I’d like to let everyone know that Hadleigh Chess Club still exists; we are affiliated to SCCA and play chess on Friday evenings between September and April.
We are still unable to enter teams in any of the Suffolk league competitions because we cannot justify hiring a venue and it would be very difficult to be sure of raising a team of four at any time, particularly for away games.
Our six members have again enjoyed very pleasant playing conditions throughout the season with refreshments at Ray Ling’s home. Twenty-three games were played in the club championship. However we again had a few draws in the knock-out so there were thirty-one in all.
As in previous years we held an all-plays-all Black and White Club Championship. Rupert Avis, Ray and I played most of our games by the end of February. The pattern was similar to the previous year in that Graeme Jones and Martin Hill found it more difficult to complete their games due to pressure of work and David Johnson couldn’t come very often because of family matters. The season finished in April and Rupert was again the winner with seven points from nine games completed.
In the knock-out competition I beat Martin in the final after a long drawn-out semi-final of three draws with David, the decider being played at his home. In the other semi-final Martin beat Ray.
If any of our many former members or anyone else in the Hadleigh area would like to play with us on Friday evenings from September they would be very welcome. We would like to think we could be in a position to consider entering teams in the Suffolk League at some time in the future.
The photo above shows (left to right): Rupert Avis, Adrian Sanderson, Martin Hill, Ray Ling.
Anyone interested should ring me on 01206 322500 or Ray Ling on 01473 823015.