Ipswich Chess Club

Who, Where and When

One of the biggest clubs in Suffolk, Ipswich Chess Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities, for competitive and social chess.

Following a lengthy Covid break, the club re-opened on Tuesday 14th September 2021. Matches are being played and there is limited social play. Please bring a face mask with you when you attend as there may a requirement to wear it, if there is a Suffolk League match present that night.

From September to the end of May, we meet in the upstairs room of the Ipswich Institute, Admirals House, Tower St, IP1 3BE. The entrance is down a short alley to the side entrance of Tower Ramparts (Sailmakers) shopping centre (opposite the front of the church). There is an alcove with an iron gate and blue double doors. Press the buzzer, then open the door when you hear the click. Once inside, the room is upstairs on the left.

The Club is generally open every Tuesday of the season from 7:15pm to 11:00pm latest, and also the first Monday of the month in this period. Subscriptions for 2020/21 are £25, Concessions (OAP/Unwaged) for £20, Juniors for £10. These rates may be pro-rata'd if you join part way through the season.

We currently have teams across the divisions in the Suffolk winter league, providing opportunities for experienced and entry-level competitive matches. We also run several internal tournaments and provide players for the Suffolk County teams.

For more details, email us at ipswichchess@gmail.com.

News and Forthcoming Events

Attendance issues

Because of Covid uncertainty, and the need to sometimes wear facemasks, attendances at the club are much reduced. Although the club is being opened each week by a rota of keyholders, if there are not enough players present to sustain the evening, the club is closing early. This has caused disruption to a number of new attendees, turning up when the club is locked up - apologies about this, it is hoped that once Covid dies down the club will be able to accommodate allcomers as before.

Potential new players are best emailing the club first, and if attending on a club night, the best time to arrive is 7:30, in case the club shuts early.

Club rules for the 2021/22 season

After an 18 month break, face-to-face chess has resumed at the club.

At the moment, Suffolk League matches default to mask wearing, unless all players agree not to do so, and this may affect other social players at the club at the same time, so please bring a mask with you. There will still be plenty of weeks where there are no matches and masks are not likely to be required.

Results and Recent Events

Online Team in new Iceni League

Norfolk have established a team and an individual event online using chess.com and have invited neighbouring counties (Suffolk, Cambs and Lincs) to participate in them.

Alonso Paez has volunteered to captain in the team event, which has one division for open standard and another for U140 + U120 players. Please contact him if you are interested - play in the next league is expected to start before the end of September and involves a time control of 15m + 10s per move.

Worth taking part to keep yourself in trim before over the board play restarts...!

Chess in suffolk during lockdown

Chess is fortunate in that it can be played in a structured and even sociable way online. Phil Hopkins (well know in the Suffolk league) has set up a couple of initiatives to keep chess players busy and in touch:

- www.lichess.org is a popular online chess platform, free to use
There have been weekly tournaments set up, 19:30 on Wednesdays, for Suffolk players. These have been popular but as they are Open events, unknown players have also participated.
- an East Anglian Chess group has been set up, allowing better communication and play between more local players. Go to https://lichess.org/team/east-anglian-chess to join in

Coronavirus update - 6/7/20 Club still closed for foreseeable future

Please click here to see the latest open letter from the SCCA President

All events since lockdown started in March have been cancelled. We await an improvement in public health to the point when over-the-board chess is safe to play again, in the meantime making do with the online opportunities detailed above.
Blitz event 3rd September

The traditional season-opener was held, proving a lively event with 18 participants. For the first time, the Ipswich Junior club sent a couple of young hopefuls, who while they didn't trouble the winners, gained valuable experience in the process.

The event was jointly won by Alonso Paez and John Feavyour. Expertly hosted by Les Jones as usual.

Chess for Beginners - Ipswich Institute Course

IM Dagne Ciuksyte is ran a 10 week learn-from-the-basics chess course at the Institute. From 2nd May to 11th July on each Thursday evening 18:30 to 20:30. Suitable for anyone who wants to master chess principles and learn more quickly as a result, and also suitable for inexperienced but motivated players. If this might have been of interest, see the details below, contact the Institute and see if this is likely to be repeated.
Details are in this attachment and also this one.

Round up of the season 2018/19

A bit thin on the team front with no trophies from the top or bottom divisions, but Ips B team won Div 2, and Angus Irving + Tim Lunn shared the player of the season Div 2 award. Mike Cook won player of the season for Div 1.

Club champion this year, achieved with a clear game to go and on 5.5/6 was Ted Matthewson.

