15.01.2020 - The Cobras Strike

Tuesday 14th January Board Home East Grinstead Bookshop Crowborough Away 1 (B) 084R Appleton, Toby 0 - 1 Velayudham,Suriya 105R 2 (W) 078R Nagy, Cillian ½ - ½ Martin, Thomas W 102R 3 (B) 034R Tagg, Ann 0 - 1 Pearce, Benjamin 053L 4 (W) 015R Grace, Niamh 1 - 0 Jithendra, Risha 052R Average 53 1½-2½ Average 78 On a filthy night with wind and rain causing chaos not only on the roads but amidst power cuts and squealing Bank alarms the Crowborough team travelled to East Grinstead.The first game to finish was on board 4 and was probably the best played opening of the night. Trevor would have been proud of the players...

13.12.2019 - MSCL KO Cup Quarter-Final

Crowborough 1st Team go through against Horsham to face Sussex University in the Semi-Final.In a closely contested match Chris was the first to finish taking half a point off his higher rated opponent.With a win and a loss on the top two boards the match was finely poised at 1½-1½ and all focus moved to boards 4 & 5.Ben was playing a same coloured bishop ending and with great technique converted the point. This gave us the match win on tiebreak at which point Jonathan visibly relaxed on board 5 and graciously conceded his losing endgame position without forcing his opponent to play it out.Board Home Horsham Crowborough Away 1 (B) 180A Higgs, Anthony RJ 0 - 1 Fryer, David W 170A 2 (W) 163C Harbott, Peter 1 - 0 Lawrance, Jon AN 155B 3 (B) 145C ...

07.12.2019 - Xmas Yes No Tournament

Prizes galore were won in this exciting tournament created and arbited by Jonathan Tuck.On every move your opponent had the option of saying yes or no to your first move. If No then the move was taken back and another move had to be played.Tactics galore soon appeared on every board and questions as to when the clock was pressed and if a promotion to a queen was No'ed could you then promote to a rook were answered adroitly by the arbiter.The tournament started at 6:30pm and three rounds were played before the adults turned up while a number of juniors left at 7:30pm with mini prizes of tree decorations.The first game between two of our older members went on for ages as they could not seem to understand the concept of checkmate in this chess variant missing numerous opportunities of mate in one.Finally the tournament ended at nearly 10pm and our marvellous no expense spared prizes went to;1st Prize Thomas Martin - 2½ Litres of ready mixed screen wash2nd Prize Daniel Longley - Pac...

06.12.2019 - Paul Watson Trophy

3rd December 2019 Last season we reached the final but this year we have crashed out at the first time of asking away at Lewes. East Zone:   Grade   Lewes        Crowborough Grade 1 169  Jonathan Britnell (w) 1 - 0  David Fryer 170 2 166  Matthew Britnell 0 - 1  Jon Lawrance 155 3 152  Duncan Badham ...

04.11.2019 - Results

Friday 1st November 2019 Autumn Lightning 11 Seniors and 7 Juniors competed in this annual Blitz event with just 3 minutes on the clock plus a 5 second increment.4 players achieved 4 points from 5 games. Result on tie break;1st Trevor Norton2nd Jonathan Tuck3rd Gary McCulloch4th Jon LawranceTop Junior prize was won by Henry Shaw on 3 poiunts from 5.CrosstableSome of the games went on for longer than others with one player delaying things inordinately by trying to win with a single knight. He achieved the winning position with a forced mate in 6 on the board only to blow it by moving his knight, as described later by an insensitive soul, to some random square.Halloween Junior BlitzEarlier in the evening the juniors played their own tournament with a strong field of 10 players.Henry Shaw won on tiebreak from Benedict Weis.Trevor acted as filler for the first 3 rounds until Suriya arrived for the final two rounds.CrosstableJunior Club ChampionshipOver the past 8 weeks 25 juniors...

