News

2017/18 Season


Last Updated: 15:25 15th August


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

Winners

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.


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!


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.