JUNE 23: Bognor took up a challenge from St Maur in France for an online chess match between chess clubs from the twin towns - bringing back memories of Bognor players’ visit to Paris to take part in the St Maur chess tournament almost 25 years ago. Jaimie Wilson, Jamie Wood, John Hargreaves and Adam Rafael Holmes were among those who participated in Tuesday evening’s tournament - with Bognor finishing eighth in the nine-team battle. The 90 minutes of blitz chess was won by St Maur.
JUNE 21: The chess club has taken up an online chess challenge from the chess club based in Bognor's twin French town, St Maur, Paris. The match takes place this coming Tuesday and all players are invited to participate. The match will take place on lichess. If you want to play, contact either Jamie Wood or Jaimie Wilson as soon as possible! The match revives memories of Bognor chess players travelling to St Maur several years ago to participate in a major weekend tournament involving top players from several countries.
APRIL: Club chess is not available for the foreseeable future - hopefully it won't be too long before we can resume competitive play at The Bognor Club. Meanwhile, several players have joined an online Bognor Chess Club team - Bogor Brilliancies - on lichess.org. Jaimie Wilson has the full details.
MARCH 27: A number of Bognor Chess Club players are signed up to the chess website lichens - and Jaimie Wilson has organised them collectively under Bognor Brilliancies. The site is easy on the eye and intuitive to use. Apply to join at https://lichess.org/team/bognor-brilliancies After you have been approved, the easiest way to challenge a player is to hover the cursor over their username on the team screen and click on the clashing swords icon that appears. Many thanks to Jaimie Wilson for setting this all up.
MARCH 22: Chichester Chess Club has confirmed it has suspended club nights at the Fishbourne Centre with immediate effect. Likewise, all Portsmouth Chess League matches have been postponed.
MARCH 21: The chess club will not be meeting until further notice - until the current health situation ends. There were only four players present on Friday - they took part in an impromptu 15mins quickly tournament. Francis Fields scored 5.5, Mick Plumb 2.5, Mike Spence and Adam Rafael-Holmes 2 each.
MARCH 19: This year's East Preston Festival has been cancelled - meaning that for the first time for many years there will be no village chess challenge. The event was due to have taken place on Saturday, June 6.
MARCH 19: The club will be open tomorrow night (March 20) but there are expected to be only a few members present. The situation is being constantly reviewed in light of the current health situation.
PORTSMOUTH LEAGUE RESULTS
Club member Michael Hemming has been putting the Lockdown to good use - by teaching himself The Knights Tour’ ... in reverse. Michael says: "It is more difficult than you would think." Michael has entertained members with previous demonstrations of the Knight's Tour - moving a knight around the board, visiting every square exactly once.
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Bognor's chess players enjoy some of the best chess-playing conditions in the country. Accommodation is within the splendid Bognor Club in Sudley Road. There is ample free on-road parking and a subsidised bar. More information. Contact us.
SUSSEX CHESS NEWS
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