|2016 18 Apr||Peter Kirby has been representing Guernsey in the European Small Nations Individual Championship, Luxembourg, 2-10 April, where he finished on 4/11. Read his report here.|
|18 Apr||The club AGM will be on Tuesday 3 May.|
|18 Apr||Horfield is home to Clifton in the Minor KO Final also on Tuesday 10 May.|
|11 Apr||Horfield will be away to Downend in the KO Final on Tuesday 10 May.|
|3 Apr||The winner of the club championship
was Kajetan Wandowicz (5/6) and Alex Dunn took the
grading trophy with 3.5.|
A reminder that the club will be open every Tuesday in April. On Tuesday 5 April and Tuesday 12 April there will be an opportunity for two more rounds of Little Cup matches.
The Bristol Chess Congress now has its own website. Next congress is 10-12 June.
|16 Feb||There is still time to enter the Bristol Spring Congress 26-28 February. 3 sections- FIDE rated Open (top seed GM Keith Arkell), U155, U125. Venue- Bristol Grammar School, University Rd, Clifton. Entry Form|
|15 Feb||The Club Championship will take place over 2 club nights: 8th and 29th March. The plan is to have on each evening 3 rounds; in each round each player has 25 minutes on his clock. There are trophies both for the overall winner and for the highest-placed lower-graded player. If you intend to compete please try to ensure that you arrive by 7.30, as we'll want to make as early a start to the first round as possible. Please do by all means come along on just one of the two nights if that is all you can manage - I'm sure we'll be able to juggle the draw as required!|
|4 Jan||The Cotswold Congress is in Gloucester at Whitsun, 28-30 May. Entry form and details (Word doc).|
|2015 30 Dec||The East Devon Chess Congress is in Exeter, 4-6 March 2016. Entry form and details.|
|14 Dec||Horfield have been drawn at home to Keynsham in the semi-final of the Minor KO, to be played on 12 January. In the other semi, South Bristol will host Clifton.|
|4 Dec||At last weekend's Bristol Winter Congress, Horfield
new member Brent Perrin won the Minor section in convincing fashion
with 4/4 and a half point bye - congratulations! |
In the Major there was more success for Horfield: Jon Fisher finished joint 2nd with 3.5.
In the Open, Steve Dilleigh and Dan Malkiel finished joint second - 3.5/5 each. Dan narrowly lost to GM Keith Arkell who was the outright winner. Mike Harris scored 50% against tough opposition.
|27 Nov||Horfield C's home fixture v Keynsham A on 22 December has been rearranged for Tuesday 23 February. So now all will be free to play in the club Christmas quickplay on 22 December, followed by the option of going for a curry.|
|24 Nov||The League Congress is on this weekend 27-29 November. For late entries see the League website.|
|23 Nov||We will be holding a club Christmas quickplay on 22 December, followed by the option of going for a curry.|
|23 Oct||We will be holding an open night on
27 October. There probably will be an informal quick-play tournament.
Non members welcome.|
Early notice that on the two Tuesdays in March when there are no scheduled fixtures we hope to run the Club Championship - i.e., 8 and 29 March: dates to put in your diary if you already have your 2016 diary!.
