2017/18 Season

29 Aug 2018:

The first league match of the season hasn't even been played and we're already off the mark with our public games. Toby was in action at the Steve Boniface Memorial Congress and came up with this resilient defence and endgame excellence in what must be a world first; an exciting Petrov.

28 Aug 2018:

This season's teams have been decided!

21 Aug 2018:

The final night of the club rapidplay saw some wild chess. To the surprise of everyone, including me, I won:

1st Michael Meadows 14½/18
2nd Oli Stubbs 13½/18
3rd David Painter-Kooiman 13½/18
U175 George Miller 11/18
U150 Duncan MacArthur 12½/18
U120 Elmira Walker 9/18
Junior Aron Saunders 9½/18

The full wallchart is available on our Events page and some of my more entertaining games are viewable in a my quick tournament report. Apologies in advance.

16 Aug 2018:

Tournament news from John:

Yesterday evening North Bristol chess club held their Gambit night. It was pretty well attended with 16 players. Downend & Fishponds only had two of their players in attendance, however they won the two main prizes!

Stephen Meek was the clear overall winner with a full house score of 5/5 and Aron Saunders scored a solid 3/5, winning the grading prize (under 140's).

This is not really a surprise as both Stephen and Aron are also doing well in the Downend Summer tournament, with just one round to go next Tuesday.


10 Aug 2018:

We have fixtures! Now we just need to decide teams.

9 Aug 2018:

John has been writing reports and taking photos. Check out his coverage of the British Championships. Higher resolution photos are available in the gallery where you can see that there is, indeed, a Grob on board 19.

7 Aug 2018:

The third night of the rapidplay was another success. David Painter-Kooinman leads overall with 13½ but Oli is storming through with 9½ from two nights. As it's the best 3 results from the 4 nights, it's all to play for. Full details are in the wallchart.

For those in the quick chess mood, British Blitz Championship Qualifiers are being held on Saturday 8th September and there's a Bristol entry!

Also, the new member accounts are being created now. Several people asked yesterday, but it's not too late to email Michael M to get one set up! (Plenty of games have already been added!)

4 Aug 2018:

It's time to introduce our new Members page! On it we'll have more games with new ways to search (and prep, if you're so inclined!) and club votes. In the future we hope to have educational resources and whatever else pops into our heads.

As part of the new drive, if you have copies of your previous games, please send them to Michael as they can go into our club database.

Logins are currently limited to club members, if you want to create one please get in touch with Michael (perhaps on Tuesday at the 3rd rapidplay night!)

In separate news, the Bristol Chess Times is running its vote for the Game of the Season. There are a few club games in there too, but don't forget to pick your favourite!

26 Jul 2018:

It's that time of year when we find out what all those forays into the Latvian Gambit have cost us; new grades! Check out the Players page if you're feeling extra lazy.

17 Jul 2018:

The second night of the rapidplay saw some great swings in the standing and some wild games. I believe Steve Meek is the sole leader as it stands, but when Jerry has compiled the wallchart.

Update: David Painter-Kooiman is actually the leader! Current standings.

15 Jul 2018:

The club's very own John Stubbs is now producing reports on chessit. Fear not, there'll still be junior news coming our way, for example:

Midland Gigafinal
U18Oli Stubbs4½/6Qualified for Terafinal
U14Jack Tye4/6Qualified for Challengers
U12Aron Saunders3½/6½ point off Challengers



Northern Gigafinal
U12Toby Kan4/6Qualified for Challengers


3 Jul 2018:

John and Oli have been travelling around looking for more chess adventures!

26 Jun 2018:

The heat and the World Cup didn't deter people and there was a good turn out for the first round of the summer rapidplay (though naturally, plenty of stronger players are coincidentally unavailable until the second week). Jerry's automated system was a triumph and the standings are already available.

Some chap called Michael had the luck on his side and is currently joint top with the more expected Steve. Chirag leads the junior prize race, Adrian Champion and Duncan MacArthur are battling it out for the U150, and Nigel has a might ½ point lead in the U120. It's still early days, though, so make sure you clear your calendars for the next night on the 17th July.

14 Jun 2018:

As one would expect, the club AGM was an action packed night of hilarity and decision-making. The new best game prize was won by Aron for his belter against and which no doubt means I'll be spending my time in the Tuscan hills not in the pool or making pizza, but attempting to bodge our Club Awards page to fit the prize. Stay tuned for that. (Second place was taken by The Dunc for his masterpiece against Dave Eggington and third was Neil's French against our very own Richard Livermore. Honorable mentions go to three more juniors; Toby, Jack, and Oli.)

Mike Passmore spoke about the recent passing of Dennis March, who was directed to the club by the chess correspondent for the Bristol Evening Post. B-team captain and coach for new members, juniors and older juniors alike, Dennis was also active in the organisation of the LMC and the Dragons correspondence chess team.

For those who weren't in attendance, or those simply wishing to relive the magic, the AGM minutes are available to download.

31 May 2018:

The League AGM had many points that will no doubt come up at the Club AGM on Tuesday 12th June, but let's take a moment to appreciate silverware won by club players this year; Jerry with the knockout trophy:

And Oli winning the Alan Ashby trophy:

28 May 2018:

We normally only seem to feature tournament successes from our juniors, but time it's the turn of a bigger junior! Andrew Munn completed dominated the Major section at the Cotswold Congress with 5½/6!

