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Last night the club played against Division One table toppers in the semi final of the League Knockout, which was always going to be a big ask. We ultimately lost 5.5-2.5, however, there were some excellent individual performanes from South Bristol; Freddie on top board drew against an opponent rated almost 300 higher, Tony tied on board two with a 250 point gap and Jon on board five with a player 200 points higher. Many congratulations to the sole winner on the night was Brandon who dispatched an 1800 player. Score Sheet


A huge thanks to Richard for a monumental effort at the club simil, where he faced a circle of 18 boards! The final score was immaterial really but Richard certainly won the majority and we all look forward to another installment in the near future. Tony provided the catering for the interval and many thanks.


A reminder that, this Thursday Richard Garrett will be challenging club members to another simultaneous match. He has  nine opponents signed up and counting; so good luck all. There will be refreshments provided and it should be a fun and novel evening for all those playing and even those just watching.


Last Thursday saw a double header at the Folk House, with the B team making it five wins from five and in a commanding position at the top of Division Four, thanks to a 3-1 win over Horfield D. Score Sheet  Meanwhile, across the room. our E team comfortably defeated a higher average graded Clifton C, where juniors TJ, Alexandra and Ben all won, and club newcomer Seb continued his unbeaten start to competitive chess with a draw on top board. Score Sheet


Saturday saw the second edition of the South Bristol Rapidplay, led by George Miller, where 56 juniors played  six rounds of chess split into five age categories from under 16 down to under 7's. and what a great success it was! Vicky was very active behind the camera and her pictures tell the story on our Facebook page.

Loads of smiling faces and proud parents. Many thanks have to go to not only George but the team of South Bristol members who gave up their Saturdays to help organise. For those interested the results are accessible on the Chess Results. Com Link


I've just heard that the C team have just beaten Portishead A 5-1 going unbeaten across all boards. Well done.


The B team had a successful trip to Grendel B, winning 3-1, with wins for Gareth, Jon and Ed, and top their division with four wins out of four. Score Sheet


This weekend we had five club players participating in the well organised and well run Inaugural Wells Chess Congress. External Link. In the Open section George scored a commendable 3/5 including a draw against IM (International Master) Chris Beaumont. In the Major (under 1900) Tony finished unbeaten with a score of 3.5/5 and equal third place out of 37 players. Thank you to Tony for keeping us all up to date via the Whatsapp group.


The A team are now back on top of Division Two with three fixtures left to play following Thursday's home 4-2 victory over Downend & Fishponds C. Richard and Freddie led the way with wins on boards one and two supported by a win for Dave and draws for Tony and Gareth. Tony had two extra pawns in the endgame but with opposite coloured bishops remaining it was drawn. Gareth was up the exchange a rook verses knight but James managed to build a fortress and hold out. Score Sheet Also playing at home were the C team verses Clevedon C who tied 2-2. There were wins for new player Seb who has won all three of his competitive games for the club! and for Alexandra who has won an impressive five games out  of seven. Score Sheet


It was a quiet week for the club in terms of league action, with just the D team in action away at Harambee. The final score was a 3-1 victory, which only tells half the story. First, there was confusion around who had the authority to allow the clocks to start which meant board one had to reset their clock and start again, having already played five moves, which was most unsatisfactory. On board two there was a dispute regarding whether you had to touch the queen before letting go of a promoting pawn. This was later proved to be a rubbish suggestion. Fortunately our boards one and two kept their composure both winning. Score Sheet


Tonight the B team whitewashed Downend E 4-0. Wins for Jon, Rod, Ed and Simon placing the team top of Division Four. Well played! Score Sheet


Last night the A team topping Division Two made the trip to play Bath B, Gareth's opponent  on board 3 managed to simplify the position quite early and with few imbalances left offered the draw and after a little deliberation regarding the inherent risk of playing for the win a draw was agreed. Next to finish were Chris board 6, with a win and Dave board 5, with a loss. Freddie doing the heavy lifting on board one lost also. The two remaining games looked quite even, however, Shane developed an unstoppable pair of passed pawns on 4 while Board 2 was lost on time leading to a narrow team loss of 3.5-2.5. The league remains all to play for with South Bristol A trailing Downend & Fishponds C by a single point. Score Sheet



 It was a good evening, last Thursday, for both the B team and D team, at home. The B team playing against Horfield & Redland E, went unbeaten across all boards leading to a 3-1 victory. Score Sheet The D team won 3.5-2.5 against Portishead B. Score Sheet


