With 11 teams to cater for this season, it has been no mean feat, but we have now finalised our fixtures for the coming season! You can check out all the details on our calendar: http://hammerchess.co.uk/calendar/
It all kicks off on September 24th at the home of chess (aka Lytton Hall), with our two teams in Middlesex Div 3 facing off. We then have a crazy busy October featuring 17 games!
This is followed by a steady flow of games in the run up to Christmas (don’t forget about the London Chess Classic in December!), and then back with a bang for 22 games in January, with the following three months also averaging 20 games a piece!
Things slow down towards the Summer, with our current final (and 136th) fixture in early June. It is going to be a mad one!
Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our fixtures & the games you’re likely to be playing – our team Captains should have reached out to all of you to discuss which games you’d like to be involved in, and they’ll do their best to accommodate everyone when possible.
If you need to get in touch to ask a question or find out more info, you can find all details of our teams & captains (along with a link to their emails) here: http://hammerchess.co.uk/teams-captains/
Details of venues, addresses and match start times will be confirmed by captains ahead of each game. If you’re in any doubt, just drop them a line.
Amongst the fixture highlights this year:
Newcomers Football Radar, BBCA and Smartacus in London 5
Two new Hammer teams in the Middlesex League, meaning we will now play some home games at Lytton Hall on Tuesday evenings (we’ve reached capacity on Mondays!!)
New opponents East Ham (we’ve not played them in a while!) in London 2, and Maidenhead in the Middlesex League
We’ve also included the Celtic Tigers weekend fixtures on our calendar for the first time – a number of Hammer regulars are now playing for our sister team in the 4NCL
A final reminder – only players who have paid their membership, and are ECF-registered, are eligible to play league games for Hammersmith. If you want to get involved please ensure you have both of these sorted in time, else captains will be unable to pick you!
It’s been a fabulous Summer – amazing weather, a packed calendar of Summer League chess, plus our own Summer Programme (tip of the hat to Mr Cranston for organising such a feast of activities!), but all good things must come to an end.
As of this coming Monday 17th September, we say farewell to our Summer home at The Albion, and return to the familiar surroundings of Lytton Hall until next Summer.
But this being Hammer, we are marking the occasion with our Annual Awards ceremony and prize-giving. If you’ve not been before, it’s a rip-roaring evening of fun, celebrating the best of Hammer, aided with snacks and drinks, to mark the beginning of the traditional chess season!
This year we’re giving out no fewer than TWELVE prizes to the following individuals:
The fun starts from 7.30pm, at Lytton Hall – see you there!
Hammerites! We’re pleased to share details of some upcoming events which may be of interest to you all – keep on reading…
2018 Cork Congress
Our good friends over in Cork have announced details of their 2018 Congress. It’s a fantastic annual tournament, split into grade-limited sections, with an amazing €3,000 in prize money! Got to be worth a trip over! Details as follows:
When: 5th – 7th October 2018
Where: Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork City, Ireland (easily accessible from Cork Airport, Train and Bus stations!)
What: 6-round swiss event, with 3 sections: 1600+, 1200-1600, and U1200, €40 to enter
The hotel is running a special B&B rate for attendees, and loads more information is available on their webpage – link above.
All the best!
FIDE World Chess Championship
Hammersmith Chess Club presents… a trip to the FIDE World Chess Championship in London!
Members will be attending Round 5 – the eagerly awaited contest between reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his younger contender, Fabiano Caruana, on Thursday 15th November 2018 at The College in Holborn, Central London.
Our last puzzle proved a bit of a thronker, with only one real solution proffered by the mighty Hammer faithful.
It’s Adam “Pickle” Cranson who takes the plaudits – congratulations! – with the following line:
Nc6! Qc7 2. Re7!! – Winning the Queen for Rook & Bishop, with an easily won position.
This was from a game in 1954, Bykova v Kogan, at a Moscow-Ukraine match. Taken from The Soviet School of Chess, by Kotov and Yudovich, which apparently does actually contain some decent chess, amongst all the Soviet propaganda! East-side!!!
To this week’s thinker – white to move and win, answers in the comments:
The Summer of 2018 keeps on giving – just like your favourite chess club in West London.
Are you tired of heat, sunshine, chess and beer? Then Hammer has the perfect antidote… more of the same. Yes, Hammer is a devotee of the hedonistic Creed – if it doesn’t kill you it must be good. Hence, that superb event the Summer pub crawl with, wait for it…. chess. This year we go North to escape the sun.
This year’s festivities commence this coming Monday 6th August, at 7pm.
The night kicks off at The Albion at 7pm where we shall assemble. At 7.30pm chess sets/boards in hand we will commence our night’s Odyssey.
The times and running order are as follows:
Assemble at The Albion at 7 to 7.30pm
The Queen’s Head pub, 7.30 to 8.20pm
The Brook Green Pub, 8.20pm to 9pm
The Havelock from 9pm to 9.40pm
The Beaconsfield 9.40pm to 10.30pm
Return to The Albion for the wind down
You can join at anytime but to get the best from the evening you need to do the whole craic.
There may be a competition – there might not be – it’s that kind of evening.
All I can say is the quality of chess generally deteriorates through the evening, but the imagination soars!
One thing that also improves is the conversation – so true Hammers, I call you to assemble and have fun. See you tomorrow!!
I am John White, and I fully endorse this message and recognise it as a genuine product of the John White Drinking Club.
My fellow Hammerites, one of the mantras I have adopted in my business and personal life is if someone does me a kindness, I will never forget, and in the future, I will repay that kindness in some way. A much nicer version of Don Corleone from The Godfather films!!!
One of those situations has now arisen with Better Fitness Gym in Hammersmith. Those with keen memories (surely all Hammer chess players!) will recall how they helped us out on the MIND fundraising day in May, by lending us their very large gazebo, provided prizes to help with our fundraising (all free of charge!) and then let us hire the gym room for the Keith Arkell simultaneous as part of the Espion/Cork weekend, for merely a £50 donation to their partner charity Cancer Research UK.
They are holding a fundraising day on the 12th August 2018 from 10am to 5pm, in Lillie Road Recreation Ground, raising funds for Cancer Research UK. I have committed Hammer to support this event as a chance to raise money for a very worthy cause, help publicise our great club, and repay a moral debt.
So, I need your help – volunteering for two hours would be really helpful – please email me on email@example.com asap so we can get a rota together. We will have two tables, four chess sets, and eight chairs to man.
Come and help our friends – they supported us when we needed help – now it is our turn to lend a hand.
Straight down to business this week – last week’s puzzle generated a lot of responses (not all of them from Charlie!). It wasn’t until our very own Irish Ace – Paul “Dead Eye” Kennelly – got in on the act, that order was restored and the correct solution proffered.
Yes, the not-immediately-obvious1.Rd7! was correct! Black resigned due to the line …Qxd7 2. Qxh5, gxh5 3.Bh7#
Rd7 was necessary as after an immediate Qxh5, black has the defence Qxh2+
To this week’s puzzle then… White to play – answers in the comments please: