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

Opening night Caterpillar Simultaneous

img_20160906_201853Tuesday 6 September – Caterpillar 17½ – 7½ Club

Mark Murrell reports

The new season has opened in our traditional fashion with a Caterpillar Simultaneous challenge presented by reigning joint Club Champions Steven Rix and David Spearman complemented by the winner of the  David Wood Memorial, Peter Nickals following the presentation of  the Lightning Championship Trophy to Paul Bancroft and the John Langford Trophy for the 2016 Ladder to Arie Nieuwerf. Read more of this post

New season headlines

Deja Vu in Baum Trophy
Writtle complete League and Cup double
Tuesday 6 September Caterpillar v Club in a simultaneous challenge
Upcoming events announced

Mark Murrell writes

Club Champions Steve Rix and David Spearman form the Caterpillar together with
last season’s top match points accumulator Peter Nickals. The new season gets
under way at 7:30. Read more of this post

BBQ and Opening Night

A spirited band of WWCC members with partners in tow saw off the traditional Bank Holiday weather amongst the hearty company of the friends, family and neighbours of Kim and Steve Rix at their “summer” BBQ last evening , without a chess board in sight.  There was of course the odd trophy or two on display !  A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by Philip, Jeff, the two Johns (Jestico and Keehner) and this reporter.  Our thanks to Kim and Steve for hosting a superb evening and their generous hospitality on the cusp of the new season.

The 2015/16 season gets underway this Tuesday, 1st September at 7:30 pm at Wanstead House with our traditional simultaneous display; this year a tandem by Club Champion Steve Rix and top match points scorer Paul Barclay.

Opening night, 11 September 2012


Although Wanstead & Woodford is now an the all year round chess club, there continues to be the traditional opening night in September to mark the commencement of the main programme of activities through the winter.  The caterpillar simultaneous display was on this occasion preceded by presentations.  The club championship had been unresolved at the time of the Annual General Meeting as a result of the need for a three way play off to be completed: this was ultimately won by Ian Hunnable.  Philip Staniland presented the trophy to Ian, and handed out prizes to the runners up and the winners of the various grading prizes.   Read more of this post

Opening night, 6 September 2011


David Smith reports:

With more torrential rain threatened outside, it was hardly surprising that a number of our regular members chose to stay at home and watch England’s soccer stars struggle against the might of Wales. Those who did make it to Wanstead House for the Club’s traditional Opening Night “Caterpillar” Simultaneous were treated to an impressive display of controlled chess by our own team of stars, namely joint Club Champions Ian Hunnable and Terry Whitton, David Wood winner Philip Staniland and joint holder of the Roy Wagstaff Shield (with Ian H.) David Spearman. Read more of this post

Opening Night, 7 September 2010


IDH Simul 1

4...Na6 isn't theory!

The opening night of Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club is normally a tandem or caterpillar display given by the main trophy winners for the previous season.  On this occasion, co-club champion Larry Marden was unavailable, and Ian, who had won the David Wood Memorial Trophy and Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield as well as sharing the Club Championship with Larry took the bold decision not to seek any reinforcements but to play single handed against the rest of the club.  15 members turned up on the night to challenge Ian.

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