Gordon Birch (1934 – 2021)

It was a great shock and with extreme sadness that we learnt that Gordon Birch passed away Christmas 2021.

Gordon was a member of Camberley Chess Club for around 40 years.

Gordon joined Camberley Chess Club in around 1982.

For four decades Gordon was an outstanding contributor to the club as a valuable member, team captain and Chairman for many years and always helping with arrangements and club night duties.

Gordon was a kind gentleman and was always very welcoming at his home. In 1985 he organised a simultaneous display at his home where IM Michael Basman played everyone. Gordon was the only player not to lose their game.

It was around 1985 that Gordon started playing the unusual Grob opening 1.g4 d5 2.Bg2. He had significant success over many many years playing the Grob in chess club team matches. In fact Gordon became know as an expert in the Grob.

Gordon was an Emeritus Professor, Food & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading until he retired a number of years ago.

In the last 7 years Gordon played nearly 15,000 games online on chess.com, mostly Grob openings. He played 3000 games in 2021 alone.

Camberley Chess Club Chairperson, Martin Wallman said “I have many fond memories of Gordon going back to 2002. He was always a caring gentleman and his contribution to Camberley Chess Club was invaluable. He will be sorely missed”

Picture taken in late October 2021, Gordon Birch is 2nd from the right

David Howell on upcoming Carlsen versus Nepomniachtchi

What does GM David Howell think of the upcoming Carlsen versus Nepomniachtchi World Title match.

Watch the video on the Camberley Chess Club YouTube channel below:

GM David Howell was a special guest on the Camberley Chess Club Tuesday evening Zoom meeting.

GM David Howell joined our Tuesday evening Zoom call to give a fantastic 2 hour instructive talk. He then took questions. One of these was “What was his view on the Carlsen versus Nepomniachtchi upcoming World Title match?”

David will be joining us again later in the season, see our Events page to find out when and how to join in.

First Over The Board match for 18 months

Well done all who played in first over the board match at Camberley for 18 months yesterday. It was the first round of the Haslemere Trophy against Guildford and we were significantly out graded. We needed 1 point out of 10 to win the match. . We got 3.5 points. Specially well done to John McDonald, Mark Payne and Magnus Brodie-Cooper.

ECF Club of the Year Presentation

Camberley Chess Club are very proud to have received the ECF Club of the Year Award.

The award trophy was presented to the club on behalf of the ECF by IM Andrew Martin at Camberley Chess Club’s home location on Thursday 21st October 2021.

IM Andrew Martin praised the committee and club’s achievements over the last year.

On receiving the award, Chairperson Martin Wallman thanked Andrew for presenting the award and thanked all the club members who had contributed with their hard work, particularly the committee members Steve Harley (secretary), Paul Sloane (last year’s Treasurer) and John Upham. A special thanks went to all the presenters who contributed their time.

The full citation for the award and links to the ECF Awards can be found here https://camberleychess.co.uk/ecf-club-of-the-year-camberley-chess-club/

Now is a great time to join Camberley Chess Club online

Now is a great time to join Camberley Chess Club online.  We have a series of excellent guest speakers lined up this month.  On Tuesday 5th IM Matthew Wadsworth will talk to us about games from recent Varsity matches.  Then in the subsequent 3 weeks GM Peter Wells, IM Nigel Povah and FM Hamish Olson will join us.  Later in the season an impressive list of GM’s and IM’s will be speaking, including Mickey Adams, David Howell, Danny King, Jim Plaskett and Danny Gormally.  All this for an annual membership of just £25.   See our events listing and membership details on our website at  https://camberleychess.co.uk/

Camberley public enjoying chess at Camberley Market

There was a great turnout at the Camberley Market on Saturday 21st August 2021 and many people stopped to enjoy a game of chess or chat to members of Camberley Chess Club.

There were many members of the public who on seeing the boards all setup to play rekindled their interest in chess, others who were beginners, others experienced. Also it was nice to see some old members again as well as recently joined members.

It was very interesting to meet people who have learnt to play chess online, often in the last year or less, and had never played with a set of chess pieces, on a board, sitting opposite their opponent!

It also gave the club an opportunity to let Camberley know that we have been awarded Club of the Year by the English Chess Federation.

ECF Club of the Year – Camberley Chess Club

Camberley Chess Club are proud to have been awarded the Club of the Year by the English Chess Federation (ECF).

Thank you to our members, online members, online presenters, special guests and everyone who has supported us over the last year.

Thank you to the ECF for this award.

To view the ECF Awards and citations please click here and you will see the Camberley Chess Club citation on pages 17 to 22.

You can view the original submission 6 pages below.

Camberley Chess Club – ECF Club of the Year 2021

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