Downend & Fishponds Chess Club




Last updated: 10:47 Thursday 18th April 2024

Thu 18th Apr '24

Thanks to an unfortunate clash of fixtures, the A, B and C teams were scheduled to play within a 24 hour period, which was made more awkward by the difficulty for some of the team to travel to play away at Bath.

The weakened A team were unable to get more than three draws, so lost by 4½-1½, a result which confirms Bath as league champions.

The C team, on the other hand, were aided by a default and soon had a 3-0 lead, thanks to excellent wins by James and Grant. But the other three extremely hard fought games all went against us so it resulted in a draw with a very strong Clevedon team. In fact this now makes them firm favourites to return to division one, so well done to them! Grant is planning on telling us more - don't be modest about your win!!

Update! The fixture clash takes on an ironic new twist with the news that University B cannot get a room to host our B team tonight.

Fri 12th Apr '24

And here, if you click on reports above, is a slightly belated account of the D team's loss at home to Clevedon B by 3½-2½.

Thu 11th Apr '24

Early news is coming in concerning tonight's E team's match at Grendel B, where they made up for some of this week's disappointments with a 3½-2½ win (pro-rated to 2½-1½). Alexis, Dan and Hector won and John had the vital extra draw.

Thu 11th Apr '24

Two narrow defeats at the club yesterday. The A team went down by 3½-2½ against Horfield A. The D team also lost 3½-2½, to Clevedon C. With one win for us in each match, the heroes on the night were Mark Morris and Mike Passmore!

Tue 9th Apr '24

The F team's trip to play Yate B turned out to be disappointing overall with a 3-1 loss.

Mon 8th Apr '24

Nigel has provided us with a blow by blow account of the 6-2 win at Clifton in the League Knockout semi-final.

Sat 6th Apr '24

We sent two teams of four to Exeter to see if we could retain the Devon Team Quickplay this afternoon.

But first, as individuals, they entered a morning blitz tournament and triumphed with an astonishing 1-2-3! That's Steve 1st with 6½/7, Aron 2nd and Peter 3rd. Huge round of applause!

The team event was won again by our A team of Oli, Aron, Steve and Peter (who won a board prize with 6/6) with a total of 20 points out of 24, comfortably ahead of the top Devon teams. Very well done!

The B team of Mark, Grant (who also won a rating prize), Dan and Per had 11½ out of 20 after five rounds, when they had the misfortune to be paired against the A team. Still, 11½ was enough to win section 3 of the tournament.

Perhaps we should try to send three teams next year.

Thu 4th Apr '24

The F team hosted Portishead B to a six board match and ran out 5-1 winners, which will be pro-rated to 3½-½.

Thanks to careful management and the judicious use of bolt-on games, the E and F teams have now allowed a total of 18 club members to play in divisions four and five. With 11 more in the D team, it is food for thought as we come up towards the time for deciding how many teams we would like to have next season.

Update: Bath duly disposed of South Bristol in the KO. We shall be away to them in the final on Wednesday May 8th.

Wed 3rd Apr '24

Four wins and four draws were more than enough to see off a slightly under full strength Clifton in the Knockout Semifinal. 6-2 was the score! The final will most likely be away to Bath in early May, unless they slip up against South Bristol.

Tue 2nd Apr '24

Round 6 of the J4NCL was played just before Easter and various absences meant that some of our juniors had to play up to a higher team. The Upstarts still did well to hold Warwickshire Bears B to a 4-4 draw in Division One but the Bishops lost 6-1 to the Bears' D team and the Knights were heavily out-rated by Crowthorne Juniors and lost 8-0.

Thu 28th Mar '24

The two MKO semifinals saw excellent wins for Aleksei, Martin and Dave but that was pretty much as good as it got. The Rooks were outplayed by Clifton to lose by 4½-1½ while the Knights were outmanoeuvred by Yate to lose 4-2. Some comments on the latter can be found on the club WhatsApp group.

