the season for the Woodentops 3-1. Tony and Gareth scored draws and Jon had a good chance of a win when his opponent blundered in the opening but who kept his remaining pieces active and with a clever tactic inflicted a loss. Score Sheet The Woodentops now trail in the league by one point.

 

15/02/2022

Last week, 11th Feb. we ran an in-house Quickplay tournament(10 mins on the clock) with twenty players, including three juniors, competed in a four round Swiss. There were several players new to the club and the result was still in the balance late on in the final round. After several thrills and spills, however, Richard Garrett came out on top with an unbeaten 4 out of 4.

Tomorrow the Woodentops play, followed by the Smurfs on Thursday.

04/02/2022

Both our teams competed last night. The Woodentops won convincingly away at Keynsham 3.5-0.5, Score Sheet with wins for Richard, Dave and Gareth making it eight wins and one draw out of nine fixtures so far for the team this season and topping the league. Meanwhile the Smurfs hosted University B drawing 2-2 with victory for Andrew supported by draws for Colin and Ed. Score Sheet Additionally Iain organised a rapidplay with ten players, nine of whom were new to the club,  and the eventual winner was Andy Owen. Congratulations!

21/01/2022

It was all action last night at the Folk House. Both the Woodentops and the Smurfs were in action. The Woodentops maintained their place at the top of the league with a 3-1 victory over North Bristol B. Wins for Richard and Gareth and a pair of well fought half points for Iain and Jason. Score Sheet The Smurfs were handed a 1-0 lead over Keynsham who defaulted a board. Dave doubled the lead. The remaining two boards went deep into the endgames with equal material but both were losses. Final score 2-2. Score Sheet It was great to see a big turnout of players in the other rooms as well, some of whom were playing practice matches under league conditions in preparation for entry of a third South Bristol team.

17/12/2021

There was a great turnout last night at the handicap, with a big range of grades pitting their wits. After four rounds separated by refreshment breaks, Iain emerged victorious with 3.5 followed by Gareth and Andrew on 3. Thank you to Tony and Kathy for the catering. That is all for this year. So have a good and safe Christmas. We will be back on the 6th January.

14/11/2021

A heads up that this Thursday the 16th there will be the club's annual Xmas Handicap tournament, in place of the club night. The tournament begins at 8pm and participants are asked to arrive by 7:45pm. Players of all standards are invited. For those who haven't played a handicap before basically the stronger player forfeits pieces in line with the difference in players estimated grades. It is a fun evening with refreshments and prizes.

11/12/2021

Well played the Smurfs who scored a well earned draw at University C (the university have strength in depth this season) Score Sheet

08/12/2021

I'm delighted to report that the Woodentops are top of the division for Christmas. Yesterday they visited the only other unbeaten side, Yate & Sodbury A, coming away with a handsome 3.5-0.5 victory. Score Sheet

27/11/2021

On Thursday night the Woodentops hosted Downend D, winning 3-1, with a pair of white piece wins and a pair of black piece draws. Score Sheet

Meanwhile the Smurfs travelled to St Pauls to play Harambee only to be disappointed to find their opponents didn't turn up and hence defaulting on all  boards. 4-0 to the Smurfs.

12/11/2021

The Smurfs came up against high flying Cabot A yesterday at the Folk House, ultimately  losing 3-1, but there was a good win for Jon on board 2 and the other boards were undecided until late on. Score Sheet

10/11/2021

The Woodentops had an excellent evening at Hanham winning 3.5-0.5

Score sheet

02/11/2021

We would like to welcome two new committee members; Jon White as treasurer and Ryan Langdon as grants officer.

28/10/2021

The Woodentops  hosted  Downend C this evening and won  2.5-1.5 . All boards were drawn except board 4 where Dave broke through, late on, on the kingside with rook and queen securing the full point. Score Sheet Ian Pickup of Downend reports; we couldn't have described it any better! LINK

28/10/2021

It proved a tough night last night for the Smurfs in East Bristol, where they were largely outgraded by a Downend D team and finished 0.5 to 3.5  Score Sheet

26/10/2021

Link to tomorrow's Lichess arena tournament. All welcome! link

16/10/2021

A good night for the Smurfs scoring a 2.5-1.5 win over Downend E. Score Sheet

14/10/2021

The Woodentops played our south of the river neighbours, Cabot B last night, with the match tied 2-2. Score sheet

Tony reports " SB Woodentops made the twenty minute journey to our South Bristol neighbours to Cabot B for a division two match. It would be fair to say that challenges don't come any bigger. On Bd1) White by some nifty pawn play and delicate manoeuvring gained a large advantage. To stay in the game David was forced to sacrifice the exchange. However when Iain in mid-move changed his mind Black was able to capitalise and force an ending two pawns to the good, which he prosaically converted. A neat save my Cabot.  Bd2) was an intriguing battle in which both players were willing to ignore opening lore and chart their own course. Gradually black's advantage in the centre seemed to dictate the outcome. Jack's sacrifice only delayed the end by a few moves. Score Cabot 1 Woodentops 1. On Bd3) White may have castled into a kingside attack. And despite Gareth's best efforts Black bt calm and expert play broke through. A well played game by Mike. On Bd4) I played what I thought at the time was a competent game; but subsequent post mortem with my colleagues with Richard and Ed shattered by illusions. Simply I miss-played a combination and did not understand the resulting position. Fortunately a slip by my opponent at the end allowed me to be victorious. The final score was a 2-2 draw, with wins for black on all four boards. The play by the successful players could respectively be considered as resolute, thoughtful, energetic and ridiculous."

13/10/2021

South Bristol Open Committee Meeting

We had a very productive and good humoured meeting last night, called to keep up with the rapidly changing club circumstances, and covering a lot of 

ground. The informal agenda included Finances, Building rent, Safety matters, Sponsorship & Website, Memberships, Juniors and Premises. Thank you to Club Secretary Vicky for spending time organising the agenda and keeping the lengthy minutes, which will be shared with the membership in due course.

Thank you to all who attended.

09/10/2021

South Bristol Chess Club as shown on TV!  (07/10/2021)

08/10/2021

Last night,  ITV West Country News reporter, Alex Wood, visited a busy and lively Folk House Club Night, (which included a junior section) to film a piece for this evening's show ITV 18:00. Many thanks to Iain Bourne for putting all this together. 


03/10/2021

The club's thoughts are  with Gerald who is currently staying in the BRI. Visiting is not allowed under Covid restrictions but it is hoped that he will be able to return home on Wednesday.

03/10/2021

Smurfs v Hanham Tony reports:

"The Smurfs welcomed Hanham on Thursday in a competitive Division Two match. On board 1 Jon and his opponent engaged in a deep strategic battle. The South Bristol player missed an opportunity to gain a large advantage and later allowed his queen to wander away from the the centre. Jonathan attacked smartly and Black  was unable to find an adequate defence. A very pretty tactic forced  resignation. Nil One to Hanham. On board 2 Rod played an ambitious opening to capture space. Later in the middlegame Phillip expanded on the kingside and seemed to have an equal game. However a petite combination by White- leaving his queen under attack caused the Hanham player to miss the best defence. Consequently Rod was able to force a "mate in two". One all. On board 3 another exciting game played at a high level. Andrew had a slight material advantage in the late middlegame however an active defence by his opponent led to a dynamic but equal position. A draw was agreed. Smurfs 1.5 Hanham 1.5. On board 4 captain Ed was a late addition to team Smurfs and he came through with a quick victory. Sacrificing a bishop he was able to invade his opponent's kingside, and with the aid of two minor pieces Ed's Queen was able to force victory. Final score Smurfs 2.5 Hanham 1.5."

