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posted Mar 18, 2020, 3:45 PM by Phil Morgan

Regrettably because of the virus and government advice, we are having to suspend our club activity. As soon as we can safely resume, we will be looking to do so. Take care.

Robert Richmond

posted Jan 12, 2020, 4:03 PM by Phil Morgan

Our club shares in the sense of loss in the  Nottinghamshire chess community at the sudden death of Robert Richmond. 

Robert's contribution to Nottinghamshire chess  is well set out  the Gambit Club's January post.

Aside from this, we recall Robert as a fiercely competitive and talented chess player.. Achieving a  result against 

Robert was special. and hard-earned.

Out With The Old

posted Dec 13, 2019, 3:39 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 7:35 AM ]

The first half of the season ended on 11.12.19 with home defeats for Ashfield 2 and Ashfield 4. 

League action will resume at the club on Wednesday, 8 January.

The club is in some disarray on and off the board. As I write this, our prospects for success look on a par with

 those of the Labour Party.

Five club players were in action at Derby on Wednesday 17th December. Paul, Rik and Trevor played for Amber Valley. Alex and Phil lined up in opposing teams as Derby B hosted Clay Cross A.


posted Nov 16, 2019, 11:11 AM by Phil Morgan

4 NCL Weekend 1 took place 9/10 November at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.
 Ashfield 1 play in Division 3 South. They lost their two opening games 4-2 to Wessex A and 4.5-1.5 to The Rookies
Ashfield 2 in Division 4 South faced two junior teams. They opened with a 5-1 win against Watford 2, but lost their second game to Wood Green Youth 3.5-2.5 .

Bob Taylor Tournament Co-Winner

posted Oct 6, 2019, 11:16 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Oct 8, 2019, 5:24 AM ]

Congratulations to Bob, co-winner of the FIDE Major Tournament Under 2000 held at the Holiday Inn, South Normanton on 4-6 October.
Bob's FIDE grading entering the event was 1692, ranked 28th of the 44 entrants. He out himself in a promising position in Rounds 1-3 with draws against players graded 1861 and 1847, and a win against a 1870 graded opponent. He enjoyed some good fortune in the final rounds. His opponent in Round 4 withdrew from illness, and had a favourable draw in the last round, which enable him to catch the front-runner. You can only beat the opponent who sits across the table.
Neil Graham also went through the tournament unbeaten.
Bob scored a tournament rating of 1971. Neil scored a TR of 1858. 

A Plea For Promptness.

posted Sep 27, 2019, 4:09 PM by Phil Morgan

After our first home match of 2019-20 as a captain, I'd like to thank players who arrived early and helped to set up equipment. For captains, it's very reassuring to see all team members arrive before the scheduled start time . If players are late, this  creates anxiety for captains, particularly because of our League rules regarding team order. 

Some late arrivals are unavoidable because of traffic problems. My beef is with home team players who are habitually late
This can delay the match start time , which is inconsiderate to opponents, who may be travelling some distance, or. if clocks are started, they may lose some time on the clock, which can be costly in a game of fine margins,
 Late arrival does not set a good example to youngsters who may be present at the club.

Players who arrive early and help set up equipment show respect for their team-mates , opponents and the game of chess.


posted Sep 16, 2019, 3:19 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Sep 16, 2019, 3:31 PM ]

Mirroring the country's  political future,  uncertainty hangs over our web-site. The loss of Steve Bak has reduced our functionality. I don't know, despite seeking advice, how to create new folders for the 2019-20 season. Any offers of help would be appreciated. In the interim, I will plonk everything here.

9.9.18. A2 opened the season at West Bridgford. We drew this fixture in March, but went down 4-1 with a slightly stronger team. For details , look on the ECF website, League Management System Section. This will show results before they appear on the NCA site. As A2 earned promotion last season, this result suggests West Bridgford should be up with the pace-setters in D2.

Club Rapidplay Report

posted Sep 8, 2019, 11:28 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Sep 8, 2019, 2:21 PM ]


6 veterans took the field in a 5 round all-play all event

Congratulations to Steve Burke winner on 4.5/5. Bob Taylor was runner- up on 4/5

Other competitors were Neil, Phil, Trevor and Ray . 

Finishing places were in line with age and grade. Steve was the only non-pensioner.

Ray, after completing the last game to finish, echoed the recent comments of Gary Kasparov, " I can fight

all opponents, but not age."

The Sunday lunch did not disappoint. A diiicult choice between Jam Roly Poly and Spotted Dick.

Season Ahead 2019-20

posted Aug 4, 2019, 11:37 AM by Phil Morgan

Club activities will resume on Sunday, 8 September with a 5-round Swiss Rapidplay commencing at 11.00.

Apart from an opportunity to shake off chess rustiness, this gives a chance to sample a traditional Coronation Club Sunday lunch.

A few players have been active over the summer. David and Bob competed in the British Championship at Torquay, and Glenn, Steve and myself have played some local Rapid events, with mixed results.

The new League  season resumes on Monday, 9th September. We will have 4 teams playing at all levels of the Notts League. New players are welcome. This is a good time for anybody interested in playing League chess in Notts to make contact with us. See Contacts Section. 

Gambit Challenge

posted Jul 20, 2019, 5:38 AM by Phil Morgan

A posse of 6 travelled to Gambit on Tuesday 16, July, for a Challenge Rapidplay evening. The play was over 4 rounds. and Gambit loaned us 3 players. We started well, with good round 1 wins for David and Neil, before Gambit's strength powered them to a 25.5 -13.5 win.

Trevor was our top scorer on 2/4. I lost my 2 games as White from good positions and somehow conjured a win and a draw from 2 dire Black positions.

It was an enjoyable evening. Thanks to Drag for running the event, and to Neil for driving, giving the rest of us a chance to sample some Castle Rock ales. See Gambit Club website for fuller details. Phil

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