2023 Christmas Social Chess960

On Thursday 21st December we held our annual Christmas Social Event.  This was our first Christmas at our new home, Heatherside Community Centre.  Luckily, we were able to use the main hall for the chess and the adjoining kitchen area for snacks and soft drinks, and it proved to be a great for venue for the event. 

For the time ever we played Chess960 (also known as Fischer Random).  This is an interesting form of chess, where the pieces are placed (somewhat) randomly on the first rank at the start of the game.  A different starting position was used for each of the 6 rounds.  

Most people were playing 960 for the first time and found it an interesting and enjoyable, if rather mind-boggling, challenge. Fitting in 6 rounds necessitated a quick time limit – we played a Blitz rate of 5 minutes with no increment.  The fast play and unusual positions left us quite frazzled at the end. 

As ever with a Swiss tournament, the cream rose to the top, and after 6 rounds there were ties for 1st place between Seb Twisk and Paul Sloane both on 5/6, and for 3rd place between Zac Welling and Daniel Seaton both on 4.5/6.  We had time for two play-offs, which were won by Seb and Daniel, so congratulations to Seb Twisk who is our first ever Chess960 Champion, with Paul second, Daniel third and Zac fourth. 

Thank you to everyone that helped set up and clear away the chess and food, especially to Daniel for running the Swiss pairing software and to Alissa (Seb’s mum) for inputting results on the computer.  And thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to a fun evening!   

The full results (click on image to go to chess-results) and some photos plus a short video are all below:

2024 Camberley Keith Richardson Rapid Play Tournament

Sat September 28 @ 10:00 AM 5:00 PM

Open to all players with ECF membership silver or above (to allow games to be submitted for ECF rating).

Camberley Chess Club is running this popular annual Rapid Play tournament in memory of Keith Richardson on Saturday 28th Sep 2024, from 10am to 5pm.

Keith was a valued club member from the 1970s onwards, an International Correspondence Grandmaster and very well known in the English chess community. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died in April 2017.

  • ECF Rated
  • 6 Round Swiss (previous events have been 5 rounds).
  • Rapid Play, 20 min, plus 5 sec.
  • Prizes: 1st £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, Highest placed Junior £50, Highest placed U1600 (ECF/FIDE) £50.
  • Entrants need to be ECF SILVER MEMBERS or above.
  • Entry fee £25. To enter please have your ECF Rating Code ready and click the “Buy” button in the orange box below.
  • Rounds start at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
  • FREE Tea and Coffee will be provided.
  • Please organise your lunch, there is a supermarket next door.
  • Prizegiving at 5pm.
  • As in previous years, a significant donation will be made to Parkinson’s UK.

To enter, please have your ECF Rating Code ready and click the “Buy” button in the orange box below:

We will then email you a receipt and then later on, you will see the entrants in the link below:

Entrants and results as they happen on https://chess-results.com/tnr872399.aspx?lan=1&art=14&turdet=YES

Details of the 2023 event can be found here https://camberleychess.co.uk/2023-camberley-keith-richardson-rapid-play-tournament/

Martindale Avenue
Camberley, GU15 1BB United Kingdom

2023 Camberley Keith Richardson Rapid Play Tournament

The 2023 Keith Richardson Memorial Tournament was held on Saturday 30th Sep. Keith was a valued club member from the 1970s, an International Correspondence Grandmaster and very well known in the English chess community. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died in April 2017.

Thanks to all the players and everyone who helped beforehand and on the day which clearly made it a most enjoyable tournament. Linda on teas and coffees and Angela’s cakes need a special mention!

Around £300 was raised for Parkinson’s Charity including money raised from the sale of cakes and books.

Next year’s Keith Richardson Tournament is planned for 28th Sep 2024.

Reports, photos and videos of 2017 to 2022 previous Keith Richardson events can be found here.

Below are the prize winners, results tables, photos and a video from the event.

Congratulations to the prize winners:

A full list of of all the results is below.

Final Ranking crosstable

Click on the image to go to the chess-results website with other details.

Photos from the event

The playing hall:

Player photos:

The event entry can be found here https://camberleychess.co.uk/event/2023-keith-richardson-memorial-tournament/

Reports, photos and videos of 2017 to 2022 previous Keith Richardson events can be found here.

2023 July Rapid Tournament

Following a successful Blitz tournament in May, Camberley Chess Club held an ECF rated Rapid-play tournament over three consecutive weeks which finished on July 13th.

There were 22 players and some close and exciting finishes.

Julien Shepley was the overall winner with 5.5 points out of 6. Well done Julien!

Great performances by Tural Huseynov in second place with 5 points and Zac Welling in 3rd with 4.5 points. Tim Bland had a very good tournament finishing equal 4th with 4 points.

There were some very good results including all the Junior players with everybody scoring at least 1 point.

Below is the final cross table. For more details click the image.

Some photos

We also had a visit from Louise Ashbery (Surrey Heath Borough Council, Heatherside Councillor).

Louise enjoyed seeing the club and is looking at playing chess herself. She later posted on her Facebook account.

Junior chess partnership – Gordon’s School and Camberley Chess Club

Gordon’s School has entered into a partnership with Camberley Chess Club to provide training and opportunities for juniors (under -18) to play competitive chess.  Training will be provided by an ECF registered coach and senior members of Camberley Chess Club.

For information about Camberley Chess Club benefits for Juniors click here.

  • Improve your chess skills and knowledge through training, tournaments and coaching.
  • Gain experience playing in ECF Rated games, Tournaments and local leagues.
  • Obtain an ECF Rating which is updated every time you play a rated game.
  • Test your skills against other players of all ages/abilities and improve your competitive edge.
  • Make friends with other people of all ages at our Events who share a love of chess.
  • Be confident in your abilities and comfortable in a supportive and welcoming environment.

Camberley Chess Club welcomes people of all ages (juniors, adults & seniors) and all chess skill levels (beginners, casual players, league and tournament players) and meets every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. The club has teams in the Berkshire League and the Surrey Border League, playing at Standard play and Rapid play rates. It runs tournaments throughout the year. It was awarded the title of English Chess Federation Club of the Year for 2021. 

Membership of Camberley Chess Club is a means of progressing to play top level chess at club level.

Gordon’s School has hosted chess training and competition events in the Band Room.

Please see our Events page for all future events.

Informal Club Night online

Tue March 29, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Club members are invited to contribute items for discussion – talk through a game or a puzzle or anything else that you think will interest fellow members.

If you would like to know more about this event please contact us at info@camberleychess.co.uk

Martindale Avenue
Camberley, GU15 1BB United Kingdom

2021-2022 Over The Board club night

Thu March 31, 2022 @ 7:30 PM 10:30 PM

Simply come along on a Thursday night to see the club for yourself, play some chess, meet some members with no obligation to join.

We meet Over The Board every Thursday evening 7:30pm from 21st October 2021 to 28th April 2022 at Camberley Baptist Church, 15 Frimley Road, Camberley, GU15 3EN. Free parking is available close by off Sullivan Road, GU15 3AZ

Martindale Avenue
Camberley, GU15 1BB United Kingdom
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