The A team had a great night at the Folk House, beating Thornbury 4.5-1.5, going unbeaten across all six boards with wins for Richard, Dave and Gareth. The win puts the A team top of a closely fought Division Two. Score Sheet  The C team, meanwhile, playing at the other side of the room, had a tough time verses Clifton C with an average rating of 1399 to 1524 lost on all four boards. Score Sheet


On Tuesday night the E team made the trip to play Hanham B losing 1.5-2.5. Brandon won and Vicky drew. Score Sheet


Since New Year we have expanded our involvement in the league with the introduction of an E team. The E team's first match was an in house affair against our C team with the E team prevailing 5.5-2.5. Score Sheet


We had three teams in action this week, first up our D team/juniors travelled to play Portishead A meeting stiff opposition and losing 6-1. It is good to see the energy and dynamism behind a new club playing in their first season. Score Sheet.

On Wednesday the B team had a successful evening away at Cabot B, winning 3-1, wins from Gareth and Jon. Score Sheet. On Thursday the A team hosted Division Two leaders Clevedon A and managed a 3-3 draw elevating our team into second spot trailing by a single point and all to play for. Wins for Freddie, Tony and Dave. Score Sheet


The fixtures for the second half of the season are now out FIXTURES. There has been a restructuring of the league. The A team remain in Division Two, the B team now play in a revamped Division Four with Teams C, D and E now playing in Division Five. We are also through to the semi final stage of the League Cup.


The A team had a fantastic start to 2024 with a handsome 4.5-1.5 victory over Cabot A and now lie just one point behind league leaders Clevedon A. Wins for Richard, Freddie, Dave and Jon. Score Sheet


Welcome back. George has been busy and has organised the 2nd South Bristol Junior Rapidplay on the 16th March 2024. All the details. We are also running a separate rapidplay on the 18th January 2024 See details.  To avoid confusion the 16th of March tournament  is an all day event exclusively for under 16s where the 18th January is open to all and runs from 8pm. All levels are welcome from Grandmaster to novice.

Just before Christmas, the C team scored a nice victory over Yate & Sodbury B. Wins for Brandon and Vicky. Score Sheet


That is all folks for another calendar year, have a great Christmas everyone and see you in 2024!


On Thursday we held our annual Xmas handicap, run by Gareth and with lovely seasonal food provided by Tony and Vicky. The handicap was fun madness as always, with the stronger player forfeiting pieces in proportion to the grade difference, with a maximum forfeit of pieces to the value of 10 of which there were many. There was a full house with 20 participants and after the 4 rounds 2 players emerged unbeaten with a shared score of 3.5 , Chris and Tyson. Well played. Meanwhile in another room our Junior/D team hosted League newcomers Portishead. It was an 8 board affair which concluded 4.5-3.5 to the away team. Score Sheet



On the 12th the B team, fielding their strongest quartet travelled to play Clifton C, at their nice new venue,  the  Bristol Bridge Club. The match was very close, with the first three games to finish all drawn and the final game going  the distance before ultimately being lost. Score 2.5- 1.5 to Clifton.



Three of the club's teams were in action on Thursday, with mixed fortunes. The A team played away at Grendal A where we were marginally underrated by an average of around 50 ECF points, however, that is not how things developed. We were 1-0 up after only five minutes and eight moves  when the Grendal board four player made a move to forget and this set the tone of the night, where we moved into an unassailable 4-0 lead before finishing with a 5-1 victory. Wins for Richard, Freddie, Gareth, Dave and Chris. Score Sheet

The C team had a tough evening enduring a 4-0 loss . Score Sheet and the D team playing their rearranged Harambee fixture lost 2.5-1.5 when it had looked likely to be a 2.5-1.5 win.



Top stuff by the B team with a convincing 3.5-0.5 victory over Clevedon C. Victories for Freddie, Jon and Rod. Score Sheet


The D team had a tough night at Clifton E, losing 2.5-1.5. Freddie continued his fantastic season with a win on top board supported by a draw from Beniamin who was outgraded by 200 ECF Points. Score Sheet


On Thursday the A team, missing Richard and Shane welcomed Clifton B, we lost on the top three boards but won on boards four to six. There was a notable win for Jordi playing in his first A team match. Final Score 3-3 Score Sheet


The C team, outgraded my an average of nearly 300 ECF points, lost 2.5-1.5 at University C Jon White won on top board. Score Sheet



The D team were due to host Harambee last Thursday but, following a prior agreement, the fixture has now been moved to 7/12/2023. Good luck.


