Welcome to Manningtree Chess Club.
Last Updated: 2nd March 2024Manningtree Chess Club meets at the
Methodist Hall, South Street, Manningtree, CO11 1BQ
Wednesday evenings from September to April at 7.30pm (depending on the fixture list).
The Club currently fields three teams in the Suffolk League,
but we do not limit our activities to match play only.
If you are interested in playing chess,
Our Playing Room.
Spacious and comfortable. Although being an old church hall, the floorboards do creak a little.
Our Record of Achievements:
December 20th 2023
Tonight's activities was somewhat reduced by events outside of our control, not the least of which was the return of the perennial head cold. It was nonetheless an enjoyable tournament full of the usual mayhem you would expect in a blitz tournament played with five minutes plus a three second increment, Bronstein style. Graeme kept a cool head winning his first four games, while Rowland had lost his first game, no doubt just getting used to the time controls. Meeting in the final round Rowland was able to arrest Graeme's roll and share the top spot with him. We were joined by Mark's brother Alan, who played as enthusiastically as his brother, but declined taking up membership of the club on the grounds that he couldn't afford it. Apparently he lives five thousand miles away. We all thought that was just an excuse.
May 3rd 2023
We had a pretty good turnout for our final club night of the 22/23 season, and after a minor glitch with the 12-player spreadsheet, we got the show on the road. The clocks were set for seven minutes with a five second increment, so we managed to finish all five rounds and still have time for a couple of beers down the Red Lion. It was good to see Leon back for a few over the board games, and he showed he hasn´t lost his touch by finishing joint top. And joint top with none other than David, who not only shared the top spot, but did so without losing a game, and was in fact the only player to complete all five rounds unbeaten. It was also good to welcome a few new faces as well, we look forward to seeing a lot more of them next season.
February 15th 2023
This is becoming something of a habit. Perhaps we should make these 12m+10s tournaments a regular fixture in the club calendar. And maybe add a Grand-Prix into the mix, the winner being the one with the highest sum of their best five results. Something to think about.There were some interesting games tonight, and some lucky wins (or unlucky losses depending on which side ot the board you sat), but with half an hour per game you have more time than you might think. And that gave rise to a great deal of tension and some very lively and complicated positions. The end result - honours shared between Rod and John.
February 1st 2023
With six appearing this evening we decided to hold off some Club Championship games and hold an impromptu rapid play tournament instead. Played with 12 minutes each with a ten second increment, it was long enough to give you some time for thinking, but short enough to keep each round within half an hour.
It was between Graeme and Phil, with Simon hot on their heels, but in the last round Phil managed to seal the top spot. And while our newest member failed to score, he bravely entered the fray and showed he was no pushover to his more experienced opponents.
September 14th 2022
We opened our first club night of the 2022-23 season with a five round quick play tournament, played with ten minutes plus ten second increment. Congratulations to Rod and Graeme, who were convincing winners, sweeping away all before them, except each other. They were closely followed by Simon, and between the three of them, they scored almost twice as many points as the rest of the trailing field put together.
September 7th 2022
A selection of Manningtree Chess Club began their 2022-23 campaign with a few beers at the Red Lion in South Street, Manningtree, in the presence of their trophy haul from last season. And while the summer drought had just ended, the rain stayed away for this evening, we were thus able to enjoy those beers in the garden.
COVID 19 GUIDANCE (From 8th Sept. 2021)
Until the current national guidance changes the guidance below refers to club evenings and internal club matches only. League matches must adhere to the S.C.C.A. guidance.
1. Members who feel unwell, have at least one of the Covid 19 symptoms, are awaiting the results of a test for Covid 19, or have been advised to self-isolate by a competent person, must NOT attend the club under any circumstances.
2. Members who have at least one of the Covid 19 symptoms or have tested positive following a club evening must inform all other members of the club immediately.
3. Members are expected to act responsibly in matters of personal hygiene with hand sanitising gel, disposable gloves and anti-bacterial wipes made available for members to use throughout their playing session.
4. Members are expected to respect social distancing when setting up boards and spectating games.
5. Members are free to decide whether to wear a face mask or not whilst playing. However, should a member insist that his or her opponent wears a mask this must be agreed before the commencement of a game.
Finally, once other groups start using the building all members are expected to follow the Covid 19 rules for the premises when moving around the building.
September 4, 2019
You might think that three minutes, plus a 2 second increment per move, is a ridiculously fast time control for a game of chess. The counter to that is that you get more time with this time control than you do with a five minute blitz game that goes beyond sixty moves. To which you will probably say, "that's all very well but my five minute blitz games never go beyond sixty moves! Come to think of it, nor do my standard rate games either".
