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19Sep19: Poole B v Southbourne A

September 20, 2019 by David Fuller

So to the start of a new season and, on a personal note, a strengthened Poole A squad has allowed me to take up my old spot next to Chip, arguing who is the better player and therefore who should be on Board 1. Ah, just like the old days. On a broader level, this […]

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Poole A secure their first win of the season at Wimborne

September 19, 2019 by Eric Sachs

With a slightly under strength team and playing the current champions Wimborne away was not the ideal first fixture of the season. However with Richard Allis marking his club debut and Richie standing in for Mike Duggan our team stood water tight to score a narrow win. Martin playing on Bd 2 gained a comfortable […]

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Poole D Winning Ways begin here

September 16, 2019 by Michael Rutter

First match of the season and we already need reserves! However, the very pleasant  surrounding had us all in a good mood and ready to do business. On paper this could be an easy win for us but nobody had told them and battle ensued. Eric ground out a draw, Tony enjoyed a good win […]

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Start of the New Season with 4 matches and our social chess night

September 16, 2019 by Eric Sachs

So with the pre-season matches of the Two Towns (finished 2nd) and the Dorchester Jamboree where we retained the plate completed, the season starts off with a bang this week. Four of our five B & DCL  teams are in action with our D team (Div 4) playing at Purbeck tonight. Team of Mike R/Tony/Mike Minvalla […]

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Dorchester jumboree 2019 winners

September 14, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Dorchester Jamboree 2019 C Stanciu – J Forster  0-1 M Littleton – J Weatherlake  0.5-0.5 R Smith – M Steevens  1-0 D Aldwinckle – S Patterson  0.5-0.5 T Alsop – E Sachs  0-1 C Roberts – R Quinn  1-0   A great start to the season for Poole Chess club for retaining their title in […]

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Summer Cup – Knock Out Draw

September 11, 2019 by Eric Sachs

And the draw for the knock out stage quarter final is: Chip vs Tony Joe vs Graham Mike Minvalla vs Tarik John vs Dragi The usual Summer cup rules apply for colours and grading differential/time control. The winners will be drawn again for the semi-final (FA Cup style) Good luck to all players and the […]

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Poole Chess Club Christmas Dinner

September 9, 2019 by Graham Morris

This years Poole Chess Club Christmas Dinner has been booked for 12th December, again in the Stour Suite at the Elstead Hotel, where we had a very enjoyable meal/evening last year. Menu:- cost £24.95 per person. All arrangements for seating and food orders need to been finalised ASAP so if you are interested in attending, […]

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Revised ECF grades issued 31/8/19

September 1, 2019 by Eric Sachs

The ECF have revised and updated the grades to include adjustments from the previous season. Please look at www.ecf grading/  for you your up to date grade. The grades shown will be now the ones used for the 19/20 season.

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Pal Benko R.I.P.

August 26, 2019 by Graham Morris

  Benko finished in first place (or tied for first place) in eight U.S. Open Chess Championships, a record. His titles were: 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975. He won the 1964 Canadian Open Chess Championship. He represented Hungary at the 1957 Student Olympiad in Reykjavík on board one, scoring 7½/12, and Hungary […]

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Thursday 5th September Two Town Match

August 23, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

This is just a reminder that the traditional Two Town Match between Bournemouth and Poole will take place on Thursday 5th September at Poole Chess Club. Thank you to those of you that have let Ciprian Stanciu (Poole captain for this match) know that you are available to play.  If you haven’t, there is still […]

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Digital Chess Clock DGT 2010

August 23, 2019 by Graham Morris

Hi Guys, just a question for all our members, has anyone borrowed one of our new Digital clocks, the brown type – DGT 2010? we have an empty box in the cupboard, we should have 7, but now we only have 6.      

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17Aug19: Report – The David Lockwood Memorial Blitz

August 19, 2019 by David Fuller

David Lockwood had been a stalwart of the Bournemouth and Dorset Chess scene for more than fifty years. Many players from local clubs remember David and it was therefore no surprise when this inaugural event secured 37 entrants last Saturday morning. I am sure he would have been touched by the number of old friends […]

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Chess Room Tuesday 27th August

August 14, 2019 by Graham Morris

Just FYI, should anybody be thinking of using the chess room on Tuesday 27th August, it will not be available, as there is a RBL meeting in there that night. We have been given the green light to use the room whenever as long as nothing else is booked, that information can be obtained from […]

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**This Saturday (17th Aug) is the Dave Lockwood Memorial Chess Event**

August 12, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the Dave Lockwood Memorial Chess Event that we are holding, at the club, on Saturday.  Thank you to those of you who have already confirmed that you are participating.  Please let Ciprian (cyfanu@yahoo.com) know if you are intending to come along. We look forward […]

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Grading for 19/10 – Gremlins in the ECF system

August 8, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Thanks to Graham for advising details and narrative of the ECF Grading system. Further to this I thought it would be useful to advise the effect of the ‘gremlins’ in the system. ECF have doubled up on league BDCL league fixture results from September to December 2018 and these will need to be reversed. It […]

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Grading ‘Letters’ explained

August 8, 2019 by Graham Morris

What does that letter after your grading figure signify? Well if you are on doubt and interested in knowing, here’s what the ECF site says :-   Category definitions: A – Grade based on at least 30 games, all played in the latest 12 months B – Grade based on the 30 most recent games, […]

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Summer Cup Updates and 8 games to complete the league stage

August 7, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Congratulations to Tarik and Graham whom are the initial qualifiers from the league stage. All other 6 players are up for grabs over the remaining groups so all to play for . We need to move on the competition so can the remaining players please arrange to play their games in the next couple of […]

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A reminder for the Chess Clinic to be held at the club on the 8/8

August 2, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Just to remind all club members John Weatherlake and Mike Duggan have kindly agreed to present an evening of chess tactics at the club. We all know chess is infinite and there is always scope for reviewing our moves, games, style of openings, transformation from openings to middle games, end games, pawn structures, and so […]

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New Members

July 26, 2019 by Graham Morris

Richard has re-located from Yorkshire. Dave Burt rejoins us after a long absence and wants to get back into playing regular chess for the club. Good luck to both players in the coming season.

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17th August David Lockwood Memorial Chess Event

July 24, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

DAVID LOCKWOOD MEMORIAL EVENT BRITISH LEGION CHESS CLUB – RECEPTION ROOM BY THE BAR SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST 2019 Registration at 10:30am Games begin at 11:00am Event finishes 4:00pm (latest) OPEN TO ALL (members / guests / visitors / local chess players) The competition consists of 6 rounds of chess.  Each player will have 10 minutes […]

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New Gradings released

July 23, 2019 by Graham Morris

View our ‘Members’ page to see the latest grading results (where applicable)  for Poole Chess Club players for the 2019/2020 season as issued by ECF July 2019.    

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Chess clinic at the club on 8th August, 2019

July 21, 2019 by Eric Sachs

John (Weatherlake) and Mike (Duggan) have kindly offered to give a chess clinic at the club on the 8/8/19 starting at 7.30pm. This will be open to all junior and club members and it would be good to see a good turnout for this occasion. It will be held on the 1st floor room of […]

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Junior end of season competition at Bournemouth Library

July 21, 2019 by Eric Sachs

To mark the end of the term/season we held a 6 round competition at the Library where 20 juniors competed. It was fun, enthusiastic, some 60 games played to conclusion, and some great chess including a few end games. All the juniors that took part were winners and were given attendance and performance certificates, winners […]

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The Junior Library Chess Ladder

July 13, 2019 by Graham Morris

Great to see so many youngsters enjoying the challenge of the ‘Ladder’ competition, using clocks with 10 mins each, both fun and very serious chess was played over a number of weeks. Winners were announced as season comes almost to an end, on 13th July we closed the Ladder tournament and presented the winners with […]

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POOLE AGM HELD 4 JULY 2019

July 11, 2019 by Eric Sachs

All good from the AGM meeting held last week 4/7/19. The minutes have been issued now and all details are including so here is a brief summary. It was good to see so many members attending on the only non-chess night of the year. One sad moment was the mention of David Lockwood who passed […]

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Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein’s Imortal Game

July 10, 2019 by Graham Morris

In 1907 faced off against fellow Polish Chess Master, Georg Rotlewi. The result was Rubinstein’s Immortal Game where he brilliantly displayed his attacking prowess and ended up with an incredible finish.

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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen

July 7, 2019 by Graham Morris

The Croatia Grand Chess Tour event takes place in Zagreb 26th June to 8th July 2019. 12 players 11 rounds. Players: Carlsen, Caruana, Ding, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, Nepomniachtchi, Mamedyarov, Anand, Nakamura, So, Aronian and Karjakin. This game is from round 1 of the tournament 26th June 2019  

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Summer Cup latest results

June 30, 2019 by Graham Morris

View the latest Summer Cup results,  fixtures and tables found in the menu bar.

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Improve your game – Chess Endgame Fundamentals: by John Bartholomew.

June 30, 2019 by Graham Morris

Very instructive videos by IM John Bartholomew on end game techniques. These endgames are really instructive, no one explains better than John does in my opinion, they will improve your game!  

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Benjamin Gledura [2645] VS Awonder Liang [2600]

June 25, 2019 by Graham Morris

A game from the Junior Speed Chess Championship. ChessKid is the official sponsor of the 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship. ChessKid is the world’s number one site for kids to learn and play chess! Broadcast and streaming: All 2019 Junior Speed Chess Championship matches will be broadcast live with full chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV and […]

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Open Junior Evening 2019

June 24, 2019 by Graham Morris

20/6/2019 Open Junior Evening 2019 Introducing the second year of our open junior evening at Poole Chess Club, which will take place on Thursday 11th July at 7:15. It is our intention to give juniors/students the opportunity to play chess in a local chess club away from a school environment with and against club members […]

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Jorden van Foreest v Aryan Tari – Caro-Kann Defence

June 23, 2019 by Graham Morris

An opening lesson for the Juniors on Saturday morning, explained by John Weatherlake and Bryan Lose. Van Foreest started with a quick win, using an offbeat line against the Caro-Kann, which is sort of a speciality for him. It allows an early queen trade, which Tari would try next. View it in the GAMES menu. […]

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Poole-Wau Paratnership Charitable Trust – Sudanese refugees in Kenya – CLIPS project

June 21, 2019 by Graham Morris

Paratnership Charitable Trust Sudanese refugees in Kenya – CLIPS project. Please thank all Poole  members and other chess colleagues  especially  Martin Clancy and Mike Jay for contributing to this worthwhile and  chess cause, very much appreciated. Richard Tazewell Thank you letter:-

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Club Championship – Final results

June 21, 2019 by Eric Sachs

At the club last night two club championship finals were played to conclusion. In the Major Final Chip triumphed by overcoming Mike Duggan last year’s winner in a tense and hard fought game. Chip let people know Mike had previously been his nemesis but on this night the tables were turned and Mike graciously said […]

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Summer Competition 2019

June 14, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

On Thursday 13th June, the draw was made, at the club, for the Summer Competition.  We have 20 participants that are in five groups of four.  The ratings that are being used are the ones that were given at the start of the 2018-19 season.  The results of these games will have no effect on […]

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New Member – Joe Wood

June 14, 2019 by Graham Morris

On behalf of the Poole Chess club I’d like to give a warm welcome our new member Joe Wood. A promising chess player who I’m sure will strengthen the club’s playing ability. Joe will be officially registered as a Poole player so we hope he’ll play in the B&DCL for us next season, in the […]

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Juniors – Library Chess Ladder

June 12, 2019 by Graham Morris

Good to see all of the youngsters getting involved in the tournament, it’s very competitive but still early days, with new members being added each week. We now have a number of chess clocks and where they are used, a time setting of 10 minutes each is given. Latest positions on the Ladder(s) after Saturday […]

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Club Championship and other news

June 11, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Congratulations to Richie whom is our first winner of the season in the Intermediate section of the club championship. Richie who won the Minor section last season this time around beat Adam, Mike Rutter, and Simon Patterson to take the trophy – major players watch out next season! This coming Thursday 13/6 Graham is playing […]

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Dates for Annual General Meetings – (AGM’s)

May 31, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Please note dates for the local chess AGM’s have been set. Bournemouth & District Chess League – Venue, Southbourne Club – 19/6 at 7.30pm All are welcome Dorset County Chess League – Venue, Poole Chess Club – 26/6 at 7.30pm All are welcome Poole Chess Club – Venue, Poole Chess Club – 4/7 at 7.30pm. […]

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Poole E win last vital league game

May 24, 2019 by Chris Roberts

Poole E held on by the skin of their teeth to a place in Division 4. After a difficult season, where a number of the team were unable to play for one reason or another, this is a good result. The final score in last night’s match against Purbeck was 2.5/1.5 in Poole’s favour. I’d […]

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Poole C 3 – 1 Wimborne C

May 23, 2019 by Tarik

With Dragi no longer available it left us with 4 players with very similar grades. To save thinking we drew lots for board order. Simon P drew board 1 and was tasked with a mammoth task against Graham, it was mostly defence and trying to find counterplay after the loss of a pawn. A bishop […]

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What might have been

May 23, 2019 by Michael Rutter

Tonight’s draw against Ringwood B means that we are currently second in the league but Southbourne are still to play their last match. if they win, which is likely, we will end up in third place. Nothing wrong with a podium finish. Well done to all.

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Queen Victoria v Paul Morphy

May 23, 2019 by Graham Morris

Queen Victoria, Born at Kensington Palace 24th May 1819  – 200 yrs ago Probably the only Queen to beat a world class Chess player. Maybe also the only Queen to have swapped sides!      

