Blitz Championship – Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club Blitz Championship takes place on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Doors open at 7:15 pm with Round 1 scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. Don’t be late!

A 7 round Swiss at a rate of 8 minutes per player per game and with no handicap – the real thing for this first of the month all Club event.

Reigning Champion – Steve Rix.

Tie break is the Sum of Progressive Scores. This may be varied by the Controller provided it is announced before the start of round 1.

All points scored count towards your total for the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield, the award for the most comprehensive performance across the Club’s diverse activities excluding Rapid games.

Ian Hunnable is the appointed Controller for the event. As usual, if you are thinking of playing please register your interest in advance with Ian or myself, so that the tournament software can be populated in advance to save time on the night.

Ian can be contacted by e-mail at Telephone entries to me on 077 1288 1232.

Doors open for registration at 7:15pm. If your plans change or you are delayed en route on the night please contact me on the above number.
£1 tournament entry fee, which is returnable in prizes in addition to the usual board fee. Please ensure your arrival before 7:30 pm to make the draw for round 1.

The tournament pages are published HERE

[Note from Webmaster: Click on the words “WINTER EVENTS” in the main menu above, for the full menu including the Blitz.]

Ian and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our now traditional start to the New Year.

Here’s to 2018.

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary & Fixtures Co-ordinator

Club Championship 2017-18

Round 4 of the Club Championship takes place on 19th December. Any further dispensation requests should be made to the Tournament Secretary now with availability dates to play before the scheduled date. All games commenced on or before 19th December should fall within the cut-off date of 31st December for inclusion in the new January Grading list. Those affected so far by the six granted dispensations have already been contacted by the controller and dates arranged. We have a busy start to the New Year before Round 5 of the Championship on 9th January with the Blitz Championship on 2nd January and three teams in action on 4th January. Please bear this in mind as this may also affect your choice of time control.  Remember the single session options will need the agreement of your opponent, so think ahead now. The full draw for Round 4 will be published on Thursday 7th December following Matthews v Whitton which will be played to a finish on the night. This result will determine the pairings on the top four boards.

I have now published the prize list for this year’s Championship which can be viewed HERE (pdf)

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary

Club Championship Round 3 – 21 November

The DRAW for Club Championship Round 3 is published. Make your way to:

Club Championship page

…and scroll to the bottom of that page.

Games to be played on 21 November, unless dispensation to play on another date is granted by the Tournament Secretary. Five dispensations have been granted to date.

Remember, you can find the Championship games and all other statistics, etc., from the Stats index.

Stats index

New Finchley Cup fixture ♦ Printable Planner now available

  • The all-Wanstead Finchley Cup Semi-Final, FC4 v FC3, will be played on Thursday 18th January alongside NCL1 v Chingford. Planner link below.
    • So a Wanstead team will face the winner of Enfield 1 v Chingford 2 in the Final to be played between 1st Feb and end of April – a Wanstead team in both the Finchley and Lawrance Cup Finals!
  • The online Planner now comes in a downloadable/printable version, available from the Planner cover page. This new version does not have the links to popups, etc., – if you want that additional information you need to access the online version – but will enable downloading and printing of your local copy. The format is pdf, in portrait or landscape layout. The portrait version has smaller print, but uses fewer pages. If you need larger print, use the landscape version, but recognise it needs more paper. The printable version will keep in step with updates to the online version. Before you print, think about the ENVIRONMENT. Link below to the Cover Page.

Online Planner cover page

Ladder update

Ladder Result played 7th November:

Rung  White      Result  Black           Rung
 7    Paul Read   1-0    Stanley Prooth   3

Paul moves up to 3.

Ken Jardine has challenged Nic Charles but date not fixed yet.

Mark Murrell

Ladder Games | Ladder position at 7 Nov

It’s a tie


Handicap Blitz Grand Prix 1 – 7 November 2017

The first in this season’s Grand Prix series saw a pulsating struggle which ended with Lightning Champion, Mark Murrell, tied with Steve Rix on 5½/7.

