Club Championship, K/O Cup, Rapid Play and News


The first club night of 2022.

In  the Club Championship James Ovens won against Alan Little.

Three rapid play games were played.

John Lydon won against Bill Hardwick, Paul Dalgleish won against James Ovens and Alan Hiatt won against Paul Dalgleish.



Five competitive games were played tonight, 4 in the Rapid Play and 1in the Club Championship.

The Rapid results were:

Jacek Majewski 3 Paul Dalgliesh 0

Bill Hardwick 3 Paul Dalgliesh 0

Bill Hardwick 3 Paul Dalgliesh 0

Jacek Majewski 3 Alan Little 0

In the Club Championship, John Lydon won against James Ovens.



Tonight the Carlisle A and B teams played each other in a Cumbria League match.

The B team won the match 3 – 1. Ian Mackay, Bill Burgess and Alan Little with wins over George Glover, Alan Hiatt and James Ovens respectively. Dave Willey won for the A Team against Bill Hardwick.


Eight players attended tonight and two competitive games were played.

In the Club Championship Alan Hiatt won against Alan Little. That’s 2 wins from 2 games for Alan H making him the early leader.

In the Rapid Play, Drew Millar won against Jack Majewski.



Drew Millar wins the 2019/2020 Knock Out Cup.

Bill Hardwick presenting Drew Millar with the Knock Out Cup.

It was a very interesting game between Drew Millar and Paul Rivers.

The game ended in a draw, but Drew as the player with the lower ECF grade becomes the champion. Congratulations Drew.

Alan Little beat James Ovens in a graded game.



The 2nd 2019/2020 Knock Out semi final was played tonight. The result was a win for Paul Rivers against Dave Willey. Paul will meet Drew Millar in the final.



A few more people attended tonight, and the first competitive game in over 18 months was played.

It was the semi final of the 2019/2020 K/O Cup (Believe it or not), and resulted in a win for Drew Millar against Bill Hardwick.



The club has now been open for 3 weeks, and people have been attending but with the Covid 19 Pandemic still on going attendances have been lower than in previous years. However the club has been helping to promote the game in far away Niger.

The following is a link to the on line version of the newspaper article.

Carlisle chess club aims to spread the game in schools (and Africa) | News and Star


2021 AGM

Due to the pandemic this was the 1st AGM for 2 years.

After a very long absence the Chess Club was able to return to the bungalow. After the meeting some OTB chess was played.

Next week will be the 1st club night for playing.



For the first time in months 2 players from Carlisle Chess Club have managed to play an OTB game of chess. Due to the ongoing pandemic it had to be played outside and in line with social distancing regulations.

Drew Millar and Ian Mackay pictured below at the Crown and Thistle in Carlisle.

Hopefully things will continue to improve on the pandemic front, and OTB Chess will become a frequent event once more.



Eden Cup

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic this year the annual Eden Cup match between Carlisle and Penrith was played on line using as the platform.

A couple of the scheduled games didn’t happen (presumably for technical reasons), and were defaulted.

The games that were played all count towards the match score with the 2 that didn’t get played being defaulted.

Carlisle won a close match 4-3.

Well done Carlisle team !!!

The score sheet is shown below.



It was the Jamboree Night in the South Tyne League tonight.

It was a Jamboree Night with a difference. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic it was an on line event so no pictures.

The Carlisle Castles team consisting of John Kelly, Mike Green, Stavros Karampatos and Paul Rivers won the event wit 11 points from 16 games, or 2.75 per player.

Many thanks to Tim Wrigley for organizing the event.

**** Carlisle Chess Club continues to be closed until further notice ****


***** Chess Club Closed *****

Due to the Corona virus pandemic, Carlisle Chess Club is  closed until further notice.



Just one competitive game played tonight.

Drew Millar won his Knock Out Cup game against Bill Henderson.

Drew will now play Bill Hardwick in the next round, the winner of that game will play Robin Moss in the semi final.



