Amsters Visit to Vienna 2014

Visit date: Thursday, 20th - Monday, 24th February 2014

The club travelled to Vienna to play two clubs. There were seven players in the team:

  Name ECF ELO
  Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell 177 2016
  Ian Gooding 175 2000
  Chris Majer 173 1984
  Ian Cross 155 1840
  James Palmer 150 1800
  Ray Claret 119 1552
  Peter Baker 86 1288

# ELO Conversion: ECF*8 + 600

The team flew from Gatwick to Vienna on Friday afternoon and arrived in the city around 8 pm local time. This allowed sufficient time to check in at the hotel Zipser in the city centre before meeting up to have dinner in a restaurant nearby.

Match v Schachklub Favoriten (Saturday, 22nd February)

The following morning the team travelled to play our first match against Schachklub Favoriten at the Cafe-Restaurant "Anningerblick". This meant a fair journey by public transport, travelling on the U-Bahn to Reumannplatz (Line 1), then taking Tram line 67 to "Altes Landgut", followed by a 10 min. walk to the venue. The match was played in the afternoon and was closely contested. The result was an honourable draw by 3½ - 3½. The match was followed by drinks in the café before the team returned to the hotel.

Match v Schachklub Heitzing (Sunday, 23rd February)

On Sunday morning the team travelled to play the second match against the Hietzing/Fischer Wien club at the Restaurant Wienerwald (244, Schonbrunner Strasse). The venue was located close to the Schonbrun Palace allowing for a quick visit to the palace garden before the match. Once again this meant taking the U-Bahn from the city centre, this time to Meidling Hauptstrasse (Line U4). The match was played in the afternoon and again was closely contested. The result was a 4-3 win to our hosts.


On Monday 24th the team had free time for site seeing in the city before having to travel to Vienna airport to catch the 8-45 pm flight to Gatwick