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 Junior Blitz

We ran the 2023 Junior Blitz Tournament on Thursday 17th August.

It was a very successful and enjoyable event, with 18 juniors playing 6 rounds of ECF Blitz rated games.

The time control was 5 minutes plus 3 second increment. This made for some exciting and fast chess games, with some players winning on time or winning after their opponent made a couple of illegal moves.

It was a close run tournament with all players scoring at least one win.

In equal 3rd place on 4 points were Adam, Pavith and Imandi. Imandi was the overall third place winner on the tie-break system.

In 2nd place was Arthur with 4.5 out of 6.

The clear winner with 6 wins out of 6 was Aditya.

Will done to everyone who played, to the winners and to the organisers and members who helped on the evening.

The final ranking crosstable is shown below. Click on the image to go to further details.

2023 May Blitz Tournament

For the second club meeting at our new premises at Heatherside Community Centre, we ran a very successful ECF-rated blitz tournament.

There were 22 players and 8 rounds with a time control of 3 mins plus 2 sec increment. The session went according to plan, starting at 7:30pm with the last round finishing at 9:30pm. See below for photos.

Well done to everyone who played, there were some fantastic performances especially amongst the 8 juniors, with everyone winning at least one game.

The overall winner was Colin Purdon, who is now the Camberley Chess Club 2023 Blitz Champion. Well done Colin!

Also a big thank you to everyone who helped with the organisation, setting up and clearing away!

To enter future tournaments and training sessions, see our Events here.

Here below is the final results table:

To view more in chess-results click on the image.

2023 May Blitz photos

Camberley Chess Club are 2023 Haslemere Trophy Winners

We are the Haslemere Trophy champions! We won 5.5-4.5 in the final against Guildford – our target on handicap was 5.5, so it was very tense at the end. Seb brought home the final half after an eventful game.

The final match card details are below:

The Haslemere Trophy (below) shows the winners and runners up since 2009. In its current form it is a handicapped Rapid Play knock out tournament, played across 5 boards, two games each board, 20 mins plus 10 sec increment.

Below are the match cards showing Camberley’s progress in the Haslemere Trophy.

2022 Gordon Birch Memorial Tournament

Professor Gordon Birch was our friend, former Chairman of Camberley Chess Club, and stalwart of local chess over many years. He sadly died last Christmas and he is very much missed by the chess community.

To mark the anniversary, we held a Gordon Birch Memorial Tournament at our club on Thursday 15th December 2022.

It was extremely well supported with a capacity entry of 30 members and friends of Gordon.  

It was an unrated 5 round Swiss tournament, with a rapid play time limit of 10 minutes plus an increment of 3 seconds.  As a nod to Gordon’s well known and strict adherence to the Grob Opening over many years, it was mandatory for all games to begin 1. g4.

This made the whole tournament very different and exciting as players were mostly unfamiliar both as white and as black with the opening and many often strange positions that developed. In fact over the 5 rounds of 75 games there were no draws in the first 3 rounds and only one draw in the 4th and two draws in the 5th round. This shows the volatility of the Grob!

There was no entry fee, instead donations were requested, and over £200 has been raised so far for UNICEF. Donations can still be made via the donations to the club on the membership page.

Our special guest Ian Birch, one of Gordon’s sons, also entered and was kind enough to say a few words and award the prizes at the end.

Seb Twisk
The best placed Junior was Seb Twisk who received a cash prize.
Julien Shepley
The overall winner was Julien Shepley who received a Michael Basman book on the Grob.

Full results are below. Click on the image below to open up round details.

Here are some photos from the evening.

Tribute to Gordon Birch and photos can be found here.

2021-2022 Over The Board club night

Thu March 17, 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

15 Frimley Road
Camberley, GU15 3EN United Kingdom

Clive Frostick – My games in Camberley matches

Tue March 1, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Top Surrey player Clive Frostick will go through some interesting games in matches with Camberley Chess Club.

To automatically receive a Zoom link to this event, and all other future Zoom events this season, please become an Online Member on our Membership page.

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

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