League Match Sign-up 2023-24

MEMBERS: PLEASE READ THE VENUE AND PLAYING CONDITIONS INFORMATION BELOW

THEN, FOR EACH LEAGUE, SELECT YOUR RESPONSE BY COMPLETING THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

If you need more information to make a decision then raise your questions asap with Mark at fixtures@wansteadandwoodfordchess.com

We need your responses urgently so that we can enter viable teams. Teams do not run without captains, so if you are able to take on this role please indicate accordingly.

There is match chess available for players of all abilities.

Please note that the board fee at Wanstead House for 2023-24 for all activity was maintained by the AGM at £5 (Juniors £2 for non-JCCC junior members). There is no longer a Board Fee payable for our matches at Pimlico nor for any London League venue including the central venues at Mind Sports Centre and St Margaret’s House.


ESSEX LEAGUE (Division 1: 8 boards; Division 2: 6 boards; Division 3: 5 boards)

1 Home Tuesday and possibly an additional match night to be confirmed; 7:30 pm
2 Away Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri at 7:30 pm
3 Game Increments with 3 hour 10 minutes minimum playing session. G80+10. Adjudication if not resolved at the end of the session.
4 Where Essex clubs – Barking, Basildon, Brentwood, Ilford, Loughton, Southend, Thurrock, Upminster, Witham and Writtle.
Division 1 plays Home and Away: Wanstead 1’s opponents are Barking, Basildon, Brentwood, Loughton, Upminster, Writtle.
Lower Divisions may be Home and Away or a single round followed by further games among the top 4 (and also the bottom 4) with scores aggregated.
Division 2 for Wanstead 2: currently has teams from Barking, Brentwood, Ilford, Southend, Thurrock (expected to withdraw), Upminster and Witham.
Division 3 for Wanstead 3: currently has teams from Barking, Ilford, Loughton, Southend Thurrock and Upminster + possibly Witham. Wanstead 3 may be promoted. A fourth team may be viable.
5 Board Fee £5 home matches (£2 juniors)
6 Standard Teams for all abilities including Minor League below

ESSEX MINOR LEAGUE (4 boards)

As per Essex League above save that it is a competition for players rated below 1650 and the average rating of the team must not exceed 1500. Currently teams from Southend, Thurrock and Upminster (both with 2 teams).

LONDON LEAGUE – DIVISION 2, 8 boards

However, there is scope with the League for team assignments to be changed, dependent on the result of this survey.

1 Home Wednesday 6.45 pm at St Margaret’s House, Bethnal Green (close to underground station)
2 Away Any weekday with varying start times. NB: teams with Mind Sports Centre as their home venue will now play on Tuesdays (not Thursdays).
3 Game Increments; 3½ hours session. G75+15. Adjudication if not resolved at the end of the session.
4 Where Venues in Zone 1 with the League’s central venues for clubs without a home venue being in Zone 2, St Margaret’s House, Bethnal Green, and Mind Sports Centre, Hammersmith. The evolving structure for 2023-24 can be viewed here: London League 2023-24
5 Board Fee None.
6 Standard Teams for all abilities including rating limited (U1850 and U1650) divisions

LONDON LEAGUE MINOR (4 boards)

As per London League above save that it is a competition for players rated below 1650.

CENTRAL LONDON CHESS LEAGUE (Div 3, 5 boards and Div 4, 4 boards) – PIMLICO (mostly)

These teams are intended to support our relatively recent younger generation of members with a combination of competitive chess in a more social setting.

1 Home Thursdays 6.30 pm at Churchill Gardens Tenants Association, SW1V 3AL
2 Away Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
3 Game Increment; 3 hour session
4 Where Zone 1 & 2 Central London Club venues
5 Board Fee None.
6 Standard Division 3 is for teams around an average team rating of 1900.
Division 4 is for players rated below 1700

NORTH CIRCULAR CHESS LEAGUE

A league comprising local Essex leagues’ clubs supplemented by Enfield and Chingford. Limited travel is the main attraction nowadays having lost some strong teams.

1 Home Tue and possible additional night TBA.
2 Away Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
3 Game Incremental; 3 hour session. G80+10.
4 Where Enfield, Chingford, Loughton, Ilford, Barking
5 Board Fee £5 home matches (£2 juniors)
6 Standard Teams for all abilities including U1675 Division

ESSEX COUNTY CHESS (Southern Counties Chess Union County Championships)

Members of the Club are members of the Essex Chess Association and are eligible to represent Essex. Wanstead House is the current home venue for Essex. The SCCU County Championships (Oct to Mar) determine the Union’s nominations of teams to participate in the ECF Counties Championships (Apr to early July). Participation in the national stages is NOT part of your commitment to playing in the SCCU Championships which are regional.

1 Home Saturday, 1:30 pm Wanstead House
2 Away Saturday, starting between 12:30 and 2 pm usually
3 Game Incremental; 4½ hour session
4 Where Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Middlesex, Hertfordshire
5 Board Fee (Expected): £4 home matches (£2 juniors)
6 Standard Teams for all abilities

RATING LOOK-UP

You can find your latest ECF Official Original (blue) Standard rating by following the link below. If you are unrated and unsure of playing strength liaise with Mark. The 1 Sep blue list categories A & K will be the definitive one for eligibility.

Link: ECF Rating Website


League Match Sign-up Form 2023-24

YOUR DETAILS


THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE BLOCK. If you select the last option above, the rest of the survey will disappear leaving only the Submit button to press. (That might be the easy way out of this survey, but it would mean you won't get any match invitations! If you do this accidentally, close the page and re-open it.)

ON WHICH DAYS ARE YOU USUALLY AVAILABLE?

League matches are played on weekday evenings. County matches are played on Saturday afternoons.

TEAM CAPTAINCY

THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE BLOCK. If you answer by selecting the first option (willing to captain) a supplementary block will open below with more options.
Thank you for expressing your interest to help the Club in this way. Select those options which interest you. While we would expect any member interested in team captaincy to take on only one team, it would help when assigning captains to teams to have flexbility, hence this being a multiple choice question. (If you have selected the wrong option in the previous question, simply clear the ticks in this question, then go back and select "I am not available to captain any Club teams in 2023-24" to clear this supplementary.)

YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR MATCHES FOR THE CLUB IN 2023-24

Please indicate below your avilability for each League indicated.
The Essex Minor League has a rating cap of 1650 (team average rating of 1500) so an expression of wish to play will be tempered by eligibility.
THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE BLOCK. If you answer by selecting the first option (available for London League matches) a supplementary block will open below with more options.
Tick all that apply.

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