Over-the-board chess is due to return to Bognor and Arun Chess Club from Friday, July 23
JULY 12: Provided Boris Johnson goes ahead and announces the abandonment of most formal lockdown restrictions from July 19, over-the-board chess at the club will resume on Friday, July 23.
JUNE 16: The club is looking to resume over-the-board chess at the club from Friday, July 23, government rules permitting.
JUNE 3: Club member Jamie Wood is once again offering members the chance to play over the board chess at his home. The Saturday afternoon sessions - intended for classical time-control chess, 1 hour + 30-second increment - begin this Saturday (June 5) with subsequent sessions until June 26. Last year's outdoor chess matches proved highly popular. To take advantage of this opportunity, please arrange your own opponent (and agree your preferred time-control) and then let Jamie know in advance that you are playing.. All games will be graded provided both players are paid-up ECF members.
FEBRUARY 22, 2021: Club member Michael Hemming has hit the national headlines ... in the latest edition of Chess magazine. There's a splendid article on his Knight's Tour challenge, telling of how he has mastered the tour, and his ambition to demonstrate blindfold on his 90th birthday a four-board simultaneous Knight's Tour involving some 256 consecutive moves.
DECEMBER 30: There have been one or two minor adjustments to players' grades following the handful of games played since the club temporarily closed its doors in March. The December 2020 grades can be viewed here.
SEPTEMBER 17: The English Chess Federation's new grading site is now live and can be viewed here. Players' grades have been converted to ELO-style four-digit codes. Well done, Jaimie Wilson, who comes in at an impressive 2185! Monthly grade revisions are being brought in from October. The club's thanks are due to Jamie Wood for all his work on compiling our grades for submission.
THE WRITE STUFF ... Phil Clinker, who has had his second book published, and former Bognor star Mandy Hepworth
SEPTEMBER 13: News of two ex-Bognor chess club members - one player from many years back, the other a more recent participant. Phil Clinker has published the second book in his Sheriff John Withers series, entitled Thurlow Junction. The book is available on Amazon, and you can follow Phil and his blog on www.philclinkerwrites.com There's also news of Mandy Hepworth, a former Bognor player who represented England: https://britishchessnews.com/2020/03/12/happy-birthday-mandy-hepworth-12-iii-1968/ It is understood she now works as a dietician in Northern Ireland and has a married name of Gilmore.
PORTSMOUTH LEAGUE RESULTS
SUSSEX CHESS NEWS
THE 2020 edition of Sussex Chess News can be downloaded here
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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 (currently closed due to Covid-19). There is ample free on-road parking and a subsidised bar.