Southampton Chess Club

Club History

The club was founded in 1883.

Click here for a page recording Club Champions back to the 1920s.

Here are photos from the 2012 prize-giving at the AGM on September 4th.

Gillian Moore - British Seniors Ladies Chess Champion, Torquay 2013

Congratulations to Gillian, in being jointly the first to win the new trophy (donated by the Gibraltar Tourist Office) for this event.

Gillian writes:

Yes, I confirm that I am British Seniors Ladies champion, jointly with Dinah Norman. At the 100th British Chess Championships just finished at Torquay, we finished with equal points in the British Seniors, so share the title and the trophy. We will hold the trophy for 6 months each. I let Dinah have it first, as she and her husband came by car which made it easier to take home than myself on the trains!

So, I am a National chess champion again, of sorts - 47 years after winning the British Ladies title at Sunderland in 1966.

Here's a copy of a photo of Gillian and Dinah with their trophies - we are seeking permission from the webmaster of Keverel Chess to permanently host a copy on this and the Hampshire website.

Gillian and Dinah with cups Torquay 2013

British Championships 2013

Two of our members, Michael Yeo and Oliver Gill have been competing amongst very strong competition in the main section of the British Championship at Torquay and have finished with a very creditable performance.

Michael managed 6 points in 11 rounds against opposition that included four grandmasters and two International Masters, including draws against GM Tony Kosten and IM Jack Rudd, and a win against the Australian International Master (and ChessCafe columnist) Gary Lane.

Michael Yeo

In an apparently pre-planned decision, following his successful entry in the British Championship, Michael Yeo has decided to retire from active chess competition. He will be greatly missed by all members of the club, many of whom will hope that he'll relent at some future date.

Local 4NCL Team Progress

You can follow the progress of the Wessex 4NCL (4 Nations Chess League) team, which includes some Southampton and other local players on this page.