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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

Blitz Championship – Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club Blitz Championship takes place on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Doors open at 7:15 pm with Round 1 scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. Don’t be late!

A 7 round Swiss at a rate of 8 minutes per player per game and with no handicap – the real thing for this first of the month all Club event.

Reigning Champion – Steve Rix.

Tie break is the Sum of Progressive Scores. This may be varied by the Controller provided it is announced before the start of round 1.

All points scored count towards your total for the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield, the award for the most comprehensive performance across the Club’s diverse activities excluding Rapid games.

Ian Hunnable is the appointed Controller for the event. As usual, if you are thinking of playing please register your interest in advance with Ian or myself, so that the tournament software can be populated in advance to save time on the night.

Ian can be contacted by e-mail at idh168@btinternet.com Telephone entries to me on 077 1288 1232.

Doors open for registration at 7:15pm. If your plans change or you are delayed en route on the night please contact me on the above number.
£1 tournament entry fee, which is returnable in prizes in addition to the usual board fee. Please ensure your arrival before 7:30 pm to make the draw for round 1.

The tournament pages are published HERE

[Note from Webmaster: Click on the words “WINTER EVENTS” in the main menu above, for the full menu including the Blitz.]

Ian and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our now traditional start to the New Year.

Here’s to 2018.

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary & Fixtures Co-ordinator

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

New Finchley Cup fixture ♦ Printable Planner now available

  • The all-Wanstead Finchley Cup Semi-Final, FC4 v FC3, will be played on Thursday 18th January alongside NCL1 v Chingford. Planner link below.
    • So a Wanstead team will face the winner of Enfield 1 v Chingford 2 in the Final to be played between 1st Feb and end of April – a Wanstead team in both the Finchley and Lawrance Cup Finals!
  • The online Planner now comes in a downloadable/printable version, available from the Planner cover page. This new version does not have the links to popups, etc., – if you want that additional information you need to access the online version – but will enable downloading and printing of your local copy. The format is pdf, in portrait or landscape layout. The portrait version has smaller print, but uses fewer pages. If you need larger print, use the landscape version, but recognise it needs more paper. The printable version will keep in step with updates to the online version. Before you print, think about the ENVIRONMENT. Link below to the Cover Page.

Online Planner cover page

Ladder update

Ladder Result played 7th November:

Rung  White      Result  Black           Rung
 7    Paul Read   1-0    Stanley Prooth   3

Paul moves up to 3.

Ken Jardine has challenged Nic Charles but date not fixed yet.

Mark Murrell

Ladder Games | Ladder position at 7 Nov

It’s a tie

Mark

Handicap Blitz Grand Prix 1 – 7 November 2017

The first in this season’s Grand Prix series saw a pulsating struggle which ended with Lightning Champion, Mark Murrell, tied with Steve Rix on 5½/7.

It was four rounds before a clear leader emerged, in the shape of Mark Murrell on 4/4, followed by Philip Staniland, Vladimir Parols and Charlton Siddo, all on 3. Steve Rix at this point had 2½. The chasing pack were happy to see Charlton take a half off Mark in Round 5, but Steve was still a point behind Mark, whose lead on 4½/5 was cut to half a point over Vladimir, 4.

Everything went back into the melting pot in Round 6, with Steve (3½) beating Mark (4½) to join him in the lead. However, more joined the party with Charlton (3½) beating Vladimir (4) and David Spearman (3½) inflicting on Philip (3) his third defeat in successive rounds, having started with 3/3.

Steve

So at the start of the last round, there were four players on 4½/6: Mark, David Spearman, Charlton and Steve paired together in that order. Steve (Group 1) had to concede 6 minutes to Charlton (Group 4) – Steve 5 mins, Charlton 11 mins – but did so successfully, fully expecting that this was enough to win outright. Not so. With the time handicap in his favour (10 mins v 6 mins) Mark scored a notable victory over Club Champion, David Spearman and remained top of the heap jointly with Steve, a point clear of the chasing pack.

Leading scores: =1 Mark Murrell, Steve Rix, 5½/7; David Spearman, Charlton Siddo, Terry Whitton, 4½. 19 entries. Full details in the tournament pages, link below.

All points scored are carried forward to the Grand Prix aggregate; four more events in the series. While playing in all events is likely to be essential to win the GP, each event is a stand-alone contest with its own prize fund, so members who did not play in HBGP1 can still enjoy the remaining events.

HBGP1 Tournament pages | Download: cross table (pdf) | More HBGP1 pictures (pdf) | HBGP rules