Andrew Munn wins the Major

Jack was there because there had to be a junior in action!

15 May 2018:

The rapidplay is coming, the rapidplay is coming! You can find the details on our Events page, or simply click on this entry form.

13 May 2018:

David Kan has been filling us in on the results of our juniors at the Gloucestershire Megafinals:

Aron and Toby were in the Under 12s and Jack in the U14s. All did great and qualified for the Gigafinals in July. Results as follows:

Aron 4½/6 U12 2nd

Toby 6/6 U12 Gloucestershire Supremo

Jack 6/6 U14 Gloucestershire Supremo


Oli (The King) Stubbs also qualified for the Gigafinals the weekend before at the Bristol Megafinals and was crowned Supremo in the U15s section.

Congratulations to all!

10 May 2018:

Dates for club members! May 31st is the League AGM. Motions to be discussed will include whether to force players to deviate early in their openings to increase the variety and excitement of games played. Whether you're a hardline chexiteer or remainliner make sure you get your voice heard.

Following the fallout of that calm and measured evening, the club AGM will be June 12th where we'll discuss if Oli should just be made club King, if Andrew C should be awarded a draw before the start of play, and if I will be eligible for Major sections next year.

10 May 2018:

The E-team's final final final match of the season was a tough one as South Bristol C were too strong on the night and our team lost 2-4.

1 May 2018:

In the final final match of the season (due to a postponement) the E-team managed a 4½-1½ win over Cabot B, which is a much more satisfying score to finish on.

In A-team news, Bath A were held to a 3-3 draw by Clifton A which means that our A-team has finished second in Division 1!

29 Apr 2018:

The Chipping Sodbury rapidplay was this weekend and a number of Downend players scored well:


Richard came joint first with 5/6.

Toby won the U135 grading prize after scoring 3½/6


Aron came joint third with 4/6.

Other notable performances include:

Oli scoring 4½/6 in the Open/Major.

Fedor scoring 2½/6 in his first ever Open.

Pictures from the event by Chris Lamming from Trowbridge chess club can be found in our gallery page, and full results can be found on the chess-db website.

26 Apr 2018:

In the final match of the season, the F-team split the points against Keynsham B 2-2.

25 Apr 2018:

Downend & Fishponds won the knockout final against Bath 4½-3½! All the games from the night are available to view and Ian's holiday will be interrupted for a match report coming soon!

Update: Suitably interrupted, Ian has excelled himself in the knockout match report!

24 Apr 2018:

The C-team rounded off their season with a 3½-2½ win over a strong Horfield C. Ian tells us more

The E-team had a harder night against Clifton C and came away with a 2-4 defeat.

Update: Nigel's charming miniature from the night is also well worth a play through!

17 Apr 2018:

The Minor Knockout final was a tough match (unless you were a junior!) and Clevedon fully earnt the title after the final score of 2½-3½.

The A-team rounded off their season with a comfortable-looking 4½-1½ win over Horfield B. The pressure will now be on Bath A to win their remaining matches to snatch second place. Don't forget the match report.

11 Apr 2018:

The biannual Pentyrch scheduled for the 21st has had to be postponed due to player ill-health. As the players involved have been in these matches for up to 30 years, we at Downend & Fishponds would like to wish them the best and a speedy recovery.

10 Apr 2018:

The C-team had a tough night, losing 1-5 to Clevedon B.

The F-team had a better night, with bottom board clinching the 2½-1½ win against South Bristol D.

The A-team weren't in action because of South Bristol's current player availability woes and have taken the walkover.

Update: Ian's match report is now up for the C-team match!

9 Apr 2018:

Don't forget to check out our Events page for all the latest tournament news. There's the Chipping Sodbury rapidplay organised by our own John Stubbs on the 29th, and then two congresses in the coming months. Stay tuned for details of the club's summer rapidplay!

5 Apr 2018:

The C-team managed a very nice 3½-2½ win against Division 2 title hopefuls South Bristol B!

Update: Ian has written the C-team match report!

3 Apr 2018:

The B-team finished off their season with a comfortable 4-2 win over a less than full strength Clifton A. Ian's match report gives us more details.

The D-team had a much harder time against Horfield C and came away with a 1-5 loss. As Nigel said after the game, now we can focus on Division 3 next year!

Our F-team had a closer match against a strong North Bristol B and were only just beaten 1½-2½.

28 Mar 2018:

The E-team managed a narrow 3½-2½ win over Cabot E. Even though the season is drawing to a close it's never too late for new players, it seems!

27 Mar 2018:

To the surprise of absolutely everyone, Horfield A have officially won Division 1. Unfortunately, they achieved this coup by leaving the A-team with a devastating ½-5½ loss. Watch me dish out the blame in the match report.

21 Mar 2018:

The C-team had a fantastic time with a satisfying 5½-½ win over Cabot A. Ian's match report explains more.

20 Mar 2018:

Apologies for the delays!

The A-team returned to fine form with a 4-2 win against Clevedon. A match report is looming, but I've only seen 3 of the games.

The E-team squeaked a narrow 3½-2½ win against Horfield D.

