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RFCC Rapidplay 2012
Setting up for the rapidplay

The 2012 club rapidplay took place on Wednesday 8th August in glorious sunshine. But unfortunately indoors! The usual suspects turned up except for Mike Round who in a pique of chess humanitarianism decided not to turn up and slaughter all and sundry. This left the tournament wide-open with many players fancying their chances. The rapidplay was a 6 round event with each player having 15 minutes per game. This would give just enough time to avoid those typical blitz blunders that can sometimes occur....or would it?! No, the extra thinking time simply allowed players to come up with even more imaginative blunders as the cussing and cursing, deep sighs and moans still reverberated around the Parochial Hall.


Rich "lager top" Archer was the first to jump into the lead and faced David "collapses after 2 games" Hirst. A tragically boring draw ensued allowing them to be swamped by Clive "clock-pressing lecturer" Davies. Also, Warren "Bulmer's" Dennison was prowling around the top of the leaderboard after the first few rounds. Then came a charge by Andy "fast-fingers" Ross. It was all hotting up at the top of the leaderboard as Paul "cracking tan" Howden tricked a barely conscious Hirst into losing his queen and was chasing down the leaders. In the end, the rapidplay came down to a three-way tie for first place as well as a two-way tie for second place, such was the close nature of the contest.  

The tricky Paul Howden!


Club 15 MinuteTop Finishers
Clive Davies
Warren Dennison
Andy Ross
Paul Howden
Peter Clark
Rich Archer
Helmut Auer
David Hirst
Neil Bolton
Alex King


Congratulations are in order to Clive Davies, Warren Dennison and Andy Ross who all finished on 4/6 points and thus shared the honours. Close behind were both Paul Howden and Peter Clark who continues to impress. A good time was had by all. What with the good weather a second contest was put on at the end of the main event. As many of the players were wearing shorts, the inaugural Rose Forgrove knobbly-knees championship was keenly contested. The outright winner was Warren Dennison with both Rich Archer and Alex King taking the silver medal. However, the smart money is on Davies to usurp Dennison next week if the weather continues to be warm.

the rapidplay 2012 winners









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Club History
Club History

A basic guide to the beginnings of Rose Forgrove Chess Club and the most recent successes that it has enjoyed

RFCC Photo Album
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A collection of photographs taken in recent years of the players, venues and events of Rose Forgrove Chess ClubL

RFCC Competitions

A look at how the 2011 club events held during the summer months panned out

Rose Forgrove Rapidplay


The club rapidplay championship was played out on Wednesday 3rd August 2011. The format was a 9 round affair made up of five 15 minute games. The event threw up some frantic finishes

Rose Forgrove Lightning


The club lightning championship was a 6 round event with players having to move 'on the buzzer', beginning with a 10 second timer and moving on to 5 seconds per move if necessary.

Rose Forgrove Blitz


The club blitz championship was a 12 round format with each player having the allotted 5 minutes to complete their game. Players drawn against each other would play two games.

Rose Forgrove Handicap


The club handicap championship was a 6 round affair made up of 20 minute games. Time allocation for each player was dependent on their grade and the grade of their opponent.


RFCC Championship

The 2011 Rose Forgrove club championship was a wide-open and dramatic affair with more than a few twists

Rose Forgrove Championship

The Opening Round

Unfurl the banners, sound the fanfare, bring out the bunting and leap like a gazelle with joy. Why? The club championship got underway, of course!

Rose Forgrove Championship

Rounds 2,3,4 & 5

Some serious shuffling of positions on the club championship leaderboard! Who would be left in with a shout at the winning the coveted title?

Rose Forgrove Championship

The Final Round

Drama to surpass anything your boring telly can offer. This years' nail-biter of a club championship went to the wire!