Met Office Chess Club

 
   
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Met Office (Berks) Chess Club 1961 - 2003
The Club's history in Harrow, Dunstable, and Berkshire is at www.chessdevon.co.uk > Archives > News > Met Office (or use the links above). We left many members behind in Bracknell; the history describes their recent links with Devon chess. Our Slowplay & Blitz club tournament Champions from 1975 to the present day are also listed.
Met Office HQ Chess Club 2004 -
Contact us See the list of members and grades below.
Venue

Met Office FitzRoy Road EXETER Devon EX1 3PB

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/location/exeter.html

Car Met Office is sign-posted off Honiton Road ¼ mile from M5 Junction 29. Visitors should press the entry-phone button at the traffic barrier, and follow instructions and signs to the Visitors Car Park. Cross the footbridge over the ponds, and follow the slate paved stream to the main entrance and Reception.

Public Transport

- Buses

- Trains

Until 7pm the Met Office is served directly by 3 bus routes - 56 (St Davids to Exeter Airport), H1 (St Davids to Business Park), B north-bound (Digby Station - Met Office - Pinhoe station - City Centre - Marsh Barton ).

Buses 60 380 92 PR2 SR4, bus B south-bound to Sowton and Digby, and after 7pm the H1, serve Honiton Rd Park & Ride (6 minutes walk).

Two rail stations Pinhoe (Exeter - Yeovil) and Digby (Exmouth - Paignton) are about a mile walk, and both are served directly by bus B until 7pm. Bus H1 and the trains run until about 10:30pm - well after the end of our chess matches.

Chess Matches

Home matches are normally played on Tuesday evening (6:30 - 9:30pm).

Several keen members have departed the Met Office, so for 2009-10 we will have fewer than the 4 teams we fielded in 2008-09. The B and C teams finished mid table, the A and Rapid teams 4th of 4 but each team scored a result against Exeter.

A : Div 1 <600
B : Div 2 <475
C : Div 3 <400
R : DCCA Newman rapidplay <525
Weekly club meetings The club meets most Thursday lunchtimes at 12:30 in our coffee shop for grandmaster analysis, match post mortems, or rapid play chess.
Members

Steve Murray and Wilf Taylor play for Devon county. Steve also plays for Exmouth, Wilf for Newton Abbott, Gil Ross for Seaton. The Met Office Chess Club hosts DCCA committee meetings. Wilf organises the south-west regional qualifier for the Civil Service championships.

Grades

Below is everyone who has played for us in Devon since 2004. Grades shown are post-credit-crunch devalued New Grades or estimates.

Work Tel
01392 88
Email Addresses
@ metoffice.gov.uk
J Stephen Murray
145
Captain
6366
steve.murray

Wilfrid RP Taylor

149
Captain
4075
wilf.taylor
Neville S Lane
e 145
 
Richard Wood
e 150
 
Lee Gillard
135
 
William H Hand
112017H
e 115
     
Graham Bramley
114
 
David Thomson
112
     
Paula Taylor
none
     
FORMER
MEMBERS
 

 

Andreas Keil
180
 
Ian R Simpson
153
     
Gil H Ross
128
     
Gareth Ward

113

     
Jeremy Brooks
none
     
Guy Robinson
none
 
Fixtures & Results
LEAGUE
2009 - 10
HOME TEAM
AWAY TEAM
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
 
2008 - 09
       
Ex&DL Div 2
Tu 11-11-2008
Met Office B
2
-
2
Tiverton A
Ex&DL Div 3
W 19-11-2008
Met Office C
1
-
3
Sidmouth C
Ex&DL Div 2
W 26-11-2008
Seaton A
3
-
1
Met Office B
DCCA Newman
Tu 02-12-2008
Met Office R
3.5
-
4.5
Exmouth R
DCCA Newman
W 10-12-2008
Tiverton R
8
-
0
Met Office R
Ex&DL Div 3
Tu 13-01-2009
Exeter Gambits
2
-
2
Met Office C
Ex&DL Div 2
Tu 03-02-2009
Met Office B
2
-
2
Exeter Pawns
Ex&DL Div 2
Tu 10-02-2009
Sidmouth B
1
-
3
Met Office B
Ex&DL Div1
Tu 17-02-2009
Exeter Rooks
2
-
2
Met Office A
Ex&DL Div1
Tu 03-03-2009
Met Office A
1
-
3
Sidmouth A
DCCA Newman
Tu 10-03-2009
Met Office R
4.5
-
3.5
Exeter R
Ex&DL Div 3
Tu 17-03-2009
Met Office C
2.5
-
1.5
Seaton B
Ex&DL Div 3
W 25-03-2009
Tiverton B
2
-
2
Met Office C
Ex&DL Div1
Tu 31-03-2009
Met Office A
1.5
-
2.5
Exmouth A

Andreas Keil is Civil Service Champion for 2008
Andreas Keil is the first Devon player for many years to become National Civil Service Champion.

In an outstanding 2009 season Ian Simpson (122) scored 8 wins 4 draws 0 losses for / at the Met Office, playing to ~153 (old grade) which happens to be his 2008 indicative New Grade. Ian plays an opening which all his opponents cannot counter. In his Rapidplay match he nearly beat 164 twice but missed a mate in one in the drawn game. In the Civil Service south-west qualifier (where he did lose), Ian's 3rd place takes him to the 2009 Nationals at Leeds after Sean Pope declined his place.

2008 & 2009 handicap Blitz results

2009 :

2008 : Graham Bramley (94) = Lee Gillard (e121) = Wilf Taylor (134) all 6/10 after playoff >>
>> Gareth Ward (90) 4/8 >> David Thomson (e92) 1/8.

 
WHITE
         
BLACK
 
16/01/2009
Lee Gillard
e121
1
-
0
e92
David Thomson
20/01/2009
Lee Gillard
e121
0
-
1
122
Ian Simpson
20/01/2009
Gareth Ward
90
0
-
1
e92
David Thomson
27/01/2009
Graham Bramley
94
0
-
1
e121
Lee Gillard
27/01/2009
Ian Simpson
122
1
-
0
90
Gareth Ward
03/03/2009
David Thomson
e92
0.5
-
0.5
94
Graham Bramley
05/05/2009
Lee Gillard
e121
1
-
0
90
Gareth Ward
05/05/2009
Ian Simpson
122
1
-
0
e92
David Thomson