19 Mar 2018:

More juniors news from David Kan:

It was the Gloucestershire County Championship in Cheltenham a few weeks ago which had 3 of our juniors competing. Aron, Toby in the U12 and Jack in the U14. All boys played well and we ended up with 2 County Champions. Aron finished on 4/6, Toby 6/6 and Jack in the mixed age group from U14-U18s finished on 3½/6.

Toby and Jack are now the U12 and and U14 Gloucestershire County Champions.


15 Mar 2018:

The A-team had a tough night against the University A-team, getting hammered 2-4. Match report soon!

Update: For some reason this match report comes with Conservative party slogans that I feel sum up the performances in Dave's pictures.

13 Mar 2018:

The B-team are on a roll! 4-2 again Bath A.

The F-team also had a good night with a 3-1 win away to Hanham B.

Update: The B-team match now comes with a match report!

The D-team's woes continued with a close 2-4 defeat to University B.

6 Mar 2018:

They may have waited since the start of December last year, but the B-team got a win! 5-1 against Clifton B, though the score wasn't representative of the games; don't forget Ian's match report

The D-team had a much harder night away to Grendel and came away with a 2½-3½ defeat.

27 Feb 2018:

The knockout team won 5-3, making it three finals in a row! Details as they emerge.

The C-team had a tough set of games and drew 3-3 with North Bristol A.

The E-team also managed a win by 2 points, 4-2 against Hanham A.

Update: The C-team match now comes with a match report!

26 Feb 2018:

A five-board D-team were beaten 2½-3½ by a very strong Clevedon B team. Very close considering the missing player.

21 Feb 2018:

The A-team very graciously gave Horfield A a bit of breathing space at the top of the league by drawing 3-3 with Bath A. The rumour is that there were a bunch of exciting games so once I get my hands on them, I'll write a match report.

Update: I didn't get more than 3 games, but what the hey!

20 Feb 2018:

Too many draws cost the B-team, who lost 2½-3½ against the University A team.

Jerry has been contributing on the Makepeace with Chess site (run by 4NCL team mates and former club member Phil Makepeace and Chris Russell).

The minor knockout went swimmingly as the club reached the final having beaten both North and South Bristol. 5-1 was the semi-final score.

Update: B-team match report!

19 Feb 2018:

The points were split between the F-team and Clevedon C 2-2.

13 Feb 2018:

The A-team had a comfortable and relatively uneventful 4-2 win against a five-board Clifton B. Here's the match report.

The C-team scored a merciless 5-1 win over the D-team.

A draw on the bottom board meant the F-team just pipped Clifton C 2½-1½.

There was also a lovely surprise for me at the club as the ECF sent physical proof of our recent ECF website of the year award which was presented by our club chairman:


It was a pretty vibrant night at the club and John Stubbs summarised it well:

I was talking to "The Duffer" earlier on, and apart from an exciting evening of chess, particularly for the spectators, with many unclear games 'featuring' the young guns against the "the old guard", or you might prefer the "experienced, we agreed it was the best atmosphere we have ever experienced at a club/match night. It was great to see Geoff's riddles confusing so many in the bar, including an IM and Richard. S for nearly an hour! Also several new juniors in attendance with Grant and Geoff giving coaching.

A couple of Clifton players have said to me today that the atmosphere was terrific last night and that there is nothing remotely like it at any other club... It was still busy at 11.30pm!

Update: Ian has written the C vs D team match report!

12 Feb 2018:

The B-team's difficult 2018 continued as they were held to a 3-3 draw by the struggling Clevedon A.

Update: Ian has completed another fine match report!

8 Feb 2018:

The bottom boards saved a point for the E-team who were away to a strong Keynsham A. 3-3 the final score.

6 Feb 2018:

It was a tough night for the B-team away to a super-strong Horfield A. Despite some close games the final score was 1½-4½.

Things were no better for the D-team, who were also defeated 2½-3½ by a five-man South Bristol B.

There was some good news though! The F-team managed a great 3½-½ win over Yate B.

Update: Ian has written the match report for the B-team.

4 Feb 2018:

This weekend was the Kidlington Congress and the club's contingent appears to have grown.

Attila was our representative in the Open section and scored 3/5, remaining unbeaten in his 4 games. In round 5 Attila showed exactly how to win a lost ending, playing his last 15 moves on increments again!

Oli was our representative in the under 180 section. Oli was not particularly happy with his form, but also remained unbeaten on 2½/5, with 4 draws.

In the under 145 section our representative was the "The Duffer" himself. Richard scored 1½ points and played 4 games.

Jack Tye had a fantastic weekend at Kidlington. Jack finished joint 1st in the under 120 section, and had a great unbeaten score of 4½/5. (That's U120 winners two years in a row. Last year Oli, this year Jack. Who's winning it in 2019?). As well as Jack, we also had Grant, Shaun and senior Stubbs in the under 120 section. Grant finished on 2½, whilst Shaun and senior Stubbs both finished on 2 points.

1 Feb 2018:

Rounding off what was a disappointing week for the club, the D-team took a 1-5 drubbing from North Bristol A.

30 Jan 2018:

It was a disappointing night for the club. First the C-team were only just defeated 2½-3½ against Thornbury. Another fine match report from Ian explains where it went wrong.

The E-team also suffered a 2-4 defeat, this time against a balanced South Bristol C.

28 Jan 2018:

Robert Taylor was the club's only showing in the Simon Bartlett Memorial Congress this weekend, at the Livermead House Hotel in Torquay, but he came joint first in the U170 with 4/5!

