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Bucks League - 16/10/2017

The third team followed up their win against the second team with a win against Gerrards Cross 3. Final score W&Hz 3 4: Gerrards Cross 3 1.

Bucks League - 9/10/2017

The new season started with the third team pulling off a surprise win against the second team. Final score W&Hz 2 1.5: W&Hz 3 3.5.

Club Championship - 15/5/2017

The two outstanding matches of the final round of the Club Championship were played on 15th May. Congratulations to Simon Finn who wins for the fourth year running. Final positions are.

Simon Finn 4.5
Nakul Nataraj 4
Steve Barnes 3.5
John Syner 3
Jonathan Melsom 3
Gerald Pierce 3
Andrew Hill 2.5
Edward Basham 2.5
Steven Cox 2
Yaqub Saeed 2
David Brown 2
Andrew Eastwood 2
Andrew Challinger 1
Malcolm Instone 0

Bucks League - 10/5/2017

With only three players available it was decided to concede the match away to Bourne End. Final score Bourne End 3 5: W&Hz 3 0.

Bucks League - 24/4/2017

The first team lost to Bourne End 1. On the same night the third team lost to Gerrards Cross 2. Final scores W&Hz 1 2: Bourne End 1 4. W&Hz 3 2Gerrards Cross 2 3.

Bucks League - 19/4/2017

The second team lost away to Bourne End 2 and as a result finished bottom of the first division. Final score Bourne End 2 3.5: W&Hz 2 2.5.

Bucks League - 12/4/2017

The third team lost away to Gerrards Cross 3. Final score Gerrards Cross 3 3: W&Hz 3 2.

Bucks League - 5/4/2017

The first team won away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 1 2: W&Hz 1 4.

Club Championship - 3/4/2017

The pairings for the final round of the Club Championship have been decided. Matches are due to be played on 10th April. 

Simon Finn (3.5) v John Syner (3)
Edward Basham (2.5) v Nakul Nataraj (3)
David Brown (2) v Steve Barnes (2.5)
Jonathan Melsom (2) v Steven Cox (2)
Gerald Pierce (2) v Yaqub Saeed (2)
Andrew Challinger (1)  v Andrew Eastwood (1)
Malcolm Instone (0) v Andrew Hill (1.5)

Bucks League - 27/3/2017

The second team lost to Slough. Final scores W&Hz 2 1.5: Slough 1 4.5.

England Junior Squad - 27/3/2017

Congratulations to Nakul Nataraj who has qualified for the England Junior squad. You can read more about this in an article published in the Bucks Free Press

Bucks League - 21/3/2017

The third team lost away to Aylesbury. Final score Aylesbury 1 3.5: W&Hz 3 1.5.

Bucks League - 20/3/2017

The first team won against Bourne End 2. Final score W&Hz 1 5: Bourne End 2 1.

Bucks League - 8/3/2017

With only two regular second team players available it was decided to concede the match away to Gerrards Cross. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 6: W&Hz 2 0.

Bucks League - 27/2/2017

The third team won against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 3 4: Berkhamsted 2 1.

Bucks League - 20/2/2017

The second team lost to Bourne End 1. Final scores W&Hz 2 1Bourne End 1 5.

Bucks League - 16/2/2017

The first team drew away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 3: W&Hz 1 3.

Club Championship - 13/2/2017

The pairings for the fourth round of the Club Championship have been decided. Matches are due to be played on 13th March. 

Nakul Nataraj (2.5) v Simon Finn (3)
John Syner (2) v Gerald Pierce (2)
Steve Barnes (2) v Edward Basham (2)
Steven Cox (1.5) v David Brown (1.5)
Andrew Hill (1.5) v Jonathan Melsom (1)
Andrew Eastwood (1) v Yaqub Saeed (1)
Andrew Challinger (0) v Malcolm Instone (0)

Bucks League - 9/2/2017

The third team won away to Slough. Final score Slough 2 3: W&Hz 3 3.

Bucks League - 30/1/2017

The second team drew against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 2 3: Berkhamsted 1 3.

Bucks League - 23/1/2017

The first team won against Gerrards Cross. On the same night the third team lost to Uxbridge. Final scores W&Hz 1 3.5: Gerrards Cross 1 2.5. W&Hz 3 0.5Uxbridge 1 4.5.

Bucks League - 19/1/2017

The second team lost away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 3.5: W&Hz 2 2.5.

Club Championship - 16/1/2017

The pairings for the third round of the Club Championship have been decided. Matches are due to be played on 6th February. 

Simon Finn (2) v Steve Barnes (2)
Nakul Nataraj (1.5) v Gerald Pierce (2)
Jonathan Melsom (1) v John Syner (1)
Edward Basham (1) v Andrew Eastwood (1)
Andrew Hill (1) v Steven Cox (1)
Yaqub Saeed (0) v Andrew Challinger (0)
David Brown (0.5) v Malcolm Instone (0)

Bucks League - 9/1/2017

The first team beat the second team. Final score W&Hz 1 4.5: W&Hz 2 1.5.

Bucks League - 4/1/2017

The first team drew away to Bourne End 2. On the same night the third team drew away to Berkhamsted. Final scores Bourne End 2 3: W&Hz 1 3. Berkhamsted 2 2.5W&Hz 3 2.5.

Bucks League - 12/12/2016

The third team won against Bourne End. Final score W&Hz 3 3: Bourne End 3 2.

London Classic - 11/12/2016

Jonathan Melsom finished fourth in the weekend under 1825 event with 4/5. 

Bucks League - 5/12/2016

The second team won against Bourne End 2. Final score W&Hz 2 4: Bourne End 2 2.

Bucks League - 30/11/2016

The first team lost away to Gerrards Cross. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 4.5: W&Hz 1 1.5.

Bucks League - 28/11/2016

The third team lost to Aylesbury. Final scores W&Hz 3 2Aylesbury 1 3.

Bucks League - 23/11/2016

The second team lost away to Bourne End 1. Final score Bourne End 1 5.5: W&Hz 2 0.5.

Club Championship - 21/11/2016

The pairings for the second round of the Club Championship have been decided. Matches are due to be played on 19th December. 

Steven Cox (1) v Simon Finn (1)
Steve Barnes (1) v Jonathan Melsom (1)
John Syner (0.5) v Nakul Nataraj (1)
Gerald Pierce (1) v David Brown (0.5)
Andrew Challinger (0) v Edward Basham (0)
Yaqub Saeed (0) v Andrew Hill (0)
Malcolm Instone (0) v Andrew Eastwood (0)

Bucks League - 14/11/2016

The first team won against Berkhamsted. On the same night the third team lost to Gerrards Cross 3. Final scores W&Hz 1 4.5: Berkhamsted 1 1.5. W&Hz 3 2Gerrards Cross 3 3.

Bucks League - 9/11/2016

The second team lost away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 1 4: W&Hz 2 2.

Bucks League - 2/11/2016

The third team lost away to Uxbridge. Final score Uxbridge 1 3: W&Hz 3 2.

Bucks League - 31/10/2016

The first team won against Slough. Final score W&Hz 1 4: Slough 1 2.

Bucks League - 24/10/2016

The second team won against Gerrards Cross. Final score W&Hz 2 4.5: Gerrards Cross 1 1.5.

Club Championship - 19/10/2016

The pairings for the first round of the Club Championship have been decided. Matches are due to be played on 7th November. 

Simon Finn v Yaqub Saeed
David Brown v John Syner
Edward Basham v Gerald Pierce
Aron Townend v Steven Cox
Jonathan Melsom v Andrew Challinger
Andrew Hill v Steve Barnes
Nakul Nataraj v Malcolm Instone

Bucks League - 19/10/2016

The third team won away to Gerrards Cross 2. Final score Gerrards Cross 2 2: W&Hz 3 3.

Bucks League - 12/10/2016

The first team lost away to Bourne End 1. Final score Bourne End 1 3.5: W&Hz 1 2.5.

Bucks League - 10/10/2016

The third team won their first match of the season against Slough. Final score W&Hz 3 3.5: Slough 2 1.5.

Bucks League - 3/10/2016

The new season started with the first team taking on the second team. Final score W&Hz 2 1.5: W&Hz 1 4.5.

Club nights - 1/9/2016

Club nights start again on 5th September. The club's AGM will be held on 19th September. 

Berks & Bucks Congress - 29/8/2016

Five of our players took part in the Berks & Bucks Congress over the August bank holiday weekend. Congratulations to Simon Finn who won the Championship section with 4.5/6. Peter Finn scored 3/6 and Jonathan Melsom 2/6 in this section. Andrew Hill scored 3.5/6 and Andrew Challinger 2.5/6 in the Reserves B section. 

Club Championship - 23/5/2016

The outstanding match between Andrew Challinger and John Syner ended in a win for John. The table below has been updated to reflect this result.

Club Championship - 9/5/2016

Apart from one outstanding match, the final matches of the Club Championship were played on 9th May. This resulted in a win for Simon Finn. Final positions are.