But in spite of a little scepticism in some quarters, Manningtree Chess Club opened its doors to a new season with a Blitz Tournament using the aforementioned time controls in accordance with the latest FIDE rules. And as if chess wasn't hard enough, adjusting the clock to add any penalty time for illegal moves meant that most of us didn't bother and just played on (after correcting the illegal move of course - well, correcting those that were actually seen).
April 24, 2019
Our final Club Night for the 2019/20 season took place this evening with eight members appearing, and all taking part in a seven round, eight minutes each, lightning tournament. Congratulations to Phil, who won the tournament unbeaten. Special mention should be made of Alan's performance, who in spite of being the lowest graded player, finished joint second. And if truth be told, he should have finished a clear second on five points but for an unfortunate slip up that saw him lose his clearly won game (a rook up) against John M.
December 19, 2018
It was a tightly packed field, with everyone suffering their fair share of missed opportunities, blunders and panic - all that you would expect when the time allocation can be as wide as 16:4. The actual handicap was as follows;
The field would have been larger had illness not taken its toll, but for the third time running it was the highest graded player that topped the table in spite of being at a time disadvantage with all but one of his opponents. As in previous tournaments, this one was not without its anomalies. Take Adrian for example, he wasn't beaten by any of the players that finished above him, but by all of those that finished below him. Only six rounds were played this time, that was to allow sufficient time for a couple of festive drinks in the Red Lion afterwards before heading home.
November 7, 2018
In spite of having only one quarter the time of most of his opponents, Andy managed to show a clean pair of heels to the whole field. But it clearly wasn't Jim's night tonight, for in spite of being the only person to take anything from Adam six months ago (see below) the time differentials took their toll.
It is not only the time difference that is designed to level the playing field a little, the draw for anything over eight players is designed to do the same. The highest graded player plays the seven players graded immediately below him, and the lowest graded player plays the seven players immediately above him. Those in the middle are pro-rata around them, see the matrix below for an example. Also, the highest graded player will have three whites and four blacks, it being the other way round for the lowest graded player. That clearly helped Alan.
The final table was;
May 8, 2018
Manningtree's final home meeting of the 2017/18 season concluded with a Time Handicap Tournament - 20 minutes games in which a two minute advantage was given to the weaker player for every ten grading point difference. Only seven players took part after some had to withdraw at the last minute. The final table was;
The previous week a similar event was staged, but with only four players they all played each other twice. This event was won by Mark Webley.
July 12, 2017
Manningtree Chess Club held its 2017 "AGM" on Wednesday 12th July at the Red Lion in South Street Manningtree. It was the ideal venue to celebrate the club's most successful season ever, and an opportunity to show off our six trophies. After the "meeting" the members retired to the Pump Room for another beer, and to plot next season's campaign.
April 12, 2017
Manningtree A, after their 4-0 victory over Ipswich B that put them an unreachable six points clear of their nearest rivals, and current Champions, Ipswich C. For the second time in four seasons Manningtree top the Suffolk League, and with a points haul that has not often been beaten. Prior to the 2012/13 season Manningtree had only spent two seasons in Division One of the Suffolk League, and finished bottom on both occasions. But since then, Manningtree have grown to running three teams, and haven't been out of the top three positions in Division One since 2013. And speaking of Manningtree's other teams, playing alongside our A-Team tonight, were our B-Team, who secured the top spot in Division Three, giving Manningtree a team in all three Suffolk Divisions next season for the first time in their 40 year history.
November 30, 2016
The Norfolk/Suffolk Cup is a six board knockout competition that pits the best of Suffolk against the best of Norfolk. Separate knockouts are arranged in each county, and the winners of each face each other in the final. In earlier years virtually all clubs in the League took part, but of recent times the Suffolk half has been contested between only Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. But this season, for the first time in many years, Manningtree have entered the fray. The last time we have evidence of a Manningtree presence in this competition was in the 1981/82 season when we were beaten 4-2 in the first round by Felixstowe. Below we see Manningtree on the left, prepare to take on the current holders Bury St Edmunds.
October 19, 2016
Manningtree Chess Club has been bucking the trend of many clubs of late, and has grown from one of the smallest clubs in the region to a Championship winning club, now running three teams for the first time in its forty odd year history. And tonight we reached another milestone by hosting two matches on the same evening. Our A-Team took on Ipswich D, while the C-Team played host to a team from Saxmundham. The increased number of boards meant that most players had to forego the luxury of a table to themselves, and share one with their adjacent player.
September 9, 2016
Andrew Lewis beat the 'Rest' of the Manningtree Club 8½-½ in a simultaneous match to kick off the new season. The match was held at the club venue on Wednesday 7th September and was by no means a wholly one-sided affair. Several games required Andrew to dig deep to turn, what us mere mortals would consider drawn positions, into wins. Congratulations Andy, and congratulations to Phil Hutchings, the only player from the 'Rest' not to be beaten. The full score was;