|23 Oct||Steve Dilleigh and Peter Kirby are competing in the Guernsey Open. Wtih 2 of the 7 rounds to go, Steve has 3 points and Peter has 2.5.|
|21 Sep||Horfield's Roger Pearce had a great time at the Steve Boniface Memorial FIDE Open last month, starting on 3/3, including beating IM Chris Beaumont and the other top seed. A win against Carl Bicknell in the final round would have meant he finished first and secured a British Championship place, but Carl triumphed to finish on 100%. Roger's grading performance was 222! Here is Roger's victory over Leon Burnett.|
|21 Sep||The next Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay will be on Saturday 10 October. Entry form.|
|28 Aug||A list of Horfield Fixtures is now available.|
|19 Aug||The new season kicks off on 1 September with Horfield B v Horfield A. Fixtures are on the League's website. Note there has already been at least one change. Grendel A v Horfield B has moved from Tuesday 15 September to Wednesday 16 September.|
|16 Jun||Two of Jim Boyce's games have been
published on the League website:|
Alex Easton v Jim Boyce (1981)
Jim Boyce v Jim Will (1982)
|8 Jun||We are sorry to have to report the death of Jim Boyce. Jim was a leading player in Bristol over several decades. He joined Clifton in 1963 and played in the Bristol League for 50 years. He was Bristol Champion on three occasions (1972, 1975 and 1983) and played in a number of championship Clifton sides. In 2009 he moved to play for Horfield where he became a much respected captain of the C team. The funeral will be on Tuesday 16 June at 12:30 at South Bristol Crematorium with a reception afterwards at the Woodspring Golf Club.|
|27 May||The AGM minutes are now available.|
|19 May||Horfield B stay in Division 1!|
|22 Apr||Congratulations to Downend A who are this season's champions despite losing to our B team last night. Horfield A can finish second. Horfield B are battling with University A and Clifton B to see who joins CLifton C for the drop to Division Two.|
|22 Apr||Congratulations also to Steve Dilleigh who tied for second place in the Bristol Spring Congress Open.|
|22 Apr||The Club AGM will be on Tuesday 5 May at 19:30.|
|13 Apr||We have received the sad news that Chris Carter, secretary of the Bristol League for many years in the eighties and nineties, and prime mover of Grendel, has died.|
|13 Mar||There are no home matches on Tuesday, 17 March and the club will be closed that night.|
|6 Mar||We're having an informal evening at the Club next Tuesday, 10 March, starting at 7.30. There will be a team quickplay event (devised by Mike Harris, who says that teams will share one clock; details of this unusual event will be revealed on the night!). Looking forward to what I hope will be an enjoyable evening for as many of us as are able to attend (do try to come if possible!)|
|5 Dec 2014||We shall be having a Horfield & Redland club evening on Tuesday 23 December. The exact format isn't decided but basically the idea will be to have some light-hearted chess games at a quick rate of play and then for those who fancy it to repair to a nearby curry-house. Play starts at 7.30.|
Our season curtain-raiser is an
informal night at our usual (U.R.C.) venue on 2
This should be a good opportunity to brush off the
cobwebs and prepare for the coming season. Anyone who
might like to join us this would be a good time to come
Our first competitive matches are on 9 September. The fixture list is now available, so it will be possible to put dates in diaries. Best wishes for what we hope will be a successful season!
|22 May||Club championship results: Andrejs 3/3 Club Champion and winner of Davies Trophy;
Kajetan, Derek, Christopher, Peter 3/5; Carl, Frank 2/2;
Mike H, Phil, Nigel 2/5 (Nigel U150 Trophy winner);
Mike L, Harvey 1/2;
Rob, Graham 1/5;
Congratulations to our winners. The last game to finish decided the championship between Andrejs Olehnovics and Kajetan Wandowicz so there was no easy option for the engravers. They reached a theoretically drawn, but difficult to defend, rook + h and f pawn v rook ending. Kajetan missed the stalemate resource so Andrejs completed an impressive 3/3 against rivals Kajetan, Christopher and Derek to win the event from just one evening’s results.
|22 May||The League AGM will be on Thursday 29 May at 7:30pm at the Filton Leisure Centre. There are motions to introduce incremental time limits and restrict the number of times someone can 'play up' to three. Agenda.|
|22 May||The draft minutes of the AGM are now available.|
|5 May||The Horfield AGM is moving from its
start of season slot and will instead be on Tuesday 13
May at 7:30 prompt, to be followed by the first rounds
of the club championship.
