David Spearman wins Lighting Championship

David Spearman won the Lightning Championship held on 4 October with the convincing score of 6½/7, with Alex Collyer and Ian Hunnable tied for second 1½ points behind.  Special mention should be made of Alex’s showing, as ranked 17th of the 24 entrance his performance was 52 points above his grade, and he took the scalps of Terry Whitton, Vladimir Parols, Ian Hunnable and Philip Staniland.

Cross-tables can be found here.

Sign up for Lightning Championship

This takes place next Tuesday 4th October starting at 7.30 p.m.

Buzzer chess returns. A 6 or 7 round Swiss Tournament of move on the buzzer chess at a rate of 10 seconds between buzzes.

Open to all members. Help the Controller, Ian Hunnable, by registering in advance with Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell, on 077 1288 1232 or mramurrell@blueyonder.co.uk.

Entry fee £1 in addition to the usual £3 board fee. All entry fees are returnable in prizes.

Entries can already be found on the Tournament Page here. Those not participating in the event will be able to follow the event live from the same page.

Wanstead Festival 2016

Publicity Officer Paul Barclay writes:

wanstead-festival-2016The Wanstead Festival was held on Sunday the 18th of September 2016 from 11.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. on Christchurch Green in Wanstead High Street.

The day got off to an auspicious start when I arrived with the President of Wanstead House Ron Filer who we share an open tent with only to find we did not appear on their list for a designated space, this actually proved to be a blessing in disguise as after discussions with one of the organisers we were able to choose a prime spot at the crossroads. Read more of this post

Club Championship round 1 draw published

40 players have entered the 2016/17 Club Championship.  The draw has now been made and can be viewed here.  The higher graded players will be White on odd numbered boards as a result of a selection made by Ilford Secretary Tom Barton at the North Circular League match earlier in the week.

In the absence of a dispensation, games will be played at Wanstead House on Tuesday 27 September.

Fixtures and vacancies

Fixtures and events co-ordinator Mark Murrell reports:

The 2016/17 match programme opens on 19th September at Ilford CC’s opening night with a visit from our North Circular third team. What better way than a local derby!

Listings of our London, Essex and North Circular League fixtures can be accessed from the respective drop downs above. The first edition of Chairman Ian’s events and fixtures planner can be found here. Read more of this post

Wanstead House open morning

The Club had a presence at the annual open day at Wanstead House held on 10th September from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. as part of the Wanstead Art’s Trail in the lead up to the Wanstead Festival on Sunday 18th September (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Christchurch Green on the High Street where the Club will also be taking on all comers from the local community. Read more of this post

Finchley Cup


Photograph provided by Gary Cook

Mark Murrell receives the Finchley Cup on behalf of Wanstead and Woodford 4 from NCCL Chairman Philip Staniland at the League’s AGM held at Wanstead House on 9 September.