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Ted Durman

The club as recently learned that Ted has passed away on the evening of the 11th April.

Although Ted had pnly joined the club this season, it was the highlight of his week and he really enjoyed playing. His only regret was that he had not found the club earlier.

Ted's funeral has been arranged for 10th May at 9.30 at the West Chapel, Southampton Crematorium.


League Champions

The A team have won the league after scrambling a win in their final match against Hamble.

The result of board one required clarification of the rules from FIDE arbiter, Kevin Thurlow. He ruled that stalemate ends the game and that the (2) moves played afterwards (due to time scramble) are disregarded. So a rather fortunate win for Southampton and unlucky for the University who would have won the league if board one had been lost and the match drawn.


Knockout Tournament

The draw for this season's knockout tournament has been made!

See the activities page to find out who you are playing.


Junior Chess

All Junior and improvers sessions have been cancelled for the rest of the season.


Junior Chess

The Junior and improvers chess meetings will start again on 13th September and will continue to meet every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7pm at St. Denys community centre until Christmas.


Club AGM 2016

The Southampton Chess Club AGM will take place at St Denys Community Centre on Tuesday 6th September at 19:30. Click here to view the agenda.


Club Winners for 2015/16

The tournament controller reports that the prize winners and honourable mentions for 2015/16 are:

Club Champion: Gareth Jones
2nd Place: Robin Williams
3rd Place: John Davis
Under-140: John Davis
Under-120: David Murchie
Under-100: Paul Chinkin
Club Knockout: Fraser McLeod

Prizes will be awarded at the AGM in September.


News Updates

The club's teams have had further successes since the last website update. Notably:

  • Robertson Plate: The B team have won the Robertson Plate after defeating Winchester 3.5-1.5 in the final

  • Rapidplay Championship: The rapidplay team have won the Rapidplay League. Some of the results of this competition can be viewed here.

  • Cole Cup: The cup team have managed to win the Cole Cup on board count with the match score in the final against Emsworth at 2.5-2.5. The result of Godfrey's game on board 1 was adjudicated in our favour by the cup controller after a dispute arose over a double flag fall. This decision was then upheld by the league committee.


League Success

The club has had a very successful league season, winning three divisions out of four in the Southampton Chess League.

Congratulations to everyone who played for these teams. In addition all of club's teams have progressed to the finals of their cup competitions.

  • Robertson Cup: the A team will play Southampton University.
  • Robertson Plate: the B team will play Winchester.
  • Cole Cup: the team will play Emsworth.


Junior Chess

The Junior and improvers chess meetings in the New Year will start on 12th January and will continue to meet every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7pm at St. Denys community centre, Priory Road SO17 2JZ preceding our normal club meeting.

Volunteers are needed to help, if you can assist please contact Paul on 02380 432490 or email Paul on phurnsoton@gmail.com .


Les Allen

Long-standing member and current club champion Les Allen passed away on the morning of the 22nd December. Les was a well-regarded and respected member, and will be sorely missed.

The funeral service for Les will be held at St John's Church, Rownhams at 1.30 pm on Thursday 7th January.


Club Championship

The current standings in the club championship are available on the Activities Page. The club championship table and the knockout cup results will be updated regularly.


Rapidplay Tournament

The Rapidplay Tournament this year is on November 21st. Please support the tournament by registering online, or completing an entry form.


Draw for the Knockout Tournament

The draw for the knockout tournament has been made. Please see the Activities Page for details.

Junior and Improvers Chess

We are moving our Junior and improvers chess from Saturday mornings, fortnightly at Sainsburys, to every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7pm at St. Denys community centre, Priory Road SO17 2JZ preceding our normal club meeting.

Our last morning at Sainsburys will be at 10am on Saturday the 10th of October, and our first evening at St Denys will be at 6pm on Tuesday the 13th of October.

Lightning Tournament

The first lighting tournament of the season was held on 15th September. Please see the activities page for a full crosstable of results.

Commencement of the 2015-16 Season

The 2015-16 season has now commenced. Meetings will occur every Tuesday (the first interruption, just before XMAS will be published in good time).

Details of the first meetings in September are now available on the
Calendar Page

This page is likely to be fleshed out shortly. For the moment, details of League and Cup matches are downloadable from the Fixtures page of the League website.

Club Championship Results

Dave Nelson, the Tournament Controller reports:

The final standings for the club championship have now been confirmed.

Congratulations to Les Allen for winning the title, a terrific achievement.

Special mention also goes to Gareth Jones who finished 2nd, and Robin Williams who finished 3rd.

The grading prize winners are as follows:
Under 140 - Dave Agostinelli
Under 120 - Tim Cutter
Under 100 - John Comber
Congratulations to all three.

Prizes will be awarded at the AGM in September.

June Activities

The Club Calendar has been updated to show details of the June activities in the last 4 weeks of the season. The notes column has a link to a document giving details of those activities, which include Pairs Chess, Fischer Random, Handicap Blitz and Speed Chess.

Club Championship Update

The details on the activities page are now current as after Tuesday 12th May.

Thanks to Robin Williams for a new presentation of the Club Championship standings.

You'll initially see a table of standings, similar to that on the Activities Page. Please ensure (if you can) that your window is wide enough to view another table to the right of it.

If you click on any line in the first table (showing the details for a player), you should see another table to the right of the first table, showing details of all the games.

Robin hopes, by this means, to satisfy doubting Thomases who have expressed scepticism as to the veracity of the new system! But it also looks to be a very useful feature for the future.

Information for Visitors

Southampton Chess Club was founded in 1883 and is the largest Chess Club in the Southampton area, and is pleased to welcome visitors and new members.

The club meets on Tuesday evenings, 7.00-10.30 p.m., September to June inclusive (except between Christmas and New Year), at the St. Denys Community Centre (next to the Junction Inn ), Priory Road, St. Denys, Southampton, SO17 2JZ.

Future League and Cup Matches, details of meetings and other events are now available on a Club Calendar

For more information, please see the "About the Club" page, or choose a page from the menu above.

Junior Chess

The Junior and improvers chess group which did meet every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7pm has now been disbanded.