News Round-up

Blitz Championship

John Hodgson Masterclass

The New Year activities opened on 2 January, when 22 members contested the Blitz Championship. John Hodgson put on a masterclass of Blitz Chess, in winning with a clean score of 7/7, two points clear of his nearest rival, Steve Rix, second on 5/7.

Grading Performance prizes went to Kyan Bui (+36 =164 off a starting grade of 128) and Philip Staniland (+14 =172 off a starting grade of 158).

Blitz Championship tournament pages

Club Championship

In Round 5 of the Club Championship, Manuel Perez Carballo defeated leader-after-four, Vladimir Parols. Manuel now shares the lead with David Spearman on 4½/5.

Round 6 is played on Tuesday 30 January, except for members who have been granted dispensation to play on another date.

Club Championship pairings and results

Wanstead win the Lawrance Cup

W&W 4½-3½ Barking

The first trophy of the season was won in the North Circular League team Rapid Knockout for Division A teams, the Lawrance Cup. On Tuesday, 16 January, the Club defeated Barking at home 4½-3½ in a thriller. The first round was shared 2-2, though Barking held the tie-break advantage. Matters were so close as the contest neared its conclusion, that a replay was on the cards, before Steve Rix shaded his game against Peter Jaszkiwskyj to clinch the Cup.

Match details

Wanstead lead NC Division A and reach Finchley Cup Final

A successful North Circular evening, Thursday 18 January, saw the Club defeat Chingford 1 in Division A to take the lead in the Division and reach the Final of the Finchley Cup – the NCL team Rapid knockout for Division B teams. The Finchley Cup match was an all-Wanstead affair

W&W 1 5-2 v Chingford

FC4 3-7 FC3

Mark’s Report

Links: Planner | Statistics Home

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

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

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

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

“Bonanza Night” – Live!

Tonight is “Bonanza Night” when our three teams in the Baum Trophy all play each other in three rounds of G30 Rapid Chess. The novelty this year is that three games in each round will be screened live on the Internet.

Watch them here: Bonanza Live Games
Approximate round start times of 7:30, 8:35 and 9:40 pm. The games will automatically refresh, but you will need to refresh your browser between rounds to get updated headers.

The games which will be shown live are:

Round 1

1 Staniland v Spearman
2 Bancroft v Collyer
3 Savaranan v Marden

Round 2

1 Spearman v Parols
2 Bancroft v Hodgson
3 Marden v Barclay

Round 3

1 Parols v Staniland
2 Hodgson v Collyer
3 Barclay v Savaranan

Approximate round start times of 7:30, 8:35 and 9:40 pm. You will need to refresh your browser between rounds to get update headers.