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, 7.30 - 11.00 pm|
|Contact: Aidan Ellis,|
|Monday, 6.15 - 7.15 pm (during school term)|
|Contact: Rosemary Phillips & Michael Flatt|
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.
End of Season Rapidplay vs Harrow
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. Our opponents in the final will be Hemel Hempstead. We have home advantage.