House closure dates and other matters

Please note there will be no Club meetings on Tuesdays 21st and 28th August whilst Wanstead House is refurbished. The three rapid matches scheduled for 28th August will proceed.

You can renew your ECF memberships on line or wait for the Club’s group registration. The choice is yours.

The new data protection regulations will feature in the renewal of your Club memberships. Further details in the pre-season mailing. Did you sign up?

The new Season gets underway on Tuesday 4th September with our traditional caterpillar simultaneous display lead by Club Champion Partha Mulay with fellow junior Kyan Bui and Mark Murrell as they collectively take on all-comers from the Club. 7:30pm start.

Entries for the new ladder U126 competition are now being taken by Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell at

Junior Chess training focusing on 8 to 12 year olds will launch on 18th September (Tuesdays in term time, 5pm to 7pm). Further details to follow. Contact Junior Organiser Ben Harte at

Mark Murrell
Fixtures Secretary

Partha wins Club Junior Championship

After an eventful penultimate round of the Club Championship last night Partha Mulay in the last game to finish secured the win he needed to win the Junior Championship outright after his nearest challenger, Aadarsh Saravanan was held to a draw by Laurie Burtt.

There is still all to play for though in the final round on 24th April as Partha has his eye on a championship double. With just one round to go he is a point clear of David Spearman and Mark Murrell having already defeated both of them along the way.

The junior relative performance prize now falls to be contested by Kyan Bui, Aadarsh and Tejas Mulay and a battle royale that is too.  After eight rounds, Kyan and Tejas each with a relative grading performance of +23 are just ahead of Aadarsh at +20. Everything can change in the last round. This prize will be awarded by the Club Committee with the grading performance one of the factors that will help them decide.

All three are also contenders for a highest finish prize in their respective grading sections with Tejas leading the U85 section.

There must be some Champagne Moments from among their exploits too. A reminder to all competitors to get their entries in now.

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary

Rapid Chess update

League Cup Double as Kyan Bui wins inaugural John Philpott Trophy

Mark Murrell reports

Finchley Cup Final

Last Monday saw Chingford 2 and Wanstead 3 compete in the Finchley Cup Final, in the only extended board match of this season’s competition. As usual with our matches against Chingford teams, it was a rather tense affair and in the balance almost to the end of the final game to finish in the second leg of matches.

The Finchley Cup is a knockout competition for Clubs who have teams in Division B and lower of the North Circular League with first team nominated players barred from participating under the current rules. The first team had earlier won the equivalent competition for Division A teams having defeated Barking 1 in the final of the Lawrance Cup.

Both clubs strengthened their teams for the final. Gavin Hughes made just his third second team appearance for Chingford having only played in their first two league matches. For Wanstead Paul Bancroft came in for Paul Barclay and new member Alin Chirea-Florica provided Wanstead’s additional fire power in the absence of Keith Jones. Regulars Philip Staniland, Mark Murrell, Kyan Bui and David Smith made up the rest of the Wanstead team, reflecting all the players who had expressed an interest in playing. On paper Wanstead had a significant Rapid grading advantage, though many of the Chingford side are more dangerous than their ratings suggest.

Philip got the team off to an excellent start with an early win over Robin Oakley whilst Mark and Gavin exchanged errors and agreed terms before anymore could be played. Kyan increased the Wanstead lead only for Andrew Allison to get the better of David Smith. Paul and Alin drew their games to give Wanstead a point lead going into the second leg.

Second legs are notorious for turning matches on their heads and this started to live up to expectation. Mark paid the penalty for too airy an opening but Kyan did the double to keep the Wanstead lead but this was extinguished soon after when Robin got his revenge over Philip. All square with three to play. As the round progressed the match looked like being in the bag. Alin had a positional advantage with the white pieces and David had won material, though as usual Paul’s game could only be described as unclear. Alin converted to retake the lead but David’s opponent had created a passed pawn and a significant time advantage with Rose v Bancroft  in the balance.

Tie break of bottom board elimination was coming into play. A loss on 6 and a draw on 2 would have seen the scores level with Kyan’s double wins in danger of not counting in the tie break. As he entered his last minute David had the match play experience to offer the draw in a position where it was difficult for his opponent to make progress without risking entering a losing position. That was enough to give Wanstead the match on tie break. With both Peter and Paul playing for the win, it was Paul who broke through first to make the win decisive. A gutsy performance from Chingford who were in the match right to the dying minutes. Wanstead did just enough to regain the Finchley Cup by 7-5 from our opponents and to give the Club its second league Cup double.

John Philpott Trophy

The Finchley and Lawrance Cups were just two competitions where the game points won by members counted towards the inaugural John Philpott Trophy for the best aggregated performance across all of the Club’s rapid chess events. The battle for this new trophy started back at the end of the May with Bonanza Night, the club’s openings fixtures in the North Circular Summer Rapid League. In addition to the two NCCL Cup and the Essex Knockout competitions, points scored in our Rapid Championship, played in February, were also included. This season will also include the match results from our first international challenge match, in what is our 75th season, against Aix-en-Provence later this month, though they will not affect the destination of this trophy.

In his second full season, the first winner of this trophy, and a most deserving win at that, is Kyan Bui, who has led from the outset. In the Rapid Championship he finished 5th with a +13  grading performance (on his January grade) and in match play he had a success rate in excess of 80%. His rapid chess success over the year has resulted in +29 grading performance (on his July grade). John would certainly have approved of the effort to become the first name on a WWCC trophy; a first of many more I suspect. Well done Kyan!

Mark Murrell

Club Championship Round 8 – 27 March

The draw for the penultimate round of the Club Championship has been posted.  All games, save for those affected by dispensation, are to be played on 27th March.

Entries for the Champagne Moment of the Championship are invited. Please submit these to the Tournament Secretary.

Partha Mulay leads the Championship and Junior Championship on 6/7. Manuel Perez Carballo and Steve Rix are his nearest challengers half a point behind with Aadarsh Saravanan pressing hard in the Junior competition on 5/7.

All the Junior competitors are playing impressively well above their grading with the relative performance junior prize wide open:

Tejas +20; Partha +22; Aadarsh +23 and Kyan +27.

Elsewhere the grading section leaders are:

U85 Tejas Mulay and Wim de Jong 3½
U115 Arvind Mulay and John Jestico 3½
U140 Alex Collyer 5 from Kyan Bui 4½
U165 Aadarsh Saravanan and Mark Murrell 5

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary

Club Championship Round 8 | Cross Table

Rapid Championship Regained

Whitton-Hunnable R6, Black to move. See full report for continuation.

Mark Murrell reports:

In an impressive undefeated performance Ian Hunnable, has won the Rapid Championship for the second time. With a score of 5½ out of 6, Ian improved slightly on his 2010 performance in the inaugural event and whilst controlling the all-day tournament as well.

In the nine years of the competition only David Spearman has achieved multiple titles though Ian is the only player to have won with and without time increments. The 2011 event saw the introduction of the current time control of all moves in 20 minutes with 10 seconds increments changing from a flat 30 minutes in use for the opening event.

Prize List

1st – Ian Hunnable, 5½/6; Rapid Champion
2nd – Mark Murrell, 4½
Grading Prize – Nigel White 90, 3/3 – Performance 119 (+29).

For Mark’s full report and the Tournament pages (round-by-round pairings and results) follow the links:

Mark’s report (pdf) | Tournament pages

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

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