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Club Championship

May 19, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Club Championship fixtures:   Major :  Mike D – Dragi John – Chip   Intermediate :  Richie – Mike R Simon P – Alan   Minor :  Tony – Graham (the winner to play Christine in the final).   The semi-finals needs to be played by 31st of May, and the finals by 15th of […]

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Poole B 2.5 – 1.5 Wimborne B

May 19, 2019 by Tarik

When does a win feel like a loss? A few weeks ago I looked at the table and we were one from bottom. Looking at the maths I noticed something bizarre. Despite only having 2 draws, due to how close all the teams were and the fact we had a rescheduled match, if we got […]

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Poole Knights 1 – 3 Bournemouth

May 19, 2019 by Tarik

The last game of the season has now come and gone, and a bow must be taken by all players across the two Bacchus teams. Poole Knights largely comprised of Lytchett Minster students, and the Poole Bishops team mainly comprised of Poole Grammar students. Highcliffe were the stand out team with 6 wins and only […]

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ECF conversion to FIDE ELO

May 13, 2019 by Graham Morris

In case anybody’s interested in what their grading would be in the “Universal chess world” and not our stubborn English archaic system, here’s a simple formula to find out. Conversion to ELO ratings Although the ECF grading system is mechanically very different from the Elo rating system, the ECF publishes a formulae that can be […]

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Poole A – Ringwood 2-2

May 13, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole A – Ringwood  2-2   M Duggan – P Anderson  0-1 J Weatherlake – B Jenks  1-0 C Stanciu – M Clancy  0.5-0.5 T Miller – R Davenport  0.5-0.5   The last game of the season, in the top division of the Dorset League, took place on Thursday evening.  Our A team met a […]

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Inter Schools Final – 20/5/19 – Highcliffe vs Poole Grammar School – Elstead Hotel – 4pm

May 11, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Highcliffe are the proud and present holders of the competition having wrestled it from Bournemouth Grammar school for Boys last year for the first time, they will be giving all to retain the trophy and Poole Grammar school have reached the Final for the 1st time. They Poole team are made up of year 8 […]

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Proposed Rule Changes

May 11, 2019 by Eric Sachs

TO ALL MEMBERS SEE BELOW PROPOSED RULE CHANGES Please review the below and give any opinions to Chip before the 22/5 so that they can be included in information prior to the AGM in June.   TO ALL CLUB SECRETARIES – PROPOSED RULE CHANGES In accordance with Rule 5 of the B&DCL Constitution and Rules […]

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Bournemouth Library Juniors Chess Ladder

May 10, 2019 by Graham Morris

We now have a good number of youngsters playing a reasonable level of chess and as competitive chess always brings the best out of them, we are introducing a “chess ladder” competition during our Saturday morning classes. Two ladders, one for the more experienced – the “Bishops” and another for the beginners – the “Knights” […]

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Dorchester D 1 – 3 Poole B

May 9, 2019 by Tarik

The hike was worth it as Poole gathered in Dorchester for the Dorset league div 3 penultimate game of the season. A mixed season so far, but possibilities. The match saw a blatant display of favouritism under the guise of maths as Richie and Dragi get another game, and Paul gets another game – all […]

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The season ends on the 23/5, 9 Poole club matches to go!

May 7, 2019 by Eric Sachs

With just 2 weeks to go to the end of the season the matches come thick and fast – 9 in total home and away. Firstly, well done the B team who survived in the 1st Division on Friday night for another season – target achieved and especially congratulations to Chip who held it  all […]

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Southbourne A – Poole B 2.5-1.5

May 6, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Southbourne A – Poole B  2.5-1.5   G Sawicki – O Garcia  0-1 B Jenks – C Stanciu  1-0 B Curran – D Popovic  1-0 L Laker – T Miller  0.5-0.5   Last game of the season for Poole B, who “travelled” to Southbourne in a strong formation. Our friend Oscar made his debut for […]

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59th Year Anniversary of World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal

May 6, 2019 by Graham Morris

Mikhail Tal beats Mikhail Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship On 7th May 1960, at the age of 23, Tal thoroughly defeated the relatively staid and strategic Mikhail Botvinnik in a World Championship match, held in Moscow, by 12½–8½ (six wins, two losses, and thirteen draws), making him the youngest-ever World Champion (a record later […]

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Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov

April 27, 2019 by Graham Morris

Another  short sharp game by Tal. Did Smyslov loose the  game after 10. … Qa5? (following 11. … b5 minor mistake). But Tal, playing 12.Bd2 give Smyslov chance for 3-rep draw, which Smyslov didn’t see (18. … Bc7 or 18. … Bf6 lead to repetition possibility).If consider neither Tal nor Smyslov see this deep tactical […]

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Move on up

April 26, 2019 by Michael Rutter

Poole D took on the might of the current league leaders, Southbourne C. With our two highest grades not being available we called upon the services of the ever reliable Krzysztof and after much searching for a fourth, the club stalwart Graham Morris filled our number 4 slot. To say the least we were outpointed […]

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New member Mike Minvalla

April 24, 2019 by Graham Morris

On behalf of the Poole Chess club I’d like to welcome our new member Mike Minvalla. A seasoned chess player who I’m sure will strengthen the club’s playing ability. He has now been officially registered as a Poole player.    

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End Game Puzzler for the Pro’s

April 24, 2019 by Graham Morris

White to move and win

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Poole B – Southbourne B 1.5-2.5

April 19, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Southbourne B  1.5-2.5   C Stanciu – M Simons  0.5-0.5 S Calauz – J Forster  0-1 T Miller – R Pegg  0-1 D Popovic – M Litchfield  1-0   Two games to go in a division where only two teams are safe, and four are trying their best to stay up. Our […]

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Poole B – Purbeck B

April 19, 2019 by Tarik

A heavily lopsided team appeared for the home side with 175 taking the majority of the available grading points. It’s a team where you expect top board to win and then salvage the points on other boards to make up the win. John had about 30 grading points on his opponent and was showing his […]

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New Milton 3 – 1 Poole C

April 17, 2019 by Tarik

Rock bottom of the table, and playing title challenging New Milton, it was always going to be tough, but a win by Bournemouth meant that we needed to get something out of this game. All we got out of it was a confirmation of relegation. Dragi had a sliding doors moment and avoided the route […]

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Oleg Papayan vs Alireza Firouzja

April 14, 2019 by Graham Morris

A new star in the chess firmament: Alireza Firouzja He is Iranian and has rocketed up 20 places to #57 in the world and, at 15, he is 3 years younger than anybody else in the top 100. His style of play is reminiscent of Tal and here is a beautiful queen sacrifice played this […]

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Poole Bishops on the road tonight

April 9, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Poole Bishops Bacchus team are playing at Bournemouth tonight where our Junior team will play the team currently next to them in the league. Our team of Jamie/Josh/Felix and Jack all gaining match experience this season and I understand the Bournemouth team will be a team of fairly new recruits. We have an even record […]

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2019 JUNIOR SCHOOLS/TEAM CHESS CHALLENGE FINAL

April 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

2019 JUNIOR SCHOOLS/TEAM CHESS CHALLENGE FINAL 2ND APRIL – VENUE BOURNEMOUTH CENTRAL LIBRARY PARK SCHOOL VS BOURNMEOUTH CENTRAL LIBRARY TEAM   The sun was shining in the large, spacious, Central Library’s conference room and all was quiet as the team were preparing for the Junior Chess Team Challenge, whilst 22 excited kids were waiting outside […]

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Jon & Mike’s – Jurassic Coast 100km Ultra Challenge!

April 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

Mike & Jon are walking 100km over 2 days for Dorset Blind Association because it is a fantastic charity to support. Highlight the link below and right click, then left click on “open link” to view full details. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathan-peirce1?utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_content=JONATHAN-PEIRCE1&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Twitter&utm_term=bbqARWPBR  

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03Apr19: PooleA v HighcliffeA (BDCL League 1)

April 4, 2019 by David Fuller

A highly significant match for both teams in the run up to glory or otherwise: PooleA hoping for a slip up by Wimborne in their match on the same night to take the season to the final match; Highcliffe needing vital points to force PooleB to find similar in their remaining two games. Highcliffe must […]

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Puzzle Page 4th April

April 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

Capablanca v Rossolimo 1938, White to move and win Queen v Queen,  White to move and win   Answers to last weeks puzzles:- 27/3 a)  Kasparov v West 1977     White to move and win 1) Nxe6 Qb6 2)Nc7+ QxN 3)exd6+ discovered check winning the Black Queen 27/3 b) Vallejo Pons v Pereishteyn 1999    White to […]

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Bacchus: Wimborne 1.5 vs 2.5 Poole Knights

March 28, 2019 by Tarik

We turned up to Merley with the match room to ourselves, the juniors taking centre stage with a combined age of 60. Below the age of Wimborne’s board 1! All the games got underway with some solid chess on display. Then I look over at Zack on board to and it looks like he just […]

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Puzzle Page 27th March

March 27, 2019 by Graham Morris

Clocks go forward this weekend Don’t play Chess early Sunday morning, you might loose on time! 27/3 a)  Kasparov v West 1977     White to move and win 27/3 b) Vallejo Pons v Pereishteyn 1999    White to move and win Last weeks solutions:- 19/03a White to move and win 1. Qg8+ RxQ 2.Nf7 mate   19/03b […]

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Success in the Rapid play and 3 Fixtures this week

March 25, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Congratulations to  Mike Duggan  who shared 1st prize at the Ringwood Rapidplay with 5/6 and the Poole team of John W 3/6, Christine 2/6 and young Jamie Doyle 2.5/6, well done team. Fair results last week when both the Dorset league A team and our D team both secured home draws with Weymouth and Hoghcliffe […]

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Dorset Rapidplay 2019

March 25, 2019 by Graham Morris

Poole Chess Club was represented at the Dorset Rapidplay tournament held in Ringwood Sunday 24th March by 4 members, Mike Duggan, John Weatherlake, Chris Roberts and our rising JUNIOR STAR Jamie Doyle, who took home more money than most in the tournament! Well done to Mike on being equal first, Jamie for best Junior and […]

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Poole A – Dorchester A 2-2

March 23, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole A – Dorchester A  2-2   M Duggan – A Pleasants   0.5-0.5 C Stanciu – F Pittman  0.5-0.5 J Weatherlake – C Leeson  0.5-0.5 D Popovic – S Blake  0.5.0.5   Thursday saw, four draws in a very close encounter against Weymouth.   We couldn’t take advantage of the fact that we outgraded […]

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Poole D v Highcliffe B

March 22, 2019 by Michael Rutter

With Poole D sitting just in the top half of the table, we could do with a few more points to cement our position. We also needed to try and compensate for our loss to Highcliffe earlier in the season, mainly brought about by a disasterous time error by yours truly. However, Highcliffe are a […]

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Janusz Szukszta Vs Mikhail Tal

March 21, 2019 by Graham Morris

Tal, the king of chess,  the game is pure entertainment! See the whole game under our GAMES section Nc6 is not a mistake, its a clearance sacrifice the point of which is seen on Tal’s 20 …Re8+. The fact the QR comes in with check wins it for black. Amazing game! Did he really had […]

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Chess Puzzles 19th March

March 19, 2019 by Graham Morris

19/03a White to move and win 19/03b White to move and force checkmate   Last weeks Puzzles 11/3aWhite to move and win 1.Bc5 Re8 2.Rd5 (threat of BxN+ winning black Q) 11/3b End game excercise, White to move and promote the pawn 1.Bf7 Bh7  2.Kg5 Ke7 3.Kh6 KxB 4.KxB and queens the pawn  

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8-year-old living in homeless shelter wins New York chess championship

March 19, 2019 by Graham Morris

8-year-old living in homeless shelter wins New York chess championship: ‘I want to be the youngest grandmaster’ Ashley May USA TODAY Published 10:26 PM EDT Mar 18, 2019 An 8-year-old living in a homeless shelter has won the New York State chess championship for his age bracket. “I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” Tanitoluwa […]

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Poole league matches and diary updates

March 18, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Last week’s results were quite mixed but the highlight was our B team’s win at Highcliffe on Monday was against all odds which was crucial in our bid to avoid relegation. The Junior Bishops had a poor night at the office losing 0-4 also at Monday night at Highcliffe  but the games were closer than […]

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Traxler’s answer to the Fried Liver Attack

March 13, 2019 by Graham Morris

I’ve noticed some of our Juniors, especially at Bournemouth Library, have tried the Fried Liver Attack with great success, surprising the unsuspecting, who have no knowledge about it. Karel Traxler had an answer for it, which may help those of you who are Black and find yourself under attack. I have listed 3 games in […]

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Highcliffe A – Poole B 1.5-2.5

March 12, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

Highcliffe A – Poole B  1.5-2.5   P Kemp – C Stanciu   0.5-0.5 C Westrap – M Malamatenakis  1-0 K Smith – T Miller  0-1 R Halse – D Popovic  0-1   In a game of all or nothing, playing our last chance to stay in the top division, Dragi kindly came to replace […]

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Dorset Rapidplay – Sunday, 24th March

March 12, 2019 by Graham Morris

A reminder to all Poole Chess players, this event is only a couple of weeks away now, we have only one representative at the moment in young Jamie Doyle, so extract your digit and join in the fun at this excellent tournament. Full details and how to apply at https://www.dorsetchess.co.uk/rapidplay-2019/ A quick summary from the […]

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Roman Toran Albero vs Mikhail Tal

March 11, 2019 by Graham Morris

Román Torán Albero was born in Gijón. He was Spanish champion in 1951 and 1953, and awarded the IM title in 1954. He was FIDE vice president from 1982 until 1990. Born: 8 October 1931, Gijón, Spain Died: 1 October 2005, Madrid, Spain

