RAPID Tournament 2024 Results

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A fun day was had by all who attended, games moved rapidly and the only noise to be heard was the clicking of the timing clocks, more intensly as the games neared an end.

All of the participating juniors received a medal for participating:



















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Alan Stonebridge won the First Senior trophyDSCN2993

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Louis Mallender won the First Under 1500’s DSCN2997 Adri won the Third Overall trophy  DSCN2999

Arnold Acibar came Second Overall DSCN3001 - Copy

And finally Niall Homer was the winner of the First Overall trophy                           DSCN3003 - Copy


We look forward to holding another tournament next year.

Taunton Chess Club clothing available online

We are live!

We now have a Taunton Chess Club online shop to order t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and caps with the Taunton Chess Logo.  Junior and adult sizes available.

A big thank you to our club member / logo designer, Sophia Wainwright and to Stud Sports / Macron SW for helping us create the online shop.

Items can be bought online for delivery to your home and you can even personalise them for an additional price.  Head over to the menu tab “club clothing” to place your order.

Screenshot Senior Club shop




St Michaels Church
Pitts Close

£2 per session to help with additional costs.
(This charge still applies if you are a club member)

The sessions will be led by Chris & Niall who are both DBS checked, and Niall is the clubs safeguarding officer.
All equipment will be provided just bring yourself along and maybe a notebook and pen if you want to make a note of any tips you may pick up!

Can we also ask you to fill out the form below and return to either tauntonchessclub@gmail.com or hand to Chris and Niall on Tuesday.
Taunton Chess Club junior form

We look forward to seeing you there.

First 2022/23 Match

The first match of the 2022/23 season on Tuesday 11th Oct starred the Taunton Knights against visitors Yeovil.

The gradings suggested that Taunton would win 2 ½ to 1 ½ but you will have to read on to discover the actual result.

Ioannis on Board 1 unexpectedly lost following a slight miscalculation (blunder?), whilst Richard on Board 2 duly won against his lower graded opponent. Even though you outrank your opponent you still have to play well to win. Well done, Richard.

On Board 4 Mike Ward was easily beaten by an opponent who outgraded him quite significantly so no real shame in losing that one Mike.

On Board 3, Phil who was playing with the Black pieces made a poor start but recovered to finish in an end game with a Rook and Bishop versus White’s Rook.

At one point there seemed to be loads of pawns but the next time I looked they had all gone. I thought this was going to be a draw and we would lose but he played very well and his opponent resigned before an inevitable mate.

2-2 was the final result. Well done everyone. It is great to be back playing OTB matches against other clubs.

And good luck to our Bishops who visit Weston Super Mare on Thursday.

Beware decommissioned oil rigs!

Simultaneous Match

On Tuesday the 27th of September we held a simultaneous round at the club.  We had 15 members who were brave enough to come up  against Hugo Fowler, a 2000 rated player who kindly volunteered his time to do this for us.


It also gave our Junior players some experience of playing against a very high graded player; teaching them patience as it took 15 minutes for Hugo’s rotation to complete.

Ultimately Hugo was able to keep his street cred in order and ended up winning 10 games and 5 draws.  Unfortunately for the club we had no victors but it was enjoyable to see the whole club participate.


This is the first time the club has held a simultaneous event and although we were short on time I think it was very successful and we hope to invite another high rated player to do it again in the future.  Other activities to look forward to are a rapid tournaments and dobble chess.  See you at the next event!

SCCA League – Division 3 West

Fixtures for the SCCA League Division 3 West have now been posted for 2022/23 at the following link:

Division 3 West Fixture Dates

Our team captains, David and Chris are currently arranging the teams and will be in touch soon.  A smaller version of the fixtures will also be made available on the club notice board so you can stick it to your fridge at home and never miss a game!

Taunton Chess Club Summer Closure – Back in September!

Well another year has gone by and who’d had thought just over a year ago that we would be back to playing over the board chess.  Thank you to all who have returned and to those who have joined us this past year, and we also miss those who haven’t yet been able to attend but aren’t far from our thoughts.  The club has gone from strength to strength this year and it is exciting to see it grow.

Meanwhile, sadly we will be closing for the summer months and this week, 31 May 2022, will be our last club night.  We will reopen on the 6th September 2022 and I’m sure David or Chris will be in touch as they start to form their teams for the Somerset League games that will be starting up again.  Remember, if you want to be a part of a team you must have an ECF membership which will be due for renewal in September.

For those who can’t cope with a break and must play chess all summer, we have an open invitation to join the Wellington Club during the summer months.  They meet on a Wednesday night at 19:30 at Chelston Chapel.  The club is free and they ask you to contribute to the courtesy jar for refreshments.  You can also follow them on their new facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wellingtonchessuk .

Directions to Chelston Chapel

Coming from the M5, Junction 26, take the road towards Wellington.  At the next roundabout (the Skylark pub roundabout) take the last (4th) exit signposted towards Taunton.  Go past the row of houses and about 300 yards on the right just after the motorhome place, is a blue sign that reads Chelston Chapel.  Turn into that lane on the right and you will come to the chapel about 100 yards down the lane.  Parking is available.

Coming from Taunton, take the Wellington A38 road, continue past Rumwell Farm shop, Sheppy’s, Blackdown garden centre and just before the motorhome place on the left take the lane off to the left and you will find the chapel about 100 yards down the lane.  Unfortunately you will have your back to the Chelston Chapel sign but you will see it as you turn.  If you miss it and you get to the roundabout, just go around and come back and you will see it on our return. Chelston chapel

 We trust that you will have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you again either at the Wellington club or on our return in September.

Achievements, Trophies & Tournaments

Tonight we celebrated achievements and finished our rapid tournament from last week.

First of all, we took time to honour Mike Ward who has given many many years of service to Taunton Chess Club.   Mike will be stepping down as the club chairman and tournament organiser, but his contribution is more than that.  He is known as the guru of chess rules, if you don’t know; you ask Mike as he knows the rule book so well.  Fortunately Mike is not leaving us, he will still be around for a long time pushing his queen and pawns around the chess board.  We want to say a big thank you to you for all that you have done and we hope that we continue to build on the foundations you have laid.


We continued the Rapid Tournament from last week.  Poor Chris had a big task on his hands this week as the computer software was down and so it was a paper and pen exercise to arrange matches between rounds.  At the end of round 6 we thought that we could almost predict the winner but we were proved wrong in round 7 when Arnold and Simon drew their games forcing a 4 way draw with 4 players (Arnold, Frey, Niall & Simon) on 5.5 points.  We then drew lots to see who would play each other for a 5 minutes rapid semi final.  Frey and Arnold battled it out on one board and Niall and Simon on the other.  This was followed by a grand final between Arnold and Niall.  See below to see who was victorious.


WInner – Niall


2nd Place – Arnold

Semi-Finalists, Minor Winner & Runner-up

Junior Players


A big thank you to Chris for organising the event and I’m sure we will keep it in the diary for next year.

 Major & Minor Club Tournament

We also took the opportunity to present our annual Minor and Major trophies.  Throughout the year, members are placed in a club tournament according to their grade and they play each other all year round.  At the end, the successful winner gets their name added to the trophy and then they have to find a shelf at home to admire it for a year.  A big congratulations to this year winners:

Major Tournament – Arnold Acibar

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 Minor Tournament – Nathanael Tretheway

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Here are some pictures from the tournament.  Taunton Chess club will be open for 3 more weeks before closing for the season until September.  If you are interested in chess and would like to try the club out, please come along and like our facebook page to keep up with news of when we will reopen.