St Albans Chess Club

The County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road - a short walk from St Albans City station.
SatNav location: AL1 3AH

Adults & Older Juniors
Monday, 7.30pm to 11.00pm
Contact: Aidan Ellis,
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Early Knights
Monday, 6.15pm to 7.15pm (during school term)
Contact: Rosemary Phillips & Michael Flatt
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In this season's warm up event on 12th September first team player, IM Peter Roberson, took on seventeen members of the club in a simultaneous exhibition match.

Peter scored 14 wins, 2 draws and one loss. The loss was to new member, Raghav Ramesh, and the draws to Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell and Michael Flatt.

We hosted the traditional Cheshire Trophy match against local rivals Watford on 26th September. Normally played over twenty boards it was unfortunately limited to eleven boards this year. St Albans retained the trophy with a comfortable win (7-4).

We encountered Watford again in the Sharp Trophy (U160) knock-out competition over six boards. The match was drawn (3-3), but St Albans were declared winners on board count and progress to the next round.




Double Cross Match, June 2017    © Surjit Dhemrait

The Christmas Handicap Tournament was well attended with 18 participants. We managed to fit in seven rounds with John Gemmell (7/7) the clear winner. Our Club President, Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell (5/7) took second and Congress Organiser, Ray Claret (4.5/5) third. The Club President awarded prizes to all and we adjourned to the New Gulshan Tandoori for a meal.

Returning to the Sharp Trophy, we next played Stevenage. We repeated the feat of drawing (3-3) and winning on board count. In the final, Hemel Hempstead beat us (2-4) in very very closely contested match.

On Monday 12th June we played the annual friendly 'Double Cross' match v Harrow, Although, trailing 9-11 at half-time, the home team stormed back after the refreshment break to take the match 23½ - 16½.

The 2017 AGM took place on Monday 19th June. It was agreed that Membership subscriptions will remain unchanged for next season. All Officers were re-elected to serve another year.

The Handicap Trophy will be contested on the 26th June, followed by the traditional end-of-season curry.

The venue for the Summer Season (July & August) is now confirmed to be the Goat Inn, Sopwell Lane, on Monday evenings, 7.30pm onwards.