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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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Ashley – whoosh-bang champion!

Lightning Championship 2022-23 The 37th running of our Lightning Championship, played annually since 1986-87 without a break, even for covid. The history of lightning tournaments at W&WCC goes back even further, before it was run as a championship. The latest incarnation produced a new champion from the ranks of our recent recruits: Ashley Freeman set a pace that none could live with and he won with a round to spare, finishing with 5½/6. Philip Staniland having been one of Ashley’s […]

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Wanstead retain Sims Cup

Having defeated Writtle away in the Semi-Final, the Wanstead A team had one more stern test to retain the Sims Cup for the Essex Summer Rapid Knockout: another showdown with Barking A. Wanstead has held the Sims Cup since 2019, while the Knockout was sidelined by Covid lockdowns. Wanstead A has had to wait a long time to erase the memory of 2019 when it was Wanstead B team that won the all-Wanstead Final that year. Congratulations to Skipper Ashley […]

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Wanstead Festival postponed to 2 October

The Wanstead Festival, which was to have taken place on Sun 18 September, has been postponed to Sunday 2 October 2022. Those members who had pledged support to Paul Barclay for the original date, please confirm to Paul your availability for the new date. The revised “September programme” is: Tue 13 Sep Summer League Play-off Final   Inbetweeners 3 + 2 rated blitz   Start of U1650 Ladder Tue 20 Sep Essex Knockout Final – Wanstead A v Barking A […]

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London League Fixtures

The London League Fixtures are published. Two Wanstead teams have been entered, the first team in Division 2 and the second team in the Minor Division. The first fixture for each is on 6 October 2022 and both are travelling west, to the Mind Sports Centre and both play opposition from Wimbledon. The first team has two fixtures at Mind Sports, five fixtures at St. Margaret’s House, Bethnal Green and three fixtures at opponents’ venues in central London; 10 in […]

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Opening Night Tandem

The 2022-23 Season opened in traditional style on Tues 6 September with the tandem simultaneous by last season’s champions. And what an array of honours held by our two bi-bicyclists: all the tournaments and trophies between them! John Cawdery: Club Champion; Lightning Champion; Blitz Champion;Mark Murrell: Rapid Champion; David Wood Memorial Trophy; Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield; John Philpott Trophy. This redoubtable twosome took on 16 Members, circulating the arena, in tandem, without consultation. Of the 16 games, they allowed only […]

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Hastings win the battle

Had that been the result in 1066, England might be a very different place, particularly where architecture is concerned. But their victory this time was not over Norman invaders but a friendly foe from Wanstead; and Hastings’ winning score was by the odd point, at 8-7. WW did well at the top (2½-½) and Boards 9-15 (4½-2½), but Hastings had a swathe of five wins over Boards 4-8 which edged the verdict. Board-by-board details via the link below. Now David […]

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