Sad News

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Dr Mike Watson died the weekend of 20/21 Jan 2024

Mike was rushed to hospital at the weekend and died surrounded by his family.

Mike has been a stalwart and long-standing member of the Club for many years, and most recently our main tea and coffee person raising money for MIND.

He was a very intelligent and friendly man who loved his Chess.

Mike was a Doctor and worked in Africa for some years, wrote 3 books and was a General Practitioner.

He will be greatly missed by us all at Taunton Chess Club.


Taunton Chess Club announces its next Rapid Tournament

Taunton Chess Club Rapid Tournament

Saturday 20 January 2024

Play will commence at 9:30 and finish by 16:45
Prize giving and photos 17:00 to 17:30

Fee: £5 for each entrant
Payment & completed forms to be received by Saturday 13 January 2024
Completed entry form to be handed to Roger Newton
or emailed to

NO late entries or entries on the day will be accepted

Payment can be made by electronic bank transfer or cash.
Name:                        Taunton Chess Club
Sort Code:                  30-90-90
Account Number:       44813260
Please use your full name as a reference on the payment.

There will be 8 rounds.              Each player has 15 mins on the clock, no increments.

Non Cash Prizes:

1st Overall;   2nd Overall;   3rd Overall;
1st Under 1500;   2nd Under 1500;
1st Junior, Under 16’s
1st Senior over 65

Please note that this tournament is not eligible for ECF grading and games are therefore unrated.
Sandwiches and drinks will be available to purchase.

Please download the application form here


2023/24 Somerset Chess League Fixtures

Div 2 West Div 3 West
Taunton v Wellington Tues 3rd Oct
Sedgemoor v Taunton Mon 16th Oct
Taunton v Weston Tues 31st Oct Sedgemoor v Taunton Mon 30th Oct
Taunton v Wellington Tues 7th Nov
Glastonbury v Taunton Mon 13th Nov
Taunton v Wells Tues 28th Nov
Yeovil v Taunton Wed 6th Dec
Taunton v Weston Tues 12th Dec
Taunton v Yeovil Tues 9th Jan 2024
Wellington v Taunton Wed 24th Jan
Taunton v Sedgemoor ** Tues 30th Jan 2024
Taunton v Sedgemoor Tues 6th Feb
Taunton v Yeovil Tues 13th Feb
Weston v Taunton Thurs 22nd Feb
Wellington v Taunton Wed 28th Feb
Taunton v Glastonbury Tues 5th Mar
Yeovil v Taunton Wed 20th Mar
Weston v Taunton Thurs 28th Mar
Wells v Taunton Thurs 11th Apr
** may need re-arranging because of KO cup semi-finals

Somerset Knockout Competition

Yeovil v Taunton Wed 22nd Nov
CUP SEMI FINALS                                                   Week of 29 Jan 2024