IVANHOE SOCIAL CLUB

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Page updated : Fri 3rd November 2017

Chess

Ashby Ivanhoe Chess Club meet in the front lounge at the Ivanhoe Social Club every Thursday.

The club has players of all abilities and always welcomes newcomers no matter what previous experience they have had. If you think you might like to give it a try why not come and join us on a Thursday night from 7:15 onwards. If you would like to know more please contact Neil Roberts on 01530 455957 or 07804 743471 or by email on njhammer@ntlworld.com

The Club currently has 25 adult and 8 junior members and has 5 teams playing in Leicestershire & Rutland Chess Association [LRCA] League.

More information about our progress, matches and members can be found on the lrca.stewartsplace.org.uk web-site.

History

The Chess club was founded in 1992 by Geoff Whetton. Originally this was for people to simply play social chess, but we entered the Leicestershire league the following year. The club thrived, but unfortunately the standard of play wasn’t high enough to make much of an impact on the league.

In 1997 Ashby Chess club joined with Coalville Academy Chess Club in a mutually beneficial amalgamation. Coalville had some strong members, but dwindling numbers, whilst Ashby had a rising membership.

An unsettled period followed as we tried various venues, until we moved to our present location at the Ivanhoe Social Club. We consequently changed our name to “Ashby Ivanhoe Chess Club”.

League success came a few years later as we won the Division 3 and 4 titles in 2008, and again in 2010.

In 2010 the club decided to advertise for new members and improve facilities in hopes that Ashby Ivanhoe Chess club would step up a level. An extensive library of chess books was created, equipment modernised, an advertising campaign for new members launched and (more recently) a Chess School for juniors was opened.

In 2014 Ashby Chess club competed in the LRCA top tier for the first time in its history, and now fields five teams, more than any other club in the league.

Despite our recent competitive success, we are proud of Ashby Ivanhoe Chess club’s traditional reputation as a friendly and welcoming chess club and are determined to maintain this. People of all ages and playing abilities are welcome, and help is always on hand to improve your game.

Chess League News

The 2016/17 League season finished with mixed results for our teams.

The 1st Team had a tough season in Div 1 and narrowly failed to avoid relegation.

The 2nd Team won the Div 3 title.

The 3rd Team finished as Runner-up in Div 4.

The 4th team were Div 5 champions.

The 5th Team finished in a respectable mid position in the same Division.

Particularly pleasing was the performances of 2 of our juniors, Daniel Chen and George Worrow-Goodin in helping win the Div 5 title, the winning team seen here. 5th Team Div 4 Winners

The new league season has now started. Re-arrangement of the LRCA Leagues and our team structure has resulted in the 1st Team being in Div 2, the 2nd Team in Div 3, the 3rd & 4th Teams in Div 4 and the 5th Team in Div 5.

So far the 1st Team have started well, winning all three of their matches.

The 2nd Team have three tough matches and have just 1 point so far.

The 3rd Team have had a win, a draw and a loss leaving them in mid table.

The 4th team have started then season well, with 2 wins and 2 draws putting them top of the Division.

The 5th Team have only played 1 match. They gave one of the strongest teams in the Division a good game, but were not quite good enough.

Club Championships

Last season’s Club Championship was won by for the first time by Alan Agnew after a close fought match with Richard Vann and in the Under 100s Championship Will Pettican beat Mike Griffiths in the Final.

The 2017-18 Championship has now started, with Alan as strong favourite.

Juniors

Our Junior Squad is still going strong, with a number of the youngsters now representing us in competitive matches.

We do have space for a couple more and would particularly welcome children or grand-children of Ivanhoe Social Club members. We have a team of adults who provide coaching and arrange matches. We meet in the Front Lounge at 6:15 every Thursday and, although the Junior session ends at 7:15, some of the juniors stay on to take on the adults – often very successfully.

Our Junior Championship this year was won by Cameron Carlin with Joseph Mewies finishing in 2nd place.