01/10/2021

It was busy at the Folk House last night, with both the Woodentops and Smurfs hosting league opposition. The Woodentops scored a 3-1 victory over Horfield C  ( match score sheet) and the Smurfs defeated Hanham 2.5-1.5 (match score sheet)  .

Tony  reports on his observations of the Woodentops match: "On board 1 a sharp opening dissolved into a bishop v bishop and pawn ending. Iain managed to shield the queening square to promote causing Prakash to resign. On board 2 it was a complex game. White attacked on the kingside which was defended successfully by Peter. Gareth then tried his luck in the centre but was unable to capitalise on his advantage. His Horfield opponent played well and it was a draw. On board 3 there was a tough battle where Jason gained an exchange advantage. Excellent play in the resulting endgame of two rooks verses rook and bishop forced Piotr to resign and victory to South Bristol. Well played Jason. Board 4 saw another complex game. Scott outplayed his opponent and entered a three pieces and king endgame material up with added positional advantage. There then followed a period of mysterious endgame play. Black gifted a knight to David who then kindly returned the piece. An extremely complicated double rooks and pawns endgame followed. After further adventures a draw was agreed.  Final score Woodentops 3 Horfield C 1!

17/09/2021

A Brilliant win for the South Bristol Woodentops!

Last night the Woodentops started the new season by travelling to play against North Bristol A. Tony reports " A strong start by South Bristol Woodentops. My game was the first to finish after my opponent went astray in the opening. His position became untenable when he played 15.B(e3)-c1 and 18.B(a2)-b1 with his rook still on a1.1 nill to SB W. Next to complete was Dave's game.  I think he was winning but he overlooked a back row check which won a piece and the game foe white. Equaliser for North Bristol. Score 1-1. Gareth dropped an early pawn... but in a very complex position kept his opponent under constant pressure and concluded the game with a fine tactic and commanding display of technique. 1-2 in favour of the Woodentops. The final game to finish was Richard's on board 1. This was played down to a drawn rook and pawn ending after three hours of uncompromising chess. Final score North Bristol A 1.5 South Bristol Woodentops 2.5." Link to league result

17/09/2021

Iain Bourne will be interviewed along with promising junior Walter and his mother by BBC Radio Bristol and broadcast at 07:20 on Monday 20th September.

05/08/2021

Many thanks to Iain for organising and running the Junior chess tournament last Thursday, a lot of work went in behind the scenes. Also a special thank you to Roy for taking time out from his holiday to travel back to Bristol to set things up.

It is time to look forward to the new season now with our two teams playing their first fixtures on the 14th and 16th of this month.

21/08/2021

On Thursday night It was delightful to see five more new faces, and a very diverse group of people showing how chess is for everyone!

The link to this week's online ( lichess) rapidplay. All levels welcome! https://lichess.org/tournament/8QE9s99P

Junior Chess Champions On 2nd September, 7:45-9:00, Iain Bourne, in conjunction with South Bristol chess, is organising a relaxed introduction to over-the-board chess for under 16s. No prior experience is required and everything will be explained. Parents will be able to attend the introduction and to settle the child prior to the commencement of play. We hope to broadcast the tournament via zoom to a separate room where parents can watch and discuss without interfering with play or play against themselves! The tournament is limited to 16 players who will play 5 games of 5minute chess. This is an unrated tournament so we will help any players who look confused.( Hopefully that won't happen)

16/08/2021

The link to Wednesday evening's rapidplay Lichess 18/08/2021

14/08/2021

I'm happy to report that our first post pandemic club night was a success and it was lovely to welcome four new faces, largely thanks to Iain's facebook campaign. Let's hope for a repeat this Thursday!

06/08/2021

Good news that following the Covid break over-the-board-chess is about to resume!

Firstly the Folk House, Whitchurch,  will be open for chess every Thursday evening from 7:00pm, where we will hoping to welcome new players. Online chess participation is reported to have boomed during lockdown. Iain has been active on social media.

Secondly, the Bristol League have shared their plans for a recommencement of the league from September. We as a club have entered two four player teams . Fixtures will be fortnightly.

Our Wednesday online rapidplays are continuing . Last week saw some wild games, with Gareth emerging in first place. Lichess 04/08/2021 Next week's link Lichess 11/08/2021

 

23/06/2021

Good chess from Richard while going unbeaten last week. Tonight we revert to a 120 min Arena.   https://lichess.org/tournament/ZgnzUacv

16/06/2021

Congratulations Florin for deservedly winning last week's rapidplay achieving straight wins after having to default the first game.

Tonight's link South Bristol Rapidplay All are welcome!

09/06/2021

Well played Florin and Richard for tying for first place with 4.5/6 last week. Tonight's link https://lichess.org/swiss/Ydwe41Dx

02/06/2021

The link to this evening's rapidplay https://lichess.org/swiss/D1yIT9T1 Hope to see you there.

 

26/05/2021

Well played Richard, with normal service resumed and winning last weeks rapidplay. To enter tonight's Swiss follow the linkhttps://lichess.org/swiss/zmVyamNz

 

18/05/2021

Congratulations Florin for winning Sunday's Bristol Swiss Blitz with a commanding 6 wins and a draw!  https://lichess.org/swiss/5lW4ZbwS

and to Gareth for winning last week's SB rapidpaly.

For tomorrow Charleville have set up a 10+2 arena style https://lichess.org/tournament/GJSk3NiT

12/05/2021

Tonight's rapidplay https://lichess.org/tournament/fgjxwb9D All are welcome!

05/05/2021

Following a closely fought rapidplay last week Gareth emerged in first place with Tony leading the chasers in second. To access tonight's edition https://lichess.org/tournament/4iblJYeO

28/04/2021

Well played again Richard on his runaway  victory last week. We have made the late decision to opt for the French Tarrasch tonight. All are welcome. https://lichess.org/tournament/iGnv2T8i

20/04/2021

For tomorrow's tournament our Irish rapidplay partners Charleville have chosen a traditional unthemed set up. As always any Bristol & District players are welcome and Richard is on a potential hatrick after  coming top the past two weeks!  https://lichess.org/tournament/Ac8D45M9

13/04/2021

For this week's rapidplay all games will begin from the Alekhine Defence 1. e4 Nf6 so get practising.  https://lichess.org/tournament/MnJQ2lRu

06/04/2021

Congratulations to Florin for topping last week's tournament. Tomorrow we return to a standard non-thematic format. 120mins , 10min no increment games 19:45 start.  https://lichess.org/tournament/XTbd5NeA

30/03/2021

Tomorrow's theme will be the Grunefeld Defence. To join use the following link address https://lichess.org/tournament/IdLyiWD3

 23/03/2021

Well played Richard for topping last week's rapidplay and Florin for winning the Bristol Swiss with an impressive 6.5/7. Tomorrow (24/03/2021) all games will start from the Budapest Gambit 1.d4 Nf5 2.c4 e5. https://lichess.org/tournament/tisYmk36

16/03/2021

Tomorow's rapidplay  (17/03/2021)  

https://lichess.org/tournament/oMpYbs7F

09/03/2021

Last week's Danish gambit mixed things up a bit which seemed to suit Gareth who topped the table and Florin who joined late but won his games. Tomorrow, (10/03/2021) we return to regular rapidplay. To join use the following link. https://lichess.org/tournament/Amd6BPf6

02/03/2021

Congratulations Richard. Top man last week.