25 Jan 2018:

The C-team pulled off a fantastic 3½-2½ win away to University B.

Update: Ian has the details in the match report.

23 Jan 2018:

New grades!

The A vs B-team match may look on paper like a dull new-grade-protecting 3-3 draw, but there were some wild and wacky games eg. Mike vs Robert. Ian has written the match report!

The D-team's winning streak ended with their worst defeat for some time; 1-5 against Cabot A. Toby's lone win is well worth a play through.

Update: Toby and Oli were a little late to the matches this evening as they were grinding out games against a GM and John tells us more!

The F-team also split the points 2-2 against University C.

21 Jan 2018:

Toby was at the J4NCL this weekend playing for the Chess in School and Communities (CSC) charity. In a last minute reshuffle the team expecting to play in Division 2 was moved up to Division 1. Toby was playing board 1 and did fantastically with 3 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss. His performance and that of his team saw them achieve an amazing 3rd place in Division 1. Kandara, a North Bristol junior, was also in the team and in her crucial game in the final round she converted her advantage to win the round for her the team. Cool as a cucumber, but no one looked as cool as Geoff.


18 Jan 2018:

The points were split 2-2 between the F-team and North Bristol B!

16 Jan 2018:

It only took one decisive board to settle the B-team match against Horfield B. Unfortunately it was settled 2½-3½.

Things didn't go any better for the E-team that lost 1½-4½ to a five-board, but very strong, Bath B-team.

Update: The B-team match is now complete with a match report!

14 Jan 2018:

John got in touch to let us know how our players got on at the Clevedon congress:

Major (U175)

Oli and Robert played in this section, unfortunately Robert was unwell on Saturday and had to withdraw. Oli scored 3½/5 and finished 3rd equal. A very good tournament for Oli, unbeaten over the 4 rounds he played in. He had two draws and two wins. His best victory being against Dave Egginton in round 5.

Intermediate (U155)

The "Welsh duffer" and Grant played in this section. Richard scored 2/5. Saturday was not his best, but he was unbeaten on Sunday. Grant also scored 2/5. 4 solid draws against players all graded higher than him.

Minor (U120)

Shaun Walsh was back in action and scored 2½/5.

What was great about this weekend was how all our players supported and ridiculed each other. There was also a visit from Mr Chessit himself on Sunday, to encourage, support, and keep an eye on fair play!

John was also in action taking pictures of the weekend.

David also got in touch to fill us in on some great junior news!

11 Jan 2018:

The B-team had a difficult night against a resilient South Bristol A-team and came away with a 3-3 draw.

Update: Mike fills us in with his great match report!

9 Jan 2018:

The A-team started the year with all the luck on their side, with one fine sacrifice and one much less so. Fortunately, it came together for a 3½-2½ win over Clifton A. There's more to say in the match report.

Luck wasn't on the C-team's side last night and they lost 2½-3½ to Grendel. Andrew has been writing feverishly to finish the C-team match report.

Update: The E-team were away to Yate A for their first 2018 match, but they found them too strong; 2½-3½ the final score.

8 Jan 2018:

We have a tournament update, this time from Richard:

Last weekend three Downend members competed in the New Year Congress in Bridgend, South Wales.

Richard Livermore scored 3 out of 5 in the Major, which result was so unremarkabke that I shall not remark on it.

Robert Taylor started with an excellent draw with Tim Kett, FIDE rated 2223, and three times Welsh Champion. Unfortunately, Robert was unwell over the weekend, but battled on on Saturday, understandably losing both his games, before wisely withdrawing on Sunday.

The star of the show, no doubt being freed up from worrying about how Oli was doing in the Open, was John Stubbs, who, playing in the Minor produced his first ever tournament plus score with three out of five for a Welsh rating of 1069, which converts to ECF 52, 31% above his official grade.

One of his wins was against an actual grown-up and his two losses were against the tournament winner, and joint runner up.

He carries this glorious momentum into the Clevedon congress this weekend. Let's see what happens!

4 Jan 2018:

The D-team pulled all the stops out for the new year with a 4-2 win over a very strong Thornbury. Nigel has written the details.

2 Jan 2018:

The buzzer tournament was a huge success, without too many people being confused with the change in date (or tired from the excitement of the new year). It was won by the club's Henry Duncanson with an impressive 8½/10, with second place being taken by Clevedon's David Painter-Kooiman on 7/10, which won him the U175 section. Nigel Wilcox took the U120 prize on 6½/10, which was the same score as the winning junior Max Walker. Andrew Munn took the U150 prize with 6/10. The full wallchart of final standings is available on our Events page. Thanks to Jerry for organising his first buzzer (Edit: in about 25 years)!

1 Jan 2018:

Happy New Year! There's plenty to catch up on, so let's get to it.

Over the Christmas break when people should be thinking of nothing related to chess (unless it's the buzzer tournament) Oli and Yuvraj played in the 3 day London Junior Chess Championship Dec 27-30th. In total there were over 300 juniors playing,ranging from Under 8s through to Under 21s.

Yuvraj played in the demanding 9-round Under 12 Major section and finished on a solid score of 5/9 in a very competitive field, with a great win against a 140 in round 7.

Oli played in the 6 round Under 16 FIDE section. He finished on a fine score of 4½/6, winning his final game to secure 3rd place.


