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 2019/20 are reduced to £25, Concessions (OAP/Unwaged) for £20, Juniors for £10. These rates may be pro-rata'd if you join part way through the season.

We currently have 7 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

Club re-opens September 3rd

The magnificent season opener Blitz tournament opens proceedings on Tues 3rd. It is a great event to blow away a summer's rust, with time handicapping.

Full season's dates are all Tuesdays unless shown:

Sept 2019  3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Oct  1st, 7th** (Mon), 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Nov  4th** (Mon), 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Dec  2nd** (Mon), 3rd, 10th, 17th - then break for festive hols
Jan 2020  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Feb  3rd** (Mon), 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Mar  2nd** (Mon), 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Apr  6th** (Mon), 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
May  5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (Ipswich club AGM probably)
June  2nd (Suffolk county AGM probably)

** note that Monday nights, when they occur, are mainly for pre-arranged Club Championship matches

Club Shirts

It's for the Junior Club members really, but adult shirts are available for just £15. Ideal for dinner parties and hot dates, all details are on the Junior page.

Results and Recent Events

Chess for Beginners - Ipswich Institute Course

IM Dagne Ciuksyte is ran a 10 week learn-from-the-basics chess course at the Institute. From 2nd May to 11th July on each Thursday evening 18:30 to 20:30. Suitable for anyone who wants to master chess principles and learn more quickly as a result, and also suitable for inexperienced but motivated players. If this might have been of interest, see the details below, contact the Institute and see if this is likely to be repeated.
Details are in this attachment and also this one.

Round up of the season 2018/19

A bit thin on the team front with no trophies from the top or bottom divisions, but Ips B team won Div 2, and Angus Irving + Tim Lunn shared the player of the season Div 2 award. Mike Cook won player of the season for Div 1.

Club champion this year, achieved with a clear game to go and on 5.5/6 was Ted Matthewson.

12th May Martlesham Open

Good news for Ipswich members as Steve Gregory triumphed in the main event, tying with Dagne, and Jonathan Painter won the Juniors section, both on 6/7, to show well for the local clubs. 6 Ipswich Juniors entered, sponsored by the Junior Club, and a good time was had by all.

Donation to the Junior Chess Club

Many thanks to Mike Clapham for donating a box of chess books to the Juniors, for prizes and teaching aids.

Match v Junior Club 2/2/19

Many thanks to Ken, Roger, Patrick and Jim for playing at the Junior Club - they provided a good test of experience and patience in beating the Junior 8-0, the difference being the greater consistency and better clock management with some close and meritorious games. The Seniors were gentlemanly in victory - thanks chaps.

New Season opener - Blitz Tournament Sept 4th

This excellent event saw a field of 16 players get stuck in, blowing away the summer rust. 11 rounds were played before entrants decamped to the pub.
Honours went to Luke Hill and Pete Smyth who finished in joint first on 9.5/11.

2017/18 Roll of Honour

The league has finished, and it couldn't have been more exciting.
In Div 1, Ipswich C, D and A teams all stayed where they are without winning the league.
In Div 2, Ipswich B finished 2nd, avoiding promotion
In Div 3, Ipswich E and F teams also didn't go up.

Steve Gregory is the Ipswich Club Champion.

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.

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 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.