Simon Finn 5.5
Alex Bullen 4
Steve Barnes 4
Richard Symonds 3.5
Jonathan Melsom 3.5
David Brown 3.5
Nakul Nataraj 3.5
John Syner 3
Peter Finn 3
Yaqub Saeed 3
William Castaneda 3
Steven Cox 2.5
Gerald Pierce 2
Andrew Hill 2
Andrew Challinger 2
Malcolm Instone 0

Bucks League - 27/4/2016

The third team won away to Bourne End 3 to finish second in the second division. Final score Bourne End 3 2: W&Hz 3 3.

Club Championship - 25/4/2016

The parings for the final round have been made. Matches are due to be played on 9th May. 

David Brown (3.5) v Simon Finn (4.5)
Alex Bullen (3.5) v Richard Symonds (3)
Jonathan Melsom (2.5) v Peter Finn (3)
William Castaneda (3) v Steve Barnes (3)
Nakul Nataraj (2.5)  v Steven Cox (2.5)
Andrew Challinger (2) v John Syner (2)
Yaqub Saeed (2) v Malcolm Instone (0)
Gerald Pierce (2)  v Andrew Hill (1)

Bucks League - 25/4/2016

The first team lost against Bourne End 1. Final score W&Hz 1 2.5: Bourne End 1 3.5.

Bucks League - 20/4/2016

The second team lost away to Gerrards Cross 1. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 5.5: W&Hz 2 0.5.

Bucks League - 13/4/2016

The third team lost away to Gerrards Cross. Final score Gerrards Cross 3 3.5: W&Hz 3 1.5.

St Albans Congress - 10/4/2016

Jonathan Melsom finished second equal in the Major section (under 161) with 4/5. Nakul Nataraj scored 3/5 in the Intermediate section (under 141). 

Bucks League - 7/4/2016

The second team lost away to Bourne End. Final score Bourne End 1 4.5: W&Hz 2 1.5.

Bucks League - 31/3/2016

The first team won away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 1 1.5: W&Hz 1 4.5.

Bucks League - 21/3/2016

The first team won against Gerrards Cross 1. On the same night the third team won against Berkhamsted. Final scores W&Hz 1 5: Gerrards Cross 1 1. W&Hz 3 4Berkhamsted 2 1.

Bucks League - 14/3/2016

The second team won against Slough. Final score W&Hz 2 5: Slough 1 1.

Bucks League - 9/3/2016

The third team lost away to Bourne End 2. Final score Bourne End 2 3.5: W&Hz 3 1.5.

Club Championship - 7/3/2016

The parings for the fifth round have been made. Matches are due to be played on 4th April. 

Richard Symonds (3)  v Simon Finn (3.5)
Alex Bullen (3) v William Castaneda (2.5)
David Brown (2.5) v  Nakul Nataraj (2.5)
John Syner (2) v Peter Finn (2)
Steven Cox (2) v Jonathan Melsom (2)
Steve Barnes (2) v Yaqub Saeed (2)
Malcolm Instone (0) v Gerald Pierce (1)
Andrew Hill (1) v Andrew Challinger (1) 

Bucks League - 29/2/2016

The second team drew against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 2 3: Berkhamsted 1 3.

Bucks League - 24/2/2016

The first team won away to Gerrards Cross 2. Final score Gerrards Cross 2 0: W&Hz 1 6.

Bucks League - 17/2/2016

The second team won away to Gerrards Cross 2. Final score Gerrards Cross 2 2.5: W&Hz 2 3.5.

Bucks League - 8/2/2016

The third team won against Slough. Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Slough 2 0.5.

Bucks League - 1/2/2016

The first team beat the second team. Final score W&Hz 1 5: W&Hz 2 1.

Club Championship - 31/1/2016

The parings for the fourth round have been made. Matches are due to be played on 22nd February. 

Simon Finn (3) v Alex Bullen (2.5)
Richard Symonds (2) v Steven Cox (2)
Nakul Nataraj (2) v William Castaneda (2)
Jonathan Melsom (1.5) v John Syner (1.5)
Peter Finn (1.5) v Steve Barnes (1.5)
Andrew Challinger 1) v Yaqub Saeed (1)
Gerald Pierce (1) v David Brown (1.5)
Malcolm Instone (0) v Andrew Hill (0) 

Bucks League - 28/1/2016

The first team drew away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 3: W&Hz 1 3.

Bucks League - 11/1/2016

The second team lost to Bourne End. Final score W&Hz 2 2: Bourne End 1 4.

Bucks League - 6/1/2016

The first team lost away to Bourne End. Final score Bourne End 1 4: W&Hz 1 2.

Club Championship - 6/1/2016

The parings for the third round have been made. Matches are due to be played on 18th January. 

Simon Finn (2) v Nakul Nataraj (2)
Alex Bullen (1.5) v Peter Finn (1.5)
John Syner (1) v Richard Symonds (1.5) 
Steve Barnes (1) v Jonathan Melsom (1) 
Yaqub Saeed (1) v Steven Cox (1) 
Gerald Pierce (1) v William Castaneda (1)
Andrew Hill (0) v David Brown (0.5)
Andrew Challinger (0) v Malcolm Instone (0) 

Bucks League - 4/1/2016

The third team won against Gerrards Cross. Final score W&Hz 3 4: Gerrards Cross 3 1.

Bucks League - 14/12/2015

The second team won against Gerrards Cross 2. Final score W&Hz 2 4: Gerrards Cross 2 2.

Bucks League - 10/12/2015

The third team lost away to Slough. Final score Slough 2 3: W&Hz 3 2.

Bucks League - 30/11/2015

The first team won against Gerrards Cross 2. On the same night the third team lost to Bourne End 3. Final scores W&Hz 1 6: Gerrards Cross 2 0. W&Hz 3 2Bourne End 3 3.

Bucks League - 26/11/2015

The second team lost away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 4.5: W&Hz 2 1.5.

Bucks League - 18/11/2015

The first team won away to Gerrards Cross 1. Final score Gerrards Cross1 2: W&Hz 1 4.

Club Championship - 15/11/2015

The parings for the second round have been made. Matches are due to be played on 7th December. 

Steven Cox (1) v Simon Finn (1)
Richard Symonds (1) v Peter Finn (1)
Alex Bullen (0.5) v John Syner (1)
Jonathan Melsom (1) v Nakul Nataraj (1)
David Brown (0) v Steve Barnes (0.5)
Yaqub Saeed (0)  v Andrew Hill (0)
Gerald Pierce (0) v Andrew Challinger (0)
Malcolm Instone (0)  v William Castaneda (0)

Bucks League - 11/11/2015

The second team lost away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 1 4: W&Hz 2 2.

Bucks League - 4/11/2015

The third team drew away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted  2 2.5: W&Hz 3 2.5.

Bucks League - 2/11/2015

The first team won against Slough. Final score W&Hz 1 5.5: Slough 1 0.5.

Club Championship - 27/10/2015

The pairings for the first round of the Club Championship have been decided. Matches are due to be played on 9th November. 

Steve Barnes v Alex Bullen
Simon Finn v Gerald Pierce
William Castaneda v Richard Symonds
John Syner v David Brown
Andrew Hill v Jonathan Melsom
Peter Finn v Andrew Challinger
Nakul Nataraj v Yaqub Saeed
Steven Cox v Malcolm Instone

Bucks League - 26/10/2015

The second team won against Gerrards Cross. Final score W&Hz 2 5: Gerrards Cross 1 1.

Bucks League - 19/10/2015

The third team got their season off to a great start with a win against Bourne End 2. On the same night the first team beat Berkhamsted. Final scores W&Hz 3 3.5: Bourne End 2 1.5. W&Hz 1 5: Berkhamsted 1 1.

Bucks League - 28/9/2015

The new season started with the first team taking on the second team. Final score W&Hz 2 0.5: W&Hz 1 5.5.

Club nights - 21/8/2015

Club nights start again on 7th September. The club's AGM will be held on 21st September. 

Club Championship - 11/5/2015

The final matches of the Club Championship were played on 11th May. This resulted in a three way tie for first place between Simon Finn, Alex Bullen and Yaqub Saeed. Final positions are.

Simon Finn 5
Alex Bullen 5
Yaqub Saeed 5
Peter Finn 4
John Syner 3.5
Jonathan Melsom 3.5
Steven Cox 3.5
Steve Barnes 3.5
Edward Basham 3
Andrew Hill 3
David Brown 3
Andrew Challinger 3
Gerald Pierce 2.5
William Castaneda 2.5
Andrew Eastwood 2
Nakul Nataraj 2
Richard Barnes 2
Malcolm Instone 1.5
Ruairidh Barnes 1.5
Nick White 1

Bucks League - 29/4/2015

The first team retained the Bucks League title in winning away to Bourne End 2. Final score Bourne End 2 0: W&Hz 1 6.

Club Championship - 27/4/2015

Here are the pairings for the final round. These matches should be played on the 11th May. 

