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

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

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

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

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.