Chess News


New Milton Chess Club

24 October 2018

The B Team were victorious 2.5 to 1.5 over Wimborne E but the result hinged on the final game to finish when Mihail Nutu  managed to convert a very tricky position into a win which drew a round of applause from the spectators. John Beasant scored the full point and John Belinger drew his game.


19 October 2018

Although without two regular team members our A Team had a convincing 3-1 win over Poole C with Reenen du Toit and Steve Disney winning and Peter Manning and Mike Honey drawing their games.

At the recent 5 round Dorset Open Congress Peter Manning scored 2.5 in the Major Section and John Belinger scored 2.5 in the Intermediate Section. Reenen du Toit had a tough time in the Open Section against more highly graded players scoring 1 point.


11 October 2018

The B Team followed up their 2.5 -1.5 win over Highcliffe C with a 3-1 victory over Purbeck. John Belinger and Simon Bown both won convincingly and it was left to Mike Honey to seal the match in a very tense game when his opponent ran out of time.


18 September 2018

The A Team started the season with a convincing 3.5 to 0.5 defeat of Wimborne B with wins for Reenen du Toit and David Bradley-Brock and a draw by Peter Manning. Barry Jolly won by default as Wimborne came with only three players.


24 July 2018

The first Members’ Rapid Play Tournament was held tonight. Each game was allotted 20 minutes but with time split between the players based on the difference in their gradings. The effect of the handicap system was to give everyone a chance of success. The winner was our club champion, Reenen Du Toit, with 4.5 points from  6 rounds despite been heavily time handicapped in all his games but in joint second place were John Beasant and Mihail Nutu coming ahead of more highly graded players proving that the handicap system did create a  level playing field.


23 May 2018

The A team lost their final match by 0.5 to 3.5 to Highcliffe A who had already gained promotion to Division 1. Barry Jolly scored the solitary draw.


9 May 2018

In their final match of the season the B team salvaged some pride with a very good win against Highcliffe B with John Belinger and Mihail Nutu getting the full point and Steve Disney achieving a draw.


28 April 2018

Following on from their success against Bournemouth B, the A team entertained Ringwood A and had a convincing victory 3-1 with wins for Reenen Du Toit, Peter Manning and Barry Jolly.

The B team gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation with a very good win, 2.5 -1.5, against Southbourne C with Simon Bown and John Beasant  getting the vital wins and Steve Disney getting a draw against a much higher rated opponent. However in the next match against Ringwood B they were unable to repeat that success, going down 2.5 -1.5, despite a win from Simon Bown and a draw by John Beasant. They are therefore relegated.


6 March 2018

NMA played Bournemouth B in a crucial relegation battle. Victory for NM would ensure their place in Division 2 for next season. Barry Jolly and John Belinger had fairly quick draws and it didn’t look promising when Reenen Du Toit had a very level game but Peter Manning had a very difficult position with his opponent having a dangerous passed pawn coming down the board. However Peter kept hassling his opponent’s king with a series of rook checks and his opponent, with virtually no time left on his clock blundered away his passed pawn and left Peter with an easy winning king and pawn endgame so NM were victorious. 


5 November 2017

John Belinger was joint winner of the Minor Section of the Hampshire Chess Congess held at Eastleigh College held this weekend.


July 22 2017:

Peter Manning and John Belinger played at the recent 4NCL Weekend Congress held at the De Vere Hotel on the Wokefield Estate near Reading. Peter scored a solid 2.5 out of 5 in the Major Section including a very good win with the black pieces against a higher graded player in the final round and John Belinger scored 3 out of 5 in the Minor Section.


July 22 2017:

Hearty congratulations to the B Team which has won Division 4 in the Bournemouth and District League for the 2016/7 season.

Team captain Steve Disney scored a remarkable W9 D2 L0 and John Belinger W7 D4 L1 and Alex Gorbayovs W5 D3 L1 made excellent contributions. Other members who played were Peter Ashwood, John Beasant, Mike Honey and Bill Page. Well done to all.

The A Team finished a very respectable third in Division 2 with Barry Jolly the top scorer with 7.5 points out of 10.



December 4 2016:

The Club Championship, run in conjunction with New Milton Conservative Club, has now completed for 2016. After four rounds of competitive chess, the final was contested by the two team captains, Barry Jolly and Steve Disney. Steve won the first game – a form of English Opening – with incisive exploitation of weaknesses in his opponent’s king’s position. He also had enough for a draw after a good opening against the Caro-Kann Defence, but was unable to utilise a queen-side pawn advantage and fell victim to a disruptive counter-attack. A fifteen minute quick play was therefore called upon for the tie-break, with Barry creating and holding onto a two minute time advantage before finishing with a mating manoeuvre against Steve’s king’s position as the pressure of the clock began to be felt.



September 15 2016

Two of our members entered the British Chess Championships held in Bournemouth in July/August 2016 with very good results.
– Reenen Du Toit played in the Week-end Open, scoring a very presentable 2.5 out of 5 against some stiff opposition
– John Belinger went through undefeated in the Under 140s with one win and four draws.
Well done to both.