Simon Finn (4) v Steven Cox (3.5)
Steve Barnes (3.5)  v Alex Bullen (4)
John Syner (3.5) v Yaqub Saeed (4)
Peter Finn (3) v Andrew Challinger (3)
Edward Basham (2) v Gerald Pierce (2.5)
Jonathan Melsom (2.5) v William Castaneda (2.5)
Richard Barnes (2) v Andrew Hill (2)
David Brown (2) v Nakul Nataraj (2)
Andrew Eastwood (1) v Malcolm Instone (1.5)
Nick White (1) v  Ruairidh Barnes (0.5)

Bucks League - 27/4/2015

The third team finished off their season in style with a comprehensive win against Aylesbury. So, it's all down to the first team's final game against Bourne End 2 on Wednesday. Final score W&Hz 3 5: Aylesbury 1 1.

Bucks League - 15/4/2015

There has been very little by way of match reports this season, but with the season reaching its climax, it feels right to put pen to paper. Readers may be aware that coverage has been particularly patchy since the first team loss away at Bourne End, the prospect of describing another season as runners-up too much to stomach. Happily we won the return fixture with Guy Moss managing a last gasp victory with seconds left on the clock, just as I prepared to all but concede the title. This has left us chasing big wins, as the league is certain to be decided on game points. The team has responded well by thumping Slough at home, and received a notable lift when the second team took 2.5 points from their match at Bourne End [Edward Basham has arguably done as much for the first team cause as anyone by beating Roger de Coverly twice this year, and filling in at Slough].

And so to last night where with Bourne End playing their last fixture and predicted to win 6:0 the target for Wycombe was down to 10.5 game points (from 12). And the target became 9.5 game points earlier in the week as Berkhamsted could only raise a team of five players. The early notice was appreciated, and I expect we would have been favourites to win against a reserve player, but clearly free points in such a closely fought competition are not ideal. Nevertheless it meant I could attend as a non-playing reserve, enjoy an outstanding canal-side pub, and still get back to the venue for the closing stages. Two games had actually concluded before my return with draws on the top two boards - John Syner's unbeaten league record remaining intact. There didn't seem to be too much joy on the other boards and from my perspective, time management was a bit of a worry. Edward Basham could only draw in an unexpected dip from the level of performance we have come to expect. So we really needed two wins in the other games. Richard Symonds fought on in a difficult endgame, and probably missed a win due to his time shortage to only draw. At this stage with Peter Finn better on the board but with practically no time left, I started to think we might only draw the match. And then Peter's clock seemed to stand still, whilst his opponent's raced past him - a win on time with barely any time at all on either clock (if ever there were a case for digital clocks this was it). So we won 4:2.

Surely this wouldn't be enough, a downbeat journey home. And then the result from Bourne End - Gerrards Cross came through, Bourne End had dropped a point. There is still hope! Next and final stop 29 April against Bourne End second team. A win by 5.5:0.5 will mean the team retain the Bucks league title. Carpe Diem! Final score Berkhamsted 1 2: W&Hz 1 4.

Bucks League - 13/4/2015

The third team won against Slough securing second place in the second division. Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Slough 2 1.5.

Bucks League - 9/4/2015

The second team won away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 2.5: W&Hz 2 3.5.

Welsh Championships - 6/4/2015

Congratulations to Alex Bullen who retained the Welsh Under 21 championship (jointly with 2 others). He finished with 3/7 in the overall championships.

Bucks League - 30/3/2015

The second team won against Bourne End 2. Final score W&Hz 2 3.5: Bourne End 2 2.5.

Bourne End Congress - 29/3/2015

Three of our players took part in the Bourne End Congress on 29th March. Richard Symonds and Gerald Pierce scored 2.5/5 in Secion B. Mark Couch scored 3.5/5 in Secion C just missing out on finishing first equal. 

Bucks League - 25/3/2015

The third team won away to Bourne End. Final score Bourne End 3 1.5: W&Hz 3 4.5.

Bucks League - 23/3/2015

The first team won against Slough. Final score W&Hz 1 5.5: Slough 1 0.5.

Club Championship - 22/3/2015

Here are the pairings for the fifth round. These matches should be played on the 20th April.

Alex Bullen (3.5) v Steven Cox (3)
John Syner (3.5) v Simon Finn (3)
Yaqub Saeed (3) v Jonathan Melsom (2.5)
Steve Barnes (2.5) v William Castaneda (2.5)
Peter Finn (2) v Edward Basham (2)
Gerald Pierce (1.5) v David Brown (2)
Andrew Challinger (2) v Malcolm Instone (1.5)
Richard Barnes (1) v Nick White (1)
Andrew Hill (1) v Andrew Eastwood (1)
Ruairidh Barnes (0.5) v Nakul Nataraj (1)

Bucks League - 18/3/2015

The second team lost away to Bourne End 1. Final score Bourne End 1 3.5: W&Hz 2 2.5.

Bucks League - 9/3/2015

The third team won against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 3 5: Berkhamsted 2 1.

Bucks League - 4/3/2015

The second team won away to Gerrards Cross. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 2: W&Hz 2 4.

Bucks League - 18/2/2015

The third team lost away to Gerrards Cross 2. Final score Gerrards Cross 2 5: W&Hz 3 1.

Bucks League - 16/2/2015

The first team won against Bourne End 1. Final score W&Hz 1 3.5: Bourne End 1 2.5.

Bucks League - 9/2/2015

The second team won against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 2 3.5: Berkhamsted 1 2.5.

Club Championship - 6/2/2015

The final third round match was played yesterday. Here are the pairings for the fourth round. These matches should be played on the 23rd February.

Simon Finn (3) v Alex Bullen (2.5)
John Syner (2.5) v Steve Barnes (2.5)
Steven Cox (2)  v Peter Finn (2)
Edward Basham (2)  v Yaqub Saeed (2)
Jonathan Melsom (1.5) v Gerald Pierce (1.5)
William Castaneda (1.5) v Nick White (1)
David Brown (1) v Andrew Hill (1)
Nakul Nataraj (1) v Andrew Challinger (1)
Malcolm Instone (0.5) v Richard Barnes (1)
Andrew Eastwood (0) v Ruairidh Barnes (0.5)

Bucks League - 4/2/2015

The first team won away to Gerrard Cross. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 1: W&Hz 1 5.

Bucks League - 2/2/2015

The third team won against Gerrards Cross 3. Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Gerrards Cross 3 1.5.

Bucks League - 26/1/2015

The first team beat the second team. Final score W&Hz 2 1: W&Hz 1 5.

Bucks League - 14/1/2015

The second team won away to Bourne End 2. Final score Bourne End 2 1.5: W&Hz 2 4.5.

Bucks League - 6/1/2015

The third team won away to Aylesbury. Final score Aylesbury 1 1.5: W&Hz 3 4.5.

Bucks League - 5/1/2015

The first team won against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 1 4.5: Berkhamsted 1 1.5.

Club Championship - 29/12/2014

All outstanding first and second round matches have now been played. Here are the pairings for the third round. These matches should be played on 19th January.

Peter Finn (2) v Simon Finn (2)
Alex Bullen (2) v John Syner (2)
Steve Barnes (1.5) v Jonathan Melsom (1.5)
Nick White (1) v Edward Basham (1)
Steven Cox (1) v David Brown (1)
Andrew Challinger (1) v Yaqub Saeed (1)
Gerald Pierce (0.5) v Malcolm Instone (0.5)
William Castaneda (0.5) v Ruairidh Barnes (0.5)
Andrew Hill (0.5) v Nakul Nataraj (0.5)
Richard Barnes (0) v Andrew Eastwood (0)

Bucks League - 18/12/2014

The first team won away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 2: W&Hz 1 4.

Bucks League - 17/12/2014

The third team won away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 2 2.5: W&Hz 3 3.5.

Bucks League - 8/12/2014

The second team lost to Bourne End 1. Final score W&Hz 2 1:Bourne End 1 5.

Bucks League - 1/12/2014

The first team won against Bourne End 2. Final score W&Hz 1 5: Bourne End 2 1.

Bucks League - 26/11/2014

The first team lost away to Bourne End 1. Final score Bourne End 1 4: W&Hz 1 2.

Bucks League - 24/11/2014

The third team won against Bourne End. Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Bourne End 3 1.5.

Bucks League - 19/11/2014

The second team lost away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 1 3.5: W&Hz 2 2.5.

Club Championship - 12/11/2014

The first round match between Gerald Pierce and Andrew Challinger has yet to take place. However, the parings for the second round have been made. Matches are due to be played on 17th November. 

Simon Finn (1) v Gerald Pierce (0*)
Edward Basham (1) v Alex Bullen (1)
John Syner (1) v Steven Cox (1)
Yaqub Saeed (1) v Peter Finn (1)
Jonathan Melsom (0.5) v Nakul Nataraj (0.5)
Steve Barnes (0.5) v Malcolm Instone (0.5)
Andrew Challinger (0*) v William Castaneda (0)
Nick White (0) v Andrew Eastwood (0)
Ruairidh Barnes (0) v Andrew Hill (0)
David Brown (0) v Richard Barnes (0)

Bucks League - 10/11/2014

The third team lost to Gerrards Cross 2. Final score W&Hz 3 1:Gerrards Cross 2 5.

