Welcome to the North Gloucestershire Chess League website.

The league has 18 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.

Please send any queries to the Webmaster

Latest News

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

North Glos Lightning Chess Tournament To be held at Cheltenham Chess Club Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham Tuesday 20th December 2016 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 Championship Underway: There is still time to enter, prizes available for all levels of player, two byes available to allow for busy schedules, plus the chance to face opponents you would not usually encounter make this a unique opportunity not to be missed. Remaining dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday 30th November Kings School

Thursday 19th January Cheltenham

Wednesday 15th February Wotton Hall

Wednesday 15th March Kings School

Wednesday 12th April Wotton Hall

Thursday 18th May Cheltenham

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.

Congratulations to all winners of league competitions this season

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)

10/12/2015 League Lightning Championship 2015: Takes place on Tuesday December 22nd at Burlington House Cheltenham. Please arrive at 7:15 for registration, various prizes available for all levels of player so everybody is welcome to come and try their hand.

29/11/2015 It is still not too late to enter the individual championships, Various prizes to be won. Please contact Rob Wilden for entry information.
Tournament Schedule :-
Wednesday 16th December Wotton Hall
Monday 25th January EDF
Thursday 18th February Cheltenham
Thursday 17th March Forest of Dean
Wednesday 27th April Wotton Hall
Tuesday 17th May Gloucester

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.

03/11/2015 Individual championship needs entrants, Various prizes to be won. Please contact Rob Wilden for entry information.
Tournament Schedule :-
Thursday 12th November Cheltenham
Wednesday 16th December Wotton Hall
Monday 25th January EDF
Thursday 18th February Cheltenham
Thursday 17th March Forest of Dean
Wednesday 27th April Wotton Hall
Tuesday 17th May Gloucester

20/09/2015 League season begins, good luck to all teams.

28/05/2015 Summer League begins next week. All teams please be aware that stroud and forest of dean have both moved venues.

Individual Chamionship was won by Ian Robson, who retains his title for another year running. John Jenkins battled his way into second place, while Michael Ashworth and Duncan Dicks shared third place. Grading prizes were won by Eddie Fierek and Rob Wilden. Our thanks go out to Rob Wilden for organising the competition and Phil meade for doing the pairings.

More Champions Crowned ! Wotton Hall A have changed the history books, winning the league for the first time in record. In division 3, Rich's take the gold.

Forest of Dean have changed their club night from Monday to Thursday so have put back their remaining home matches three days, the new dates are Thu 22nd Jan Musketeers Thu 19th Feb Pawnbrokers Thu 19th Mar Cirencester Thu 16th April Wotton Hall

Gloucester Individual Lightning Championships 2014 Takes Place on Thursday 18th December at Burlington House Cheltenham at 7:15pm. Entry fee 2, various prizes to be won for all levels of player. All welcome, please contact Nigel Hosken for any enquiries (nhosken@patesgs.org)

I have been out of the country recently and not been able to do much work updating the website. It should all be back in order now, please let me know of any discrepancies that need fixing.

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).

Anyone interested in playing the individual championships please ask your club secretary for an entry form, contact Rob Wilden or contact the website, as the first round is approaching.

New league season is underway, check for results updates each week.

New grades are out for this summer season, how did you do? Find out at The ECF Grading Database .

The summer league is over and, in a dramatic final match, Waterpistols manage to retain their lead and become this years champions. Thanks to all involved in organising the event this year.

Gloucestershire County AGM takes place on monday July 28th at the Stagecoach pub in Newport, Gloucestershire. Pat Baker is retiring as treasuerer after several years of dutiful service. This means that the county will be without anyone to manage the match fees (a simple job, but one of vital importance to the smooth running of the team) so anybody willing to step forward would be very gratefully received.

Summer League begins, for results please see the tournaments page.

Congratulations to Ian Robson, winner of the individual championship.

Congratulations to division winners: Div 1 Stroud A, Div 2 Wotton Hall B, Div 3 Rich's.

Division 2 second phase fixtures now available on the fixtures page.

Individual championship now up to date, also league results continue to be updated as they arrive. Please note that the new ratings are out now so will be used for this half of the season - be aware of such ratings for grade handicap competitions!

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.

27/11/2013: Latest results up to date. Also, see the tournaments page for details of the progress of the individual championships.

01/10/13: First league results now available. The following dates are proposed for the individual championships. Anybody keen to play in this event please contact Rob Wilden for details. Round 1 Wednesday 20th November at Wooton Hall Round 2 Tuesday 17th December at Stroud Round 3 Monday 20th January at British Energy Round 4 Thursday 27th February at Cheltenham Round 5 Monday 17th March at Forest of Dean Round 6 Tuesday 22nd April at Cirencester Round 7 Tuesday 13th May at Gloucester

09/09/13: The League AGM took place on friday september 6th at EDF, several changes to league play were made and a summary of those most relevent to players and captains are listed below.

