Welcome to the Basildon Chess Club website ! We are a small but thriving club, with three teams in the Southend League and one in the Essex League. In addition to the competitive teams we always welcome beginners, juniors and anybody who just wants to play for fun. The club meets every Thursday from 7.30pm at Basildon Progression Centre, Witchards, Basildon. Click here for more information and a location map.

Match results for Basildon teams in the Essex and Southend League competitions, together with Club competition results, will be loaded as soon as I am notified. This will enable us to see how well (or otherwise) we are performing. There's also a facility for you to publish any interesting games you may have played or seen. The Games tab incorporates a chess game viewer and you can upload pgn files, or play through already uploaded games.

Click here for the (as yet incomplete) History Of Basildon Chess Club. The story comes to an abrupt end at the point where Laindon Community Centre is destroyed by fire, but Paul has promised further updates in the very near future (other long serving club members are also welcome to contribute !).
Finally, if anybody has any comments or further ideas for this site, feel free to email me.

Dave Kraszewski (Webmaster)
Upcoming Fixtures
22-Feb-1819:45SL1Basildon I v Southend II (Basildon)
27-Feb-1819:45SL1Thurrock I v Basildon I (Thurrock)
01-Mar-1819:40EL1Barking v Basildon I (Barking)
05-Mar-1819:45SL1Southend II v Basildon II (Southend)
08-Mar-1819:40EL1Basildon I v Southend I (Basildon)
14-Mar-1819:45SL1Billericay I v Basildon II (Billericay)
15-Mar-1819:45SL2Basildon III v Temple Sutton II (Basildon)
Other News Ellie's on the Radio!
With the headline 'Egyptian Chess Champion challenges Basildon Primary Students', Ellie Gamal has just appeared on Radio Essex, giving an interview on her methods for teaching chess to her primary school students and also her thoughts on women in chess. The full piece can be found here.

Keith Oliff - Obituary
A message received from Allan Reid on 2nd Feb 2018.
Dear friends, sad news. My friend Keith Oliff has died. His dad used to take him to the club back in 1955 and he came back about fifteen years ago for a couple of seasons, which was when I first met him. I did not know at the time that he had been the Southern Counties chess champion in 1968. The year before that it was W.R. Hartston and the year before that it was Ray Keene. Keith never mentioned it. I used to give him a lift to matches as he lived only five minutes’ walk from my house. For a few years, every Tuesday afternoon, I used to walk round to his house for a few rapid games; the outcome was usually the same. Sadly, Keith developed dementia and it quickly took hold of him. He died two weeks ago at the age of 76 in the Admiral Court care home, where he spent his final three years.
The funeral will be on Wednesday February 21 at Southend Crematorium at 3.40 in the small chapel.
Keith's contributions to our Club History pages can be found here.
Stop Press 13-Feb Our winning streak against Wanstead came to a sudden end, as they inflicted a 5.5-2.5 defeat. With a bit of luck it could have been closer, but we more than used up our luck against Wanstead last season, so no complaints. We are now in the midst of a gigantic relegation battle, as it seems all the teams in EL1 are taking points off of each other. Next stop, Barking away March 1st.