Bucks League - 3/11/2014

Those who see luck in the ability of chess players to escape hopeless or poor positions would have enjoyed this match. Personally I see chess as a struggle between two imperfect players and that this inevitably leads to an ebb and flow in the game. A well controlled game is a rarity, so any spectators or players with half an eye on the match position as well as their own game are almost guaranteed a tense evening. Greg Edmonds game was an example of how much effort is required to keep control of a game, having rebutted his opponents suspect opening play with some nice tactics, these only proved enough to go into first a middle game with a slight advantage and then an ending where both sides had a rook and several pawns. Everyone knows how difficult these can be to win, but Greg was able to win. Yaqub Saeed dropped an exchange but showed good determination to make things difficult for his opponent and managed to force a perpetual check. Edward Basham was playing 'only' moves for a long period of time, until his opponent tried a long tactical sequence and miscalculated. So having been sandwiched between Gerald Pierce playing a conventional looking Sicilian position and Steven Cox playing the sort of Kings Pawn opening I’d last played at school (and which I believe was one of the reasons snooker player Steve Davies gave up chess) I found myself with the unexpected task of clocking up the decisive point. Gerald’s eventful game eventually ended in a draw – his opponents reluctance to resign vindicated by an unfortunate stalemate, whilst Steven Cox after a tough battle agreed a draw as time and pieces were running out. First match win of the season and every chance of another when we play away to Berkhamsted in a couple of weeks. Final score W&Hz 2 4.5: Gerrards Cross 1 1.5.

Bucks League - 29/10/2014

The third team won away to Gerrards Cross 3. Final score Gerrards Cross 3 2.5: W&Hz 3 3.5.

Bucks League - 27/10/2014

The first rule of match captaincy is probably to ensure you reach the venue yourself. And the second is to have contingency plans. Richard Symonds' debut as captain didn't quite go to plan and so rather than a quiet evening of social chess , I found myself stepping into the first team, as a combination of illness and mechanical failure meant an eventful start to the night.

As for the match itself an evening for the purists - all six games opened with 1 e4 and 4 of them featured the French Defence. Richard Symonds and Alex Bullen seemed to win quite comfortably, whilst Peter Finn and I headed for the path less travelled partly by accident, but with a fair degree of design. It would be unfair to say we head for random positions, but our games involve a calculated element of risk. Guy Moss won a nice endgame, and only John Syner conceded a half point. Next up Bourne End 1 which will probably be somewhat tougher. Final score W&Hz 1 5.5: Gerrards Cross 1 0.5.

Bucks League - 23/10/2014

The third team lost away to Slough. Final score Slough 2 3.5: W&Hz 3 2.5.

Bucks Junior Congress - 18/10/2014

Congratulations to Nakul Nataraj and Yaqub Saeed for winning the U10 and U12 titles at the Bucks Junior Congress on 18th October.

Club Championship - 13/10/2014

The draw for the first round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 20th October.

William Castaneda v Simon Finn
Alex Bullen v Nick White
Andrew Hill v John Syner
Peter Finn v David Brown
Andrew Eastwood v Edward Basham
Gerald Pierce v Andrew Challinger
Malcolm Instone v Jonathan Melsom
Steven Cox v Ruairidh Barnes
Nakul Nataraj v Steve Barnes
Yaqub Saeed v Richard Barnes

Bucks League - 13/10/2014

Following my demotion to the second team, match reports will mostly cover their adventures this season. I'm not sure we will match the exploits of last year - I'm a poor swap for John Syner- but I'm hoping the team finish in the top half.

Monday night saw us draw with Slough, although for much of the evening we stood better. I won the toss again and opted to play white on odds. Whether because the team were scared or just fancied a change of opponents, the Slough captain then switched his boards 3 and 4 around. I agreed to this, and we won pretty easily on both boards. As with last year this fixture came down to the top board with the team ahead 3:2 and Edward Basham playing Matt Dydak. This year the game went against us, so Slough salvaged a draw.

In other news Steve Cox ended his long run without a league win, and Yaqub Saeed extended his record of never losing to anybody from outside the club. Final score W&Hz 2 3: Slough 1 3.

Bucks League - 6/10/2014

The first team beat the second team in the first Bucks League match of the new season. Final score W&Hz 1 4.5: W&Hz 2 1.5.

Berks & Bucks Congress - 11/9/2014

Three of our players took part in the Berks & Bucks Congress over the August bank holiday weekend. Andrew Challinger finished second in the Reserves C section with 4.5/6. Andrew Hill scored 3.5/6 in the Reserves B section and Jonathan Melsom scored 3/6 in the Challengers section. 

Club nights and AGM - 21/8/2014

Club nights start again on 1st September. The club's AGM will be held on 15th September. 

Club Championship - 28/5/2014

The outstanding match between Steve Barnes and Yaqub Saeed ended in a draw. The table below has been updated to reflect this result.

Club Championship - 19/5/2014

Apart from one outstanding match and two defaulted games, the final matches of the Club Championship were played on 19th May. Simon Finn won a closely fought match against Alex Bullen to take the Championship. Final positions are.

Simon Finn 5.5
Richard Symonds 4
John Syner 4
Peter Finn 4
William Castaneda 4
Alex Bullen 3.5
Gerald Pierce 3.5
Jonathan Melsom 3 
Steven Cox 3
Yaqub Saeed 3
Steve Barnes 3
Andrew Hill 3
David Brown 3
Mark Couch 3
Nick White 2.5
Andrew Eastwood 2
Andrew Challinger 2
Ruairidh Barnes 2
Malcolm Instone 1.5
Joe Priestley 0.5

Club Championship Trophy Presentation

Chairman Jonathan Melsom presents Simon Finn with the Club Championship Trophy Board.

County AGM - 12/5/2014

First Team captain Jonathan Melsom received the Bucks League Trophy from George Parker at the Bucks County Chess Association AGM held at the Hazlemere Community Centre on 12th May. Andrew Hill was awarded the President's Prize for captaining the Bucks Open team to their first Chiltern League title since 2005. He is seen here receiving the trophy from George Parker.

Bucks League Trophy presentationChiltern League Trophy presentation

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress - 12/5/2014

Simon Finn scored 3/5 and Alex Bullen 2/5 in the Open Section. Jonathan Melsom scored 2.5/5 in the U2000 Section. Steve Barnes scored 2.5/5 in the U1750 Section. 

England Junior Squad - 6/5/2014

Congratulations to Yaqub Saeed who has qualified for the under 11 England Junior squad. Follow this link to read the Bucks Free Press article.

Club Championship - 28/4/2014

The fifth round of the Club Championship was finally completed on 28th April. The majority of matches were played on 7th April with other matches held on 31st March and 14th April.The draw for the final round is below. Matches are due to be played on 19th May.

Alex Bullen (3.5)  v Simon Finn (4.5)
Richard Symonds (3.5) v John Syner (3.5)
Peter Finn (3.5) v Gerald Pierce (3)
Jonathan Melsom (2.5) v Steven Cox (2.5)
Steve Barnes (2.5) v Yaqub Saeed (2.5)
William Castaneda (3)  v Nick White (2.5)
M
ark Couch (2.5) v Andrew Hill (2.5)
David Brown (2) v Andrew Eastwood (2)
Ruairidh Barnes (2) v Malcolm Instone (0.5)
Joe Priestley (0.5)  v Andrew Challinger (1) 

National Club Championships - 27/4/2014

A team consisting of Alex Bullen, Richard Symonds, Peter Finn and Jonathan Melsom won the Major Section (under 175) finishing unbeaten with three wins and a draw.

Welsh Championships - 22/4/2014

Congratulations to Alex Bullen who is the new Welsh Under 21 champion. He finished with 4/7 in the overall championships.

Bucks League - 16/4/2014

The club captain apologises for the lack of a match report on the final fixture at Bourne End. This much hyped event lacked much of the drama that prompts a good report, as the team turned up and turned the opposition over. It would be disrespectful to claim it was never in doubt, and one or two of us got a bit tense as we got closer to the line, but the team of 2013/14 can now join those of 2005/06 and 2010/11 as league winners. Well done to all concerned. Obviously we now re-group and try and retain the title next season, something we have yet to manage as a club.

Bucks League - 31/3/2014

The third team won against Gerrards Cross securing second place in the second division. Final score W&Hz 3 3.5: Gerrards Cross 2 2.5.

Bucks League - 26/3/2014

The first team won away to Bourne End securing the Bucks League title. Final score Bourne End 1 1.5: W&Hz 1 4.5.

Club Championship - 24/3/2014

The fourth round of the Club Championship was played on 10th March with three matches played over the following two weeks.The draw for the fifth round is below. Matches are due to be played on 7th April.

