The Huddersfield Chess Club was founded in 1852 by John Watkinson (his photo is in our logo courtesy of the British Chess Magazine) and we currently meet at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club on a Friday from 7:30pm with a junior club 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 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|
A good start for all our evening league teams, Knights won their first game, Calderdale League team won their first match despite being a player short and Rooks won as well (there's a match report included with the Rooks match result). Check out the HDCA menu to see all the results received so far!
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?