AGENDA 1. Apologies for absence 2. Minutes of 2013 AGM; any matters arising 3.Treasurer's report 4.Other reports: Chairman, Secretary, team captains, webmaster 5.Election of officers for 2014-15 6.Consideration of player availability, etc., for teams for the league season 2014-15 (Would any player whose availability is in doubt let his team captain know before the meeting please?) 8. Any other business
Christopher Jones Secretary 1 May 2014
|23 Mar||The BRISTOL SPRING CONGRESS is on 11th-13th April, and is also our LEAGUE CONGRESS. The venue is the Holiday Inn, in the city centre. The highest placed Bristol league player in each section will be awarded a trophy in addition to the usual cash prizes. The highest placed Bristol league player in the Open will be BRISTOL CHAMPION 2014. There are also Bristol Grand Prix points to be won, with a multiple of ten. Entry form.|
|7 Mar||Following the success of the first 'Club
Night' there will be another on 11th March. There will demonstrations of games, talks
(Carl on the IQP), quickplay and a drink afterwards.
The Club Championship will be held on 13 and 20 May.
|12 Jan||28th January is 'Club Night'. There will demonstrations of games, talks, quickplay and a drink afterwards.|
|3 Dec 2013||Congratulations to Kajetan Wandowicz who is now an ECF accredited coach. Kajetan teaches at a number of primary schools in Bristol and Gloucestershire, runs a children's club at Henleaze Library and also coaches private students. See chesslessons.co.uk.|
|22 Sep||We're now on Twitter! The name is @Horfield_Chess. It's live now, so please follow if you're on twitter!|
The League has published this season's
are now also on this site. Note there will be no paper handbooks this year.
The Club's AGM will be on Tuesday 3 September at 1 Redland Park. Last year's minutes are available here.
|2 Aug||Martin Davies, one of our strongest players for nearly 30 years, has died. The funeral will be at Westerleigh on Wednesday 7 August at 15:00.|
|21 Apr||The KO final date has been set. Horfield will be at home to Clifton on 14 May.|
|11 Apr||Club championship results:1-2 Mike Harris, Phil Nendick 5 (joint winners of Draisey trophy); 3 Derek Pugh 4.5; 4 Nigel Pollett 3.5 (winner of Whittaker trophy, U150); 5-6 Alex Dunn, Howard Millbank 2.5; 7 Graham Strickland 2/3; 8 Harvey Atkinson 2; 9-10 Jon Fisher, Jim Boyce 1/3; 11 Matt Williams 1.|
Club championship: scores so far are:
Derek Pugh & Phil Nendick 2.5;
Mike Harris, Harvey Atkinson, & Nigel Pollett 2;
Jim Boyce, Alex Dunn, Matt Williams & Howard Millbank 1.
All are welcome in the second leg on 9th April. Those that haven't played in the 1st leg will still be able to take part.
|24 Mar||Many congratulations to Kevin Thomas on his wedding scheduled for 26 March!|
|20 Dec 2012||Dates for the club championship, a rearranged fixture for the B's and club closure dates, are now all on the calendar.|
|28 Nov||It is planned to mark the mid-season, and our 70th anniversary, at the King's Arms on Blackboy Hill on Tuesday 18th December, with a mixture of chess, drinking and eating.|
|28 Oct||It's the club's 70th birthday this year. Who can you recognise in the photo above?|
|6 Sep||A GM playing for Horfield! Congratulations to Chris Jones who has qualified as a grandmaster for chess composition.|
|6 Sep||Club AGM. Following an unprecedented loss of players moving away from Bristol or otherwise unavailable, the AGM decided to inform the League that we would have to drop one team from Division 2. Better news is that the sound financial position means we have been able to reduce the subscriptions. Minutes of AGM|
Club AGM. A reminder about the club
AGM at 19.30hrs on Tues 4th
September, at The King's Arms on Blackboy Hill.
Formal proceedings normally conclude soon after 9pm, so
there should be time for some casual games and more
general conversation. (It would simplest if a few people
brought their own sets etc.)
Agenda 1. Apologies for absence. 2. Chairman's welcome. 3. Minutes of last AGM and matters arising. 4. Officer's reports : secretary, treasurer, team captains. 5. Discussion of teams for next season. 6. Election of officers for 2012-13. 7. AOB.
Fixtures are now available.
Club AGM. The
AGM will be at 19.30hrs on Tues 4th
September, at The King's Arms on Blackboy Hill.
