Chess News

15 October 2020

More success for New Milton with a great performance by Reenen winning last night’s Ringwood Blitz event with Peter Manning finishing second.


14 October 2020

In the latest Team Battle on 12 October, New Milton finished a creditable 4th out of 7 teams with a very fine performance from Reenen Du Toit scoring 16 points with only one loss in eight games and finishing third in the individual scores. David Bradley-Brock, Peter Manning and Tim Jones gave excellent support.

Reenen also came 2nd in the Wednesday evening Blitz on 30 September so is in very good form.


4 July 2020

The Con Club has reopened for meals and drinks but games are currently prohibited.


21 March 2020

League chess, internal competitions and social chess are suspended and the Conservative Club is closed until further notice.


10 March 2020

Tonight the A Team dew 2-2 with their nearest rivals,Bournemouth A. John Belinger and Peter Manning drew their games and everything hinged on the final game when David Bradley-Brock seized the initiative and his queen and rook combined to force his opponent’s king up the centre of the board and he finished off the game with a deadly pawn fork of king and queen.

With two matches remaining, The A Team still leads the second division by two points.

In a recent fixture the B Team lost 1.5 – 2.5 to closest rivals  Poole C although Tim Jones managed a fine win and Barry Jolly drew. Poole C now look strong favourites to win the third division.


1 March 2020

Tim Jones had an impressive result in the Fareham Congress. Playing in the under 155 Section he scored 3.5 points out of 6 with 2 wins and three draws.


18 February 2020

The A Team defeated Wimborne C by 3.5 – 0.5 with wins from David Bradley-Brock, John Belinger and Steve Disney and a draw by Reenen du Toit.

The C Team were less successful going down to Bournemouth C 1.5 – 2.5 with a win from Simon Bown and a draw from Tim Jones.


20 January 2020

The B Team went down to its first defeat of the season to Highcliffe C with Simon Bown and Tim Jones the scorers with half a point each.


15 January 2020

The C Team went down to its first defeat of the season to Wimborne F by 1.5 to 2.5 as sickness of key players meant that board 4 was defaulted. Johann Lotter scored a win and Tim Jones a draw.


13 January 2020

The second half of the season kicked off with the C Team defeating Southbourne E by 2.5 -1.5 with wins from Simon Bown and Peter Ashwood and a draw by Tim Jones.

The A Team then defeated Highcliffe B 3-1 with wins from Reenen du Toit, David Bradley-Brock and John Belinger. The team now has 11 points out of 12.


17 December 2019

The Christmas Frolic Rapid Play took place over 5 rounds with a time limit of 5 minutes plus 15 seconds per move for each player. An exciting evening of chess with some upsets along the way but in the end class told and the winner was Reenen du Toit with 4.5 retaining his crown. Second was Ian Deswarte guesting from Guildford with 4 points and third was David Bradley-Brock with 3.5 points.


26 November 2019

The A Team defeated Highcliffe B by 2.5  -1.5 with Peter Manning’s victory proving decisive although Highcliffe did well to  hold their own on the top three boards against Reenen, David and John Belinger. The A Team lead the Second Division with 9 points out of 10 at the half-way stage.

On the same evening the C Team defeated Southbourne E 3 – 1 with wins from Tim Jones, John Beasant and Johann Lotter. They lead the Fifth Division with 7 points out of 8.


20 November 2019

In their final match before Christmas, the B Team defeated Highcliffe C by 3-1. Barry Jolly scored first and then Simon Bown won a pawn chase to queen first and then block his opponent’s pawn. Steve Disney succumbed to a fine attack from Andrew Manson but Mihail Nutu gave a display of the power of two bishops combining to attack a wandering king and eventually he had four united passed pawns advancing to the sixth rank to finish the game.

At the half-way stage of the season the B Team has 5 wins out of 5 matches which is very impressive for the newly promoted team.


14 November 2019

The A Team scored a convincing 3.5 to 0.5 win over Wimborne C with wins from Reenen du Toit, David Bradley-Brock and Peter Manning and a draw by John Belinger. Pete’s game was the most exciting aa his opponent missed a winning opportunity but Pete then counter-attacked and wove an intriguing mating net around his opponent’s king.

8 November 2019

The B Team scored a superb win over Poole C, 3-1, despite being out-graded by an average of 23 grading points per board. Barry Jolly, Mike Honey and Tim Jones scored the victories.

The C team defeated Bournemouth C, 3.5-0.5, with wins from Tim Jones and Peter Ashwood and a draw by John Beasant. Bournemouth defaulted on board 4.


