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Rapidplay 2019

The Rapidplay tournament is back this summer and will take place on Saturday 1st June at our usual venue, St Denys Community Centre. It's a 6-round tournament, with a time control of 25+5 (25 minutes per player, with an additional 5 seconds per move. This is much quicker than our normal competition time control but it still gives you time to think properly. We hope to see you there.

Get an entry form here or enter online

Club Knockout tournament

The final of our annual knockout tournament was a tense, interesting game which ended up being settled by an unfortunate mistake. Congratulations to Fraser McLeod, Southampton Chess Club 2018-19 Knockout champion! See below for the game, with comments by Gareth Jones, player of the White pieces and maker of that unfortunate mistake...

Welcome to the new year

The Club is back for the new year, with a good turn-out of players at our first two Tuesday evening sessions. This included a league match between our A and B teams, which are both in division 1 of our local league. It was a well-fought match, with the A team emerging victorious by a 4-1 score.

We've had some new faces, so a big welcome to them. If you're thinking of coming along and giving competitive chess a try in 2019 then we'd love to meet you! For more details about the Club and our various competitions, please click here.

Time for a break...

It's Christmas! The Club has finished for the year, with our traditional 5-minute tournament. Thanks to Dave Nelson for running the tournament, and after the normal chaos of blitz chess, with pieces being left en prise all over the place, congratulations are due to:

Gareth Jones - winner

Oliver Gill - second place

Tomasz Wilamowski - third place

Ryan Cheung - under-125 grading prize

Our next session is on Tuesday 8th January so we hope to see you then for the continuation of our season-long Club Championship. The current standings are here

Annual subs and ECF membership

Our venue hire increased from £30 per session to £36 in April 2018, so we have had to increase our annual subs accordingly. The annual subscription fee for 2018-19 is £51, with a 1/3 discount for full-time students.

Please pay your subs (in cash or by cheque payable to Southampton Chess Club) to the Club treasurer, Paul Chinkin. You must pay your subs before you play your fourth game at the Club, but this still gives you until 16 October at the earliest!

You will also need to join the English Chess Federation before playing your fourth game, so the ECF don't charge us for running your games through their grading system. The ECF website has details of membership benefits and the 2018-19 fees. Bronze membership is fine for our Club tournaments and League games, but consider joining as a Silver (or higher) member if you intend to play in tournaments like the Hampshire Chess Congress.

Welcome back!

Southampton Chess Club is back for the 2018-19 season, and the season-long Club Championship is about to begin again! This is run every Tuesday (except on dates of quickplay events), although you're not obliged to play each week. Play 10 games over the whole season in order to qualify for prizes. These usually include three grading prizes, so there's plenty to play for even if your ECF grade isn't up there with the Club's strongest players.

We also have a knockout tournament that runs through the season, with the draw to be made on 16 October. All games are ECF graded. See the About page for details of our other competitions and tournaments.

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.

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.

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.

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 May 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, along with details of meetings and other events are available on the Club Calendar

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