If you are going to play in the League next season, you will need to become a member of the English Chess Federation. Most of us will be new members; paying the game fees doesn't qualify as membership! Joining the ECF online is cheaper than otherwise and it will help the club if you can join before 1 September. You will probably want either a bronze membership (just league games) or a silver membership (league plus congresses, but excluding FIDE rated ones). You can join online at the ECF website. Please let Howard Millbank have your membership number.
|23 Apr||Club End of Season Jamboree. The King's Arms (Blackboy Hill) next Tuesday evening (May 1st), 19.30 onwards.|
|17 Apr||Horfield B has won promotion to Division 1, beating Clifton C by 4-2 to snatch second place.|
|22 Feb||The 2nd Graeme Thomson Memorial rapidplay event will be held at the Clifton Chess club on Sunday Mar 18th. Last year was a great success. Let’s see if we can make it better this year. (Any profit goes to cancer research.) An entry form should be available at the League web site soon.|
|17 Feb||The club will be closed on the 28th February and 6th and 20th March, when there are no home matches.|
|23 Jan||All League players should be aware of the new ECF Membership Scheme. The changes for next season are documented in the Bristol League’s new web forum. Follow this link and form your own views and/or contact Ben Edgell (email@example.com) if you have any questions.|
|18 Jan||The Millfield Rapidplay is on Sunday 29th January at Millfield Senior School, Butleigh Road, Street. Entry form|
|12 Jan 2012||As you'll see, the website is having a revamp. Pages will change gradually over the next few weeks.|
|17 Nov 2011||Our 'Festive Handicapped Chess Tournament and Curry Night' will be held on the 20th December. The D team's match against Hanham B on that night has been rearranged to 3 April.|
|4 Oct||Horfield players had great results in the Major section of the Graeme Thomson memorial rapidplay: 1st – Michael Harris (Horfield) 5.5; 2nd= Patrick Flexman (Grendel) and Harvey Atkinson (Horfield) 4.5; Grading prize – Jon Fisher (Horfield) 4. As a result of entry fees and donations, a total of £240 was presented to Macmillan Cancer Support.|
|19 Sep||The AGM minutes are available.|
|30 Aug||The Club AGM is on next Tuesday 6 September at the King's Arms, Blackboy Hill. New fixtures are available.|
|22 May||The League AGM will be held on Thursday 26 May at Hanham CC. Agenda.|
It's been another successful season for the club, with
the D team leading the way. The club is now closed for
the summer and we will resume on Tuesday 6 September
with our AGM. Chess will continue on Wednesday
evenings at the King William pub on King Street
(across from the Theatre), and there is no shortage of
summer tournaments. Check the league website for details.
Before the AGM Howard Millbank would be very pleased to hear from anyone who is prepared to take up an official responsibility within the club. He would also appreciate any updates on individual playing ambitions for next season. The club exists to provide chess at an appropriate level for all its members, and sometimes we are unaware of personal preferences.
|10 Nov 2010||We are sorry to inform you our longest-serving member and life president, Jim Draisey, died a few months ago at the age of 89.|
|18 Sep||The club will not be open this coming Tuesday, 21 September.|
|17 Sep||The AGM minutes are now available.|
|26 Aug||New fixtures available.|
|5 May||League AGM. Thursday 27th May. Filton Sports & Leisure Centre. Motions need to be with the League Secretary by May 13th|
|11 Apr||Ben Edgell of Somerset has an interesting blog about chess in the West Country.|
|9 Mar||The Bristol League Congress is this weekend, 12-14 March. Entry form.|
|7 Mar||The Bath B v Horfield C fixture has been rearranged for 24 March.|
|23 Feb||The Horfield C v South Bristol A fixture has been moved back again from 9 March to 16 March. When will they make up their minds?!|
|15 Feb||The Horfield C v South Bristol A fixture has been moved from 16 March to 9 March.|
|8 Feb||The club will be closed on Tuesday 16 February.|
|10 Dec 2009||The traditional Christmas Chess & Curry evening will be on Tuesday 22 December. What does it involve? We play some chess, then we go for a curry. See you there.|
|5 Nov||We are sorry to inform you that Graeme Thomson of Clifton has died following a long illness. His funeral will be at Bristol Memorial Woodlands, Alveston, at 11am on 10 November. All who wish to attend are welcome.|
|20 Oct||The club will be closed next Tuesday, 27 October, as there are no matches.|
|30 Sep||A big welcome to new member Jim Boyce, who played his first match (for the C's) last night.|
|2 Sep||Minutes of yesterday's AGM are available. The new fixtures and grades have been published.|
|26 May||The Bristol League AGM is on this Thursday 28th. Congratulations to Graham Strickland who has won the Boniface Tankard Trophy ( including a pint of real ale!) for the best attack played in the Steve Boniface Congress 2008. Horfield will be picking up the Minor KO and Division 2 trophies|
|6 May||Horfield has won the Minor KO for the fourth time in five years. The match against Clifton ended 3-3, with Horfield winning on tie break. More to follow.|
|30 Apr||Horfield C has won
Final placings: Horfield A 3rd, div 1. Horfield B 9th, div 1
(relegated). Horfield C 1st, div 2 (promoted). Horfield D 5th, div 4.