Mon 25th Mar '24

John has provided a report on the D team's win at Keynsham on 14th March. It's good to see first hand comments from all the team!

Fri 22nd Mar '24

The C team put up a good fight at Grendel. Their loss by 3½-2½ still leaves them among five teams within two points of each other at the top of the second division, with two matches to play. It promises to be a close struggle for promotion.

Sun 17th Mar '24

At this weekend's South Bristol Junior Chess tournament, James Thomas entered the Under 16 section and came first equal with two others on 4½ from 6 but, since he beat both of them, he took top place on tie break!

Carolus Tang entered the Under 11 section and he also did very well, with 4½ points, to finish just behind the joint winners.

Fri 15th Mar '24

Another night of mixed results. The A team drew 3-3 with University A (all six games drawn!), meaning it is now mathematically impossible for them to overhaul Bath A. Nigel has provided the detail of how all six games unfolded.

The D team's trip to Keynsham was more fruitful, with a win by 4½-1½, which keeps them in contention for a top two finish in division three.

Meanwhile our three teams in the J4NCL were also on parade and they, too, had a very mixed performance. The Upstarts beat Brentwood School A by 6-2. The Bishops lost 8-0 to Rogue Rooks, not surprising when you see that the Rogues' average rating was over 1800. The Knights compensated by beating Ojays G 8-0.

Thu 14th Mar '24

Mixed results at the club last night. The B team lost 3½-2½ to Horfield B but the F team had an excellent 4-2 win against South Bristol D with wins for Joe and Charlie and also, with his first win for the club, for Hector.

Fri 8th Mar '24

The C team slipped up 4-2 away to South Bristol A but remain in the hunt for a top two finish with just three matches remaining in the season.

Wed 6th Mar '24

Unfortunately University C were unable to raise a team to come to play our E team, so they forfeited the match 4-0. This was especially unfortunate as it was going to be Steve Mullins' first game for the club.

Sat 2nd Mar '24

We now have Nigel's report on the 4-2 win for the A team away to Horfield B last Tuesday.

Oscar and Peter followed up with successful outings to Swindon today for the Open Rapidplay. Oscar came 2nd, just a half point behind the winner and Peter was 3rd equal.

Thu 29th Feb '24

Per invited us to check out the 4NCL website for round 4 of this session's J4NCL. If you did, you will have seen some thrills and spills as our three teams pretty much shared the points...11½-12½ if you want to nitpick.

In three evenly matched games the Upstarts beat Chess Rising Stars 4½-3½; the Bishops lost 5-3 to Watford Juniors A and the Knights drew 4-4 with Suffolk Juniors 2. Well done to all!

Thu 29th Feb '24

Mixed fortunes at the club last night. We were rooting for the B team to take at least a point off leaders Bath A but they were evidently in no mood for shedding points and ran out winners by 4½-1½.

Meanwhile, the D team outrated Hanham A and avoided an upset against the bottom team in division three. The 4½-1½ win leaves us just a point behind the leaders. Read more about it in the Reports section!

Tue 27th Feb '24

The A team managed to beat Horfield B 4-2 to move up to second in the table, at least until we get the Clifton A v University A result

Update: University kindly did us a favour by holding Clifton to a draw, so we stay in second place, just two points behind Bath A.

Tue 27th Feb '24

The F team took three extra players to play Portishead A so it was a Seven-a-Side match, which was perhaps why it was moved to the local football club. Once we found the venue, we settled down to some interesting games and scored two points. The 2-5 result will be pro-rated to 1-3 for the league table.

Fri 23rd Feb '24

The E team's trek to Whitchurch proved fruitless in terms of points scored with a 4-0 defeat to South Bristol B but Greg's report tells us that it was far from being a total disaster, with some interesting struggles.

Thu 22nd Feb '24

The C team had a convincing 4-2 win against Thornbury last night, with wins for Aleksei, Stephen and Grant.

