Welcome to the Billericay Chess Club Website.
Billericay Chess Club is a small friendly club, which currently has around 14 active members, who range in strength from beginner level up to county standard.
The club currently fields three teams across two chess leagues. This includes two teams ('A' & 'B') in the North Essex League and a further team in the Southend & District League. The Club competes in the highest division in the Southend League and in Divisions 1 and 4 of the North Essex 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.
In the North Essex League, Billericay 'B' outclassed a visiting Clacton 'D side, aconvincing 3½ - ½ midweek win.
On Board 3, David Wilson had found himself outgraded by 10 points, when he faced the experienced Clacton player, Andrew Todd. Nevertheless, in a close fought game, David managed to hold out for draw, whilst the other Boards all turned in Billericay's favour. Jaimie Davis returned his first NECL victory for the club, with his win over David Wood and then Chris Van Veen and team captain, Charles Newman, added to the scoreline with their wins over Clive Hill and Warwick Estlea respectively.
There was less success in the Southend League, where a weakened Billericay I came up against a strong Southend II team. Southend further improved on their line-up which had already beaten Basildon II, 3½-2½ just four days earlier. Fred Whitefield dropped to Board 6 to replace Steve Haggerty and Nick Lacey stepped in to Board 5, to lift the Southend II average team rating to 141.
Facing Nick on Board 5 was Billericay player, Jamie Davies. Despite being outgraded by 42 points, Jamie continued with his run of form and managed to secure an impressive draw with his opponent. A further draw occurred on Board 2, where Essex junior, Madison Bowden, was held by some solid Southend defending; Michael Saunders neatly side-stepping Madsison's early King side attack. With Billericay missing a couple of key players, Southend had the advantage on the mid table-boards and they soon took a commanding 4-1 lead. Billericay managed a late consolation point, as Robert Killeen ground out a top Board win against Alex Davis-Loades, which meant that the the match ended 4-2 to Southend
Elsewhere in the Southend League, Basildon I dominated Thurrock with a 5-1 win. Two top board draws from Gavin Hughes against Dave Kraszewski and from Barry Sheppard against David Millward gave Thurrocks their only point.
Meanwhile, in the North Essex League, Braintree 'A' held league leaders Brentwood A to a draw, to end Brentwood's unbeaten won. After two Boards had ended drawn, Peter Byfords win for Braintree against Chris Willoughby, cancelled out Ron Adams win for Brentwood, against Wayland Medleycott.