There will be a celebration end-of-season tournament, followed by a curry, on 12 May. Let Phil or Alex know if you are coming.
|28 Apr||Horfield is in the
Minor KO Final, at home to Clifton on Tuesday 5 May. Turn up and support the
Other news: The C's are still in with a good chance of promotion.
Ex-member Geoff Amos will be at the Frome Congress this weekend.
The AGM will be on Tuesday 1 September.
|22 Feb||Forthcoming events: League Rapidplay Saturday 14th March, Stanshawe Court Hotel, Yate: entry form (xls). League Congress 27-29 March, at Clifton College: entry form (xls).|
|24 Oct||You should read Dave Edmonds' entertaining blog (subtitled "Life in Division 4").|
|24 Oct||Keynsham fixtures have moved to Wednesdays.|
|17 Sep||The AGM minutes are now available.|
|9 Sep||Howard Millbank takes us down memory lane.|
|25 Aug 2008||New season's fixtures now available.|
|19 Aug||Summer Lightning Round 4: Horfield lost to Downend 1sts 14-22. Individual scores: Dilleigh 3½; Davies 2; Nendick 2½; Weiss 1; Richards 4; Levene 1.|
|13 Aug||The Club AGM will be on Tuesday 2 September, starting at 7:30pm. Agenda (PDF) - Minutes of last AGM - Secretary's Report (PDF)|
|9 Aug||Steve Dilleigh drew with Susan Lalic to finish on 50% in the British Championship - an excellent result. Jack Rudd (Bath) finished on 6/11 and got an IM norm.|
|29 Jul||Summer Lightning Round 3: Ouch! Horfield suffered probably its biggest defeat ever in the Summer Lightning, losing 5½-30½ to Clifton 1sts; Martin Davies was our only star. Individual scores: Davies 4; Richards 0; Levene ½; Thomas ½; Millbank 0; Chatterjee ½.|
|7 Jul||Summer Lightning Round 2: Horfield drew with Clevedon 18-18. Individual scores: Nendick 5; Weiss 3½; Richards 4; Thomas ½; Chatterjee 2; Crewe 3.|
|17 Jun||Summer Lightning Round 1: Horfield beat Downend 2nds by 24½ - 11½. Individual scores: Richards 4; Nendick 5; Davies 5½; Levene 3½; Chatterjee 2½; Thomas 4.|
|29 Apr||Horfield won the Minor KO Final against Clevedon.|
|22 Apr||The D's are Division 5 champions. It's the Minor KO Final next week: Horfield v Clevedon.|
|17 Apr||The B's are Division 2 champions. The A's will finish 3rd in Division 1.|
|11 Apr||The B's have secured promotion from Division 2 and the D's are running away with Division 5. The A's can now do no better than third after failing to pick up a win since February. Clifton A has won the League.|
|12 Mar||It's proving to be a great season. Horfield are in the finals of the KO and the Minor KO. The A team are in the top three of the League; the B's are leading Division 2, and the C's are surely safe. The D's are in with a great chance of promotion from Division 5.|
|11 Feb||Steve Dilleigh's excellent tournament season continues. He is the new Bristol League Champion.|
|18 Dec 2007||There was a Christmas Club social on 18 December. The chess was won by Steve Dilleigh and was followed by a traditional curry.|
|27 Nov||Our oldest member, Jim Draisey, is now living at Room 8, Grand Panorama Nursing Home, 57 South Rd, Weston-Super-Mare. BS23 2LU. Some Xmas cards would doubtless be much appreciated, so please send him one.|
|27 Nov||Congratulations to Steve Dilleigh, who took 1st= at Torbay and the British Championship qualifying place.|
|9 Nov||The Bristol Junior League is being restarted and will be held at Clifton College, alternate Mondays at 18:15, starting 12 November. Details from Peter Saunders, 0117 9079215 Mob 07985 346694 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|22 Sep||The AGM minutes are now available.|