This week, (03/03/2021) something a little different; all games will begin 

with a Danish gambit 1.e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 https://lichess.org/tournament/hj98DGPO  Have fun!

23/02/2021

Well played Florin for topping the 11 player tournament last week. Tomorrow (24/02/2021) we return to a regular (non-themed) format. Thank you Charleville for organising. To enter please use the link https://lichess.org/tournament/Qnwa5dzx

16/02/2021

This week(17/02/2021), we are organising a thematic rapidplay where all games begin with The Old Benoni, code A44, moves 1.d4 c5 2.d5e5. As usual all are welcome, starting at 7:45  for 120 mins on lichess. https://lichess.org/tournament/3egqIuLs

 

A reminder that this Wednesday's rapidplay (10/02/2021) 19:45 is hosted  by Charleville, and you need to join the Lichess Charleville team first, so those intending on playing please leave a bit of time when entering.

 https://lichess.org/tournament/htTj05we

For those members interested Downend's Sunday tournament (10+2) 5 rounds starts 19:00 https://lichess.org/swiss/9MLeibNW

Also Yate's Tuesday (15+0)  Swiss starts 19:45 https://lichess.org/swiss/h8gyieKF

Thank you Charleville Chess Club!

We were very pleased to welcome a number of Charleville players last week, greatly enhancing the tournament.  Gareth took first place with five wins and two draws. ( see below)

To enter the next edition of our open- to- all rapidplay (03/02/2021) please use the link

https://lichess.org/tournament/pIICUPXC

Top marks Richard!

Very well played Richard for emphatically winning last week's rapidplay with EIGHT straight wins. To participate in the next edition (27/01/2021) use the following link.

 https://lichess.org/tournament/N7ZPXl48

Competitive Chess

I'm glad to report that we had a very competitive tournament last week, where no players either  dominated or struggled. Even the winner had three losses! For more of the same (20/01/2021) use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/7ymJzLd0

 

This week's rapidplay (13/01/2021) link

https://lichess.org/tournament/jw9sCbkQ

Congatulations Florin

Many congratulations to Florin for his recent online victories over an IM and a WIM. These wins were then hansomely followed by topping  the tables at both our last week's rapidplay and then the Bristol District rapidplay.

Welcome to 2021!

Following our Christmas break, we are back with our weekly  online rapidplays, starting Wed 6th Jan @ 7:45. They'll  run for 120 mins Arena style on the free to use Lichess platform. Entry is not limited to South Bristol players any Bristol league players are welcome. To join please use the following link

https://lichess.org/tournament/I1GpoUgY

16th December 2020

All players regardless of club are welcome to join us this evening for

our weekly rapidplay. Please use the followung link address. https://lichess.org/tournament/v2MzOGuE

2nd December 2020

All are welcome to join and play our weekly rapidplay this evening, with the same parameters as last week. ttps://lichess.org/tournament/QJyNgYf9

 

25th November 2020

Tonight we are sticking with Lichess arena format. 10 mins per player with the option of playing 5 min berserk. It'll run for 120 mins so equating to about 8 games each. Non South Bristol players are welcome to join the fun. Please use the following link. https://lichess.org/tournament/mrtQIDCa

17th November 2020

Tomorrow's tournament will be a small change from a Swiss system to Arena style. Starting as usual at 19:45 on Lichess and lasting 120 mins. https://lichess.org/tournament/diSBimbH

11th November 2020

We are sticking with Wednesday tournaments. To join tonight's use the following. https://lichess.org/swiss/ffLJqKgH

3rd 11th November

A quick reminder, to those not using our whatsapp group, that we are switching our weekly rapidplay from Thursday to Wednesday evenings starting from tomorrow. As previously, any Bristol & district players are welcome to play. This week's link https://lichess.org/swiss/rk5FGISK

22nd Oct 2020

The link to tonight's Rapidplay Swiss https://lichess.org/swiss/6c1lgTQH

13th October 2020

Thursday's tournament is a simple 7 , 10 min round Swiss,  commencing at 19:45 with 2min intervals between rounds. As always non South Bristol players are more than welcome to play.

To enter use the following link address https://lichess.org/swiss/ww1Jjx1W

29th September 2020

A reminder that our next tournament will run this Thursday 1st Oct from 7:45 and will consist of a 7 round 10 min Swiss. As always non South Bristol players are very welcome to play. Hope to see you there. Please use the following link https://lichess.org/swiss/rbQt93hj

21st September 2020

Very well played Richard Garrrett for winning last week's tournament with a perfect score of seven wins. This Thursday's ( 24th Sept) will again be a seven 10 min round Swiss format. As always entries from non South Bristol players are very welcome. To join use the following link https://lichess.org/swiss/ZrE8fPdh

15th September 2020

This weeks rapidplay ( Thursday 19:45) will again be a 10 min, 7 round, Swiss format. Non South- Bristol players are very welcome to play. To join please click on the following link. https://lichess.org/swiss/ax6UjQXK

9th September 2020

This week ( tomorrow, 19:45) we will be hosting a ,7 round, Swiss style tournament, set at 10 mins and no increments, using the Lichess platform. As always all are welcome; the more the better and to join use the following link https://lichess.org/swiss/aS5BOKBc

 

3rd September 2020

A late reminder : tonight's rapidplay (19:45) , will be 10 +0 arena style and 2 hrs duration. All welcome and to play/spectate use the following link. https://lichess.org/tournament/MgX92Hfi

For those ambitious players or those who would like to test themselves against the best, GM Danny Gormally will again be taking part  in the Bristol online blitz Swiss, this Sunday. To play please use the following link https://lichess.org/swiss/qYoPSUy3

25th August 2020

Florin triumphed in last week's rapidplay following his recent consistency. On Sunday Gareth, Florin and Tony represented South Bristol in the Bristol Swiss Blitz and Gareth played his 4th round match against GM Danny Gormally which was an experience to remember. The game was close to parity for about 15 moves before Danny showed his class.

This week our rapidplay will revert to 10min games, with no themed openings. As always non south Bristol players are very welcome. To play or spectate please click on the following link.https://lichess.org/tournament/D98tWwY1

16th August 2020

Well played Iain Bourne for topping the podium of last week's tournament.