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Puzzle Post 11th March

March 11, 2019 by Graham Morris

Two more teasers to think about 11/3aWhite to move and win 11/3b End game excercise, White to move and promote the pawn Answers to last Puzzle Post 7/03a Rivera v Fischer 1962 Black to move and win 1………Qc6  2.f3 Qb5  3.Ba4  QxBb2 7/03b Areshchenko v Rogovsky 2003 Black to move and win 1…….. Nb6+ 2.pxN […]

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Sam E Collins Vs Timothy Spanton

March 11, 2019 by Graham Morris

An Irish theme this week Sam E. Collins (born 5 September 1982) is a top Irish chess player. He was awarded the title International Master by FIDE in 2004 with a best rating of 2495. He has written books  and DVD’s on the following topics:- Ruy Lopez: Attacking with the Schliemann by Sam Collins Karpov: […]

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Club Championship Latest

March 9, 2019 by Eric Sachs

We have added ‘ Club Championship Latest’ in the Menu bar of our site showing a table of results and progress during the competition. This should be easier from a visual view point to view progress and matches that need to be played. This should be another incentive to get the matches played on time […]

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Club Championship Updates and latest scores

March 8, 2019 by Eric Sachs

The competition has started slowly but has started to gain momentum with three matches played last night so overall 5 played overall. Congratulations to Christine/Tony/Seth /Chip and Mike in progressing to the next round, good luck to them. Many thanks to the losers for taking part and remember  there will always be next year – […]

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06Mar19: Poole v Ringwood (BDCL Handicap KO)

March 7, 2019 by David Fuller

We at Poole CC are very proud of our recent record in this excellent competition organised by Martin Simons. The handicapping mechanism really does a really good job of leveling the playing field, or playing board, or whatever, and I think that many of the recent Poole wins have been knife edge matches all the […]

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Puzzle Page 7th March

March 7, 2019 by Graham Morris

7/03a Rivera v Fischer 1962 Black to move and win 7/03b Areshchenko v Rogovsky 2003 Black to move and win Answers next time 4th March Puzzle Page answers 04/03a  1.Bxf7+ KxB   2. Nxe5+ Ke8 3. NxB 04/03b 1.Qf5+ is the key, all routes lead to a quick mate if 1………Kh8 2. RxR+  RxR 3. QxR+  […]

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Donald Byrne vs Robert James Fischer 1956

March 7, 2019 by Graham Morris

Another brilliant game by the great Bobby Fischer to celebrate his birthday week Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Hungarian Attack

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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Robert James Fischer

March 6, 2019 by Graham Morris

“Fischer is the greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens.”  Mikhail Tal            Visit the Games Page  

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Useful tips for Juniors and Beginners

March 6, 2019 by Graham Morris

Two simple words to help you improve your game:-  TRIP & COT To find out more go to the Juniors and Beginners page.  

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3 matches for Poole teams this week

March 5, 2019 by Eric Sachs

On Wednesday 6th March we start our defence of the Handicap Knock out trophy at Ringwood. This year Dragi has kindly offered to organise and captain the team which is a match over 6 boards on a formulated handicap system that evens out the grades and its an excellent system of making all the matches […]

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Leonard Laker VS David Fuller

March 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

David has published his game he played last week  on board 4 against Len Laker of Southbourne A team, with excellent comments throughout. Well done David on a magnificent win. Please check it out on our Games page.

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Puzzle Time Again

March 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

Chess Puzzles of The Day Trap in the King’s Gambit Declined 04/03a) White to move and win NEXT:- 04/03b) White to move and win. Answers next time! Answers to last weeks Puzzles:- 26/2a – White has just played pxc6, threatening mate along the back row, what’s Blacks best play? 26/2a 1…….g3+ if 2.Kh3 Qg4 mate […]

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01Mar19: Poole A vs Southbourne A

March 2, 2019 by David Fuller

With the evenings getting lighter and warmer and the chess season coming into its final sprint, both teams were keen to grab two points to keep the pressure on that Wimborne lot. The Southbourne club members are always very welcoming and this evening was no exception. The team line-ups were the same as earlier in […]

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Mikhail Tal vs Lozov

March 1, 2019 by Graham Morris

An uneven but very enjoyable game. Black’s disorganized defense is no match for Tal’s masterfully coordinated attack. The role of the white bishops is especially interesting since, although Black has castled kingside, they attack the queenside. But as Tal destroys the badly defended kingside, the black King is forced to escape to the queenside and […]

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Poole C 1.5 vs 2.5 Ringwood A

February 28, 2019 by Tarik

Thank you to Ringwood for a good game. Some strong graded players made things slightly daunting. Dragi saw a very bad move, decided not to do it, looked for other moves, then forgot about the really bad move until half a second after he made it.. Unfortunately when you’re playing someone graded 50 points above […]

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Puzzle Post 26/2a

February 26, 2019 by Graham Morris

Let’s test the grey matter on this bright sunny day with a couple of chess puzzles. 26/2a – White has just played pxc6, threatening mate along the back row, what’s Blacks best play?   26/2b – White played f5, Black to play and win a piece Answers will be given on next puzzle post.

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Poole matches coming thick and fast this week

February 26, 2019 by Eric Sachs

After a quiet period of 2 weeks we have 4 matches this week for Poole teams. Last night at Purbeck in Division 3 of the Dorset League our B team of Richie/Simon Patterson/Yours truly/ and Paul Trowbridge went down 1-3 to a Purbeck team that played much stronger than their grades suggest. On the night […]

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Come on you irons.

February 21, 2019 by Michael Rutter

So we are all anxiously awaiting the match tomorrow night against Fulham.. Sorry wrong site. Many thx to Kyrstoff for standing in for Stephen Chappell who had a cold. Unfortunately it rubbed off on us, with a good opening by Phil Wallace of Wimborne bringing the game on board 4 to a speedy end. Simon […]

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Club News and D Match at Wimborne on 20/2

February 18, 2019 by Eric Sachs

I  have collected the David Lockwood chess legacy of about 30 books which are now stored in our cupboard. All of these books are a donation to the  club so when you visit the club next time please feel free to go through the books and choose one personally of your choice. Any donations you […]

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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Koblents

February 18, 2019 by Graham Morris

Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal was born in Riga, Latvia (annexed by the USSR in 1940). At six, he learned chess from his father, a medical doctor. Tal won his first Latvian Championship in 1953, and earned the title of Soviet Master the following year. In 1957, aged twenty, he became the youngest-ever Soviet Champion. In 1960 […]

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Valentine ‘s night match

February 15, 2019 by Eric Sachs

You have seen the cartoon of the Bishops knocking out the Knights with a score of 4.5/1.5 which was by coincidence a complete reverse of the first match score in January so overall all honours even. This win take the Bishops to the top of the Bacchus league with 6 points having played a game […]

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Poole Bishops vs Poole Knights

February 15, 2019 by Graham Morris

Poole Bishops were triumphant in their return match with Poole Knights who were on the ropes for most of the night, finally getting a close up view of the canvas. A full report to follow shortly, but well done for those who stepped into the ring for the first time.

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Mikhail Tal vs NN

February 14, 2019 by Graham Morris

  Mikhail Tal Widely regarded as a creative genius and one of the best attacking players of all time, Tal played in a daring, combinatorial style.[2][3] His play was known above all for improvisation and unpredictability. Every game, he once said, was as inimitable and invaluable as a poem.[4] He was often called “Misha”, a […]

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Dorset Junior Championship

February 14, 2019 by Graham Morris

Reporting on the Dorset Junior Championship on the 9/2/19 Venue – Bournemouth Grammar School for Girls For full report and results refer to the Junior & Beginners page.    

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Valentines night re match when the Junior teams meet again

February 13, 2019 by Eric Sachs

In the re match of the Knights vs Bishops the Juniors are unfazed by Valentine’s night as we are scheduled to play 6 boards. The first match result was 4.5/1.5 Knights in January although I was told the games were a much closer than the final score indicates. So with Steve heading up the Bishops […]

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Encouraging results last week for Poole teams

February 13, 2019 by Eric Sachs

Last week was a good week for our teams where our results were W2, D1, L1, well done to all the players that played and gave all. The A team had a narrow win against  Southbourne B on Wednesday 2.5/1.5. The C team escaped with a really good draw having recovered from 0-2 to fight […]

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Dorset Junior Championships – 9 February 2019

February 7, 2019 by Eric Sachs

The Dorset Junior championships will be held this Saturday at the same venue as last year at the Bournemouth School for Girls Grammar school, Castle Gate Close, BH 8 9 UJ. To date we have received 53 entries which covers age groups from year 3 to year 12. The event will be the biggest gathering […]

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06Feb19: Poole A vs Southbourne B

February 7, 2019 by David Fuller

With Wimborne A apparently rampaging away to the league title, it is possibly true to say that the rest of us are languishing in ‘mid table obscurity’. Nevertheless, many of us have not forgotten of the travesty of the Dorset League 1 last year (Wimborne pinching it from us, blah blah) and so hope springs […]

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Bournemouth A 2-2 Poole C

February 5, 2019 by Tarik

Some good moments, and some good grief moments. Dragi was in a strong position, but took with the wrong piece and the position fell apart like something that falls apart. It’s late. I’m tired. My similes are now like….something unimaginative. Simon was looking good for a draw in a Rook & Bishop vs Rook & […]

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Busy busy week as we have 4 matches for Poole players

February 4, 2019 by Eric Sachs

So, starting on Tuesday 5 February our C team take on Bournemouth A at their venue at Pelhams. This will be a tough match where our 3rd team take on their 1st team  but with Captain Tarik, Richie, Simon Patterson and Dragi  we will give all to achieve a good result. The following night both […]

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Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre – 90 years on ??

February 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

Bacchus League “Match of the Day” coming soon! Poole Bishops vs Poole Knights  –  14th February  – the rematch! Poole Bishops are looking for revenge after a series of knockout punches in the last round. The judges scores were 4 1/2  –  1 1/2 to the Knights The Bishops Manager was reportedly kicking water bottles […]

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Mikhail Tal vs Alexey Suetin

January 30, 2019 by Graham Morris

Another short game, which will be discussed with the Juniors on Saturday, interesting though, take a look. On the “Games” page as normal.  

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2019 Club Competition

January 26, 2019 by Ciprian Stanciu

The 2019 Individual Tournament is now under-way with 8 people in the major category, 8 people in the intermediate category and 8 in the minor. This annual tournament is competing for 3 trophies, which will be presented at the AGM, and is split based on grade. The draw was done on Thursday 24th January, at […]

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Karjakin vs Malinin

January 25, 2019 by Graham Morris

A short brilliancy by Karjakin, played in Sudak UKR, 7th August 2002 As usual, the game can be followed in the GAMES page. Chess Engine recommendations given where question marks appear. ———————————————————————————————————– Malinin                                                                       Karjakin

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Top of the table

January 22, 2019 by Michael Rutter

Poole D v Bournemouth B second match in a week. Everyone seemed to get off to a good start and gradually we began to move ahead. In my own match I went 2 pawns down but still had a strong position and was slowly getting back into the game, but all around me we were […]

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Poole Knights 4.5 – 1.5 Poole Bishops: The kids hog the limelight

January 17, 2019 by Tarik

7:15 and the scene is set at Poole. 4 Bournemouth B players, and 6 Poole Knights players. They looked at each other menacingly gearing up for a great fight. Then Poole D arrived to play Bournemouth B and Poole Bishops arrived to play Poole Knights. I’m sure you’ve all read the report of the 4 […]

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All Square

January 17, 2019 by Michael Rutter

with half the team unavailable for our game against Bournemouth B, we were likely to lose this match. But excellent work by Chris Ambrose and Kyrstoff filling in the gaps, meant that we kept getting offers of draws throughout the evening. Eventually every game ended in a draw and it was honours even. We were […]

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An interesting Candidate game to look at!

January 17, 2019 by Graham Morris

Event –  FIDE Candidates 2018 Berlin 2018.03.12 White “Aronian, Levon” Black “Kramnik, Vladimir” [Result  0-1 WhiteTitle “GM” BlackTitle “GM” WhiteElo “2794” BlackElo “2800”   Opening “Ruy Lopez” Variation “Berlin defence”    

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17Jan19 – Poole B vs Poole A

January 17, 2019 by David Fuller

So to the return Poole ‘City vs United’ match of the BDCL Division One season. Of course, we in the A-Team like to think of ourselves as more City than United, but that is quite another discussion area requiring a beer or two to conclude. The first match had been hard fought, as earlier reported […]

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Paravyan vs Golubov

January 10, 2019 by Graham Morris

Game of the Day! Paravyan vs Golubov Korchnoy Memorial -2018

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Rapidplay 2019

January 7, 2019 by Graham Morris

Can I Please have your attention!!! The 24th Dorset County Chess Association Rapidplay will be played on Sunday, 24 March 2019 at Ringwood. Entries are now possible, but be quick! as there are limited numbers at this very popular annual congress. Full details available @ www.dorsetchess.co.uk/rapidplay-2019/  

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Sreeshwan vs Ivanchuk

January 4, 2019 by Graham Morris

The Great Upset! Sreeshwan Maralakshitari vs Ivanchuk Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2018 Opening: Benoni Defence

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Junior Chess Competition held at Bournemouth Library

December 25, 2018 by Graham Morris

Junior competition at Bournemouth library held  last Saturday 22/12/18. Winners and runners up of the Major & Minor are from the left  Yash, Souyara, Jamie, Jake and overall Champion Larissa Cubert. 22 juniors took part in a hugely enjoyable event over 5 rounds. Larissa scored 5/5 and is progressing with promise as she continues developing […]

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Mikhail Tal v Vasily Smyslov

December 19, 2018 by Graham Morris

Smyslov Hoped This Game Wouldn’t Become Famous Tal Had Other Plans

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Xmas 2018 Party and Dates of Club Opening Times

December 16, 2018 by Eric Sachs

This Thursday 20 th December we are having the Poole chess club Xmas dinner at the Elstead Hotel at 7pm with the clocks starting at 7,30pm. All arrangements for seating and food orders have been finalised for the 19 members coming, it should be  good night and I look forward to seeing you all there. […]

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Paul Morphy v Thomas Inglis Hampton

December 13, 2018 by Graham Morris

One for the Juniors on Saturday morning, a swashbuckling Evans Gambit from yesteryear. Short and sweet as per 19th Century

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Puzzle Time

December 13, 2018 by Graham Morris

Junior category perhaps but have a go! All with White to move, these positions occured in a club game recently,  easier to see now. no more than 2 mins each! 1) to win a piece 2) To win 3) To win at least one black pawn and the game?    

