Ipswich Chess Club



From September 2023 a club day is:

Wednesday at 7:00 pm

All competition games will start at 7:30 pm.

New, inexperienced or shy players can come and try the club out in a relaxed atmosphere - also good for existing members to join in.

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

Are you interested? - Fill the form, and join us!




News and Forthcoming Events

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Latest Results

Home Team Result Away Team Date Event
Felixstowe B 0 - 4 Ipswich B Mon 4th Sep 2023 Division 3
Felixstowe A 3 - 1 Ipswich A Tue 5th Sep 2023 Division 1
Ipswich 2.5 - 1.5   Bury St Edmunds     Wed 13th Sep 2023     U1800 Cup  
  Manningtree C   0.5 - 3.5 Ipswich B Wed 20th Sep 2023 Division 3
Ipswich C 3 - 1 Felixstowe B Wed 20th Sep 2023 Division 3
Ipswich 3.5 - 0.5 Felixstowe Wed 27th Sep 2023 U1650 Cup
Clacton 1.5 - 2.5 Ipswich Tue 10th Oct 2023 U1650 Cup
Manningtree C 2.5 - 1.5 Ipswich C Wed 18th Oct 2023 Division 3
 Bury St Edmunds A  3.5 - 0.5 Ipswich A Thu 19th Oct 2023 Division 1
Bury St Edmunds C 1 - 3 Ipswich B Thu 19th Oct 2023 Division 3
Ipswich B 3.5 - 0.5  Bury St Edmunds D  Wed 1st Nov 2023 Division 3
Stowmarket B 2 - 6 Ipswich C Tue 7th Nov 2023 Division 3 Rapidplay Cup
Ipswich B 4 - 4 Clacton Wed 8th Nov 2023 Division 3 Rapidplay Cup
Manningtree A 2 - 2 Ipswich A Wed 8th Nov 2023 Division 1

Ipswich Chess Club Blitz Handicap Tournament

The Ipswich Chess Club evenings have now been changed from Tuesdays to Wednesdays.
At the start of the new chess season, we played in an all-play-all Blitz Handicap Tournament at the Club on Wednesday, 30th August 2023. The Blitz was won by Yaroslav O., and the runner-up was Andrew S.
Great result to our new colleague Conor H., who was the 4th.

Many thanks to Leslie J. for organizing the tournament.

Well done, all!



Upcoming Events

Lowestoft Rapidplay – 26 November

The 8th Lowestoft Rapidplay will take place on Sunday 26th November 2023 at the delightful Parkhill Hotel in Oulton, near Lowestoft. There will be two sections as in previous years: a championship section and a challengers section. It would be great to see old friends come back and just as nice to see some new entrants. Entry is limited to 40, so enter early to avoid disappointment.


Sunday 26th November 2023
Venue: Parkhill Hotel, Oulton

More info and the entry form can be found on the SCCA webpage.



Home Team   Away Team Date Time Event
Manningtree vs Ipswich Wed 15th Nov 2023 19:30 U1800 Cup
Ipswich vs Woodbridge Wed 15th Nov 2023 19:30 U1650 Cup
Saxmundham A vs Ipswich A Tue 21st Nov 2023 19:30 Division 1
Ipswich C vs Bury St Edmunds D Wed 22nd Nov 2023 19:30 Division 3
Ipswich B vs Felixstowe B Wed 22nd Nov 2023 19:30 Division 3
Felixstowe B vs Ipswich C Mon 4th Dec 2023 19:30 Division 3
Ipswich A vs Manningtree A Wed 6th Dec 2023 19:30 Division 1
Ipswich B vs Manningtree C Wed 6th Dec 2023 19:30 Division 3
Felixstowe vs Ipswich Mon 11th Dec 2023 19:30 U1650 Cup
Ipswich A vs Saxmundham A Wed 13th Dec 2023 19:30 Division 1 Rapidplay Cup
Ipswich vs Bury St Edmunds Wed 20th Dec 2023 19:30 U1650 Cup


Full fixtures for the season 2023-2024 can be found here.

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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.

From September to (usually) 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 Wednesday of the season from 7:00pm to 11:00pm latest. Subscriptions for 2023/24 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. Don't forget that is you want to play competitive chess you need an ECF membership as well - click here for the ECF website.

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.

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Historical Events

Suffolk County Chess  Association AGM

The SCCA AGM took place at the Iswich Institue on Tuesday 11th June, from 7:30pm.
More info you can find on SCCA website.


Club AGM

On Tuesday 23rd May was held The Club AGM.
As the most critical change in relation to the AGM, it was agreed that from September the Club's meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm. In the first half an hour (7:00 pm - 7.30 pm), thematic and training sessions will occur. After 7:30 pm - all competition matches and casual games will take place as usual.

All members are very welcome.

Here you can find a Draft of AGM Minutes.



Ipswich B wins Rapidplay Cup

Ipswich B team won the Division 2 Rapidplay Cup. They drew in the final match against Saxmundham A team and won the trophy.

Congratulations! Well done!



Club Championship 2023 results

Club Champion 2023 is Andrew Shepherd who won unbeaten.
Congratulations Andrew!


Club AGM 31/5/22

The club AGM was held last night. There were a lot of issues this year as uncertainty (and rules for mask wearing) over Covid saw a drop off in membership as well as many early closures of the club. With all of the Officers of the club either having left or now resigning, there was some doubt that the club would be in a fit state to operate next season. However, there were some positive and hopeful outcomes arising from the meeting:

- some volunteers have stepped forward to take over key roles e.g. Treasurer
- the club is in a healthy financial position, and the landlord (Ipswich Institute) continue to be flexible and supportive
- There are plans for the first Tuesday every month to be completely match-free so that social chess, discussion and welcoming of new/prospective members will be possible. The meeting acknowledged the club's poor performance in this regard over recent years, Covid notwithstanding

It is hoped that September onwards will be the start of a slow rebuilding and that given time the club will again have a thriving membership catering for players of all abilities alongside competitive play. watch this space for more news as it develops.

There was one other bit of business which was an overjoyed Steve Gregory, club champion from 2019/20 season finally receiving his trophy - click here for picture.

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.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...!


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