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)

Rising star Kyan in the news

The fantastic season of Kyan Bui has hit the local press.

The East London & West Essex Guardian, Wanstead & Woodford news and the Ilford Recorder have both run the story. Kyan also is a candidate for the Young Citizen Award for the borough for his achievements in chess.

Kyan’s achievements this season:

Winner David Wood Memorial Trophy – 32½/49 (standard play games);
Winner John Philpott Trophy – 20½/27 (Rapid games);
Awarded the Titmas Trophy for the greatest improvement in playing strength on the season;
Grading Performance:
Standard games – 151 from 57 games off a starting grade of 127;
Rapid games – 154 from 27 games off a starting grade of 128.

Kyan also recorded an aggregate score of 8½/11 (77%) for Essex in the County Championships at a grading performance of 158, finishing second in the County aggregate table (131 players).


East London & West Essex Guardian, Wanstead & Woodford news

Ilford Recorder

Data Protection – Privacy Notice

New Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018. You can find our about how the Club processes your personal information in respect of your membership and our chess activities in our Privacy Notice

The Club is committed to processing personal information lawfully, fairly and transparently by authorised people in a secure way.  In doing so the Club ensures that It is collected and processed for specific purposes, is adequate relevant and limited to what is necessary to run our Club and our chess activities, is accurate and up-to-date and is kept for no longer than is necessary.

As Members you too must assist in this process by ensuring that the personal information we hold, such as contact telephone numbers, postal addresses and e-mail addresses is always current.

Members’ action needed now

Should you wish to receive by e-mail or by text message promotional material about the Club’s activities and details of other chess events which the Club is asked to promote by others you must contact the Secretary, Philip Staniland, in writing (an e-mail is sufficient and easiest to process) saying that you consent to receiving electronic communications from the Club.   If this is not done you may miss out on some notifications that may not make our website in time!! Consent can be withdrawn at any time.

When contacting Philip please ensure that you provide him with your current address, contact telephone numbers and e-mail address so that he can ensure that his membership database is compliant with the Club’s policy. If you are replying on behalf of a Junior member please include their date of birth. Children of a certain age have their own data rights and enhanced protections.

The need for this information of members is self-evident and is further explained in our Privacy Notice

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