Club Championship Round 3

Round 3 of the Club Championship started with six players on 2/2, but finished with one player on 3/3 – Ashley Freeman – and five players on 2½/3, plus Whitton-Cawdery (each 2/2) postponed. Wanstead House is closed on 21 December, so our last Club night of the year might be a social evening in HQ (the George) – await the Fixtures Secretary’s circular. Activities resume in the New Year on 4 January 2022 with the Blitz Championship. Links: Club Championship […]

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Coming up…

From Mark Murrell, Tournament Secretary and Fixtures Secretary Tuesday 19 October Chingford CC visit with a team of eight and will play in the club room along with the one postponed club championship R1 game. Social chess will take place in Manor and (as needed) Warren rooms for those not playing in the “all club” match. Thursday 21 October Essex League matches get underway with our first team‘s visit to league champions Barking. Tuesday 26 October Hackney CC visit with […]

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2021-22 Programme

The Programme of activities for the 2021-22 Season is published. You will find it under the Activities menu in main navigation above: – Activities/Activities 2021-22…/2021-22 Programme – or from the link below. Highlighted activity is the 7-Round Club Championship – Round 1, 12 October. An email has gone to all members: to enter the Club Championship reply to that email. We also have our “first of the month” speed events – Lightning, Blitz, Rapid and the Handicap Blitz Grand Prix […]

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Championship fireworks

The third round of the Club Championship featured an audacious rook sacrifice by Tournament Controller, Mark Murrell, against Ashley Freeman. While cold analysis showed the sacrifice to be unsound, it unsettled Ashley to the extent that he failed to play the best response and Mark secured a winning advantage, subsequently denying Ashley any vestige of counterplay. Ashley was impressed by Mark’s play to the extent of providing in-depth annotations which we are happy to publish – find the game on […]

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The unlikely Club Championship

Round 1 of the Club Championship – out of consideration at the start of a season spent mostly in lockdown – took place on 29 June in the spacious surroundings of the Boaden Hall at Wanstead House. We think this is the first time we have held a Club night in the Hall, the departure allowing the 12 games to be played in four groups of three single board games with generous spacing between groups. [Photo by Mark Murrell.] The […]

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Summer schedule added to main Activities menu

As a follow on to the previous article, we have now added the Summer Schedule to the main Activities menu (above). Hover your pointer over (or tap on) Activities in the main menu above, then select the top item 2021 Summer OTB to get the schedule of activities in a nutshell. Downloading the Summer at WWCC document is still a good way of retaining this schedule (it is p3) together with the other important information you need for the Summer, […]

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Kyan levels the scores to share the Championship

Needing a win to share the Online Club Championship Kyan went for the jugular with the Fried Liver Attack. The early skirmishes netted him a pawn, which he nursed to a decisive advantage with an eventual 3-1 Q-side pawn majority. While Kyan forced his c-pawn to the 7th rank, the game was decided by his consequent threat to win material, in defence of which Ashley’s king became fatally exposed until, faced with mate next move in the centre of the […]

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