A Chess Club For All

We welcome adult players of all ages and abilities, including beginners, so why not come down and have a friendly game and chat with us. If you want to play competitively, we run several teams in the various local leagues, catering for all abilities.

U120 Team

Testing a Game Server, this time with multiple games.

Hertford 1st team defeated a strong St Albans side on Tuesday 4th. Wins for Steve and Ian, solid draws for Andrew and Paul. Simon facing a difficult position in his adjournment. Notable for Steve dragging out an opening from the 19th century, Ian as white trapping his opponents black rook on c1 (or QB1 in old money), and Simon's opponent playing a line which all the opening books say should be poor for him but new computer analysis seems to be suggesting otherwise. League remains very tight with four teams in contention.

Hertford 3 Status, 1st February

The January 2020 grades contained no big surprises but it was very satisfying to see Simon achive his aim, and the club's biggest improvement, in rising 13 points to 163. Mark Laskey was next with 123, an increase of 11. Gerald gained 7 points to take him to 86, with more to come.

Club Grades

Overheard in the bar recently - it's the season of chess infections.

Hertford were well represented in the U120 County match against Essex on Saturday 11th January. Mark Lynch, Mike, John and Brian played with Mark, 70 minutes behind on the clock, calmly winning the last game and with it the match, 6½ - 5½, Alan was there too as stand-in captain.
Unfortuately, as things stand, this looks like the U120 team's last match. It urgently needs a new captain if it is to complete it's season in the SCCU County Championships. Anyone interested!?

Hertford First team, First loss.
Coming up against a very strong Watford team last week (they had a 200 on board 4!) we slipped to a 1.5 to 3.5 defeat. Commendable draws for Steve, Phil and Paul. Whilst we are still top of the league it’s looking like a four way fight for the top until the end of the season. We entertain St Albans next month but some tricky away fixtures are looming ...

Gerald finshed joint 4th with 3½/5 at the Shropshire Congress held from 3rd - 5th of January. He won a grading prize!

Updated February 19th 2020.

Tip for the club player

You can never have enough tactics. Every chess player must solve as many puzzles as possible in order to grow stronger.
GM A Mikhalchishin

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