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Bert Thomas - funeral

Posted by ian on August 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Appeal for chess friends / players to attend the funeral of Bert Thomas.

 The family would like it very much if some of his chess friends came to his funeral at

1pm Friday 18th August at Altrincham Crematorium and / or afterwards from 2.45pm at Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club, Little Ees Lane, Sale, M33 5GT. See you there. Regards Katie Poulton nèe Kay Thomas and Jeannie Thomas

RIP Bert Thomas.

Posted by ian on August 5, 2017 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Bert was Manchester Chess Federation  President for a record 6 years in a row 2000-2006. As well as  Secretary  of the Manchester Chess Federation  2011 -2015. Bert was a lynchpin of the chess community, and will be sadly missed by everyone in the chess world.

British Chess Championship 2017. Game of the day.With IM Andrew Martin.

Posted by ian on July 30, 2017 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Round 1 Nick Pert vs Daniel Gallagher

Round 2 IM Craig Pritchett vs GM David Howell

Round 3 IM Richard  Palliser vs GM Gawain Jones

Round 4 John Merriman vs GM Mark Hebden

Round 5 IM Jack Rudd vs GM Peter Wells

Round 6 GM Luke Mcshane vs GM David Howell

Round 7 GM Gawain Jones vs IM Jovanka Houska

Round 8 GM Peter Wells v Conor Murphy

Round 9 ; IM Yang Fan Zhou vs IM Craig Hanley

British Chess Championship 2017.

Posted by ian on July 29, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

British Chess Championship 2017 round 1 pairings are out Live games can be found here on Saturday afternoon 230pm. Live commentary

200th Anniversary, Manchester Chess Club

Posted by ian on July 27, 2017 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

200th Anniversary, Manchester Chess Club

Wednesday 3rd September 1817 was a very significant date in the history of chess, not only in Manchester but throughout the country. That evening a group of local chess enthusiasts met at the Albion Hotel in Piccadilly, Manchester (unfortunately now the site of a Morrison's superstore and a Travelodge) and a few hours later ended their meeting having formed the very first organised chess club in Britain - the Manchester Chess Club.

Although now, 200 years later, the club itself is no longer in existence and had endured both good and bad times, being disbanded and reformed on several occasions, it's place in history cannot be denied as the FIRST.

Therefore, on Sunday 3rd September 2017 - exactly 200 years to the day of that historic meeting - the Manchester Chess Federation are organising a "friendly" match against the Liverpool Chess Club, which itself will be 180 years old in December 2017 and is the oldest EXISTING chess club in England. (NB: Manchester v Liverpool as a friendly isn't what you might often read elsewhere !)

The venue for this historic match will be the Albert Square Chop House, formerly known as the Manchester Memorial Hall in Albert Square and right in the heart of Manchester city centre. The building itself, dating back to the 1860s, is one of the finest examples of Venetian Gothic Revival architecture in the country and is less than half a mile from the former Albert Hotel, the actual birthplace of club chess in Britain, thus making it ideal for such a celebration.

The match will be played over 25 boards of various grades with an additional 10 board junior challenge and whilst food and drink will be provided by the hosts for all in attendance, the Liverpool team are playing their part in celebrating the history of the event by travelling to Manchester on the day by train, just as many of their predecessors would have done all those years ago.

Following a pre-match lunch, white's clocks are due to be pressed at 1pm and an invite is open to anyone who might wish to visit to help celebrate this historic event.

Live chess commentary, from Biel GM event.

Posted by ian on July 24, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Live chess commentary from Biel GM event July 2017 Round 1. Live now, with GM Danny King and GM Joe Gallagher