This Thursday there wiil be a change of format with games set at 5mins plus 2 second increments and with no restrictions on openings. As always the competition is open to non-South Bristol players; the more the better. To join use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/9XIXFnaG

11th August 2020

Congratulations to Richard Garrett for topping last week's Polish rapidplay with an unbeaten run of Eight wins. This week's theme is the Budapest Defence (1.d4,Nf6 2. c4, e5) As always non-South Bristol players are welcome to play. Please you the following link.https://lichess.org/tournament/kOtEPSsV

For those chess addicts amongst you, every other Sunday evening there is a Bristol Swiss online blitz, seven rounds  of 5min plus 2 sec increments. There is rumour of a GM playing next time. Please use the link https://lichess.org/team/bristol-swiss

3rd August 2020

This Thursday we will once again be using the free-to-use Lichess platform to host our weekly rapidplay. All games this week will begin with the Sokolysky (Polish) opening; 1. b4 . Should be fun

and maybe a surprise weapon for next season. Please use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/5F21i09q

27th July 2020

Following on from another successful themed tournament last Thursday, all games this week will start from the Benko gambit characterised by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defence. Moves, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 . As in previous weeks all games have a 10 min time limit and any non- South Bristol players are very welcome to play. Please use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/BI4A7M7x

21st July 2029

We continue the series of alternative openings this Thursday 23rd with the Albin Counter Gambit response to the queen's gambit. Hopefully when there is a return to over-the-board-chess we will have a broader chess understanding and be used to playing outside of our comfort zones. As always non-South Bristol players are welcome to play. Please use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/dXro2j2k

 

14th July 2020

The theme for this  weeks' themed rapidplay will be the Smith-Morra gambit variation against the Sicilian. As always all are welcome and it  runs for 120 mins starting at 7 on Thursday. Please use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/3Bm1yZyp

5th July 2020

This Thursday's tournament ( 9th July) continues the English opening theme with the Reversed Sicilian (1. c4 e5) See  link https://lichess.org/tournament/XoftOSvV

27th June 2020

Very well played Florin for winning each of the last two week's tournaments! and which for a relative newcomer at this level is very impressive. This weeks theme will be the English opening with all games commencing 1) c4 c5. Please follow the link https://lichess.org/tournament/r4SvVQNu

23rd June 2020

A reminder that this week's rapid play tournament will be King's Gambit themed with all games starting ( e4, e5, f4) which should be entertaining! As always the tournament starts at 7:45 Thursday runs for 2hrs  and is open  to non- South Bristol players. To join or spectate follow the link https://lichess.org/tournament/IDBxYywS

15th June 2020

Congratulations to Iain Bourne for winning the club one move/day competition by beating Richard with both the black and white pieces, to impressively  record a 100% record of 14 straight wins!

This week's rapid play tournament will be Dutch themed with all games beginning with the moves d4 f5. As ever, everyone whether South Bristol or not are welcome to play. Please use the following link address. https://lichess.org/tournament/xfT2D6nN

 

8th June 2020

There will be another 10 min/game tournament this Thursday, once again commencing at 7:45 and lasting 120 mins Arena style and open to non- South Bristol players.To mix things up a bit all games will start from the initial position 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5!  Link address. https://lichess.org/tournament/mWujPAOx

 

2nd June 2020

As the first move per day tournament draws to a conclusion Iain has kindly set up a second tournament starting next Thursday 11th June. The link address is here. https://www.chess.com/tournament/south-bristol-chess-club-1

30th May 2020

An update on the club move/day chess.com: Group 2 swiftly finished off their games a couple of weeks ago, with Iain heading the table with a perfect 10 wins and Ed showed his ability over the longer move formats by finishing second ahead of two A team players. Group 1 are still in progress and Richard leads following his 10 wins and a draw with one game to play.

 

30th May 2020

Our next tournament, this Thursday at 7:45, uses the same format as last week with the slight tweek of dropping the "Arena Streaks " option where you get double points for a streak of wins. To enter or spectate please use the link https://lichess.org/tournament/zsgNtby0

26th May 2020

The club will be running another tournament this Thursday 28th May starting at 7:45, with the same format as last week, a 120 mins arena system on Lichess with 10 min/game and with the 5min beserk option. Once again non-South Bristol players are welcome to play. https://lichess.org/tournament/tsDeQ07o

15h May 2020

Following on from another successful tournament last week, the club is again offering a 120 minute, 10 min/game arena style format on the free- to- play Lichess site. It starts this  Thursday 21st at 7:45 with the additional fun 5 min/game beserk option. Players other than from South Bristol are also welcome. Please use the following link. https://lichess.org/tournament/GIpcTfb0

 

11th May 2020

A reminder that our next tournament is at 7:45 this Thursday 14th on Lichess. It runs for two hours, with 10 mins on the clock and no increments. The more players the better and non- South Bristol players are also welcome. Please use the following link

https://lichess.org/tournament/RMB7Tf4s

5th May 2020

The one-move -per-day tournament is now well under way, with 13 participants and many games already completed. ( note, 24 hours is the longest you can take on a move, but in reality most games have many moves per day.)

This Thursday, 7th May, there will be another 10min/game tournament , a Swiss Style, on offer at 7:45. To enter you must first join the club https://www.chess.com/club/south-bristol-chess-club. Then once you have joined the club you must use the link https://www.chess.com/live#t=1213314

Following on from last week's successful tournament where we had 17 competitors there will be another this week, with the same format, again starting at 19:45 on Thursday and lasting for two hours and 10 mins per game, To enter use the link ENTER

The club is also running a one-move-per-day tournament. This also begins on Thursday the 30th of April, with entry before 19:30. To enter click ENTER.

Please note that whilst the 10 min/game tournament is open to all the one-move-per-day is restricted to South Bristol players. Good luck.

 

We hope people are staying well. The good news, is that the club has managed to adapt to the current circumstances and through a thriving whatsapp group we have been meeting through online tournaments where  up to around 10 players have been competing. To anyone who is missing out the more players the better. Having trialled a couple of platforms we have settled on using the free to use Lichess.org because of its superior post game analytical functions. Our next tournament is scheduled for 19:45 on Thursday 23rd April and  to last for two hours, with each game set  at 10mins and no increments. To join or spectate please use the following link https://lichess.org/tournament/H1zSVPKG

16th March 2020

The Bristol and District Chess League have announced that they are suspending the league with Immediate Effect.

After the latest government announcement today with regards the 'coronavirus' outbreak we unfortunately have no option but to suspend the league with immediate effect.  We hope that all our members are able to keep safe in the next few months and will provide an update once the situation becomes safe to play over the board chess again.

16th March 2020

Hello all,  the decision has been made, in light of today's government  announcement, to suspend the club until Thursday 7th of May, depending on circumstances. Take care and get practising online; there are a lot of good Youtube videos out there!

 

11th March 2020

The B team have been busy, first crossing the river to beat Hanham B 2.5-1.5, where there were victories for Rod and Andrew on boards 2 and 4 supported with a half point on top board by Jon. Then back on the road again, this time to play Clevedon C, who proved to be stiffer opposition, inflicting a 2.5-1.5 defeat. Ollie won on 3, with Andrew drawing on 2. The A team host Downend D tomorrow.

1st March 2020

Both teams were in action on Thursday as the  B team's match had been rearranged and what a good night it was. Both teams prevailed. First, at home, the B team beat Cabot B 3-1 with wins for Jon and Rod. Meanwhile the A team made the long journey to Thornbury, winning 3-5-2.5;  Jason and Florin both winning. The much needed two league points now give the side a four point buffer over any relegation fears.

23rd Feb 2020

The A team hosted Clevedon B on Thursday but a strong Clevedon achieved the league double 3.5-2.5.

23rd Feb 2020

Last weekend I (Gareth) played the Bristol Winter Congress, incorporating the Bristol Championship, finishing joint first in the major section with a score of 4.5/5 and a grading performance of 188!

