2024 Club Championship

Congratulations to the winner, Zac Welling and all who played and help organise this years club championship. The last game on board one between Zac and Nisandu was a wild one that looked like it could go either way. You can play it through on our Games page.

Click on the Cross table to open it and look at all the tournament details on chess-results.

Club Blitz Championship 2024

The second running of our annual Club Blitz Championship was held on 6 June. This was an exciting evening of fast-paced chess over 8 rounds with a total of 20 participants.

The evening began with the prize giving for our recently completed Rapid Matrix Tournament, which ran from January to the end of May. The tournament was won by Daniel Seaton with a score of 19.5/24, with the highest-placed junior being Aditya Vikram Sengupta, who was also the runner-up in the event. A special prize was awarded to Joan Dunstan for the excellent spirit with which she participated in the tournament, ultimately playing the most number of games out of all 36 participants.

The Club Blitz Championship then got underway, with last year’s champion Colin Purdon returning to defend his crown. There were many exciting and back-and-forth games, and all participated in a great spirit.

All was to play for going into the final round, with four players still in with a chance of winning the title: Colin Purdon, Daniel Seaton, Aditya Vikram Sengupta, and Steve Harley. Ultimately after 8 rounds, Colin and Daniel tied for the lead with a score of 6.5/8. After some discussion between them, it was agreed to decide the title by having a playoff game, with the winner being awarded the trophy.

The playoff was a tense and exciting match, which remained even for quite some time before Colin then gained the advantage. Daniel then fought back, eventually achieving a big advantage going into the endgame. In time trouble, he missed some chances and the game ultimately ended in a draw by repetition.

After all this, Colin and Daniel agreed to share the title and were duly crowned Camberley Chess Club joint Blitz Champions for 2024. Their names will be engraved on the trophy in due course.

Many thanks go to Daniel and Thomas West for organising and running the event and to all who took part and made the evening a success.

Our next event will be the annual Club Championship, which will run over 6 rounds from 22 June to 11 July.

The full results Cross Table can be found below. (Click on it to access all the online details).

Basic Endgame Training session 30th May 2024

We had a great Endgame session last night run by Paul Sloane, one of our highest rated members.

Paul took us through some essential basic endgame techniques including how to handle King and Pawn and King, Pawn and Rook endings.

Techniques such as the King square, King opposition, bridging, shouldering, Pawn breakthrough, and more where demonstrated and everyone learned and enjoyed the session.

Thanks Paul.

ECF rated games for members every week

The Rapid Matrix Spring 2004 tournament is in full swing.

We have had 4 rounds in January with a total of 74 games played, all of which are already included in latest ECF Rapid ratings.

If you haven’t played a Rapid Matrix game yet, just come along, ask any member for a “Matrix game”, then add the result to the A4 list. You can only play somebody once in this tournament. Don’t forget it is Rapid 20 minutes plus 10 second increment, played under FIDE rules of chess (which also means quietly!) All the details are here 2024 Rapid matrix

Last night we had a challenge from Joanie (aged 8) to James (aged 95) – see below.

So nobody is too young, old, inexperienced, experienced, to play in the Club Matrix!

We also had 2 interclub rated matches

All interclub league matches are also ECF rated. Fixtures and Results are of course on this site.

2024 Jan Junior Tournament

Another very successful Junior 5 round rapid play Swiss tournament was held in the Band Room at Gordon’s School. There were a record number of entrants.

Well done to all the juniors, the standard of their chess playing has continued to improve. These events are all ECF rated, so the games will go into the ECF rating system.

Thanks to Jon Lloyd and Liam Ball for their excellent running of this and the previous tournaments.

Also thanks to Warren Wright, Steve Harley and Martin Wallman of Camberley Chess Club for their assistance on the day and in promoting these events.

Future events can be found by clicking here

Below is the final results cross table and also some photos of the playing room and the medal winners.

Sunday afternoon chess at Ascot Brewery

We had a very enjoyable first casual Sunday afternoon chess session at a new venue – Ascot Brewery (which is actually in Camberley). It was roomy with lots of tables, comfortable armchairs and a fantastic selection of beers, ciders, soft drinks, pizzas, tea and coffee.

We had about 20 attendees including 2 new to the club. Staff are lovely, service is great, cushions are a great addition, space invaders fantastic and the chess wasn’t bad!

We have decided to meet here until at least end of March 2024.

See EVENTS page for all meeetings

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