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17 May 19
The season all but finished now this was a warm up for next weeks cup final when Dave plays Great Lever. They came with a very strong team and the match result was a draw, with wins from Steve Flaherty and Dave Almond and a very good draw from Bill O'Rourke on the top board so the final score was 2.5 - 2.5. We have already won the league title and would be nice to get the cup double next week!
10 May 19

With the season ending we only had 1 match this week but it was a cup final in the MCF Division D. The match which was away at Chorlton our 4th team against their 4th team. It was a closely fought affair with the final score being 2.5 each!

On our top board Kyle Pelling got a draw against his opponent. Board 2 featured another of our very promising Juniors Tarini Jayawarna and she beat her opponent easily. On board 3 Mark Southby was just beaten by his opponent in a very tight match. Peter Hurn squandered 3 pawns in the opening on board 4 and after his opponent swapped off all the pieces the end was nigh. On board 5 Derek Marsden had a very good win against stronger opposition. So because the score is equal board count was adopted and because this too was even, the bottom board elimination method was used. This gave the cup to Chorlton!

Heywood 4th team who have already secured the league title were very unlucky considering the opponents strength and us missing our usual captain Tony Jinks.

04 May 19

Our talented Junior Kyle Pelling arrived back from Turkey this week after representing his country against the world’s best juniors and managed to get 4 wins out of 9 games played! The Chess club are very proud of him as he looks forward further trips to Romania and Russia in the next few months!

Back to present day we had 4 matches this week with 3 wins and 1 loss.

Heywood 5th team played away against Chorlton ‘4’ and came away with a 3 to 2 win, thanks to wins from Kyle Pelling, Tarini Jayawarna and Derek Marsden. This leaves our 5th team second to our 4th team both are to be promoted to Div C.

In the CLL Div A our ‘A’ team beat Preston ‘A’ by a score of 3 to 2, wins from James Carrington and Bill O’Rourke with draws from Philip Armstrong and Dave Almond. This result means that our A team have won the CLL Division title! Our B team have already won the CLL div B and still have to play in the knock out final!

In the Bury & Rochdale Div B our ‘C’ team were well beaten by a strong team Blue Club ‘C’ by a score of 0.5 to 3.5 our only draw was from Ian Mitchell.

Also in the MCF league Div B our 2nd team played away at Urmston against their 1st team and managed to come away with a 3 to 2 victory thanks to wins from Kyle Pelling, Ian Mitchell and Peter Hurn. We finished 4th in this league.

26 Apr 19

We were scheduled to play 4 matches this week but the game in the B&R League against Tameside was a walk over as they could not field a team so we won that 4 to 0 making us League Champions.!!

Victory as well for Heywood 4th team in the MCF League ‘D’ our final match v Chorlton 4 ended up a 3.5 to 1.5 giving us the league title, with wins from Tarini Jayawarna, Derek Marsden and Peter Hurn with a draw from Steve Mason.

In the CLL Div A our ‘A’ team beat Rochdale by a score of 3 to 2, wins from Phillip Armstrong, Matthew Searles and default win on bottom board. This puts us in 2nd place in this division and only have to beat Preston in the last match to win the league!

In the ELL our last match at home to a strong Clitheroe ‘A’ team ended up just losing by 1.5 to 3.5, with a win from James Wildsmith and a draw from John T Crompton. This result means we finish in 3rd place not bad for our first season in this league
13 Apr 19
We had 5 matches this week with 4 wins and 1 loss! In the MCF div A our First team beat Altrincham 4.5 to 2.5 with wins from Peter Jowett, Martyn Hamer, Carl Tillotson and James Carrington and a draw from Bill O'Rourke. That puts us in second place same points as  3C's '1'  just behind on game difference! In the MCF 'C' Div our 3rd team beat Northenden 5.5 to 1.5 with wins from Dave Almond, Con Carey, Peter Hurn, Tony Jinks and Ross Greenhalgh and a draw from Kyle Pelling. That result leaves us inmid table position. In MCF Div E our 6th team were well beaten by a strong Chorlton 5th team the final score 5 to 0! We finish bottom of Div E with just 2 draws all season. In the CLL Div A our A team beat Crusaders A by a score of 4 to 1 with wins from Bill O'Rourke, Dave Almond and James Carrington and draws from Matthew Searles and John Addison. We end up mid table in the top League. In the B&R Div B our B team beat Bury by 3  to 1 with wins by Dave Almond, Steve Flaherty and Con Carey. This keeps us top of Div B with only 1 match to play.
05 Apr 19
 

