September 2023 in Hammersmith: kicking off the 2023/24 Season!

We’d like to share our plans for this month – with some of the specifics to be announced later on via our WhatsApp chats. Read on for details:

A new season begins!

Hammersmith will soon be battling again in the different Leagues we play in, and there could be no better warm up than taking part in our friendly match against our visitors from Belgium: a few spots are still open so let John White know if you wish to play on Friday 8/9 and/or Saturday 9/9.

There is still some work to be done regarding the final composition of all the league divisions and the numbers of teams we will enter this year, but captains will start reaching out to members once our fixtures have been scheduled.

Reminder that both Club Membership and ECF Membership are required in order to play, please make sure to renew yours so that captains will have you on their lists.

The Return of Junior Hour

Junior Hour (JH) starts once again on Monday 4/9 at 6pm after the summer break, this time with our new Junior Officer Tom Townsend as agreed on our latest AGM.

The fees structure has been changed from a term basis to an annual basis so it’s now a flat £100 per annum, in addition to the regular club membership for each junior. We have a page with additional details on Junior Hour

September Club Nights

Upcoming events on our Monday nights from 7:30pm are listed below, details and sign up forms (when needed) will be shared on our WhatsApp chats.

Monday 4/9: Internal Tournament hosted by Club Captain Robin Sarfas

Monday 11/9: Challenge one of our first team players in a simul exhibition

Monday 18/9: Special event with IM Callum Kilpatrick, member of our sister club in the 4NCL: the Celtic Tigers

Monday 25/9: The best and worst game of each World Champion, with Jim Stevenson presenting the legendary Bobby Fischer

We hope you’ll enjoy everything we have planned for September! See you soon at the MSC

Hammersmith Chess Club

The Visit of KOSK to Hammersmith Chess Club in September 2023

Hammers, we are delighted to announce the visit of royalty to our noble but humble chess club. The Royal Chess Club of Ostend will be visiting us from Friday the 8th of September to Sunday the 10th September. To take part in a weekend of chess and camaraderie that will live long in the memory.

Nearly 20 Hammers travelled to Ostend last December to play some great chess, make new friends and enjoy unbelievable hospitality. It was an unforgettable experience. It is now our turn to be hosts and we will be putting on some show.

We want as many Hammers to get involved as possible. These are some of the things that are being planned.

Friday Night – Welcome buffet and much beer followed by a blitz tournament – I will be asking as many Hammers as possible to take part and will be asking you to register for some true Euro blitz.

Saturday – Starting about 11am -Two long play games with a basic time of one hour possibly with an increment where each KOSK player (there are 12 of them) will play one white and one black game. There will be a lunch break However, we would like to offer more than 12 Hammers the chance to play in this section.

After the chess is over, we intend to take our friends for meal locally in Hammersmith to round off the evening. You are all most welcome. We just need an indication that you will be joining us so we can arrange the seating plan.

There are also other events that may or may not happen that weekend– please keep your eyes glued to the website and chat groups for Updates.

Hammers, remember it is your club – so get involved – and more details will follow how you can join the range of activities.

Chairman John (aka Lord Clueless)