Oli was also offered some advice by Mike Basman, who presumably favoured a more unusual opening stance. Personally I think that's a New Year's resolution for us all!

19 Dec 2017:

The B-team once again faced a full strength team when they played Clifton B, meaning another narrow 2½-3½ loss.

The D-team also had a tough night against North Bristol A losing 2½-3½.

Update: The F-team completely the disappointing night with a narrow 1½-2½ loss to Keynsham B.

18 Dec 2017:

The A-team went to Clevedon with a super-sub-filled team. With some great play from both sides, the points were split 3-3. Henry's tactical game has been added to our Games page.

Update: Better late than never! In light of there being no information other than Henry's game, the match report has gone a little festively whimsical.

14 Dec 2017:

The great wins keep coming! The F-team managed to beat Harambee 4-0!

12 Dec 2017:

So much news coming in, all while I was out! It'll never happen again.

The C-team romped to a great 6-0 victory over Cabot A (the club's first full six-board win since very early January). Andrew tells us more in the match report.

The E-team had a tougher time and were narrowly pipped at the post 2½-3½ by Hanham A.

Also, Oli and Fedor made it in to the official London Chess Classic photos by Lennart Ootes, the accomplished chess photographer (and reasonable player too!).


11 Dec 2017:

Though I'm sure you saved the calendar date (Tuesday 2nd January) for the buzzer tournament the other day, the entry form is now live!

John keeps us updated on the London Chess Classic Rapidplay with photos by David!

5 Dec 2017:

The B-team were able to exact revenge on Horfield B for the A-team with a great 4-2 win.

So it wasn't the D-team that had a great night against North Bristol A (though that match is soon!), it was the minor knockout team winning 4-2 against North Bristol!

Update: Ian has written a match report for the B-team match!

4 Dec 2017:

While many eyes are fixed on the 'excitement' at the London Chess Classic, David sends us news of Toby's time there:

After being duffed up by Richard L on Tuesday night during the Downend brawl between C & D. Toby didn't have time to lick his wounds too long. On Wednesday night we set off to Deepmind (Google's Artifical Intelligence division) at their London HQ to play some more chess. This time his opponent was world number 4 Fabiano Caruana and a group game against Vishy Anand... Unfortunately he was duffed up again! Still managed to enjoy the day and met many GMs and world champions past and present.

A small gallery has been added from the day, with links to a bigger one!

29 Nov 2017:

Not for the first time this season the B-team faced the strongest possible opposition as Bath A brought a player back from 15 years abroad! Nevertheless, it was a close match and the Bs were unlucky to just miss out 2½-3½.

Update: Pictures from John and a match report from Ian!

28 Nov 2017:

The A-team may have been a little unlucky to draw 3-3 against a weaker than expected Bristol University. Watch me justify that claim in the match report.

The C vs D-team grudge match also ended in a 3-3 draw, but it wasn't staged! Ian tells us more.

The F-team was also in action against a university, but this time it was Bath's. Unfortunately, they proved too strong and the final score was 1-3.

As if that wasn't enough excitement, there's news about upcoming tournaments! First, on 10th December is a Christmas Blitz at the Cross Hands Pub. Spaces are limited so enter as soon as possible! Also, the date for the club's ever-popular Christmas lightning has been set as January the 2nd. Put it in your diaries now!

26 Nov 2017:

The 2017 Bristol Winter Congress was another rousing success. For more details on the club's performance check out John's congress report. There's also a new gallery with photos by John and Dave.

22 Nov 2017:

The E-team are off the mark! Despite being out-graded by the very strong Bath B team, some excellent results saw our team nab the win 3½-2½.

21 Nov 2017:

The D-team were up against a very strong Horfield C-team, but some excellent scoring on the lower boards kept them in the match. Unfortunately the increment couldn't save them and the final score was 2-4. Don't forget about Nigel's match report!

The F-team didn't know what to expect from the largely ungraded North Bristol C-team, but very quick wins from the juniors drew the match 2-2. (For those keeping track, it means that the juniors scored 3½/4!)

19 Nov 2017:

We now have two national champions! Yuvraj scored a fantastic 9/10 in the Minor section of the 2017 British Rapidplay Championship to finish joint first in a field of about 50 strong players. What an excellent first season with the club.


16 Nov 2017:

Once again the A-team were able to bail out my horrendous blunders and win the match 4-2 against South Bristol A. Match report to appear in the fullness of time.

Update: Look! It's the match report based on what I can remember from last week!

There's also Stephen's game against Gareth Morris now available to view!

14 Nov 2017:

It was a very close match for the B-team away to Clifton A, but with the score finishing at 2½-3½ it just wasn't to be.

Update: Ian fills us in with the B-team's match.

The D-team had a tough night against a very strong Thornbury and lost 1½-4½.

Things went a little better for the F-team who managed to hold Yate B to a 2-2 draw.

12 Nov 2017:

David has more junior news from the weekend:

The Somerset Junior Grand Prix kicked off last month with an impressive showing from our Downend Juniors with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing for Yurvaj, Toby and Aron. This weekend was the second event at a very impressive venue, the Somerset County Cricket ground. However, it was not just an impressive venue, there were some very impressive performances from our juniors once again. This time Aron showed the way, winning 5 games out 6 and coming 1st. Toby on 4½/6 in 2nd and Yuvraj on 4 in 3rd. So a Downend 1, 2, 3 again. Fantastic stuff and a big congratulations to Aron for an outstanding performance this weekend. We all know what a great player Aron is at Downend, but the rest of Somerset just found out too. Congratulations to all!