8th February 2020

The B team made the trip to Filton on Thursday to play against North Bristol C. Ed reports the match was drawn with Andrew winning on 3 and draws from Jon and himself on 2 and 4.

8th February 2020

On Wednesday the A team visited Downend C and the team were under early pressure following a loss on board 2, but pleasingly things moved in our direction.  Richard drew on top board  Gareth played an uneventful draw against a higher graded player. Then Dave ( Mr reliable ) agreed a draw on board 4, when having  a big material advantage but under time pressure. Captain Jason had gone up a piece following a multi piece exchange and  went on to capitalise. Finally Iain expertly demonstrated the advantage of a knight verses a bad bishop in a blocked endgame. 3.5-2.5 win.

2nd February 2020

Another win for the B team. This time at home against Downend F. with Jon and Roy winning on boards 1 & 3 supported by Ed's half point on board 4. Final score 2.5-1.5

17th January 2020

The B team hosted Harambee this week and prevailed 2.5-1.5. Ed reports that Colin lost on top board, Jon drew on 2 and Andrew and Ed won on 3 and 4.

17th January 2020

The A team visited our south-of-the-river neighbours Cabot on Wednesday night. Jason our captain lead the way on board 5 soon wrapping up victory after his opponent dropped three early pawns. Our board 6 our player then left a queen en prise following a solid start thus tying the score. I didn't get to observe board 2 but it proved a loss. Gareth's game on 4 was notable for its dramatic swings in fortune. His opponent Alastair basically won the opening, coming out two pawns up. Gareth then managed to even affairs by forking queen and rook and looked to be better when Alastair spotted a clever tactic winning a rook by the threat of a back rank mate. The game seemed lost until Gareth managed to pin Alastair's queen to his king and from the ensuing exchange went on to win!  Dave's game on board 3 looked to be a straight draw but results elsewhere suggested a win was needed to get anything out of the match. Dave and our captain agreed that playing on to chase the win would be foolhardy so the draw was agreed. The only result still to be decided was Richard's on board 1. He came under a heavy kingside attack and although it was not immediately decisive he was materially wounded emerging two pawns down and down a knight to a rook. Richard played on in a captivating finish where there was hope to the last but ultimately the greater force won. Final score Cabot 3.5 - SB 2.5

 

11th January 2020

The B team kicked off the New Year hosting Hanham B on Thursday. It proved a narrow defeat 1.5-2.5. There were draws for Colin, Andrew and Ed on boards 1,3 and 4. Next week will see both the A and B teams in

 

21st December 2019

On Thursday the Folk House hosted the annual club handicap tournament. The format was five ten minute rounds with the handicap being the equivalent of one pawn per 10 point difference in grade. This resulted in incredible situations where stronger players were often without a full queen or even the three queenside pieces! There was a great turnout of 14 players. As promised Tyson visited the club to act as arbiter and we are very grateful to him for that. Between rounds we were spoilt with a delicious Christmas buffet provided by Tony. Many thanks.

After five rounds of madness and mayhem Gareth emerged with five wins and Florin and Jason were runners up.

Have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year!

13th December 2019

The club will be hosting its Xmas handicap tournament on Thursday the 19th December. Start at 19:30, with time limits to be decided on the night. Refreshments will be provided.

13th December 2019

Last night the B team drew 2-2 with Hanham B in an enjoyable match (from a spectators'  point of view).

8th December 2019

The A team visited the University A where youth trumped experience with South Bristol losing 5.5-0.5. Looking at things from a broader perspective it is always good seeing up and coming talented players.

3rd December 2019

A couple of players have recently reported problems viewing the Latest League Results on the Chessit website. If you are using Microsoft Windows then downloading the following free viewer should solve it. https://ccm.net/download/download-52-excel-viewer

30th November 2019

Unfortunately I have to report the end of our cup run before it even got going. Jason our captain picked the strongest team available under the Minor Cup restrictions but collectively the team didn't perform. As is usual with losses some players performed well.  Jason quickly dispatched good opposition and Richard playing on top board didn't even require his two passed pawns to checkmate Dave Tipper with king and rook. There was mixed luck elsewhere. Iain benefited when, after going an exchange and pawn down, he was offered  the draw. ( maybe Imissed something there!). Dave, who  held a queen verses his young opponent's rook and two minor pieces, retained hope of either a perpetual or of at least picking off a piece. But then, with both players down to increments, Dave was driven back and eventually checkmated. The standard of play by both players under such pressure and after three hours endurance was  quite impressive. Final score 3.5-2.5 loss

23rd November 2019

The B team, bolstered by the return of Colin, beat University C 3.5-2.5 with Jon and Rod winning.

23rd November 2019

On Wednesday the A team travelled to play Downend D at their new venue, The Cross Hands. Despite being handicapped by a late withdrawal we remained favourites as we clearly outgraded on each board. On the evening, against the odds, Downend  took the match with a spirited 3.5-2.5 win. Well played to them.  On the plus side Iain and Jason did the business and both won.

16th November 2019

A brief update, for those not using the club whatsapp group; the B team's match at Yate  ended tied with wins from Rod and Ed.

9th November 2019

The B team bounced back nicely this week at home to Harambee, winning 3-1. Well done to Jon, Rod and Ed on their wins.

9th November 2019

On Wednesday the A team travelled to play Bath B. Most of the games emerged from the opening pretty level. Florin's game rapidly cancelled down to a balanced King and pawns ending, so it came as a surprise to learn that Florin had managed the win! Gareth and Neville both dropped material in their middle games with their opponents playing precisely to put Bath ahead 2-1. Richard looked to be holding out for a draw despite being a pawn down was on the wrong end of Zugzwang allowing his opponent's king to infiltate, collecting pawns and winning. 3-1. Tony soon had a smile on his face as he was able to play a checking queen fork collecting a hanging knight. His opponent threw everything into one last attack but soon burnt all his pieces and had to concede. With the score 3-2 all depended on Dave's game. He held a rook verses knight advantage but his opponent's pawns and pieces were solidly coordinated. Both clocks were below 2 minutes when Dave finally opened up the game and for a moment a win looked possible but under time pressure he opted to grab material missing a perpetual check and the draw. Dave was frustrated but it really was never straightforward. Well played to Bath on winning 3.5-2.5 Many thanks to Jason who accompanied as non-playing captain.

2nd November 2019

I can share that the B team slipped to a 4-0 whitewash against North Bristol C on Thursday. This week both teams are in action with the A team making the trip to Bath and the B team to Harambee.

31st October 1019

On Monday this week it was the turn of the A team to take the stage, playing at Clevedon B. Gareth came out of the opening in an awkward position and a pawn down. After fighting back to parity and getting into a clear winning position he had an aberration and threw the game with one bad move. Tony then succumbed to a loss against a crafty assault on his king. Dave seemed to be cruising to victory with multiple lines of attack but chose the wrong combination and had to settle for a draw. Richard managed two passed in a queen and pawns ending and only won after being frustrated for numerous moves. It was good to see Neville back playing whose game ended in a loss after dropping a knight. Finally captain Jason had a tough game and in the middle stages looked to be worse battling against a centre pawn on the 6th rank,  however, Jason managed to equalise things and score a draw. The final result being a 4-2 loss

19th October 2019

This week was the turn of the B team who played at home against Clevedon C. Once again Jon impressed and made quick work of his opponent who was hemorrhaging pieces. That is four games unbeaten now for Jon who can expect a healthy Grading Performance from the league once he has played five games. There were early departures on boards 1 and 4 with no points from either. The only game to go the distance was Rod's where things looked even for quite some time, however, late on there were some worried observers when Rod allowed Doug to fork his queen and rook. Then in an attempt to avoid an endgame Rod skillfully mustered and targeted three pieces  at Doug's castled king where the defence collapsed.  A crucial whole point to tie the match 2-2.

