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Bristol & District League 2022 - 2023

Fixtures 2022-2023  First Half of Season   xls

Handbook Rules 2022-2023    docx     pdf

League Structure & Knockout teams 2022-2023     doc    pdf

Downend Summer Events 2022

South Bristol Rapidplay  -  Sat 30th July    Whitchurch Folk House  ( This event is now cancelled )

League AGM - Wed 15th June  7 30 pm    Cross Hands, Downend BS16 5AA

All members/ players in the Bristol League are welcome to attend the AGM              Agm Agenda

There are three proposals

Firstly, there is a proposal to simplify the existing playing up/down rule    pdf1          doc1

Secondly there are some changes to the Minor KO                                    pdf2        doc2

Finally, there is a proposal with regards to default points                            pdf3        doc3


3rd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship    ( Entries are limited to 50 players )

Saturday 2nd April 2022

Fixtures 2021 - 2022       

Division One  -      xls       pdf        Start date Week commencing 6th Sept ( complete fixtures )   Results  ( updated 7th Dec 21 )

Division Two  -      xls       pdf        Start date Week commencing 13th Sept  ( Rounds 1 - 14 )   Results  ( updated 24th Mar 22 )

Club Directory               Team Captains Email


Note: ( North Bristol are now playing at the "Inn on the Green" 2 Filton Rd BS7 0PA )

Covid 19 Guidelines

Bristol Swiss Rapid 2022 Online -  Sunday 27th Feb   7pm start     ( 5 round swiss   15min + 5 sec )

Bristol Swiss Rapid 2022 Online -  Sunday 2nd Jan   7pm start     ( 5 round swiss )

   Downend Buzzer Tournament

  Wed 29th December 2021   10 sec buzzer tournament 7 pm - 11 pm       Results


   Bristol Rapidplay 20th November -

1st =  Jim Sherwin, Peter Chaplin, Fergus Skillen    5/6

88 yr old Jim Sherwin in action

Jim Sherwin v Chirag Hosdurga ( Rd 4 )

Alex Belsley v Peter Chaplin ( Rd 5 )


Fergus Skillen v Patrick Flexman ( Rd 6 )

Jim Sherwin v Peter Chaplin ( Rd 6 )




We can confirm that, as proposed, the league next season will comprise 2 divisions.  Division One will be an all play all with matches starting on w/c 6th September, whilst Division Two will be in the form of a swiss style competition starting the following week w/c September 13th. 

The fixtures for Div 1will be published shortly and the pairings for the Swiss Div 2 will be published after the deadline for teams being entered which is Aug 20th. Div 1 will have the usual 6 board matches, whilst Div 2 will consist of 4 board matches.

Next Season will be a unigue one so we are relaxing the rules with regards thresholds and playing up and down to encourage over the board play and hopefully a route back to normality after what has been a difficult period for us all. 

The league secretary has put together a more detailed document outlining the pros and cons of our decision with regards to next season.  We look forward to seeing as many of you playing chess as possible next season as safely as is possible.

Pdf       Word

The fixtures for next season along with club venues and team captains will appear here shortly




Bristol Swiss Blitz & Rapid 2021

Many thanks to John Stubbs for running the Bristol Swiss online at Lichess

Jul 25th 2021 -

Jul 11th 2021 -

Jun 27th 2021 -

Jun 13th 2021 -

May 30th 2021 -

21st Feb -

7th Feb -

24th Jan -

10th Jan -  

British Online Championships 2020     Results    Commentary Matthew Sadler & Natasha Regan


Oliver Stubbs ( Downend Chess club ) won the British Online Rapidplay Under 18   Oliver Stubbs Under 18 Champion

Toby Kan ( Downend Chess Club ) narrowly missed out on 2nd or 3rd in the Under 14 chess championships


In the Blitz finals Aron Saunders came 3rd in the under 16 with a very good score of 6 out of 9.  In the under 18 Blitz final Oliver Stubbs just missed out on the double, coming 2nd with a very good score of 5 1/2 out of 7

Bristol Swiss Blitz 2020

The last 'Bristol Swiss Blitz 2020' is next Sunday, Dec13th - starting at 6.30pm

For this last and 12th Blitz for 2020, I am pleased that G.M Danny.Gormally has agreed to play..       (
10th Dec - Grand Prix Table  )