Update: And John fills us in on the club's exploits at the Torbay congress.

9 Nov 2017:

When this tweet was sent, it was fair to say things weren't looking great for the C team away to North Bristol A, but they managed to come back and draw the match 3-3!

Update: Ian has let fire with a cracking match report!

7 Nov 2017:

The B-team had a very tough night hosting current league leaders Horifeld A, losing 1-5. Now complete with match report!

Update: The E-team's night wasn't any better against a very strong Keynsham A and we lost ½-5½. Time to regroup and start winning again!

2 Nov 2017:

The B-team fought hard but only narrowly won 3½-2½ against the University A-team. I'm sure a match report will appear soon. After all, John sent me pictures for it.

Update: Mike has written a great match report!

31 Oct 2017:

Following their continual successes in every chess venture, juniors stepped in on the A-team for a number of absent players. Unfortunately, Bath A were too strong and our A-team lost 2-4. A match report is being fabricated as you read.

The tough night continued as the C-team, away to Grendel, lost 2-4. Ian can tell us more.

Update: Voilà! A report mostly by Dave.

29 Oct 2017:

Well, there's lots to catch up on!

On Saturday the biannual club match against Pentyrch was played. The seven-board match was won 4½-2½ and Nigel has written a great match report. There's also Neil's game from the match against our own Richard Livermore, which has been annotated by Ian. Also, David Kan was in action with his camera to take a gallery of pictures of the day.

On the Sunday it was the Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay, this time organised by the club's John Stubbs and Geoff Gammon. David has written a congress report and taken some more photos!

26 Oct 2017:

The F-team did very well to draw 2-2 away to a strong North Bristol B,. The white pieces clearly taking advantage of their initiative.

Update: The D-team had a tough night against a very strong University B, losing 2-4. Nigel has written a match report and we also have Toby's excellent win against a much higher graded opponent.

19 Oct 2017:

The F-team had a great night against a three-player University C(!) team winning 3½-½.

Update: The D-team narrowly missed a win against South Bristol B and came away with a 3-3. Nigel has written the match report and Richard's game from the night is also available to view.

17 Oct 2017:

The A-team were rather lucky with their 3½-2½ win over Clifton A. Read how lucky in the match report.

The C-team had a tougher time against a very strong University B and lost 2-4. Ian has written about it in the match report

Update: The E-team had a surprisingly tough time against Horfield D and lost 2-4.

16 Oct 2017:

David Kan fills us in on more junior exploits:

It was the start of the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix this weekend at St Saviours School in Bath. 4 Downend Juniors were participating include Jack in the Under 16s, Aron, Toby and Yuraj in the Under 12. It was a very competitive event with many Somerset Junior County players present.

In the Under 12 section, all juniors did fantastically as usual finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Results below:

Player Pts
1st Yuvraj Kumar 5½ (5+ 1= 0-)
2nd Toby Kan 5 (4+ 2= 0-)
3rd Aron Saunders 4½ (4+ 1= 1-)

In the U16s, Jack was not feeling 100% and was not playing his best chess. Still he showed great resolve and fought on finishing on 2/6.

For other Downend Juniors who would like to be involved, the next events are detailed on

Update: There was plenty more chess happening at the weekend, and John fills us in on the 52nd Dorset Congress at The Elstead Hotel in Bournemouth in his congress report.

10 Oct 2017:

The first A-team vs B-team match of the season went relatively smoothly for the As who managed a reasonable 4-2 win. Don't forget about the brief match report in which I praise Andrew and Nigel's enterprising and dominant play.

The D-team had a tough night against Clevedon B and lost 1½-4½.

Update: Jack's excellent win is now available on our Games page.

8 Oct 2017:

We may not be entering the main 4NCL as a club this season, but we did have a go at the rapidplay. Read all about our results in the congress report.

5 Oct 2017:

It was a close match but the C-team managed to get there in the end, beating Thornbury 3½-2½.

Update: Now complete with Ian's match report!

3 Oct 2017:

There was plenty of action last night and I missed it all what with being the last to finish (though not the last to lose!). Clear title favourites Horfield B continued their epic season start with a win over the A-team (2½-3½). Match reports and other results to follow soon!

While you wait there's a spectacular debut game from Aron Saunders; the newest of the juniors!

Update: The D-team had a tough night against a very strong Grendel, losing 2-4. Read all about it in the drama-free match report.

I finished the A-team match report just as Dave sent me the games from the night, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'm not rewriting it!

It wasn't all bad news on the night as the F-team scored a major 2½-1½ upset against the much higher graded Clevedon C!

26 Sep 2017:

The B-team had a draw-ish night against Clevedon A, but splitting the point was not an option for the English Rapidplay champion and the team took the two points with a 3½-2½ win. Read all about it in Ian's match report.

Update: The D-team also managed a very successful 3-3 draw away to a very strong Cabot A. Nigel's match report is required reading as it includes a useful tidbit on the rules of pawn promotion! (Now with confirmation from arbiter Geoff Gammon!)

