The Huddersfield Chess Club has sadly lost another member with the recent departure of Stephen Priest on 12th March 2015 at the Kirkwood Hospice. Stephen had been a member at Huddersfield for over 10 years during which time he featured many times for our teams and won the H.E. Atkins Memorial Trophy on several occasions. Stephen was also an active member with other clubs around the county playing in the Bradford and Calderdale leagues and will be missed by many. His obituary can be found on the Huddersfield Examiner website here.
The Huddersfield Chess Club was founded in 1852 by John Watkinson (his photo is in our logo courtesy of the British Chess Magazine) - our club night is on a Wednesday at the Lindley Liberal Club and we also have a Junior Club meeting at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club on a Friday from 6:30-8:00pm.
Weekend congresses, 30 minute rapidplay and 5 minute blitz tournaments are also organised by our Club attracting players from around the country.
Huddersfield Congress 2015
Set for 29th May - 31st May 2015 at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club.
Our leaflet is now available ...
An on-line entry form will be available soon.
Huddersfield Rapidplay 2015
We are planning on holding another Rapidplay at the Grosvenor Casino in 2015 - a date is still being finalised.
Huddersfield Rapidplay - Sunday 10th August 2014
Daniel Gormally GM is this years Rapidplay champion making up for his disappointment in our first Grosvenor Rapidplay when he missed out to Mark Hebden GM. Ameet Ghasi came second with 5/6 who only lost to Daniel in round 5.
There were 2 grading prizes. 141 to 170 grading prize was shared between Huddersfield's Dave Tooley and Martin Sheard and the U141 grading prize was won by Paul May.
All the results can be found via our tournaments menu.
Thanks to all who entered.
The general feedback we've had from our Casino Rapidplays is that many don't mind the background noise of the occasional slot machine compared to a silent room where the slightest noise is annoying - it's obviously totally unsuitable for long play games but it appears to be working for the Rapidplay as a venue. So far our numbers haven't been exceptional but we are now currently looking at setting a date for our 4th to give people plenty of notice and we're also hopeful that we'll get some sponsorship from the casino for our next rapidplay to help boost the entry. Watch this space .....
Huddersfield's 10th Congress - 2014
All the results from this years congress can now be seen via our tournaments page.
Congratulations to all our winners ....
|grading prize (U180)=||John Garnett||3|
|Grading Prize U167=||Jonah Willow||3|
|Grading Prize U155||Joshua Blinkhorn||3|
|Grading Prize U131=||Paul Smith||3|
Due to a clash with the Calderdale League, our match against Wakefield is being re-arranged and the league is now hinging on this last game after the Knights were well beaten in their last game against West Bretton/Netherton 1 who took revenge on our home match earlier in the season.
Bill Lumley Rapidplay 2014/15
Huddersfield win this years Rapidplay winning all 5 games but it went to the final game with Calderdale, who if they had beaten Huddersfield would have been champions instead.
The match started with Calderdale on 0.5 points due to the handicap difference so Huddersfield needed 3.5 points to win the match and we had won the toss for the first time!
The match started pretty well for Huddersfield with Matthew Parsons the first to finish but then Dave Tooley lost his game on board 2 followed by Nigel Hepworth on board 3 but Mehool Shah and Robert Sutcliffe made up for it with 2 good wins leaving it to our captain Peter Czerwinski to decide the match and title. This game went the distance and due to the distraction of the clock, Peter missing a couple of mating opportunities ended up in a stalemate position but this was good enough!
All the results can be seen via the HDCA link.
Club Championship 2014/15
Our Club championship is dwindling in numbers with Greg Eagleton deciding to take a break from chess along with Robert Sutcliffe and also our thoughts are currently with Stephen Priest who isn't very well at the moment.
Dates are as follows....
Round 1 - 3rd December 2014
Round 2 - 21st January 2015
Round 3 - 18th February 2015
Round 4 - 18th March 2015
Round 5 - 15th April 2015
Round 6 - 13th May 2015
Round 2 draw has been made.
Full details can be seen via our tournaments menu.
Huddersfield Chess Club traditionally marks the start of the season by having lunch with our President and this year it was held on Saturday 13th September at Toby Carvery at Ainley Top which has been a popular venue in recent years. In years gone by it was traditional for the President to pay for such occasions but this became a burden of being president and at the time when Dennis Wilkinson was President in the 70's he was unable to afford such an expense so it was decided that it was only fair that members paid for their own meals. However, this year Dave Keddie kindly treat all who attended to the meal. As usual afterwards there was a friendly game of chess played back at the Liberal Club.
At our AGM it was decided that Club night would return back at the Liberal Club but on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm, although the Junior club will continue at the Ukrainian Club on a Friday between 6:30 & 8:00pm.
We're hosting the Huddersfield & District Chess Association's website this years so check out the new menu option - it's still very much under development so content will change regularly so keep coming back
October 2013 sadly sees another long serving member of the Huddersfield Chess Club leave us.
Eddie Mellor who has been a member of the club for over 40 years sadly lost his battle with cancer at the age of 76 and only recently stepped down as club secretary due to his health.
Eddie joins Edgar Priestley, Tony Midgley, Andrew Chadwick, James Rushton and Dennis Wilkinson in our list of departing long serving members.
Our aging members were recently the driving force of our club, so now we need to attract new faces to keep our club nights going.
It is interesting to note at this point that amongst all our current and past senior members, not one of them suffered with dementia. Is this one of the benefits of playing chess?