Philip leads at half time

The Club Rapid Championship for 2020-21 has received record support for this event, with 29 entries. This may have a lot to do with, for the first time, its being played over two weekday evenings (Club nights) rather than an all-day event on a Saturday. The first three rounds were played on 21 September, with the final three rounds (R4-6) to be played on 28 September. With the splitting of the event over two evenings, Members unable to play on […]

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League match sign up

All but one of the Leagues in which we play are gearing up to return to over-the-board competition and very soon we shall need to indicate our entry to these Leagues. We have willing Captains, we now need to know urgently how many willing players we have. So this is a call to Members to sign up to League match chess: please visit the League match sign up page in the main menu above (or link below), read the information […]

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Club Rapid Championship 2020-21

The Club’s Rapid Championship for 2020-21 will be played over two evenings, 21 and 28 September; three rounds on each evening. This event was originally scheduled for 21 August but had to be postponed and no alternative Saturdays were available for some time. For the avoidance of doubt, the Rapid Championship for 2021-22 will be played later in the season. Full details are available at the link below. Entry form is included in the Attendance Form for 21 September; Members […]

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Opening Night

The Champions Caterpillar The 2021-22 Season kicked off in style with the Champions Caterpillar – John Cawdery, Terry Whitton, Ashley Freeman – taking on 14 Members in simultaneous play. For social distancing reasons, we held the event in the spacious, well-ventilated, well-lit surroundings of the Hall. The Club won three games – David Smith, Mark Murrell and John Jestico –  while Matthias Lataille recorded the only draw in the last game to finish. The Caterpillar won all the other games, […]

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Wanstead Juniors 1, 2, 3 in the ECA Back to Real Chess Festival, Rated Rapid Swiss

Saturday 14 August, Boaden Hall, Wanstead House By Mark Murrell Six members of the Junior Coaching Chess Club and a potential seventh were in action, in this Essex Chess Association event put on at short notice to encourage a return of over the board competition in Essex by our junior club in conjunction with Ilford Chess Club across the River Roding and the ECA. Initially billed as a 5 round event, a unanimous player vote at the end of Round […]

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Essex All Over v W&WCC

Saturday 14 August, 1:30 pm, Wanstead House By Mark Murrell As part of the Essex Chess Association’s pre-season Back to Real Chess Festival,  the Club played host to a scratch team of Essex county players who missed out on selection for the Essex 1600 (average team rating) team, participating in the ECF’s pre-season County Challenge competition for 8 board teams with an average team rating maxima of 1600 in the Minor and 2000 in the Major.   Originally billed as an […]

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Real Match Chess returns

W&WCC v Essex – 8 boards After 17 months in abeyance WWCC returns to match chess this Saturday. Part of the Essex Chess Association’s Back to Real Chess Festival, eight players take on a scratch team from the Essex County squad. Each player from the opposition representing a different Essex Club. It should be a close match (ECF rated) with just 16 rating points separating the teams, competing at the leisurely rate of G105+15. The teams will be revealed at […]

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