Horfield & Redland Chess Club

Jim Boyce 

Jim Boyce (1937-2015)

Horfield & Redland is one of the top chess clubs in the Bristol area. We run four teams in the Bristol & District Chess League.

Whatever your playing strength, you are very welcome to come along to one of our club nights. You are under no obligation to join until you've had a few visits to try us out. We play at 1 Redland Park, next to the United Reform Church, just off Whiteladies Road (see map). We are normally open on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 10:30pm between September and April. Click here to check the list of open dates and here for the Club Secretary's contact details.

28 Aug A list of Horfield Fixtures is now available.
19 Aug The new season kicks off on 1 September with Horfield B v Horfield A. Fixtures are on the League's website. Note there has already been at least one change. Grendel A v Horfield B has moved from Tuesday 15 September to Wednesday 16 September.
16 Jun Two of Jim Boyce's games have been published on the League website:
Alex Easton v Jim Boyce (1981)
Jim Boyce v Jim Will (1982)
8 Jun We are sorry to have to report the death of Jim Boyce. Jim was a leading player in Bristol over several decades. He joined Clifton in 1963 and played in the Bristol League for 50 years. He was Bristol Champion on three occasions (1972, 1975 and 1983) and played in a number of championship Clifton sides. In 2009 he moved to play for Horfield where he became a much respected captain of the C team. The funeral will be on Tuesday 16 June at 12:30 at South Bristol Crematorium with a reception afterwards at the Woodspring Golf Club.
27 May The AGM minutes are now available.
19 May Horfield B stay in Division 1!
22 Apr Congratulations to Downend A who are this season's champions despite losing to our B team last night. Horfield A can finish second. Horfield B are battling with University A and Clifton B to see who joins CLifton C for the drop to Division Two.
22 Apr Congratulations also to Steve Dilleigh who tied for second place in the Bristol Spring Congress Open.
22 Apr The Club AGM will be on Tuesday 5 May at 19:30.
13 Apr We have received the sad news that Chris Carter, secretary of the Bristol League for many years in the eighties and nineties, and prime mover of Grendel, has died.
13 Mar There are no home matches on Tuesday, 17 March and the club will be closed that night.
6 Mar We're having an informal evening at the Club next Tuesday, 10 March, starting at 7.30. There will be a team quickplay event (devised by Mike Harris, who says that teams will share one clock; details of this unusual event will be revealed on the night!). Looking forward to what I hope will be an enjoyable evening for as many of us as are able to attend (do try to come if possible!)
5 Dec We shall be having a Horfield & Redland club evening on Tuesday 23 December. The exact format isn't decided but basically the idea will be to have some light-hearted chess games at a quick rate of play and then for those who fancy it to repair to a nearby curry-house. Play starts at 7.30.
24 Aug Our season curtain-raiser is an informal night at our usual (U.R.C.) venue on 2 September. This should be a good opportunity to brush off the cobwebs and prepare for the coming season. Anyone who might like to join us this would be a good time to come along!

Our first competitive matches are on 9 September. The fixture list is now available, so it will be possible to put dates in diaries. Best wishes for what we hope will be a successful season!
22 May Club championship results: Andrejs 3/3 Club Champion and winner of Davies Trophy; Kajetan, Derek, Christopher, Peter 3/5; Carl, Frank 2/2; Mike H, Phil, Nigel 2/5 (Nigel U150 Trophy winner); Roger 1.5/2; Jon 1.5/5; Howard 1/1; Mike L, Harvey 1/2; Rob, Graham 1/5; Marvin 0/1.

Congratulations to our winners. The last game to finish decided the championship between Andrejs Olehnovics and Kajetan Wandowicz so there was no easy option for the engravers. They reached a theoretically drawn, but difficult to defend, rook + h and f pawn v rook ending. Kajetan missed the stalemate resource so Andrejs completed an impressive 3/3 against rivals Kajetan, Christopher and Derek to win the event from just one evening’s results.
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