A great way to finish ! Thanks Danny.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year for more blitz fun


Results  Nov 29th

Results  Oct 18th

Results  Oct 4th           Stream Commentary Florin Ionescu

Results  Sep 20th            Stream Commentary Florin Ionescu

Results Sept 6th         

Results Aug 23rd    -   Stream Commentary Florin Ionescu

Results Aug 16th   -  Stream Commentary Florin Ionescu

                                You can join the Bristol Swiss team for free and enter the next blitz    ( Grand Prix tables updated with prizes! )

South Bristol are again hosting a 7 round 10 min Swiss tournament ( This Thursday) 15th Oct , starting at 7:45 on Lichess.

The tournament is open to any Bristol & District players.

Sadly I have to report that David Woodruff has died recently

Sadly another vice president Alan Williams has recently died

Downend & Fishponds Chess Club - OTB Chess wednesday night at the Cross Hands

Good to be back playing chess again !

English Chess Federation Online Under 18 Blitz and Bullet Championship     Full Results

Oliver Stubbs came 3rd in the Under 18 Blitz Section scoring 8/11

Finn Goodhew came 2nd in the Under 16 Bullet section scoring 9/15

June 1st 2020

The Bristol Junior Under 18 team came 2nd in Division 2 of The Lichess Inter-County Chess Championship. This means they have now been promoted have to Division one to take on the best junior chess counties in  the UK.

See Bristol Junior Website for more details

Old Editions of the Bristol Chess Times have been Digitally converted into PDF files

Suspension of the Bristol & District Chess League  16th March 2020

After the latest government announcement today with regards the 'coronavirus' outbreak we unfortunately have no option but to suspend the league with immediate effect.  We hope that all our members are able to keep safe in the next few months and will provide an update once the situation becomes safe to play over the board chess again.

Latest League Results - Update.xls  14th Mar 20                    Jan 2020 Half Season Results

14th Steve Boniface Memorial       21-23 August 2020    Bristol Grammar School   Great Hall

Unfortunately this Congress has had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Pandemic   

Bath will host Downend in the Knockout Final in April after winning their semi-final matches.  Bath won on board count against Clifton whilst Downend won 8-0 against Grendel

Downend v Grendel Match Report

Bristol Winter Congress   Feb 14 - 16th  ( Includes the 88th Bristol League Championships )              Entry Form

   Live Link to the   Board One Game

   Results & Pairings             Open      Major         Minor

West of England and South Wales Team Championships 2020

Report - John Stubbs

Welsh Winter Blitz ( Fide Rated ) - Sun 12th Jan 2020 - Chepstow Leisure Centre   Welsh Winter Blitz.pdf

4th Somerset New Year congress -  11/12th January 2020    Colin/Rebecca Gardiner

Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon BS21 7BL            Latest list of Entrants

Downend  Buzzerless  New Year Tournament   -  Wed  1st January    Cross Hands   7 pm - 11 pm

       Chess Results Link             Report - Geoff Gammon

1st = 7.5/10    Oli Stubbs ( Downend ), Peter Chaplin ( Clevedon )

Sadly we have to report that Tim Chinnick ( Hanham Chess Club ) has passed away

Tim's funeral took place at Westerleigh Crematorium on Friday 20th December.

2nd Bristol League Blitz Open Championship  24th November 2019


South Wales Autumn Chess Congress   15th - 17th November  ( Open & Premier FIDE Rated )    Entry Form Pdf         Entry Form Doc

Rougemont School, Malpas Rd, Newport NP20 6QB

Millfield Chess International 2019

Horfield E have withdrawn from Div 3         Cabot have moved their venue to the Colloseum, Redcliff Hill, Bristol BS1 6SJ

UK Open Blitz Championship Championship Qualifier  -  8th September   Open Blitz Championship 2019

Keith Arkell  & Matthew Turner qualify for the final in November

Note there will be no monthly Cross Hands Blitz taking place this season

Gambit Night -  Thursday 22nd August @ North Bristol Chess Club - 7.30 pm Start    -  ( Bristol Grand Prix Event )

Fixtures are out for next season

Downend Summer Quickplay Rd 3  -   Wed 17th July     ( Rd 1  -   Results  )   ( Rd 2  Adjusted Positions )    ( Rd 3  Adjusted Positions )

