Match Report: Clifton E vs Horfield D (15 March): A clean sweep.

Clifton have had a boom in new players this year and they are trying to introduce as many as possible to league chess. Our team had three players who have started this season meaning seven out of the eight participants are new this year which surely is a good thing for chess in Bristol. Board …

Match Report: Horfield A vs Downend A (8 March): Honours even

Our strongest team of the season with Callum making his debut for us, Steve playing his first of the season, and Mike his second. It isn’t often we out-grade a Downend team but they were probably more match-fit with all their players having played regularly this year and not needing to shake the rust off …

Match Report: Clifton A vs Horfield A (22 February): Finished better than it started.

A curate’s egg of a match. Board 5 was first to finish. Sitting down opposite Igor I felt confident I should be able to get something out of the match with the white pieces if I played competent sensible chess. Instead I played the opening as if I was underwater and had never played chess …

Match Report: Downend F vs Horfield D (16 February): Rounding off a busy week with a draw

The evening started with me picking up an email from Adam asking where Downend’s venue was. Unfortunately I picked up the email at 8.30. Fortunately Adam had asked Nigel who was more responsive than I. Scott finished first and finished very well. After a slightly shonky opening he turned the tables and trapped James’s queen …

Match Reports: A and C teams in action (15 February): Oh dear.

A tough night for us. Firstly the A team were up against the league-leading University A team. We started out by defaulting on board one (which isn’t the ideal) however we scored with the first result of the night on board four as James launched a kingside attack which Tom bravely decided to castle into. …

Match Report: Clevedon C vs Horfield B (14 February): Valentine’s Day victory

Off to the cricket club with the romantic coastal view for chocolates and roses chess. On one Piotr, had an open and dynamic game with Brian. The opening was watchful but black decided to expand his queen side pawns and the centre exploded and white’s pieces were better placed to take advantage of the open …