Simon Finn (4) v Peter Finn (3)
Gerald Pierce (2.5) v Alex Bullen (3)
Yaqub Saeed (2.5) v Richard Symonds (2.5)
John Syner (2.5) v Jonathan Melsom (2.5)
Steven Cox (2) v Mark Couch (2)
Andrew Hill (2) v Steve Barnes (2)
William Castaneda (2) v Ruairidh Barnes (2)
Nick White (1.5) v Andrew Challinger (1)
Malcolm Instone (0.5) v David Brown (1)
Andrew Eastwood (1) v Joe Priestley (0.5)   

Bucks League - 24/3/2014

The third team lost to Slough. Final score W&Hz 3 2.5: Slough 2 3.5.

Bucks League - 19/3/2014

The second team concluded their season with a narrow defeat away to Gerrards Cross. Although a low key way to finish, the team has done extremely well to finish 3rd. Well done to everybody. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 3.5: W&Hz 2 2.5.

In other news Bourne End 1 scraped past Berkhamsted to set up the Championship decider against the first team on Wednesday 26th March. The tie-breaks mean that a drawn match would be enough for the first team, but some of us have been here before. Good luck to all those playing. 

The third team remain well placed to finish second in Division 2. It will probably come down to the final match against their nearest rivals Gerrards Cross on 31st March, so a dramatic finish to the league season is guaranteed. 

Bucks League - 17/3/2014

The third team won against Bourne End 3. Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Bourne End 3 1.5.

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress - 17/3/2014

Congratulations to Alex Bullen who won the U2050 section with a perfect 5/5. Also in that section, Peter Finn scored 2/5 and Nick White 0/5. Guy Moss scored 2/4 in the Open Section. Jonathan Melsom scored 3.5/5, Yaqub Saeed 3/5, Steve Barnes 3/5 and Mark Couch 2/5 in the U1750 Section. 

Bucks League - 13/3/2014

The first team won away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 1.5: W&Hz 1 4.5.

Bucks League - 3/3/2014

The second team lost against Bourne End. Final score W&Hz 2 2.5: Bourne End 1 3.5.

Bucks League - 26/2/2014

The third team won away to Berkhamsted. Final score Berkhamsted 2 1.5: W&Hz 3 4.5.

Bucks League - 24/2/2014

In order to win any team competition you need a good squad, and so it was to prove last night. Illness meant one late drop out, and what transpired to be a diary reminder problem meant a second absentee. Happily Yaqub Saeed and then Edward Basham were at the club and proved more than adequate replacements. Not much to say about the match itself as with the previous fixture against Berkhamsted we seemingly made hard work of things before establishing a comfortable winning margin. The captain is starting to feel the strain, having notched up several quick wins early in the season, he has been forced to go the distance in the last two. Then again his choice both of opening and subsequent endgame play did suggest he might have left his braincells in the pub. Next up Slough away - its starting to get serious. Final score W&Hz 1 4.5: Gerrards Cross 1 1.5.

Bucks League - 17/2/2014

The third team drew against Aylesbury. Final score W&Hz 3 3: Aylesbury 1 3.

4NCL - 17/2/2014

Several members of the club took part in the 4 Nations Chess League (4NCL) over the weekend, for a variety of sides. The 4NCL is a team based event played in three divisions over 11 rounds, and was originally conceived to promote opportunities for elite chess. Teams are more loosely defined than in club chess and at the top level include leading Grandmasters from across the globe playing with financial support, whilst in Division 3 there are a more disparate collection of players and playing strengths. This year the fixtures are spread across three venues.

Guy Moss notched up two draws for Barbican Youth, Alex Bullen a win and a loss for Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg, both in Division 2. In Division 3 Richard Symonds secured a pair of draws for the BCM Rhinos, and Mark Couch showed the benefit of Richard's coaching by drawing on 4NCL debut with a 2133 rated player, for BCM Bison. The largest proportion of W&Hz players were meant to be playing in the Bucks Juniors side, but whilst on Saturday many people battled with fallen trees on the road and rail network, health problems left Edward Basham and I unable to reach Daventry. We did make it on the Sunday in good time, but Edward had a relapse shortly before the start of the round. Undeterred the junior members of the team all drew, and ex W&Hz member Phil Makepeace and your ridiculously over-aged correspondent won, both in games that took nearly 4 hours to complete, to win the match.

Bucks League - 12/2/2014

The second team won away to Berkhamsted going a long way to securing their first division place. Final score Berkhamsted 1 2: W&Hz 2 4.

Bucks League - 5/2/2014

The third team lost away to Bourne End 2. Final score Bourne End 2 4: W&Hz 3 2.

Club Championship - 3/2/2014

The third round of the Club Championship was played on 27th January with two matches played the following week.The draw for the fourth round is below. Matches are due to be played on 10th March.

Richard Symonds (2.5) v Simon Finn (3)
Alex Bullen (2) v Steven Cox (2)
Jonathan Melsom (2) v Yaqub Saeed (2)
John Syner (2) v Gerald Pierce (2)
Peter Finn (2) v Mark Couch (2) 
Steve Barnes (1) v David Brown (1)
Andrew Challinger (1) v William Castaneda (1)
Ruairidh Barnes (1) v Nick White (1.5)
Andrew Hill (1) v Andrew Eastwood (1) 
Joe Priestley (0) v  Malcolm Instone (0) 

Bucks League - 20/1/2014

The first team won against Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 1 5: Berkhamsted 1 1.

Bucks League - 15/1/2014

The third team lost away to Gerrards Cross. Final score Gerrards Cross 2 4.5: W&Hz 3 1.5.

Bucks League - 13/1/2014

The second team took a large step towards survival in the first division with a win against Slough. Final score W&Hz 2 4: Slough 1 2.

Club Championship - 6/1/2014

The second round of the Club Championship was finally completed on 6th January the outstanding first round match having been played on 3rd January. All other second round matches were played on 9th December with one match played the previous Friday. The draw for the third round is below. Matches are due to be played on 27th January.

Simon Finn (2) v John Syner (2)
Richard Symonds (1.5) v Peter Finn (2)
Gerald Pierce (1.5) v Jonathan Melsom (1.5)
William Castaneda (1) v Alex Bullen (1)
Nick White (1.5) v Steven Cox (1)
Yaqub Saeed (1) v Andrew Hill (1)
Mark Couch (1) v Steve Barnes (1)
Malcolm Instone (0)  v Andrew Challinger (0)
David Brown (0) v Joe Priestley (0)
Andrew Eastwood (0) v  Ruairidh Barnes (1)

Bucks League - 6/1/2014

The first team won against the second team. Final score W&Hz 2 2: W&Hz 1 4.

London Classic

Alex Bullen finished equal first in the Weekend Under 2000 section with a score of 4/5.

Bucks League

The third team won away to Slough. Final score Slough 2 1: W&Hz 3 5.

Bucks League

The second team drew against Gerrards Cross. Final score W&Hz 2 3: Gerrards Cross 1 3.

Club Championship

The first round of the Club Championship was played on 11th November with two matches played later in that week. Owing to unforseen circumstances one match remains outstanding. The draw for the second round is below. Matches are due to be played on 9th December.

Steven Cox (1) v Simon Finn (1)
Gerald Pierce (1) v Richard Symonds (1)
Jonathan Melsom (1) v Nick White (1)
Mark Couch (1) v John Syner (1*)
Peter Finn (1) v Ruairidh Barnes (1)
Alex Bullen (0) v David Brown (0)
Andrew Challinger (0*) v Yaqub Saeed (0)
Steve Barnes (0) v Andrew Eastwood (0)
William Castaneda (0) v Malcolm Instone (0)
Andrew Hill (0) v Joe Priestley (0)

Bucks League

The third team won away to Bourne End 3. Final score Bourne End 3 2: W&Hz 3 4.

Bucks League

A rather routine win for the first team in their last fixture of 2013. Slough's top board doesn't play away games, and the normal second board wasn't playing, so with two weak reserves it wasn't a desperately strong side that turned up. Peter and I seemed to be in a race to win first, only to find Simon had swiftly demolished his opponent. Guy unfortunately missed a tactic, Richard eventually exploited the double pawn weaknesses in his opponents position, whilst Alex pressed his endgame to its limits but had to settle for a draw. It would have been nice to win by a more convincing margin, but it wouldn't change too much league wise. All we need now is to successfully negotiate 4 more matches and then peak on March 26 at Bourne End. I remain optimistic. Final score W&Hz 1 4.5: Slough 1 1.5.

Bucks League

The second team won their first game of the season at home to Berkhamsted. Final score W&Hz 2 3.5: Berkhamsted 1 2.5.

Bucks League

The second team lost away to Bourne End. However, John Syner continued his good early season form with a win against Steve James. Final score Bourne End 1 4.5: W&Hz 2 1.5.

Bucks League

The third team won away to Aylesbury. Final score Aylesbury 1 2.5: W&Hz 3 3.5.