25 Sep 2017:

I went to my first tournament in about 18 months and decided to write about it.

Update: Oli also went to a tournament for the first time in about 18 days and came away with fantastic results .

21 Sep 2017:

We are the ECF website of the year! Well done to everyone that produces content for the website (and reminds me to update it) and thanks to Ian for his excellent nomination.

19 Sep 2017:

The B-team got their season underway with an excellent 4½-1½ win over a five-man South Bristol A.

The E-team suffered a narrow 2½-3½ defeat against a very strong Yate A, in what was another strong night for the black pieces.

Ian, who appears to be taking over the role of "scribe for two teams", regales us with a match report for the B-team.

Update: Don't forget to check out our Games page (and submit your own games!), Ian's exciting Dragon slaying and Mike's crazy Benko are already up.

18 Sep 2017:

Clevedon B staged an incredible 3-point comeback to hold the C-team to a 3-3 draw.

Update: Ian has completed the fixture off with a match report!

12 Sep 2017:

The A-team continued their fine start with a 4-2 win over a weakened Clifton B. Match report to come once I've seen the games.

The C-team were perhaps a little unlucky to lose 2-4 against a very strong South Bristol B.

The F-team were also playing at the temporary Clifton venue, but as I was sulking over my loss I completely forgot to get the score.

Update: John has sent me the scores. It was a close 1½-2½ loss for the F-team against Clifton D.

Also, there's not one but two match reports! Insightful analysis from Ian on the C-team and random mumblings from me on the A-team.

7 Sep 2017:

Black pieces ruled the board as the F-team drew 2-2 away to South Bristol D.

5 Sep 2017:

There were plenty of decisive results in the A-team's opening 4½-1½ win against Horfield A, but I'll save the details for the match report.

In the C-team match-up, Horfield got their revenge as they scored the five points in the 1-5 score.

The E-team played their away match to Clifton C at the cricket club due to the latter's venue problems. Unfortunately the "home" advantage told and the score was 2½-3½.

Update: The C-team match now has a match report!

27 Aug 2017:

Update: Some news from the Steve Boniface Congress. Congress report and links and gallery thanks to John Stubbs.

22 Aug 2017:

The final night of the summer rapid didn't see a huge upset in the final rankings, but there were plenty of upsets in the games:

Place Player Pts
1st Attila Reznak 15½/18
2nd Morris Stranger 14½/18
3rd Henry Duncanson 13½/18

Most of the entrants went home with a prize or book (which sounds like more work, but they seemed happy). Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Jerry for organising his first Summer Rapid. The final wallchart and the best three performance rankings can also be found on our Events page and John captured a few photos from the night.

In new season news, the team registrations are now correct on our Players page.

21 Aug 2017:

Fixtures are out!

14 Aug 2017:

Junior news from the Terafinals! Get the news in David's report and gallery.

8 Aug 2017:

The leaderboard of the of the summer rapidplay has been shaken quite dramatically with the departure of Chris:

Place Player Pts
1st= Attila Reznak 11½/18
1st= Morris Stranger 11½/18
3rd David Painter-Kooiman 10½/18

The full wallchart can also be found on our Events page. Don't forget, the winners are decided on their three best performances, so there's still lots to play for! The final night will be 22nd August.

7 Aug 2017:

Full-time Downend & Fishponds journalist John Stubbs has written a report of the club's showing at the 2017 British Championships and of course there's an accompanying gallery. It's also worth noting that club member wannabe Daniel Young also qualified for next year's Championships with his excellent performance in the Major Open.

1 Aug 2017:

Downend & Fishponds now has a club profile on the chessjournalapp blog. Thanks to Richard Livermore and Jon Fisher!

27 Jul 2017:

New grades are out! If you want to do more grade searching, check out the ECF grading database.

23 Jul 2017:

First there was the Northern Gigafinals, and now there's the Southern Gigafinals. In the U15s Thomas scored a very strong 2½/6 (which included a game against the 206 top seed!), however it was Oli that took the prizes with an incredible undefeated 5/6 (half a point behind the top seed) including some excellent results against very strong players. Oli's second place means that he joins Toby with a ticket to the Terafinals. Don't forget to check out the gallery of the tournament.

18 Jul 2017:

After something of a delay in unlocking the building, round 2 of the summer rapidplay was a success. Current leaders:

Place Player Pts
1st Chris Russell 8½/12
2nd Morris Stranger 7½/12
3rd= Gareth Morris 7/12
3rd= Graham Iwi 7/12

The full round 2 wallchart can be found on our Events page.

The next night is 8th August so put it in your diaries now! Watch out for Henry, Attila, and Fabrizio.

16 Jul 2017:

David has written a report about Aron, Jack, and Toby's successes at the 2017 Northern Gigafinal. Also his photos have been saved in another new gallery.

12 Jul 2017:

It was the first junior match for the club. John has written up a match report complete with pictures of the night.

4 Jul 2017:

Clifton's annual Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay was another great success, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. There were also some great results for the club:

Section Player Pts
Open Lewis Martin 4/6
Open Jerry Humphreys 2/6
Major Oliver Stubbs 5/6
Major Grant Daly 3/6

Those results saw Lewis take joint 3rd (with virtual club member Daniel Young) in the Open and Oli take 2nd in the Major. John Stubbs was also kind enough to take some pictures of the day.

