Happy New Year    

Chess returns this Friday 6th January 2023    

Juniors start at 6:30pm
with ½ hour chess training followed at 7:00pm with the start of the UK Chess Challenge 12 Rounds 1 game every Friday of 10 Minutes + 5 Seconds a move with prizes for our younger juniors and trophies for the winners. 
1 game = Badge 
2,3,4 games Gold Spots for your badge 
5 games the ever popular Chess Mascots 
6,7,8 games Gold Spots for your badge 
9 games Chess Book 1
0,11,12 Special Prizes     

Club Championship for Adults and older Juniors starts at 7:45pm
12 Rounds 1 game every Friday of 25 Minutes + 10 Seconds a move    

Home Team Matches
Most Fridays in January and February will have a home match against other clubs so please answer promptly those emails from our team captains    
Friday 13th January Juniors at Home 
Friday 20th January 2nd Team at Home 
Friday 27th January Juniors at Home 
Friday 3rd February 2nd Team at Home 
Friday 10th February Juniors at Home 
Friday 17th February 1st Team at Home    

Away Team Matches
Help Please – we need players for away games – yes everyone likes to play at home but we need to fulfil our away commitments 
Remember players who play away matches will be offered Home games    
Tuesday 24th January 1st Team Away at Horsham 
Wednesday 8th February 1st Team Away at Hastings 
Tuesday 28th February 2nd Team Away at Horsham (Collyers)    

1st Team David Fryer 
2nd Team Anthony Stockham 
Juniors Sunanta Wannasin-Bell     

For full list of fixtures see https://crowborough.org/club/Teams-2022-23.html    

Crowborough Chess Congress
All day event 6 Rapidplay Games on Saturday 25th February Details and Online Entry https://crowborough.org/club/37th-Congress.html   

Final Tournament Results for 2022 were;    

Crowborough Chess Club – Autumn Tournaments

Junior Tournament – MR3
Medals and ribbons for all our junior members. 
TROPHIES Champion : Rufus Wright Runner-Up : Serik Thomas Runner-Up : Teddy Wilkins

Under 18 Tournament – MR2 
Champion : Suriya Velayudham 31pts 
Runner-Up : Luke Freeman 29pts 
Second Runner-Up trophy will be shared as there was no way to split the results of Leon & Noel Ishida who both scored 28pts   

Senior Rapid Play – 7:45pm
33 players competed at 25 minutes + 10 Seconds a move
Champion : Charlie Wannasin-Bell 6½pts  - also presented with the Junior Regal set and board
Runners-Up : Doug Blythe and Suriya Velayudham on 5½pts   

Winter Blitz and 960 Tournament
Blitz Championship played on the 9th December 2022 
Champion Jonathan Lawrance 5/5 
Runner-up Elena Currah 4/5 
960 Championship played on the 16th December 2022 
Champion Danniel Donaghy   

37th Crowborough Chess Congress
Saturday 25th February 2023 6 Round Rapidplay tournament 9:45am – 5:30pm Details and entry

Fantasy Football

For those competing in our fantasy league a reminder that unlimited transfers are available until 11:00am on Boxing Day 
I have created a new Head to Head League for new and old players to enter starting on Boxing Day please join ‘Crowborough’   
Joining the league couldn't be easier. Simply use the link below and you'll be added automatically after you've entered the game. https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/y7wzm8
League Code: y7wzm8  

Sussex Girls Chess
Crowborough take the top places again in the Sussex Girls Under 18 Championship.
Following last years equal first place between Elena and Raina we went one better this time with Ann joining in to make it a 1-2-3.
see full results and photos on the SJC website

In the Under 11 section Lola picked up the arbiter prize for her debut in this competition and Bella scored a creditable 2 points.

Friday 9th December 2022
Junior Club as usual at 6:30pm with prize giving and a Special Anti-Chess Event organised by Jonathan

Winter Blitz Tournament at 7:45pm
Organised by Gary McCulloch
All welcome stay until the end at about 9:30pm or for the younger ones leave after a few games just let Gary know before you go.
Prizes and a Trophy are up for grabs

Friday 16th December 2022   Another Christmas special with fun games for the juniors at 6:30pm followed by another Gary Special our Christmas 960 Tournament starting at 7:45pm    

Please support these two events before we return after Christmas to the serious stuff on Friday January 6th 2023  

Friday 11th November 2022    
Junior Chess Club 6:30pm training plus next round of the junior tournament 
Rapid play tournament Round 9 starts 7:45pm in MR2 
Crowborough 2 vs Horsham 4 in the MSCL Division 3 starts 7:30pm in MR3    

