John keeps his cool

The first Knockout Champion is John Cawdery, overcoming Ashley’s “draw odds” advantage to win a 72 move game, which was screened live on the Internet as it unfolded. This was an extra point of interest for the players in the other room, contesting “Bonanza Night”, with the KO final being screened alongside the Bonanza pairings. The Knockout competition was an initiative of Ashley Freeman and it was fitting that he fought his way through to the Final. For a long […]

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1st WWCC Knockout Final

The 1st W&WCC Knockout Final will be played tonight, 28 My 2024, between: John Cawdery and Ashley Feeman The game will be broadcast live on the Internet and can followed, move-by-move, at this link: WWCC Knockout Final Play starts at 7.30 pm. Ashley as Black has “draw odds” – visit the KO page to find out how this works. Link: Knockout page

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Super Thursday

NC1 had already retained NCCL A with their 5½-½ win over Ilford on 10 April. Now have only a 100% record to chase. From Mark Murrell, the happenings of Thursday, 9 May: We have some catching up to do with League results and stats, but currently have this in hand. Look back soon, with progress. Update: CL2, NC2 and NC3 still to do, then Aggregates. Links: Essex League (WW) | Essex League on LMS | Central London Lge Div 4

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EL3 v Southend 1 Away, postponed

Match: Friday 2 February, Southend 1 v W&W 3 – Essex League Division II postponedThere are scheduled train strikes across c2c and Greater Anglia on Friday 2 February; part of a week-long action by Aslef. Appropriately, we agreed with Southend that if the strikes were not called off by Friday 26 January, the match would be moved to Friday 8 March. This agreement has now been actioned and the above match has been postponed to Friday 8 March. For the […]

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Match postponed

The opening London League fixture against Streatham 2, which was to have been played on Weds 11 October, has been postponed due to unavilability of the venue. New date yet to be announced. Link: London League page

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Mustard!

Essex Knockout Final – Unique double and Wanstead hat-trick Played 19 September 2023, at Wanstead Board WANSTEAD A R1 R2 BARKING A 1 Hodgson, John H 2118 (W, B) 1-0 ½-½ Goldberg, Jeff A 2146 (B, W) 2 Gill, Oliver 2086 1-0 1-0 Ismailov, Roman 2107 3 Spearman, David 2034 1-0 ½-½ Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 1958 4 Cawdery, John 2027 1-0 ½-½ Robinson, James M 1863 5 Mulay, Partha 2001 1-0 0-1 Ramage, Colin R 1844 Average: 2054 5-0 2½-2½ Average: […]

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Champions win high-octane encounter

The traditional Essex League challenge match Champions v The Rest has a chequered history, but whenever Wanstead are the Champions, the challenge is made. These affairs usually favour The Rest, but Mark assembled a star-studded line-up over 15 boards with an average of 1909 against The Rest 1832. Wanstead built a 3 point lead and held it, winning the top six by 4-2 and a clean sweep of the bottom three boards. Picture gallery on the match card page. Board-by-board: […]

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