Final Round 4 - Wed Aug 14th      1st Jim Sherwin 16pts   Adjusted positions Rd 4

Summer Festival of Chess at the Cross Hands                 Geoff Gammon

Wed 7th August -   Team Blitz Round 3

Chess 960 @ the Cross Hands   Wed 26th June

Steve Boniface 2019     -      

Results & Pairings                  Photos              Fide Open Rd 1 - 5           Pgn        Cbv     ( 105 games complete )

  1st Alan Merry 4.5/5    2nd =  4/5 Jonah Willow, Thomas Villiers, Sacha Brozel, Conor Murphy


Alan Merry  4.5/5    Ben Larkin 4.5 Major

             Bristol Grammar School - The Great Hall    (  130 + Entries  )

June 5th - Downend & Fishponds Team Blitz Tournament -   Team Blitz Results       The next round of the Team Blitz is on 3rd July

June 2nd  -  Sun  -  9th Graeme Thomson Rapidplay    -     Results

1st  Jim Sherwin

           Gareth Morris v Jim Sherwin

Many thanks to everyone that came to the Graeme Thomson Memorial tournament yesterday. It was a great success, and we raised about 140 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The legend that is Jim Sherwin won the open. Tim Jones and Andrew Munn jointly won the Major. Congratulations to them.

May 25 - 27th  Sat - Mon - Cotswold Congress  -  King's School, Gloucester

   Open Section -  98 Games -  PGN         CBV           ONLINE              Report             Photos  -    Brendan O'Gorman


             Don Mason v Dominic Mackle   Rd 4   Bd 1

30th Frome Congress - May 17 - 19th   Selwood Academy, Frome  -  Tournament Report

Open Section

Keith Arkell 5/5

Games  Rd 1     Rd 2

Major Section

Brendan O'Gorman 4/5


Intermediate Section

David Weston v Jack Tye

Jack Tye   4.5/5


Minor Section

Elmira Walker 5/5


Team Competition

Downend & Fishponds



May 30th - Thu - League AGM -  Pavillion Room, Filton Sports & Leisure Centre  BS34 7PS    Stuart Iles

      AGM Agenda           AGM Proposals

Summer Festival of Chess at the Cross Hands                 Geoff Gammon

Latest Results Spreadsheet - 12th May

Clifton win the League !

League Knockout  Downend  5.5   Clevedon 2.5  Tue Apr 30th  Cross Hands

Online Playback of Games

Match Report  - Mike Meadows


Minor Knockout Winners - South Bristol 3.5   Cabot  2.5

Apr 19 - 22nd -  72nd WECU Easter Congress - Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth  - Entry Form Pdf

Cross Hands Blitz  - Sun 7th Apr      Results

1st =  Jim Sherwin & Richard Savory 9/12


League Knockout  - Downend 6 Bath 2 ;   Clifton 3.5 Clevedon 4.5 

Final to be played at the Cross Hands PH   April 30th

Cross Hands Blitz - Sunday March 3rd   Results

Knockout Semi-Final  - Feb 26th   - Downend 6 Bath 2

Match Report   -   Mike Meadows


Bristol Winter Congress & 72nd Bristol league Championships  -   Feb 15 - 17th 2019     140 + Entries

Keith Arkell 4.5/5   wins the Fide Open           Photos - Graham Iwi                      Photos  - Brendan O'Gorman

Open Section  -  92 games complete       Online            Cbv              Pgn

Junior West Of England & South Wales Team Championships - Chepstow - Sat 12th Jan 2019

The newly formed Gloucestershire U18 Team won the team championships this year !