12th October 2019

On Thursday The A team welcomed Horfield C to the Folk House. Tony playing on board 1 offered Bob the draw and after scanning the other boards the latter accepted. Gareth playing on board 3 gained two pawns early on but with delayed piece coordination. An opportunity to cancel off the rooks and move to a winning endgame was missed and Tom found a perpetual check. Game drawn. On board 2, Dave pressed Kingside, and in an attempt to open up the attack sacrificed a bishop but in the end his opponent defended well and it was another draw. Mohammed's game was pretty even for some time, until he managed to pin Peter's king to his rook, winning the rook. A good win. Board 5 was a loss so with just one result left the score was even 2.5-2.5. That just left Jon on board six who with some huddle round the board kept his nerve, penetrated with two rooks and a knight and checkmated Graham in the corner and thus winning the match 3.5-2.5.

 

5th October 2019

The A team travelled to play Keynsham A on Thursday. Captain jason was soon a bishop up and a little later his opponent was trying to defend against five pawns and bishop with just his King. Mission impossible and 1-0 to South Bristol. Gareth's game was in the balance for some time with both players castling queenside, however Jim overlooked Gareth's queening g-pawn during a rook exchange and promptly resigned. 2-0. Meanwhile Dave converted superior space and mobility into victory. 3-0. Richard then offered the draw to secure team victory but his opponent declined. Florin, playing his first competitive chess and looking at home in the A team, was soon an exchange up and won. Richard's opponent later agreed the draw. 4.5-1-5 win.

28th September 2019

The A team playing their third consecutive home fixture, welcomed Cabot A on Thursday. The night got off to a good start where, on board 4, Gareth's opponent playing a Dutch Defence, failed to castle and with his King exposed on the middle files, his resistance collapsed after 25 moves. Richard on top board and playing against strong opposition also won. Unfortunately, on the night, the only other scorer for South Bristol was Dave who drew, resulting in a 3.5-2.5 loss.

21st September 2019

After the early season warm-ups, the A team produced a 4-2 victory at home to Downend C. Richard and Gareth both playing black won, Gareth with checkmate on the h-file. The other games were all drawn. Jon, just a week after making his competitive debut with the B team, stepped up to fill board 6 and was a piece up during the middle game before settling for his draw!

14th September 2019

The B team had a difficult night away against North Bristol D, losing 0.5-3.5. The only South Bristol scorer being  Jon White playing his very first game for the club.

8th September 2019

The A team, this week, kicked the season off by hosting Thornbury. Recently crowned club champion Dave Neagle scored the win on board 3, while top boards Richard and Tony both drew, however the lower boards lost resulting in a lost match 2-4.

12th August 2019

A reminder that the club AGM will be held this Thursday, 15th August, starting by 8pm. See you there

1st August 2019

Tyson has now kindly added his  detailed observations from last weeks tournaments.

Round 1 saw a clean sweep for the higher-rated seeds.

1) Garrett-Blaxill: Modern Defence. In a much better position Richard found a neat combination that won an exchange and a pawn There was intermediate swap of minor pieces and  Jason ade the wrong capture so Richard instead won a whole Rook! 1-0

2) Hassan-Harvey: Sicilian Defence, Closed. Muhammed was gradually outplayed by Tony. More space earned the A team player an extra pawn, the initiative and then a winning attack despite pieces coming off. Muhammed lost on time in a hopeless position. 0-1

3) Bourne-Cullen: Queen's Gambit. Iain's steady initiative eventually resulted in a Rook on the 7th which seemed to win the game all by itself. 1-0

4) Day-Neagle: Sicilian defence, Dragon variation. A long game in terms of number of moves but Dave prevailed in a King and Pawn endgame by a tempo or so 0-1

Round 2 saw some upsets with three wins coming for lower graded players.

,1)Neagle-Garrett. Sicilian Defence, Grand Prix Attack. Richard decided to castle Queenside to avoid Dave's usual Kingside onslaught. however, the number ! seed got opened up there instead and lost a piece for no compensation, Dave taking care to reduce any counterplay to a minimum. 1-0

2) Harvey-Bourne. Catalan Opening. In an early Queenless middlegame Tony made a promising Exchange sacrifice for two Pawns and a lot of activity. The next time your reporter looked Iain had won! 0-1

3) Blaxill-Day : Queen's Pawn Game. A steady contest with Pawns staying on but minor pieces being trade at a steady rate. eventually Jason stood better and Roy gave away several Pawns after missing a pin. 1-0

4)Cullen-Hassan. London System. The longest game of the round by far. Eventually an endgame was reached with everything on the Queenside. Gareth had a Rook and three Pawns against a Rook, Knight and one Pawn. In a tense stand-off Muhammed was given the chance to threaten mate in one and win the Rook. Missing this he dropped his remaining Pawn and was overrun. 1-0

Round 3

1) Bourne-Neagle. Dutch Defence. Iain had an early advantage after Dave lost two tempi going Bishop c8-b7-c8 to stop a Knight excursion into e6 from g5. Unfortunately shortly afterwards Iain left the Knight en prise for nothing and got routed down the f-file. 0-1

2)Garrett-Cullen. Icelandic Gambit. richard appeared to be at a disadvantage after Gareth's unusual opening. however the several times club champion went after Gareth's King and crashed through after the latter failed to find the best defence under heavy pressure.1-0

3)Blaxill-Harvey. Colle V Dutch Defence. A slow, blocked game came to life later on. Tony won a Knight but it was stranded on a4. Jason had a lot of compensation while Tony ran short of time. At the point when Jason seemed to have dissipated his advantage Tony's flag fell! 1-0

4) Hassan-Day. Giuoco Piano. A fast loss. Under early pressure Roy blundered his Queen and Muhammed finished the Black King off just as quickly. 1-0

Round 4

The pairings were awkward. Eventually we ended up with all the pairings featuring players one point away from each other. That ensured an exciting last round.

1) Bourne-Hassan. Queen's gambit accepted. This game was over so quickly that the reporter didn't even see it. Apparently Muhammed had early accidents on c7 and f7 and Iain took full advantage. 1-0

2) Day- Cullen. Icelandic Gambit. Another quickie. This time Gareth built up a good head of steam and won easily. 0-1

3) Harvey-Garrett. Neo-Grunfeld. Tony yet again sacced an exchange and a Pawn for compensation in a Queenless middle-game. The initiative swayed back and forth before Tony blundered his Bishop. 0-1

4)Neagle-Blaxill. Modern Defence. A tense middle game ensued with holes in both player's Kingsides. By this point it was clear that a win for Jason would result in a four way tie for first place. Dave's Knight was so far out of play that your reporter missed it and thought Jason was a piece up. Tyson returned to his desk to start pairings for a play-off. When he returned Dave was making forward progress only to fall into a combination netting Jason a piece. However, short of time Jason missed this and soon after his flag fell. 1-0

No draws at all!

