Welcome to the North Gloucestershire Chess League website.

The league has 19 teams split between three divisions, with players ranging in strength from beginner to national league standard so no matter your ability there is sure to be a place for you in the North Gloucestershire League!

We hope to have up to date results for league competitions on a weekly basis during the season so keep checking for updates.

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Latest News

20/05/2020 League Update: As the season will not be possible to resume it has been decided that the top team in each division will count as winner for this year, aside from the premier league rapidplay which we hope can be played later in the year before the new season starts. The County league is attemting to restart as an online event using chess.com, with matches being played on Saturdays. Anyone keen to represent Gloucestershire should contact Vince Southcott (vince.southcott(at)gmail.com) to register for the event. Also, the summer league is currently being run as an online event on chess.com and has gone well so far. Take care, and hope to see everybody back when we return to normal life.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season,

!!NEW COMPETITION!! Gloucester Individual Lightning Championships - organised by Rob Wilden As some of you are already aware, I’m organising the first North Gloucestershire individual rapid play tournament, there will be 3 rounds played on Tuesday 9th July and three the following week at Burlington House, Lypiatt Road Cheltenham. Time limit will be 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move. Start Time 7:15pm If you want to be involved, please let me know by next Sunday at the very latest robert(at)helio.me.uk . Open to anybody who wishes to enter for the bargain price of £7.50 per person, and will likely feature grading prizes to ensure that players of all standard are duly rewarded. Please endeavor to support this great new tournament venture starting next week

Gloucester County comittee meeting to be held at High Orchard, 2 St.Anne’s Way, Gloucester GL2 5FZ at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 17 July 2019. Anybody interested in resurrecting the county team (currently disbanded) is free to come along and throw their hat into the ring

For those interested in fine quality chess supplies, look no further then https://www.kaoori.co.uk/product-category/chess-sets/ - they are offering a discount to Gloucestershire based players using the code GloucesterCP with your order

COTSWOLD CHESS CONGRESS 25th- 27th may at Kings School Gloucester. Please endeavour to support this excellent and prestigious local tournament which takes place over the may bank holiday in the centrally located Kings School. Open, Intermediate and Minor sections available so all standards of player are catered for in this 6 round swiss

29/03/2019: You will be sorry to hear that Ken Parker died peacefully last Friday. He was a valued and cheerful club member who retained his enthusiasm to the end. He will be sorely missed, both by his fellow Cheltenham members and his many friends in other clubs. The funeral is on Weds April 3rd at 11.30 at Cheltenham Crematorium, follow by a wake at Christchurch Parish Rooms, Malvern Road. May he rest in peace.

The WECU Congress is being held over the Easter Weekend (Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April 2019) at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon. Please see http://www.chessdevon.org.uk/ for further details.

North Glos Lightning Chess Tournament
To be held at Cheltenham Chess Club Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham Tuesday 18th December 2018 Registration 7.15pm, 1st Round 7.30 pm Finish c 10pm
Controller: Nigel Hosken Enquiries: nhosken@patesgs.org 01242 574399
Entry fee £2 (pay on the night) All entry fees returned as prize money. It is suggested that players may also wish to contribute an unwanted chess book/item to add to the prize fund.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTING NEXT WEEK !. The dates & Venues for the 7 rounds of the North Gloucestershire Individual Championship will be as follows :- Round 1 Wotton Hall Wednesday 7th November 2018 Round 2 Cheltenham Tuesday 4th December 2018 Round 3 Wotton Hall Wednesday 9th January 2019 Round 4 Cheltenham Thursday 21st February 2019 Round 5 Cheltenham Tuesday 19th March 2019 Round 6 Wotton Hall Wednesday 17th April 2019 Round 7 Cheltenham Thursday 16th May 2019

16/09/2018. Welcome to the 2017-2018 season which will be starting next week, fixtures are now available as well as new time controls for games played with digital clocks.

URGENT: League Association Secretary required.
As some members of the league will know, Duncan Dicks is stepping down from the role this year and the position needs to be filled, as it is the person responsible for recieving and reviewing any proposals for changes in the league rules/constitution and taking minutes of the AGM (without this person, there will be no new rule changes able to be submitted). Duncan is happy to provide previous minutes, and guidance for the role to his successor so anybody willing to take this small but essential position please contact duncandicks@googlemail.com

Congratulations to all league competition champions this season. A good competitive year saw Wotton Hall A triumph in division 1, Stroud C and D captured the second and third division trophies