Clifton Chess Club - New Venue


The Redland Green Club 
Redland Green

0117 9731139

Cross Hands Blitz - Sunday 6th January   6.30 pm start

Downend & Fishponds Buzzer 2019     New Years Day  -  7 - 11 pm  The Cross Hands PH, Fishponds  ( free mince pies ! )

Contestants can claim a discount on New Years Day Sunday lunch between 12pm - 4 pm - please book with Derrick

Results & Pairings

1st Bristol Blitz -  Sun Nov 25th - Bristol Grammar School

David Buckley powered his way through 11 Rounds of Blitz to gain top prize on 11/11


 Buckley v Walker Mp4      J Curtis v D Buckley      J Curtis v J Sherwin

Blitzit Bristol  -  4th November 2018 at the Cross Hands, Fishponds


Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay - Sun Oct 21st   -    Report           Results

FM Lewis Martin won the Open Section, Andrew Munn won the Major, 9 yr old Gabriel Keech won the Minor

A full report with photos can be found on the Bristol Junior Website

Horfield take on the league - 3rd Nov 2018  Horfield Chess Club celebrating 75 years as a club !

Millfield Chess International

John Stubbs reports on a successful weekend for the Bristol Juniors at Millfield


Bristol Juniors at the Terafinal    Sat 8th September 2018

Uk Open Blitz Championships come to Bristol

Bristol Chess Times Report      GM Nick Pert wins, Alice lampard qualifies for the final in December

Videos taken of the Blitz Championships

Chirag draw  Chirag picks up the Grading prize     Oli Stubbs winning

Jim meets Fiona     

12th Steve Boniface Memorial Congress     -   Aug 24th - 26th 2018

1st Graham Moore 5/5   2nd =   Alan Merry & Chris Beaumont  4/5       Chess Results for results & crosstables


On the left is the decisive Round 4 top board game where local favourite Chris Beaumont took on Graham Moore with both players on 100%.  Unfortunately for Chris the game went south and Graham went on to win with a perfect score of 5/5. 

On the right is Frank Palm taking on Bristol University's Philipp Prasse, Frank was a good friend of Steve's, and back in the 80's and 90's they were prime movers behind  Bristol/Hannover chess exchanges. They also shared an interest in cask beers and a devotion to bus and rail transport.

Prize List   over 1500 in prize money with over 100 competitors taking part in three sections

All 98 Games from the Open Section  -     Pgn            Cbv         Online                Junior Prize Winning game Annotated by Tyson Mordue

Tim Woodward ( on the right ) from Trowbridge a regular competitor on the south west circuit of weekend congresses won the Major Section 4/5

Andrew Price v Tim Woodward

Downend Summer Tournament  -  Summer 2018

Final Standings            Final Wallchart


Mike Meadows won the Downend Summer Tournament on 14pts, closely followed by Oliver Stubbs & Steve Meek on 13.5pts

16th Aug   -   GAMBIT NIGHT -  At North Bristol

The North Bristol Gambit night took place on Thursday August 16th, with 16 players taking part. 

Stephen Meek won 1st prize with a full house of 5/5

On 4/5 and sharing second place was Paul Spiller and Mike Fielding.  The grading prize (under 140's) was won by Aron Saunders with a solid score of 3/5


Hello from Hull !      Mickey Adams meets up with our Juniors    Sat 8th September 2018

Bristol Juniors     Juniors through to the Terafinal     Report by John Stubbs

Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay  -  Sun July 8th  -  Bristol Chess Times - Report

Bristol Summer Congress -  Bristol Grammar School  - June 15th - 17th    ( 117 entrants took part in the congress )

Alan Merry & Mike Waddington finished joint first on 4.5/5 in the Fide Open    ONLINE PLAYBACK   99 games in the Fide Open

 From the Frontline - Bristol Chess Times   -   Mike Harris

Patryk Krzyzanowski becomes Bristol Champion after finishing as the highest placed Bristol league player which included a draw against Keith Arkell.


Bob Radford wins the Major Section trophy after an impressive score of 4/5 earned him joint first in the Major.

Will Taplin wins the Minor Section trophy

AGM Agenda Pdf                   AGM Motions Pdf       Trophy Presentations

Filton Sports & Leisure Centre  BS34 7PS

50th Cotswold Congress  -  King's School, Gloucester GL1 2BG ( Bank Holiday Congress )   Contact:  Andrew Gilmour

Open Section -  1st Keith Arkell 5/6          PGN             CBV            ONLINE PLAYBACK     ( All 60 games )


29th Frome Congress May 18th - 20th 2018   Frome Congress Homepage       Frome Tournament Report

The popular congress attracted over 180 entries spread out over 4 sections  ( Photos Chris Lamming )


Roger De Coverley finished 1st = in the Open Section     All 77 games in the Open -   Online Playback         Pgn         Cbv

Excellent Photos  ( thanks to Chris Lamming )

See Calendar for all the events taking place this summer including the League AGM

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay   -  Sun Apr 29th           John Stubbs

Richard Savory, Patryk Krzyzanowski & George Miller    shared 1st price in the top section

Crosstable in the Top Section        Photos Chris Lamming

                 Max Walker v Patryk Krzyzanowski

Sad news from Hanham Chess Club

Downend win the League Knockout Final after a close fought match at Bath

Clevedon won the Minor Knockout Final against Downend in a close match that went to the wire   3.5 - 2.5. 

