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Scarborough Chess Congress 2020 and British Rapidplay 2020 Cancelled.

Posted by ian on July 29, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (3)

Scarborough Chess Congress 2020 cancelled British Rapidplay 220 cancelled



Fide online Olympiad starts today

Posted by ian on July 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Fide online Olympiad starts today. Watch the action live on youtube. or with the commentary of GM Roeland Pruijssers and WFM Alessia Santeramo.


July 2020 ECF grades, are now on line.

Posted by ian on July 25, 2020 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

New over the board July 2020 grades are now on line.

Manchester Juniors On line chess.

Posted by ian on July 20, 2020 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Manchester Juniors On Line



Since over the board chess has not been possible, Manchester Juniors

have played a in a variety of ON LINE tournaments.

This has included on line games against teams from Edmonton,

Canada, St Petersburg and Rybnik.

We have also fielded teams in the Four Nations Chess League and the

Junior Four Nations Chess League.

These two competitions are restarting in August and we will again enter

Manchester Teams.

Dates of the 4NCL online league games can be found here.

As Manchester Juniors run as a squad, you do not have to be available for all the dates.

If you would like to join the Manchester Juniors email me at


RIP Professor Julian Farrand 1935-2020

Posted by ian on July 19, 2020 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tribute to Julian Farrand

Peter Webster "Condolences to Tom and his family. He played for the Greater Manchester team I captained in my gap year, and had the best individual record that season. I remember him arriving breathless at a venue in Worcestershire just before the default time and bashing out 1...Nc6 in response to 1 e4, and quickly getting a winning position".

Julian Farrand vs Harry Golombek British Chess Championships Bristol 1968 Harry Golombek was a three times British chess champion 1947,1949,1955.

Julian Farrand winning for the England senior  Team March 2020

Biel International Chess Tournament July 2020

Posted by ian on July 18, 2020 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the GMT Chessboards at Biel International Chess Festival which starts thsi weekend. Photo Credit @Roman Edouard.

Live games

RIP Neville Hawkins.

Posted by ian on July 16, 2020 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (1)


I am sorry to inform you that Neville Hawkins who used to be involved in


Manchester chess died on Friday 10th July aged 88 years.


Nina Hawkins

Bernard Sharples 12 March 1938 to 14 July 2020

Posted by ian on July 15, 2020 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (2)



It is with immense sadness that Bury Chess Club have to announce the death this morning of our club President, Bernard Sharples



Bernard died peacefully  at home, at 5 pm on 13th July.  Having very recently been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus; he was 82; he is survived by his wife Marjorie



Bernard was a member when the club formed in 1956 having played chess at Bury Grammar, and remained a member with only a break in the 1970s when his work as a Tax Inspector took him away from Bury; as well as club President and Committee Member, he was Press Secretary, former first team captain and tournament controller, and also former Auditor of the Manchester Chess Federation



Bernard was close to 200 strength at his peak, and remained a 150 grade player in his 80s, testament to his underlying chess ability, and his determination and mental sharpness



We’re not sure that the club will survive without him, and we can’t imagine we will see his like again; he always made an effort to welcome new players, young and old, to the club, and encourage them whatever their ability



More importantly, Bernard was a gentleman, genuinely interested in others, always happy to listen, put things into perspective, and give any help that he could; he was patient and kind, honest, reliable and trustworthy; everyone liked Bernard



We are all better for having known Bernard, and proud that he was our friend



Mick Norris, Treasurer Bury Chess Club