01.10.2019 - Season 2019-20

All Mid Sussex League Results can now be found on theECF League Managent System.The AGM agreed to increase the membership fees by £5. This should provide a small surplus over the next year after paying for hire of meeting rooms, insurance, team entries, junior trophies, engraving and refreshments. The new membership fees for September 2019 – May 2020 are; Adult Membership £80 Junior Membership £50 Family Membership £115 Any combination of Adult and Junior memberships £  90 Three Junior memberships £  75 Two Junior memberships If you have not already done so please pay your membership fees by electronic transfer or if you prefer by cash or cheque to the Treaurer. Club Championship Jonathan Grisenthwaite is organising the club championship rapidplay this year which is open to adult and junior members and commences shortly after 7:30pm. Teams Nick Hope is our new 1st Team captain and please keep him inform...

14.09.2019 - 34th Crowborough Chess Congess Results

Download Crosstable  David Norton from Horley prevailed over a very competitive field scoring an unbeaten 5½/6 and picked up the Berberich Cup and £150 1st prize.David Graham of Worthing came clear 2nd on 5/6 and was also unbeaten. Three veterans came in as equal 3rd place on 4½/6; Ian Snape (Beckenham) Chaski Patrick (Uckfield) John Sugden (Hastings & St L) Grading prizes were won by ; Martin Cutmore (Folkestone) Paul Jackson (Coulsdon) Daniel Finn (Sussex Juniors) Matthew Britnell (Lewes) Jon Lawrance (Crowborough) Andy Mitchell (Lewes) James West (Coulsdon) The team results were; Gold Medal (Boxes of chocolates)  WORTHING 10½ Points Silver Medal LEWES 10 Points Bronze Medal SUSSEX JUNIORS and SUSSEX MARTLETS 9½ Points. And finally after 30 years of hurt he never stopped dreaming. Jon Lawrance was the first winner of the Albany Cup presented to the highest placed...

26.08.2019 - Season 2019-20

Chess Club starts a new season on Friday 6thSeptember 2019 Junior Members This season we are going to start the junior Club at 6:20pm so that we can finish in time for the Adult Club rapidplay games to start promptly at 7:30pm. Older juniors who wish to improve or gain an ECF Rapidplay rating are strongly encouraged to join the adults in the 7:30pm games which are played under tournament conditions. IMPORTANT do remember to enter the SJC Crowborough Grand Prix 1 that is on Saturday 14th September please enter via Sussex Junior Chess As last season we will be running a Junior Team in the Mid Sussex League Rapidplay – all parents who are interested in their children playing for the team please let me know either by email or talk to me at the club. Adult Members As last season we will be running a 1st team in the Mid Sussex Chess League ; a team in the MSCL KO Cup and one team in the Paul Watson Trophy. Chris Dunn has done a splendid job over the past f...

22.07.2019 - July 2019 Grades Published

Full details on the ECF Website  FirstName  Surname  Member ECFMember StdGrade  RapidGrade FIDEGrade  Chris  Dunn  Adult Member  Silver 129 112 -  Robert  Elliston  Adult Member  Gold 174 151 2083  David  Fryer  Adult Member  Gold 170 164 1926  Don  Grant  Adult Member  Bronze - 41 -  Jonathan  Grisenthwaite  Adult Member  Bronze 95 93 -  Nick  Hope  Adult Member  Bronze ...

16.07.2019 - Weald Congress

Twelve club members played at the annual Weald Congress an adult tournament but organised by Sussex Junior Chess so an excellent opportunity for our juniors to gain long play tournament experience.Congratulations to everyone playing but especially to Oliver Stockham who scored 4½/5 winning the Minor Section and £110 and to Peter Crosby who came 3rd in the same section.Special mention to Martin who picked up a grading prize in the very strong Open section with a marvellous 203 performance. From experience I know how difficult it is to concentrate on your own game while also keeping an eye on your children's games. MINOR Under 110 Grading Performance Oliver Stockham 4½/5 133 Peter Crosby 4/5 112 Thomas Martin 2½/5 72 Emily Ashcroft  1½/4  30 ...

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