|28 Aug||Chris Jones came 4th in the BCM Composing Championship, ahead of the likes of Mestel and Nunn. Chris is one of the country's leading problemists and was the reigning champion in this competition. He is the current President of the British Chess Problem Society.|
|14 Aug||Horfield lost to Downend in the final round of the Summer Lightning, with several players unavailable (Dilleigh 4; Nendick 3½; Levene 2; Pearce 1; Millbank 0; Chatterjee 2).|
|24 July||The new grades are available.|
|23 July||Horfield lead the Summer Lightning with 100% and one round to play. Scores in the win against Clevedon: Dilleigh 4½; Easton 5½; Nendick 4½; Davies 2½; Levene 2½; Richards 3.|
|25 Apr||Horfield C have won Division 3! Horfield A are runners-up in Division 1.|
|18 Apr||It wasn't to be. Clifton A beat Horfield A to win the title; see match report.|
|12 Apr||Horfield A and Clifton A are still neck and neck in a thrilling finish to the season; see match report. And Horfield C are now practically certain of promotion from Division 3.|
Bristol and District Chess League Centenary Celebrations – 100 years old
The Michael Adams simul in Broadmead was a big success - see report
|16 Sep 2006||Minutes of the AGM (PDF format) are now available.|
|19 Aug||Steve Dilleigh scored 4/11 in his first appearance in the British Championship in Swansea.|
|9 Aug||We lost to Bath in the 3rd round of the Summer Lightning by 16½-19½ (Easton and Nendick 3½; Richards and Davies 3; Levene 2; Chatterjee 1½).|
|18 Jul||Horfield lost to Downend 12-24 in the 2nd round of the Summer Lightning (Richards 3½; Easton 2½; Dilleigh, Nendick, Chatterjee 2; Greely 0).|
|5 May||Alex Dunn failed to get elected as a councillor for Westbury-on-Trym in yesterday's City Council elections, but he did increase the Green Party's share of the vote on last time and went from fourth to third.|
|25 Apr||Horfield has won the Minor KO beating Clifton in the final!|
|18 Apr||Steve Dilleigh qualified for the British Championship at the West of England Congress.|
|21 Jan||A letter from Steve Boniface's family.|
|13 Jan||Minutes of the club EGM are now available.|
|2 Jan||Howard Millbank challenges you again to Find the Move.|
|20 Dec 2005||Results of the club blitz tournament held following the EGM.|
|9 Dec||We are very sorry to have to report the death of Martin Davies' wife, Karen, earlier this week. The funeral will be on 15 December; details here.|
|10 Nov||Steve Boniface's family has suggested that anyone wishing to make a donation to charity in memory of Steve should donate to the British Heart Foundation. See here for details.|
|18 Oct||We are sorry to report the death of Steve Boniface, unexpectedly, at his home in Bristol. Steve was one of the country's leading arbiters and did an enormous amount for chess, especially in Bristol and the South West. He played his last game for Civil Service against Horfield C just two weeks ago. Obituary|
|16 Oct||Another fixture change: Horfield C v Cabot is moved from 7 Feb to 25 Apr. Thank you Cabot!|
|2 Oct||More fixture changes: Horfield A v Grendel A moved from 29 Nov to 25 Oct. Downend A v Horfield A moved from 28 Feb to 10 Jan. Horfield A v Downend B moved from 4 Apr to 14 Feb. Thank you Grendel and Downend!|
|27 Sep||A fixture rearrangement: Clifton C v Horfield B moved from 14 Mar to 28 Mar. Thank you Clifton!|
|23 August||Horfield beat Clifton 20½-15½ in the final round of the Summer Lightning.|
|July||Horfield lost to Bath 11-25 in the third round of the Summer Lightning.|