It was four rounds before a clear leader emerged, in the shape of Mark Murrell on 4/4, followed by Philip Staniland, Vladimir Parols and Charlton Siddo, all on 3. Steve Rix at this point had 2½. The chasing pack were happy to see Charlton take a half off Mark in Round 5, but Steve was still a point behind Mark, whose lead on 4½/5 was cut to half a point over Vladimir, 4.

Everything went back into the melting pot in Round 6, with Steve (3½) beating Mark (4½) to join him in the lead. However, more joined the party with Charlton (3½) beating Vladimir (4) and David Spearman (3½) inflicting on Philip (3) his third defeat in successive rounds, having started with 3/3.


So at the start of the last round, there were four players on 4½/6: Mark, David Spearman, Charlton and Steve paired together in that order. Steve (Group 1) had to concede 6 minutes to Charlton (Group 4) – Steve 5 mins, Charlton 11 mins – but did so successfully, fully expecting that this was enough to win outright. Not so. With the time handicap in his favour (10 mins v 6 mins) Mark scored a notable victory over Club Champion, David Spearman and remained top of the heap jointly with Steve, a point clear of the chasing pack.

Leading scores: =1 Mark Murrell, Steve Rix, 5½/7; David Spearman, Charlton Siddo, Terry Whitton, 4½. 19 entries. Full details in the tournament pages, link below.

All points scored are carried forward to the Grand Prix aggregate; four more events in the series. While playing in all events is likely to be essential to win the GP, each event is a stand-alone contest with its own prize fund, so members who did not play in HBGP1 can still enjoy the remaining events.

HBGP1 Tournament pages | Download: cross table (pdf) | More HBGP1 pictures (pdf) | HBGP rules

News roundup…

Lightning Championship – 3 October: Congratulations to Mark Murrell on his first success in this event, scoring 6/7 with a grading performance of 189. Mark’s five wins included success against first teamers Ian Hunnable and Vladimir Parols and a draw with Club Champion, David Spearman and with Philip Staniland. David Spearman came second with 5½, followed by Ian Hunnable, Terry Whitton, Philip Staniland, 4½. 18 entries. Full details link below.

Lightning tournament pages

Fixture changes… Planner update: There are a couple of fixture changes: i) Essex League 4th team, v Loughton 2, originally 26 October has been rearranged, at Loughton’s request and will now be played 11 January. ii) North Circular League, 3rd team v Barnet Eliz. 2, originally 2 November, is postponed, new date to be confirmed (29 March offered). Both changes are charted in the online Planner, and the Loughton 2 change, (but not yet the NC2 change, as it is not yet confirmed) in the downloadable “Murrell” (link below).

Statistics menu Planner | “Murrell” download (pdf)

Club Championship, Round 2 – 24 October: A semi-upset for defending Champion, David Spearman, held to a draw by Laurie Burtt and a good result for Jean Mara with a win against Mark Le Gassicke, otherwise no upsets, but there are four games still to be played, so still some scope… Find latest results in the Club Championship page or from the Planner.

Club Championship page (access via Stats menu any time) | Statistics menu Planner

Recent match results: i) 23 October – NCL2 1½-4½ loss to Barnet Eliz. 1; ii) LL1 loss 2½-5½ to Wimbledon 1, two games adjourned; iii) LL3 loss to Newham (we believe the score was 2-6, but details to be confirmed).

Statistics menu Planner

Handicap Blitz Grand Prix 1: The first of the 2017-18 Handicap Blitz Grand Prix takes place on 7 November in the Clubroom. This is the event with a time handicap: each game has a total of 16 minutes, with the stronger player getting less time, the weaker player more time. Five events over the season, with points aggregated over the series to find the Grand Prix winner, but each event can be taken separately and has its own prize fund, so members need not play in every event. Rules via the link below. Entries for 7 November to Mark Murrell (click this email link). Please register your intent to play so that the pairing software can be populated with player records.