Mid Sussex Chess League
Is now in full swing and we have home matches continuously up to and including Friday 2nd December For fixture dates see https://crowborough.org/club/Teams-2022-23.html   

Club Tournaments
As we have a home match we are extending the Rapid tournament and the Junior tournament to include Friday 2nd December. So 12 Rounds will be played giving team members the chance to play more Rapidplay games that are ECF Rated    
Top scorers at the moment are; 
1 Douglas Blythe 5 
2 Charlie Wannasin Bell 5 
3 Oliver Stockham 4½ 
4 Jon AN Lawrance 4 
5 Benjamin Pearce 4 
6 Suriya Velayudham 3½ 
7 Benedict Weis 3 
8 Luke Freeman 3 
9 Thomas W Martin 3          
For a full list see https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/121982/swtable    

Special Christmas Events
As well as a presentation of trophies to our tournament winners on Friday 9th December we will organise a Blitz event details to be confirmed 
On Friday 16th December Gary will be trying something new and organising a Chess960 tournament.    
So mark those two dates in your diary more details to follow when I have them    

Sussex Junior Chess
Last Sunday the SJC County Championships took place.    
I noted some good scores by Crowborough players 
The full list of winners and scores can be found on https://sussexjuniorchess.org/2022-u9u11u13u18/    
Under 13s Charlie Wannasin-Bell scored 50% with 3/6 
Under 18s Daniel Donaghy and Elena Currah came 3rd= with 4/6  

Friday 7th October 2022


In 2022 we will be meeting every Friday up to and including Friday December 16th 
EXCEPT for Friday 28th October.   
The good news is that the Pantomime is not having a Friday performance this year so we can meet on the 9th December however Friday 28th October is unavailable to us due to a Flower Show taking over the whole venue for the weekend.

A special Chess960 night is being planned for our last meeting  before Xmas on December 16th so definitely book that night in your diaries.

The Autumn Rapid play tournament is in full swing see results and pairings on https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/121982/rounds
We would like to encourage players to stay on until 9:30pm so if you finish your game early please go next door to MR3 and analyse your games or play friendlies I will setup the laptop so you can check your openings etc.


The fixtures are published and can be found on https://crowborough.org/club/Teams-2022-23.html   

We have 3 Teams this season in the League and 2 in the Cup so plenty of opportunity for everyone to play some long play games representing Crowborough.

4 Boards in a team and based on our current members attending the 7:45pm club the squads might be but not fixed in stone

1st Team Squad ; Arjun Kolani, Jon Lawrance, David Fryer, Benedict Weis, Daniel Donaghy

2nd Team Squad ; Oliver Stockham, Elena Currah, Thomas Martin, Daniel Longley, Michael Redman, Doug Blythe, Luke Freeman, Nick Hope, Suriya Velayudham, Raina Jithendra

Junior Team Squad; Charlie Wannasin Bell, Lucy Hopkirk, Benjamin Pearce, Risha Jithendra, Liam Finlay, Jasper Shovelton, Ann Tagg, George Tagg as well as everyone attending the junior club   

Team Captains will be emailing members with further details and checking on availability shortly so watch out for those emails and please answer as soon as you can even if in the negative. It really makes the Captain’s job easier.   

Most have already done so but if you haven’t please pay your Membership Subs as soon as you possible can please.   

Membership forms Seniors and Juniors are available from Gill. 
New Members and any current members whose details have changed please complete these.   

Please pay Sep 2022 – May 2023 membership fees by electronic transfer putting your name as the reference.   

You can of course pay Gill by cash or card but electronic payment is preferred. 
£90 Adult Membership 
£65 Junior Membership
£110 Family Membership    

David Fryer
Crowborough Chess Club Secretary  
note if you did not receive a copy of this notice by email it means your email address is not on our mailing list. To add your email please send a simple message to david@crowborough.org 

Friday 8th July 2022

Only two club nights left now before the Summer break. 

Even with the larger Meet Room 2 the one room is not working great for the junior club.

So this week I will be asking for much more quiet. So please warn your younger ones before coming.

I will be teaching basic checkmates this week and handing out some homework so beware!

Tests and medals next week.

Summer Rapidplay Round 5

Starts 7:45pm with a three way tie for 1st place between Elena, Doug and myself on 3 points each.

Results on ECF Website and on  https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/103506/rounds

All games are sent for ECF Rating so even if you cannot catch myself and Elena (Doug is off on holiday) you can still improve your rating for the season.

