Announcing our new website, new Junior section and updated documents

This post will be the LAST current post on this website. With immediate effect, the Club’s website is now at:


Bookmark the above link now, before you forget. Better still visit the above link and make that your new Home page.

The site you are currently reading, is now the “old” site, which will be reconfigured as an archive. It will still be available to visit for past activities, etc., but for all new material go to the new site. A certain amount of administrative material, such as Constitution and Rules, current Officers, etc., will be transferred and updated on the new site.

Junior Section, Safeguarding and Data protection

Our new Junior section, which will provide coaching during school term time, is launching on 18 September and is now open for enrollment. Full details and application form is available from the new website at this location: Junior section

We have also published on the new website related safeguarding and data protection information have been posted on the Club’s – links below.

Safeguarding | Data protection

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

Safeguarding and Junior Club update

At the AGM last week the Club updated its Safeguarding policies in anticipation of expanding its activities for juniors. Whilst everyone at the Club is responsible for safeguarding of children and adults in need the Club’s Policy Statement and associated polices/procedures including an appended update to the Club’s data protection Privacy Notice can be viewed HERE.

Following the AGM discussion, the Committee has appointed Ben Harte as the Club’s Junior Organiser with a brief to support and develop Junior Chess in Wanstead & Woodford. Coinciding with the start of the school term in September, the Club is pleased to announce, under Ben’s initiative, the restoration of its Junior Club which will meet in the Club Room (Roding) at 5pm on Tuesday early evenings until 7pm. Further details will appear towards the end of the summer.

Parents and guardians who wish to register the interest of their child ahead of the launch and receive future information about the new Junior Club should do so with Club Secretary, Philip, at

Document: WWCC Safeguarding Policy June 2018 AGM (pdf)

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

The World Championship comes to Wanstead

At the Club this Tuesday, from 7pm, Game 4 in the 12-game World Championship match between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Sergey Karjakin will be streamed live onto the Smart Board throughout the evening. Mark Murrell will be presenting a discussion and analysis session open to all those not engaged in the London League first team match.

Group training programme announced for Fourth Team squads (C U120)

Grandmaster Tamas Fodor Jnr (in a further collaboration between WWCC and the Knights of Wanstead) is to run a series of 5 training sessions over the season geared towards improving basic chess skills and strategy.  The first session takes place this Tuesday (20th October 2015) in Manor Room. Read more of this post