The length of the session will be 3 hours unless both captains agree on 2 1/2 hours, or one captain has a good reason for insisting on 2 1/2 hours.
The game will involve a quickplay finish, unless one of the players requests adjournment / adjudication (whether the opponent wants this or not). (previously: the game will involve adjournment / adjudication, unless one of the players requests a quickplay finish and the opponent is happy with this. In the case of an adjournment, the player who refused quickplay will be required to travel to his opponent.
For 3 hour sessions, the quickplay time control is 35 moves in 1 1/4 hours followed by 15 minutes quickplay finish, and the adjournment / adjudication time control is 42 moves in 1 1/2 hours followed by 7 moves every 15 minutes.
For 2 1/2 hour sessions, the quickplay time control is 30 moves in 1 hour followed by 15 minutes quickplay finish, and the adjournment / adjudication time control is 35 moves in 1 1/4 hours followed by 7 moves every 15 minutes. (previously: two adjournment / adjudication time controls were available for a 3 hour session).
For games subject to adjournment / adjudication, at the end of the session a sealed move will be made prior to the decision as to whether to adjourn / adjudicate. (previously: the decision was made first, and then a sealed move was made if the decision was to adjourn). End of session guidance included.

25/06/13: In a nailbiting finish to the summer league, Tigers pounced at the last minute and emerged victorious with the peter harrison trophy.

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.

As most of you know, Phil Dodwell is retiring after several years as County Match Captain, and his efforts to find a successor have so far been unsuccessful. As Controller of the WECU County Matches I would be very sorry to see any team disappear, let alone my own, and would like to be sure that no stone has been left unturned in efforts to keep it alive. Although the appointment will not be confirmed until the County AGM on 26 July, the WECU and the other County Captains would like to know as soon as possible whether a Gloucestershire team will exist next season, so if you think you could do the job, even as a candidate of last resort, please make yourself known now. (I shall be away most of June so please let another County Officer such as Phil or Pat or Kevin Markey know as well as me.) Please note that our area includes South Glos and Bristol North of Avon, so if you know of anyone who might be interested in running things from the Bristol end (or even starting a new team!) please sound them out. Thanks to Phil Dodwell for his efforts over the years. Phil Meade

29/05/13: Summer league is now into its second week with the results, as always, being very close.

21/05/13: After the final division 1 match, Gloucester emerge victorious and are crowned League champions for the first time in many years.

18/05/13: Wotton Hall B become division three champions - well done to them for a fine season!

17/04/13: Congratulations to Stroud B on crossing the finish line to win division 2, I am sure we will all look forward to having them in the top division next season. Division 1 and 3 are still heavily contested, and the winner will have to work hard not to slip up in the final games.

13/03/13: As the season draws near its finish there is no clear winner yet in any division. Gloucester are edging towards victory in division one but could still be caught by stroud, rooks or knights. In division two Stroud B have pulled away from the pack and have a comfortable lead going into the final games. In division three it still remains a four hourse race with Cirencester leading by two points there is still everything to play for.

10/02/13: All league tables now up to date. Competition remains close in all three divisions, leading towards an exciting finish to the season.

16/01/13: Happy new year to the faithful viewers of the website. The latest scores are now available, as well as a new page for the individual championship which can be found in the tournament section.

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.

29/11/12: Details of the Lightning tournament available in the 'Tournaments' section of the website - like last year it is being held at Cheltenham on Thursday December 20th.

25/11/12: After a brief outage, the website is back in action and results back up to date. Also, please note that stroud division 2 team have a new captain and venue, both of which are posted in the 'clubs' page.

31/10/2012: Anyone wishing to make a late entry to the individual championships can do so, and take a 1/2 point bye for the first round, provided they contact Rob Wilden by Monday 19th November
Rob's contact details
Phone: 01453 886655
email: robert@helios.me.uk
The next round is due to be played at Wotton Hall on Wednesday 21st November.

10/10/12: All league tables and results up to date, county jamboree results also added.

18/09/12 League Season begins. All Results currently up to date and all fixture lists and club information now accurate for the 2012 - 2013 season.

19/06/12: Stroud extend their lead in the summer league with two games left to play.

02/06/12: In the summer league, Forest of dean recapture their number 1 position while the remainder of the table looks to be quite open ended.

20/05/12: Summer League week 3 sees Stroud jump into first position, following two convincing wins, can they be stopped by the handicap or are they aiming for similar glory to that achieved in the main league....?

15/05/12: Summer League has now started, please take note of the new venues for Gloucester and Stroud.

30/04/12: League now over: Division 1 winners Stroud, relegated Muskteers A. Division 2 winners Cirencester, relegated Rich's. Division 3 winners EDF.

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