23 Jun 2017:

The first night of the summer rapidplay was a great success. There was plenty of enterprising chess and some 'off-beat' openings. The current leaders are:

Place Player Pts
1st Chris Russell 5½/6
2nd= Henry Duncanson 5/6
2nd= Gareth Morris 5/6

There are plenty of people sharing 4th place with 4½/6 and there isn't enough space in the news to detail the leaders of the different 'sections'. Of course, we couldn't be chess players without wanting those details. Downend the round 1 wallchart.

If you missed the first night, fear not! The second night is on July 18th. If you can't wait that long (and who can?), this Sunday (July 2nd) there is Clifton's Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay. Please do try and attend as it's always a great event which raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Entries (as they get updated) can be round on the chess-results page.

19 Jun 2017:

Well there's plenty to catch up on. First, we have a new gallery of some of the players scoring well at the 2017 Bristol Summer Congress.

Then we have our club AGM report complete with an accompanying gallery. With our AGM out of the way, don't forget that this now means that club memberships are due!

Following the rousing success the club has seen this year, Ian has added to our History page.

There will also be a junior match where Downend & Fishponds' youngest will be pitting their skills against Chepstow juniors on July 11th with some of the club's strongest players in attendance to provide post-match analysis. It should be a great event if you're able to attend and we're hoping it might blossom into a yearly match much like the Pentyrch tradition meaning yet more work for me on the site. Full credit to John Stubbs for organising the evening.

Last but not least, don't forget that the Downend Summer Rapidplay begins a week tomorrow (June 27th) and for the extra keen, don't forget to check out the latest version of the tournament rules.

12 Jun 2017:

With the league season over, there's still no shortage of chess action to be had. A few weeks ago was the 49th Cotswold Chess Congress which had a great Bristol turnout:

Section Player Pts
Open Robert Taylor 3/6
Open Dave Tipper 2/6
Major Oliver Stubbs 3/6
Major Richard Livermore 2½/5
Minor Jack Tye 4/6

Thanks to John Stubbs, we also have a small gallery from the congress!

A little closer to home, last weekend was the 2017 Bristol Summer Congress, which had an even bigger turnout from the club:

Section Player Pts
Open Lewis Martin 4/5
Open Attila Reznak 3½/5
Open Stephen Meek 3/5
Major Ian Pickup 3½/5
Major Oliver Stubbs 3/5
Major Toby Kan 1/5
Minor Grant Daly 3½/5
Minor Shaun Walsh 3½/5

On a final note, don't forget that the club AGM is tomorrow night and attendance is mandatory!

3 Jun 2017:

It's that time of year again when we're all suffering from chess withdrawal symptoms. Fear not, if that's you (or you simply want to get some practice in at playing with an increment) the Downend Summer Rapidplay is back! Nights are 27th June, 18th July, 8th August and 22nd August. Check out the entry form and for the extra keen, the tournament rules.

For club members, don't forget that our club AGM is a week on Tuesday (13th June) and we'd like as large an attendance as possible as there are lots of important issues to discuss. Especially stern looks of warning go to anyone that won a trophy this year (including as part of a team) as we're hoping to get photographs to record the club's successes.

20 May 2017:

There were over 170 juniors at the Bristol Megafinal at Bristol Grammar School. There were 3 Downend juniors in the U15 section, all doing themselves proud:

Pts Player
5½/6 Oliver Stubbs Supremo
5/6 Thomas Carter Qualifier
2/6 Linton Scotthorne


Three local Bristol & District league juniors collecting their Supremo/Suprema champion trophies from IM Chris Beaumont at prize giving: Yuvraj Kumar (Bath), Acharya Kandara (North Bristol), and our very own Oliver Stubbs (Downend & Fishponds).

18 May 2017:

The increments are coming! The increments are coming! That is to say, the League AGM was a rousing success.

Update: There was such an impressive haul of silverware at the AGM that Dave's put together a gallery for the site.

17 May 2017:

With the league and knockout safely under his belt, Jerry has decided to sack off the rest of the season and the A-team match against Bath A has been cancelled resulting in a walkover for Bath, instead of the 5½-½ win the A-team were probably expecting.

16 May 2017:

The date for the club AGM has been set for the 13th June. We hope to have photographs taken of all the winning teams and maybe a whole club shot, so we'd like as many as possible to attend. There is also a proposal for a 'clock monitor' to check all batteries at regular intervals, so if you fancy that high honour do come along!

14 May 2017:

Downend had another strong showing at a local congress, this time at Frome:

Section Player Pts
Int Oliver Stubbs 3½/5
Int Richard Livermore 3½/5
Int Grant Daly 2½/5
Minor Shaun Walsh 3/5

As a further bonus, Oli's 3½ score won him the grading prize. Plenty of pictures have been taken and compliled into another album for our Gallery page!

9 May 2017:

Downend & Fishponds are quadruple winners! A very strong team of eight managed to defeat an almost equally strong Bath 5-3 in the knockout final. Games from the final and a scathing match report will follow as per tradition.

Don't forget it's not the club AGM next week, but it is the League AGM on Thursday the 18th May!

Update: Games from the night are available, to go with Dave's summary match report (which is somehow more brutal than I ever could've been) and pictures taken on the night.

7 May 2017:

David Kan is keeping us in the know about the performances of our juniors with a Megafinals report.