On This Page:
a) Club Champions since the Gambit / Dark Horses merger:
b) Player Of The Year Awards since the merger:
c) Roll Of Honour: A list of congresses etc won by Gambit members since the merger.
d) A brief history of the club (updated).
Club Champions since the Gambit / Dark Horses merger:
2016-17 Michael Barnes
2015-16 Graeme Jennings
2014-15 Michael Barnes
2013-14 Peter Mercs
2012-13 Steve Hunter
2011-12 Michael Barnes
2010-11 Michael Barnes
2009-10 Steve Hunter
2008-09 Richard Edwards
2007-08 Richard Edwards
2006-07 Michael Barnes
2005-06 Zdenek Soki
2004-05 Zdenek Soki
2003-04 Michael Barnes
2002-03 Peter Mercs
2001-02 Peter Mercs
2000-01 Mark Darlington
Player Of The Year Awards since the Gambit / Dark Horses merger:
The Brian Gretton Trophy is awarded to the best performance in the league by a player graded under 130. The Gambit Trophy, introduced in 2009-10, is awarded to the best performance in the league by a player graded 130 or above.
Brian Gretton Trophy Gambit Trophy
2016-17: Rob Ensor Graeme Jennings
2015-16: Michael Harper Dragoljub Sudar
2014-15: Ken Heath Richard Edwards
2013-14: Alan Groves Michael Barnes
2012-13: Andrew Thompson Peter Mercs
2011-12: Peter Gorecka-Marshal James Gardner
2010-11: James Gardner Michael Barnes
2009-10: Mark Kirtley Peter Mercs
2008-09: Allan Brown
2007-08: Hamzah Ali
2006-07: Hamzah Ali
2005-06: Maggie Gretton
2004-05: Ian Fillingham
2003-04: Derek Padvis
2002-03: Ken Heath
2001-02: Michael Harper
2000-01: Alan Groves
Roll Of Honour:
Since the merger, 12 members have won a very impressive total of 40 competitions. Michael Barnes leads the way with 10 victories, including 5 Notts Championships. Michael Harper has 8, Drag Sudar 5, Peter Mercs 4, Andrew Thompson 3, Steve Hunter, John Huthwaite & Peter Gorecka-Marshall two each, and Richard Edwards, Rob Ensor, Maggie Gretton & Ronnie Watson one each.
Season Player Event Section
2016-17 S Hunter Nottingham Congress Major (U165)
2016-17 M Harper Harrogate Congress Minor (U120)
2015-16 M Gretton Harrogate Congress Minor (U120)
2014-15 D Sudar Sheffield Congress Major (U171)
2014-15 M Harper Huddersfield Congress Minor (U125)
2014-15 A Thompson Nottingham Congress Inter (U135)
2014-15 P Mercs Doncaster Congress Open
2014-15 M Barnes Notts Championship Championship
2013-14 J Huthwaite Doncaster Rapidplay Major (U170)
2013-14 M Barnes Nottingham Congress Open
2013-14 P G-Marshall Nottingham Congress Inter (U135)
2013-14 A Thompson London Chess Classic RP U120
2013-14 R Watson Notts Championship Minor (U110)
2013-14 D Sudar Leamington Rapidplay Intermediate
2012-13 D Sudar Nottingham Congress Major (U165)
2012-13 M Barnes Notts Championship Championship
2012-13 A Thompson Notts Championship Minor (U110)
2012-13 M Harper Scarborough Congress Minor (U136)
2012-13 P Mercs Leek Congress Main A (Major)
2012-13 P Mercs British Championship Wk End Atkins
2011-12 M Barnes Notts Championship Championship
2011-12 R Ensor Notts Championship Inter (U135)
2011-12 M Harper Durham Congress Minor (U125)
2011-12 S Hunter Nottingham Congress Major (U165)
2011-12 M Harper Nottingham Congress Inter (U135)
2010-11 J Huthwaite Nottingham Congress Inter (U135)
2009-10 R Edwards Nottingham Rapidplay Major (U160)
2009-10 M Harper Nottingham Rapidplay Inter (U135)
2009-10 M Barnes Scarborough Congress Open
2009-10 D Sudar Notts Blitz Open
2009-10 P Mercs British Championship British U175
2008-09 M Harper Nottingham Congress Minor (U100)
2008-09 P G-Marshall Doncaster Congress Minor (U100)
2006-07 M Harper Hawick Congress U125 (U1600)
2006-07 D Sudar Scarborough Congress Inter (U135)
2006-07 M Barnes Leicester Congress Open
2005-06 M Barnes Notts Championship Championship
2005-06 M Barnes Nottingham Rapidplay Open
2004-05 M Barnes Notts Championship Championship
2003-04 M Barnes Nottingham FIDE Open Open
Gambit was formed in 1967 in the Blue Bell Pub in the centre of Nottingham. After brief stays at the News House on St James Street and the Old Angel on Stoney Street, the club moved to the Federation House Social Club on Claremont Rd in the early 1970s.
Gambit won the 1st division championship in 1973 and went on to win the title 5 years in a row from 1975 until 1979, unbeaten in each season, winning all their matches 3 years running from 1975-76 to 1977-78. They were next champions in 1992 and then 3 more times between 1993 and 1996. Their next, and latest, title came in 2006, after merging with Dark Horses chess club in 2001.
Dark Horses was formed in 1986 under the name Sherwood initially, and then Oxclose in 1987, as a result of the merger of 3 clubs, Sherwood, White Knights and Fiveways.
Sherwood was a well established club playing for many years at the Sherwood Community Centre, which later became home to Nomads Chess Club. It ran 3 teams throughout the 1970s but in the early 1980s it went down to one team.
Meanwhile, in the late 1970s a club called Fiveways was formed by a group of friends at the Fiveways pub, but after a year or so they moved to the Forest Lounge at the Sherwood Inn on Mansfield Rd. In 1982 a group of players left to form Fiveways mark II back at the Fiveways pub, while the remainder played in the league as White Knights and moved to the Vale pub on Mansfield Rd. In 1985 Fiveways, White Knights and Sherwood merged to form a new club at the Oxclose pub, and changed their name to Oxclose in 1987.
Oxclose chess club played at the Oxclose pub until 1995 when the club moved to the Fiveways pub, taking its name. Fiveways mark III won the 1st division title in 3 successive years from 1997 until 1999. In 2000 the club moved to the Horse & Jockey pub on David Lane under the Dark Horses name, but some remained behind to form Fiveways mark IV, which existed until 2007 when it merged with Nomads.
Dark Horses played at the Horse & Jockey for a year before merging with Gambit.
In January 2011 Gambit moved to its current location, the Lincolnshire Poacher.