Downend's young guns Fedor and Toby both won on the bottom boards but Clevedon gained wins on boards 2-4 with Max Walker, Chris Strong & Stuart Iles


Game of the Month    March 2018

        Ethan Luc v Michael Meadows

13th May    Latest Results          League Tables          Final Grand Prix Tables

Div 1:  Horfield A are Champions - well done on a fantastic achievement !  

Div 2:  Clevedon B have won Division 2

Div 3:  Keynsham A have won Division 3      

Div 4:  North Bristol B  have won Div 4 with games to spare

League Knockout  -   Downend win at Horfield to face Bath in the final

Minor Knockout  -  Clevedon win the Minor Knockout Final after knocking out Downend

Bristol Spring/ Summer Congress    -    New date          Fri / Sun  15th - 17th June    Pdf Entry Form       Word Entry Form

including 71st Bristol League Championships            Igor Doklestic

Bristol Grammar School, University Rd, Bristol BS8 1SR

Somerset New Year Congress - From the frontline  -  Sat/Sun  Jan 13th- 14th

Walton Park Hotel, Wellington Terrace, Clevedon  BS21 7BL    

Crosstables U175         Crosstables U145             Crosstables U120

Mike Harris

Top seed U175

Tim Woodward

Joint 1st U175

Top Boards U170

Graham Mill-Wilson

Joint 1st U120

Rich Wiltshir

Joint 1st U145

Alastair Marston

Brendan O'Gorman

Rich Wiltshir's Rd 5 win              Graham Mill-Wilson's Rd 5 win


Downend Buzzer Results  -  Tue Jan 2nd    1st - Henry Duncanson

Christmas Blitz Sunday10th December at the Cross Hands in Fishponds

Results Crosstable

Bristol Winter Congress 2017 

Bristol Grammar School

Results & Pairings           Online Playback of Games  Rds 1 - 5    (  61 games  )


Roy Day ( President South Bristol Chess Club ) features in the latest article in the Bristol Chess Times

roy day circle






Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay    -    Sat Oct 28th      Photos & Report  - John Stubbs

Results & Pairings on Chess Results


RIP Peter Poobalasingam –  Sarah Longson

Peter was a very strong and talented player playing in many british championships and tournaments abroad.  At Bath University he enjoyed playing alongside James Jackson and featured in an exciting knockout final for Bath against Clifton back in 2009, Bath were two nil down with two to play but together with James Sherwin they won both games to win the cup for Bath on board count, Peter won the final game delivering mate with seconds left on his clock   Andy Pickering v Peter Poobalasingham  5/5/2009

Knockout Final Report May 2009 - Bath won on board count

Steve Boniface Memorial Congress   -   August Bank Holiday   25 - 27th    

 From the Frontline -   Jon Fisher's report on the weekend congress

Steve Boniface Fide Open - Crosstables


15 yr old Koby Kalavannan took 1st prize in the open section       All 63 games in the Open Section - >> ONLINE

Bristol Chess Congress Website TJ 

Cabot Chess Club have moved to Rope Walk and now play home matches on wednesdays

5 Nelson Parade, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4JA

Thornbury Chess Club have a new venue -

The Ship Inn, Thornbury Road, Alveston, Thornbury BS35 3LL

Downend Summer Quickplay  -  4th Round Tuesday 22nd Aug     -     Downend Cricket Club, Downend Rd, Bristol BS16 5UF

Final Wallchart      Final Standings         Downend Flyer

South Bristol Rapidplay  12th August 2017    Whitchurch Folk House

Open Crosstables                Major Crosstables

Patryk Krzyzanowski  won the open section of the South Bristol Rapidaplay 

Bristol Chess Times  -  Jon Fisher our Publicity Officer has relaunched the Bristol Chess Times online. 