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Bournemouth 3 – 1 Poole Knights

December 12, 2018 by Tarik

A crew of youngsters ventured to Bournemouth. 3 juniors and Graham heading the line up. There were some excellent games, but unfortunately the results didn’t go our way. Harry had a default as his opponent didn’t turn up. Graham gambitted a pawn in the Queens Gambit and his opponent managed to hold onto it well […]

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Ringwood 3 – 1 Poole C

December 11, 2018 by Tarik

Ringwood, always a lovely place to visit. We rock up and instead of 64 squares we’re presented with 6 pockets. Fresh from watching the UK snooker championship we’re tempted to the change of sport, but I quickly realise my limitations – mainly that I struggle to reach the table. Instead we are intercepted by our […]

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5 Matches for Poole teams this week

December 10, 2018 by Eric Sachs

So as Xmas approaches it equally busy in the league chess scene with 5 matches across the board for our teams this week, think this is an all time record. C team vs Ringwood  A tonight – Division 2 F team vs Highcliffe tonight – Division 5 Knights team in the Bacchus league vs Bournemouth […]

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Junior Poole Bishops move on and upwards

December 7, 2018 by Eric Sachs

  For the 2nd match this term our Poole Bishops fielded a complete Junior team, with average age of 14  and the opposition were Highcliffe currently at the top the Bacchus League. Before you could say watch this space Felix playing on Bd 2 had swamped the opposing position and the boys were leading 1-0. […]

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Poole A record their first win of the season against Poole B

December 6, 2018 by Eric Sachs

In a hard fought match our A team recorded a 3-1 victory against our club colleagues from our B team. The B team were heavily out graded and fielded Alan Davies playing his first game and Michael Malamatenakis playing his 2nd. In the match first to show signs of progress was Mike Duggan who won […]

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David Lockwood Funeral Arrangements

December 6, 2018 by Eric Sachs

David’s funeral will be held at Bournemouth Crematorium next Thursday 13th December at 2.45 pm. Everyone that knew David including friends/colleagues who would like to pay their respects are welcome to attend. There will be donations and the club will present a wreath from Poole Chess Club.    

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Division 1 – 30/11/18 – A team draw at Southbourne B

December 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On the last day of naughty November our A team drew 2-2 against Southbourne B on Friday night. We had out- graded the home team considerably but as I keep saying  …. what do grades mean? Anyway that’s another subject. The evening started well when Mike on Bd 2 playing Russell (Pegg) got an immediate […]

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Upcoming matches this week and club news

November 27, 2018 by Eric Sachs

And so the matches roll on and last night we were so unfortunate in that we had three team players unavailable and then had to default a board at a few hours  notice when our E team played at Highcliffe in Division 4 last night. Our team did so well by achieving a  draw over […]

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Poole D 1.5/2.5 Wimborne D – Div 3, 22/11/18

November 25, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Our D team faced a strong Wimborne D team that out graded us on all boards and had strangely not started the season too well.  Krzyzstof (many thanks K)  stood in for Simon Fox as a late replacement on Bd 4 and all our players moved up one place. The match was fiercely contested and […]

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Dark Wednesday at Wimborne 21/11/18 for Poole

November 23, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Not our best night at the Merley Sport Club as both our teams went down to the home teams. Our A team were trying to get on the winning trail but we knew it was going to be very tough against an very strong Wimborne team that had consolidated their A/B teams for this season. […]

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David Lockwood

November 23, 2018 by Eric Sachs

It with sadness that I need to report that David passed away  this Wednesday, 21st November 2018. As we know David was suffering with his health and we want our pass on our condolences to his closest relative James and their family. David was a long standing member of Poole chess club for over 25 […]

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It’s a Girl!

November 23, 2018 by Graham Morris

An enjoyable game to kick start my season, especially as I won. I know there’s lots of ???on the moves but here it is…… listed in the GAMES page.

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Three Hail Marys

November 22, 2018 by Graham Morris

Three Hail Marys (not that I’m a Cat -o -holic) – I won my first game for the club, is it all down hill from here though? This interesting position was arrived at Black’s move 27………Qf7 blocking the check White to move, how would you have finished off the Black king? Answers on a postcard […]

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Poole Knights 2.5 – 1.5 Wimborne

November 22, 2018 by Tarik

Nice to see an eager Wimborne team coming down to visit us in Poole. We had e-mailed saying we couldn’t find a 4th player so could we play 3 v 3, however Wimborne had players who wanted matches so asked if we could field someone slightly over 100 grade to make up the numbers so […]

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Big games this week – not Carlsen/Caruana – 4 matches locally

November 19, 2018 by Eric Sachs

And so with the World Championship locked at 4-4 at the time of writing (Monday 19.30) we have 4 matches to focus on this week. On Wednesday we have 2 teams at Wimborne. Our A team resume their campaign with a match vs Wimborne A which will be tough but we have an excellent team […]

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Poole Bishops 2 – 2 Bournemouth

November 15, 2018 by Tarik

This time it was down to the youngsters to impress with Steve stepping down and Teo stepping in. Bournemouth brought along a team of fresh faces to the league, unfortunately they were one short due to a car breakdown. This meant Jack didn’t get a proper game, but Simon Errington was nice enough to sit […]

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Weymouth A – Poole A 1.5-2.5

November 14, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Weymouth A – Poole A  1.5-2.5   A Pleasants – M Machacek  1-0 C Johns – M Duggan  0-1 C Leeson – J Weatherlake  0.5-0.5 M Stevens – C Stanciu  0-1   A very important win for us to keep close to the leaders (Ringwood). We had a very strong team in Weymouth and we […]

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Latest news from Poole chess club

November 12, 2018 by Eric Sachs

As I am writing our Dorset League A team are taking the boards against Weymouth in darkest Dorset. We have sent a strong team of Martin, Mike, John and Captain Chip and they will give their best come win, draw or lose. On Thursday night our  Poole Bishops team are playing in the 2nd Bacchus […]

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Poole B – Wimborne A 1-3

November 10, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Wimborne A  1-3   C Stanciu (168) – I Clark (191)  0.5-0.5 T Miller (151) – A Pleasants (190)  0-1 R Smith (137) – M Littleton (181)  0-1 T Reghif (132) – G Willetts (165)  0.5-0.5   It was 19:20 on Thursday when I looked at the score card just before the […]

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Puzzle Time

November 8, 2018 by Graham Morris

White to Play This position is from a puzzle by William Lewis published in 1838. How can White exploit the vulnerable situation of the black king with a clever tactical thrust.  

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World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

November 6, 2018 by Graham Morris

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana On November 9, the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will start in London. Schedule Day Date Activity Thursday November 8 Press conference & Opening Ceremony Friday November 9 Game 1 Saturday November 10 Game 2 Sunday November 11 – Monday November 12 Game 3 Tuesday November […]

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Poole players selected for 4NCL Wessex team

November 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Congratulations  to both Mike Duggan ( Fide 2055) and John Weatherlake ( Fide 2013) in being the first players from Poole to represent Wessex A team in the 2nd Divison South of the National Chess League. The matches consist of 2 matches over each of 5 weekends between the 10/11 November and 4/6 May 2019. […]

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Friday’s fireworks at Southbourne as our E team record their 1st win of the season

November 3, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On a quiet night at Southbourne our electic E team recorded an excellent win to get their season moving. In a re arranged line up with Christine and Seth unavailable evergreen Chris A and Ted Paul (14 years old)  stepped in to partner Krzysztof and Tony to form a team that originated from far afield […]

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Poole F go down to a strong Southbourne team in their first game of the season

November 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On a quiet night at the Poole chess club our F team started their season with a semi depleted team through absence without leave and injuries on the bench. No subs allowed here during the full 90 minutes! The match started in earnest and Captain Steve had to wait for his opponent arriving 20 minutes […]

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Dorset League: Wimborne C v Poole B

October 31, 2018 by Tarik

Once more unto Merley, my friends, once more. Or close the A341 with our plastic dead. In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility: But when the tick of chess clocks blow in our ears, then imitate the action of Nigel Short, stiffen the spirit, summon up the blood, disguise […]

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A Knight at the Opera

October 31, 2018 by Graham Morris

This game will be analysed with the Juniors on Saturday morning by Eric and Bryan Lose, but it’s a classic encounter so all members are encouraged to view it. Paul Morphy was 21 years old when visiting Paris in 1858, he was invited by the Duke of Brunswick to see the Opera “Norma” But whilst […]

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Chess in Kakuma Refugee Camp in NW Kenya Appeal

October 31, 2018 by Graham Morris

PROJECT PROPOSAL — CHESS AS A MECHANISM FOR PROMOTING COMMUNITY COHESIVENESS “Building the culture of brotherhood” PROJECT DESCRIPTION This is a Project to consolidate and develop the playing of chess in Kakuma Refugee Camp in NW Kenya as a means of promoting peace and reconciliation between the different ethnic and political groups among South Sudanese […]

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October 30, 2018 by Graham Morris

  Winning Move Black to play. This position is from Petenyi v Petrov, Porto Carras 2018. Black is a piece up with a huge passed pawn but his king is in considerable difficulty. [if White to move, 1) Qh7+ ..Kg4   2)Qh3 ++] Can you spot the clever tactics that alleviated the danger?

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DORSET COUNTY JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

October 29, 2018 by Graham Morris

Full details of our DORSET COUNTY JUNIOR  CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 can be viewed in the “Juniors and Beginners” menu.  SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY 2019 BOURNEMOUTH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS CASTLE GATE CLOSE BOURNEMOUTH BH8 9UJ

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Another week for our teams in a busy schedule

October 29, 2018 by Eric Sachs

So the games roll on and it was great to see our DL A team win last Thursday after defeats last Monday for our D team at Highcliffe (see Mike’s report) and defeat for our E team within the dark castle walls that surround Purbeck. On the night we defaulted one board – shock, horror […]

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Our Dorset League A team secure their first win of the season

October 29, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On a busy night at the club last Thursday 27/10 where we also hosted a Purbeck/Highcliffe match our D League A team beat Dorchester A 2.5/1.5 to gain their first point of the season (1/2 matches now). In a match where the  overall grades  were close however it felt quite a comfortable victory in that […]

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Black King seeks Parley with White King

October 28, 2018 by Graham Morris

But ends up beheaded in the Tower! (Just a bit of fun this one)

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Gawain Jones v D. Gukesh

October 24, 2018 by Graham Morris

That last game between Martin P Burrows  v  Vincent Keymer at least created a talking point, move 28……..Qf6???? or should it read Qf5?, maybe the PGN is wrong?? Moving on, this game between Gawain Jones  v D. Gukesh will be discussed with the Juniors on Saturday morning, take a look it’s interesting, bearing in mind […]

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Vincent Keymer

October 23, 2018 by Graham Morris

  The Game this week is from the 2018 Isle of Man Masters  played recently on 20th October featuring the young German Vincent Keymer. Martin Burrows [2121] VS   Vincent Keymer [2491] Opening Sicilian,    Variation  – Najdorf, Adams attack In the game, playing admittedly a much weaker opponent, can anyone explain how Vincent manages to offer […]

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Highcliffe B v Poole D

October 22, 2018 by Michael Rutter

after the international break and with a good start to the season we were ready to add another scalp to our collection. On paper it should be a good result for us. I deployed the 1-1-2 formation and away we go. then things stop looking so good and Highcliffe are playing well. After an hour […]

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Matches coming thick and fast with another 2 matches tonight

October 22, 2018 by Eric Sachs

The busy period continues after mixed results last week that started well but continued with defeats for the A team on Wednesday night against Southbourne A, the B team against Highcliffe A and also the C team vs New Milton. Details of these and all matches are on www.dorset chess through the LMS (League Management […]

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View from the Terraces for all things Poole

October 17, 2018 by Eric Sachs

And so the matches are coming thick and fast, here are the  latest overall updates. Carrying on from the A team’s first match draw at Highcliffe our C team went to Wimborne on the 10/10 and won their second match of the season 2.5/1.5. Wins for Dragi and Tarik with a draw from Simon Patterson […]

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Bacchus: Highcliffe vs Poole Knights

October 17, 2018 by Tarik

Thank you to our hosts for an excellent opportunity for our young players to sample life in the league in such a hospitable club. Zack was black against John who played the lethal King’s Gambit. It proved to be very lethal but in the wrong way. Taking the bait of a Knight left a hole […]

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The Original Immortal Game

October 15, 2018 by Graham Morris

Another game by Adolf Anderssen from 1851 called the Original Immortal game, it illustrates how Chess was played in that era. I play like this, giving pieces away, but unfortunately not going on to win the game! If any of you club members think you’ve got a “great” game that you’ve played and would like […]

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Poole B v Dorchester D

October 14, 2018 by Michael Rutter

First of all. Complaints. 1. Captain Tarik left shortly after the match started using some excuse about getting married on Saturday. 2. We lost the match 1.5 to 2.5 3. Chris Ambrose does not like the fact that the gap between his age and his grade is getting smaller. Secondly. Congratulation to Dorchester for a […]

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Baptism of Fire

October 12, 2018 by Graham Morris

  My first competitive game for the club, I was all set to play the friendly Phil Holden (he offered me a sweet) score sheet filled in ready to play, shook hands, then at the last minute, their board 1 defaulted, well, he turned up but saw Seth Rider on our board 1 and thought […]

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Wimborne C vs Poole C

October 10, 2018 by Tarik

Dragi won. Richie didn’t. Simon P drew. I won. Wimborne 1.5 – 2.5 Poole C. Div 2. 1 match. 1 win. Nuff said.

