4th Bristol Blitz

We had eight players at the Blitz to play eleven rounds of 5+3. 79 players and a really good event put on by Igor. Thank you Igor. Usual mix of blunders, overlooked ideas and the occasional bit of cleverness. Callum was our best scoring player with 7/11 with Phil and Rob on 6.5. Mike and …

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Match Report: Horfield A vs University A (2 February): Very much in the title race

We lost the home fixture 4-2 so were hoping for a better result this time to keep us in the title race. Two draws first on boards 4 and 5. On 5 Peter was sharp out of the opening against Ian and obtained a slight advantage. Opposite side castling was followed by a pawn storm on …

Match reports: C team beats Hanham and D team loses to Grendel B (24 January)

Our rearranged fixture from December against Hanham was played last night and saw the uptick in the C team’s results continue. In the battle of the Kirks on board 6 James, playing his first game after a short break, gave Richard absolutely nothing. White accurately piled on the pressure, kept black’s king in the centre, …

Match Report: Horfield B vs North Bristol A (5 January): Marching on

The unbeaten B team travelled to North Bristol for their first match after Christmas. Being top athletes I was confident they wouldn’t be affected by a surfeit of mince pies and lampreys.  Games began apart from board two where John found his focus drifting to other things until Debs arrived just before the cut off. …

Match Report: Horfield B vs South Bristol A (6 December): Honours even

A hard fought match. South Bristol came with a really strong team but generously chose to give us a time advantage on boards 2 and 4 as Richard and Tony both arrived after eight. Being reasonable sorts we consented to games being played; after all if you’ve turned up to play chess you might as …