We have played 4 matches this week with 3 wins and a draw! In the MCF League Div B our 2nd team beat Chorlton 2nd team by 4.5 to 2.5 with wins from James Carrington, John Addison and a default win on the bottom board as well as draws from Steve Hutchinson, Dave Almond and Con Carey. This puts the 2nd team in third position in the league. In MCF div ‘E’ our 6th team drew at home to Bolton ‘5’ score 2.5 each, we had wins from John T Crompton and Mike Woodbridge and a draw from Peter Hurn. In the Bury & Rochdale Div ‘B’ our ‘C’ team beat Bury away by 3 to 1 with wins by John T Crompton and Ross Greenhalgh and draws by Mark Southby and Ian Mitchell. This puts us third in the league with one match to play! In the Central Lanc’s League Div ‘B’ our ‘B’ team won quite easily with only 4 players against Crusaders ‘C’ team the final score being 4 to 1, wins from Dave Almond, James Carrington, Kyle Pelling and Steve Flaherty. This puts our ‘B’ team top of the league 2 points clear with 2 games left.

 
 
29 Mar 19
 

The Club only had 2 matches this week as the MCF game was postponed. In the Bury and Rochdale rapid play league our A team played twice, the first away at Blue Club of Rochdale against their A team and unfortunately lost by a score of 8 – 2, with consolation wins from our budding junior James Wildsmith! In the other match at home our A team were at home to Tameside A and beat them by a score of 9.5 to 0.5, wins from Martyn Hamer, Bill O’Rourke, Dave Almond and Steve Flaherty. This win puts us in 2nd place in the Rapid play league!

 
 
15 Mar 19
 

We have been in action last week with 3 matches played. In the Bury & Rochdale Rapid play league our A team was missing several vital players and were beaten by Blue Club A team the final score being 7 to 3, but we had wins from Martyn Hamer and Bill O’Rourke. In the B division of the Bury & Rochdale league our B team beat Blue Club C team by 2.5 to 1.5, with wins from Steve Hutchinson and Con Carey and a draw from Steve Flaherty. In the East Lanc’s league we were away at Rossendale against their C team and we ended up winning by 3.5 to 1.5 with wins from Peter Hurn, James Wildsmith and Ross Greenhalgh and a draw on the top board by Mark Southby.

In a recent county match Lancashire beat Merseyside by a narrow margin 6.5 to 5.5! We had 5 players from the Heywood Chess club and these 5 managed to score 4.5 of our 6.5 total! Winners were Steve Mason, Mark Southby, Tony Jinks and Peter Hurn and a draw from Dave Thorpe. This puts us in the County quarter Finals to be played in June or July!

Also we had several Heywood players taking part in the Blackpool Conference just gone with Tarini Jayawarna gaining a grading prize in the Minor and Kyle Pelling also won the Junior prize in the Minor both finished with 3.5 out of 5, so well done to our talented juniors.

 
07 Mar 19
We had a bad week this one with 2 cup matches one win and one loss. In the Bury and Rochdale leagues the A team were beat by Blue club B by 0.5 - 3.5 with a draw from Bill O'Rourke. In the B division our C team drew with Bury 2 - 2 with wins from Ian Mitchel and James Wildsmith. In the cup matches our 6th team were beaten by Chorlton 5 by a score of 3.5 to 1.5, with a win from John T Crompton and a draw from Peter Hurn. In the Hartley trophy our 4th team went to play 3C's 4th team and expected a thrashing, but we ended up with a 2.5 to 2.5 draw with us then winning on board count thanks to wins from Tony Jinks and John T Crompton and a draw from Peter Hurn, this puts us in the final!!
 
 
 
01 Mar 19
 

The Club have been very busy last week with a total 5 games played. We had 3 wins and 2 defeats! In the Bury & Rochdale League Div. B our B team beat Tameside B by 3.5 to 0.5 with wins from Tony Jinks, Con Carey and Steve Hutchinson with a draw on top board by Steve Flaherty. In the Manchester League Div. B our 2nd Team beat Stockport 2nd team by 4 to 3! Wins from Con Carey, John Addison and Steve Mason with draws from Dave Almond and Steve Flaherty gave us the points. In the Manchester league Div. E our 6th team were just beaten by 3C’s 5th team by 3 to 2. Wins from Tony Jinks and Peter Hurn were not quite enough. In the East Lanc’s League Div. 2 Heywood were beaten by Rossendale B team by 4 to 1, with a win by Ross Greenhalgh. In the Central Lanc’s League our A team beat Atherton A team by 4 to 1, this win puts us in 2nd place in the Central Lanc’s League Division A.

