Friendly Wellington v Taunton.

Wellington Club – Blitz Tournament Invitation

Chess Blitz 2

If any of you are interested, Wellington Chess Club are holding a Blitz Tournament on Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 19:30 (sharp!)

This is the third year that Wellington have hosted this competition, and last year’s winner Chris McKinley from the Sedgemoor club is expected to attempt to retain the trophy which he won narrowly last season.

Wellington are hoping to attract other contestants from Sedgemoor and Taunton club. Each contestant will play five matches with ten minutes allowed for each player to complete all his moves and as the evening progresses those with most wins will be matched against each other. Wellington’s Alex Conway, Jon Duckham and Simon Pickard will be expected to be in contention for the home team.

Chris McKinley will be  sure to make a strong defence of his trophy but everybody will need to be wary of Sedgemoor’s Lander Arrasate who had such a fine season last year leading Wellington’s Division 1 team and will be a formidable opponent for anybody aiming to win the trophy.

Hope to see you there.


Bristol Summer Congress.

Bristol Summer Congress.

Upcoming Tournaments

37th Teignmouth Rapidplay 

14th April 2018 – 6 round swiss rapidplay tournament with 30 minutes each, graded section for players graded 140 and under.  Details & entry form can be found here or at under the rapidplay menu.

50th Cotswold Chess Congress

26th – 28th May 2018 at Kings School Gloucester.  6 round swiss.  Major – Grade below 155  & Minor – Grade below 125.  Details can be found here

Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix Tournament 6 

15th April 2018 – The tournament has been moved from Bishops Lydeard to Combe Down, Bath. Details will be sent out to the junior members once they have be posted here.

Somerset New Year Chess Congress – Jan 2018

Somerset New Year Chess Congress
13th & 14th January 2018 – 09:30

3 sections U-175 / U-145 / U-120 (Five Round Seeded Swiss Tournaments)

Walton Park Hotel
Wellington Terrace, Clevedon,
North Somerset, BS1 7BL

Further details can be found at and special deals are available if you would like to stay overnight.

Entry form can be downloaded here

West Wales 50th Weekend Congress 17th – 19th November 2017

We have had an invite from the West Wales Chess League to attend their annual open congress in Swansea on the 17th – 19th November. This year is a special one as it is the 50th occasion the congress has been held. If you would like to take part you can find all the information, along with the entry form here:  West Wales Entry Form 2017

Contact details are: Les Philpin (West Wales Congress Secretary, Tel 07970 840247, email:

2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier Information – 22 October 2017



An invite has been sent to us for the upcoming 2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier, taking place at Birmingham University on Sunday 22nd October. For more details see

There have already been entries from half a dozen sides along with interest from dozens more, so its all set to be a very exciting event! You can also find details of previous tournaments they have run, including the one last year in the midlands.

Basically you just need any four players to make up a team of your choice, its a 5 round team rapid-play at just £5 for students/under 18 and £10 per adult, with plenty of prizes up for grabs.

If you are interested or have any questions please let them know.  Entries are online via the above link.

Peter Hornsby (2020 Chess Founder and Director)

External Tournaments

Local and interesting tournaments – please comment if you’d like more added.

Date Details Contact Organiser Details and Entry Form
16 Sep 2012 County Jamboree Ben Edgell
5-7 Oct 2012 Isle of Man Congress Alan Bruce Robertson
5-9 Nov 2012 Exmouth Open R.H.Jones
9-11 Nov 2012 Torbay Congress Mark Batten