Charlton Chess Club
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|Charlton Chess Club was founded in 1933 and has met at Charlton House for most of its history. Former club chairman Peter Hannan was a member for over fifty years and our youngest member is aged twelve.|
At one time Charlton boasted one of the strongest teams in the country and several grandmasters have played for us; notably David Bronstein, Murray Chandler, Nigel Davies and Danny Gormally. The last was a member for several years and we claim modest credit for his improvement following the thousands of blitz games he played at the club.
Our record includes winning Division 1 of the London League three times (1978, 1979 and 1996), and many successes in the different divisions of the Kent League (lastly in 2012).
Membership was highest in the post-Bobby Fischer era and our best results were in the 1970's to 1990's. Now in 2012, we again have a nucleus of promising junior players which augurs well for the future.
Kent County Cup winners 1995
|Spot the Grandmasters!|
From the left: Gary Clark, David Bronstein, Tony Stebbings, Alan Hanreck, John Wager, Danny Gormally
Charlton Congress 1978
|The Charlton Congress organisers in 1978, including two current members, holding the Kent County Cup and London League Division 1 trophies.|
Lee Chess Club 1899
|Lee Chess Club no longer exists, but was the top team in the area a century ago.|
Here they are shown with the Kent County Cup, probably in 1899.
Lee Chess Club 1909
|Lee Chess Club with the Kent County Cup, about 1909 (by permission of Mike Wiltshire). |
Its best player O.C.Müller (second row, fourth from left) played in several master tournaments between 1890 and 1925.
Charlton Chess Club 1979
|From the archives.|
Five of those in the photograph are still club members, thirty years later!