The B team's match at Horfield & Redland D was a close affair, which had the potential to either way, however, resulted in a 3.5-2.5 loss. John won and Rod, Ed and Simon drew. Score Sheet


The C team faced a tough task at home to Grendal B, with away team averaging in excess of 300 ECF points higher. Despite a valiant effort ,where Vicky and Alessandro nearly caused upsets, the final score was a 4-0 loss. Score Sheet


Yesterday the A team visited Downend C where at one point all six games looked close to even, however, come the end of the evening, the South Bristol side prevailed 3.5-2.5, with wins for Tony, Freddie and Gareth. After a stuttering start to the season the team are in the upper half of the table, just one point off the leaders.       Score Sheet



This week we had two teams in league action, the B and D teams, both of whom won. On the road the D team defeated Downend & Fishponds E, 3.5-2.5 . There were wins for Walter, Alexandra and a first win for Nathan; the first of many no doubt. Score Sheet The B team welcomed Cabot B, winning 2.5-1.5 and moving up the table to a competitive third place. Score Sheet


Three South Bristol players were in action today representing Somerset verses Devon. Richard and Tony won and George drew.


The A team won their first match of the season, at home, to Bath B, with the final score 4-2. Wins for Richard, Shane, who has recently rejoined after a hiatus, Freddie (second win in two days!) and Dave. Score Sheet


Well done to the C team for drawing away at Downend E ( never an easy place to play). Freddie, Rod and Vicky each collected the full point. Score Sheet



It is with sadness we report the death of Geoff Gammon, respected Downend player and arbiter. RIP


Many thanks to Regency Chess, purveyors of quality chess sets, for continuing to sponsor South Bristol.


It was very busy at the Folk House this week as our B and D teams played each other in Division 4B. We were able to double the league requirements of a four board contest with eight boards. Final score 5.5- 2.5 to the B team with the D team/juniors acquitting themselves well. The game of the match was on top board where Freddie won the exchange early against Jon but Jon was able to block the position favouring his Knight and fighting to a draw. Score Sheet



The A team ventured up the motorway to play Thornbury, in what is often a tight match. Early on the omens didn't look good, we were clearly down on boards 4 and 6, things looking tied on 1,2 and 4, with only Gareth in control. Boards 4 and 6 soon resigned and Tony settled for an early draw. Gareth was able to convert the initiative to an additional pawn in the endgame, however, Jim had the more active king and the game was drawn. Thornbury 3 South Bristol 1. Then however Shane's opponent blundered his queen and Shane gratefully accepted, 3-2. All eyes turned to Richard on top board where all things looked even and rather blocked up. Richard was offered the draw and with our captain momentarily missing he consulted vice captain Tony who gave the firm instruction " Play On!" In the interests of the team Richard returned to the board, where further draw requests were made and with Richard seemingly on the verge of accepting managed to open the position and was suddenly winning all over the board! Final Score 3-3

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The C team hosted Horfield & Redland E in Division 4a with final score 3-1 to the visitors. Captain John Robinson scored the sole win. Score Sheet


The B team had a difficult night at home to Clifton E, slipping to a 3.5-0.5 loss. Captain Ed spared our blushes with the half point. Score Sheet


Very well played to our D team for triumphing 4-2 away at Clifton C on Tuesday night. We played four juniors on the top four boards with wins for Freddie ( four games unbeaten this season), Thuravagan and Beniamin. Also congratulations to Jack, playing his first ever competitive match and winning. The two teams had arranged before hand to make it a six board contest, rather than the usual Division Four B four boards such is the competition to get a place in the teams at the moment. The league then made a scoring adjustment from 4-2 to 2.5-1.5 . Score sheet


For the second time in a fortnight a South Bristol team headed  home from Clevedon   on the wrong end of a 5-1. We got off to a tough start, having to default a board, despite having a full six players present. This followed a confusion over the grade of a returning player, who hadn't played for us for many  years, which meant our average player grade exceeded that allowable for the Minor League Knockout. Freddie and Chris scored draws against higher ranked players. Score Sheet


The Folk House saw the club gain a comprehensive 6-2 victory over Hanham in the first round of the league cup Knock Out. There were wins for Freddie, Gareth, Brandon, Jordi and Alessandro. No disrespect to Hanham who are clearly a club on the up, under the guidance of FIDE Master Tyson, but we will likely face stiffer opposition in the semi finals. Score Sheet


The last of our four teams, the C team, to start their season tied, at home against a Hanham B side. Well done to Vicky and Alessandro on their victories. Hanham fielded three new players, two of them juniors. which was good see. Score Sheet


On Monday evening the A team made the trip to play Clevedon A and faced stiff opposition with a 2200+ player on top board supported by a trio of 1900+ players. The result was a 5-1 loss, well played Richard Garrett and Tony Harvey for securing draws. Score Sheet


The season kicked off last night with our B team winning 3.5 -0.5 away at Harambee, wins for Jon White, Ed and Simon. Score Sheet

Our Junior/ D team, playing it's first ever match drew 2-2 against Clevedon C. with Freddie winning on top board. Score Sheet  Things bode well for the rest of the season.