Bucks League

Maybe the fist pump was a little excessive but this result does keep the league in the balance for a few more months. Having decided it would be bonkers to risk the Benko, I unleashed a Blumenfeld which confused my opponent and though not without incident lead to the first win of the evening again. Mind you it was clear early on that this was a heavyweight contest - players trading blows in positions largely unfamiliar and to be honest baffling to to your correspondent. Nothing seemed to be going to plan until Simon's opponent - with material advantage - overlooked a mate in one to see us go 2 up. To complete a family double Peter's opponent then also went astray for the third point. With the time control reached it was far from clear we would get any more points, but happily Richard and his opponent agreed a draw to prompt wild scenes of celebration (well from one person at least). And although Alex had to resign his game after battling hard in a rather messy position, Guy's draw completed a rather satifying evening. The third team also won against Berkhamsted. Final scores W&Hz 1 4: Bourne End 1 2. W&Hz 3 5: Berkhamsted 2 1.

Bucks League

Last spring I misjudged the trains to Gerrards Cross and defaulted a board for the second team. This year I changed mode of transport and was the first to clock up a win [See Dave Brailsford's philosophy of 'marginal gains']. The rest of the match went to plan as well. Simon Finn found the venue and won easily, as did Alex - the first three wins coming with black. Richard delivered mate with a knight, and there were further wins for Guy Moss on his season's debut, and Edward Basham on his return to the club after university. Final score Gerrards Cross 1 0: W&Hz 1 6.

Club Championship

The draw for the first round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 11th November.

Simon Finn v William Castaneda
Nick White v Alex Bullen
Richard Symonds v Andrew Hill
David Brown v Jonathan Melsom
John Syner v Andrew Challinger
Andrew Eastwood v Peter Finn
Steven Cox v Malcolm Instone
Joe Priestley v Gerald Pierce
Yaqub Saeed v Mark Couch
Ruaridh Barnes v Steve Barnes

Bucks League

The third team match against Bourne End 2 had to be abandoned following a third interuption by a fire alarm triggered from the adjoining William Ramsey School. 

Witney Congress

Simon Finn scored 3.5/5 and finished second in the Open Section. Peter Finn scored 2.5/5 in the U180 Section. 

Bucks League

The second team drew away to Slough. Final score Slough 1 3: W&Hz 2 3.

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

Simon Finn scored 2.5/5 in the Open Section including a win over GM Keith Arkell. Alex Bullen scored 2.5/5, Jonathan Melsom 2/5 and Peter Finn 1.5/5 in the U2050 Section. Nick White scored 3.5/5 and Steve Barnes 1.5/5 in the U1750 Section. 

Bucks League

T S Eliot was wrong, for captains of W&Hz first team October is the cruellest month. The optimism of a new campaign yet again being dashed at an outpost of the Bucks League. But there were some positives. John Syner marked his 50th match for the first team with his 30th win (Dr Cox reached 50 games at the end of last year). Alex Bullen won convincingly and with time to construct an elaborate mating net. But it wasn’t enough, an unexplained default followed swiftly by the match captain dropping an entire rook left us 2 down, and although Richard Symonds battled long and hard again to try and win a drawn endgame, his efforts sadly only widened the margin of defeat.  Final score Berkhamsted 1 4: W&Hz 1 2.

County Matches

Seven club members travelled over to Basingstoke to represent the county in the Open section of the Chiltern League against Hampshire. The match finished in a thrilling 10:10 draw with Bucks winning the last three boards to finish. A reminder that opportunities exist to play weekend county matches at all standards of play, against Oxon, Berks and Hants. Further details from the Chairman or from Andrew Hill (open team captain).

Bucks League

The Bucks League season started with the first team, runners-up last season, taking on the newly promoted second team. Three players Alex Bullen, Simon Finn and Richard Symonds made their debuts for the first team, Alex and Simon making their first appearances for the club. The close season turnover of players departing to new jobs and universities coupled with the new arrivals meant that the second team also contained a number of strong ex-first team players so a hard match was to be expected. In the end it was perhaps more straightforward than expected - only John Syner, in the all-Welsh clash on top board, notched a point for the second team with a strong attacking game. The club captain continued his edgy, unconvincing but successful form of last year in inflicting Yaqub Saeed's first loss for the club (after 6 wins from 6 last year). The toughest, and longest, game of the night came down to an endgame with club champion Richard Symonds breaking down Ben Donovan's resistance after a lengthy period of probing for weakness. An excellent start for the first team as they look to challenge for the title, but plenty of positives for the second team as they battle to establish themselves in the Division.  Final score W&Hz 1 5: W&Hz 2 1.

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress 11th - 13th October

Those with an insatiable appetite for chess or wanting to face some new opposition at a leisurely rate of play and in top quality facilities may wish to consider this event. Club members who have participated at e2-e4 events in the past include Peter Finn, Jonathan Melsom, John Syner, and Andrew Hill so why not have a word with one of them if you want more advice. For more details visit the e2e4 website.

Club nights and AGM

Club nights start again on 2nd September. The club's AGM will be held on 16th September. 

British Championships

Sam Walker scored 6/11 and Guy Moss 5.5/11. Peter Finn scored 3.5/7 in the U16 Championship. Boris Pastukhov scored 4.5/7 in the U10 Championship and 4/7 in the U11 Championship.

Club Championship

The final matches of the Club Championship were played on 13th May. The top two players both won, so the Championship goes to Richard Symonds. Final positions are.

Richard Symonds 5.5
Jonathan Melsom 5
Steve Barnes 4 
Steven Cox 4
Gerald Pierce 3.5
John Syner 3.5  
William Castaneda 3
Peter Finn 3
Andrew Eastwood 3 
Andrew Challinger 2.5
Yaqub Saeed 2.5
David Brown 2
Andrew Hill 2
Joe Priestley 2
Malcolm Instone 2

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Final round matches in progress.

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Last year's winner Jonathan Melsom presents Richard Symonds with the Club Championship Trophy Board.

Bucks League

The third team completed their season with a win against Berkhamsted to finish second behind the second team. The first team played out a comfortable win against Bourne End 2 in Stephen Dishman's last match before he moves to Luxembourg.  Final scores W&Hz 1 5: Bourne End 2 1. W&Hz 3 3.5: Berkhamsted 2 2.5.

Bucks League

The first team won at Gerrards Cross.  Final score Gerrards Cross 1 1.5: W&Hz 1 4.5.

Bucks League

The second team completed their season with a win at Berkhamsted. This was their twelfth win out of twelve.  Final score Berkhamsted 2 1.5: W&Hz 2 4.5.

Bucks League

The third team won against Aylesbury to guarantee finishing at least third. The match saw a debut win for Boris Pastukhov. Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Aylesbury 2 1.5.

Club Championship

Round 5 of the Club Championship was played on 18th March with one game played early on 11th March and one held over until 8th April. The draw for the final round is below. Matches are due to be played on 13th May.

John Syner (3.5) v Richard Symonds (4.5)
Jonathan Melsom (4) v Gerald Pierce (3.5)
Steven Cox (3) v Yaqub Saeed (2.5)
Peter Finn (3) v Steve Barnes (3)
William Castaneda (2) v Andrew Hill (2)
David Brown (2) v  v Malcolm Instone (1) 
Andrew Eastwood (2) v Joe Priestley (2)   
bye Andrew Challinger (1.5)

Bucks League

Despite an embarrassing no show from the League Controller, the second team won at Gerrards Cross.  Final score Gerrards Cross 2 1: W&Hz 2 5.

Bucks League

The second team maintained their one hundred percent record with a comprehensive win against Aylesbury.  Final score W&Hz 2 5.5: Aylesbury 2 0.5.

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

Guy Moss scored 3.5/5 in the Open Section. Peter Finn and Jonathan Melsom both scored 2.5/5 in the U2000 (170). 

Bucks League

The third team won against Bourne End in a match affected by no shows owing to traffic problems. Both Andrew Eastwood and Fred Day had to act as late substitutes and Phil Wain defaulted. However, this was very much a side show to the potential title decider between the first team and Bourne End. The result went the wrong way which all but hands the title to Bourne End. Final scores W&Hz 1 2.5: Bourne End 1 3.5. W&Hz 3 4.5: Bourne End 3 1.5.

Bucks League

Congratulations to the second team who have won Division Two with three games to spare. This follows Berkhamsted's loss away to Bourne End.

Club Championship

The final matches in round 4 of the Club Championship were played on 25th February with three matches having been played before that date. The draw for round 5 is below. Matches are due to be played on 18th March.

Richard Symonds (4) v Jonathan Melsom (3.5)
Steve Barnes (3) v Gerald Pierce (2.5)
John Syner (2.5) v David Brown (2)
William Castaneda (2) v Steven Cox (2)
Andrew Hill (2) v Peter Finn (2)
Andrew Challinger (1.5) v Andrew Eastwood (1) 
Yaqub Saeed (1.5) v Malcolm Instone (1)  
bye Joe Priestley (1)

Bucks League

The third team won at Slough.  Final score Slough 2 3.5: W&Hz 3 2.5.

Bucks League

The third team lost at Gerrards Cross.  Final score Gerrards Cross 2 4: W&Hz 3 2.

Bucks League

The second team won against Bourne End to close in on the second division title. The title will be won before the next match against Aylesbury unless Berkhamsted win their next two fixtures.  Final score W&Hz 2 5: Bourne End 3 1.

