Welcome

Welcome to the website of Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club, which aims to provide up to date information on the club’s activities.

There are two menus at the top of the page.  The lower of these, the activities menu, provides access to the pages dealing with the current season’s competitions.  The buttons on this menu link not only to the fixtures and results pages but to pages provide the details of opposing clubs’ venues and the website of the organisation running the event.  The higher of these, the main menu, provides links to the other pages of the site.

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Planner 2017-18 update

Planner 2017-18 v2 is now available.

FIXTURES Planner 2017 Overview v2

Club Championship 2017-18 – Round 1

The DRAW is published for Round 1 of the Club Championship 2017-18. Link below.

There have been a few changes to the Club Championship Rules, which are linked below.

Remember, all points scored in the Club Championship count towards the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield. Current standings can be found from the Statistics menu – link to stats below.

Club Championship R1 Draw | Club Championship Rules (pdf) | Stats menu

2018 Ladder published

Entries for the 2018 Ladder competition are closed and can be found at the link below.

An innovation this year, to spice up the competition, is that the starting position places the entrants in reverse grading order, with the lowest graded at the top and the highest at the bottom. No resting on laurels here!

Don’t forget that Ladder points count towards the Match score component of the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield. The games included for the purposes of the RWMS can be found in the Stats menu (link in the ‘About’ menu selection above).

On game has already been played:

(3) Fleming 1 – 0 O’ Regan (1).
Michael moves to the top of the ladder.

For the latest Ladder and Games List follow these links – each will open in a new window, so this page will remain open for you to come back to.

2018 Ladder as at 17 Sep 2017 | Ladder games 2018

Essex and North Circular fixtures

Following publication of the London League fixtures (see previous article, below) the fixtures for both the Essex and North Circular Leagues are now published and can be accessed from the links below. Fixtures Secretary Mark Murrell is to be congratulated on putting together another busy and complex season of League chess.

The Essex Division 3 fixtures required a little creative thinking for the League Secretary, David Millward, with eight teams. The Clubs were offered three options, a single round, a double round, or a hybrid system; they opted for the latter. The hybrid system involves splitting of the teams into two groups, which have been labelled “East” and “West” each double round, i.e. six fixtures. After this first stage, the top two in each group go into the “A Final” and the bottom two in each group go into the “B Final”. The teams in each final group play each of the new teams home and away, but not the team they met in the first stage as the original matches against that team count again in the Final stage. In order to ease the arrangement of these additional fixtures, Mark has wisely agreed provisional dates against all the prospective opponents in the Final stage, although only half of those matches will materialise. These provisional dates are listed in the fixture document, with an explanatory note. In due course, this document will be updated to show the live fixtures and remove the others.

The Webmaster is working on providing a Planner document derived from the program which collates the stats, but this is still in the early programming stages. In the meantime, Mark’s fixtures planner is available – link below – which will give members an overview of activity on any date.

As noted before, members are reminded that the place where the Club’s match results and player statistics will appear is in the Statistics option on the About menu (see menu bar above this article) or from the link below.

EL Fixtures 2017-18 (pdf) | NCCL Fixtures 2017-18 (pdf) | Stats menu | Fixtures Planner 2017 Overview (pdf)

London League fixtures

The London League fixtures are published and you can download our LL fixtures document (v2 06 Sep 2017) from the link below. While every care has been taken in producing this document, errors can occur; the definitive authority for all fixtures is the London Chess League website.

After several seasons when the League expected to have to move from Golden Lane, finally the move has happened and a new central venue is in play for 2017-18. This is Citadines Hotel, 94-99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF.

LL Fixtures 2017-18 (pdf) | LCL Website | WW Stats 2017-18

New Season stats 2017-18 – John Philpott Trophy

The new season stats for 2017-18 are now available. Apologies for the delay, but the Results program I use for collating the Clubs results needed a major upgrade to incorporate for the first time Rapid games in addition to Standard games. The change was needed to chart results for the John Philpott Trophy, newly inaugurated in memory of our late friend, the inimitable John Philpott.

The new trophy will be awarded to the member securing the highest score in all our Rapid game activities. These run from the summer competitions through to the completion of the following “winter season”. We play a lot of Rapid chess, starting with the Baum Trophy matches and the Essex Knockout in the summer, followed by the Lawrance and Finchley Cups in the winter and our own Rapid Championship in March.

The statistics can be found in the usual place on the ‘About’ menu under the ‘Statistics’ item, then select ‘2017-18’. The index menu for 2017-18 is expanded to indicate two reports in each of the main categories, each bearing a suffix of either “(S)” for Standard games and “(R)” for Rapid games. A separate Grading Performance report is available for each. Bear in mind when reading the Grading Reports that they include games played between 1 July and the following 30 June. Therefore, games played, for example, in May/June (such as the Baum Trophy “Bonanza Night” on 30 May) will not be included in the 2017-18 Grading Report, but of course nonetheless count towards the John Philpott Trophy for 2017-18.

The Statistics file is currently the only place where you will find our match records published, pending the new Club Website being up and running. So bookmark the page – link below – so you can find it easily when you need it. Or just go to the ‘About/Statistics’ menu.

Ian Hunnable

Statistics 2017-18

Champagne Moment

The Committee is currently voting on the Champagne Moment from the Club Championship. Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell, explains:

“The guiding rubric is as follows:

“The Champagne Moment is intended to reward the best or most entertaining one-off individual performance which may present it itself in any number of ways.  Examples by way of illustration could be the biggest upset, the best game, the best finish to a game (sacrifice, combination), the best swindle  This is not intended to be an inclusive list, but you should get the idea.”

Six entries have been submitted and the winning entry will be decided by the Committee vote which will be announced soon, but you can enjoy the submitted entries via the links below. Also included is the final cross table for the Club Championship.

Champagne Moment 2017 entries Champagne Moment 2017 games | Championship 2017 final cross table