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Match Date Updated
2016-7 Robertson Cup/Plate Ringwood_B v Basingstoke Scorecard Mon, 22/05/2017 Tue, 23/05/2017 - 15:14
2016-7 Robertson Cup/Plate Southampton_University_A v Hamble Scorecard Mon, 15/05/2017 Tue, 23/05/2017 - 01:00
2016-7 Division Three Basingstoke_A v Chandlers_Ford_A Scorecard Wed, 26/04/2017 Thu, 27/04/2017 - 23:18
2016-7 Division Two Hamble_B v Southampton_C Scorecard Wed, 19/04/2017 Thu, 20/04/2017 - 12:37
2016-7 Division Two Hamble_B v Salisbury_A Scorecard Wed, 12/04/2017 Sun, 16/04/2017 - 13:18
2016-7 Robertson Cup/Plate Ringwood_B v Winchester Scorecard Mon, 10/04/2017 Tue, 11/04/2017 - 09:12
2016-7 Division Four Winchester_B v Basingstoke_B Scorecard Mon, 03/04/2017 Fri, 07/04/2017 - 08:02
2016-7 Robertson Cup/Plate Hamble v Fareham_A Scorecard Wed, 05/04/2017 Thu, 06/04/2017 - 09:20
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The SCL AGM will take place Thursday 1st June 2017, 7.30pm start at Eastleigh Railway Institute

League Winners Page Updated

The League Winners page (accessible from the Home menu) has been updated with this seasons results (excepting Rob Cup and Plate which are not yet available).

Also on this page and the Individual Winners page unuseable links to history formerly held on the Hampshire Chess website (but withdrawn without notification or explanation) have been removed.

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Roll of honour

The winners of all 5 divisions have now been decided and how close they were, particularly Division 4 where Basingstoke B won by the narrowest possible difference in game points. Congratulations to all in making the league so keenly contested.


Division 1 - Southampton A; Division 2 - Salisbury A; Division 3 - Winchester A; Division 4 - Basingstoke B; Division 5 - Andover B 

Death of Jim Hough (Updated Easter Monday)

Graham Payne has just reported the sad news of the death of Jim Hough on Friday 7th April 2017 aged 79.

He was Winchester Club's Membership Secretary and C team Captain and had played in various teams for the Club for many years.

An obituary has been published by the Hampshire Chronicle:

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Division 1

Division 1 is now decided with Southampton scrambling (literally) a win in their final match against Hamble to win the league. The result of board one required clarification of the rules from FIDE arbiter, Kevin Thurlow. He ruled that stalemate ends the game and that the (2) moves played afterwards (due to time scramble) are disregarded. So a rather fortunate win for Southampton and unlucky for the University who would have won the league if board one had been lost and the match drawn.

The closest finish to the league I can recall. A good advert for quickplay finishes?!

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January grades

January grades have been published. All team captains are reminded that these new grades MUST be used for determining board order, as described in the rules.

Carlsen v Karjakin World Championship 2016

Hello everybody.

I thought that I'd start by saying I am very well thank you, and that I hope to be walking amongst you all in my mortal form at the start of the next season.

The reason I am writing today is because of the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergei Karjakin currently being played out in New York. The first seven games had all been draws and both players had missed chances to score a victory against their opponent. Tonight saw the eighth game of the match.

Eddie Pitt - SCL League Secretary in the 1980's

Thanks to Malcolm Clarke for reporting the death of Eddie Pitt as follows:

Eddie Pitt who was Southampton Chess League secretary during the 1980's has died having been unwell for several years. 
His funeral will be held at Southampton Crematorium East Chapel on Tuesday 15th November at 12.30.  
Eddie played for A C Delco, Eastleigh Rail, Fair Oak, Customs and Eastleigh Working Mens Club during a 30 year spell as a player, being instrumental in forming the last two clubs and also played county chess.
Malcolm Clarke

Fixtures For New Season Loaded

The Southampton Chess League fixtures for the 2016-17 season have been loaded (though there is some remaining work to do to load the structure of the cup competitions and rounds, completion dates etc.).

Please also note that in the online Fixtures table for'all fixtures', divison 'X' is used as a one letter code for the Divison 5 Cup.

The div 5 cup fixture on November 1st at Chandlers Ford club (where the away team will be either Winchester C or Andover B) is not yet in the online list.

Please let me know of any other errors of omissions,


John Davis

Downloadable Fixture File for 2016-17

An initial fixture file is available for download via this link.

These fixtures have been made available to club secretaries, but it's the initial version which may be subject to correct/alteration if teams find any issues with it.

Please note - other fixtures displayed on the website at this time (7th September) are for last season, but the new fixtures will be displayed as per last season before the new season starts.


New League Rules for 2016-17

New League Rules (dated September 7th 2016) have been issued by Fraser McLeod and are available from 'League Rules' under the 'Home Menu'.