|28 June||Horfield beat Grendel 20 - 16 in the second round of the Summer Lightning. Leading scores: Martin Davies 5½; Phil Nendick 4½; Simon Greely 4.|
|June||Horfield beat Cabot by 18½ - 17½ in the first round of the Summer Lightning.|
|10 May||Horfield beat Downend 3½ - 2½ in the final of the Minor KO!|
It proved a bit of a challenge to get a full cup side with most of the B team unavailable and the Cs having a vital bottom-of-the-table clash. However by 7:30pm, 8 Horfield & Redland players were eagerly awaiting the Nailsea team. With no sign of them by about 7:45pm, I phoned the Nailsea secretary to see what was going on. He confirmed that Nailsea had beaten Hanham in the previous round (most of our players were expecting Hanham for some reason) and that he had been waiting of news for the next round. When I explained that I didn't know how we had been informed but that the fixture book said that the round was due to be played this week he conceded the match.
However rather than scuttle home we made the most of the evening by having an 8-player all-play-all 7 minute tournament.
The early rounds saw results going with seeding and the heavyweight pairing of Steve v Alex E produced a draw in round 2. In round 3 I lost convincingly after castling into Steve's King's Indian kingside attack. Other games went with seeding except for Alex D taking a draw from Martin.
Things livened up in round 4: Martin beat Steve ("demolished" was the word Martin used I think), I won on time against Alex in an ending where I was a pawn up but drawing and Alex Dunn overturned Mike. The drama continued in round 5 with Alex E losing on time again ("It's just as well Nailsea didn't turn up" he was heard to say), this time a pawn up in a rook and pawn ending against Martin. Mike held Steve to a draw.
In round 6, I needed to beat Martin to have a chance of stopping him, despite the disadvantage of the time-wasting-decision-making white pieces. The game petered out into a mutual IQP ending and a draw was agreed. Elsewhere Alex D chalked up his 3rd win in a row, although Dave was unfortunate to lose on time in a better position. (In fact Dave's score doesn't really do him justice as he he took a few of his games to the wire.) Round 7 went with the seedings and then it was finally over ("Thank goodness for that", or words to that effect, was Howard's verdict).
The final standings were as follows (original match board position in brackets):
1. Martin (4) - 6
2. Phil (3) - 5.5
3. Steve (1) - 5
4. Alex Easton (2) - 4.5
5. Alex Dunn (7) - 3.5
6. Mike (5) - 2.5
7. Howard (6) - 1
8. Dave (8) - 0
So congratulations to Martin who can claim the crown of H&R blitz champion after my 28-day reign."
|25 Sep 2004||We've set up a club ladder tournament. Also, there will be a club internal quickplay on 21 December (probably followed by a curry). And the AGM minutes and Constitution are now available (contain your excitement).|
7 September 2004
Jim Draisey was made a Life Member of Horfield & Redland CC at its AGM. Jim has been a member of the club since 1946, and by far our longest-serving. After 58 years of paying subs, we decided Jim had paid quite enough! This new honour is the latest to be bestowed - Jim is already a Life Vice-President of the Bristol League.
17 August 2004
Horfield beat Clifton 2nds by 22.5 to 13.5 in the final round of the Summer Lightning tonight. Top board Nick Jakubovics was making his final appearance for Horfield before moving to work in Washington D.C. We wish him good luck in his new job. Nick scored 5/6 bringing his total for the tournament to 16.5/18.