THE next Family Chess morning will be held at the Discovery Centre/Library on Saturday November 18 at 10am and all are welcome.

Basingstoke Chess Club players played well and claimed two prizes at the Hampshire Junior Chess Congress held at Winchester College, which attracted a bumper entry of 90.

Daneshill School’s Ted Mayne in his first ever chess congress claimed the second place prize in the under-eight section after scoring an impressive five wins out of six games.

Yasmin Phillips who attends Brighton Hill School entered a very tough under 12 section with many of the regions top players. Phillips scored four points out of six which made her equal on points with a few other players for a section prize.

In the tie break points system she missed out on the place prize, but received the award for the highest placed girl at the event. Lilly Besson in her first congress and Bryan Vaz both had solid performances.

Basingstoke Chess teams are becoming the draw specialists, as in seven matches played five have been drawn.

In the Berkshire League Division One, the A team drew 3-3 with the much fancied Crowtrhorne A, thanks to wins from David Graham and Liam Blanc, plus draws from Paul Hackwood and Ivan Stipcevic.

In the Southampton League Division Three Basingstoke B have started with one win and one loss from two tough away fixtures. There were wins for Paul Vanlint and Barry Kocan in a 3½ to 1½ win at Southampton University B.

However, they lost at Salisbury B 3½ to 1½, as Mo Negargar won and Ewart Smith got a draw.

In the Borders League Division Six, Basingstoke B drew 2-2 with Farnham D, as 11-year-old Yasmin Phillips and dad Graham Phillips both won.

In the Southampton League Division Five, Yasmin Phillips again scored a win with Graham Phillips and Adrian Smith securing draws in 2-2 draw.

Basingstoke Chess Club meet at Maydene in Sherborne Road every Wednesday. New and old members welcome for more info go to