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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Other Sports

THIS was a somewhat quieter week for the Barry Chess Club with only two matches played. The results are beginning to show a level of consistency now, particularly with the results from the Bosons and the Quarks.

The Bosons recorded their second consecutive victory having the unusual circumstances of playing four games in four weeks.

We defeated the Penarth Pirates with wins from Matthew Davies, Dave Parsons and Ken Hannah. Steve Cunliffe chipped in with his third draw from four matches to maintain his personal unbeaten start to the season.

This 3.5 – 1.5 win moves the Bosons out of the relegation spots up to the lofty heights of 5th place.

There remain a couple of fixtures to be completed in this round of matches but it seems unlikely we will drop back into the relegation spots next week.

In what seems like a shock to me the Caerphilly Kings destroyed the perennial champions, the Cardiff Castles, and now hold a 4 point advantage at this early part of the season. The Castles could only muster a half a point from this match.

In division 3 the Quarks went down by 3.5 – 1.5 against a strong Bridgend C team. The Quarks managed to earn draws against difficult opponents on the top 3 boards but lost on boards 4 and 5.

So after four matches the consistent Quarks have lost four matches. Three of them by the same score of 3.5 – 1.5, and gaining an extra half point in the other match. The Quarks sit in 8th place and sooner rather than later will need to turn some of these close matches into wins.

In the Alec Wood Trophy we have six representatives in the ‘top 40’.

Pride of place goes to Stephen Bonutto in third place with a ratings increase of 79 points from his 23 matches.

Even better is David Jones who sits in 6th place having gained 62 points but from only three matches. Also represented is Nigel Ralphs, John Stephenson, Sam Jukes and Steve Cunliffe.

The Barry Chess Club meets at 7:30 pm each Monday at the West End Club. St. Nicholas Road, Barry CF62 6QY.

The club is open to players of all standards; whether you are interested in playing competitive chess or just the occasional friendly games.

New players are very welcome to just turn up on the night ,but if you contact one of the club members through the website we can explain what is happening on the night you have in mind, and arrange for someone to greet you on your arrival.

For more details visit our website at

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