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The Evergreen Game

October 9, 2018 by Graham Morris

A classic game played in 1852 between Anderson v Dufresne, given the title of “The Evergreen Game” It has a stunning finish! Apologies if you know the game, but it’s worth another look. Check it out in the ‘Games’ menu.  

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Highcliffe A 2 Poole A 2 – Division 1 – 8/10/18

October 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

The up and coming Highcliffe A team justified their early season promise when they gave our A team and early season fright and a very tough match. Grades what grades? we out graded them considerably on all boards but we found our selves on the back foot for most of the evening. John playing Board […]

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Match update and Poole team news for this week’s games

October 8, 2018 by Eric Sachs

After 7 matches in all competitions we have started very well by winning 4 matches drawing 2 and losing 1 match, great start by all players in the first couple of weeks of the season. 84 matches scheduled in all leagues, only 77 to go! This week the fixtures continue at great pace. Our A […]

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Baccus League and Junior Chess – October 6th 2018

October 6, 2018 by Graham Morris

A brief summary of Baccus League results and Junior Chess held on Saturday mornings   Baccus League kicked off on Thursday 4th October with the Poole Bishops, introducing 3 young players,  achieved a well earned  2 – 2 draw  against  senior members from Wimborne Chess club. An encouraging result to start the season. Man of […]

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Southbourne B – Poole B 1.5-2.5

October 6, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Southbourne B – Poole B  1.5-2.5   M Simons (185) – C Stanciu  (168)  0.5-0.5 R Pegg (172) – M Malamatenakis (167)  1-0 J Catchpole (154) – C Sergio (159)  0-1 M Litchfield (139) – R Smith (137)  0-1   Poole B travelled to Southbourne with high levels of confidence after an excellent win in […]

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Poole D 3 vs 1 Southbourne C – Divison 3 – 4/10/18

October 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

  Simon Fox took over business on board one against Michael Litchfield, with a grading of 139 he had to be shown some respect. The game got off to a typical d4 passive opening and to be honest things didn’t really get much better. Michael tried an early threat with his queen but this was […]

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Poole Website Updates

October 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

We have updated some of our pages on the website with additional pages for Juniors and Bacchus League. Our Trophies and Honours Pages have all been updated to show presentations and all from the AGM. Note the club photo now has names added to the photo so no hiding place! Please have a look and […]

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New 2018 -19 season under way with 4 matches played in the first 10 days

October 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

As the new season rolls in to week 2  in we have played 4 matches to date. I was amazed to see we will be playing 84 matches in total covering our 10 teams we are fielding on all leagues. This does not include the Knock out Handicap trophy and the other two pre season […]

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Dorset League Vs Wimborne

September 30, 2018 by Tarik

And suddenly the season is upon us. Quick phone calls to Dragi, Simon P, Chris R and Tony showed they were all sitting on a beach in the Caribbean sipping cocktails and making the most of the summer break. Upon hearing the season was back they jumped on their jet skis and shot across to […]

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Ringwood v Poole A (2.5 – 1.5)

September 30, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Ringwood v Poole A (2.5 – 1.5) M. Simons v M. Machacek 1 – 0 B. Jenks v M. Duggan 0.5 – 0.5 M. Clancy v J. Weatherlake 0.5 – 0.5 R. Perrin v C. Stanciu 0.5 – 0.5 After losing the title in the last game of the 2017-18 season, Poole A (playing in […]

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Poole B – Southbourne A 3.5-0.5

September 23, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Southbourne A  3.5-0.5   Ciprian S (168) – G Sawicki (175)  1-0 Sergio C (159) – B Jenks (174)  1-0 Toby M (151) – B Curran (155)  0.5-0.5 Richie S (137) – L Laker (144)  1-0   A great start to the season for Poole B as they won their opening game […]

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Poole win the the Two Towns match vs Bournemouth for the first time in 4 years

September 14, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On another successful night for the club with a little help from players from Wimborne and Martin Clancey from Ringwood we had a great night to win the Two Towns Trophy by a convincing score of 17-12. This amazing run means we have collected 7 trophies in the last few months with both the Dorchester […]

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2018 Dorchester Jamboree champions

September 8, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

A great start of the season for Poole Chess Club in Dorchester, winning their pre-season Jamboree. 7 teams took part (Dorchester, Purbeck, Weymouth, Yeovil, Ringwood, Wimborne, Poole), resulting in 21 games being played in a very friendly environment. Our team scored 5 points out of 6 games, winning the competition by 1 point ahead of […]

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Junior Chess and Chess for Beginners

September 3, 2018 by Graham Morris

Chess for Beginners Chess is a beautiful “Game”, it’s not easily mastered, even experienced players can still learn more, but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy playing Chess. Over the following weeks, we will guide beginners through the basics and more, hopefully you’ll discover the enjoyment that Chess can give you. The […]

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Poole Chess Club at Flirt Café

August 13, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole chess club are continuing to enjoy chess at Flirt café every Wednesday from 2.30 – 5.30 pm. We have been going for over 8 years now and have enjoyed many good times and have some great chess being played there by all over the period. We continue to encourage all chess players from the […]

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Bournemouth Echo article on Poole Chess success printed on 1st August 2018

August 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Christine Roberts kindly arranged to publish this in the Echo —- POOLE Chess Club is celebrating one of its best season’s ever, having won an unprecedented five trophies in just eight months Members won three of the four Bournemouth and District League Divisions which they entered, and the Handicap Team Knock-out Cup. They also clinched […]

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Steve Bailey Report and Pictures of VI Cricket Tour of West Indies

August 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

  uk woman visually impaired cricket team Barbados tour 5th – 15th July 2018   18 visually impaired women with an age group range of 15-70 and 4 visually impaired coaches of which Steve Bailey (Dorset Dolphins coach and captain) was the head coach.   It was an early start on the Thursday morning at […]

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Two Towns Match Poole vs Bournemouth 12/9/18

August 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

The date for the season curtain raiser has been agreed and will be played at our home venue in the Reception (Grd Floor) at the Legion starting at 7.15 pm. Last season the match was tied at 14/14 and so the trophy remains with Martin Simons and the Bournemouth team. It would be really great […]

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Poole Chess team proudly display successful team photos at our AGM evening

August 3, 2018 by Adam Jaggard

From the Top – the Winning team of the B & D League 1st Division for 2017/8 season. From the left – Non Playing captain Eric Sachs , David Fuller, Dragi Popovic and  Mike Duggan Next, 4th Divison Winning team of Richard Smith and Captain Chris Ambrose Next, Dorset County Divison 3 Winning team of […]

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Southbourne chess evening on the 13/7/2018

July 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

SOUTHBOURNE CHESS CLUB SUMMER FUN OPEN BLITZ TOURNAMENT 7.15pm to 10.30pm, Friday 13th July 2018 Tuckton Social Club, 222 Tuckton Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3AA * 6 round swiss – One section. * Time control of 5 minutes + 5 second time increments. * FREE tea and biscuits at the tea break after 3 rounds. […]

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Successful and Enjoyable Open Junior Night at Poole Chess Club

July 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

So, in between World Cup football games we held a fun open Junior night at the club on the 5th July. Students and Juniors came from Poole Grammar School/Lytchett Minster School/Bournemouth Library and one student came from Dorchester, We played one serious game each between club members and juniors with some tuition thrown in to […]

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Junior Night This Thursday 5/7/18

July 1, 2018 by Eric Sachs

A reminder to all club members we have an Open Junior evening this Thursday which will be in the Reception room (Ground Floor) starting at 7.15pm. The purpose of the evening is to open the club to active junior chess players who either play at their school clubs or attend other local junior chess sessions. […]

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Successful Steve Bailey night on the 28/6/18

July 1, 2018 by Eric Sachs

We had an enjoyable and successful send off night for Steve who is going to the West Indies to assist a visually disabled cricket team on the first tour. This event was well supported and we had 14 players participating in a chess 960 event.  Over £70 was collected and many thanks to all and […]

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Steve Bailey Good Luck Evening 28 June

June 22, 2018 by Eric Sachs

We would play a fun 960 doubles knockout tournament for the purpose of collecting a bit of extra money for Steve before he leaves for West Indies. Rules 1. General 960 Fisher chess rules https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess960 2. The game is played by teams consisting of two players (example : tennis doubles) 3. Teams are put together by […]

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Poole Club Championships – Final Results

June 19, 2018 by Eric Sachs

The 2018 Club Championship have now been completed with the Final of the Minor section played last week. Congratulations to Richie Smith for winning the Minor section and successful against Derek Chapman, Tony Pritchard, Adam Jaggard  and  David Lockwood in the Final, this caps off an excellent season for Richie who also won the Boardman […]

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Dates for your diary and Summer Cup

June 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

A reminder that the Bournemouth & District League AGM takes place next Tuesday 12/6 at Southbourne Club starting at 7.15pm. This should be a special night for the club as we will be receiving 4 trophies/shields which is an all time record. It would be really good  to see as many club members present as […]

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Club Championship Update end May 2018

May 30, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Congratulations to Mike Duggan in his first season at the club in winning the Major section during May. He needed all his guile and know how to out wit Chip in the Final. It was a good and very tight game. In the Minor section Richie having beaten Adam to reach the final – (congratulations) […]

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D team success makes it 5 trophies for Poole Chess Club

May 30, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Last week in the their Final match of the season against Wimborne E our D team came through a tense evening to win 3-1. Details of the match and all to be posted shortly by Chris Ambrose. This win secured the 4th Division Title which makes it 5 Titles for the 17/18 season. The is […]

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BDCL Handicap KO Final – Poole vs Wimborne

May 24, 2018 by David Fuller

Now I don’t know about you but all this tension in the closing games of this season has not been good for my constitution. If I wasn’t as young, fit and good looking as I am then I might well have not survived intact. Recent matches against the auld enemy, Wimborne, had resulted in one […]

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Poole E v Southbourne D

May 21, 2018 by Adam Jaggard

Its been a pleasure captaining this team. We’ve punched above our weight all season and our final position in the league (4th) doesn’t do justice to the way we have played. It was a lovely sunny evening. John Harris arrived with most of his merry team and we kicked off. Board 1 John – the wiley old […]

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Southbourne C vs Poole C

May 19, 2018 by Tarik

Going into this week everyone was full of nerves, the table showed that we needed a point from Southbourne, but as you no doubt read elsewhere results went our way. This meant this pressure was off so we could enjoy the game and not worry about our poor hearts with the stress. More on that […]

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Date set for the AGM – 26th July 2018

May 17, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Just to advise the date of our AGM will be Thursday 26th July starting at 7.30. Last year we had an attendance of 18 which is very encouraging and as there are one or two prizes to award please add a little more time to join in the Celebrations. It is the only time in […]

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C Team win the 3rd Division Title last night

May 17, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On a night off without playing or some would say on the beach our C team won the 3rd Division title and became Champions. This is because Wimborne D needed to win their final match vs Highcliffe C but the match ended in a 2-2 draw. In all the euphoria of the A team’s success […]

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Comfortable win for Poole D at Wimborne in Division 4

May 17, 2018 by Eric Sachs

So, the penultimate game of the season for Poole D. Considering the importance of this game, the team arrived in good spirits against Wimborne F, led by the effervescent Mike Davison. Our D team needed to win to maintain their challenge for the League Title in what looks a three way competition to become Champions. […]

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Our Poole A team beat Wimborne B to win the League Title

May 17, 2018 by Eric Sachs

In the Final match of the season Poole A came through a very difficult evening and reach the magic target of 2.5/1.5 to beat relegated Wimborne B to win the 1st Division League title for the second time in 4 years. So the scene was set after a defeat just two days ago to Wimborne […]

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A team go for the 1st Division at home tonight at the Legion

May 14, 2018 by Eric Sachs

We welcome all  members and guests to the club tonight to watch which could be a title decider between our A team and Wimborne A team. The league position is Wimborne have 10 points from 9 games, we have 11 points from 8 games. So a draw or better will secure the title, a defeat […]

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Win for Wimborne in the Final match of the season

May 11, 2018 by Eric Sachs

So the scene was all set with our visitors Wimborne who had been chasing us all season  to play the Final match of the season which would decide who would become Dorset County Champions and Runners -up. It was tense, very tense as the teams sat down especially when on the adjoining boards there was […]

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Dorset League Div 3 Poole B v Dorchester D

May 10, 2018 by Tarik

Today we have the title decider. With Wimborne 1 point ahead and Poole B with a superior board difference, a draw or better will decide the whole season. Dragi on board 1, Simon P playing white on board 2, Richie on 3 and Adam on board 4. It seems to be the day for Queens […]