Long term stalwarts of the Bristol & District Chess League will remember The Bristol Chess Times as a printed magazine that came out several times a year featuring articles and game compilations from the local league and tournaments JF ......  "now its back and online !"

See Calendar for events in August

Gambit Night is Back  -  Gambit Flyer     Filton Sports & Leisure Centre, Bristol BS34 7PS  Thursday 3rd August 2017

Contact:       Steve Woolgar

Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay 2017 -  Sun 2nd July  ( Bristol Grammar School )

James Cobb & Fabrizio Magrini shared 1st prize on 5.5/6 in the Open Section

Alastair Marston came 1st with the same score 5.5/6 in the Major Section

Visit the new   Horfield Chess Club Website

Bristol Summer Congress 2017   9th -11th June

   Fide Open  -  All the games from the Fide Open have now been added


1st  Keith Arkell    5/5

Trophy presentations for the 2016 - 2017 season    End of Season Results - June 2017

 AGM Proposals   were all passed at the AGM on May 18th

Cotswold Congress 2017  -  All the games from the open section along with photos

Major League Knockout Final - Downend 5 Bath 3   A closely fought match but more silverware is heading to Downend


Report Photos & Games

Minor League Knockout Final -  South Bristol 2.5 Clevedon 3.5   Games   Pgn  ( 2 games )

A nail biting final saw Clevedon win the match with David Peters delivering checkmate in the last seconds of the match.  Young Max Walker showed a fine example of a smothered mate ( see games attached )

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay -  Sat 22nd April    Report


Downend & Bath go through to the League Knockout Final - Tuesday 9th May - Downend Cricket Club

Bristol Spring Congress 2017  Feb 24th - 26th  -   Fide Open Results  -

  Keith Arkell won the Fide Open with a maximum score of 5/5      

   All 56 Games from the Fide Open

    Report & Photos & Games

League Knockout Semi Finals -  Bath v Horfield  &  Keynsham v Downend - Matches to be played w/c 5th April

Minor League Knockout Final - Clevedon v South Bristol  - May 2nd

Cabot Chess Club - New Venue - The Hare, 51/53 North St, Bedminster BS3 1EN

Somerset New Year Congress -  14 -15th Jan 2017      Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon

( Entries have now reached capacity and there is no guarantee of acceptance for further entrants.  Please contact the congress secretary )


Downend Xmas Buzzer  -  Tuesday 27th December 2016 

Somerset New Year Congress -  14 -15th Jan 2017      Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon


our congress has reached capacity and we can no longer guarantee acceptance of further entrants.       

Bristol Winter Congress  -  Nov 25 - 27th   Bristol Congress Website

Dan Malkiel won the Fide Open Section on 4/5 after a decisive 4th round win against Chris Beaumont

Congress Games / Photos / Crosstables

          Dan Malkiel v Chris Beaumont - Rd 4  

Decisive Round 4 game - Malkiel v Beaumont

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Michael Wood ( Downend Chess Club ), Mike to so many, passed away on Friday 14th October

At Downend, Mike held the role of President for the last fifteen years, and Treasurer, Captain and Chairman before that, Mike had always had the best interests of the club at heart and especially valued good sportsmanship in all his dealings, which go far beyond chess. Of course he also served the league for many years and was greatly respected by all who came into contact with him.

Here is one of his games that I had the pleasure to watch and admire back in 2003.  He shows all of his 50 + years of playing experience as he produces a fine attacking game against a very handy University player many years his junior.    

