New 6:30pm start time for Tuesday evenings

From Tuesday 8th October 2019, Camberley Chess Club will now be meeting at the earlier time of 6:30pm. Previous it has been 7:30pm.

This change will help all those who want to start earlier, in particular juniors and anyone else who prefers this earlier start time.

Home matches in the Berkshire Leagues or Surrey Border Leagues will continue to start at the normal time of 7:30pm

Paul Sloane Chess Chat

On the 3rd of September 2019, Paul Sloane, long serving club member, provided a chess chat on one of the club nights. He gave us all some innovative words of chess chat wisdom on his chosen area of expertise – playing the Caro-Kann as black.

The Caro-Kann chess opening

The Caro–Kann Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. e4 c6. The Caro–Kann is a common defence against the King’s Pawn Opening and is classified as a “Semi-Open Game” like the Sicilian Defence and French Defence, although it is thought to be more solid and less dynamic than either of those openings.

Paul Sloane video of Caro-Kann chess chat

Here is one of the games that Paul demonstrated

Other Camberley Chess Club games

If you would like to see and play through other Camberley Chess Club games click here

Colin Lyne chess chat

Long time club member Colin Lyne analysed a couple of high class games on the demonstration board. He ran a quiz based on what the best moves were and why, at various key points in the games.

The quiz winners were Colin Purdon and Julien Shepley pictured here receiving their chess book prizes from Colin Lyne (R).

2019 Khyber Cup tournament

There were fourteen entries for the 2019 Khyber Cup with the following results after five rounds :

  1. Richard Webb 4.5 – Khyber Cup and Stopper
  2. Paul Sloane 4
  3. Alain Dekker, Colin Purdon 3.5
  4. Julien Shepley, Peter Tart, David Herring, Scott Leadbetter 3
  5. Daniel Shek 2.5
  6. Mark Cross 2
  7. Jonathan Welton 1.5
  8. Ivor Kelly, Kim Shek, George Taphouse (Wooden Spoon each)

The time control was R20’ + 10”. The rain just about held off but threatened in the morning to wash us out. Lunchtime food and drink was provided by The Alexandra Public House in Cove and the sun made a welcome appearance during the afternoon. Huge thanks to all of those who provided tables and chairs plus post prize giving food arrangements: cake ! John.

2019 Burns Supper

The evening of Tuesday 18th June 2019 saw Camberley Chess Club celebrate a Burns Supper, in memory of one of Scotland’s finest poets, Robert (Rabbie) Burns.

More traditionally held in late January, this event had to be postponed because of a heavy schedule of league chess matches.

The evening kicked off with a quiz about the great man’s life and family. At the conclusion of these thought-provoking questions, Team Scotland held a single point advantage over Team Rest of World. One particular question about the meaning of the word ‘hagiology’ invoked much friendly banter, where the possible answers included reference to the study of food, witches and warlocks, and the study of famous literature and authors.

Tasty food was then provided, courtesy of Sandy and Christine.

Sandy carried out the ritual that traditionally surrounds the meal of haggis, neeps (swede) and tatties (potatoes). His passionate Address to the Haggis was definitely one of the highlights of the event, with toasts to Burns and the Lassies concluding this part of the evening’s entertainment.

Two rounds of rapid-play chess followed where an innovative handicapping system, rightly or not-so-rightly dubbed ‘Irish Random’, did such a precise job that the outcome was a tied team score. Special mention must be made here of the double-game successes of David Hemmings, Gordon Birch and Alfredo Barquin – well done gentlemen. Other notable results were achieved by Ken Coates and Colin Purdon, who started their games at substantial disadvantage.

To decide the team winner, an even-more-speedy play-off followed with Team RoW emerging triumphant. The night concluded with presentation of the Burns Jug to their captain, Christine Coates.

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