An enjoyable time was had by all and your controller was much relieved at not having to negotiate a four way play-off!

J27th July 2019

Last Thursday the club held its annual Club championship and Major sections. There was a change to the format of previous years with the two sections combining as one four round Swiss system at a rate of 15 mins per player,with the Major being a competition within a competition.

Richard, Tony and Iain entered the Championship with Dave, Mohammed, Jason and Gareth in the Major but as Tony pointed out this didn't disqualfy them from winning the Championship. 2019 Minor winner Roy also played, to make an even number.

Sixteen games later and with no draws the final standings would not have been predicted. Dave Neagle, a major player, won outright with 4/4 and thereby winning both the Championship and Major sections! Very well played. Richard and Iain scored 3/4. Gareth and Jason scored 2/2. Tony and Mohammed scored 1/4. Roy 0/4

Many thanks to Tyson for controlling the event.

13th July 2019

I'm pleased to report that Gareth participated in the recent Steve Boniface Congress, major section, placing second with 3.5/5 and collecting the U140 grading prize.

14th June 2019

Tyson reports " The minor section of the Club Championship took place on Thursday 13th June. The competitors were Roy Day, John Dicker, Ben Goldstrom, Harley Kent, Gerald Mobbs and Ed Swann. They played a five round all-play-all with 15 minutes each on the clock.

Round 1 featured a cagey draw between Roy and Ed. Both John and Gerald lost on time against Harley and Ben respectively when the former pair had material advantages.

In round 2 normal service resumed as Roy refuted Ben's unsound sacrifice and Ed beat Harley. Gerald ground down John.

IIn round 3 Roy rapidly mated John's exposed King to take the sole lead as Ben competently held a slight advantage against Ed. Harley repeated last year's win over Gerald.

In round 4  Roy maintained his lead by beating Gerald in a lively game although Ed stayed a half-point behind by beating John. Ben had a cracking win against Harley in a wide open position with pieces en prise everywhere.

In round 5 Harley was already under early pressure when he left his Queen en prise to Roy. This secured the tournament for Roy regardless of all the other results. Ben crushed John easily enough after playing his new pet opening line. Gerald picked up an exchange against Ed with an impregnable position. All the pieces were swapped off and Gerald's rook found Ed's Queenside Pawns were very deciduous. Ed graciously conceded to give Ben second place on his competitive debut. "

1st R Day 4.5

2nd B Goldstrom 3.5

3rd E Swann 3

4-5th H Kent & G Mobbs 2

6th J Dicker 0

Regards.

Tyson

5th May 2019

The club's involvement in the league is now over for another year and Gareth has taken first place in the Player Of The Season competition, which included a run of eight wins and a draw in nine games during the latter end of the season. Many thanks to Gerald for recording and tabulating the stats. see POTS page . Also having good seasons, amongst others, were Richard averaging 78% and Tyson who remained unbeaten until his final match.

30th April 2019

The A team hosted Clevedon B in their final fixture of the season. Richard capped  a successful season with a crushing victory. Roy called on as a last minute replacement initially put up good resistance but lost. Gareth came out of the opening in a dominant position but overlooked a knight sacrifice and lost. Iain somehow dropped two pawns and then sacrificed a knight, to gain an attack, but was unable to quite make it work and was a further loss for South Bristol. Tony then agreed the draw in a slightly worse endgame.  Tyson's game was the last to finish and appeared to be winning as his opponent's advanced king looked to be falling into a mating net. His opponent, however, found a defensive covering move by the queen which proved decisive. One of those nights. Well played Clevedon 1.5-4.5

 

25th April 2019

The B team have completed their season away at Hanham A. The first game completed was Gareth's where his opponent dropped a bishop in a complicated exchange, leading to victory. Computer analysis later showed that both players had miscalculated the exchange and Gareth profited from his own error! Soon after a ceasefire was called on both Ollie's and Ed's boards. There was possibly more to play for in one or both or  of the positions. Remarkably the three remaining games were very similar in that  the South Bristol players were all down the exchange of a rook verses bishop into the endgame. Mohammed and Rod ultimately succumbed but Jason played well against the odds to hold out for the draw. Final score 2.5-3.5 loss

18th April 2019

Tonight The B team hosted Horfield D. We defaulted on top board. Gareth soon evened the score up when his opponent conceded following  an opening blunder and dropping four pawns. Jason's prospects didn't look good, however, his opponent overlooked a tactic in the centre of the board and Jason was able to equalise in material in a somewhat closed position. A draw was agreed. Joan's opponent sacrificed a bishop and  then mustered an overwhelming  kingside attack. Rod's game was a dogged affair which looked drawish but with time running low on both clocks Rod found a neat tactic -checking with the bishop and driving the king backwards into a back rank mate. With the score all square all attention turned to Roy's game. Although down slightly in material there were good drawing chances but with less than two minutes on either clock any result was possible. Finally Graham spotted the weakly  defended h-pawn and was able to pour forward with  a decisive attack . Final score 2.5-3.5

18th April 2019

The A team made the trip to Bath B yesterday. Despite being handicapped  by a board 6 default the team embarked with confidence. In short order Richard collected his point. Gareth came out of the opening exchanges three pawns up, although slightly slow on development and  his opponent made a game of it before eventually leaving a rook en prise. All the remaining South Bristol players were in winning positions; Dave and Neville both converted while Tony unfortunately blundered and lost. 4.-2 win.

12 April 2019

We WON the cup last night! (The Minor Knockout, against Cabot).

Tony on bd2 won his opponent's queen in the middle of the board. Dave on Bd3 agreed a draw with a slight material advantage but with doubled pawns and opposite coloured bishops. On bd5 Gareth went up two pawns -two passed pawns. His opponent sacrificed a bishop to stop one of them and resigned when required to cede a rook to stop the other. 2.5-0.5

On bd6 Roy lost the exchange and despite putting up a valiant effort succumbed. On Bd4 Mohammed attacked and missed a win when avoiding a queen exchange, but then allowed his opponent a mate in one. 2.5-2.5. All attention then turned to Richard's game on top board where a draw would be sufficient to take the match given South Bristol's superior win board order. The game was even and Richard twice offered the draw but Alan Papier selflessly declined. Needing the win, Alan over-pressed and lost. Final score 3.5-2.5. Many thanks to Cabot for making a good match of it.

7th April 2019

A notice that the club has a home final against Cabot, on Thursday, in the Minor Knockout.

5th April 2019

Last night the A team hosted University B. We faced a last minute withdrawal on top board and with just 5 mins before a default Roy agreed to step in. He performed well and only lost in the endgame. On board 2 Tony's opponent grabbed a pawn in the opening and held the advantage until overlooking a tactic under time pressure. On board 3 Richard emerged from the opening in a comfortable position and then won a pawn. From then on the result was never in doubt. On board 4 Neville  had a complex position full of tactical possibilities. It was hard to discern who was winning but in the end the South Bristol player came out on top. On board 5 Dave had to defend a rook and pawn ending material down. A draw was agree with each player holding a rook and pawn. On board 6 Gareth had the better position out of the opening. His opponent put up a good resistance but ultimately allowed Gareth to infiltrate with a queen and rook forcing the win.

