This years congress is once again at the end of May from 27th - 29th May 2016. The venue is once again at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club but the big change this year due to popular request is that it will be a 6 round swiss tournament instead of the usual 5 rounds. To accommodate the extra game the rate of play has been slightly shortened. So there will be a game on the Friday, 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. For those not wishing to play all the 6 games, multiple byes are once again allowed. We are unfortunately clashing with the Heywood Rapidplay (not our fault!) so there's an opportunity to play 4 games at Huddersfield and 2 rapidplay games at Heywood!
We are once again only penalising late entries on the day but early entries are always welcome and most appreciated.
You can enter on-line via the menu option on the congress information page here.
Mark Hebden GM wins this years Grosvenor Rapidplay with a perfect 6/6 score with Daniel Gormally GM, Nikolay Milchev IM and Charlie Storey sharing second place with 5/6. Grading prize for U180 - 144 was won by Carl Heald with 4.5 points and the U145 prize was shared by Mark Taylor, Karim Khan, Eric Davies, Robert Sutcliffe, Noel Stewart and Brian Crofts who scored 3/6.
All the results are now available here
Huddersfield Congress 2015 - 29th May - 31st May 2015
We had 72 entries at this years congress and Peter Shaw is this years champion.
There was also a good performance from Dave Sugden in the Major who was only beaten by another good performance from Dean Hartley.
Mark Kirkham made his debut in the Major and did exceptionally well coming joint second.
In the minor, Sam Davies came close to winning and only came unstuck by the joint winner of Tim Allen who had travelled up all the way from London.
Well done to all our other winners and thanks again to Tim Allen, Robert Newton, Sri Sriharan, Andrew Jaques & Mark Taylor for their very kind donations.
Photos are to follow ....
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.
Brighouse v Huddersfield (1.5-3.5)
Huddersfield's first game of the season was on Monday 21st September at Brighouse with wins from Matthew Parsons, Nigel Hepworth and Robert Sutcliffe.
Huddersfield v Halifax B (postpopned)
The match scheduled for 7th October hasn't gone ahead due to Halifax B not able to field a team.
Netherton v Rooks (4-3.5)
Rooks v Wakefield (3-3)
Not the best of starts for the Rooks with a defeat against Netherton and then drawing against Wakefield.
Calderdale v Rooks (2.5-5.5)
Despite a weak team the handicap advantage went in Rooks favour along with some good performances on the lower boards.
Netherton/W.Bretton 2 v Knights (0-6)
A clash with the Calderdale League Team didn't materialise due to the postponement and in the end Netherton's second team also had problems fielding a full team and on paper the Knights team out rated our opponents on every board so it should have been an easy victory. It started this way with early wins from Steve Westmoreland and Peter Hepworth which was soon followed by Robert Sutcliffe but John Lavan took a little longer to see off John Newsome and Greg Eagleton nearly went the whole time control to finally get the win over Gregory Bailey who possibly could have held on for a draw. In the end we got the expected 6-0 victory.
Knights v Wakefield (5-1)
Due to holidays and other commitments, getting a full team for this match was a struggle for the Knights but in the end, good results from the lower boards secured victory, the draws on boards 1 & 2 could easily have been defeats although in the end this wouldn't have mattered.
David Browns v Knights (2-4)
An early loss by Mitchell Burke to Leo Keely along with draws by Steve Westmoreland and Robert Sutcliffe gave David Browns a 2-1 lead but wins from Nigel Hepworth and Greg Eagleton put the Knights in front with one game remaining which resulted in Dave Keddie winning on time.
Leeds A v Huddersfield (2-6)
Huddersfield celebrated a superb and important victory away at Leeds A with excellent wins from Greg Eagleton, Gary Hinchcliffe and Dave Keddie and draws from Leo Keely, Mitchell Burke, David Firth and skipper Richard Boylan. However, the undoubted star of the show was Roger Keely who with great tactical play, nerve and sharpness helped defeat his 212 graded opponent. Roger never ceases to amaze with his consistency over decades playing for Huddersfield and is an invaluable asset to the Club.
York RI v Huddersfield (6-2)
Our first game of the season against York RI ended in a 6-2 defeat. It could have been a lot closer but Roger Keely lost in a winning position on board 1, Mitchell Burke tried for a win but lost, Greg Eagleton unfortunately blundered in his game and Gary Hinchcliffe ran out of time. Our points came from Leo Keely, David Firth, Dave Keddie and Dave Tooley who all got a draw.
We have sadly lost another Club member and dear friend in Jon Hughes who passed away recently.
Jon had been a valued Club member for many years and participated in many of our tournaments and team matches but unfortunately he suffered with depression which is thought to have got worse after he lost his parents a few years back and had consequently been admitted into hospital care on a few occasions. But recently he's been very enthusiastic with helping out at our junior chess club and playing in our teams so the news comes as a big shock to us and he'll be truly missed at the Club. He was 47 years old.