Chess in Bedfordshire

The Fleming Trophy

The Fleming Trophy was donated in 1932 by RHS Stevenson to mark the achievements of RM Fleming, joint Hon Secretary of the Union, who was instrumental not only in founding the Buckinghamshire Association but also in bringing Wiltshire and the East Anglian counties into the SCCU competitions. The Trophy is for annual competition between Bedfordshire (then a member of the SCCU) and Buckinghamshire. Mr Fleming himself played for Buckinghamshire in the inaugural match, and presented the trophy to his own victorious match captain. Apart from the war years, and an apparent interruption from 1947 to 1957, the series has continued to the present day despite Bedfordshire's migration to East Anglia in 1983.

Tie-breaks were applied in 1939 and 1990, but the 1965 match was declared drawn on the casting vote of the Executive chairman. You'd think there'd be some rules. The other two drawn matches, as far as we have discovered, are simply recorded as draws. The 1972 match was cancelled "because of a power strike".

The fixture was revived after two years (1999-2000) in abeyance.

The match held on Sat 21st September 2002 resulted in a conclusive victory for Bedfordshire, despite giving away a small grading difference on almost every board.

Buckinghamshire was unable to raise a team between 2002 and 2012, so Bedfordshire retained the trophy. On resumption in 2012, it was won by Buckinghamshire.

Since 2012, Buckinghamshire have had problems either finding a captain or raising a team which has meant that the competition has not been held on several occasions, hence the gaps. These were made worse by Covid, but the 2022 match has been held and, hopefully, the fixture will continue.

 

1931-32

Buckinghamshire

1965-66

Buckinghamshire

1985-86

Buckinghamshire

2013

Buckinghamshire

1932-33

Bedfordshire

1966-67

Buckinghamshire

1986-87

Bedfordshire

2014

Bedfordshire

1933-34

Buckinghamshire

1967-68

Buckinghamshire

1987-88

Buckinghamshire

2015

Bedfordshire

1934-35

Buckinghamshire

1968-69

(drawn)

1988-89

Bedfordshire

2016

Buckinghamshire

1935-36

Buckinghamshire

1969-70

Buckinghamshire

1989-90

Bedfordshire

2017

   -

1936-37

Bedfordshire

1970-71

Buckinghamshire

1990-91

Bedfordshire

2018

Bedfordshire

1937-38

Bedfordshire

1971-72

   -

1991-92

Bedfordshire

2019

   -

1938-39

Buckinghamshire

1972-73

Bedfordshire

1992-93

Bedfordshire

2020

   -

 

 

1973-74

Buckinghamshire

1993-94

Buckinghamshire

2021

   -

1945-46

Buckinghamshire

1974-75

Bedfordshire

1994-95

Buckinghamshire

2022

Bedfordshire

1946-47

Bedfordshire

1975-76

(drawn)

1995-96

Buckinghamshire

 

 

 

 

1976-77

Buckinghamshire

1996-97

Bedfordshire

 

 

1957-58

Buckinghamshire

1977-78

Buckinghamshire

1997-98

   -

 

 

1958-59

Buckinghamshire

1978-79

Buckinghamshire

1998-99

   -

 

 

1959-60

Buckinghamshire

1979-80

Buckinghamshire

1999-00

Buckinghamshire

 

 

1960-61

Buckinghamshire

1980-81

Buckinghamshire

2000-01

Buckinghamshire

 

 

1961-62

Buckinghamshire

1981-82

Buckinghamshire

2001-02

Bedfordshire

 

 

1962-63

Buckinghamshire

1982-83

Bedfordshire

2002-03

Bedfordshire W/O

 

 

1963-64

Buckinghamshire

1983-84

Buckinghamshire

 

 

 

 

1964-65

(shared)

1984-85

Bedfordshire

2012

Buckinghamshire

 

 


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