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19th October - Sanders Jnr. Achieves a Great Score In Junior Congress!

The A Team Captain's son, James, is definitely a chip off the old block. He scored 4.5/6 in the Novices section of the Ipswich Junior Chess Congress, finishing =2nd, in only his 2nd tournament.

It certainly looks like the Chess Gene has been passed to the next generation.

Well done James.

1st October - Sudbury Chess Club Moves To New Venue

After many happy years at The Sudbury Institute, Sudbury Chess Club has decided to move to a new venue in order to keep costs down. From 1st October, the beginning of the chess season, we will be meeting at The Sudbury Conservative Club, 39 New Street, Sudbury, CO10 1JB, Tel: 01787 379047.

Sudbury Chess Club members would like to thank The Sudbury Institute for their kind hospitality during the past years.


10th July - Rob Sanders Is "Suffolk Player of The Year" - 2nd Year Running

At the Suffolk County Chess Association AGM, held on 10th July, it was confirmed that Rob Sanders was once again  Player of the Year. Rob, who captains Sudbury Chess Club 'A' Team, receives the trophy for his undefeated performance in First Team county matches, scoring 5½ from a possible 7 - a fantastic achievement, especially considering the array of talent he had to contend with over the year.

Congratulations to Rob on another great year!

13th April - Sudbury Junior Chess Tournament 2003, Sudbury Town Hall

The 2003 Sudbury Junior Chess Tournament was another resounding success thanks to the hard work of Rob Sanders and Peter Sonnenburg of Sudbury Chess Club. Numbers were up by 10% to 70 from 63 last year.



2-3rd November - Super Result For Peter Sonnenburg At 20th Bury Congress

Well done again to Peter Sonnenburg for his performance at the 20th Bury St Edmund's Congress, which this year was held at The Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmund's. The Congress was played over two days

Peter took first place in the intermediate section (U130) with a score of 4.5/5. He won his first four games and tied the last.

6th October - Great Result For Peter Sonnenburg

Well done to Peter Sonnenburg for his performance in the Essex Open Junior Rapidplay Championships, which this year were held at Highwoods Recreation Centre, Gilberd School, Colchester.

Peter tied with John Bradley(Dunmow), John Lambert (Clacton) and Alan Riddoch (Brentwood) for first place in the Open Section U120 grading prize.

29 July - 2 August - Great Performance By Rob Sanders at British Championships

Congratulations to the captain of our A-Team, Rob Sanders, on his fine performance in the British Championships. He came second in the Smith & Williamson 2002 - Harry Baines Week One event, which consisted of 9 rounds played am and pm. He scored 7½ out of 9 with a grading performance of 180 (2040 Elo), and without losing a match.  View an example game.

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20 and 21st July - Fine Performance By James Button at UK Chess Challenge

The UK Chess Challenge began in 1996 and was an immediate success, with 700 schools entering, involving approximately 23,000 youngsters. This year entries were in excess of 54,000.

It started off with a seven round swiss competition in schools all across the UK.  and James won all 7 of his games. Qualifiers from this entered the area Megafinals, and ours was held in Norwich. The national Gigafinal was held this year in Sheffield, and a score of 4/6 was needed in the Megafinals to qualify. James reached his target, finishing equal 3rd of 24 entrants in his age group section with 4/6. He only lost one game, and this was in the last round against the section winner, Christopher Russell.

In the Gigafinal there were 108 entrants in the Boys under 13 section, so this was divided into two sections. Playing against some of the best of his age in the UK, James scored a creditable 3.5/6. And this was the best performance by a Suffolk player in either of the two sections. So, all in all, a good effort and a creditable performance.

Full details can be found at, which lists all the area Megafinal qualifiers and the final standings in the National Gigafinal.

14th April - Sudbury Junior Chess Tournament 2002, Sudbury Town Hall

The 2002 Sudbury Junior Chess Tournament went according to clockwork thanks to the hard work of Peter Sonnenburg and Rob Sanders of Sudbury Chess Club.