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.
SEPTEMBER 13: A number of players are going to take part in a 'playing at home' tournament while club nights are not possible. The mini all-play-all tournament will be run by Jaimie Wilson. Details
Covid-19: club statement
Bognor and Arun Chess Club committee has met to discuss the possible ways forward for us to play over-the-board (OTB) chess. The club is currently unable to meet at The Bognor Club, but the committee remains very hopeful that chess will return to The Bognor Club at some point in the future.
Since March, some members have been playing chess online, others OTB thanks to Jamie Wood’s garden being available during August, and one or two privately arranged games but because of safety concerns it is appreciated and understood that it will be a long while before some members will contemplate face to face chess and, indeed, one or two have indicated they do not intend to return to the club at all, unfortunately.
The committee felt, however, that it should attempt to make provision for some form of rated long-play OTB chess if at all possible for those who would like it. We are asking members if they would be interested in playing individual graded games at players' homes. Depending on numbers, a tournament will be organised accordingly, either an all-play all, Swiss or whatever suits. The committee felt that if we were able to do this it would ensure some form of continuity and the means to enjoy competitive chess, albeit on a reduced scale, to help fill the void until we can return properly to the club.
There are encouraging signs that ‘normal’ chess is on the way to returning. Fareham and Northumberland chess congresses are still due to take place late-September, albeit with strict protocols in place. Baby steps, obviously, but encouraging nevertheless.
Any club member interested should contact the club:
Not everyone has chess equipment, but these could be loaned out to those who need clocks and chess sets. We would envisage opponents agreeing certain protocols in advance if either player requests it, eg whether to wear face masks, hand sanitiser use etc.
Players are expected to re-register with the ECF to ensure their games are graded. The ECF is up to September 13 giving us the chance to get our ECF subscription back in full when making a purchase from Chess and Bridge - details: https://www.chess.co.uk/ecf-members/
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SUSSEX CHESS NEWS
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.