Meanwhile, one of the front runners, South Bristol A, slipped up against Bath B. Earlier in the week another one, Clevedon A, who fielded their strongest team of the season, were narrowly beaten by Clifton B.

All of which combines to mean the C team now leads division two by a clear point, just ahead of the chasing pack. Well done!

Sun 18th Feb '24

And now you can read much more about last Tuesday's excellent win at Horfield and Wednesday's two matches at the club. Just click on "Reports" above.

Thu 15th Feb '24

Mixed fortunes also in the J4NCL. The Upstarts beat Cambridge Chess & Go A by 5½-2½. The Bishops lost 6-2 against Suffolk Juniors 1. The Knights drew 3-3 with Ojays E.

Thu 15th Feb '24

Mixed fortunes at the club last night. The A team lost narrowly to Clifton A - 3½-2½. The F team held Clevedon C 2-2.

Wed 14th Feb '24

We now have a report on the D team's narrow squeak at Yate.

Tue 13th Feb '24

Great night for the club with the B team beating Horfield A 4½-1½ and the D team coming back from the brink with a 3-3 draw against Yate A. Should make for two interesting reports!

Thu 8th Feb '24

The E team's defeat is reported in more detail now, thanks to feedback on WhatsApp. And Grant has obliged us with a full description of the fun and games in downtown Bedminster. Just click on Reports above.

Wed 7th Feb '24

In the first of tonight's two matches, the E team, made up entirely of juniors, lost 4-0 to Clifton Juniors. The result was not entirely unexpected since the average rating of the Clifton foursome was nearly 1500; but it was good experience all the same.

Meanwhile the C team visited Cabot A's vibrant new Spanish venue and came away with both points, winning 5-1. The only slight disappointment was that Dave declined to give a demonstration of his prowess with the castanets.

Following Clevedon's somewhat surprising defeat at Bath B, and thanks to some big wins and only narrow defeats, the C team now tops Division Two on game points!

Tue 6th Feb '24

Downend Juniors played a return match yesterday with the "Knights of Bristol" and overturned previous results with a convincing 12-4 win (teams of 8 playing two games with W and B).

It was good to see that Hector and Vivaan each notched up a win in advance of their debuts in the league coming up tomorrow.

Fri 2nd Feb '24

Please note that Cabot have a new venue, so next week's C team match will be at El Rincon, 298 North Street, BS3 1JU. The first match report on this week's games has now been published - the D team's 4-2 defeat by Bath C; quickly followed by Peter's entertaining description of the A team's victory against University B

Thu 1st Feb '24

Great night for the juniors in the J4NCL! The Upstarts in Div. 1 lost narrowly by 3½-4½ to the Robin Hoods. The heavily outrated Bishops in Div. 2 won 4½-2½ against Barnet Knights A. The Knights in Div. 4 won 5-3 against Caissa's Lionesses.

Meanwhile, over at University, the A team concluded the week's business with an excellent 4½-1½ win against their B team. This puts the A team in second place in the League, just two points behind Bath.

Thu 1st Feb '24

First to finish last night were the D team, who lost 2-4 to Bath C.

The B team came near to taking both points from University A but still had a great result, drawing 3-3. In another close encounter last night, Horfield A drew at Bath, which means that our A team now have it all in their own hands for the rest of the season.

Wed 31st Jan '24

The F team earned a creditable 2-2 draw away to Clifton F - a fair result between two evenly balanced teams, In fact Nick and Joe left it until the final minutes to claw back the draw with late finishes.

Fri 26th Jan '24

In the Reports section you can now see Peter's commentary on last week's local derby between the A and B teams; also Grant's report on the first MKO victory at Clevedon and Greg's comprehensive description of the E team's match with Horfield D. Just click on "Reports" above to read each one.

Thu 25th Jan '24

Another busy night at the club saw the C and E teams in action and overall the points were shared. The C team had an excellent 4-2 win against Clifton B, (report available) while the E team lost, also 2-4 against Horfield D. This will be pro-rated to 1½-2½.

