Gambiteer Blitz

Making use of a Tuesday with only a 4 board Essex Minor match in the calendar, Krishna Raikundalia devised and ran a very different kind of handicap tournament from that with which our members are familiar. The handicap was that the stronger player had to play an assigned gambit and the greater the rating differential the more unsound the gambit (though not always as risky). Class will out: Ashley Freeman won on 6½. His only ½ point dropped was to […]

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New boy Ryan heads table

An evening of Handicap Blitz once again proved a levelling experience, with several fancied players dropping points to lower rated opponents. Several new names were included in the list, one of whom, Ryan Colclough, spectactularly headed the table on 5/6, along with resident speedster, Terry Whitton. David Smith was next on 4½, followed by Tu Sennan, Paul Barclay and Michael Wilson on the third step of the podium, each with 4 points. Terry Whitton now leads the Grand Prix with […]

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Blitz Championship 2021-22

The Club Blitz Championship, the first activity of the New Year, atrracted 24 entries and once again witnessed keen competition. After the final round, in which Istvan defeated John Cawdery, there was a tie for first place between John Cawdery and Istvan Karacsony on 5/6. The Blitz Champion is decided by tie-break. The first tie-break is Sum of Progressive Scores and on this, the Blitz Champion is John Cawdery (SoPS = 20), while Istvan’s SoPS is 18. Very well played […]

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Club Blitz Championship 2021-22 – 4 January

The Entry Form is now open for the Club Blitz Championship 2021-22, to be held 4 January 2022, covid restrictions permitting. The possibility of HMG restrictions being introduced in the wake of Omicron appears to be receding with the breaking news announcement of no new restrictions in England before the New Year; allowing for notice being given for new restrictions, this would appear to be good news for 4 January. Nonetheless, we have a fallback position of running an online […]

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Lightning Championship 2021-22

The Club Lightning Championship for 2021-22 will be held on 7 December 2021 in the club room, starting at 7.30 pm. In Lightning Chess a buzzer sounds every 10 seconds and the player on move has to move on the buzzer, not before, not after. Entry to the Lightning is via the usual Attendance Form for 7 December, or if you prefer to play social games and not enter the Lightning, complete the Entry Form and opt instead for SOCIAL. […]

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October Friendlies

Two wins and a draw Three fixtures, in October, billed as “friendlies” were nonetheless keenly contested. With teams matched for strength, the Club emerged with two wins by the narrowest margin – against Hackney and the Warriors (W&W JCCC) – and a draw in the other, against Chingford. Mark Murrell has penned a comprehensive report which you can find here: October Friendlies report Handicap Blitz Grand Prix 2 Speaking of keenly contested, Tuesday 2 November in the Club Room – […]

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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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