Jun 022015
Just a few of Hebden Bridge Chess Club's Junior Members

This competition gives juniors the chance to play competitively and there are prizes for the best players at different levels of ability

On Saturday the 13th of June Hebden Bridge Chess Club will be running this 5-round junior event again as a follow up to the UK Chess Challenge that was held in spring this year. It will take place at the Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, in the upstairs concert room. Entry is open to all Calderdale youngsters, but it is especially intended for those who took part in the UK Chess Challenge. There will be small cash prizes for the three players with the highest scores overall, and a number of ‘grading prizes’, so that everyone has a chance of winning something.

Entry fee will be £1, payable on the day. We will, however, need to know who is entering, so that we can take the draw for the first round ahead of the event. Either fill in the form below, or pass the same information to John Kerrane by phone on 01422 842 426.

All games will be played using a chess clock at a limit of 15 minutes per player. The event will consist of 5 rounds, and we hope to be finished by 12.00 noon, or soon after. We advise entrants to bring a drink and a snack.

Tournament details

Date: Saturday 13th June

The Trades Club
Holme Street
Hebden Bridge

Arrive and Register 9.00 a.m.
First Round 9.15 a.m.
Finish time 12.00 noon

Entry fee: £1


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Apr 162015
This is my annual excuse to find a beautiful photograph of lightning! This year's is by Kim Seng. It is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Kim Seng's Flickr photostream.

This is my annual excuse to find a beautiful photograph of lightning! This year’s is by Kim Seng. It is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Kim Seng’s Flickr photostream.

The annual Calderdale Team Lightning competition will be hosted by Halifax Chess Club this year. The event will once again take place at the Belgrave Social Club on Monday the 27th of April.

All players who would like to take part are asked to arrive at the venue as close to 7.00pm as possible so that teams can be registered in time for the first round to begin at 7.30pm.

If you would like to register a team in advance of the event then please email Dave Colledge and Howard Wood at davecoll33@hotmail.com and howardwood@hotmail.com respectively. Please send your team name and the names of the five players in the line-up (this can still be changed on the night if necessary). Doing this will enable the organisers to have your team registered early but you will still need to arrive in plenty of time before the first round starts to pay your team entry fee of £2.50.

As is always the case, everyone who comes along will get to take part so even if your club don’t enter a team, or if you don’t have five players, come along anyway and the organisers will find a team for you to play for on the night or identify players to fill your squad.

The team lightning is the traditional curtain closer to the season and is a fun way for everyone in the League to get together and play. At the end of the evening the trophies for the Calderdale Evening Leagues and Calderdale Individual Championship will be handed out to the winners.  So if you can make it do come along for an excellent night of social chess and a chance to give this season’s winners a well-deserved round of applause.

Nov 222013
Halifax Chess Club are recruiting blitz warriors to help them raise money for victims of typhoon Haiyan

Halifax Chess Club are recruiting blitz warriors to help them raise money for victims of typhoon Haiyan

On Sunday the 1st of December Halifax Chess Club are organising a blitz tournament to support victims of the typhoon Haiyan which has caused devastation in the Philippines recently.

Of course our friend Darwin Ursal (who played for Hebden Bridge ‘A’ a couple of seasons ago) hails from the Philippines and is the leading light behind this tournament. He told us,

I wanted to do something to help my compatriots and a charity chess tournament seemed like the obvious way for me to do that. The entry fee is £10 and all proceeds will be donated to charities providing relief to those in need. Our target is to recruit 100 players to the event in order to raise £1,000 in a single afternoon.”

Halifax Chess Club’s home venue, the Lee Mount Club, have kindly made their premises available free of charge and a number of companies have generously donated cash and products for what will be a fabulous prize fund. Although the tournament will have just one section there will be grading prizes available as well as prizes for juniors. In short, there’s plenty to play for so you’d better have a damned good excuse not to enter this tournament!

The competition will comprise 9 rounds with players each receiving 10 minutes for all their moves. The action begins at 12noon but make sure you arrive in plenty of time to pay your entry fee which will be collected on the day.

The  online entry form and full details of the event  can be found right here on this  site so please go and register in advance to help the organisers prepare for the first round draw and help us to spread the word about this brilliant event. It isn’t very often that chess players have such a worthwhile excuse for spending a Sunday afternoon playing the game so don’t pass this guilt-edged opportunity up!

Register here!

Any pre-event enquiries should be sent to hebdenbridgechessclub@gmail.com

Aug 242012
Go to www.fantasychessteam.com to enter your team

Some of you may have been wondering where your webmaster has been for the last few weeks. No posts, all quiet on the website. What’s going on?

