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


Just one Club Championship and one Rapid Play game played tonight.

Dave Siddall beat Mike Hodgkinson to go joint 2nd with Alan Hiatt and Bill Hardwick. John Lydon is still in 1st position.

Steve Barnes won against Bill Hardwick in the Rapid Play. Steve’s win put him joint 1st with Kevin Southernwood.



Normal weather was resumed, and it was a busy night at the Chess Club with 3 Knock Out Cup ties, 2 Rapid Play and 1 Club Championship games.

Alan Hiatt and Mike Byrne progressed to the next round of the Knock Out Cup with wins over Bill Burgess and James Ovens. Tom Bradford also progressed to the next round following a very hard fought and interesting draw with Paul Rivers, Tom going through on account of having the lower grading.

In the Rapid Play George Glover and Kevin Southernwood won their games against Bill Hardwick and Dave Willey. Kevin’s win sees him become the Rapid Play Tournament leader.

In the Club Championship, John Lydon won against Drew Miller.  John’s win puts him in 1st place in the Club Championship, although the following pack all have games in hand.



Unfortunately, tonight’s club night has had to be cancelled.

This is on account of the very bad weather conditions making travel unsafe.

Hopefully, everything will be back to normal next week.



It was the Bunratty International chess Festival, held at Bunratty Castle in the Emerald isle this weekend.

Four knights from Carlisle, Ian Mackay, Bill Hardwick, Tom Bradford and Syd Cassiddy joined the grandmasters.

No reports of victories against GM’s, but all did ok, Bill and Ian winning their last games while Syd and Tom played each other and drew. One amusing moment (except for Syd) was when he had a winning position only for his opponent to say “Stalemate.” oops. The Guinness was also good.



It was a fairly quiet night at the club, with many taking it easy after the great weekend at Shap.

Two club championship games were played, resulting in wins for Dave Willley and Dave Siddall against James Ovens and Drew Millar respectively.

Bill Hardwick and Alan Hiatt are still the joint leaders with John Lydon one point behind them.

Alan Hiatt, Mike Hodgkinson, Bill Hardwick, Steve Barnes and John Lydon also attended but didn’t play any competitive games.



Carlisle was very well represented at the Cumbria Individual Tournament with about a dozen players competing.

The Major and minor sections being won by Dave Siddall and Alan Hiatt.

Very Well done and congratulations to Dave and Alan.

Apart from the 2 winners, there were other good performances from the Carlisle players.

Tom Bradford and Ian Mackay played the final top board games against Alan and Dave. Steve Barnes and Bill Henderson played the final games on board 2.

Many thanks also to Peter Hanks for organizing and running the tournament.


Bill Hardwick and Ian Mackay have produced a list of Chess Congresses that one or both of them will be attending this year. Click on the link below to view the list and feel free to join them.