29 October 2019

Recent matches resulted in a victory for the A Team over Bournemouth A, 2.5-1.5, the B Team defeating Wimborne B 2.5-1.5 and the C Team drawing 2-2 with Highcliffe E.

Winners for the A Team were David Bradley-Brock and John Belinger with a draw from Peter Manning. Mihail Nutu and Tim Jones continues their fine run of form with wins for the B Team with Mike Honey securing a draw to seal the match. Tim was also a winner in the C Team match with Johann Lotter achieving his first victory in league play.

18 October 2019

All our teams have been in action this week starting with the C Team which defeated Poole E with wins from Tim Jones and Simon Bown and a draw by John Beasant. The B Team match against Wimborne D was a three board match due to a shortage of players and Tim and Simon played as reserves with both scoring wins and Steve Disney drawing to give a 2.5-0.5 victory. The A Team then played Southbourne B with Davis Bradley-Brock and John Belinger giving us a 2-0 lead but our other boards went down so the final result was 2-2.

14 October 2019

The Dorset Open Congress took place over the weekend with very good representation from our Club.

A star performer was Tim Jones in the Minor Section (under 115) scoring 4 points out of 5 with three wins and two draws. He finished joint second with 3 other players behind the outright winner and shared in the prize money..

John Belinger managed 3.5 out of 5 in the Intermediate Section (under 135) with two wins and three draws finishing finishing joint second with three others behind the outright winner and shared in the prize money.

Pete Manning braved the Major Section (under 160) and scored 3 points out of 5 with one win and four draws which was a very impressive performance given that all his opponents were graded in the 150’s. This performance qualified for the grading prize.

Reenen du Toit found the going tough in the very strong Open Section scoring 1.5 out of 5.


24 September 2019

The B Team started their campaign with a 3-1 victory over Southbourne C with Mihail Nutu and Barry Jolly scoring the full point with Steve Disney and Simon Bown making draws.


17 September 2019

An excellent start to the season with victory for the A Team over Wimborne B by 2.5-1.5 with wins by Peter Manning and John Belinger against higher graded players with Reenen du Toit securing a draw to win the match. In a very exciting game David Bradley-Brock was close to victory as he forced his opponent’s king up the board but trying to deliver checkmate and parry his opponent’s threats whilst playing on the 30 second increment proved too much and he lost on time.


23 August 2019

Mihail Nutu continued his fine run of form with a score of 4 out of 6 in the David Lockwood Memorial Event held at Poole on 17 August. This included a stunning victory overAlan Pleasants who is graded at 191 and won the under 130 grading prize. The format was 10 minute blitz games.


8 July 2019

Congratulations to Mihail Nutu who was the winner of the Intermediate Section in the Dorset Closed Tournament with a score of 3.5 points from four rounds.


29 May 2019

The High Milton team was unable to achieve a victory over Wimborne F which would have made them champions of Division 5. Indeed it took an exciting win by Tim Jones from a very unpromising position to draw the match, Peter Ashwood being the other victor.


24 May 2019

The A Team drew their final match against Wimborne B with wins by David Bradley-Brock and Barry Jolly. This meant that a very commendable 2nd place in Division 2 was achieved.


14 May 2019

The B Team were victorious in their final match against Highcliffe C, 2.5-1.5, although it was a very tight match  with wins by Steve Disney and Mihail Nutu and John Belinger escaped with a draw when his opponent blundered in a winning position.


8 May 2019

Reenen Du Toit retained his status as Club Champion but it was a very close run thing with his last round opponent , Steve Disney, running out of time in a tight position and Peter Manning surrendered his leadership position going down to Mihail Nutu.


4 May 2019

The B Team are champions of Division 4 as Southbourne lost to Highcliffe and we now have a 4 point lead with only one match remaining.


3 May 2019

The B Team defeated Purbeck 3-1 with a win by Mihail Nutu and draws from Steve Disney and Simon Bown. John Belinger won his game by default as his opponent did not show up. A draw in the final match against Highcliffe C will be sufficient to win the 4th division even if Southbourne D win their two remaining games.


1 May 2019

Congratulations to Peter Manning on winning the Club Knock-out competition defeating Steve Disney in the final.

The A Team defeated Poole C 3-1 with wins for Reenen Du Toit, David Bradley-Brock and Barry Jolly. With one match left they are second in their division.

The B Team lost 2.5-1.5 to Wimborne E with a win from Mihail Nutu and a draw from Steve Disney. They need a win and a draw from their two remaining games to win their division.

The High Milton team were defeated 2.5-1.5 by Poole F with a win from Rachel Richardson and a draw by Mihail Nutu. Despite this setback, if they can win their last match against Wimborne F they will win the division