West of England & South Wales County Team Championships (u9,u12 & u14)

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This weekend we had the West of England & South Wales County Team Championships (u9,u12 & u14) of which Josh and Nathanael had been invited to be a part of the Somerset County Team.

They both had successful matches, with Josh having 3 wins and 1 draw and his u9’s team winning overall.  The u14’s didn’t have such a good time after Gloucester decided to submit a team and subsequently took Somerset’s top four u14 players with them.  This was a big hit for them.  The u14’s team unfortunately came last even though some long hard fought games were made on higher boards than they would usually play.  Nathanael however had a successful day coming out with 2 wins and 1 loss.

Well done boys!

Taunton Juniors Pre-club Sessions

From January we will be starting some pre-club sessions for the junior members of the club where Chris Greenaway will be helping them to improve their game.  There will be 2 groups, beginners and advanced, and we will let you know via the WhatsApp group which group your child has been allocated to.

Please see below to see the timetable for when sessions will be held.

JUNIOR PRE-CLUB SESSIONS AT 18:45 – 19:30

January 07/01/2020 NO LESSON
14/01/2020 Beginner class lessons
21/01/2020 Advanced class lessons
28/01/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
February 04/02/2020 Advanced class lessons
11/02/2020 NO LESSON
18/02/2020 Beginner class lessons
25/02/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
March 03/03/2020 NO LESSON
10/03/2020 Beginner class lessons
17/03/2020 Advanced class lessons
24/03/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
31/03/2020 NO LESSON
April 07/04/2020 Beginner class lessons
14/04/2020 NO LESSON
21/04/2020 Advanced class lessons
28/04/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
May 05/05/2020 Beginner class lessons
12/05/2020 NO LESSON
19/05/2020 Advanced class lessons
26/05/2020 Beginner and Advanced class

Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix No.1 – Oct 2019

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The first of the Somerset Junior Grand Prix started today at Prior Park College in Bath, a very grand venue with an amazing view.
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This time we had 4 juniors taking part, Nathanael, Harvey, Joshua & also Ryan (one of our future juniors).

Nathanael has now moved up from the u12’s to u16’s which is quite a jump when you are 12.  Today there were only 6 of them in his age group so they all got to play each other.  He had many challenging and long games.  He finally came out with 1.5 points.

This was Harvey’s first tournament and as he’s only been playing for 3 months he was very brave to give the tournament a try.  Even though he didn’t come out with a win this time he definitely gave each of his opponents a run for their money by keeping them playing for quite a while, a great achievement for a beginner.  We look forward to seeing how he progresses as he learns more at the club.  Welcome onboard Harvey!

Joshua, our little rising star, at age 5 was also attending his first tournament.  He was placed in the u7/u8 group and seemed to end up playing the u8’s most of the time.  This didn’t matter as he was able to clock up 4 wins out of 6!!!  It was all down to the last game  and fortunately his main contender lost his last game which placed Josh as joint winner of the u7’s group.  What a great achievement at such a young age.  I think Arnold (Dad) is going to have to do some DIY and put up a shelf in his room as I feel we are going to see many more trophies coming his way!

Ryan another new promising junior is not really known to anybody in the club yet.  He is currently waiting for our junior side to start up at the club so he decided to join us at the tournament and it was good to meet him and for us to get to know his family,  Ryan, taught solely by a computer so far, put up some good games for his first tournament in the u8’s.  He came out with 4 wins (one loss against Joshua!) and was awarded the runner up trophy.
20191013_171453So all in all it was quite a successful day and it was lovely to have a team going from Taunton Chess Club.

The next tournament is at Bristol Grammar School on the 10th November 2019.  Make sure you are signed up to the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix newsletter to receive your entry form link.

2019/2020 – Division 3 Fixtures / Results

Click here to download a copy of the fixtures for yourselves.
Click here to see Somerset League Division 3 results so far.

BISHOPS TEAM FIXTURES:

(Captain – David Graham)

DATE DAY HOME AWAY RESULT
10-Sep-19 Tues Taunton Bishops v Weston Knights 1.5 – 2.5  (Report)
23-Sep-19 Mon Glastonbury v Taunton Bishops 2 – 2   (Report)
08-Oct-19 Tues Taunton Bishops v Wells 1 – 3  (Report)
22-Oct-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Taunton Bishops 2.5 – 1.5  (Report)
07-Nov-19 Thurs Weston Bishops v Taunton Bishops 3 – 1  (Report)
03-Dec-19 Tues Taunton Bishops v Wellington 2.5 – 1.5
        -     - Bye v Taunton Bishops  -
09-Jan-20 Thurs Weston Knights v Taunton Bishops 2 – 2  (Report)
04-Feb-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Glastonbury 2 – 2
19-Feb-20 Wed Wells v Taunton Bishops 2 – 2
03-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Taunton Knights 2 – 2
17-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Weston Bishops
01-Apr-20 Wed Wellington v Taunton Bishops
        -     - Taunton Bishops v Bye

KNIGHTS TEAM FIXTURES:

(Captain – Stan Wojcik)

DATE DAY HOME AWAY RESULT
       -     - Bye v Taunton Knights  -
24-Sep-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Weston Knights 4 – 0
07-Oct-19 Mon Glastonbury v Taunton Knights 3 – 1
22-Oct-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Taunton Bishops 2.5 – 1.5  (Report)
05-Nov-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Wells 4 – 0
05-Dec-19 Thurs Weston Bishops v Taunton Knights 1.5 – 2.5
17-Dec-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Wellington 3 – 1  (Report) 
         -    - Taunton Knights v Bye -
06-Feb-20 Thurs Weston Knights v Taunton Knights 2.5 – 1.5
18-Feb-20 Tues Taunton Knights v Glastonbury
03-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Taunton Knights 2 – 2
18-Mar-20 Wed Wells v Taunton Knights
31-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Knights v Weston Bishops
15-Apr-20 Wed Wellington v Taunton Knights