Bucks League

The first team raised their game and convincingly defeated Berkhamsted in exciting fashion to set up what is effectively a winner takes all match against Bourne End 1 next month. The player match up probably suited us, but it still required some winning. Matt Saunders didn't look wholly convincing in the opening on the white side of a Grunfeld, but found some good attacking play and finished with a neat mating net. Steven Cox in a welcome return to form took full advantage of his opponent's migraine and with some complicated and strong tactical play forced his opponent to resign. Gerald Pierce drew solidly having been in control for most of the game. John Syner has found a way to defeat his perennial opponent which works, invite him to sacrifice material, hold on to the material and dodge the tactics until opponent runs out of bits. Sam Walker opted to play a tactical line in the Dragon without castling which just looked like a bluff to me, but produced another win. Stephen Dishman played a line that he had faced with reversed colours, but although it looked a bit messy in the opening and white probably emerged with an edge, in the end the position ran into a drawn endgame. Still we'd have settled for 5:1 at the start.  Final score W&Hz 1 5: Berkhamsted 1 1.

Club Championship

Round 3 of the Club Championship was played on 7th January with two games held over until 28th January. The draw for round 4 is below. Matches are due to be played on 25th February.

Gerald Pierce (2.5) v Richard Symonds (3)
Jonathan Melsom (2.5) v Andrew Hill (2)
Steven Cox (2) v Steve Barnes (2)
Peter Finn (2) v John Syner (1.5)
David Brown (1) v Andrew Challinger (1.5)  
Joe Priestley (1) v William Castaneda (1)
Yaqub Saeed (0.5) v Andrew Eastwood (1) 
bye Malcolm Instone (0)

Bucks League

The second team won at Slough.  Final score Slough 2 1: W&Hz 2 5.

Mick Porter

It is with much sadness that I must inform you of the death of Mick Porter following a short illness.

Mick joined the club at the start of the 2004/2005 season. He was an enthusiastic member of a number of our Bucks League sides as well as playing in the Bucks Individual and in county matches.

The funeral will be held at Amersham Crematorium on February 4th at 2:30pm.

Bucks League

The first team overcame the adverse weather conditions but a number of frozen brain cells meant they made hard work of defeating Slough. You can't dismiss points in the bag but it now looks increasingly likely that they will have to beat Bourne End 1 rather than draw to take the title. But there is a tough match against Berkhamsted to come in 2 weeks. Final score W&Hz 1 4: Slough 1 2.

Bucks League

The third team match against Berkhamsted 2 has been postponed owing to the cold weather. The new date for this fixture is 29th April.

Bucks League

Aylesbury have withdrawn their first team from the Bucks League. As a result our first team have fallen behind Bourne End on board points at the top of the first division.

Bucks League

A win for Yaqub Saeed on his Bucks League debut and a draw for William Castaneda accounted for the third team's points in the return fixture against the second team. Final score W&Hz 2 4.5: W&Hz 3 1.5.

Bucks League

The first team travelled to Bourne End to take on their second team. The match featured a welcome return for Sam Walker and a one-off appearance by David Saunders. Final score Bourne End 2 0.5: W&Hz 1 5.5.

Bucks League

The third team travelled to Aylesbury to take on their second team. Early wins for Andrew Eastwood and Malcolm Instone coupled with losses on boards 3 and 4 left the match to be decided by the results on the top two boards. Mick Porter won his end game and David Brown accepted a draw once the time control had been reached. Final score Aylesbury 2 2.5: W&Hz 3 3.5.

Club Championship

Round 2 of the Club Championship was played on 3rd December with one game held over until 10th December. The draw for round 3 is below. Matches are due to be played on 7th January.

Richard Symonds (2) v Steven Cox (2)
John Syner (1.5) v Gerald Pierce (1.5)
Andrew Challinger (1.5) v Jonathan Melsom (1.5)
Andrew Hill (1) v Joe Priestley (1)
Steve Barnes (1) v David Brown (1)
Peter Finn (1) v Yaqub Saeed (0.5)
Malcolm Instone (0) v William Castaneda (0)
Mick Porter (0.5) v Andrew Eastwood (0)

Bucks League

The second team won against Gerrards Cross.  Final score W&Hz 2 4.5: Gerrards Cross 2 1.5.

Bucks League

The second team won at Aylesbury.  Final score Aylesbury 2 2: W&Hz 2 4.

Bucks League

The third team lost at Bourne End.  Final score Bourne End 3 4: W&Hz 3 2.

Bucks League

The second team won against Berkhamsted.  Final score W&Hz 2 5: Berkhamsted 2 1.

Club Championship

Round 1 of the Club Championship was played on 19th November with one game held over until 25th November. Your correspondent and defending champion was engrossed in an unexpectedly tough three hour game so didn't get to see much of what happened elsewhere, but the results went with seeding. This sets up some really big games in round 2 the draw for which is below. Matches are due to be played on 3rd December.

Steven Cox (1) v Andrew Hill (1)
Jonathan Melsom (1) v John Syner (1)
Gerald Pierce (1) v Andrew Challinger (1)
David Brown (1) v Richard Symonds (1)
Andrew Eastwood (0) v Peter Finn (0)
William Castaneda (0) v Steve Barnes (0)
Yaqub Saeed (0) v Mick Porter (0)
Malcolm Instone (0) v Joe Priestley (0)

Bucks League

The first team won at Bourne End.  Final score Bourne End 1 2.5: W&Hz 1 3.5.

Bucks League

Wins for Mick Porter and Steve Barnes got the third team off to a good start against Slough 2. This was followed up by a win for Claudio Marelli and a draw for William Castaneda. The match was finished off by a well deserved first win of the season for David Brown.  Final score W&Hz 3 4.5: Slough 2 1.5.

Bucks League

Aylesbury were unable to raise a team, so defaulted their match against the first team.  Final score W&Hz 1 6: Aylesbury 1 0.

Club Championship

The draw for the first round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 19th November.

Peter Finn v Steven Cox
John Syner v William Castaneda
Mick Porter v Gerald Pierce
Richard Symonds v Malcolm Instone
Steve Barnes v Jonathan Melsom
Andrew Hill v Andrew Eastwood
Joe Priestley v David Brown
Andrew Challinger v Yaqub Saeed

Bucks League

The second team won against Bourne End 3.  Final score Bourne End 3 1.5: W&Hz 2 4.5.

Bucks League

The first team won against Gerrards Cross.  Final score W&Hz 1 4.5: Gerrards Cross 1 1.5.

Bucks League

The first team won at Berkhamsted.  Final score Berkhamsted 1 2: W&Hz 1 4.

Bucks League

An early loss on board 6 got the third team's match against Gerrards Cross 2 off to a poor start. However, another impressive win for WIlliam Castaneda coupled with a win for Mick Porter and a draw for Steve Barnes left the home team with an advantage. Unfortunately, promising positions on boards 1 and 3 were not maintained.  Final score W&Hz 3 2.5: Gerrards Cross 2 3.5.

Bucks League

The second team won against Slough 2.  Final score W&Hz 2 4.5: Slough 2 1.5.

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

Congratulations to Peter Finn who scored 4.5/5 and finished equal first in the Major Section (under 140/1750). Andrew Hill finished on 3/5 and Yaqub Saeed on 2/4 in the same section. Jonathan Melsom scored 2.5/5 in the Challenger Section (under 175/2050). Guy Moss scored 2.5/5 in the Open Section including a win over FIDE Master Mark Lyell. 

Bucks League

The first team slumped to a rather disappointing loss against Slough 1 who are now becoming something of a bogey side. And it was a similar story to last year as well with the team unable to exploit a grading advantage. A good win on top board for Stephen Dishman and draws for Gerald Pierce who was pressing to the end for a win, and for Jonathan Melsom playing once more on the most uncomfortable board in the county (no elbow room) in one of his dullest games for years. But these were cancelled out by a battling loss from Steven Cox, John Syner coming out worse in a tactical maelstrom and Matt Saunders missing a really nasty tactic when better.  Not our favourite venue but things can only get better.  Final score Slough 1 4: W&Hz 1 2.

Bucks League

The third team travelled to Berkhamsted to take on their second team. Early wins for Steve Barnes and Malcolm Instone and a draw on board 6 left the match to be decided by the results on the top two boards. William Castaneda won his end game from a rook against rook and knight down to seal the victory. Final score Berkhamsted 2 2.5: W&Hz 3 3.5.

Bucks League

The competitive season got under way with the second division match between the club's second and third teams; the third team making a welcome return to the Bucks League. The match brought together a mix of long-standing club members and two players Richard Symonds and Greg Edmonds making their club debut. Both won in good style for the second team, as did Andrew Hill making a welcome return to the side. It was a hard fought match, the second team being held to draws on boards 2 and 6 and Steve Barnes (a virtual debutant having only appeared as a filler last year) notching up a win for the third team. Final score W&Hz 3 2: W&Hz 2 4.

Club Championship

Here is Jonathan's annotation of his match against Guy in the final round of the Club Championship.

