Champions!

Within the space of two days – 30th and 31st May 2023 – two Championships were decided. Wanstead & Woodford CC – Essex League Champions The first phase of the competition, a single round of seven matches all-play-all, WW finished in second spot with 11 points, a point behind leaders Writtle on 12. The format this season then required a further three matches with the top four in the Division playing each other again for the Championship and the bottom […]

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It’s a tie!

Of the three players in the lead of the Club Championship, on 5/6 at the start of the last round, defending Champion, John Cawdery, defeated Paul Bancroft with the black piceces while Ashley Freeman, with white, overcame Steve Rix (4½/6). So John and Ashley finish tied on 6/7 and a two game play-off for the Club Championship will decide. John is on a hat-trick of Championship successes, so won’t want to give that up lightly. Our featured image shows Ashley […]

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Southend 2023

The SOUTHEND EASTER CHESS FESTIVAL 2023,  including the Southend FIDE Rapid and the 65th Southend Easter Chess Congress, has been launched on the Festival website. The Festival runs from Thu 6 April (Maundy Thursday) to Monday 10 April, at the Southend Adult Community College, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2UN, its home since 2014. Last year, there was a strong congingent of a dozen Wanstead members who entered and all enjoyed the event. Let’s see if we can swell that number. The principal […]

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A Christmas cracker

The “Club evening that wasn’t” turned into a Christmas Cracker to remember. Originally, Wanstead House was not going to be open on this last Tuesday before Christmas, but reversal of this decision allowed one more Club evening for which, of course, nothing had been planned. A perfect opportunity to generate more Blitz results for members to add to their new ECF Blitz ratings by holding a Christmas Blitz. And very popular it was! There were 28 entries, including three invited […]

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Christmas Blitz

Last call to members for entries to the Christmas Blitz. With the House now being open for 20 December (today) we are organising a Christmas Blitz which will be submitted for ECF Blitz rating (new this year). The format will be dependent on the number of entries but will be a minimum of 9 rounds of G4+2 and a maximum of 15 rounds of G3+2 or somewhere in between. The event has been circularised to the Club’s mailing list. To […]

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White to play, what’s the best move?

This remarkable position occurred in actual play. Imagine you have this position in a match game; you have White and you have to find your next move, what will you play? Your clock is ticking and, by the way, you have less than five minutes plus 10 second increments. Black has around the same, but his clock is not ticking. If you don’t want to play the “clock game” just analyse the position and find White’s best move, then see […]

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Summer rapid season round up

Mark Murrell draws together the details of an active and successful summer: Synopsis Lawrance Cup retained (on tie break) Summer League Champions (after a play-off) Essex Knockout Champions (regained from Wanstead 2!) Finchley Cup runners up (Barking had to win something !) Ashley Freeman leads the John Philpott Trophy (NCCL Cups & Rapid Championship to come) 47 members in action (including 13 juniors) in 446 appearances !! The summer of 2022 was one of the most keenly contested rapid seasons […]

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