Septuagenarian Lightning Champion

Terry Whitton was in imperious form to win the Lightning Championship with a 100% score 6/6. There was a fine performance also from Emmet Clarke clear second on 5/6, though not having played Terry, probably due to his second round loss, so that he came up on the rails in the finishing straight. The podium was completed by a crowded third step with no fewer than five players finishing on 4/6. 1 – Terry Whitton, 6/6; Lightning Champion 2 – […]

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Championship fireworks

The third round of the Club Championship featured an audacious rook sacrifice by Tournament Controller, Mark Murrell, against Ashley Freeman. While cold analysis showed the sacrifice to be unsound, it unsettled Ashley to the extent that he failed to play the best response and Mark secured a winning advantage, subsequently denying Ashley any vestige of counterplay. Ashley was impressed by Mark’s play to the extent of providing in-depth annotations which we are happy to publish – find the game on […]

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Lightning Championship – 3 August

Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell has managed to plan most of our regular season events, despite two lockdowns in the last year. The Club Championship is in progress, next up is the Lightning Championship, on 3 August. For those new to Lightning chess, this is possibly a culture shock: a buzzer sounds every 10 seconds and the player on move has to move on the buzzer, not before, not after. Entry to the Lightning is via the usual Attendance Form which, […]

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Wolves with the 3-1 habit

With a third 3-1 victory in a row, Wanstead Wolves have acquired the winning habit. This win was achieved within a remarkably small time span, following Ian Reynold’s violent win in 13 moves, Ian H and Matthias wrapped up a 3-0 scoreline within seconds of each other. By our quick calculation, East Ham Beagles (the Wolves’ next opposition on 28 July) and Battersea Too, are joint leaders on 6 ponts, while the Wolves are 3rd on 5 points. While the […]

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ChessFest and International Chess Day

Ben looked in on the ChessFest event in Trafalgar Square today and sent us a range of pictures – thank you, Ben. He comments: “You can spot Mickey and Gawain.” fourth picture below, GM Mickey Adams in the ChessFest t-shirt and “ChessKid” cap, GM Gawain Jones (centre) and IM Malcolm Pein, hard at work on his smart phone. In the featured picture (above) you can make out, bottom left, people in “chess pieces fancy dress” for a live chess game […]

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Club Rules under HMG Covid Roadmap Step 4

From 19 July, HM Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown moves to Step 4. With this, most of the legal requirements for Covid precautions are lifted. But this only relaxes the legal requirements; Covid has not gone away, far from it and the effect to Step 4 is to move from State control to personal responsibility. The Government’s stance now is to give guidance which they “expect and recommend” responsible people to observe, which you can find here: link – HMG […]

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Hackney Hopefuls disappointed

Wanstead Wolves extended their good record this season with a second 3-1 win in a row (if two can be a row) and now have a record of P6, W3 D2, L1. Hackney Hopefuls presumably were, with the bottom two boards drawn and for a while standing better on Board 1. When that game went against them, their hopes were to level the match by winning Board 2, but Keith was on the point of taking control of a double-edged […]

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