The league and cup fixtures for the new season are now out. FIXTURES. We have four league teams; the A team will play in Division Two. Teams B and D (juniors)  will play in Division Four B and the C team will play in Division Four A. It is good to see a new club, Portishead, has joined the league.


CLUB AGM. A reminder that it's the club Annual General Meeting this Thursday 24th of August. All members and all parents of juniors are welcome to attend. Whitchurch Folk House, 7:30pm


EVANS GAMBIT NIGHT. Following on with our themed club nights this week all games will start with the Evans Gambit characterised by the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4. It is an aggressive line where white offers a pawn to divert the black bishop to c5! Everyone is welcome from from master to beginner where there will be sure to be something new to learn for all.


KING'S GAMBIT NIGHT This Thursday, the club night will be a structured King's Gambit themed Swiss style rapid tournament followed by analysis. All games will start by 1.e4, e5 2.f4, exf4 (King's Gambit accepted) A small amount of preparation will be of use to avoid hidden pitfalls.


The four players qualifying from stage one of the Club Championship, are Chris Edwards, Brandon Hewer, Freddie Pick and Vicky Sherley-Price. Well played. Cross table


Our, English Chess Federation (ECF) , graded, South Bristol Junior Jamboree proved a resounding success. A huge thank you to all who played, especially the juniors from South Bristol, the Downend Juniors and the Knights of Bristol. A massive thank you to all the volunteers led and organised by George. Jamboree Results. Future Stars Results. The smiling faces on our Facebook page tell the story.


CARO- KANN NIGHT. This Thursday 20th July, we will be mixing things up a bit with a Caro-Kann defence evening where all games start with the moves 1. e4, c6.  known for its solid foundations and strategic possibilities. It is Free and open to all, so whether a seasoned club player or a beginner you will be most welcome. Starts 7:30 at the usual venue, The Folkhouse.


Great news! We won the Minor Knockout Final, with a handsome 4.5-1.5 victory over a strong Bath side. We were unbeaten on all six boards. Wins for Gareth, Jon and Chris, with draws for Tony, Dave and Andrew. Score Sheet Many thanks to all the players who contributed over the four rounds. A great way to finish the season. Now it is time to focus on the club championship.


The B team managed a commendable draw at home against Yate & Sodbury A, where they were outgraded on all boards. There were wins for Rod and Freddie, supported by draws from Jon and Chris. Score Sheet Many thanks to all who turned out for the B team over the course of the season and to captain Ed. The season is not fully over for the club as we have the Minor Knockout Final at Bath on Wednesday the 11th, so good luck.


The A team completed their season with a losing 4-2 trip to Downend , with a win for Tony and draws for Dave and Gareth and finishing in a reasonable 4th place in Division Two. Score Sheet Thank you to all seventeen players who participated for the team during the year and to captain Tony his hard efforts in managing the side.


There was a narrow loss for the B team at North Bristol B 3.5-2.5. There were wins for Chris and again for Freddie! ; also a  draw for Rod. We defaulted on board 6. Score Sheet


The A team had a difficult evening at the Folk House against run away division 2 champions Horfield & Redland B. At one point a cursory glance indicated we were struggling on all six boards, however Richard and Gareth rallied to pick up a win and draw respectively to finish 1.5-4.5. Score Sheet


On the 17th the B team travelled to play against, Clevedon B, division 3 title contenders with the result going to form and resulting in a loss, 4.5-1.5. The high point being a win for Freddie. Score Sheet


We are through to the final of the MKO after overcoming Yate. The score was 3-3 but we won on the board count tie-break with wins on 1,3 & 4 trumping wins on 2,5 & 6. The final will be away at Bath next month.  Score Sheet


Both the A and C teams were on the road this Thursday. The C team lost 3-1 against Grendal B with a win for team captain John Robinson. Score Sheet. The A team fared better, drawing 3-3 against Keynsham A with wins for Chris Edwards and Freddie Pick. Score Sheet


On Sunday 12th March we hosted our first Junior Tournament, a 32 player rapidly over seven rounds. It was hugely rewarding and I believe greatly enjoyed by all. There was also a lot of high level chess being played with Alexis  Maibiran and James Thomas, both of Downend coming out top. Hopefully this will be the first of many future events! For more details go HERE!


