Horfield & Redland Chess Club

Peter Kirby receives the KO Cup

Peter Kirby received the KO Cup for Horfield from Mike Minshall at the League AGM on 18 May

Horfield & Redland is one of the top chess clubs in the Bristol area. We run four teams in the Bristol & District Chess League.

Whatever your playing strength, you are very welcome to come along to one of our club nights. You are under no obligation to join until you've had a few visits to try us out. We play at 1 Redland Park, next to the United Reform Church, just off Whiteladies Road (see map). We are normally open on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 10:30pm between September and April. Click here to check the list of open dates and here for the Club Secretary's contact details.

9 Sep Peter Kirby is on top board for Guernsey in the Olympiad in Baku. After 6 rounds he is on 50%.
11 Aug The new season's fixtures are available on the League website and here.
21 Jun Six Horfield players took part in the Bristol Summer Congress. Lee Abecasis was a star player of the weekend, finishing tie second in the Minor. Our other star was Steve Dilleigh who drew with GM Keith Arkell and finished tie third in the Open. Scores:
Minor: 2nd= Lee Abecasis 4; Graham Strickland 2.5.  Major: Prakash Chatterjee 3. Open: 3rd=  Steve Dilleigh 3; Peter Kirby, Kajetan Wandowicz 2.5.
31 May Horfield member Jon Fisher has produced an app called ChessJournal, specifically designed for league and tournament chess players to record, store, analyse and get statistics on their "over the board" seasons. ChessJournal went live on the App Store on Saturday (only iPhone for now, Android later) You can download ChessJournal (it costs £1.49) for iPhone here.

More information is available from
Blog: https://thechessjournalblog.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chessjournalapp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chessjournalapp/
11 May Horfield win the KO Cup! But it went to the last ten seconds. See captain Mike Harris's report and for the opposition view, see the report of Downend's Mike Meadows.
6 May Roger Pearce has donated a number of books and some software to the club. There is a list in the new Library section.
6 May The draft AGM minutes are now available.
18 Apr Peter Kirby has been representing Guernsey in the European Small Nations Individual Championship, Luxembourg, 2-10 April, where he finished on 4/11. Read his report here.
18 Apr The club AGM will be on Tuesday 3 May.
18 Apr Horfield is home to Clifton in the Minor KO Final also on Tuesday 10 May.
11 Apr Horfield will be away to Downend in the KO Final on Tuesday 10 May.
3 Apr The winner of the club championship was Kajetan Wandowicz (5/6) and Alex Dunn took the grading trophy with 3.5.

A reminder that the club will be open every Tuesday in April. On Tuesday 5 April and Tuesday 12 April there will be an opportunity for two more rounds of Little Cup matches.

The Bristol Chess Congress now has its own website. Next congress is 10-12 June.
16 Feb There is still time to enter the Bristol Spring Congress 26-28 February. 3 sections- FIDE rated Open (top seed GM Keith Arkell), U155, U125. Venue- Bristol Grammar School, University Rd, Clifton. Entry Form
15 Feb The Club Championship will take place over 2 club nights: 8th and 29th March. The plan is to have on each evening 3 rounds; in each round each player has 25 minutes on his clock. There are trophies both for the overall winner and for the highest-placed lower-graded player. If you intend to compete please try to ensure that you arrive by 7.30, as we'll want to make as early a start to the first round as possible. Please do by all means come along on just one of the two nights if that is all you can manage - I'm sure we'll be able to juggle the draw as required!
4 Jan The Cotswold Congress is in Gloucester at Whitsun, 28-30 May. Entry form and details (Word doc).
2015 30 Dec The East Devon Chess Congress is in Exeter, 4-6 March 2016. Entry form and details.
14 Dec Horfield have been drawn at home to Keynsham in the semi-final of the Minor KO, to be played on 12 January. In the other semi, South Bristol will host Clifton.
4 Dec At last weekend's Bristol Winter Congress, Horfield new member Brent Perrin won the Minor section in convincing fashion with 4/4 and a half point bye - congratulations!

In the Major there was more success for Horfield: Jon Fisher finished joint 2nd with 3.5.

In the Open, Steve Dilleigh and Dan Malkiel finished joint second - 3.5/5 each. Dan narrowly lost to GM Keith Arkell who was the outright winner. Mike Harris scored 50% against tough opposition.
27 Nov Horfield C's home fixture v Keynsham A on 22 December has been rearranged for Tuesday 23 February. So now all will be free to play in the club Christmas quickplay on 22 December, followed by the option of going for a curry.
24 Nov The League Congress is on this weekend 27-29 November. For late entries see the League website.
23 Nov We will be holding a club Christmas quickplay on 22 December, followed by the option of going for a curry.
23 Oct We will be holding an open night on 27 October. There probably will be an informal quick-play tournament. Non members welcome.

Early notice that on the two Tuesdays in March when there are no scheduled fixtures we hope to run the Club Championship - i.e., 8 and 29 March: dates to put in your diary if you already have your 2016 diary!.
23 Oct Steve Dilleigh and Peter Kirby are competing in the Guernsey Open. Wtih 2 of the 7 rounds to go, Steve has 3 points and Peter has 2.5.
21 Sep Horfield's Roger Pearce had a great time at the Steve Boniface Memorial FIDE Open last month, starting on 3/3, including beating IM Chris Beaumont and the other top seed. A win against Carl Bicknell in the final round would have meant he finished first and secured a British Championship place, but Carl triumphed to finish on 100%. Roger's grading performance was 222! Here is Roger's victory over Leon Burnett.
21 Sep The next Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay will be on Saturday 10 October. Entry form.
28 Aug A list of Horfield Fixtures is now available.
19 Aug The new season kicks off on 1 September with Horfield B v Horfield A. Fixtures are on the League's website. Note there has already been at least one change. Grendel A v Horfield B has moved from Tuesday 15 September to Wednesday 16 September.
Previous News stories

20 SepClifton B 2½ - 3½ Horfield A
20 SepHorfield C 5½ - ½ North Bristol A
15 SepKeynsham A 1 - 5 Horfield C
13 SepHorfield B 2 - 4 Downend B
13 SepHorfield D 2½ - 3½ Downend E
7 SepBath A 4 - 2 Horfield A
6 SepHorfield C 3 - 3 Downend C
10 MayKO final: Downend 4 - 4 Horfield
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