12th May Martlesham Open

Good news for Ipswich members as Steve Gregory triumphed in the main event, tying with Dagne, and Jonathan Painter won the Juniors section, both on 6/7, to show well for the local clubs. 6 Ipswich Juniors entered, sponsored by the Junior Club, and a good time was had by all.

Donation to the Junior Chess Club

Many thanks to Mike Clapham for donating a box of chess books to the Juniors, for prizes and teaching aids.

Match v Junior Club 2/2/19

Many thanks to Ken, Roger, Patrick and Jim for playing at the Junior Club - they provided a good test of experience and patience in beating the Junior 8-0, the difference being the greater consistency and better clock management with some close and meritorious games. The Seniors were gentlemanly in victory - thanks chaps.

New Season opener - Blitz Tournament Sept 4th

This excellent event saw a field of 16 players get stuck in, blowing away the summer rust. 11 rounds were played before entrants decamped to the pub.
Honours went to Luke Hill and Pete Smyth who finished in joint first on 9.5/11.

2017/18 Roll of Honour

The league has finished, and it couldn't have been more exciting.
In Div 1, Ipswich C, D and A teams all stayed where they are without winning the league.
In Div 2, Ipswich B finished 2nd, avoiding promotion
In Div 3, Ipswich E and F teams also didn't go up.

Steve Gregory is the Ipswich Club Champion.

League update - Ipswich D shock champions elect Manningtree

Suffolk chess was turned upside down last night as lowly Ipswich D travelled to Manningtree and came away with a surprise win. The unfancied Ipswich team, outgraded on every board by a massive average of over 25 points, quietly went about their illustrious opponents in a full 3 hour stint. Martin Tomes took an early draw to get a score on the board, and when prodigy Alex Sheerin lost unluckily on board 2, a win seemed impossible, but Steve Gregory overcame his opponent in fine style on board 1 before Alonso Paez turned in a captains performance in a long end game to win and seal the result.

Manningtree were gracious in defeat, bearing their massive disappointment most sportingly, while the Ipswich D car on the way home was awash with modest celebration. Hoving been branded favourites for relegation at the start of the season, Ipswich D may just have secured their place at the top table of Suffolk chess for another year. Well done chaps.

Ipswich Teams in the Suffolk League - halfway standings

Div 3 - our E and F teams are battling for 2nd place, but both behind runaway leaders Woodbridge
Div 2 - the B team remain in contention for promotion, but will have to catch the rampant Felixstowe side to guarantee promotion
Div 1 - our A and C teams are doing ok, but plaudits go to the underrated and modest D team, currently 2nd in the league and confounding those who thought they would be relegation fodder. Led by Steve Gregory and captained by Alonso Paez, come on lads, finish the job

Club Champion Simul Event Sept 12th

Ian Wallis took on a disappointingly small field of 6 players in this event. with 5 wins and a draw it was all over before 9pm. Well done and thank you Ian, step forward Ezra Hewing (draw) and Mark Pulham (close defeat) for strong showings.

Season Opener Blitz Tournament Sept 5th

The now traditional (and rather excellent) Blitz tournament was held at the club on the opening night. 15 players attended, Ted Matthewson taking the honours.

Coach wanted for Ipswich School

The school was looking for a coach or experienced chess player to help with a chess club being set up there. Age group is up to 11 yrs old. Alonso Paez has stepped forward, if anyone else is also interested please email us.

Club AGM 6th June

It may not be the most exciting event on the calendar, but the more members who attend the better, and it is generally over in good time to adjourn to the pub to toast the successes of the season. Held at the club as usual.
This year, successful D Team captain Alonso Paez will be buying in recognition of the team not being relegated. Members of the other Ipswich teams, particularly those who contributed points to the cause in their matches with the D Team, are welcome.

Exciting Winter Season comes to an end

After a good fist fight in Division 1, it was Ipswich B who bit the bullet and finished in last place. Ipswich C finished second to a powerful Manningtree team, whilst Ipswich D (favourites for relegation) played with verve and panache all season to finish in mid table alongside the A team.
Division 2 was Ipswich free, but Div 3 had the E and F teams, who have been contenders in recent years for promotion. Sadly not the case this year, both teams under-achieving. 
For full details see the excellent East Anglian Chess website http://www.c4results.org.uk/chess/php/index.php?GroupId=7

In the club championship, a play-off was required between Ian Wallis and Steve Gregory, with Ian squeezing out a win to be club champion.