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Dorset League matches come to conclusion tomorrow night at the club – Winners take all

May 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Tomorrow night 10/5 at the club our Dorset League A and C teams have their final matches in what should be an exciting end to the season. Opposition is Wimborne A & Dorchester D respectively and  we are top of each league by 1 point and so tomorrow 1st plays the 2nd team for the […]

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Poole F and Poole B complete their season

May 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole F completed their season with a narrow 1.5/2.5 defeat at Highcliffe C on 30/4. Captain Steve Bailey said the team had done very well since the turn of the year and the introduction of Kyrzstoff Itrich and really helped the team. Also a special mention of Paul Trowbridge who has played  in nearly all  […]

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Division 1 – 4/5/18 – Southbourne A 3.5 – 0.5 Poole A –

May 8, 2018 by Eric Sachs

‘Twas a sunny summers Friday night and Poole ‘B’ travelled to Tuckton Social Club for their final match of the season. Realistically this was looking like a battle for 4th in the league. Unfortunately we knew that we might be up against it as we were missing Sergiu and were out graded on every board. […]

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Dorset League – Dorchester B 2 – 2 Poole A

May 8, 2018 by Eric Sachs

‘Poole A’ travelled to the Colliton club last week knowing that a point could be crucial in helping them towards their title aspirations. Only a convincing 4-0 win would have helped further. This scenario however always looked unlikely as we were playing without Oscar and were up against a team who have performed consistently well […]

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Latest news and current league status end April

April 30, 2018 by Eric Sachs

As we approach the end of the season I thought it would be useful to have an overview of how are teams are doing across leagues and Handicap competitions. Most players might only be aware of the teams they are competing in so enjoy sharing the below with me. The current status is changing all […]

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Dorset League – Southbourne v Poole B

April 27, 2018 by Tarik

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the post match show. We have a cracker for you this evening with drama, blunders, promotions and pawn pushes. Southbourne is at home to a travelling Poole B Dorset League team who are coming off the back of defeats individually and as a team and today we […]

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B&DCL: Poole C v Wimborne D

April 27, 2018 by Tarik

The top of the table clash. The season defining match. Top two from the league go head to head in the penultimate game of the season. Wimborne came into the game slightly ahead on board difference, but both of us clear of the pack and knowing that this match could be telling. A loss would […]

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A Tale of Two Matches (Cities)

April 27, 2018 by Adam Jaggard

It was easy to summarise how I felt after this match as Dicken’s classic sprung to mind. The black and white film ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ is a classic, must see. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of […]

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D L Div 3 game vs Southbourne this Friday 27/4 and Adios Oscar

April 24, 2018 by Eric Sachs

We have an important DL Div 3 game this Friday which will be as tough as always when visiting Southbourne. At a crucial time in the league we are 1 point ahead of Wimborne C with 2 games left with the final game vs Dorchester D on the 10/5, good luck to the team of […]

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Our teams marching on as we approach the final games of the season.

April 22, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Another very successful week where out A team beat Southbourne B in a crucial top of the table match, out C team hit the top position in the 3rd Division with a win against Wimborne  C and our E team won a very difficult match against Wimborne D to move into second place in the […]

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Poole E punch above their weight again to create an exciting finish to the season in Division 4

April 21, 2018 by Adam Jaggard

I was very excited but nervous about this fixture – excited because I knew we could win it – nervous because I consider Wimborne E to be one of the best in our Division. It was the usual story for us – out-graded on every board but this is where Poole E thrive. Board 1 […]

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Dorset League – Poole B 1.5 – 2.5 Wimborne C

April 19, 2018 by Tarik

Way back in the depths of last week. Last Thursday to be precise. A band of adventurers came from Wimborne in a bid to derail our hopes of waltzing to a Dorset League Div championship without a single loss. Dragi, myself, Richie and Adam lined up against them. Adam managed a fairly quick win against […]

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BDCL League – 1 Poole A v Southbourne B

April 19, 2018 by David Fuller

You know when football teams have rowdy supporters and they have to play a game ‘behind closed doors’? Well, this fixture felt a bit like that last night. Perhaps this was some sort of karma following shenanigans at Abdul’s on Tuesday? I don’t know. But anyway, it was curiously quiet in the clubroom. Martin turned […]

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Poole B – Southbourne B (2.5 – 1.5)

April 9, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B vs Southbourne B J. Weatherlake vs A. Grzybicki   1-0 C. Stanciu vs B. Jenks   0.5-0.5 S. Calauz vs G. Sawicki   0-1 T. Miller vs L. Laker    1-0 Thursday evening saw four very close games that resulted in a win for Poole B, whose previous two matches had been defeats.  […]

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Club Championship results

April 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

The internal club championship marches on and is getting to the semi finals in the Major and Intermediate sections and last 4 in the Minor sections. Mike Duggan playing in his first Club Championship season beat Oscar Garcia in the semi-final. He will now play either Toby Miller or Ciprian Stanciu. Congratulations Mike. In the […]

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Fixtures this week commencing 2/4

April 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

There are two matches this Thursday at the club. Our B team are hosting Southbourne B who are competing with two other teams for the Championship so this will be an interesting contest. In the 5th Division Steve Bailey’s F team will be attempting to make it 4/4 from matches in 2018 when they host […]

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Poole D win at Southbourne 3.1/2 – 1/2 and Poole B lose 1-3 at Wimborne A

April 2, 2018 by Eric Sachs

In the last 10 days our D team had an excellent win 3.5/0.5 vs Southbourne D on the 23/3 to move  within 2 points of the League Leaders with a game in hand. Wins for Seth Rider, Richard Smith, Chris Ambrose and a draw for Stephen Chappell ended Southbourne’s unbeaten record. In the Division 1 […]

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Poole come from behind to win The Team Handicap semi final at Dorchester

March 23, 2018 by Eric Sachs

So all was set in the comfortable surroundings at the Colliton Club at Dorchester last night with the average gradings on 140 vs 141 so all equal and no average grade differential required for either team. An early suprise when Seth playing on Bd 5 in a at least a comfortable and probably winning position […]

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Ringwood B 1.5 vs 2.5 Poole C

March 19, 2018 by Tarik

We headed to the Original White Hart for a few casual pushes of pieces in this fine evening with the final flecks of snow dissipating. Sunday there was uncertainty about the perils of a trip to this hospitable location but all fine and the White Hart nice and cosy and the reception warm. Once all […]

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Another busy week for Poole chess players

March 19, 2018 by Eric Sachs

With the success of the F & Dorset league A team (Match details)) to follow shortly ) in last week’s matches we have another busy week with 3 teams in action. The E team  match  vs Wimborne D has been postponed but the C team  are playing @ Ringwood tonight. Our Handicap semi final team […]

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Poole F win 2.5/1.5 at Purbeck in Division 5 – 12/3/18

March 13, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Another fine win by the F team to continue their fine run with 3/3 in 2018. Individual results were: Bd 1 – Richard Quinn 0 -1 Kyryzstoff Itrich Bd 2 – Paul  Stanley 0.5 -0.5 David Lockwood Bd 3 – Chris Frost 0.5-0.5 Matt Ausin Bd 4 – Brian Beard 0.5-0.5 Paul Trowbridge So in […]

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BDCL SouthbourneA v PooleA

March 12, 2018 by David Fuller

And so we enter the final straight of this Chess Season and so far for Poole A it has been an up and down affair. An excellent start was followed by the speed bump (x2) that was Poole B. So now some consolidation is required to ensure the ‘proper’ league winning team. Unfortunately, this critical […]

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Dorset League: Purbeck B vs Poole B

March 10, 2018 by Tarik

Shored up in the shadows cast from Corfe Castle to lay siege to our next foe, Purbeck B. So far we’ve played every team once, and beaten them all! Huzzah! And now we must play the second half of the season to plunder all the riches! The buccaneers bounded up to the boards, Dragi, myself, […]

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Poole B go down at Wimborne in Division 1 match – 7/3/18

March 8, 2018 by Eric Sachs

It was a hard night over the boards against Wimborne B last night as a narrow win on 3 boards completed their most successful night of the 17/18 campaign. The final score was 3.5/0.5 in favour of Wimborne completely belied their league position, well done Wimborne. Yours truly was drafted in for an unwell Toby […]

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Poole teams on the road this week

March 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

It is not often we play three away games in one week and all of these games are quite crucial in the final run in to the season’s finale. Tonight, 5/3/18, our Dorset League B team currently top of the 3rd Division are playing Purbeck. On Wednesday 7/3/18 our B team currently just 2 points […]

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Poole draw Dorchester in the 2nd Round (semi-final) of the Handicap Competition

March 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole have drawn Dorchester in the 2nd round (semi-final) of the Handicap competition. This is a repeat of last year’s semi-final when we narrowly won though and went on to beat Purbeck in a tense and thrilling final. The match will be played at Dorchester on the 22/3/18 and it unlikely to be moved to […]

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Division 3 – 26/2/18 – Poole E win away 4-0 at Highcliffe

February 27, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On a bitter cold night the chess at Highcliffe warmed all with the Poole connection and indeed your reporter from the terraces.  Yes, indeed a convincing win and despite the overall grading differential of just 31 over the 4 boards the win was justified. Taking the mantle on Bd 1 our cool and impassive Ciaran […]

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Poole Chess Club Competition – 2nd round

February 24, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

Congratulations to the winners of the first round matches of our internal club competition.  Following the original draw, the 2nd round games will be as follows: Major Oscar v Mike D Toby v Cipri Intermediate Mike R v Eric Jurgen v Simon F Minor Richie v Tony Seth v Ciaran Adam v Christine Dave L […]

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Poole C move to Joint Leaders with narrow win over Highcliffe B in Division 3

February 23, 2018 by Eric Sachs

After a rocky start to the season Poole C having lost the first two games have made an excellent recovery and are now joint leaders with Wimborne D with this latest win. Highcliffe B started the match with a board short and despite fighting very hard through the evening finally could not overcome this deficit. […]

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Poole team progress in the B & D L Handicap 1st Round

February 21, 2018 by Eric Sachs

One of the highlights of the 1st round draw were the current holders – Poole playing the previous year’s winner Highcliffe. The fun of the competition is not knowing the strength of the opposition in terms of grades so we opted to share high and medium /lower grades to get the desired result. It is […]

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B & D League Handicap match vs Highcliffe match next Thursday 15/2/18

February 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

As current holders we will be doing our best to play well in the Handicap competition next Thursday. We have been drawn against Highcliffe in the 1st round whom were the 16/17 cup winners. This event over 6 boards in evened up by a grading differential which makes all games very close and allows all […]

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Dorset League Division 3 – 8/2/18 – Poole B 4 – 0 Purbeck B

February 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole B coming into the game with the confidence of a winning team continued this fine run with another victory to claim the fifth win of the season. The score does not reflect the hard earned victory gained by all players and the best possible resistance from our friends from over the water from Purbeck. […]

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Division 5 – 8/2/18 Poole F 2.5/1.5 Wimborne G

February 9, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole F continued their recent winning form with fine win in last night’s match. The gradings were fairly even and all was set for a good contest. The team’s newest recruit Kyzrstoff Itrich playing Sepp Wikramaratna- Clarke (was this Poole vs Wimborne?)  making his debut in Bd 1 and did not disappoint. The game centred around […]

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Dorset League Division 1 – 1/2/18 – Poole A 3 Weymouth A 1

February 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole A continued their successful run of winning games with a steady and sound win over last season’s champions Weymouth A.   On Bd 3 John Weatherlake playing Chris Johns played very well and gained a clear advantage from the opening and early middle game so marched down the board to finish off in quick […]

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Progress and results from the Club Championship games

February 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Games from the 17/18 Club championship are in full swing now and congratulations to Oscar,Toby, Chip, Joergen,Simon Fox, Richie, David Lockwood, Christine and Kyrstoff for reaching the 2nd Round. Commerisations to all those that have some second! There are still 7 remaining matches to be played from the 1st round and if you have not […]

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Poole celebrate their 7th Year Chess Club Anniversary at Flirt Cafe

February 5, 2018 by Eric Sachs

On the 31/1/18 Poole Chess Club celebrated their 7th Year of playing chess at Flirt Cafe in Central Bournemouth. The initial idea of playing chess in a cafe environment for all chess players and interested parties has been enjoyable, successful and it has proven to be a hit with chess players from Southbourne, Wimborne and  […]

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Division 4 – Poole E 1- 3 Poole D – 25/1/18

January 26, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Poole E vs Poole D Two dark horses for the B&DCL Division 4 title locked horns last night, hoping to prove that they have all the credentials to win!   Board 1: Richard Smith vs Ciaran Southey   Play began on board one with the intention from both players of a decisive result via a […]

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Dorset League 1: PooleA v DorchesterA

January 26, 2018 by David Fuller

Following an excellent showing in the mid-season grading review, led by Poole Chess Club’s favourite Hipster, John ‘191’ Weatherlake, a confident Poole A Team made its way across Dorset to the Collation Club (they have WiFi! Posh!). John turned up clean shaven: was this a nod to a new era of hard-bitten chess? Or could […]

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New Milton 1.5 – 2.5 Poole C

January 23, 2018 by Tarik

Following the previous match a couple of weeks ago where Poole managed to eek out a win, we were now on their patch and they were out for blood. It was the same teams for this match and John Beasant was up against Mike R again on board 4 and after analyzing the previous match […]

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Dorset League Div 3 – Poole B make it 3/3 at Wimborne

January 19, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Playing a good Wimborne C team with gradings about even Poole B narrowly crossed the line with a 2.5/1.5 win. The view from the terraces was obstructed from yours truly as I had to concentrate on Bd 3. So on Bd 4 Tim playing against Mike Davison  had a clear material advantage but must have […]

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F team record their 1st win of the season at Bournemouth

January 12, 2018 by Eric Sachs

Our F team recorded their 1st win of the season with a good score of 3-1 vs Bournemouth C in the 5th Division match on the 9/1/18. Captain Steve Bailey had an exciting game which could have gone either way in the heat of the battle by held his nerve by outfoxing his opponent to […]

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Poole A vs Poole B (The Empire Strikes Back?)

