Welcome to the Billericay Chess Club Website.
Billericay Chess Club is a small thriving club, which currently has around 14 active members, who range in strength from beginner level up to county standard.
The club currently fields four teams across two chess leagues. This includes three teams ('A', 'B' and 'C') in the North Essex League and a further team in the Southend & District League. The Club competes in the highest division of both Leagues, with the Club's 'A' team being placed in the top flight of the North Essex Chess League.
In addition to league chess, the club also organises a number of internal competitions as well as offering the opportunity to play informal games on a regular basis.
The club meets on Wednesday evenings, from 7.30pm, in the Community Room at Anisha Grange, on Outwood Common Road and caters for players of all standards.
Whether you are an existing Club Member, an experienced chess player or someone new to the game, we hope that you will something of interest, within the pages of this website.
The Week Ahead...
This Wednesday (26th Oct), the Billericay 'A' team play in their first North Essex match of the season. The 'home' match will be against Writtle 'A' who, earlier this year, defeated the 'A' team 3½-½. Writtle 'A' went on to become runners up in the league, losing out narrowly to Chelmsford A, on board points, and the match is likely to prove a tough challenge for the Billericay players.
Last season, Billericay earned themselves promotion back to Division 1 of Southend League and, last week, they played their opening match in the top flight, against Temple Sutton I. The match was closely contended, and wasn't decided until the very end of the playing session.
On Board 1, Ian Reynolds had to settle for a draw against Dan Hedges, having no advantage in a Knight v Bishop endgame, were he struggled to defend a doubled pawn. Meanwhile, an early Board 2 win from Robert Killeen (Billericay) over Kit Long-Siu was countered by Ashley Carr's Board 6 win, for Temple Sutton, against Dale Bailley. A further draw, for Ian Morgan (Billericay) against John Marshall, kept the match tightly in the Balance.
Towards the end of the evening, the Billericay I team captain, Richard Davies, managed to overturn a struggling position against Gary Perks, to put Billericay into the lead but it was still all down to the final Board 5 game, between Jeff Goodwin and Melvin Pool to decide the final outcome of the match. During adjournment, Jeff Goodwin, was pleead to report that he had secured a draw, to enable the team to win their match with a final score of 3½-2½.