Monday, 1 January 2018

Duck chess competition

Nine players took part in the Xmas Duck Chess Competition, Matt Stemp won with a score of 4/4.

1Matt Stemp+9+5+3+24
2Nathan Barnes+8+6+7-13
3Michael Catabay+5bye-1+53
4Asci Catabay-4+8+6+73
5Clive Bellinger+7-1bye-32
6John Duff-Colebye-2-4+82
7Brian Remmer-5+9-2-41
8Rezin Catabay-2-4+9-61
9Mae Catabay-1-7-8bye1

Here is the finish from Asci - John, the duck means Black has no way of saving his king.

Photos from the event:

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Xmas Competition

The Colchester Chess Club Xmas Competition this year will be on Wednesday 20th December. It will be a duck chess competition - all welcome. To read more about this chess variant go the "official" website.

The evening will start with Nathan and Matt explaining the rules and giving people a chance to practice. The main event will then be (depending on numbers) either an all-play-all or Swiss completion.

Before then there are two matches - one for the A team and one for the B team. After the holiday period the A and B teams will be playing in the NECL knockout quarter-finals with the A team looking to defend the trophy they won last year.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Colchester Junior Chess Club

A new junior chess club has been set up in Colchester.


Commences on the 21st September 2017 and then every Thursday (school term dates)
4:30pm – 6:00pm


  • 07838085656


Michael Catabay (DBS checked)


£3.00 per week per child


Hythe Community Centre
( 1st Floor )
1 Venture Drive
C01 2FG

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Mate in two

The puzzle below was written in 1920 by Lionel Penrose of Colchester Chess Club. It is probably his best known puzzle and took 1st place in The Observer's puzzle competition. White to play and mate in two. Solution given in the comments section.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rapidplay grades

The rapid play grades for active Colchester players on the July ECF Grading List are:

302172LVoelker, Norbert170E
274746HCatabay, Michael164F 
186371LStemp, Matt162E
140673FBarnes, Nathan158E150E
299554CKjenner, Svein150D151E
250046CBellinger, Clive140E
293018DJohnson, Mark117B118B
155695CDaley, Phil106E
213710ASmith, Peter99E
227455DDuff-Cole, John97E
256466LGoodman, Ed67E70E

A number of players appear on the list (or have non-F grades) for the first time.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Club competitions round-up

The 2016/17 club championship was won by Svein Kjenner, the crucial game being his win against Nathan Barnes.

Ed Goodman won the Club Shield (for best performance by a player graded under 120).

The Grand Prix (best combined score in Club Championship/Shield, Tony Locke Rapidplay and NECL matches) was won by Nathan Barnes.

Nathan also won the Tony Locke Rapidplay. Cross-table for the rapidplay competition is shown below.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

July 2017 Grades

The July 2017 ECF Grading List has been published. The standard play grades for active Colchester players are:

186371LStemp, Matt183D175D
302172LVoelker, Norbert177C174D
139627EGooding, Ian175C187C
140673FBarnes, Nathan164A156B
299554CKjenner, Svein162C157C
301977ASchnell, Felix155D155E
120924DWagstaff, Michael149C145C
250046CBellinger, Clive136C131C
155695CDaley, Phil118C113C
117812LRemmer, Brian112C108C
293018DJohnson, Mark111B113A
213710ASmith, Peter110B115B
227455DDuff-Cole, John100B95C
256466LGoodman, Ed93C88D
308949GCatrinar, Adrian73F 

A few players have increased their grades - with Matt Stemp, Nathan Barnes (both +8), Svein Kjenner, Clive Bellinger, Phil Daley, John Duff-Cole and Ed Goodman (all +5) having the most significant increases. Adrian Catrinar appears on the list for the first time.