[The last round of the club championship and the strongest player in the event is white and half a point ahead. Black has nothing to lose. ]

 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nh6 [A fairly modern idea which I had used previously. The knight goes to the rim of the board, from where it can go to f5 if play follows traditional lines, but as in this game can also go to f7. Although modern the on-line chessbase database includes 760 games from this position, Guy's response being one of the most popular. ]

 6.Bd3 f6 7.0–0 Nf7 8.Re1 fxe5 9.Nxe5 Ncxe5 10.dxe5 Qc7 11.f4 [The first new move of the game - white strengthens the centre and gains space on the king-side. The king will find safety on h1, and white's attack will gain momentum.]

 11...c4 12.Bc2 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 Bd7 14.Nd2 0–0–0 [Time to castle, difficult to assess which side was correct, but white's pieces did seem to be facing towards the king-side. ]

 15.Nf3 g6 16.Nd4 Rdg8 17.b4 Bxd4 18.Qxd4 [White has made swift progress on the queen-side, with blacks attack still on the starting blocks. ]

 18...b6 19.Be3 Nh6 20.a4 Kb8 21.Reb1 Nf5 22.Bxf5 gxf5 [Black is holding on but in truth is treading water waiting for the pawns to roll against his king and open the position up decisively. However the now open g-file offers a glimmer of hope as Whites own king is looking lonely.]

 23.b5 Bc8 24.a5 Rg7 25.axb6 axb6 26.Qd1 [A visually pleasing move but probably not the strongest. The queen retreats with the idea of moving to a4 with the mating attack down the a file. However, black gets his bishop onto a useful diagonal and the scope for a swindle starts to increase.]

 26...Bb7 27.Bd4 Rhg8 28.Rb2 Kc8 29.Qg1 Rg4 30.Bxb6 Qd7 31.Qc5+ [This should be mate in 9, but chess is rarely that simple in the heat of competition..]

 31...Kb8 32.Ba7+ Ka8 33.Qb4 d4! 34.Bc5+ Kb8 35.Bd6+ Kc8 36.Qc5+? Kd8 [The threat to g2 means Fritz gives this as level, but white plays on...]

 37.Rba2 Ke8! 38.Ra8+ Kf7 [This king walk to safety after so long under the cosh was exciting to find but nerves were getting shredded with each new tactical idea. ]

 39.Rxg8 Bxg2+ 40.Kg1 Kxg8 41.Ra7 [A perfectly natural move but the final decisive mistake ]

 41...Bb7+ 42.Kf1 Rxf4+ 43.Ke1 Qg7 [The queen which has been spending the whole game defending finally joins the attack to set up mating threats. All that remains is for black to avoid any perpetual check ideas and the game and the championship title are his. ]

 44.Ra8+ Bxa8 45.Qc8+ Kf7 46.Qd7+ Kg6 47.Qe8+ Qf7 48.Qxa8 Re4+ 49.Kd2 Kh5 50.Qa1 d3 51.Qf1 Qa7 52.Qf3+ Kg6 53.Qg3+ Rg4 54.Qf3 Qa2+ 55.Ke3 Re4+

 0–1

Club nights and AGM

Club nights start again on 3rd September. The club's AGM will be held on 17th September. 

Club Championship

The final match of the Club Championship was played on 30th April and resulted in a win for Jonathan against Guy. The trophy will be presented at our AGM in September. Final positions are.

Jonathan Melsom 4
Guy Moss 3.5
Steven Cox 3.5
Gerald Pierce 2.5  
Andrew Challinger 2.5
Mick Porter 2.5
Malcolm Instone 2.5
William Castaneda 2
Peter Finn 1
Andrew Eastwood 1  

Bucks League

Our teams both finished third in their respective divisions.

Club nights

The final club night for this season is 30th April. Club nights will start again in September. 

Bucks League

The first team lost 4.5 - 1.5 at home to Bourne End 1.

Bucks League

The second team won 5 - 1 away to Berkhamsted.

Bucks League

The first team won 5 - 1 at home to Gerrards Cross.

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

Peter Finn scored 4/5 and finished equal second in the Minor section (under 120). Jonathan Melsom scored 3/5 in the Intermediate Section (under 150). Guy Moss scored 1/5 in the Open Section. 

Bucks League

The first team lost 3.5 - 2.5 away to Slough. 

Bucks League

The second team won 4 - 2 at home to Slough. 

Bucks League

The first team won 3.5 - 2.5 at Aylesbury. 

Club Championship

The draw for the final round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 19th March.

Jonathan Melsom (3) v Guy Moss (3.5)
Steven Cox (2.5) v Gerald Pierce (2.5)  
Andrew Challinger (2) v Mick Porter (2)
Malcolm Instone (1.5) v Peter Finn (1)
Andrew Eastwood (1) v William Castaneda (1)  

Bucks League

The first team lost 3.5 - 2.5 at home to Berkhamsted. 

Bucks League

The first team won 4 - 2 away to Bourne End 2. 

Bucks League

The second team drew 3 - 3 at home to Gerrards Cross. 

Club Championship

The draw for the fourth round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 20th February.

Gerald Pierce (2) v Guy Moss (3) 
Jonathan Melsom (2) v Andrew Challinger (2)
Steven Cox (1.5) v Malcolm Instone (1.5)
Mick Porter (1) v Andrew Eastwood (1)
William Castaneda (0) v Peter Finn (1) 

Bucks League

The first team lost 3.5 - 2.5 away to Bourne End 1. 

Bucks League

The second team drew 3 - 3 at Aylesbury. 

Bucks League

The second team won 4.5 - 1.5 at home to Bourne End. 

Club Championship

The draw for the third round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 9th January.

Guy Moss (2) v Steven Cox (1.5)
Peter Finn (1) v Gerald Pierce (1)
Mick Porter (1) v Jonathan Melsom (1)
Andrew Challinger (1) v Andrew Eastwood (1)
Malcolm Instone (0.5) v William Castaneda (0)  

Bucks League

The first team won 5 - 1 at Gerrards Cross. 

Bucks League

The second team lost 4 - 2 at Bourne End. 

Bucks League

The second team won 5 - 1 at home to Berkhamsted. 

Bucks League

The first team drew 3 - 3 at home to Slough. 

Bucks League

The second team drew 3 - 3 at Slough. 

Club Championship

The draw for the second round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 12th December.

Peter Finn (1) v Guy Moss (1)
Andrew Eastwood (1) v Steven Cox (0.5)
Gerald Pierce (0.5) v Mick Porter (0.5)
Jonathan Melsom (0) v Malcolm Instone (0.5)
William Castaneda (0) v Andrew Challinger (0) 

Bucks League

The first team lost 3.5 - 2.5 at home to Aylesbury. 

Bucks League

The second team lost 4 - 2 at Gerrards Cross. 

Bucks League

The first team won their second match 5.5 - 0.5 against Berkhamsted. 

Club Championship

The draw for the first round of the Club Championship has been made. Matches are due to be played on 31st October.

Guy Moss v William Castaneda
Steven Cox v Mick Porter
Malcolm Instone  v Gerald Pierce
Andrew Eastwood v Jonathan Melsom
Andrew Challinger v Peter Finn 

Bucks League

The second team started their Division 2 campaign with a draw against Aylesbury. 

e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

Jonathan Melsom scored 3.5/5 in the Minor Section (under 140). John Syner scored 1.5/5 in the Open Section. 

Bucks League

The first team's defence of the Bucks League title got off to a winning start with a 4.5 to 1.5 victory over Bourne End 2. 

County best game prize

The county best game prize for 2010/2011 has been awarded to our chairman Jonathan Melsom for his game against J Watts of Hampshire.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 Be7 6. O-O b5
7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. Nbd2 Nc6 12. Re1 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8
14. Ng3 g6 15. Bg5 Bg7 16. a4 b4 17. d4 Qc7 18. Rc1 exd4 19. cxd4 c4 20. d5 Ne5
21. Nxe5 Rxe5 22. Be3 Nd7 23. Bb3 c3 24. bxc3 bxc3 25. Bd4 Re8 26. Rxc3 Qa5 27.
Bxg7 Kxg7 28. Qd4+ f6 29. Rec1 Nc5 30. Rf3 Qd8 31. Bd1 Rb8 32. Re3 a5 33. f4
Rb4 34. Rc4 Rxc4 35. Qxc4 Ba6 36. Qd4 Qb6 37. Nh5+ gxh5 38. Rg3+ Kf7 39. Bxh5+
Ke7 40. Rg7+ Kd8 41. Bxe8 Kxe8 42. Kh2 Nd7 43. Qd1 Qe3 44. Qg4 Nf8 45. Qf5 Qd4
46. Qh5+ Ng6 47. Qxh7 Nf8 48. Qh5+ Kd8 49. Qf7 Qxe4 50. Qxf8+ Qe8 51. Qxd6+ 1-0 

Club nights and AGM

Club nights start again on 5th September. The club's AGM will be held on 12th September. 

County AGM

First Team captain Colin Walker received the Bucks League Trophy from Nick Butland at the Bucks County Chess Association AGM held at the Hazlemere Community Centre on 23rd May.

Trophy presentation