Major Club Trophies
Internal Tournaments & Trophies
These are organised by the Competitions Secretary, Rob Sutton. In the 2022-3 season, the club plans a single-evening, Blitz event and there are two tournaments played September to March: the Championship - standard play and the Rapidplay championship.
The Blitz Tournament. Now played with incremental time controls of 3 minutes plus 2 seconds for each move. Winner last season was Phil Austin.
Club Championship. All club members who are also members of the English Chess Federation (ECF) are eligible. The competition runs in two stages. There is a preliminary all-play-all stage played until nearly Easter where players can play as many opponents as they wish up to two times. In the finals, the four highest scoring players play a knock out semi-finals, the winners of which play for the championship in the final.
Rapidplay Championship. In this tournament, the time controls are 25 minutes plus an increment of 5 second from move 1. This tournament is for ECF members who need to leave early or who arrive late. Like the club championship, the first stage is an all-play-all where players can play up to two games against the same opponent. The second stage is a knock-out for the four highest scoring players in the all-play-all stage.