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WORLD CADETS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Shreyas Royal won his last five games in the World Under 8 Championship in Brazil in August finishing with 8 points out of 11, equal fourth and the top England player.

England sent a squad of six players for the different age categories, supported by two grandmaster coaches and accompanied by parents.
EUROPEAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Following his success in Brazil, Shreyas travelled to Romania in September for the European Under 8 Championship.  He won 8 games out of 9 finishing equal first and winning the Silver medal!
FIDE MASTER TITLE 2017

Conor Murphy had a busy and successful August, scoring 5.5 out of 9 in the British Championship in Llandudno and good results in two other events.

His FIDE rating has rocketed to 2313 which qualifies him for the FIDE Master (FM) title.
MEGAFINAL MEDAL WINNER

Congratulations to Mateusz Bazan on finishing second in the Under 9 age group of the UK Schools Chess Challenge, Essex Megafinal.

The tournament was held in Basildon on 14th May 2017, Mateusz won five games out of six and qualified for the Southern Gigafinal in July.

NEW STARTING TIME 7:00PM AND COACHING FOR JUNIORS    

From May 2017 we aim to start club nights at 7 o'clock.  Our room hire is from 7pm to 10pm so having several junior members it makes sense to start promptly.
Also, Tony and Alan are offering some free tuition at the start of each session.

VARSITY MATCH 2017

Conor Murphy (back row, centre) represented Cambridge University in the annual Oxford v Cambridge match on 11th March 2017.

Oxford won narrowly on this occasion, but we look forward to Conor telling us about it whilst back home for the Easter break.

(Photo by John Saunders)
2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 27th September.

The club made a loss of £289 in 2015/16.  Room rent at Charlton House increased this year from £9 to £15 per session.  Subscriptions agreed for 2016/17 are:
Full member:  £60
Senior (65+):  £45
Unwaged & Student:  £30
Junior (under 18):  £10

Officers remain the same apart from Jim Jackson becoming deputy chairman.

We have entered two teams in the Kent League in 2015/16, in the En Passant and Tom Fuller cups.
THE UNFORTUNATE STORY OF THE TWO RAINHAMS

Sadly, Charlton will not retain the Lewis Cup following defeat by Rainham in the semi-final on 27th April 2016.

Firstly, six players were reduced to five when one team member travelled to Rainham, Essex rather than Rainham, Kent.  

Then, the remaining five players all went to Rainham chess club's old venue before eventually locating the correct address.

Apparently, nobody has ever seen team captain Alan Hanreck look so stressed!

2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  (the beer came later)

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 29th September at 8pm.  

The club made a loss of £274 in 2014/15 but subscriptions are unchanged apart from a new rate of £35 for seniors (age 65+).  

Officers remain the same apart from Terry Lloyd becoming deputy chairman, David Thomas taking over as internal tournament controller and Robert Stebbings elected to the committee.

We have entered three teams in the Kent League in 2015/16.
LEWIS CUP WINNERS 2015

Jim Everson with the trophy.

Charlton's first team won the Lewis Cup, beating Tunbridge Wells in the final on 10th May 2015.  The match was played at Kent Finals Day at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford.  The Lewis Cup is our first trophy since 2012.

Despite only being able to field five eligible players and having to default board 6, Charlton won by 3.5 to 2.5 points.  The winning team was Phil Morris, Alan Hanreck, Conor Murphy, Jim Everson and Terry Lloyd.

The seven trophies competed for at Kent Finals Day are the County Cup, Lewis Cup, Stevenson Cup, En Passant Cup, Harvey Cup, Tom Fuller Cup, Intro Cup.
NEW MEMBERS 2015

Attendance at club nights has much improved and the Bugle Horn in Charlton Village may have noticed more custom late on Tuesdays.
  
We are pleased to welcome two new members, Roory Lee (from Seoul) and Harry Foy (from closer to home).
KENT WIN SOUTHERN COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

By beating Sussex on Saturday 7th March 2015, the Kent open team won the 2014/15 Southern Counties championship.  Victories were previously achieved against Middlesex, Essex and Surrey.  The next match will be the National Counties Championship semi-final in June.

Four of the sixteen players in the team were from Charlton: Tony Stebbings, Phil Morris, Alan Hanreck and David Morris.


 

FIDE MASTER TITLE 2013

Congratulations to Tony Stebbings on achieving the FIDE Master (FM) title.


His FIDE rating broke the 2300 barrier following the European Clubs Cup held in Rhodes in October.


The photo shows Tony (right) playing against former world championship contender Victor Korchnoi in 2012.

KENT COUNTY CUP FINAL 2012

Charlton's first team retained the Kent County Cup by beating Beckenham & Bromley in a repeat of last year's match at Finals Day on 13th May. We have now won the cup for four of the last five years.

The winning team was (left to right) Reenen duToit, Philip Gregory, Alan Hanreck, Tony Stebbings, Philip Morris, Conor Murphy.

Charlton looked to be winning the match comfortably but a couple of wins slipped away in the quick-play finish and the final score was 3 points all, Charlton winning on board count.

PETER HANNAN, 1931-2012

Peter was our longest standing member, former club chairman, and the driving force behind many of the club's most successful years. He died peacefully at home on 10th April.

He was a major figure, not only at Charlton, but also in Kent and English chess circles. An ECF arbiter, organiser of the Charlton Congress and host at his house in Sidcup to many itinerant international chessplayers over the years.

The funeral was at Eltham crematorium on Tuesday 24th April and many of Peter's old chess friends were there.

Sincere condolances to Rose-Marie and his sons and family.

KENT COUNTY CUP FINAL 2011

Charlton's first team regained the County Cup by beating Beckenham & Bromley in the 2011 final at Kent Finals Day on 15th May. A great end to the season!

The winning team was (left to right) Philip Morris, Reenen duToit, Philip Gregory, Alan Hanreck, Conor Murphy, Tony Stebbings. The final score was 4.5 to 1.5 after a tough match.

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

Conor Murphy in play at the 2010 British Championships during August.

Nigel Norman was Charlton's other representative in the championships, held at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

GIBRALTAR 2010

Tony Stebbings (right) playing against Spanish Grandmaster Lopez Martinez in the Gibraltar Masters tournament earlier this year. The game ended in a draw.

The club's longest standing member Peter Hannan was also in Gibraltar and picked up a very handy £400 by coming second in the Amateur tournament.

KENT FINALS DAY 2009

Two Charlton teams reached the Kent finals held at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on 10th May 2009 where seven cups were being competed for.

Our first team retained the Kent County Cup, beating Lewisham by 4 to 2, so is officially the best team in Kent!

Our third team narrowly lost to Snodland in the Tom Fuller Cup final by 2.5 to 1.5.

The photo is of some of the Charlton players.

BRITISH DRAUGHTS CHAMPION

Rawle Allicock (left) is the 2008 British Draughts Champion and represented Britain at Beijing in October.

Here he tries his hand at Makruk (Thai chess) on our Games Night.

GAMES NIGHT

Games Night September 2008, playing Xiangqi (Chinese chess).

Games Night is an occasional event where we try out "Kriegspiel", an intriguing variant of standard chess, and Go, Draughts, Shogi, Chinese chess and other exotic games.

If you prefer, just stick to normal chess!

 
 
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