Cup Winners

The Club Championship

The Club Champion

The Club Champion Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Club Championship. This competition is run throughout the chess season (September to June). The  competition is open to all members of the Bishop's Stortford Chess Club. It is a graded competition. The rules for this competition can be found on the website.

This Year's Winner:  Ieuan Ward

The Challengers Trophy

The Challenger Trophy is given to the player from the lower half of the club's members list (in order of grade) who progress the furthest in the Club Championship. If the overall winner is from the lower half, then the Challenger Trophy goes to the player who progresses the next furthest.

This Year's Winner:  Lara Osiyemi

The Hewitt Competition

The Dr. Hewitt Cup

The Dr Hewitt Cup was presented to the club by past member Dr Hewitt in 1958. The Cup is currently presented to the winner of the club's Hewitt Cup competition, an internal competition held between club members. These games are ungraded. The competition runs for a whole year, even during summer, and is usually from September to August.

This Year's Winner:  David Hobden

The Leyns Trophy

The Leyns Cup is dedicated to the first chairman of The Bishop’s Stortford Chess Club.

The Leyns Cup is presented to the player from the lower half of the clubs members list (in order of grade) who gained the most points in the Hewitt Cup Competition. If the overall winner is from the lower half, then the Leyns Cup will go to the player with the next most number of points.

This Year's Winner:  Adam Hirst

The Rapid Play Competition

The Crosby Cup

The Crosby Cup is named in memory of Richard Crosby. A valued member till his all too premature death in 2009. Richard was politically to the left. He struggled to play against Barnet as they played their chess at the local Conservative Club! Richard’s widow kindly donated the trophy to the club in his memory.

The Crosby Cup is presented to the winner of the Rapid Play tournament. This is a 1 day event open to all club members. These games are graded and are reflected in members’ Rapid Play grade.

This Year's Winner:  NA

The Capsey Tankard

The Capsey Tankard is named in memory of Sid Capsey. Sid was another long serving member whose love for the club and the game was only matched by his live for a pint. A tradition many members today are happy to continue. (For more information, look up Sid in our biography section).

 

The Capsey Cup is presented to the player from the lower half of the clubs members list (in order of grade) who gained the most points in the Rapid Play Competition. If the overall winner is from the lower half, then the Capsey Cup will go to the player with the next most number of points.

This Year's Winner:  NA

The Blitz Challenge

The Trent Cup

The Trent Cup is named after Alan and Laurence Trent. Members both past and present. The Cup was donated by Nigel Kerby as a nod to our fastest and strongest player’s respectively.

 

The Trent Cup is presented to the winner of the Blitz Competition. A one day event of 5 minute chess matches. The competition is ungraded.

This Year's Winner:  Ieuan Ward or William Young

The Hobden Cup

The Hobden Cup is named after David Hobden. A current member who has contributed a huge amount of time and effort to the club during his membership. If anyone wondered how the room is set out before a match; boards out, pieces in place, clocks set up correctly and with record sheets at the ready, it is all down to David.

 

The Hobden Cup is presented to the player from the lower half of the clubs members list (in order of grade) who gained the most points in the Blitz Competition. If the overall winner is from the lower half, then the Hobden Cup will go to the player with the next most number of points.

This Year's Winner:  Hanako Ward

Individual Club Trophies

The Ashley Cup

The Ashley Cup is named after Max Ashley. Max was a member from the start and officially our longest serving member, playing for various teams from 1946 till he moved in 2006. A genuinely pleasant person, Max was not averse to offering a wee nip of whisky should you be over his bungalow in Little Hadham, even at 10:30 am! (For more information, look up Max in our biography section).

 

The Ashley Cup is presented to the most improved club member in the season. This is worked out by finding the player who’s ECF grade has improved by the largest margin over the whole season.

Winner:  Andrew Cowlin

The Brown Cup

The Brown Cup is named after the Brown family. Graham and his son Matt were both members for a long time. Graham was still a member after moving quite some distance away, he was willing to travel the distance to play for the club he loved so much. (For more information, look up Graham in our biography section).

             

The Brown Cup is presented to the club member who has contributed the highest number of points in a season. Points are awarded to any player in a graded game and the club currently has teams in 6 County competitions and 1 National Competition.

This Year's Winner:  Tim Acton

The Chairman's Cup

The Chairman’s Cup is presented to any club member whom the Chairman feels has contributed the most to the wellbeing of the club. The club is only as good as what its members put into it; and some members go above and beyond, making our club one of the best clubs in the county.

This Year's Winner:  Adam Hirst

Click here to discover all the past winners through the history of our club!

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