Hampshire Chess County Matches
I would like to thank Anthony Fulton the SCCU Archivist for supplying the match results of Hampshire for when they played in the SCCU (as well as before and after). In addition to his fantastic research, he has also double checked results and supplied additional information. Please do check the SCCU scanned copies of the SCCU Bulletins detailed in their archive
The main County Matches table includes all the match results I have from 1887 to present times. This is currently close to 1000 matches. I am now adding the individual match results, which will take some time. This is from my records, other websites and individual such as Arthur Brameld who have kindly supplied me with their records. I have split these into seasons and am also building a database to showcase the individual records of the player. In the meantime I have added a few of the records, including some of the original analysis I completed 15+ years ago. For this reason some of this maybe a bit dated, but as this is a historical website I just hope this adds to the general feel of the information?
Brief History of Hampshire Chess County Matches
Hampshire originally played in the SCCU from 1894 to 1972 but then moved to the WECU. I understand that one of the main reasons for this was due to the majority of matches having to be played in London, or certainly not in Hampshire. For the full history of the SCCU check out their site
Hampshire continued to play in the WECU but in 2000 joined the Chiltern League in the Under 125 category and in 2001 the Under 170. The Chiltern League was originally created to allow all players to play competitive county matches due to only the higher graded players able to play in the main county matches. The Chiltern League consists of Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The A team was originally restricted to players under 170 (excluding the Jamboree) but this then moved to under 180 in 2004, under 200 in 2009 and no limitation in 2011.
Hampshire playing in the Chiltern League, specifically with the changes to the restrictions did affect their WECU matches sometimes, as some players would choose to play in one or the other, as the longer distances e.g. Cornwall are a large commitment. Hampshire stopped playing in the WECU from 2008/2009 to 2010/2011. They then returned from 2011/2012 to 2014/2015 but apart from the online 2020/2021 matches they have not played in the WECU since. Hopefully this will change in the future?
Other websites with Hampshire County Matches
The Chiltern League website has excellent details on their website, linking into the ECF Grading website.
Cornwall have the details for their matches against Hampshire on their site.
Hampshire County Matches
Hampshire Chess County Matches
The Hampshire Chess Association was formed in 1890 under the instigation of Joseph Blake of Southampton Chess Club.
Before the official formation Hampshire played matches against other Counties and once formed more official matches were played, originally in the SCCU and later in the WECU and Chiltern Leagues.