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Tournaments and events

Members can take part in a wide range of chess tournaments and events at club, county and national level. We hope to organise more events in due course as the club grows.


We will be holding our first ever Chess 960 tournament  on Tuesday 27th August. Chess 960 is a variant of classical chess with the pieces placed in random starting positions, so no more desperately trying to remember opening theory! It will be an informal two-round Swiss rapidplay, with everything explained on the night. To sign up, please contact Ian Gambles.









Club competitions

Club Championship: An all-play-all competition running through the whole season to find the best player in the club that year. 2022-23 winner - Paul Masters

Club Challengers: An all-play-all competition running through the whole season for those not playing in the championship. 2022-23 - Tom Brown

Club Rapid-Play: An all-play-all competition at a 30-minute time control running through the whole season. 2022-23 winner - Nigel Hosken

Rapid-Play Swiss: Five rounds at 10 minutes plus a 7-second increment. 2022 winner - Richard Freeman


North Gloucestershire events

Lightning evening: A pre-Christmas event where moves must be made when the buzzer sounds every 10 seconds! 2023 winner -  Michael Ashworth

Rapid-play Swiss: A Swiss tournament is one in which in each round players are paired with those on the same or similar scores in the tournament. Time control is 20 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move. 2022 winners - Joey Stewart & John Jenkins (Wotton Hall & Stroud Chess Clubs)

Peter Harrison Trophy: A knock-out cup played in several rounds over the season to handicap rules of bewildering complexity. Cheltenham entered two teams in the 2024 tournament but both were eliminated in the first round! Oh well, next year. 2022-23 winners - Cirencester

North Glos Individual: A Swiss tournament played over several rounds to normal league time controls, finishing in the Spring.


Chess Congresses

Members keen to play on a bigger stage can enter regional and national chess congresses.

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