 
22 Feb 19
 

We have again been in action again last week with 5 games played. In the Bury & Rochdale League Div. B our C team beat Blue Club C team of Rochdale by a stunning 4-0, wins from Derek Marsden, Ian Mitchell, John Crompton and Ross Greenhalgh. In the Manchester League Div. C our 3rd Team drew away at Worsely by 3.5 to 3.5, we had wins by Dave Almond, Derek Marsden and Peter Hurn and a draw from Steve Mason. In the Manchester league Div. A our 1st team managed to draw against a very strong team 3C’s by a score of 3.5 to 3.5, this was achieved with wins from Nugith Jayawarna, Brett D Lund and James Carrington and a draw from Martyn Hamer, this result puts us 3rd in the A division. In the Bury and Rochdale Div. B our B team beat the C team from Tameside by 3 to 1, with wins Tony Jinks, Peter Hurn and Ross Greenhalgh. In the East Lanc’s League Heywood beat Crusaders C of Blackburn by 3 to 2, wins from Con Carey, Mark Southby and John Pickersgill gave us the victory, this puts us in 3rd place in Div. 2. In the Central Lanc’s Vaux Cup our B team beat Crusaders B by 4 to 1, with wins from Dave Almond, Kyle Pelling and Con Carey and draws from Steve Flaherty and Steve Mason, Heywood B now to face Great Lever in the Cup final.

 
 
15 Feb 19
 

The Club have again been in action last week with 3 games played. In the Bury & Rochdale League Cup match our C team defeated our B team by 2.5 to 1.5! With wins from Ross Greenhalgh and Ronnie Power and a draw from Mark Southby. In the Manchester league div D our 5th team beat Denton’s 2nd team by 3.5 to 1.5 with wins from James Wildsmith, Tarini and Thisumi Jayawarna and a draw from Derek Marsden. In the Manchester League Div. B our second team were well beaten by a very strong team from Great Lever, the final score 6 – 1, our only glimmer of hope was the draws gained by Dave Almond and Con Carey!

 
08 Feb 19

Heywood Chess Club have again been in action last week with 3 games played. In the Bury & Rochdale League Div. B we had 2 matches, our B team lost away at Blue Club C of Rochdale by 3 to 1 with draws from Con Carey and Tony Jinks and in the other match same Division our C team were beaten at home by Tameside B the score was 1.5 to 2.5 with a win from John Pickersgill and a draw on top board by Derek Marsden.  In the Manchester League our 1st team beat Chorlton’s 1st by 5 to 2 with wins from James Carrington, Bill O’Rourke, Carl Tillotson and Nugith Jayawarna and draws from Martyn Hamer and D Brett Lund. Also the club was extremely well represented at the recent Lancashire versus Yorkshire County matches in Bradford.

Nugith Jayawarna, Bill O'Rourke, James Carrington, John Addison, Steve Mason, Peter Hurn, Dave Thorp, Tony Jinks, ian Mitchell and young Tarini and Thisumi Jayawarna were all picked to represented Lancashire amongst 72 players taking part, all of the Lancashire teams now progress to play in the national stages. 

01 Feb 19
 

The Club have again been in action this week with 4 fixtures played. In the Bury & Rochdale Rapid play our A team beat Tameside A by a score of 6.5 – 3.5 with wins from John Addison, Dave Almond, Tony Jinks and James Wildsmith. In the Manchester League our 6th team drew away at Eccles 2.5 – 2.5, with wins from John Crompton and Andrew Heys (albeit by default) and a draw by Peter Hurn. In the CLL Div B our B team beat Leyland A team by 3.5 to 1.5 with wins from Dave Almond, Kyle Pelling and Steve Mason and a draw from John Addison, this result puts our B team 5 points clear at the top of the division! In the CLL Div A cup match our A team were beaten 3-2 with a win from James Carrington and draws from Bill O’Rourke and Phil Armstrong.