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  • 2019/06/22
    It is with great sadness that I have to report that Chris Fox of Banbury Chess Club died on the 1st June.
    Chris had been ill for some time but his health deteriated rapidly in the last two weeks.
    Chris played for Banbury Chess Club for almost 15 years.
    He joined after we had a stall at the Canal Day and he won a bottle of wine by solving a chess problem.
    Thereafter he became a regular at the club and it was not long before he became a team captain which he did for many years.
    He was always ready to step in and help out if a higher level team were short of a player.
    Chris was modest about his chess playing ability but in 2015 won the Leamington League Under 90 Individual Cup,
    he twice played in cup winning teams and in 2017 scored a high percentage to help us gain promotion from the Oxford 4th Division.
    He also was a regular for the Warwickshire U100 until illness prevented him from playing.
    He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • 2019/05/31
    As noted below, the League AGM is on the 25th June.
    The agenda is available here
    For the minutes of last years AGM click here

  • 2019/05/22
    Apologies for the lack of updates.
    Firstly:
    The League AGM will be held on Tuesday 25th June at the Olton venue at 7.30
    Agenda to follow

    Secondly:
    The annual 5-minute chess tournament was held at Solihull Blossomfield Club, on Wednesday 1st May 2019.
    There were 41 entries with 3 trophies to play for.
    Phil Holt won the Open section on 8/9, with Mike Donnelly, Alan Lloyd and Mark Cundy equal second.
    It was very competitive with the lead changing several times.
    Frank Jimenez won the Under 140 section with an impressive 6 points and some good wins in the latter stages.
    Ben Larkin won the Under 110, also on 6/9.
    Thanks to Richard and Rob Reynolds for organising and running the Tournament and to Solihull for hosting it.
    For the full results see the Lightning page.

    Thirdly:
    Olton A are the Division 1 Champions,
    Kenilworth B are the Division 2 Champions,
    Shirley and Wythall C are the Division 3 Champions,
    and Shirley and Wythall D are the Division 4 Champions.

    In the Team KO Finals Kenilworth beat Olton in the Open Final,
    Solihull beat Banbury in the U700 Final,
    Stratford 1 beat Daventry in the U120 Final.


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