Final result 4.5-1.5

29th March 2019

I can report a solid 4.5 - 1.5 win by the B team at the Folk House against Clifton C. Ed gratefully collected a default point on board 6 followed in quick order by Andrew on 5 playing against a novice player who left a queen and rook en prise in consecutive moves. Mohammed on top board made it 3-0. Gareth was spooked into accepting a draw in an opposite coloured bishop endgame. This turned out to be an error as the win was quite straightforward. Ouch! that felt like a loss. Jason then won on time. Finally Rod lost  his endgame by what looked like small margins. Two much needed league points!

29th March 2019

We are in the process of finding ways to keep the website more up to date. To that end you will see some new tabs to your right. What we really need, however, is for all clubs players to join our WhatsApp group and after each match (as soon as possible) to make a brief comment on their game - even if it is as simple as "it was fairly equal until I left my Queen en prise." Can club captains remind players to do this?

20th March 2019

Well done to the A team for winning their second away win in five days against Downend C. There were wins for Tyson, Dave and Gareth with Tony and Iain  gaining half points.

17th March 2019

Tony reports on Thursday's return fixture against our local neighbours Keynsham.  " I had the luxury of being the non-playing captain. Therefore once the games had started I decided to make myself a cup of tea. By the time I had returned to the playing room (no more than four mins later) Gareth Bd6 had already registered a victory! His opponent having dropped his queen's rook. On Bd5 Mohammed had been outplayed and was forced into a bishop and pawns endgame a pawn down. However Duncan miscalculated how many pawns he should exchange for Mohammed's bishop and lost when his opponent created two passed knight pawns on the 7th rank. On Bd4 David played a careful draw. On Bd3 Iain gained a noticeable advantage but resolute defence and the non incremental time limit helped David J get the better of a draw. On Bd2 Richard accepted a dangerous looking exchange sacrifice and managed a difficult position with some deft manoevering.  John resigned when facing a back rank mating attack. On Bd1 Tyson gave a textbook demonstration of how to play on both wings, gain material and then break through the centre. Keynsham A 1 South Bristol A 5 which slightly flattered us. Many thanks to all for playing. Tony"

15th March 2019

I'm glad to report that, last night, the A team scored a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Keynsham A.  Full details to follow.

9th March 2019

This week the B team hosted Downend E and on paper we were the stronger team. It turned out to be a difficult night with only Jason and Gareth scoring in a 4-2 loss. Many thanks to Ed in his role as non-playing captain for organising the team.

Ist March 2019

Yesterday the A team hosted division 2 leaders North Bristol A. Unfortunately Richard on board 1(black) missed the implications of his opponents gambit line in a c3 Sicilian and suddenly resigned when he realised that he was forced to lose a whole rook after just 12 moves. On board 5 Neville suffered the agony of a bad bishop verses a strong knight allowing Michael to wrap up the full point with some skillful play. On board 4 Dave launched a strong kingside attack finishing with a neat mating net. Jason on board 6 never seemed to get any play and eventually resigned. NB 3, SB 1. On board 3 Tony and Graham indulged in a wild open Sicilian with the kings in opposite sides of the board. Any result seemed possible but victory n the night went to Tony. Last to finish was Iain on board 2 who had an exchange advantage when entering a time scramble but with some strong defence Chris was able to turn the position to his advantage and  so N recorded the 4-2 win. Well played to North Bristol who demonstrated why they are league leaders. Many thanks to Tony for providing the report.

22nd February

Last night the club met Hanham in the semi-final of the minor knockout cup. On paper we were firm favourites but things didn't turn out so simply. Jason's (on 5) opponent was playing out of his skin and won the exchange. Dave on 3 had a nightmare in the opening and looked in real trouble. Richard on 1 misplayed the black side of a c3 Sicilian and looked uncomfortable. Ed was doing fine on 6 but then something went wrong and it was all over very quickly. Iain's opponent, however, played very passively castled queenside allowing a centre break and a quick win. 1-1. Mohammed pressurised his opponent and converted 2-1 but at that point it was difficult to see where the remaining points would come from. Jason hung on doggedly but lost. 2-2. Richard then began to outplay his opponent, winning the exchange but low on time. Dave was somehow still alive and was on the front foot. Richard then dropped an exchange but still had enough for the win. 3-2. Finally Dave advanced on the kingside and mated  on h2. 4-2 was the final result which rather flatters us but most importantly we're in the final!

9th February

This week the B team hosted  North Bristol B at the Folk House and in summary lost 3.5-2.5. Ollie scored the only win supported with draws from Jason, Colin and Ed. It is proving a tough season for the B team but Division Three survival looks probable.

 

31st January 2019

On Tuesday the B team travelled to play title contenders Downend D who were graded a lot stronger on the lower boards. Gareth's opponent Richard erred  early when advancing a knight but overlooking Gareth's checking move which removed the knight's  protecting bishop. The knight was then lost and the outcome was determined.  Joan had plenty of play but ultimately was beaten by a neat smothering mate. 1-1. Oliver haemorrhaged  a couple of pawns and under a lot of pressure dropped a piece. 2-1. Jason held out well for a draw. Mohammed had a passed pawn verses Mike's three passed pawns so Mohammed found a perpetual. 3-2. Finally captain Ed looked to be playing to a draw but late on overlooked a knight fork and resigned. 4-2.

19th January 2019

On Thursday evening the A team entertained Grendel who were fielding a strong six. Gareth's game was first to finish after losing a bishop  which lead to a lost position.  Richard then balanced the score with a win on board 3. Captain Tony on top board agreed the draw. At this stage the remaining games all looked even and a drawn match looked probable. Colin's game was almost entirely blocked and he offered the draw, it seemed almost certain that his opponent would agree but instead declined. Colin then sought to completely block the position whereas his adversary looked to open the kingside eventually succeeding and was rewarded when Colin lost a rook. Grendel led 2.5-1.5. Dave threatened his opponent's queen with a rook and instead of shifting the queen Will decided to advance a pawn to the 7th. After a long think Dave took the queen which resulted in a most unusual finale where he held a queen verses three small pieces. With at least a draw seeming certain Dave's clock expired. Finally Iain played Jerry to a technical draw, which was a fine result and broke Jerry's 100% record this season. 2-4

12th January 2019

This week the B team made the trip to play Keynsham B. Gareth was up against James,  and unsure what to expect, as the Bristol chess Times calculates him to be playing +36 above grade this season. This game was the first to finish and a win for South Bristol. Shortly after captain Ed asked for a draw and, after the Keynsham captain was consulted, the draw (the correct decision) was agreed. A glance at the other boards showed Colin two pawns up and the other games very balanced early in the middlegames. Ultimately I'm informed we prevailed 3.5-2.5 with a win from Ollie and draws from Colin and Jason.

5th January 2019

The club had a lot of fun on Thursday with the annual handicap. Ten players took part in a five round Swiss -system with  a handicap of one pawn value for every 10 points difference in grade, capped at a maximum of 9(queen). Finishing joint first with 4 points were Stephen Meek, Iain Bourne and Gareth Cullen. Tyson summed things up quite nicely by observing that everyone had at least one win and one defeat.  Many thanks to Tony and Roy for providing the catering and to Tyson for running the tournament.

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