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 ....
Huddersfield Rapidplay 2015
We've booked our next Rapidplay at the Grosvenor Casino for Sunday 16th August 2015. Full details 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.
On Sunday 26th April 2015 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, we had the pleasure of having Nigel Davies GM come to Huddersfield again to give another one of his training sessions. Nigel came with his son, Sam and was joined by Andrew Drabble, Leo Keely, Dave Tooley, Richard Boylan, Nigel Hepworth, Daniel Ward, Dave Keddie, Jon Hughes, Craig Sharpe, Robin Wybrew, Mehool Shah and Mark Rojinsky.
Our final deciding match of the season against Wakefield is arranged for Monday 18th May
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
Congratulations to Matthew Parsons who is this years Club Champion after winning all his 6 games.
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.
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.