David at a canter

The Club Online Rapid Championship has been won by David Spearman with 5½/6, a point clear of Ian Hunnable 4½. David won at a canter, reaching a winning margin with a round to spare. His only concession, a draw in the last round, was not lightly given up, Alex Collyer having to show cool defence a pawn down in a double rook and pawn ending. Final positions 1 David Spearman, 5½/6; 2 Ian Hunnable, 4½; =3 Alex Collyer, John Hodgson, […]

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Winter Plan as Club nights resume

The UK emerges from national lockdown on 2 December, with the implementation of HMG’s Winter Plan. The three Tier alert system remains in use, with slightly tighter provisions. Under the Winter Plan, the Club can resume meetings to play chess under Tier 1 and Tier 2, but not under Tier 3. There are slightly tighter restrictions under Tier 2 than before. For full details, visit the New Club nights page via the link below, or always from the Activities menu […]

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Battle Aix 2

Ben on Battle 2: – Friday 13th November smiled more kindly on us than Friday 20th and more than the Tuesday in between. Aix-en-Provence reeling from our good win the previous Friday signed up some even stronger players to do battle with us on the 20th. We added to our strength too, but we were also short of players from the previous week. The battle was good, but on 20th November Aix-en-Provence were convincing winners. So at one each there […]

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4NCL Online closing report

The 4NCL winter season has completed the regular fixture list and now moves into the playoffs – Semi-Final and Final – for the leading teams. Skipper of the two Redbridge All Sorts teams, Peter Nickals – “Captain Charisma” –  gives his closing report: Redbridge Allsorts 1 finished the Winter season placed 9th (=6th score) which is some achievement noting we didn’t start until Round 3. The second team finished placed 34th (=28th score) out of 68 teams in this division, […]

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Essex Online Rapid 1 – G10+5 – 23 Nov

Next up in the Essex Online series is the first Rapid, G10+5, on 23 November at 7.00 pm. Location is lichess.org. Participants in the Essex Online series need: ECF Membership (Supporter+), ECA Membership (all WW members are ECA members), active lichess.org account, Join Team Essex Online on lichess. WW members already tick most of these boxes. You can enter Rapid 1 on 23 November by completing the Online Entry Form: Rapid 1 Online Entry

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Calling squad Essex

SCCU Members’ Online Team Championships To be played at 2.00 pm over five Saturdays – 28 November, 5 December, 9 January, 16 January and 23 January – at the standard play rate of all moves in 60 minutes with 15 second increments – the Southern Counties competition is the forerunner of the second season of the national online County Championships in the New Year. There are two average team rated sections of 2050 (180) and 1675 (130) which make this […]

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Friendship Cup

Ben Harte writes… France like UK is suffering badly from the pandemic and restrictions on daily life in France’s second lockdown are more stringent than ours here. Our friends at the chess club in Aix-en-Provence (Echiquier du Roi René) challenged us to play a lockdown online event, it being unlikely that they can travel to play at Wanstead for a while -their invitation to do that is very much still standing of course. Last night 18 players from our Wanstead […]

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