British Chess Championships 2022

Still time to enter and to plan for your visit to Torquay.


Just three entries with Crowborough next to their name so far.

All in their age Groups;

  • Under 12s Luke Freeman
  • Under 10s Bella Walsh
  • Over 65s David Fryer

Summer Chess Club

Results Summer Rapid 2022

We are running both the Junior and Adult Clubs for an extended Summer Term

6 Fridays starting Friday 10th June and finishing on Friday 15th July

There is an additional sub of £10 to cover the hire of Meeting Room 3

Friday 27th May 2022

Spring end of season Blitz tournament was a closely fought contest with three players tieing on 5/6

Jon Lawrance came out winner on tie break - many thanks to the 17 players who competed

Results Spring Bltz 2022

Friday 20th May 2022

Chess Club returns at usual times of 6:30pm Juniors and 7:45pm Adults

The short 4 Round Spring Rapid Tournament was won on tie break by Lucy Hopkirk

Results Spring Rapid 2022

UK Chess Challenge 2022

Following our warm up club tournament run between January and March this year and won by Daniel Longley our players have been competing in the Mega-Finals.

With no Sussex Mega-Final this year it has meant travelling to Kent or Surrey

Happy to say we have a number of qualifiers so far for the Regional Giga-Finals here are some links to the Mega-Finals that include Crowborough players

Any more? Let me know

Friday 27th May 2022

Next week Gary is organising one of our very popular Blitz Tournaments

Start time approx. 7:45pm Prizes on offer so don’t miss this event that is open to adult and Junior members

Finishes at 9:30pm but you can join and leave at any time

Mid Sussex Chess League

Pleased to announce that with all matches finished our 1st Team and our Junior Team won their respective leagues.

Next season starting in October 2022 we will be entering two adult teams and one junior team

League tables

Spring Tournaments 

Adult and Junior club resumes on Friday 22nd April with new tournaments.

Benedict Weis won the 2022 Club Championship after 14 gruelling rounds 
Final Result 

Daniel Longley won the club's qualifying UK Chess Challenge tournament with a clean sweep of  8 wins from 8 games and suriya was a close Runner-Up. Prizes were presented to all the Age Group winners.

Thomas Martin took the Easter Egg home in our Fun Easter tournament with 4 wins from 4 games and collected 18 mini eggs from his opponents' Rooks.

Chess Club is on tonight Friday 8th April
but we will be closed next week as its Good Friday 
We will be announcing the winners and prizes for the juniors in the UK Chess Challenge that we have been playing each Friday this term. There will then be a fun Easter tournament for the junior club    

At 7:45pm we have the 14th and Final Round of the Adult Club Championship     
Benedict Weis is currently leading with 7½ points all latest scores can be found here https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/92885/estats?sort=asc&order=Score     

Mid Sussex Chess League Teams
The Junior Team confirmed themselves as Champions with a 3-1 victory last week – congratulations to all who played for the team https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/92247/estats?sort=asc&order=Team     

The 1st Team gained promotion with an away victory at Bexhill but will need to wait until their final match against East Grinstead at home on May 6th to find out if they will be champions    
League Table https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/92193/table   Have a nice Easter break if you are away otherwise I look forward to seeing you all tonight    

ECF National Ratings
  All our adult games are ECF Rated and the easiest way to see if your rating is going up or down is to follow this link and click on your name   https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/new/list_games_swiss.php?event_code=LN00002157&section_no=1   

Every Friday
Friday Club Night  returned to real life at the Community Centre from the 10th September 2021
Junior Club from 6:30pm with Senior Club starting at 7:30pm
7:00 pm Junior UK Chess Challenge Club Qualifying games

2022 Club Championship
Every Friday starts 7:45pm finish about 9:15pm see Results to Date

Friday 7th January 2022
Club nights restart after Christmas break.

Saturday 26th February 2022

Crowborough Chess Congress an all day event. 

2021 Club Championship

Daniel Donaghy wins see Results

Saturday 18th September 2021
Crowborough Junior Chess Congress SJC Grand Prix 1
All day event Results can be seen on Sussex Junior Chess

Information for those attending the Chess Club on Fridays    
The Senior games played at 7:45pm are sent for Monthly National Rating and therefore players should become members of the English Chess Federation to at least Bronze level.    
If you are a member of the ECF it should show a G, S or B before your name.    
If you play more than 3 games and do not become an ECF Member the club will be invoiced £18 for Adults or £6 for Juniors so please join the ECF.