Winter events

The following events will take place in addition to League and National Club matches and the Club Championship, Ladder and Handicap Blitz.

Opening night

Although the Club now operates all the year round, there is an official opening night for the new season  in early September, when a simultaneous display is given by the main trophy winners for the previous season.

Opening night for 2016/17 was Tuesday 6 September 2016, when there was a Caterpillar simultaneous display given by Steve Rix, David Spearman and Peter Nickals.  Click here for a report.

Committee meetings

The Committee normally meets twice a year, in September and May.  The meetings for 2016/17 take place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 and Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Lightning Championship

This is a 7 round “buzzer” event, with 10 seconds for each move, held on one of the early club nights.  The winner holds the Lightning Championship trophy for a year.  Entry is £1 “on the night” with all entry fees being returned as cash prizes.  All points scored in the Lightning Championship count towards the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield.

The 2016/17 event was held on Tuesday 4 October 2016. Link to: Lightning Tournament Pages

Blitz Championship

This is a one-evening event held early in the New Year in the same format as the Lightning Championship (see above) except that it is played with clocks at the rate of all moves in 8 minutes on each clock per game.

The winner holds the “John Wagstaff Trophy” for one year.  Entry is £1 “on the night”, with all entry fees being returned as cash prizes.

All points scored in the Blitz Championship count towards the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield.

The 2016/17 event will take place on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Link to: Blitz Championship Tournament Pages

Rapidplay championship

This is a one-day event, inaugurated in 2009, played at the rate of 30 minutes per player per game or an incremental rate of 20 mins per player per game plus 10 seconds a move added from the start (“Fischer” timing), on a Saturday during the regular League season.  The entry fee is £4 including the Board Fee.

The 2016/17 event will take place on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Annual General Meeting

This will take place on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

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