Fri 19th Jan '24

The new season in the J4NCL saw four of our regular juniors in action but with a fair amount of New Year rustiness. The Bishops did best, only losing 3-5 but the Upstarts, in particular, were pretty heavily outrated and lost 1-5 while the Knights lost 1-7. Onward and upward!

Thu 18th Jan '24

A busy night at the club saw the A team prevail 4½-1½ against the B team. However, Horfield C were too strong for the D team, who went down 2-4.

Mon 15th Jan '24

Meanwhile, Elmira was one of a number of club members who had a trip to the seaside for the Somerset New Year Congress at Clevedon. Alan, Grant and Shaun also competed.

El scored 4½ out of 5 to finish the clear winner in the Intermediate Under 1750 section. Great result!

Mon 15th Jan '24

Seven of our juniors played in the Bristol and Gloucestershire team in the West of England and South Wales Team Championships at the weekend. In a superb all round performance, they amassed 18½ points from the 21 on offer! The opposition comprised teams from Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Wales.

Charlie, Carolus and Vivaan all had 100% (three wins each) for the Under 11s, who resoundingly won their group with the eight players in the team totalling 22½ points out of 24.

Alexis, Jake (100%) and Peter helped the Under 14s to finish first equal with 20 from 24.

James (100%) was in the Under 18 team which came second equal with 12½ from 18.

Well done to all!

Thu 11th Jan '24

The Knights completed the double over Clevedon 2 by 4½-1½. We were slightly flattered by the final margin of victory but a combination of experience and youth prevailed on the bottom boards.

In the semi final the Rooks will be home to Clifton and the Knights home to Yate on the same date, which will be March 27th.

Tue 9th Jan '24

The first of our tussles in the Minor Knockout this week went well, with three wins with White for the Rooks in a 4-2 scoreline against Clevedon 1.

Thu 4th Jan '24

The C team concluded the first half of the season with an emphatic 5-1 win against Bath B.

Thu 28th Dec '23

The traditional Christmas event, now renamed the “Geoff Gammon Memorial Buzzer” tournament, took place on 27th December.

Nobody could even get a draw with Aron, who took the top prize and there were also cash ratings prizes in three sections. In addition “unwanted Christmas presents” provided four more prizes for runners up. A copious buffet was despatched without much difficulty.

Many thanks to Peter for organizing, Derrick for pairing, buzzing and arbiting (although the last was hardly needed) and John S for figuring out the prizes.

Thu 28th Dec '23

The season has been overshadowed by the death of our President, Geoff Gammon, after a lengthy struggle with cancer which he had borne with considerable fortitude. He will long be remembered with affection and respect, not only for his service to the club and the league, but also to the wider chess community.

The first half of the season is not quite over, since the C team has a final match on 3rd January. But we can look back with satisfaction, especially as regards the amount of competitive chess that we have been able to give our members.

The A, B and C teams have pretty much looked after themselves, calling up reserves from lower teams on only six occasions. There is still all to play for in the top two divisions, especially after the A team’s resounding defeat of Bath A in the final match.

The D, E and F teams faced a greater challenge since they had 24 players vying for just 14 slots in the three teams. Special thanks are due to the captains, John, Greg and Nick, who wrestled with the allocation of players to teams and, with the judicious adding of ten bolt-on games in division 4, ensured that everyone had a fair crack of the whip. Juniors were encouraged to play in the league, when available, and seven of them additionally played regularly in the J4NCL. Thanks are also due to Per and Aron for organizing the J4NCL teams.

First up in the New Year will be two key matches against Clevedon in the Minor Knockout. Let’s hope we can progress in search of the one trophy that we have never won.

Wed 20th Dec '23

Thu 14th Dec '23

The E team's final match against University C resulted in a 3-1 defeat. This was not altogether surprising since the average opposition rating was 1828, compared to our 1385. Carolus's rating will certainly jump after beating someone rated 1948P. Very well done!

Update: Now complete with a report from Greg.