A warm welcome to the website of Bangor Chess Club; Northern Ireland’s biggest club. We are based in Groomsport, County Down. We invite members and non-members alike to browse the site, and hope you will find the content beneficial. We are constantly striving to improve the site with games and articles, as well as regular updates as to what’s happening at the club and in the league. If you have any suggestions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the link at the top of the site, where you can also alter the size of this text via the Accessibility link.
Please note that we have been obliged to move premises because Groomsport Parish Church Hall (our normal venue) is being renovated until September 2011. For the remainder of the season the Club will meet in the Upstairs Lounge of The Groomsport Inn (formerly The Lock & Quay) on Thursday nights as before. The new location is 50 yards away from the current venue and is situated on the corner of Main Street and the road to the Harbour.
Bangor Chess Club bagan holding their Chess Rapidplay Congress back in 1972. Since then, while the format has generally remained the same, the venue has not with various real money UK online casinos supporting and providing the funding for the venues fees. The Congress has always enjoyed the support of Ulster Chess players and continues to an important event in the Ulster Chess Calendar and a great start to each year’s playing season.
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- Tournament Format
- Bangor’s Chess Congress is a Rapidplay competition; a 6 Round Swiss Tournament with 30 minutes on the clock completed in a single day. The Congress is traditionally held in late September, not long before the regular League Season begins. Because of this timing, it is often the first time local Chess players meet together since the previous years league season ended in May, and of course a good opportunity to get back into competitive chess. Still, the Congress is as much a social occassion as a competitive chess event. Make a date in your calendar!
- 23rd Bangor Chess Congress 2004, Groomsport. Winner Michael Waters.
- 22nd Bangor Chess Congress 2003, Groomsport. Winner Tom Clark
- 24th Bangor Congress
- 24th Bangor Congress in Groomsport on Saturday 24th September 2005
Lots of activity already planned for the new season…
Bangor Chess Club meetings are on Thursday evenings from about 7:00pm till late. The early start is to help children attend and get some game play with help from adult members – contact Harry Patterson for more info. Adult members usually arrive from 7:30 onwards with league games scheduled to start at 8:00.
National Chess Week In support of Barnardo’s, the club will host a simultaneous match against one or more senior members. Full details are not available at the moment, come along on Thursday night and take on the best – with the odds in your favour! Good Luck !
With the continuing rise in member numbers, again this year, we expect to field an additional team to compete in the Ulster Chess Union League. This brings our league entries up to four 5-man teams.
- Carnegie division 1
- Groomsport division 1 – promoted last year
- Winston division 2/3
- Templar division 2/3
Details of last years league results are available on the RVH club pages. We hope to be able to keep our own score tally this year 😉
Bangor Chess Club hosted our 22nd Annual Congress on 20th September. Visit the Congress page for a review of the event.
Contacts and Officers 2014/2015
- President: Richard Proctor
- Treasurer: Martin Rogers
- Secretary: Owen Wilson
- Team Captains
- Carnegie – Mark Newman
Groomsport – Richard Proctor
Winston – Richard Morrow
Templar – Drew Ferguson (provisional)
If you would like to join the club, or renew your current membership, please download and print the Membership Application Form, then bring the completed form and membership fee to the club on a Thursday night. If you have any queries, you can talk to us via the Contact link at the top of this page.