Handicap Grand Prix Rules | Entry link: Mark Murrell

U120 Training: Next session, Tuesday 31 October, in Roding room using the Smart board. Looking further ahead, the two sessions after that, in November are planned for Thurs 16 Nov and Thurs 30 Nov. Keep up with planned dates, using the Planner; all the U120 Training dates are shown in the extreme right column of the Planner, highlighted in yellow – can’t miss ’em!

Statistics menu Planner | Download: Training reports (pdf) t

Current season Club data: Remember: as circulated to all members, the main menu system above, is now in archive as we no longer have Administrator access to the website. The exception to this is the Statistics area linked from the ‘About’ menu (or link below). All current data is disseminated through front page posts like this one, with the main information of activities accessible from the Statistics menu. Use the Planner for an overview and looking ahead, use the stats pages for match information – results of past fixtures and dates for future fixtures for each team, with separate pages for standard games and rapid games. The plan is that we will be starting up a new website where we have full control when this site will remain as archive.

Statistics menu

Club Championship – Round 2, 24 October 2017

The Draw has been published for Round 2 of the Club Championship. Follow the link:

Club Championship R2 Draw

The draw can also be viewed as a popup from the Planner – when you get there, click on the Round 2 entry listed under 24 October.

Games to be played 24 October 2017 – unless dispensations granted for another date. Two dispensations were granted, one of those games is now being played early.

Lightning Championship – 3 October

The Tournament pages for the Club Lightning Championship – 3 October 2017 – have now been published – link below.

This is the one played to a 10 second buzzer.

Entries are currently running at 14 and are listed at the link below. Members intending to play are encouraged to respond to Mark’s circular email so that we can populate the tournament software and save time on the evening. It’s quicker to take a player out than put one in, so we would rather hear that you’d like to play, on the understanding that if it turns out that you are not able to make it, just lest us know and we will remove you.

If you cannot be there, you can still follow events online in the Tournament pages, which will be updated with results and pairings throughout the evening when the event is in play.

Lightning Tournament pages (plain screen)

It’s Writtle again…

Tuesday, 26 September, Wanstead House

Essex Rapidplay Knockout Final.






John Hodgson 191C r (W, B)



FM Andrew Lewis 211A s (B, W)


David Spearman 188B r



Russell White 194C r


Steve Rix 177C r



Ivan Myall 178B r


Terry Whitton 172C r



John Moore 190D r


Larry Marden 160B r



David Millward 166A r






Wanstead A entertained defending KO Champions, Writtle, in the Final of this year’s competition. Skipper Paul Barclay had to cope with the late withdrawal of his top Board, IM Artur Sygulski. Larry Marden was on hand to step in as the late reserve, but all the other players had to move up a board.

With this handicap, it is easy to look on the outcome as inevitable, yet the team that took the field was still competitive.

Writtle, one has to accept, have the ‘winning habit’ and though having lost the toss, took the lead in the first round by 3½-1½, having won their two Whites and held Wanstead to draws with the black pieces.

In the second half, Wanstead staged a fightback and came close to matching Writtle’s first half results. David Spearman and Terry Whitton secured wins with Wanstead’s two Whites. Had Larry been able to repeat his first half draw, the match would have been a tie, even after the operation of both tie-breaks, necessitating a replay. But it didn’t happen. Larry lost his game and Writtle were home with two games to spare. Those games were the two Wanstead wins, but a Round 2 score of 3-2 was insufficient and Writtle retained the Sims Cup with 5½-4½ overall.

So once more, it is congratulations to Writtle!

For the first time in an Essex competition, games were screened live on the ECA website. The top three boards in each round were played on the sensory equipment. While there was a hiccup with the set up in Round 1, which delayed appearance of the games on screen, all the games have been captured and are available for PGN download. The Round 2 games were broadcast without problem; they can still be played through on screen as well as being downloaded in PGN. Of these games, the one to look out for is David Spearman’s Round 2 win against Russell White. Links below; you will find the links for the PGN downloads below the game board.

KO Final games, Boards 1-3