De Mello v Wood 2003

Chipping Sodbury Rapid Report Oct 8th  - Graham Mill-Wilson

Steve Boniface Memorial Congress   Aug 26 -28th  -  All the games from the Open Section   Cbv       Pgn      Online


Chris Beaumont 4.5/5 won the Steve Boniface Fide Open

South Bristol Rapidplay - Sat Aug 20th  -


Stephen Meek won the South Bristol Rapidplay

 Downend Summer Tournament 2016   Final Round -  Round 4  -  Tue 23rd August

British Championships 2016

League Players Graded Games for last season  -  New July Grades are now out -

Summer Lightning 2016           Fixtures

Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay  -  Sun 3rd July   Polish Club, 50 St Pauls Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP

Chessbase Interview with Keith Arkell at 55











Bristol Summer Congress Report   Including Photos & Games from the Open Section

Keith Arkell secures 1st place with 4.5/5 in the open section

 Cotswold Congress 2016 Report   Including Photos & Games from the Open Section

 Frome Congress 2016 Report   Including Photos & Games from the Open Section

Latest Results 7th May       League Table 2015-16       Fixtures PDF      Club Directory      League Rules        AGM Trophy Presentations

See Calendar for all the local congresses and details of the AGM

Horfield win the League Knockout on board count against Downend as the match is tied 4-4 - Report on the Match

Clifton win the Minor League Knockout on board count as well

Clifton A win the championship after securing the point they needed at Bath to win the trophy they lost in 2013.  Crunch relegation matches in division one resulted in survival for Downend B at the expense of Clevedon A - an excellent report by Ian Pickup on the fight to avoid the drop can be found here

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay - Sat 16th April, Old Grammar School, Broad St, Chipping Sodbury

      Results  -   Open     Major     Minor

Knockout Semi Finals:

League KO : - Downend will host Horfield in the final on 10th May after winning their semi-final match against Clifton. 

Horfield beat Bath in the other semi-final encounter.

Reports on matches -


Minor KO : -  Horfield will host Clifton in the final

Bristol Spring Congress 2016  -  Feb 26-28th        All 48 games from the  Open Section are now available

Congress Report with Photos, Games & Results

Half Term Grading Results   xls     pdf       -    New Grades will appear around Jan 25th 2016

Downend Buzzer Results    Dec 29th 2015

Minor Knockout Semi Final Results -  Horfield 3.5 Keynsham 2.5        (  South Bristol v Clifton  to be played in March )

Bristol Winter Congress 2015  - ( 27 - 29th Nov ) 

Keith Arkell 4/5/5 wins the Fide Open,  Tim Woodward ( Trowbridge ) won the Major Section


Keith was held to a draw in the last round against Javier Ruano Marco   Arkell v Ruano Marco

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay ( 10th October )   Report & Photos

All 324 Players Grading Data  -  July Grades 2015     

Steve Boniface Memorial Congress - Aug 21-23rd           Congress Report & All the games from the Open Section

Carl Bicknell scores 5/5 to win the Fide Open and the British Qualifying place


     Steve Boniface

Downend Summer Tournament Results - 1st Jim Sherwin  -  Downend Summer Results 2015.xls

South Bristol Rapidplay - 25th July -           Prizewinners & Photos                   Crosstables


Jim playing in the Major Section of the Bristol Congress


We are sorry to have to report the death of Jim Boyce

Jim was a leading player in Bristol over several decades. He joined Clifton in 1963 and played in the Bristol League for 50 years. He was Bristol Champion on three occasions (1972, 1975 and 1983) and played in a number of championship Clifton sides. In 2009 he moved to play for Horfield where he became a much respected captain of the C team.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 16 June at 12:30 at South Bristol Crematorium with a reception afterwards at the Woodspring Golf Club.

Here is one of Jim's games against Jim Will ( who has also recently passed away ) from the league knockout final back in 1982.  In this game Jim delivers a killer Ne6 and wins in style

The battle of the Jims !

The following game involves another sacrifice by Jim in a league game back in 1981.  The game was extensively annotated by Alex and appeared in the Bristol Chess Times in Feb 1981

Alex Easton v Jim Boyce

Yate & Sodbury Chess Club have a new website     Yate & Sodbury Chess Club

League AGM -    Trophy presentations

Richard Savory ( Downend & Fishponds )

Bristol Champion

Mike Brigden - Div 1 Championship

Downend & Fishponds

Tony Harvey ( South Bristol ) - Div 2 Champions


Alan Papier ( Clifton ) - League KO & Major Champion

Jason Blaxill ( South Bristol ) - Minor League KO

Kevin Langmaid ( Yate ) - Bristol Minor Trophy

 All the games from the Frome Open 15th - 17th May 2015   ( 68 Games )  Frome Open Playback          cbv       pgn

Open Section Winner - Matthew Turner     Sam Gower ( South Bristol ) won a British Championship place

