The ‘other’ local league, the Bury Area Chess League, which includes three Suffolk teams (Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Stowmarket) starts today. The first match is between two Cambridgeshire clubs – Ely Beet and Cambridge Examiners, in Division 1. The other Cambridgeshire team in the League, Linton, play their first matches on Thursday, when two of their teams travel to Bury St Edmunds.
One of the Bury St Edmunds’ teams, the ‘Scorpions’, consists entirely of Ipswich-based players (Graham Moore, Steve Gregory, Tim Lunn and Ian Wallis). They all enjoy playing the different (and strong) opponents that they face in the BACL. These include IM Richard Tozer (207), David Coleman (207), Martyn Goodger (205), as well as a host of 190+ players.
The Cambridgeshire Rapidplay, organised by Paul Kemp, takes place at Whittlesford Village Hall on Sunday 28 September. This event is always well-supported and well-organised, and entrants can play in one of three sections: Open, u160 and u120. For further details, contact Paul.