January 8, 2018 by David Fuller

Well this has caused some confusion hasn’t it? Who should do the match reports for local derbys? Perhaps a report from each captain? I don’t know, but I have been asked to make a few comments. Prior to these matches there has been much debate (mostly at Eric’s excellent New Year Party) as to the […]

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Poole Chess Club Competition 2018

January 5, 2018 by Ciprian Stanciu

The Individual Tournament is now under-way with 8 people in the major category, 8 people in the intermediate category and 16 in the minor. This annual tournament is competing for 3 trophies presented at the AGM, and is split based on grade. Dates: The draw took place on Thursday 4th January at the Poole Chess Club. […]

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Poole D v Poole E

December 27, 2017 by Adam Jaggard

Class of the Tit(s)ans The second Poole derby for us, Poole E, was always going to be a tough challenge – outgraded as a team by 59 points but we’ve been in these situations, dug deep, defied the odds to come out with a result. Tick tick we were off. Adam quickly opened up Richi’s […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole Chess Club would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  

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Poole C 3 – 1 New Milton B

December 22, 2017 by Tarik

A season defining game? Perhaps. Along with the other 9 games of the season. Looking at the league before the game shows that every team has been beaten, and every team has won. Poole C stands with a win and a draw, Wimborne head the table with 3 wins and a draw, and New Milton […]

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Dorset League: Poole 2.5 – 1.5 Ringwood

December 19, 2017 by David Fuller

Another smooth ‘Arsenal win’ or was it ‘Squeeky Bum Time’? Let’s decide together dear reader. The Dorset League Fixtures have started slow this year and this was only the second match of the season in Division One. Team Boss Chip had the luxury of choosing the best (?) from the BDCL A and B Teams […]

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Honours all even in the Derby match

December 11, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Poole B gained a moral victory as Poole A scraped a last gasp draw in the much anticipated Division 1 match vs Poole B. Being the first ever Division 1 match between our top two teams every one was aware of a special evening that was to come. Simon Patterson came in off the bench as […]

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Div 4 – 30/11/17 – Poole E 2.5/1.5 Highcliffe C

December 4, 2017 by Eric Sachs

‘Twas’ St Andrew’s Night. All teams arrived in good time and so Poole E are already one up in my book, such is the relief of a having a complete team – 4 on the board. I was on board 3 with the black pieces. I achieved a nice position but then took a wrong […]

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Dorset League: Poole B 2.5 – 1.5 Southbourne

December 3, 2017 by Tarik

This week you join us in the second round of matches where Southbourne travel to Poole to play their B team. With Dragi out for a home move Toby was drafted in for the home team to play up front in a 1-1-1-1 formation. The traveling team arrived with David Bryant leading the line up […]

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PooleA v Southbourne A

November 24, 2017 by David Fuller

PooleA 2.5-1.5 SouthbourneA You may be pleased to know that, unlike my usual semi-diatribes, this will be a short sharp report for this short sharp match. The fat lady was singing by 9.30pm and so there was plenty of time for detailed analysis (?) in the bar. Poole: Oscar, Mike, myself, Dragi (consistent selection!) were […]

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Division 4 – Poole D 1.5/2.5 Southbourne D

November 22, 2017 by Eric Sachs

There are no easy games even in Division 4 and the D team are coming into the game with confidence after a good start to the season and were leading the table. The grades are fairly even and battle commences. All games are pretty level until Seth makes a poor move on Bd 2 and […]

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Division 1 – Southbourne B vs Poole A 17/11/17

November 22, 2017 by Eric Sachs

It is a Friday night and it is chess so it must be a visit to Southbourne. Their B team are playing very well and currently are top of League 1 being chased by Poole A whom have a game in hand, it going to be tough. David (Fuller) is unavailable so Martin Machacek (192) […]

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Poole B – Wimborne A 2-2

November 18, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Wimborne A  2-2   C Stanciu (169) – A Pleasants (183)  1-0 Sergio C (155) – I Clark (183)  0-1 J Weatherlake (140) – G Willets (170)  1-0 T Miller (149) – E Barker (160)  0-1   Poole B came to the match against the reigning champions feeling confident after the win against Wimborne […]

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Div 3 – Wimborne E vs Poole E – 15 November 2017

November 18, 2017 by Eric Sachs

‘A rook lift away’ It was a cold night but we had a warm reception from the jovial crew at Wimborne. Eager to get going Ciaran on board 1 kicked off. He had a very solid game with initiative and attacking chances. At a crucial point in the game, however, he chose to double his […]

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The Omen at Greyfriars – 13th November

November 14, 2017 by Eric Sachs

  It was a dark night as we entered the car park and a stranger came up to me and mentioned it was the first time in many years there were spare car parking places in the car park, me too, that’s why we parked down the road.  The front door opened and someone asked  […]

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Poole F go down to Purbeck 1.5/2.5 in Divison 5 match 9/11/17

November 12, 2017 by Eric Sachs

In an interesting match our players  just failed to hold their own in a tough match against Purbeck whom were well represented on all boards. Captain Steve (67) Bd 4 had a solid game game against Brain Beard (60) where he gained an advantage with his rooks coming down on open files in between a […]

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David Fuller wins the 2017 Summer Cup (Belated)

November 12, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Congratulations to David Fuller (166) winning the final of the Summer Cup . Details of the game have been posted separately by David. This concluded a highly successful competition which started in June/July with 24 players competing. Well done to all for taking part through an all play all league and two knock out rounds. All […]

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Poole B v Wimborne B (2.5-1.5)

November 5, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Wimborne B  2.5-1.5   C Stanciu (169) – M Littleton (176)   0.5-0.5 Sergio C  (155) – P Wilcock (159)  1-0 T Miller (150) – S Appleby (153)  0-1 J Weatherlake (140) –  J Neilsen (142)  1-0   A very important game for Poole B against a team also battling relegation. We came […]

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Poole C 3.5 – 0.5 Ringwood B

November 2, 2017 by Tarik

T’was a….well….it’s November, you can guess the rest. Arriving nice and early I find 8 sets already set up ready for the two big games, Poole B vs Wimborne B and obviously more importantly Poole C vs Ringwood B. After a quick game against the organized host and board setter-upper SteveB (Albin Counter Gambit, he […]

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Poole E complete the successful week for all teams

October 27, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Div 4 26/10 – Poole D vs Wimborne F – result 2.5/1.5 Our E team competed an excellent week for the club being the 4th successful team. Oh the Wimborne club must be getting sick of their neighbours. Cieran (Bd 1) playing like the quiet assassin moved the pieces around the board like painter exhibiting […]

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Dorset League – Dorchester 1 – 3 Poole B

October 26, 2017 by Tarik

<light hearted Dorset League div 3 introduction left to readers imagination> Having succeeded in preventing his opponent from castling Chris A’s opponent responded with an attack of his own in response to Chris attempts to open the game. <Insert your own joke to wind up Chris here> In the end Chris agreed to a draw […]

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BDCL League 1: WimborneA v PooleA

October 26, 2017 by David Fuller

So like Bill Murray waking up to Sonny and Cher, off we schlepp to Wimborne. I was so inspired that here is a bit of a Sonnet what I wrote.. A Bit of a Sonnet for Wimborne The A-Team chaps are keen. Who have we next? Another club? We check the Web in vain. Has […]

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B&DCL Div 3: Wimborne 3 Poole 1

October 20, 2017 by Tarik

T’was a dark night with the fog rolling in. Shapes appeared in the distance, 4 confident strapping young gentlemen ready to kick some bottom and dominate on the chess board. Then the Poole team arrived. Simon P was playing on third board and despite what looked a level position, soon two of Simon’s pawns were […]

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Outstanding Results for Poole Chess Club entrants in Dorset Open Congress

October 20, 2017 by Chris Roberts

We took the Dorset Open Congress by storm last weekend (13-15 October). Six members of Poole CC entered: Mike Duggan in the Open section, John Weatherlake in the Major, Richie Smith in the Intermediate and Dave Burt, Tim McCullagh and Christine Roberts in the Minor. All our entrants did well, Michael Duggan came joint fourth and also won a share of […]

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A weekend in the life of a Chess Congress entrant by Christine Roberts

October 20, 2017 by Chris Roberts

Dorset Open 13-15 October 2017 Friday evening (in the lofty heights of Board 2!):  My opponent was a very pleasant, well-mannered chap from Wandsworth, graded twenty points above me. He had the white pieces and his opening was one I haven’t seen very often:  1 e4; e5  2 Nc3, Nf6  3 f4, d6. I made […]

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Dorset League One: Wimborne 1.5 Poole 2.5

October 12, 2017 by David Fuller

So with a heavy feeling of deja vu, off we drive to Wimborne for the first every game in Dorset League One for Poole CC (‘ever’ = since I have been playing here). Martin M is unavailable today so Oscar moves up to B1, Mike ‘Duggs’ Duggan to B2, yours truly trying B3 and Dragi […]

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6/10/17 – Southborne E 3 Poole F 1

October 10, 2017 by Eric Sachs

In the 2nd match for Poole F we went down 3-1 having played well in the match for a good part of the evening . P.Sandy (Bd 1) 1 D.Hewson 0 – game was even but Don lost on time Ken Dixon (Bd 2) 1 M.Austin 0 – Matt had a good opening and middle […]

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Southbourne B – Poole B 3-1

October 8, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Southbourne B – Poole B 3-1 A Grzybicki (172) – C Stanciu (169) 1-0 B Jenks (174) – Sergio C (155) 1-0 G Sawicki (165) – T Miller (150) 1-0 B Curran (158) – J Weatherlake (140) 0-1 A great start with John taking the score 1-0 up for us although unfortunately the winning streak […]

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4/10/17 – Good start to the season for Poole A

October 6, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Wimborne B 0-4 Poole A So the first match of this new season for the A-Team following many good results from the rest of the club; no pressure then, and off to Wimborne’s latest base we go. No more whiffy Scout Hut, but instead the nice Merely Community Centre. Leave yourself a few extra minutes […]

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‘We win when we want….’

October 2, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Well, most of time. Poole E played away to Southbourne D. Out-graded on every board by between 13-25 points. On paper this looked like it was going to be a tough night for us. Its a testament to the attitude and style of players at Poole Chess Club that we just got on with it […]

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Poole D home match vs Wimborne F – 28 September

September 30, 2017 by Eric Sachs

A great first result for Poole D in Division 4 of B & DL, with their win over Wimborne F. The gradings were fairly equal on each board and the two wins and two draws for Poole D augers well for a strong season. Chris Ambrose, team Captain, reports that the ‘oldies’ drew on boards […]

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Poole F home match vs Highcliffe B – 21 September

September 30, 2017 by Eric Sachs

In Division 5 of B & DL, with one loss, one win and two draws, Poole F team drew with Highcliffe B team. Not a bad start to the season and some interesting games were played. Captain, Steve Bailey, would like to thank the team for contributing to some exciting games. In fact, on board […]

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First C team for 17/18 end in defeat for Poole

September 25, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Poole C vs Southbourne C 21/9/17 — Division 3 result 0.5/3.5 win for Southbourne In our first match of the season we played a very strong Southbourne C team whom were relegated from Divison 2 last season and were out graded by circa 100 points over the 4 boards. Only Mike Rutter playing on board […]

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Poole B – Southbourne A 2-2

September 25, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Southbourne A 2-2 C Stanciu (169) – M Simons (193) 0.5-0.5 Sergio C (155) – R Pegg (176) 1-0 T Miller (150) – J Forster (169) 0-1 J Weatherlake (est 140) – J Catchpole (155) 0.5-0.5 A new season, a new division, new motivation for Poole B to prove that they are good […]

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Poole Chess News Update – September 2017

September 19, 2017 by Eric Sachs

This is a general pre-season update for all prior to switching to our new Poole Chess website. Two Towns Match held at our club on the 13/9. Bournemouth vs Poole. where 56 players took part in the pre season curtain raiser. The match was keenly contested as always with Bournemouth having a slightly stronger team […]

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Stephen Bailey charity event – £900 raised in July!

