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Southport Chess Club goes online

posted 19 Mar 2020, 10:32 by Kevin Walsh

 We may not be able to meet in person, but that doesn't stop you playing other members of the club (or indeed other players worldwide).

 To join our online chess club,  register at

 Have fun!

Club Activities Suspened

posted 18 Mar 2020, 05:17 by Kevin Walsh

 Due to the Coronavirus, we have suspended all chess club activities for the foreseeable future.  There will be no Tuesday club nights for the Juniors or Seniors.

 The Merseyside Chess Association (MCA) has stopped all their competitions so there will be no team matches either, until further notice.  The MCA has not yet decided how or whether to complete the 19/20 season, including issues like promotion and relegation.

 Watch this space for news about important future developments........

New Featured Game

posted 8 Feb 2020, 10:40 by Kevin Walsh   [ updated 8 Feb 2020, 10:41 ]

 On Tuesday 4th February 2020 Southport 1 beat Prescot 1 by 4.5 to 1.5;  

 Paul Dansey (on board 2),  playing against David Owens, used the "Staunton Gambit Accepted" opening. 
 This annotated match has been published as our latest Featured Game.

Summer Lightening Tournament

posted 15 Aug 2019, 09:55 by Kevin Walsh

The 2019 Summer Lightening Tournament was held on Tuesday 13th July. There were 18 entrants, three of whom came from our Junior Club.

 Ten seconds were allowed per move, as signaled by a buzzer  - three short bleeps followed by a long bleep on which each move must be made.

 The Tournament was held over five rounds, using the Swiss System in which winners play winners and loosers play loosers - thus the "cream" rises to the top and players with similar scores play each other, but never more than once.

  The winner was Carl Kennedy, who won all five of his games; with Chris Kaye being the runner up. 

The photo shows Carl (on the right) being presented with the Tournament Trophy by Phil Ramsey, the Club President.

New Venue for Chess Club!

posted 18 Nov 2018, 13:17 by Kevin Walsh

 Southport Chess Club now meets at the Central Club, Bath Street. The same place as before but no longer the Conservative Club which has changed its name to the Central Club.

Lightening Tournament Results

posted 31 Aug 2018, 11:37 by Kevin Walsh

 The pre-season Lightening Tournament proved very popular. The 14 entrants played 5 rounds with opponents being drawn in the "Swiss style" in which players are matched according to their scores in previous rounds. Each player had to move on alternative buzzers which sounded every 10 seconds.

James Foy emerged as the outright winner of the tournament having scored 5 out of 5; Peter Jenner was runner up with 4 out of 5, Phil Ramsey came 3rd with 3.5 out of 5.

The first match of the season sees the 2nd Team travelling to Hoylake for a Merseyside League division 4 game.

Summer Tournament Final Results

posted 24 Aug 2018, 01:00 by Kevin Walsh

 Our highly successful Summer Tournament had 13 participants who between them played over 80 competitive games.

 The winner was Kevin Walsh with 26 points, closely followed by the runner-up Carl Kennedy with 24 points.
 The match outcomes and final table are shown in the attached file.

 Thanks are due to Phil Ramsey who organised the tournament.

Outcomes of the 2017-18 Season

posted 20 Jul 2018, 10:28 by Kevin Walsh

 All Southport teams had extremely successful seasons, but despite this just failed to win any silverware.

 The 1st Team finished 2nd in Division 2,  despite the poor start to the season when one match had to be defaulted because of player non-availability. the 1st Team player of the Year was Fergal Wright with 10.5 points  - an 80.8% success rate.

 The 2nd Team finished 2nd Division 4. and completed the season without having to default a single board despite the numerous trips to the Wirral. The 2nd team Player of the Year was Danny Green with 13.5 points out a possible 16. Danny was also the joint Division 4 player of the year.

 In the Knotty Ash Cup the Southport team made it all the way to the final - but missed out on silverware by finishing runners up.

Lightning Tournament - Tuesday 28th August

posted 12 Jul 2018, 11:12 by Kevin Walsh

 To start the new Chess season we will be holding a Lightning Tournament on Tuesday 28th August - further details to follow.

 In a Lightning Tournament a buzzer sounds every 10 seconds and, on the buzzer, the player due to move must make his/her move. The move must take place on the buzzer - not before or after. If you put your opponent in Check, you do not have to announce "check"; if the opponent is still in check after he/she has made their move you take the King to terminate the game.

Privacy Policy

posted 4 Jun 2018, 10:33 by Kevin Walsh

 The club has now published its Privacy Policy - developed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018. 

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