It’s the 1st September, which to me signals the start of the chess season! The kids are back to school tomorrow, which means that the junior club in Bury starts up again on Friday. Competitions Secretary David Green has been extremely busy over the past few weeks, sorting out the fixtures for the leagues and cups. They can now be seen in full on Dave Wild’s Results Website.
These fixtures were published a couple of weeks ago, so if any club wishes to make any changes, they have until 15 September to request them.
Traditionally, most players leave chess alone over the summer, but several youngsters have been heavily involved in national competitions. Also, the County team played (and lost) in the Final of the Minor Counties Championship. Alan Merry had a stunning victory in the Suffolk Closed Championship and some adults have been playing in Europe.
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In recent weeks I have been endeavouring to fulfil my presidential duties my visiting all the clubs that compete in the Suffolk League. Visits to Ipswich, Felixstowe and Saxmundham have taken place already and will be followed this evening by Stowmarket. Then over the next two weeks, it’ll be the turns of Clacton and Sudbury. Manningtree is still to be arranged. Sadly, we have lost the Adastral Park club, but most of their members have moved to Felixstowe, enabling them to field two teams this season.
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