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 …

Match Reports: B, C, and D teams (1 February): Mixed blessings

Three matches in a night again. Exciting times. B team vs Cabot A Scott finished early. Unfortunately the wrong side of opening know-how as Alastair created an enormous centre and black had no squares for his pieces, was unable to get his dark-squared bishop out and his king died in the middle. Mike J dropped …

Match Report: Downend A vs Horfield A (26 January): Out-graded, out-gunned

Downend A are very strong this year and consistently strong on all six boards. So what came to pass wasn't entirely unexpected. Before the match there was a degree of amusement that Downend had decided on a board order to avoid Nigel and Oli playing Peter and Matias. Half right. So in board order: On …