World Championship match – incredible drama in Game 6

The World Championship match in Dubai is now in progress. Games start at 12:30 UTC (16:30 Gulf Standard Time). The first player to reach 7½ points wins. If no winner after 14 games, there will be a series of play-off games at progressively quicker speeds – rapid/blitz/Armageddon – until a winner is found. Match conditions also stipulate no agreed draws before move 40. Rate of play: 40/120 then 20/60 then the rest of the game in an additional 15 minutes, […]

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Lightning Championship 2021-22

The Club Lightning Championship for 2021-22 will be held on 7 December 2021 in the club room, starting at 7.30 pm. In Lightning Chess 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 for 7 December, or if you prefer to play social games and not enter the Lightning, complete the Entry Form and opt instead for SOCIAL. […]

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Another splendid team performance

The skipper was pleased with “another splendid team performance” when the 1st team defeated Writtle away by a comfortable margin (5-3), with no draws, to maintain top spot in the Essex League Division 1 table. Having defeated the defending Champions (Barking) and Writtle – the most successful Essex League team in the last 25 years by a mile* – puts Wanstead in pole position, particuarly in this shortened programme with no return fixtures. But there are still some stern tests […]

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London League FIDE Blitz evenings!

One of the facets of the new “west” venue for London League matches – “Mindsports” in Hammersmith – is that the hiring agreement commits the League to take the venue every Thursday throughout the year, yet is still way cheaper than the other venue at Citadines. The League has therefore the additional capacity to hold other events – a “win-win” situation. The first two such events have been announced, individual FIDE blitz evenings at G3+2, Thursdays 9 and 16 December […]

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New dates for your diary

From Fixtures Secretary, Mark Murrell Tue 30 Nov 2021: 2019-20 Finchley Cup Final Wanstead 3 v Chingford 2, at Wanstead, 7:30 pm; Thu 02 Dec 2021: 2019-20 Lawrence Cup Final Wanstead 1 v Wanstead 2, over as many boards as there is interest for, 7:30 pm; Mon 13 Dec 2021: Return friendly fixture Chingford v Wanstead, at the British Legion, Hall Lane, 7:30 pm; Tue 23 Nov 2021: Wanstead Warriors v Chess4all power pawns, a double header G20+10 match at […]

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Blistering start

The Club has made in instant impact in the newly-constituted Essex League, to date with a 100% record and two whitewashes. Results to date Division I 21 Oct: Barking I 3½-4½ WW I 9 Nov: WW I 6-2 Upminster I Division II 3 Nov: Loughton II 0-6 WW II Minor League 9 Nov: WW M 4-0 Upminster MB All the results are up to date in the team pages, links below, now complete with player stats. Look out for the […]

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