Online Club Championship – Round 2

The second round of the “Lockdown Championship” was played tonight. Of the eight players who won in R1, Kyan, Ian, Michael W, and Peter McC won in R2 and lead the field. Of these games, Ashley v Peter was the liveliest and is well worth a look if only for the drama (Link: https://lichess.org/m500oQqL). Full results and all the games are available on the Championship page. Link: Online Club Championship

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*NEW* Online Club Championship

A Happy New Year to All. Whilst we are once again unable to meet as a Club, Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell, is taking the opportunity to hold an Online 2021 Club Championship. Play will be on the lichess platform. If you would like to enter, please email Mark by 7pm on Monday 4th January. More on the WWOLCC page – link below and on Activities Menu/OL Club. Online Club Championship | Entry link

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David at a canter

The Club Online Rapid Championship has been won by David Spearman with 5½/6, a point clear of Ian Hunnable 4½. David won at a canter, reaching a winning margin with a round to spare. His only concession, a draw in the last round, was not lightly given up, Alex Collyer having to show cool defence a pawn down in a double rook and pawn ending. Final positions 1 David Spearman, 5½/6; 2 Ian Hunnable, 4½; =3 Alex Collyer, John Hodgson, […]

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Winter Plan as Club nights resume

The UK emerges from national lockdown on 2 December, with the implementation of HMG’s Winter Plan. The three Tier alert system remains in use, with slightly tighter provisions. Under the Winter Plan, the Club can resume meetings to play chess under Tier 1 and Tier 2, but not under Tier 3. There are slightly tighter restrictions under Tier 2 than before. For full details, visit the New Club nights page via the link below, or always from the Activities menu […]

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Online tonight…

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Club Online Rapid Championship (G20+10) were played tonight, with three players winning both games, David Spearman, Peter McCarron and Ian Hunnable. There was one upset result, in Round 1, when Jay defeated Ashley. Also in R1, there was an interesting ending in Matthias’ game against Michael Wilson; Michael went on to win, but Matthias might have done better with 71 Ra3! In R2 Alex held John Hodgson to a draw.  All 16 games are […]

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Finding a way through the Tiers

Tiers there maybe, but W&WCC carries on. Rule of Six is for the present kicked into touch. London and Essex are currently on Covid alert Level Tier 2 – High, meaning we cannot currently play OTB chess as indoor gatherings are currently banned. So how can we continue to meet? In a word: Education. In another word: Training. Education/Training is/are exceptions to the Tier 2 level restrictions. We can make a legitimate case that training is reasonably necessary for chess […]

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Important change affecting Club nights

With effect from 00:01 on Saturday 17 October, London and Essex move into Covid-19 alert level Tier 2 – High. This means that indoor gatherings are banned outside your household and Club night games have to cease until the alert level returns to Tier 1. There is, however, an exception in respect of education and training. Therefore, until the alert level returns to Tier 1, meetings can only continue if the nature of Club meetings is changed to training sessions, […]

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