Gambiteer Blitz

Making use of a Tuesday with only a 4 board Essex Minor match in the calendar, Krishna Raikundalia devised and ran a very different kind of handicap tournament from that with which our members are familiar. The handicap was that the stronger player had to play an assigned gambit and the greater the rating differential the more unsound the gambit (though not always as risky). Class will out: Ashley Freeman won on 6½. His only ½ point dropped was to […]

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London League Blitz 3

From the London League: The next London Chess League Blitz evening is now taking entries • Thursday 24 Feb 2022• The London Mindsports Centre, 21 Dalling Road, W6 0JD• 19:00 to 22:00 – Round 1 starts promptly at 19.30, arrive early to avoid delays• Time control G3+2• Six rounds or twelve games (two games against each opponent)• Entry fee £6 Link to Entry Form Because we are limited by numbers, entries are not considered accepted until the entry fee is […]

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New boy Ryan heads table

An evening of Handicap Blitz once again proved a levelling experience, with several fancied players dropping points to lower rated opponents. Several new names were included in the list, one of whom, Ryan Colclough, spectactularly headed the table on 5/6, along with resident speedster, Terry Whitton. David Smith was next on 4½, followed by Tu Sennan, Paul Barclay and Michael Wilson on the third step of the podium, each with 4 points. Terry Whitton now leads the Grand Prix with […]

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Club Championship • HBGP3

The Board 1 pairing in the fourth round of the Club Championship, Cawdery-Freeman, ended in a win for the defending Champion, who retains his lead on 4/4. There are, however, six players within one point of John Cawdery, waiting for the slightest slip. These include John Hodgson, 2118, the number two seed, a point adrift through having underestimated Michael Wilson in Round 1. Competition is open all the way down: following the top seven, there are another 24 players covered […]

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Blitz Championship 2021-22

The Club Blitz Championship, the first activity of the New Year, atrracted 24 entries and once again witnessed keen competition. After the final round, in which Istvan defeated John Cawdery, there was a tie for first place between John Cawdery and Istvan Karacsony on 5/6. The Blitz Champion is decided by tie-break. The first tie-break is Sum of Progressive Scores and on this, the Blitz Champion is John Cawdery (SoPS = 20), while Istvan’s SoPS is 18. Very well played […]

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Club Blitz Championship 2021-22 – 4 January

The Entry Form is now open for the Club Blitz Championship 2021-22, to be held 4 January 2022, covid restrictions permitting. The possibility of HMG restrictions being introduced in the wake of Omicron appears to be receding with the breaking news announcement of no new restrictions in England before the New Year; allowing for notice being given for new restrictions, this would appear to be good news for 4 January. Nonetheless, we have a fallback position of running an online […]

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Club Championship Round 3

Round 3 of the Club Championship started with six players on 2/2, but finished with one player on 3/3 – Ashley Freeman – and five players on 2½/3, plus Whitton-Cawdery (each 2/2) postponed. Wanstead House is closed on 21 December, so our last Club night of the year might be a social evening in HQ (the George) – await the Fixtures Secretary’s circular. Activities resume in the New Year on 4 January 2022 with the Blitz Championship. Links: Club Championship […]

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