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

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

Fixture change and new Planner 2016-17 v2.b1 – 2 Mar 2017

The  London League 2nd team fixture v GLCC 2 has been moved from 28 March to 11 May, with change of venue: now at Golden Lane. A new version of the Planner is available to reflect this change – link below.

Change log, v2.b1

Move GLCC 2 v L2 from 28 March t0 11 May
Venue for this fixture is now Golden Lane (“GL”)

Updated planner: planner-2016-17-v2-b1

Planner v2.a2 – 5 February 2017

With apologies for the previous ‘red herring’, herewith a corrected Planner update – v2.a2 – showing the L4 match v Hammersmith Hedger now on 12 June. (The previously shown 30 June is apparently a ‘holding’ date for fixtures being rearranged.)

Change log v2.a2

L4 v Hammersmith Hedger move from 30 June to 12 June.

planner-2016-17-v2-a2

Planner v 1c1 – 27 January 2017

The Planner has been updated with the new date for LL1 v Imperial College, 9 March 2017 (postponed from 12 January).

planner-2016-17-v1-c1

Match postponed

The London League 1st Team match at Imperial College due to have been played 24 January, has been postponed as they had a problem with accommodation. The new date is 9th March.

London League results page

The crowning glory

The 2014/15 season could hardly have gone much better for the club with titles secured for Essex League Division 1 and Divisions A and B of the North Circular Chess League, not to mention the NCCL Lawrance and Finchley Cups.

There was one remaining issue in respect of Division 2 of the London League, where our team who had been long term leaders stumbled towards the end of the season, losing three successive matches.  However, all’s well that ends well.  Tonight’s match at Cavendish 2 saw the visitors achieve a winning 5½ – 3½ lead on the night thanks to wins by Artur Sygulski, Paul Barclay and Mark Murrell, securing promotion to Division 1 for next season.

Many congratulations to Larry Marden and his team.

Top of the tree for Christmas

christmas treeAfter last night’s 6½ – 3½ win by the London League first team against a King’s Head 2 side that outgraded it on every board bar one, the club moves into the Christmas break extremely well placed in both the London and Essex Leagues.

London League first team division 2

Current position first, with 3½ match points out of 4.  Battersea have a similar score, but an inferior games differential. Read more of this post

2014/15 Fixtures

Fixtures for the club’s matches in the Essex, London and North Circular Leagues have now been uploaded to the website, and can be accessed by clicking on the following links.

Essex League

London League

North Circular Chess League

NB home league matches in the NCCL are being played on Thursday evenings in Park Room (upstairs, first on the left).  Non-match Thursday evenings will also be available from 16th October until the end of April for social chess and other organised activities, further details of which will be announced in due course

The dates for the Upminster matches in Divisions 2 and 4 the Essex League are subject to the possibility of the home and away fixtures being switched.  The date for the Division 1 match away to Upminster has changed from  the provisionally inducated 31 March to 21 April since the fixtures were uploaded.

Club Championship round 7, 12 March 2013

The round 7 games left David Spearman (who beat Terry Whitton) and Ian Hunnable (who beat Laurie Burtt) as joint leaders on 6/7, with Steve Rix half a point behind.  All games started on the night were completed, but there are five so far unplayed games. Those with dispensations are asked to advise acting controller David Smith of the date when these will be played.

Full results can be found here: the next round is on 9 April.

In other breaking news:

(1)  The London League first team, struggling for points near the foot of the table but recently boosted by a victory over Hackney 2, drew 5-5 at Athenaeum 2 on 11 March.  The match was unusual in that all ten games were completed on the night and all ten produced decisive results.

(2)  The Sam Black Memorial Blitz will take place at Wanstead House on 4 June 2013.  The event will start at 7.30 and incorporate Open and U151 sections, with six double rounds of 5 minute chess.