Posts Tagged ‘Luton Chess Club’

“Admiration, by eroding our substance, depresses and ultimately demoralizes us; hence we turn against the admired — anyone guilty of having inflicted upon us the task of raising ourselves to his level.”

Emile Cioran

Luton Chess Club will now play every Thursday -not Monday– @ Wardown Bowling Club, Wardown Park, Luton not Bedford.


New home of Luton Chess Club

Concerns over the lack of a fixed schedule along with uncertainty whether anyone will actually turn up caused doubts amongst the members of the bowling club. Given that their own club night is Thursday, whilst finishing off my seventh pint of cider at the bar just before I staggered into the toilets, I decided that Luton Chess Club should meet on that night too, I then told Mick Josephs who, believing ‘it shouldn’t be a problem’ agreed. This ensures that club matches can go ahead without teams arriving from afar Mondays, finding that the clubhouse is locked and remains locked because no one has the keys. The principle corollary of this I hope to be that all Luton players, now assured of an abode, will quickly storm towards the Division 1 title…here’s what to expect at the club now.


Inside the new club.

There is a caveat: the dominoes being played may cause noise pollution raise the decibel level at times…I suppose when you blunder, at least you have a ready made excuse! Also, don’t puke up in the bogs and fall asleep in them for days like I did.  

Predictions for next season on a postcard [please see below for my address]

Name: Mark sub-standard county chess player quality chess player’ McCready

Address: Planet Earth, Inner Solar System, The Milky Way, The Universe


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Our contortions, visible or secret, we communicate to the planet; already it trembles even as we do, it suffers the contagion of our crises and, as this grand malaise spreads, it vomits us forth, cursing us the while.

Emile Cioran

The cursed Luton chess club has found a new venue within Luton itself !!?? It can now be found in Wardown Bowling Club. It’s the best location had for some time in what is. perhaps, the prettiest part of Luton.


Mr. P. Montgomery in action.

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Wardown Park


The bowling club

It can be found in Wardown Park itself by the bowling green as the pictures above suggest. It’s a friendly clubhouse with a bar itself and members who are welcoming. As you know British people are the best in the world at bowls but the Kazhaks are second to none, as the video below shows.

At the new venue, Luton Chess Club meets every Thursday. Don’t turn up tipsy like I just did.



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“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.”

Pirsig, Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance -An Enquiry into Values.

If something reduces in size ad infinitum, there comes a point when it stops being what it is, wouldn’t that be right?  Was it altogether unsurprising that when the beleaguered Luton Chess club lost its home of nearly 40 years and several of what few members it clung onto left thereafter, its footing within the town was finally and begrudgingly lost? I think not.

For the first time in its recorded history, Luton Chess Club no longer plays within the confines of the town. Those who wish to represent Luton at chess must now travel up the A6 to Bedford, whose chess club has kindly accommodated what is left of its historical south Bedfordshire rival.

“To accuse others for one’s own misfortune is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.”


At several points both before and after, as well as during the two great abysmal wars of the 20th century, Luton had no chess club, however, some years later, after the Great English Chess Explosion occurred, the town had more than half a baker’s dozen clubs and almost 20 stunningly mediocre teams -with the odd exception! The latest set back, endogenous or otherwise, is of course, like life itself and all things in it, temporary in nature…let us hope that a resolution is found sooner rather than later but if not then so be it.

Should you wish to play for Luton, please take note of the following e-mail address: Peter will assist you in your endeavours over the board, however sublime, egocentric, stupendous, uninteresting or nefarious they may be.

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”


A Lutonian speaketh…


Seneca? Epictetus?

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Searching for a new home, Luton Chess Club, whilst eagerly awaiting permission from Bedfordshire University to relocate there, have acquired a second option at a venue ‘just outside the town’ I was informed by e-mail. The Bedfordshire Chess Association, keen to know whether Luton Chess Club will participate in the forthcoming season or not has quickly rejected it, stating the following:

‘Dear Luton Chess Club Secretary, Mr I. Adjust,

Regarding your applications t0 relocate, pictures of the venue alone is insufficient. At the very least, we require a physical address and directions in order to assist visiting teams, and I might add, the proposed second location looks a bit further away than ‘just outside the town’ as you put it -we are not in agreement at all!

Note that travel to a venue is limited to vehicles belonging to team members and does not usually involve spacecraft from third party sources. We are most displeased with the effrontery of your proposal for an, albeit potential, second venue given how incredulously close to collapse the club is. Please reconsider with greater sensibility.

Mr. J. Doube,

Bedfordshire Chess Association.

The images submitted by the Luton Chess Club over its ‘just outside the town’ second option, can be found below.


The first option


The second option

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View from the first second option venue


‘Just outside Luton’

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