Dear All,
For several years now, Tim Cambray, at Cirencester Chess Club, has organised and run a very enjoyable and successful problem solving evening. For those who have not been before, Tim sets up about 30 different board positions (mainly realistic positions that could have occurred in the course of a normal game, rather than artificially contrived positions), and then asks people to find the best move. Some of the correct answers are relatively easy to find; others are fiendishly challenging. This year, Tim is running the evening on Tuesday 15 May, in the Bingham Hall (the home venue of Cirencester Chess Club) starting at 7:15 p.m. In the past, members from other Clubs are come along to these evenings, and I would like to extend an invitation to this year's event to all players in clubs in the North Glos Chess League. If anyone would like to attend, I would be grateful if they could let me know, just to help with administrative arrangements. My e-mail address is: dave.wingrove@tiscali.co.uk Regards
Dave Wingrove
Secretary, Cirencester Chess Club

17/09/2017: Season fixtures now available for all divisions

13/09/2017: League AGM held on Monday September 11th, the most relevent change to league rules is a relaxing of the mobile phone default to a warning followed by a default on the second offense

Congratulations to all league winners: Cheltenham for winning the League and Knockout championships, Rich's for winning division 2 and Gloucester for winning Division 3

Important notice regarding club nights and and start times: Cirencester A: start time 7:15 Cirencester B: start time 7:15 Forest of Dean: match night Monday Please endeavour to arrive on time for these matches, as the venues cannot guarantee being open late.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RAY FRANCIS (FOREST OF DEAN): from April 4th 2016, Forest of Dean chess club will no longer be meeting on Thursdays but on Mondays. The venue and start time remain the same. Thank you. Ray Francis (Secretary)

03/11.2015 Pat Baker Writes: Doug Smith, an old friend and colleague at Gloucester Chess Club has recently died. I would be grateful if you could circulate this brief obituary from his son, Geoff, so that people know of his passing.
Doug Smith died on 28th October, 2015, aged 81. Chess remained a fascination and joy for his whole life, and he made many friends at his local clubs in Bourne End, Slough, and Gloucester. He played at club and county level, and had as his particular interest in the last 20 years the Blackmar Diemer Gambit. He was an early adopter of computer chess and enjoyed playing postal games with people from all around the world. It is with great sadness that he is no longer with us.

I am sorry to report that Malcolm Wootton, Forest of Dean's longest serving member, died of a heart attack on 8th November. I am grateful to Ray Francis who informed me of the sad news. His cheerful attitude and enthusiasm for the game will be missed in the league. Malcolm's family have confirmed that the funeral will take place at the Gloucester Crematorium at 1530hrs on Wednesday 03 December 2014 and a buffet will follow at the Great Western where Malcolm used to wine and dine regularly. Jeannette and Pete (brother and sister-in-law) are handling the arrangements and would appreciate some idea of "numbers" so please let Ian Jenkins know if you are able to attend and he shall link up with Jeannette. Malcolm was well known to the chess community and was at least once the Chair of the League (when it was Forest of Dean's turn).

More Sad News for the league:
Ian Ponter sadly passed away on Sunday 1st December 2013 aged 41. Ian was educated in Gloucester and lived in Cheltenham. He played chess for Gloucester and later for Downend, Bristol and represented his county of Gloucestershire. He won the Major section at Frome in 2012 but had been in poor health for some years. Ian joined several of his friends at golf during many Paignton Chess Congresses. Ian will be sadly missed by his many friends.

13/06/13: Sad news for the league, as two longstanding members have recently died, obituaries below:
I am very sorry to report that Ron Powis passed away on June 12th. I am grateful to Rob Wilden who informed of the sad news. John Harris reports Ron was a member of Stroud Chess Club for over 50 years and was a pillar of local chess. This year was the first Cotswold Congress at which he did not afficiate since 1967. We will miss him massively. May he rest in peace. Funeral is Monday 24th June @11am at St. Pauls Church, Whiteshill (Stroud)

I am sorry to inform you that Jesse Lord passed away yesterday. I am grateful to John Jones (Wotton Hall) for passing on the sad news. Jesse was in the original team of Upton St.Leonards (now moved to Wotton Hall ) in 2001. He was also a member of Gloucester Chess Club for a great many years. Many of his chess friends would not know that he was very keen on ballroom dancing. He will be sadly missed at chess evenings and tea dances. Jesse's funeral will be next Monday 17th June, 11.00 am at Upton St.Leonards Church, Upton St.Leonards. Many thanks to John Jones for the details. May he rest in peace.

09/12/12:As a lot of you already know, Alan Bentley sadly passed away in November. He was a strong reliable player, secretary of Cheltenham Chess Club for a number of years, and, above all, a pleasant, decent chap.
Obituary and funeral details (from the Echo) are as follows.
BENTLEY Alan Richard Passed away November 2012. Greatly missed by all the family. Funeral to be held Cheltenham Crematorium,
South Chapel on Monday 17th December at 11.15am. Family flowers only please.
Donations if so desired to Great Western Air Ambulance
c/o Alexander Burn Funeral Directors,
22 Church Road, Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8LR.
Enquiries Telephone 01242 673300.

15/12/2010: Lightning results now available in the Tournaments section. Pat Baker has provided some pictures and video of the event here