Just one Club Championship game played tonight.

That resulted in a win for bill Henderson against James Ovens.



Congratulations to Roy Ellames on winning the Cumbria Open Championship.

Well done Roy.



A quiet night with no games played in any of the competitions.

At the weekend, some players will be I Barrow for the Cumbria Championship, while Ian Mackay and Bill Hardwick will be at the Bunratty Chess Festival in Southern Ireland. Good luck to all of them.



1 Club Championship game, 3 Rapid Play games and a new person (Diana Simon) to welcome to the club.

**** Club Championship ****

Drew Millar 3 Dave Willey 0

Drew’s win puts him in equal 1st position with John Lydon, both with 4 wins from 5 games.

**** Rapid Play ****

John Lydon 3 Alan Little 0

Alan Little 3 Bill Hardwick 0

Bill Hardwick 3 James Ovens 0



1 Knock Out Cup game, 5 Rapid Play games and 2 new people(Richard and Yvonne Griffen) to welcome to the club.

**** Knock Out ****

Mike Byrne won against Tom Bradford and will meet Paul Rivers in the next round.

**** Rapid Play ****

Roy Ellames and Martin Best both had 2 wins, John Lydon had 1.

John Lydon 3 James Ovens 0

Roy Ellames 3 John Lydon 0

Martin Best 3 Bill Hardwick 0

James ovens 0 Martin Best 3

Roy Ellames 3 Bill Henderson 0



Six Rapid Play and one Knock Out Cup games were played tonight, and one new member (Sean Little) welcomed to the club.

**** Knock Out ****

The game between Dave Willey and John Lydon was drawn, but Dave progresses to the next round on account a 1 point difference in the grading.

**** Rapid Play ****

Six Rapid Play games played tonight with Roy Ellames making his entry in style by winning his 3 games. Steve Barnes still heads the table with 30 points from Bill Henderson in 2nd with 18 points.

James Ovens 3 Alan Little 0

Martin Best 3 DrewMillar 0

Drew Millar 0 Roy Ellames 3

Martin Best 0 Roy Ellames 3

Drew Millar 0 Alan Little 3

Bill Hardwick 0 Roy Ellames 3



Three games were played tonight, one in the Knock Out and one in the Rapid Play

**** Knock Out ****

Dave Willey won against James Ovens and will play John Lydon in the next round.

Paul Rivers also progresses to the next round after winning against Alan Little.

**** Rapid Play ****

Steve Barnes won against John Lydon to make it ten wins from ten games. Steve’s lead is now 12 points ahead of 2nd placed Bill Henderson



There as a South Tyne League match between the Austins and Friars, which was won by the Friars (Details on the Cumbria and South Tyne page).

There was just one Rapid Play game which resulted in a win for Steve Barnes against Martin Best. Steve has now won all nine of his Rapid Play games and is nine points ahead in first place with Bill Henderson in second.



The first chess club night of the year was a quiet one with just 2 games being played.

**** Knock Out ****

The game between Bill Hardwick and bill Burgess ended in a draw, so Bill Hardwick progresses to the next round as his grade is a little lower.

**** Rapid Play ****

In the Rapid Play, James Ovens won against Jack Majewski

Congratulations to Robin Moss, winning a tournament in Dublin.

We are hoping to launch a Junior section of the club soon, but are still awaiting permission from the School.

Unfortunately, Alexandra Kirkbride had a serious accident resulting in a broken leg. We all wish her a full and fast recovery.



The Christmas Rapid Play tournament was held tonight.

Unfortunately Drew was ill and unable to run the tournament as he usually does. Bill Hardwick kindly stepped in at short notice to enable the event to go ahead. Roy Ellames won the tournament with 4.5/5, Paul Rivers was runner up with 4/5 and Ian Mackay was 3rd with 3.5/5.

We hope that Drew recovers quickly and is well in time for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.