The first stage of the Club Championship 2023 is now underway, with seventeen players divided into two   single-round-robin groups . The top two players in each group will then qualify to join the A team players in the second stage of the club championship.


It ended all square for the B team against Horfield & Redland C, a good result as on most boards we were outgraded. There were wins for Jon White and Freddie Pick. Freddie is having a very good first season with just one loss in his six games. Score Sheet


The A team had a tough evening against a young Bristol University side, losing 4-2. Tony led the team from top board with the win supported with draws by Jon and Chris Edwards, who has gone all four games unbeaten since his competitive debut last month. Score Sheet


The C team have been busy, first hosting Downend and Fishponds E, which on this occasion resulted in 4-0  loss; with a little more experience these scores could easily change. Alessandro  playing his first competitive game reached a complicated endgame with a Queen verses Rook, bishop and pawns where there were likely perpetual check chances. Score Sheet Then, on the road at Yate B there was a much closer result losing 2.5-1.5. Brandon Hewer playing his first match managed a draw with the black pieces against an experienced opponent. Well done! Score Sheet


Very well played the B team for winning 5-1 away at Hanham tonight! Over-the-board wins for Jon White, Chris Edwards and Rod Taylor and no losses. Score Sheet


It was all square for the A team against North Bristol A, a win for John Waterfield and four draws. Score Sheet

The C team fought to 3-1 loss against Harambee and we welcome two players, Joseph and Coppola, both  making their South Bristol debuts. Score Sheet


The B team lost narrowly to Downend D 2.5-3.5 There were however three commendable performances on the top three boards. Jon White lead the way with a win on top board, Andrew Milborrow secured a draw against a player graded nearly 300 points higher and Chris Edwards in his second league match beat a fine opponent.


The A team avenged defeat in the away fixture by convincingly beating Thornbury 5-1 last night. There were wins for Richard, John, Tony , Gareth and also great to see, a win for 15 year old junior Freddie. Score Sheet


The B had a tough night, losing 5.5 - 0.5 to Clifton B. New player Chris Edwards spared our blushes with a draw on board four. Score Sheet


Very well played to the C team for a creditable  2-2  draw with a strong Clifton E. Wins for new players Freddie Pick and Simon Hall who amongst so many new club players are proving themselves to be of league standard. Exciting times. Score Sheet


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


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



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.


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!


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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



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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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. 


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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

Score sheet


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


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


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


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


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


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."


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.


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


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. 


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.


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."


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!


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


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.


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.


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!

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)


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


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!


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



Good chess from Richard while going unbeaten last week. Tonight we revert to a 120 min Arena.


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!


Well played Florin and Richard for tying for first place with 4.5/6 last week. Tonight's link


The link to this evening's rapidplay Hope to see you there.



Well played Richard, with normal service resumed and winning last weeks rapidplay. To enter tonight's Swiss follow the link



Congratulations Florin for winning Sunday's Bristol Swiss Blitz with a commanding 6 wins and a draw!

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

For tomorrow Charleville have set up a 10+2 arena style


Tonight's rapidplay All are welcome!


Following a closely fought rapidplay last week Gareth emerged in first place with Tony leading the chasers in second. To access tonight's edition


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.


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!


For this week's rapidplay all games will begin from the Alekhine Defence 1. e4 Nf6 so get practising.


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.


Tomorrow's theme will be the Grunefeld Defence. To join use the following link address


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.


Tomorow's rapidplay  (17/03/2021)


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.


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  Have fun!


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


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.


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.

For those members interested Downend's Sunday tournament (10+2) 5 rounds starts 19:00

Also Yate's Tuesday (15+0)  Swiss starts 19:45

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

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.

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


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

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

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.

2nd December 2020

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


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.

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.

11th November 2020

We are sticking with Wednesday tournaments. To join tonight's use the following.

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

22nd Oct 2020

The link to tonight's Rapidplay Swiss

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

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

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

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.

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


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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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

5th July 2020

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

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

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

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.


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.


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.

30th May 2020

An update on the club move/day 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

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.

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.


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

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 Then once you have joined the club you must use the link

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 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

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.

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



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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