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Welcome to Poole Chess Club
This is the official website for Poole Chess Club which is located in Poole, Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Club Night
We meet every Thursday evening throughout the year at the Royal British Legion Club in North Road. There's always someone around for a friendly game. Feel free to pop in, all guests, visitors and new members are welcome. We start at 7.15 pm.

Afternoon Casual Chess
Every Wednesday afternoon we meet at Flirt Café in Bournemouth Triangle to play chess over a drink or a bite to eat. This lively atmosphere is great for players to pop in for a casual game. We start at 2.30 pm

We currently compete in the Bournemouth League and have six teams, we also play in the Dorset League. All members are eligible to play. We also have other competitive games throughout the year.

Latest News:

Southbourne C - Poole B. 1.5-2.5
Southbourne C - Poole B. 1.5-2.5

A Pitcher - C Stanciu. 0-1
K Dixon - Hiru M. 1-0
M Buse - T Miller. 0.5 - 0.5
S Payne - Sandu M. 0-1

A very frustrating evening for Poole B, we struggled to win a game against a team with an average much lower then ours, but it ended well , and we are back in top of the league.
Thanks everyone for playing,
Posted by ciprian on Sunday 23 April 2017 - 20:29:49printer friendly create pdf of this news item
Southbourne D 2.5 - 1.5 Poole D
Back to Southbourne, this time against the stronger team, and the grades weren't in our favour.

Dave L lost a pawn but managed to recapture one in return to make a level position and a good draw against Mike Davies 35 grading points above him. An excellent result and a good start for the team. 0.5 - 0.5

Don was under a large amount of pressure with attacks raining down, Don survived as long as he could but John Harris managed to make the pressure pay and although level on material, found a check mate. 1.5 - 0.5 to Southbourne.

Tarik managed to seize the centre early on and applied lots of pressure, isolating all of David Arorash's pieces, and even offering a Rook for a pawn, a Rook that David could see had a hook attached and would have led to a sudden but inevitable demise. The pressure paid off with a Knight won for free and the opponents pawns scattered. It was well fought for hours until it was sealed as a win for Poole. 1.5 - 1.5

Finally Ciaran was playing Frank Hamilton-Taylor and managed to win the exchange and had quite a good position, unfortunately a reveal check allowed the pieces to balance out but Southbourne had a passed pawn that couldn't be stopped. Once more a game decided by a single pawn.

Southbourne win 2.5 - 1.5

Good effort by all, and thank you to Southbourne for the hospitality.

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Posted by ericsachs on Saturday 22 April 2017 - 08:50:18printer friendly create pdf of this news item
New Milton win at Poole to clinch the Division 4 title
With all to play for in a league title decider New Milton win 3.5/0.5 to clinch the Divison 4 title.

New Milton had an average grade advantage of 124 vs Poole E of 83 = 41 difference which was too big an advantage for the Poole team.

On board - 1 Mike Honey played a solid game and despite a valiant effort by Igor the victory was assured for NM.

On board 2 - David Burt gave all and fought very hard but the defensive weaknesses were exposed and succumbed to a strong John Bellinger.

On Board 3 - Christine Roberts only playing her second match of the season played a good game against Steve Disney but very similar to the previous boards did not have quite enough and gave all to try and get something but failed in the end.

On Board 4 - Richie Smith played a really good game and had winning chances. He had 3 pawns connected on the 5th file but struggled to find a winning line so swapped off pieces and went for the end game with a pawn advantage. However in a critical part of the game gave up a pawn and a draw was agreed. Very good effort by Richie who was out graded by 35 points.

Well done and a deserved win for New Milton and also to Captain Marvellous Steve Bailey who wished every move was the one for the home team.

One more match left for Poole which should secure 2nd place in the Division.
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Posted by ericsachs on Friday 21 April 2017 - 11:27:48printer friendly create pdf of this news item
Purbeck v Poole E Monday 10 April.
Steve’s barmy army triumph again

Igor – usually solid as a rock, was caught off guard and like waiting for a bus gave him not one, not two but trebled pawns! With so many targets his opponent was spurred on and finally Igor succumbed to the might of an 89 year old.

David B – the stalwart – calm and calculated play lead to a repetition of moves three times – draw agreed.

Richi – with the black pieces against the Scotch played a strong game countering whatever his opponent threw at him. In the endgame, Richi played very well to force his opponent into resignation. A very assured and confident performance. I am sure Richi’s opponent had a few more scotches after the game.

Tim – built a strong attack. His opponent defended well but went into a losing endgame. David B – after some cunning observations made the comment of the night. ‘Tim you bored that guy into resignation’. Sometimes chess is ugly.

The next game is the crunch match that will see us or New Milton hold the lead in the league.


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Posted by ericsachs on Tuesday 18 April 2017 - 09:02:13printer friendly create pdf of this news item
Poole D 2 - 2 Ringwood B
With such an out grading, it was fortunate for our result that board 4 for Ringwood wasn't about to make it due to bird troubles, but would have preferred Dave L to get a game. You may notice some tributes to this absent opponent spread like droppings through this report.

First to finish was Tarik against the very able Pete Donaldson. It was always going to be a tough game and after Pete had control of the centre it was very difficult to knock him off that perch. It wasn't long before the Queen swooped in to the central fort and started picking off any chance of a result for Poole on the top board. Fed up, it was clear resignation was the only option.

Next was Don against Tim Weir, again massively out graded, but Don wasn't going to hide like a field mouse from any circling prey. Instead the two went toe to toe, squawking at each other with rooks and knights for talons and beaks. By the time the game settled into an end game Don was a pawn down and there wasn't much that could be done to protect the vulnerable pawns from being picked off before they had a chance to learn how to fly.

It looked like Ringwood had Poole under their thumb (yes, it's another bird reference, falconry, check out the etymology), but with the defaulted game, the match was still open.

Finally all our hopes rested on the young Ciaran. A player who managed two impressive wins in his first two games for the D Team, and now carrying an expectation with him, even against a player graded 134, soaring 39 points above Ciaran's estimated grade. The middle game led to rooks and queens staring across the board at each other with Ciaran somehow having a passed pawn stuck in the middle of it, floating on the updrafts and ready to dive in to cause mayhem. The threats and pressures resolved with Poole being a knight up. With Ringwood having only a pawn compensation, there was only so much a single Bishop could do to make amends and with some astute play, Ciaran claimed the win to draw the match.

Thank you to Ringwood, a pleasure as always, and sorry for all the puns (my count is 11)!

Poole D 2 - 2 Ringwood B
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