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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Festive Chess

While we won’t be meeting on December 27th, chess club starts up again on 3rd January. There are no league games, so depending on attendance and interest, I’ll happily arrange a tournament amongst those present. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Summer Programme!

I know it's the middle of winter, but to save a mad rush nearer the time, I'm looking to hear from you about the summer programme. If you'd like to drop me an email (via the contact page), or leave a comment below, that's fine ... alternatively, you can fill in the survey I've put together here: Summer Programme Survey.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Club Championship

Colin Roberts, our Club Championship organiser, is keen to start the next Club Championship at the end of this month in the hope that it will run better than last year. As before, there will be two groups divided to give the best fit to the grading range of the players involved; typically, this results in an open section and an under 120 or 125 division, but this can vary. 

If you would like to take part (probable maximum number of games to play between now and May is five or six, minimum number probably two or three; games can be played at Club nights or elsewhere) please e-mail Colin to this effect no later than October 31st. E-mail, too, if you have any questions about the competition.

Colin's email address can be found on the contacts page.

Monday, 27 August 2012

The New Season

With August nearly over, it won't be long until the new season begins. Here's a quick to do list which you might find helpful.
  1. Sign up for the Jamboree (Weds 19th September at the club) by emailing Bob.
  2. Get in touch with your team captain if you haven't already. If you don't know who that is or don't have their contact details, ask Bob.
  3. Join the ECF, contact me (Steve) with any problems, or put questions in the comments here.
  4. Pay your club membership, contact Hugo with any queries.
  5. Come along to the next club night on Thursday 6th September to blow away the cobwebs.
You can find all our contact details here.

N.B. We're back to weekly meetings from the 6th September. See you there!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Join the ECF online

The ECF launched their online membership facility this week. You'll need your ECF grading reference, which you can find on the ECF Grading Database.

Join the ECF Online Here

You've got some options about the kind of membership you take out. If you're not sure which to pick, take a look at the ECF guidance.

If you're not sure why we're encouraging to join the ECF, check out this post.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

New grades published

The new ECF grades have been published today. To view all members of our Club, go to

Many congratulations to Alan Merry (16 in November) whose grade has reached the dizzy heights of 225.  He's the no. 3 Junior in England and easily top for his age-group.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

New date for Norfolk & Suffolk Cup Final

Our opponents, Norfolk & Norwich Chess Club, have discovered that their Club will be closed during July and August.  So a revised date has had to be set for the Final - Tuesday 11 September.  It will take place at Langley Prep School, in Yarmouth Road, Norwich, starting at 7.30 pm.  Anyone wishing to watch the match should contact me, to arrange a lift.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Club Membership for 2012-13

In a change from previous years, to play as part of a team, you will need to join the ECF as well as the club. ECF membership will cost from £13 for adults or £9 for Juniors. A discount of £1 will be available for those joining online. The ECF facility for that should be available from mid-July 2012. For more information visit the ECF website, but feel free to ask questions either at the club or here.

Club membership fees for the 2012-13 season are as follows:

Adult (under 65):£30
Adult (over 65):£15
Junior (18 and under):£15

While team members will need to pay for ECF membership, the changes at the ECF have allowed us to lower our membership fees. The figures above represent a 25% reduction on 2011-12 membership fees.

Please get in touch with our Treasurer, Hugo Smith, to arrange payment. As ever, new players are welcome to attend a taster evening or two before joining.

Thetford Rapidplay

Members may be interested in attending the Thetford Rapidplay. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15th, more information, including an entry form, can be found here.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Norfolk & Suffolk Cup Final

The Final, against Norfolk & Norwich Chess Club, will take place on Tuesday 24 July, in Norwich. starting at 7.30 pm.  The team will (probably) be:

1   David Spence
2   Alan Merry
3   Mark Le-Vine
4   John Feavyour
5   Steve Ruthen
6   Richard Lamont

Anyone else wishing to come and watch should contact me (Bob Jones).

Summer Programme

Just a quick update. The Summer Programme can now be found on the main website, directly from the home page. Alternatively click here.

You'll notice that the gambits for this summer's Gambit Tournament are also there, so if you want to do some preparation head over to the programme and follow the links.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Teams for next season

(From the Match Secretary)

With two AGMs (ours and the League's) fast approaching, it's time to make some decisions about teams for next season.  Would you please let me know (bobjoneschess [at] what teams you would like to play in from September?  The choice is:
* BACL Div 1, 2 and 3
* Suffolk League Div 1 and 2
* Roger Goldsmith
Please indicate also if you are prepared to captain a team.
Many thanks!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

New-look website

I think Steve has done a great job with the new-look website!  If you've played any interesting games this season, send them to Steve and he'll put them on the Games page.

We're still waiting for a date for the Norfolk & Suffolk Cup Final.  Having beaten Ipswich in the Suffolk Final, we are due to play Norfolk & Norwich in the main Final.  It's likely to be some time in early July, because half their team (strong Juniors) are involved with exams until then.  I'll publish the date here as soon as we know it.

Saturday, 2 June 2012


Welcome to the new look website and blog for Bury St Edmunds Chess Club. I hope you like it. Get in touch either by commenting here or via the contacts page.

Look out for more news here soon.