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Gravesend Chess Club meets every Tuesday night (8pm) at The Waterloo Tavern, 55 Wellington Street, Gravesend. DA12 1JQ If you would like to play chess come and join us.

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Gravesend Chess Club Returns To Over The Board Chess


Gravesend Individual Rapid-Play Champion 2021

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Congratulatons to Ejikeme Onyewuchi who became Gravesend Rapid-Play Champion on Thursday 23rd December. Ejikeme scored an impressive 5.5 out of 7 in his first internal competition at Gravesend.

Thanks to everyone who attended. It was good a very enjoyable evening and we hope to have another event in the new year.

Gravesend Chess Club is happy to welcome Danny, Ejikeme and Mark to the club. It is great to have new players joining us during these difficult times.

Gravesend Chess club returned to over the board chess this week with a pairs tournament at The Waterloo. Following the Emergency AGM on the 18th August it was decided that the club would return to playing chess at our home venue. We are undecided at the moment if we will be entering any competitions against other clubs this coming season.

The club had been playing online each week for the last year and a big thank you should be given to both Bernard Lis and Bill Breslin for making this happen. These weekly online tournaments were great for keeping the club together at a time when we were unable to meet up.

Gravesend ended the 2018-19 chess season in great style winning the Harvey cup on Sunday 19th May. The Harvey Cup team (shown above) played against Snodland in the final and won with an impressive five wins and one draw in the six matches played. Congratulations to captain John Fowers, Paul LeBreton, Kerry Kingston, Mark Houghton, Bernard Lis and Dave Jarrett. It is great to see the club continuing its successful run after winning the En Passant Cup last year and winning the Tom Fuller Cup in the 2015-16 season.

Gravesend has reached the final of the Harvey Cup after a semi final win against Maidstone. The match was very competetive but Gravesend managed to finish with a 4-2 victory. Gravesend now face Snodland in the final.

Congratulations to both the Harvey Cup team and the Tom Fuller Cup team for reaching the semi finals this year. We would like to thank captains John Fowers and Brian Case for their hard work and wish them good luck on reaching the final.

Gravesend started the 2018/19 season with a 5.5 -0.5 win over Chislehurst in the Harvey Cup. This was our first home match at The Waterloo Tavern and it was good to see everyone in great form. There were wins for Kerry Kingston, Phil Humphries, Dave Jarrett, Brian Case and captain John Fowers.

Gravesend had a great finish to the 2017-18 season with two of our five teams reaching the semi finals of the Kent competitions. The Intro team, under the captaincy of Bernard Lis, were very unfortunate to lose on board count in their semi final after a very impressive season. The En Passant team, under the captaincy of Paul LeBreton, managed to just about qualify for the semi final but then played two great matches to win 5-1 and 4.5-1.5 in the semi final and final. This was the first time the club had won the En Passant Cup. Well done to Nav Bansal, Mark Houghton, Paul LeBreton (cpt), Phil Humphries, Dave Clear and Dave Jarrett. Gravesend has had a great start to the 2017-18 season with two wins in the first week of competiton. Paul LeBreton led his En Passant team to victory on Monday 9th of October. There were wins for Nav Bansal and Dave Jarrett in a vey tight match against Chislehurst. This was shortly followed by a win for the Intro team on Thursday 12th of October led by captain Bernard Lis. There were great wins for Dave Jarrett and Bill Breslin in another very close match against Beckenham and Bromley. It was good to see some of our new members playing in competative matches.

Gravesend will be entering two teams into the Summer Quick Play again this season. Many thanks to Bernard Lis and Nav Bansal for agreeing to be team captains. After finishing the long play season without a trophy in 2017 it would be great if one of the Gravesend teams could win. Good luck guys!

The Gravesend teams were very successful in the 2015/16 season but have been off to a slow start in the early matches of the 2016/17 season. We hope that 2017 will prove to be a great year for the club once again.

The new 2016/17 season is almost upon us and it was good to see so many of you attending the Summer Quickplay Team Tournament on Thursday 22nd September. Gravesend will again be competing in five competitons this season. All of our team captains and our elected officers have agreed to continue in their roles for another year. Many thanks to those individuals! The fixtures have now been arranged and can be found on the fixtures page. Good luck in this years matches and hopefully we can have another winning season.

Gravesend have rounded off the 2015/16 season by winning the Tom Fuller Cup at the finals day on 8th May, following on from last year's success in the Harvey Cup. Four of Gravesend's five teams made semi final appearances with the Tom Fuller and Intro teams winning their matches. Player availability for the final meant the difficult decision to field just one team was taken and the captain Bernard Lis led the team to a 3-1 victory over Sidcup.

Everyone at Gravesend Chess Club would like to thank Bernard Lis for all the effort he has put into the club since he joined. Bernard has stepped down from the captraincy of the Intro and the Harvey Cup teams this year. I am glad to say that Bernard is still going to be playing and supporting the new team captains. Thanks to Brian Case and Paul Loasby for taking over from Bernard