Last season’s Knock Out Cup Final was played, and resulted in Robin Moss winning against George Glover and making it a clean sweep of Club Championship, Rapid Play and Knock Out Cup wins for the season. Congratulations and well done Robin.

In the Club Championship Drew Millar won against Bill Hardwick to go 2nd behind John Lydon.

In the Rapid Play Bill Henderson won against John Lydon, Bill remains in 2nd place behind Steve Barnes.

Losing finalist George Glover presenting the Knock Out Cup to the winner Robin Moss



The first South Tyne League match took place tonight, so only one Rapid Play game was played.

That resulted in a win for Steve Barnes. With 6 wins from his 6 games Steve extends his lead in the tournament.



Three games played tonight, two Club Championship and one Rapid Play.

** Club Championship **

John Lydon 3 Bill Hardwick 0

Robin Moss 3 Paul Rivers 0

John Lydon leads in the Club Championship with 12 points. Robin Moss, Drew Millar and Dave Willey are joint 2nd with 6 points each and games in hand.

** Rapid Play **

Bill Henderson 3 Dave Willey 0

Steve Barnes leads the Rapid Play with 15 points, Bill Henderson is second with 12 points.



Two Club Championship and one Rapid Play games tonight:

Club Championship

Drew Millar 0 John Lydon 3

Paul Rivers 3 Bill Hardwick 0

John Lydon is now the tournament leader with 9 points, Drew Millar and Dave Willey are equal 2nd with 6 points each.

Rapid Play

Steve Barnes 3 Alan Little 0

Steve Barnes leads the Rapid Play with 15 points (5 wins from 5 games), with Bill Henderson in 2nd place on 9 points.



A good turnout at the club tonight with 6 games being played, 3 in each competition.

Club Championship:

Alan Little 0 John Lydon 3

Alexandra Kirkbride 0 Dave Willey 3

Bill Burgess 0 Drew Millar 3

Drew Millar, Dave Willey and John Lydon are now the joint leaders with 6 points each.

Rapid Play:

Alan Little 0 Dave Willey 3

Bill Henderson 0 Alexandra Kirkbride 3

Bill Hardwick 3 Jack Majewski 0

Steve Barnes still leads the Rapid Play tournament.



In the Club Championship Dave Willey won against Mike Byrne.

In the Rapid Play Bill Henderson and Steve Barnes won against James Ovens and Alexandra Kirkbride respectively, while Alan Hiatt and John Lydon drew their game.



Three games were played tonight.

Club Championship:
Robin Moss won against John Lydon
Bill Burgess won against James Ovens
Rapid Play:
Drew Millar won against Jack Majewski.


In the Club Championship Drew Millar won against James Ovens.

In the Rapid Play John Lydon won against Jack Majewski, and Steve Barnes won against Bill Hardwick. The game between Steve and Bill was decided on time, Bill’s time expired while Steve had just 2 seconds left on his clock!!



The season continued with 1 Club Championship and 3 Rapid Play games.

In the Club Championship Mike Byrne won against Bill Hardwick, to join John Lydon as the early tournament leader.

In the Rapid Alexandra kirkbride won against James Ovens, Drew Millar won against James Ovens, and Steve Barnes won against Drew Millar. Steve now joins Bill Henderson as the tournament leader.



It was the 2nd evening of the new season with another Rapid Play game and a Club Championship game taking place.

The first Club Championship was a tough game between John Lydon and Mike Byrne, which John eventually managed to win and become the early tournament leader.

In the Rapid Play Steve Barnes won against Bill Henderson, but Bill still remains the leader in that tournament.



The new season is now up and running.

It was a quiet opening night with just 2 rapid play games being played. Bill Henderson won both of them against Bill Hardwick and Alan Little respectively, making Bill Henderson the early tournament leader.



Carlisle lost the annual Eden Cup to Penrith 5.5 – 3.5.

The match wasn’t decided until the final game. John Lydon’s game was the last to finish. John needed to win his game for the match to be drawn, but he wasn’t able to do so and ended up losing his game.