Events at South Bristol Chess Club

Check the South Bristol News Page for events this summer 

Final Results Update  - 22nd May 2015      South Bristol win the Minor KO Final

League KO Final - BathClifton 4 -   Clifton win on board count - Report & Games

Downend A win the league after a surprising 2.5 - 3.5 loss to Horfield B was just enough to clinch top place.  Match Report

Congratulations to South Bristol B, Keynsham A & University B for winning Div 2,3 & 4

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay - May 2nd 2015 - Results -   Section One       Section Two

See Calendar for - Frome Congress - May 15-17th, &  Cotswold Congress  May 23-25th          Downend Summer Quickplay

KO Final - BathClifton 4 -   Clifton win on board count - Report & Games

Bristol Spring Congress     

   GM Keith Arkell wins the Bristol Spring Congress with a perfect score of 5/5



Full Prize List           Report & Crosstables & Games

Welsh Championships  Cardiff - ( 3-6th April 2015 ) - 1st James Cobb  - all 105 Games    -    Cbv       Pgn 

WECU  Easter Congress - Exmouth - ( 3-6th April 2015 )      55 Games ( Open Section )    Cbv       Pgn      photos courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman

Keith Arkell ( GM )  6.5/7 - won the Open section

Chris Snook-Lumb ( Clevedon )  -  6.5/7 won the Minor section


Bristol Spring Congress -  17-19th April 2015  Entry Form   Contact:   Alan Papier

Open Section - ( FIDE Rated )  ( Top Seed - GM Keith Arkell )     

( Bristol League Congress trophies to the highest placed league players in each section )    ( The entry list for the Bristol Spring Congress is now on the blog site )

See Calendar for all other  congresses ( including Steve Boniface Memorial Congress )

Cabot Chess Club now have a website -

Renewing your ecf membership

January 2015 Grading List

Photos & Open Section Games

Bristol Winter Congress   -   Feb 20 - 22nd 2015  

Renewing your membership with the ecf 

Half term grades are now out !

Downend Xmas Buzzer  -  Tue 30th December       Downend Buzzer Results 2014


League Knockout -  Bath & Horfield win their quarter final matches in the League Knockout.

Minor league Knockout - Semi-Final Draw -  Keynsham v Yate,  South Bristol v Patchway  ( Matches to be played w/c 12th January 2015 )

New Club Websites to checkout : -

South Bristol  -     Clevedon -

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay - Sat 25th October 2014  - Report & Photos

Bristol Summer Congress  -  22nd - 24th August  --  Games and Photos     

All the Fixtures for the coming season are now available

Check the Club Directory as Clifton, Grendel & Patchway have new venues

A copy of the revised league rules are available here  Handbook Rules  

Clifton Chess Club have a new website -      ( Now playing home matches on tuesday )

    and a new venue -  The Townhouse, 85 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2NT

3rd South Bristol Rapidplay      -    Sat Aug 9th  -     Report

Steve Boniface Memorial Congress  -  Open  - 1st - Chris Beaumont :  Major - 1st - G Harvey :  Minor - 1st - Chris Snook-Lumb   Full Prize List

   Chris Beaumont on his way to victory in Round 5

Steve Berry - wins the Cotswold Open with a maximum score of 6/6

Frome Congress   -  9 - 11th May  Tournament Report


Minor LKO Final -  Clevedon 4.5 Yate 1.5      Board 3 Match A Hewitt v C Strong



Downend win the league KO on board count  after a close match against Clevedon ( board 2 above finished with mate and both clocks reading 0:00 )

Bristol League Congress 2014  -   Games from the Open Section, Results & Crosstables

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay  - April 2014   - Jim Sherwin returns and wins the Open Section

End of Season Results  - 13th May 2014         Half Term Grading - All the player results for matches played prior to 31st Dec 2013 are available on the grading Tab

Congratulations to South Bristol A who have won the championship by 2pts after winning their final game of the season against Downend B

Congratulations also to Horfield B, South Bristol C & University B in winning Div 2, 3 & 4

Winning  South Bristol Team - From L- R    George Crockart, Richard Garrett, Tyson Mordue, Stephen Meek, Patryk Kryzanowskyj, Shane Roberts

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