The previous league rules are also available from that page for comparison.

2015/6 Winners Pages Updated

The "League Winners" and "Individual Winners" pages which can be accessed via the Home Menu have been updated to reflect the winning teams and people that were detailed in Fraser's recent article below.


My Chess Career and Holidays by Gillian Moore

Former British Ladies Chess Champion and British Senior Ladies Chess Champion, Gillian Moore, shares her chess story in an excellent and enjoyable book.

It is freely available online or as a download via this link 

and is also available from the menu via 'Home/League History'


Hampshire Congress 2016 - November at Eastleigh

This popular tournament will return to Eastleigh College in November, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th.

Please see the entry in the events calendar (accessible via the Events Menu) for further details, including a downloadable entry form.


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League Winners

This season's roll of honour is as follows:

Division 1: Southampton A

Division 2: Fareham A

Division 3: Southampton D

Division 4: Southampton E

Division 5: Salisbury C

Robertson Cup: University A

Robertson Plate: Southampton B

Individual: Martin Buckley

Rapidplay: Southampton

Local Tournaments (including the British!)

Entries have been included in the Events menu for:

  • The British Chess Championships in July (at Bournemouth - well done to Dorset Chess for facilitating that!)
  • The Castle Chess "10th Portsmouth" tournament (at Fareham) in October
  • The Dorset Open in December.

Dorset Rapidplay 2016 (at Ringwood)

This event was held last Sunday, 13th March , and was once again superbly organised by Mike Jay and Martin Simons.

Keith Gregory of Fareham Chess Club was the winner.

Results are here.

League History Article by David and John Drew

A new League History sub-menu has been added under the Home menu.

Its first contribution is from David Drew, including a letter from his brother John, both of which have made a big contribution to local chess since the 1950s, but following the closure of Ordnance Survey club last year have retired from active involvement.

There is an account by David of his chess experiences on this page, including a letter by John about the Ordnance Survey C team.

There is also an article about the visit to Woolston club in 1955 by the eminent Russian Grandmaster Ragozin, with an excellent photo showing many of the prominent local players at that time.

Forthcoming Tournaments

The following tournaments are being held locally early in the New Year.

Castle 4th Winchester tournament January 8th - 10th 2016

Castle 9th Portsmouth (at Fareham) tournament February 19th-21st

Please follow the links for the relevant entries in the Events Menu for further details of each tournament, with links to entry forms etc.

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Les Allen

I'm sad to report the passing of Les Allen of Southampton chess club, who died peacefully earlier today.

Les was a long-standing member of the club and played regularly in the league in its top divisions.

He was well-liked and respected by those who knew him and will be missed.

Southampton Rapidplay


This year's Southampton Rapidplay tournament will be taking place on Saturday 21st November.

The tournament consists of 6 rounds of ECF graded rapidplay games, and those who came last year will agree that we had a good time.

If you would like more information, or wish to enter please visit the website:

New Facility: Fixtures by Club

A new facility has been introduced to show all current fixtures known to the website, specific to each club.  It is hope that this will aid team captains in arranging matches, and enable players to easily see current fixture dates relevant to them.

The new facility is available from the Fixtures menu.

There is an 'All Fixtures' entry under the fixtures menu, and also an entry for each club.

The information will be updated promptly when new reschedule information is received, but please remember your team captain may sometimes have more recent information, so please check with him if in doubt.

Blank Scorecard for Printing

Fraser McLeod has recently emailed team captains and club secretaries with a printable blank scorecard .PDF document.

The card is available on this website's menus via Results/Scorecards/'Blank Scorecard for Printing'.

Using it you can print to obtain three matchcards on one page of A4 paper or card – we have run low of stocks and our supplier has gone out of business hence this interim alternative.

If you intend to post the card, you can print double sided on card (Malcolm’s address appears on page 2).

Otherwise you can just print the first page, on paper or card, for use on the match night.

Scorecard Changes for the new Season

Scorecards entry is ready for the new season (first match is tonight).

Please note that to use scorecards, you must have registered for an account with this website, and be set up with appropriate permissions.

The menu to use is now called "Result Entry" - if you don't see it, and you're a captain or may serve as an acting captain, please let me know and I'll set up the necessary permissions.

Under the "Result Entry" menu, choose the appropriate competition (either a division or the Rob Cup/Plate)

It will then ask you to select a fixture from the list for that competition, and whether the match was defaulted.

When that form has been submitted, another page will be shown where the details for the match can be entered.

Fixtures For 2015-16 available via the Results Menu

All current fixtures initially issued have been set up within the online system so as to support the results system and online scorecards for 2015-16.

They can be viewed via the Results menu for each division, and for the Robertson Cup/Plate.

Please notify me of any issues / omissions.

John Davis


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