Well now I can reveal that I’ve been very busy on a new project that I hope many of you will be interested in. Caught up in the grip of Olympic fever I decided to try and do something interesting around the Chess Olympiad which starts in Istanbul on Tuesday. Along with the Yorkshire Chess Association’s web master, Matty Webb, I have launched the Fantasy Chess Olympiad.

You can go and check it out for yourself but the idea is simple. Pick a team of 5 players from the Open Section and another 5 from the Women’s Section. Your players score points every time they appear based on their performance. We are running two competitions one is “Free to Play” the other is “Winner Takes All” where you pay an entry fee of £5 and all fees go towards the prize pot.

If you aren’t quite sure that you can tell the difference between your Kramnik’s and your Kosteniuk’s then don’t worry, we’ve posted useful links and downloads to help you select your team.

Alongside the league table updates that we plan to post daily there will also be some recollections of classic Olympiad encounters from days gone by and an exclusive Olympiad diary from Yorkshire’s own Rupert Jones who will be representing Papua New Guinea at this year’s competition.

I hope that some of you will come along and take part. I’ll try and post some updates on Calderdale participants on these pages during the next couple of weeks and there will also be some updates on the Calderdale League fixture list as we start our new season on the 10th of September.

Jan 162012

Time for the solutions to this year’s Christmas Quiz. The fabulous prize was a chess set courtesy of this year’s competition sponsors: www.chesssets.co.uk.

Before I dive into the solutions I should say a few words about how I selected the positions. First of all I wanted to use positions from actual games played by Hebden Bridge Chess Club members. Although not all the games were played in Calderdale competitions, I succeeded in doing that.

Secondly, I was hoping to provide a game from each month of the year excepting May (when the league season is just over) and December (which had barely started when I posted the competition). I also managed to do this although some months had slim pickings because not much chess is played in June, July and August!

Finally, I was aiming to try and find a range of games from a number of different players and a range of degrees of difficulty across the problems. I managed to scatter the degree of difficulty quite well but it was harder to find a very balanced representation across the club. The reason for this was simple, not every player plays a game each month that involves a pithy combination or checkmate. When I reviewed the season there were plenty of games that involved gradual positional squeezes. Unfortunately these types of games, though very impressive if you play all the way through them, don’t readily lend themselves to having a tactical “sound-bite” taken out of them for consumption in this kind of affair! I also had to select positions that I myself could manage to glean a good measure of truth from so that I could be confident the answers were correct.

In the end I picked this motley crew and I have to apologise that an embarrassing proportion of them (well 3 anyway) are from my own games which at least I can claim to have a reasonable level of understanding of.

Should anyone want to study these positions and their variations further (I did get quite a lot out of looking at some of the complicated ones in depth) then I’ve uploaded them to the Chessbase Viewer so you can download them.

Congratulations go to Pete Leonard who scored a very respectable 8 out of 11 (question 5 had two parts) and wins the chess set! I gather Mr Leonard used the competition to help him digest his Christmas dinner (and quite a number of subsequent seasonal banquets) although I would like to take this opportunity to remind readers that concentrating too hard after a large lunch might be inadvisable if you are actually playing a match.

Dec 022011

This French Knight Sheesham mahogany shess set is the fabulous prize!

It may seem a trifle early for a festive feature but I was keen to give participants as much time as possible to submit their entries and I also wanted to give our generous prize sponsors as much exposure as I could without going completely wild!

For this year’s Christmas Quiz I have selected interesting positions from 10 games played by Hebden Bridge Chess Club members during the course of 2011. All you have to do is figure out what the next move should be and provide any key variations that are required to justify the answer.

I will be drawing a winner from all the correct answers that I receive and that lucky person will receive a beautiful new wooden chess set (the one in the picture) courtesy of our Christmas Quiz sponsors www.chesssets.co.uk. This mahogany set is high quality and retails at just under £80 – so it is well worth having! The company has a broad range of sets, clocks and computers so if you are still short of a Christmas present  for a chess playing friend you could do much worse than to pay them a visit.

Now, here is the collection for you to puzzle over. The positions range from very easy to quite challenging but I reckon any club player should be able to solve most of them if they are prepared to put the time into studying them carefully. To stop the slide show simply select the game you want to look at from the drop down list below.

The viewer above is a little small for careful study so I’ve also enabled you to view the positions in pop up windows. The first 5 are here and numbers 6-10 can be viewed here. For reasons that are too dull to explain I’ve had to split them into two chunks.

Finally, for those who have Microsoft Silverlight (for those who don’t I recommend you download it – it’s free and if you follow the link you’ll be prompted to download it) you can follow this link to the Chessbase Viewer which will let you download the positions so you can set them up at home and work out the variations.

Happy solving!