Ipswich Chess Club

Who, Where and When

One of the biggest clubs in Suffolk, Ipswich Chess Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities, for competitive and social chess.

From September to the end of May, we meet in the upstairs room of the Ipswich Institute, Admirals House, Tower St, IP1 3BE. The entrance is down a short alley to the side entrance of Tower Ramparts (Sailmakers) shopping centre (opposite the front of the church). There is an alcove with an iron gate and blue double doors. Press the buzzer, then open the door when you hear the click. Once inside, the room is upstairs on the left.

The Club is open every Tuesday of the season from 7:15pm to 11:00pm latest, and also the first Monday of the month in this period. Subscriptions for 2017/18 are just £28, Concessions for £22, Juniors for £10. These rates may be pro-rata'd if you join part way through the season.

During the summer months when the club is closed, members often meet at the Dove St Inn for informal games and a few drinks. See the News section for more details.

We currently have 6 teams across the divisions in the Suffolk winter league, providing opportunities for experienced and entry-level competitive matches. We also run several internal tournaments and provide players for the Suffolk County teams.

For more details, email us at ipswichchess@gmail.com.

News and Forthcoming Events

More Martlesham Tournaments in early 2018

Following the themed tournaments in late 2017, IM Dagne Ciuksyte is arranging a whole load more. Please take a look and pick at least one to take part in:
March 31 (Saturday) -  2nd Martlesham Heath Chess Open, entry form and details here
April  15  (Sunday) - Parent + Child Chess Coaching Event, entry form and details here
May  27  (Sunday) - 3rd Martlesham Heath Chess Open, entry form and details here
June  24  (Sunday) - 4 Way Chess Tournament (limited entries), entry form and details here
July 8 (Sunday) - 4th Martlesham Heath Chess Open, entry form and details here
The entry forms with all the details about these events will be out soon.

Ipswich Teams in the Suffolk League - halfway standings

Div 3 - our E and F teams are battling for 2nd place, but both behind runaway leaders Woodbridge
Div 2 - the B team remain in contention for promotion, but will have to catch the rampant Felixstowe side to guarantee promotion
Div 1 - our A and C teams are doing ok, but plaudits go to the underrated and modest D team, currently 2nd in the league and confounding those who thought they would be relegation fodder. Led by Steve Gregory and captained by Alonso Paez, come on lads, finish the job

Club dates and Subscriptions for This Season

Dates for this season are every Tuesday evening from 5th Septamber 2017, through to 22nd May 2018 (club AGM), with the exception of Dec 26th. The Monday dates booked for the Club Championship are 2nd Oct, 6th Nov, 4th Dec, 5th Feb, 5th March and 9th April (avoiding the obvious Bank Holidays).

Subscriptions for the season have not increased.

Great Yarmouth congress - 28+29/4/2018

Being held at the Town Hall. See entry form here - enquiries to j.r.wickham@btinternet.com

Results and Recent Events

2017/18 Roll of Honour

The league is close to finishing, results to be confirmed soon...

But, the rumour is that Steve Gregory has already won the Ipswich Club Championship with a round still to go. Wow.

League update - Ipswich D shock champions elect Manningtree

Suffolk chess was turned upside down last night as lowly Ipswich D travelled to Manningtree and came away with a surprise win. The unfancied Ipswich team, outgraded on every board by a massive average of over 25 points, quietly went about their illustrious opponents in a full 3 hour stint. Martin Tomes took an early draw to get a score on the board, and when prodigy Alex Sheerin lost unluckily on board 2, a win seemed impossible, but Steve Gregory overcame his opponent in fine style on board 1 before Alonso Paez turned in a captains performance in a long end game to win and seal the result.

Manningtree were gracious in defeat, bearing their massive disappointment most sportingly, while the Ipswich D car on the way home was awash with modest celebration. Hoving been branded favourites for relegation at the start of the season, Ipswich D may just have secured their place at the top table of Suffolk chess for another year. Well done chaps.

Club Champion Simul Event Sept 12th

Ian Wallis took on a disappointingly small field of 6 players in this event. with 5 wins and a draw it was all over before 9pm. Well done and thank you Ian, step forward Ezra Hewing (draw) and Mark Pulham (close defeat) for strong showings.

Season Opener Blitz Tournament Sept 5th

The now traditional (and rather excellent) Blitz tournament was held at the club on the opening night. 15 players attended, Ted Matthewson taking the honours.

Coach wanted for Ipswich School

The school was looking for a coach or experienced chess player to help with a chess club being set up there. Age group is up to 11 yrs old. Alonso Paez has stepped forward, if anyone else is also interested please email us.

Club AGM 6th June

It may not be the most exciting event on the calendar, but the more members who attend the better, and it is generally over in good time to adjourn to the pub to toast the successes of the season. Held at the club as usual.
This year, successful D Team captain Alonso Paez will be buying in recognition of the team not being relegated. Members of the other Ipswich teams, particularly those who contributed points to the cause in their matches with the D Team, are welcome.

Exciting Winter Season comes to an end

After a good fist fight in Division 1, it was Ipswich B who bit the bullet and finished in last place. Ipswich C finished second to a powerful Manningtree team, whilst Ipswich D (favourites for relegation) played with verve and panache all season to finish in mid table alongside the A team.
Division 2 was Ipswich free, but Div 3 had the E and F teams, who have been contenders in recent years for promotion. Sadly not the case this year, both teams under-achieving. 
For full details see the excellent East Anglian Chess website http://www.c4results.org.uk/chess/php/index.php?GroupId=7

In the club championship, a play-off was required between Ian Wallis and Steve Gregory, with Ian squeezing out a win to be club champion.