End of Season

On Monday we finished the season with a fun blitz session with cheese and wine. Thanks to everyone who helped setting up / down. Arya was victorious in the blitz with full points so well done to him

In the season itself, City 3 finished the highest of our teams with 4th in Division 3. City 2 finished 5th in Division 2 and City 1 got 5th in Division 1 as well – finishing strong after a slow first half to the season.

Wishing everyone a good summer and we’ll be back in September.

Club reopens 13th September

I’m pleased to say that the club will reopen on Monday 13th from 7:30 for the first time in 18 months. I’m very much looking forward to seeing old faces again and enjoying some chess. We’ve had a few enquiries from people interested in joining so a special welcome to anyone new who’d like to come for the first time – just come along and give it a go.


A belated write up to the second half of the season, but a big congratulations to City 1 who won the 2nd Mike Duck Tournament with 12/14 points! Well done everyone 🙂


City 2 finished 7th with 8 points, and City 3 17th with 5 points, both very respectable finishes based on the ratings of the teams.

An enjoyable tournament all round but looking forward to playing with an actual board again next year!

Online chess so far

The first online tournament organised by the Oxfordshire chess association was held in the Autumn term. Uni 1 were the runaway winners, fielding a very strong team throughout. City 1 finished mid table, with narrow losses in the last 2 rounds after a strong start. City 2 were the underdogs in most of their games but picked up a win and a draw to finish off the bottom. http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/documents/2020_MikeDuck1_FinalStandings.htm

Top performers were Jon Manley for City 1 with 5/6 and Jan Murawski for City 2 with 3/4, so well done to you, also a big thanks to our captains Sean Terry and Andy Bell for all their work to enable us to enjoy the chess.

The second tournament will start next week and we’ll be competing as before. New members would be very welcome to participate in our teams, send a message if you’d be interested.

2020-21 season

This season promises to be an unusual one! With no over the board chess until at least the New Year.

There will however be a local online team competition and some members will arrange to play each other independently within the government guidelines.

Any potential new members who would like to get involved in either of those opportunities are still very welcome to join us.

New season approaches

With summer coming to an end it’s almost time for the new chess season. Our first club night of the year will be on Monday 16th September,

New members and visitors are always very welcome and I look forward to seeing lots of old and new faces.

We’ll also be holding our AGM on the 23rd, with the short formal part followed by the always enjoyable cheese + wine quickplay evening.

End of season

Hi all,

The club is now closed for the end of the season, our results:

City 1 finished second to a very strong Uni 1 side who were runaway leaders once again

City 2 have (we think!) narrowly maintained their position in division 2 after a hard fought season

City 3 finished a very respectable 4th in the 3rd division

City’s cup team remains in the running with a semi-final match against University on Monday

We’ll be back in September, my thanks to John Yates and Simon King who are stepping down as Treasurer and Secretary after 30 and 25 years in the posts respectively, I’m sure the rest of the club would join me in their thanks. This does mean we are in search of two new officers come our AGM in September, please let me know if interested.

Have a good summer!