August 28, 2017 by Eric Sachs

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Two Towns Match – Poole vs Bournemouth – Wed 13 September 2017

August 28, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Our annual curtain raiser Poole vs Bournemouth match will be held at The British Legion Club, Poole Road, Poole, in the large reception room at 7.15pm on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. If you’d like to register for this match, please contact Eric Sachs (07968 472596) to play for Poole or Martin Simons (07903 049725) to […]

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Seth Rider wins the ‘THE BLACK KNIGHT TROPHY’ FROM CHAIRMAN ERIC SACHS

August 28, 2017 by mainadmin

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Steve Bailey Charity Day at the Club 29/7/17

July 26, 2017 by Eric Sachs

We are hosting a Charity day in the club reception room to support Steve’s bid to travel to the West Indies in 2018.. Steve has been invited to join a team of cricket coaches for the visually impaired to take a team to the West Indies. This is part of the development of cricket for […]

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Steve Bailey Charity Day at the Club 27/7/17

June 15, 2017 by Eric Sachs

We are hosting a Charity day in the function room to support Steve’s bid to travel to the West Indies in 2018.. Steve has been invited to join a team of cricket coaches for the visually impaired to take a team to the West Indies. This is part of the development of cricket for the […]

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Forthcoming Annual General Meeting of Our Chess Club 13/7/17

June 15, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Our club AGM is taking place at the club on the 13th July. Although an AGM is not the most exciting event this year we have reasons to enjoy the event more this year as we will be parading three trophies won by our club this season. The 2nd Division Bournemouth & District League. The […]

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Hiru/Sandu Farewell marked by Blitz event – 25/5/17

May 27, 2017 by Eric Sachs

14 Club members turned up to wish Hiru and Sandu farewell as they are going to Sri Lanka to complete their studies having completed 3 years at the University. A 10 minute Blitz competition was organised by yours truly.to mark the evening over the boards were 4 rounds of chess was played by all 14 […]

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Final Dorset League Match of the Season vs Bridport – 18/5/17

May 19, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Poole 4 – 0 Bridport – a resounding win in our Final match of the season to cap off an excellent season winning Division 2 in grand style. Success breeds success and with no one looking over our shoulders this was another enjoyable evening for Poole. Richie playing on Board 4 making his debut in […]

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2017 Club Championship – Current Status

May 16, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Major SANDU playing CHIP in the semi-final to earn the right to play TOBY in the final. Intermediate SIMON FOX playing SIMON PATERSON in their 2nd match to earn the right to play TARIK in the final. Minor Winner – ADAM who beat RICHIE in the final – congratulations to Adam in his first club […]

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Division 2 – Poole B beat Bournemouth A to clinch the 2nd Division.

May 12, 2017 by Eric Sachs

In a grandstand atmosphere of clicking pieces and deadly silence our B Team clinched the Division 2 title with a 2 1/5 to 1 1/5 victory. I need to mention the build up which has been ongoing for some months when both Poole and Bournemouth managed to win home and away against all opposition to […]

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Dorset League – Weymouth 1 – 3 Poole

May 10, 2017 by Tarik

After a missed train and a quick detour, a band of brigands descended on Weymouth, intent in inflicting decimation upon pawn structures and chasing Kings across 64 squares of pain. Soon after arriving to the relaxed friendly bar, hostile intentions were clearly forgotten and 4 games of chess soon began. Oscar on board 1, Toby […]

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BDCL Handicap KO Final: Poole vs Purbeck

May 6, 2017 by David Fuller

And so after battling through round after round (two!) of KO action the all conquering Poole Team found itself playing the final against the auld enemy, Purbeck. Home advantage at ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ put us in a good mood (well, no need to schlepp bloody miles over to the Isle of Purbeck for a […]

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Poole F 1 – 3 Wimborne F

May 5, 2017 by Eric Sachs

In the Final game of the season for our F team they went down 3-1 to a solid performance from Wimborne F team. This was not quite the match on the beach but it had an end of season feel to it. Ciaran playing D.Bland (123) was under pressure on the K side fought very […]

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New Milton A vs Poole B 1.5 – 2.5

April 30, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

R Du Toit (172) v C Stanciu (163) 0.5 – 0.5 P Manning (144) v T Miller (153) 0 – 1 M Honey (137) v Hiru M (158) 0 – 1 S Disney (123) v Sandu M (149) 1 – 0 First to finish was Hiru who was 2 pawns up after 20 minutes which […]

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Southbourne C – Poole B 1.5 – 2.5

April 23, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Southbourne C – Poole B. 1.5-2.5 A Pitcher – C Stanciu. 0-1 K Dixon – Hiru M. 1-0 M Buse – T Miller. 0.5 – 0.5 S Payne – Sandu M. 0-1 A very frustrating evening for Poole B, we struggled to win a game against a team with an average much lower then ours, […]

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Southbourne D 2.5 – 1.5 Poole D

April 22, 2017 by Tarik

Back to Southbourne, this time against the stronger team, and the grades weren’t in our favour. Dave L lost a pawn but managed to recapture one in return to make a level position and a good draw against Mike Davies 35 grading points above him. An excellent result and a good start for the team. […]

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New Milton win at Poole to clinch the Division 4 title

April 21, 2017 by Eric Sachs

With all to play for in a league title decider New Milton win 3.5/0.5 to clinch the Divison 4 title. New Milton had an average grade advantage of 124 vs Poole E of 83 = 41 difference which was too big an advantage for the Poole team. On board – 1 Mike Honey played a […]

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Purbeck v Poole E Monday 10 April

April 18, 2017 by Adam Jaggard

Steve’s barmy army triumph again Igor – usually solid as a rock, was caught off guard and like waiting for a bus gave him not one, not two but trebled pawns! With so many targets his opponent was spurred on and finally Igor succumbed to the might of an 89 year old. David B – […]

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Poole D 2 – 2 Ringwood B

April 17, 2017 by Tarik

With such an out grading, it was fortunate for our result that board 4 for Ringwood wasn’t about to make it due to bird troubles, but would have preferred Dave L to get a game. You may notice some tributes to this absent opponent spread like droppings through this report. First to finish was Tarik […]

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BDCL League One: Southbourne B v Poole A

April 9, 2017 by Eric Sachs

End of season, mid-table obscurity… both teams! Our opponents seemed buoyant with the news that Ringwood had lost the previous night and so removed the chance of relegation for them. Such low aspirations… not the sort of attitude that Poole Chess Club members would expect of its A-Team. We scented blood! So we sat down […]

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Poole B return to the top after win against Wimborne D

April 7, 2017 by Eric Sachs

On another tense night it was a well deserved win for us in a very hard fought match. Although we out graded our opponents their points total at the top of the table shows their strength. Your roving reporter stood in for Toby Miller at the last minute and played on board 4 to make […]

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F for Fearless team heavily out graded beat Purbeck 3-1

April 4, 2017 by Eric Sachs

On a very good night of chess our F team pulled out a sterling performance to win their 2nd successive match on the road. Average grades for Purbeck = 104 Average grades for Poole = 74.25 Board 1 a strong Jeremy Beling grade 130 had a comfortable opening and quickly drove into David Lockwood’s defence, […]

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C team get the point they need with a draw against Ringwood B

March 31, 2017 by Eric Sachs

On a tense night the C team achieved a well earned and hard fought draw against a much stronger Ringwood B team to secure their place in Division 3 for next season. The orders were given and all that was needed was a draw but our friends from Ringwood arrived with a semi heavy weight […]

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Dorset League Div 2 – Wimborne (Baden-Powell) vs Poole

March 29, 2017 by Eric Sachs

So following the excitement of our key opposition, Purbeck, being held to a draw on Monday night (see separate report ‘Purbeck WeyLaid’) off we schlepped to the damp Scout Hut which is Wimborne HQ. With the smell of fresh moan grass and woggles in our nostrils we waited for, well, anyone to arrive. Sure enough […]

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Highcliffe C vs Poole F – Division 4 – win for Poole F 3-1 – 27/3/17

March 28, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Another good night for our F team who went to Highcliffe for the first time as an F team and came home with the points. Adam playing on Board 2 had a winning position and a rook up saw the golden lights of the winning line, flunked out by dropping his queen with no way […]

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Division 4 – Poole E 4 -0 Wimborne G – 23/3/17

March 28, 2017 by Eric Sachs

A resounding win for the home team in a good night for our E Team. The match seemed much tighter than the score suggests but one by one the stayed strong and committed to make it a successful night. David Burt had a strong game against Jim Newman albeit being out graded and scored our […]

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A team suffer defeat against the league champions elect Wimborne

March 27, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Our A team went down 1.5/2.5 to a strong Wimborne team last Thursday 23/3 but put a strong fight to the end in a very tense and exciting match. On Board 3 Sergiu playing Graham Willett (179) had an even position but made a vital error when losing a pawn on the H file and […]

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Dorset Rapidplay – 12/3/17

March 19, 2017 by Eric Sachs

We had a a good entry from Poole players for this event and the every one that played did Poole proud on the day. Oscar came = 2nd with 5/6 Richie and Tim both won grading prizes with 2.5/6 and Poole won the team event with the overall individual winner in our team of Gabor […]

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Handicap knockout competition

March 17, 2017 by Eric Sachs

Poole – Dorchester 4.5-1.5 Oscar G (180) – D Hardie (139). 1-0 David F (163) – D Aldwinckle (138). 1-0 Simon F (132) – W Woodhouse (126) 0-1 Simon P (124) – S Milburn (123). 1-0 Chris A (116) – D Martin (107). 0.5-0.5 Seth R (77) – S Jones (103). 1-0 A great night […]

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Poole B – Southbourne C 4-0

March 5, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Southbourne C. 4-0 C Stanciu (162) – A Pitcher (137). 1-0 Hiru M (158). – J Harris (122). 1-0 T Miller (154) – D Arorash (125). 1-0 Sandu M (149) – K Dixon (115). 1-0 A comfortable win for Poole B in a game where we outgraded our opponents at every board, […]

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Southbourne E 1 vs 3 Poole D

March 5, 2017 by Tarik

With Southbourne on the bottom of the league, it was important for both Poole teams that we could get a win to keep our teams away from the threat of relegation, conversely, a win was needed for Southbourne to maintain hopes of staying in the division.   Dragi was ever reliable on board 1 against […]

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Dorset League Div 2 – Poole 3 Dorchester C 1

March 5, 2017 by Eric Sachs

A good win for the home team with a re arranged team saw Poole move into 2nd place in the league. On Board 1 David (Fuller) playing Geoff Shearing in a tight game and extracts from David quote ‘ equalised quickly in the Blacks side of a classical Dutch defence, improved to a+100 ish plus […]

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Poole C 1 – 3 Poole D

March 5, 2017 by Tarik

With both of the Poole teams near the bottom, this was an important game to see which team could pull away from the threat of relegation and start looking up. Dragi (D Team) was playing Simon P (C Team) on top board, and after a tough game Dragi managed to get an edge to win […]

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Handicap Knockout competition

February 28, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Southbourne – Poole. 0.5 – 5.5 R Pegg (190) – M Machacek (192). 0-1 J Forster (170) – S Calauz (160). 0-1 D Arorash (125) – Hiru M (158). 0-1 F Taylor (119) – Sandu M (149). 0-1 P Sandy (109) – T Reghif (124). 0-1 M Buse (102) – S Rider (77). 0.5-0.5 Having […]

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Highcliffe B 2 – 2 Poole D

February 27, 2017 by Tarik

Dragi – as usual play d the solid some say aggressive London system. Made a slight mistake in his moves orders which resulted in a pawn falling mid game. This pawn eventually was decisive as it ended up queening. Tarnishing Tarik – playing with the Black pieces. Lifted his rook prematurely and was then tormented […]

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Welcome Return of Chris Roberts

February 10, 2017 by Eric Sachs

I am very pleased to report Chris Roberts has rejoined the club. Chris was our club secretary some 4/5 years ago moved away from the area but has since returned to live in Bournemouth. When she joined the club she was a complete beginner and in a short time she progressed to a grade of […]

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Poole B – Highcliffe A

February 7, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Highcliffe A. 3-1 C Stanciu (163) – R Ursell (150) 1-0 S Calauz (160) – K Smith (137). 1-0 Sandu M (149) – N Salinger (132). 0.5-0.5 Hiru M (158) – R Halse (125). 0.5-0.5 A very important win for Poole B, to keep us close to the top in a division […]

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Celebrating 5 years at Flirt Cafe

January 28, 2017 by Eric Sachs

It gives us great pleasure to announce this milestone and special thanks to Rob and Pete for accommodating chess in the cafe. Our cafe chess is thriving more than ever with club players coming from all local clubs including Bournemouth/Southbourne and Wimborne. Every Wednesday from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm chess thrives as the Masters, […]

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Division 1 – Poole A 2 Ringwood 2

January 27, 2017 by Eric Sachs

In a tight match where reserves were brought in at short notice for both teams the match finished 2-2 which was a fair end result considering all. Poole out graded our visitors with the exception of Board 1 as Martin Clancey played Chip. Sandu playing on Board 4 had a good and comprehensive win against […]

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Poole Chess Club Tournament

January 23, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

2017 POOLE CHESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – KNOCK OUT IN FA CUP STYLE MAJOR SECTION 1 -SERGIU VS SANDU 2 -OSCAR VS HIRU 3 -CIPRI VS DRAGI 4 -TOBY VS DAVID WINNER 1 PLAYS 3, WINNER 2 PLAYS 4 FINAL INTERMEDIATE SECTION 1 – TARIK VS STEPHEN CHAPPELL 2 – ANDRE VS SIMON PATERSON 3 – […]

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Division 2 – Wimborne C 2.5/1.5 Poole B

January 19, 2017 by Eric Sachs

With a repeat of the previous score just 5 days ago this underrated Wimborne team had a deserved win against Poole. It is painful from the writer who was outplayed on Board 4 by John Bowley who had a very good game. Chip and Joergen Neilson had a repeat draw on board with no advantage […]

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Wimborne C – Poole B

January 18, 2017 by Ciprian Stanciu

Poole B – Wimborne C. 1.5-2.5 C Stanciu (163) – J Nielsen (148). 0.5-05 S Calauz (160) – Serghei Sim (150). 0-1 T Miller (154) – S Culleton (134). 0-1 S Fox (132) – J Bowley (126). 1-0 First defeat of the season for Poole B came as a surprise in a very frustrating evening […]

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A team on the march with good win at Ringwood – 3.5 vs 0.5

January 11, 2017 by Eric Sachs

An excellent team performance matched by the grade differential at Ringwood on Monday night at the White Hart saloon in the country, With the return of Martin Machatek after nearly 3 years (welcome back) and a full strength team turn out this was a solid performance by all with all scoring during the evening. The […]

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