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.