Hammersmith Chess Club – April 2016 Report

BY CLUB SECRETARY, MIKE MACKENZIE

The games came thick & fast in April, with the club playing no fewer than 10 matches as we approach the end of the season.

Monday 4th April – Thames Valley League
Ealing Juniors v Hammersmith
Hammersmith won the match 4-3 with 2 matches remaining. Monday 11th April we are home to Ealing B, followed by Thursday 12th May away to Harrow A. We are now favourites to win the League and promotion.

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

10

7

1

2

7.5

1st

Keeping the home fires burning at the Club House were myself and Andy, who organised, controlled and won a blitz tournament! With five members in attendance, plus a late appearance by Graham, we had an all-play-all competition, results as follows:

Andy 4-3-1-0 = 3.5 points – Winner
Mike 4-2-1-1 = 2.5 points
Chris 4-2-0-2 = 2 points
Phil 4-2-0-2 = 2 points
Chris 4-0-0-4 = 0 points

Phil is one of our newest members. The other Chris was a guest of Chris Moore’s; he lives in Spain but dropped in for a game whilst over on vacation.

Wednesday 6th April – London League Division 4, Team 1
Hammersmith v Kings Head
Great result for the team last night, an 8-0 whitewash!! Cannot get any better! Our closest rivals DHSS who have played 6 (two games more than us), having won 5 and drawn 1. We meet on the fields of Agincourt on Tuesday 26th April. Let’s get as good a turnout as we had last time and we will have the same success as Henry V!!

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

8

7

1

0

7.5

1st

Thursday 7th April – London League Division 6
Wanstead v Hammersmith
A splendid win for Hammersmith securing top spot with 1 game to go. It was a tense affair going to the wire. With the scores level at 1.5-1.5, Robin Lee beat off a furious attack and seemed to be heading for a draw. However he managed to Fork his opponents Rook and Queen, winning the exchange and eventually the game.

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

8

6

1

1

6.5

1st

The might League 6 team
07.04.16 – The mighty League 6 team in action. On the left, closest to camera Robin grafts for his win, behind him is John, with Dan at the rear of shot. Captain Mike decided to sit this one out, preferring to catch up on the day’s news (background, with paper!)

Monday 11th April – Thames Valley League
Hammersmith v Ealing B
Another tense game that went to the wire. Hammersmith with 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss held on to draw the game and win the match 4-3. This will secure promotion to Division 1, however the Championship will probably go down to board count against Richmond. Hearty congratulations to captain Bajrush and his team!

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

11

7

1

2

7.5

1st

On the other side of the hall four new guests arrived, receiving welcome packs and applications forms – welcome to our new members! We hope to see them at our next training evening.

Wednesday 13th April – London League Division 5
Hammersmith v Metropolitan
Although hopelessly out graded, we put up a good show with 2 draws and 2 losses. We have struggled a bit in this division, but with the influx of new members will certainly do better next season!

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

6

2

1

3

2.5

9th

Tuesday 14th April – London League Division 4, Team 2
Newham v Hammersmith
Our London League 4 second team welcomed two of our newest members, Gokhan and Phil. Gokhan fared well on his debut with a win. Robin was again the star, winning in 16 moves! The overall result was a loss for us 3-5. No shame in that though, Newham are top of the league!

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

9

1

0

8

1

10th

Monday 18th April – Middlesex League
Hammersmith v Muswell Hill
This last 3-5 loss means we are relegated to Division 3. A great shame for Bajrush and his players – we’ll be back in Division 2 next season.

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

12

1

2

9

2

8th

Tuesday 19th April -Exhibition Match
Hammersmith v Fulham Juniors
This was Hammersmith’s first clash with a Junior team. A suburb little tournament, turn out, and a very pleasing result. Two matches were played, with a 3-3 result in both – match drawn! You can read a full report of the match here.

Thursday 21st April – London League 5
Battersea v Hammersmith
A nice win for Hammersmith, with Dan excelling again on board 4, and John R winning with a nice controlled attack, despite giving away 13 grading points to his opponent.

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

7

3

1

3

3.5

8th

Monday 25th April – Free Evening & Training Session
A special Committee meeting took place at the clubhouse from 6.30pm to finalise details of our Club Constitution. Some other business was discussed and will be finalised at our next Committee meeting.

A training session started after the meeting in which Bajrush demonstrated Rook-Pawn endings. The endings were well known positions: the Lucena and the Philidor positions (the two articles are well worth a read if you’re unfamiliar with either of them). Another successful turnout and an excellent display from Bajrush.

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25.04.16 – The training in full swing. Mike, Bajrush and several other members watch on as Robin takes on a visitor – no pressure Robin!

To round the evening off an excellent and original tournament took place, whereby members were split into two “teams” but then rotated around the boards. An excellent way to encourage original and agile thinking about positions. 12 members took part and it was superbly controlled by Bajrush. We will certainly do this again!

Tuesday 26th April – London League Division 4, Team 1
DHSS v Hammersmith
Our promotion hopes took a setback with this loss to what looks like the strongest team in the league. Hammersmith lost narrowly, 3.5-4.5. We have one game left and should be overwhelming favourites to beat Athenaeum who are floundering near the bottom of the table. This will give us 8.5pts. Newham have completed their season on 8pts. Streatham who have also completed their season have the same score as us but after beating Kings Head 8-0 have a board count of +36 compared to our +30. DHSS have two to play (Kings Head, and Wanstead). Sitting with 7pts they could end up with 9pts.

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

9

7

1

1

7.5

2nd

Thursday 28th April – London League 5
Hammersmith v Streatham
An excellent draw for Hammersmith – on board 1 Robin won in double quick time against a strong 130-rated player, and I had a nice controlled draw against a 123.

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Position

8

3

2

3

4

8th

May Fixtures:

  • 3rd May – Ealing 2 (A), Middlesex League
  • 6th May – Morley College (A), London League 4 (Team 2)
  • 11th May – Athenaeum (A), London League 4 (Team 1)
  • 12th May – Cavendish (A), London League 6
  • 12th May – Harrow A (A), Thames Valley League
  • 16th May – Kings Head (H), Middlesex League
  • 18th May – Metropolitan (A), London League 4 (Team 2)
  • 26th May – West London (A), London League 5

Full list of fixtures & results can also be found here.

Library Evenings and Rota for May
As you may have read previously, we will shortly be expanding our library evenings as a result of the enormous success of our weekly spot in Hammersmith Library. Full details can be found here, but the dates for May are as follows:

Monday 9 May – Kensington (5.30-7pm)
Tuesday 10 May – Shepherds Bush (5.30-7pm)
Wednesday 11 May – Hammersmith (6-7.30pm)
Thursday 12 May – Fulham (6-pm)

Monday 16 May – Kensington (5.30-7pm)
Tuesday 17 May – Shepherds Bush (5.30-7pm)
Wednesday 18 May – Hammersmith (6-7.30pm)
Thursday 19 May – Fulham (6-7.30pm)

Monday 23 May – Kensington (5.30-7pm)
Tuesday 24 May – Shepherds Bush (5.30-7pm)
Wednesday 25 May – Hammersmith (6-7.30pm)
Thursday 26 May – Fulham (6-7.30pm)

Monday 30 May – Kensington (5.30-7pm)
Tuesday 31 May – Shepherds Bush (5.30-7pm)
Wednesday 1 May – Hammersmith (6-7.30pm)
Thursday 2 May – Fulham (6-7.30pm)

Thanks to all members & players, and best of luck in our remaining games this season!

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