|Bristol & District Chess League||
22 October 2016
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.
Latest Results - 22nd Oct
Chipping Sodbury Rapid Report Oct 8th - Graham Mill-Wilson
Chris Beaumont 4.5/5 won the Steve Boniface Fide Open
South Bristol Rapidplay - Sat Aug 20th - www.southbristolchess.wixsite.com/home/south-bristol-rapidplay-2016
Stephen Meek won the South Bristol Rapidplay
Downend Summer Tournament 2016 Final Round - Round 4 - Tue 23rd August
Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay - Sun 3rd July Polish Club, 50 St Pauls Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP
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
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
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 - www.horfieldchess.esy.es/results_ko1516.htm
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
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
Downend Summer Tournament Results - 1st Jim Sherwin - Downend Summer Results 2015.xls
League AGM - Trophy presentations
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
League KO Final - Bath 4 Clifton 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
KO Final - Bath 4 Clifton 4 - Clifton win on board count - Report & Games
Sadly I have to report that Chris Carter has recently passed away. Chris was League Secretary for nearly 20 years spanning from 1978 - 1996 and worked tirelessly for the good of chess in Bristol. Whilst League Secretary back in 1980 he was the founder of the Bristol Chess Times and wrote many articles along with publishing the league tables and stats.
As Match Secretary for many years Chris compiled the fixtures for what was then 6 divisions all by hand during pre computer days which must have been a remarkable feat in itself.
Chris was one of the founders of Grendel Chess Club originally named "Grendel's Mother" and the following article wrote in 1995 describes in detail how Grendel Chess Club was born.
Chris also back in 1982 wrote the early history of the Bristol Chess League.
Open Section - ( FIDE Rated ) ( Top Seed - GM Keith Arkell )
( Bristol League Congress trophies to the highest placed league players in each section )
http://bristolchesscongress.blogspot.co.uk/ ( 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 - http://cabotchess.wix.com/cabotchessclub
January 2015 Grading List www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php
Bristol Winter Congress - Feb 20 - 22nd 2015
Half term grades are now out ! www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php
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 : -
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 - http://www.bristolandcliftonchess.club/ ( Now playing home matches on tuesday )
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
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
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