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.
Set for 29th May - 31st May 2015 at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club.
Our leaflet can be viewed here.
An on-line entry form will be available soon.
Our site will be updated regularly with entries received - the entries received so far can be seen here.
Huddersfield Rapidplay 2015
We are planning on holding another Rapidplay at the Grosvenor Casino in 2015 - a date is still being finalised.
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
Full details can be seen via our tournaments menu.
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
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.