Activities round-up – 22 September

OTB Our fourth socially-distanced Club night – the second “Rule of 6” meeting – was marked by two Rule of 6 Handicap Blitz sections (not part of a Grand Prix). These bore three distinct differences by comparison with our Handicap Blitz Grand Prix events, although using the same rules: i) six player all-play-all sections instead of a Swiss; ii) each pairing played two games; iii) scoring was 2 points for a win 1 for a draw, so four points available […]

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Online slow play League Chess is back!

MM again, now bringing us up-to-date with online league activity. 4NCL – Tuesday evenings 7:30pm starting 22 September, primarily for those unable to attend Club Nights. LoM – Thursday evenings 6:45 pm starting 1 October, open to all members with a second division now added. Somewhat earlier than envisaged, our new season of online team chess gets underway this Tuesday. With the intention of providing Tuesday night chess for those unable to attend our Club Nights, Peter Nickals worked his […]

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Mayhem KO Semi-Final

A spirited try, but Wanstead came second in the semi-final against hmcwtf1. hmcwtf1 v Wanstead Wanderers CM Squaretaker 207 (W) 1-0 EastCoker 187 (B) Andrewtoo 189 1-0 Ashfreez 170E Musicknight 161 1-0 WWJammyDodger 154 JG-S22 93e 0-1 Ghostliner 138   3-1   Mark on three was the first casualty, we believe against Kayode Disu; was in trouble from the moment a White rook reached the 7th, and couldn’t save it. The next result demonstrated the cut-throat nature of a four […]

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North v South Challenge

This evening on chess.com the epic North v South Challenge took place, over no fewer than 108 boards. On publication of the match sheet, it was clear that the North had the advantage on the grades and this was borne out by the match result North 60½-46½ South (corrected score, with 11 games decided by default and one 0-0). A monumental undertaking, which surely would not have happened OTB. The Club had nine players in this encounter representing The South: […]

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Get in there!

Round 1 of the new League of Mayhem Knockout, W&W 8th seeds KO the No 1 seeds, Charlton Chess Addicks (sic). Wanstead Wanderers v Charlton Chess Addicks East Coker 187 ½-½ David_Jarmany 202 Ashfreez 170e 0-1 dhmayer 165e CRMTURBO 152 1-0 Drummond20 162 Ghostliner 138 1-0 Demyan7777 83e   2½-1½   In the next round – the semi-final – W&W meet hmcwtf1 who beat Hackney Hungry on Board Count (we presume, although we have not seen the Knockout rules). The […]

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Online League • ECF launches online Counties Championships

Fixtures secretary, Mark Murrell writes: Wanstead has two teams in The League of Mayhem, bringing together some of the Clubs from the Essex, North Circular and London Leagues to help fill the void of over-the-board chess this summer. You can follow the teams and results through this link to: the league’s website If you would like to join one of our teams please contact [email link] Peter Nickals If you would like to play for Essex in the ECF Online […]

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Postponements and cancellations

The London Chess League have postponed ALL London Chess League fixtures until Easter (Fri 10 Apr-Mon13 Apr) due to Covid-19. However, we cannot see the situation being any better by then, so expect a subsequent upgrade to “for the duration”. That’s only the Website’s view, not LCL policy. There is a LL3 match tonight, which is OFF. And a further fixture this week, LL1 v Hackney 2, which is also OFF. Players in both matches DO NOT TRAVEL (all have […]

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