The Second Leg of the Hammer Blitz Tournament Cycle – 12th February 2018
Chess in every format is coming thick and fast to Hammerites at the moment. On the 12th February, at The Anvil,Round II of the tri-tourney cycle to decide the 2017-18 Hammer Blitz Champion takes place.
Before I fill in the juicy details of the evening, remember if you want to win the title, you have to play in at least two of the three rounds. Your two best scores will count towards your final position. So, if you play all three legs you are maximising your chances of having a decent score. As has been said before…
“You gotta be in it to win it”
There is an unwritten law in the Constitution of the club that says whenever blitz is on the menu, our Chairman Bajrush (Wily) invariably triumphs. Such was the case in the first round played at Christmas, where he triumphed yet again. Can anybody stop him going for a repeat?
The current leaders are:
Bajrush (Wily) – 16 points
Ben (Hitman) – 15 points
Marios (Zeus) – 14 points
Paul (Dead-Eye) – 13 points
So, the challenge is there. It is still there to be won and setup for a Hammerite to achieve a huge surprise. Just look what Ben did last time out! Anything can happen – and usually does – in Hammer blitz.
The evening kicks off at 7.30pm, so come ready and bring your sprinting chess trainers, because if you are too slow there will be nowhere for you to go!!
Thanks to everyone for completing your Round IV matches in our Rapidplay Tournament in timely fashion. Full set of results from the round are presented below.
Bajrush takes the plaudits in the battle at the top against Tony, but Marios’ win against gifted youngster Nadhmi ensures the pressure remains! Our two 100% records clash in Round V.
What will happen when the immovable object meets the irresistible force?!
Nevertheless, the performance of the round has to go to Ben Rothwell who “somehow” – to quote the man himself – managed to wrestle down Yasser against the odds. Perhaps our estimate of e95 was a little cautious for Ben, but there’s no escaping it was a great performance to overcome such a grading gap. Well done Ben!
Given we’re at the halfway point, it’s worth taking a quick look at the overall standings and begin to speculate who’s leading the pack to win one of our coveted prizes. Only a bit of fun at this stage, so we haven’t calculated the tie-break measures.
Remember, there’s four prizes in total: Open, Kings (<160 ECF), Bishops (<130 ECF) and Knights (<100 ECF)
Open – Bajrush and Marios are neck-and-neck; things should be clearer after Round V!
Kings – Matteo / John W / Simon, are tied for honours
Bishops – Simon stands alone (Assuming he doesn’t win the Kings!)
Knights – Ben and Paul M are looking Good
Great to see such a spread of names, particularly as it includes a few newcomers to the club. It’s a long way to go though and there’s everything to play for, particularly with the games now more evenly matched than they were at the start of the competition back in October.
And a reminder of our Round V pairings, which throw up some tasty matches:
Bajrush meets Marios in a crucial clash at the top
Captains of London 5 and London 6 meet as Rich plays Robin
Can Ben and Paul M keep up their giant-killing act as they face Pouya and Gokhan?
Remember, we need your results by February 28th at the latest – good luck!
A short & sweet intro today – read on for details of 3 truly fabulous victories this week, including a 17-move checkmate. Lovely stuff!
Middlesex League 3 vs. Kings Head – 29.01.18
Promotion to Division 2 is looking like a very real prospect, after Hammer 2 picked up a wonderful 5.5-2.5 win against an extraordinarily strong Kings Head team in the Middlesex League.
Kings Head brought no less than three 170+ players to fill out their top three boards. This sort of team strength is virtually unheard of at this level, especially for an away game. Some late tactical changes to our starting lineup were required, with Sheikh and Nadhmi coming in to bolster the team, and Ken getting his first shot at glory playing with the firsts.
So it was down to Sheikh, Paul and John to attempt to tame the three Goliaths, and they gave it a really good crack. Sheikh played an absolutely wonderful opening and middle game and was completely winning as they approached the endgame, but blundered into checkmate.
John had a similar sort of game – blundering as well to concede defeat, but Paul was switched on throughout, and smoothly outplayed his opponent to pick up the full point.
2-1 down, it was up to our lower order to bring home the game. Their foes were by no means patzers, but Hammer were in it to win it.
Nadhmi looked absolutely winning by move five, but some unnecessary pawn-grabbing allowed his opponent to complicate matters. Nevertheless, our junior superstar weathered the storm and scored a fine win.
Boards 5 and 6 son followed suit, with Matteo proving he is far better than his January grade would suggest, and Brian “Magnus” Dodgeon deploying superior positional play to grind out a well-earned win.
Ben’s second game for the team earned him a second win, this time against a far stronger player, leaving those who estimated his modest grade rather red-faced. His opponent went for an all-out attack on the Kingside, seemingly failing to realise that he himself had not castled and his King was in mortal danger.
Finally, John Ryan on board 8, looking to secure his name as player of the season, unfortunately found himself an exchange and a pawn down not long into the game. He was unfazed and recovered splendidly, utilising his bishop pair to their fullest potential to gain a strong initiative and force a draw.
Well played everyone!
Next Monday is crunch time, as we take on promotion rivals Muswell Hill 2 at the Anvil. It goes without saying that it’s another crucial game, so let’s ride this wave of form and clock up another great performance.
Middlesex League 2 vs. West London – 29.01.18
Also at The Anvil on the same night, our League 2 team scored a vital win against our near neighbours in the hotly-contested West London Derby match, with the Hammer Crew triumphing 5.5-2.5, to cap a superb evening for the teams!
Rumours abound that the teams headed straight to the pub to celebrate, but we cannot confirm or deny this…
London League 4 vs. Streatham – 31.01.18
I’m delighted to confirm we chalked up a cracking win in London 4 this week against Streatham & Brixton. Scores stand at 4.5-2.5 with Matteo’s match adjourned to complete the set. Full credit to Brian who acted as captain on the night.
An absolutely superb result and our best of the season so far! Streatham are certainly one of the strongest teams in the division and boasted a 100% record before last night. That was before the mighty Hammer made short work of them! It seems when we need to pull out the stops, I just need to arrange to be 100 miles away at a work offsite!!
For a while it looked like we might have to recover from 2-0 down, since we still only had 6 players with the clocks 20 minutes down! But luckily both latecomers arrived before the 45 minute default time, and managed to cope with the time deficit with aplomb.
In fact, fast forward a further half an hour and we were 2-0 up, with both Chris and Jeremy finding sharp opening lines that rapidly opened up the position and allowed them to penetrate their opponents’ defences to devastating effect.
The quickfire demolitions are presented here.
Chris (worth playing through! It shouldn’t take you long):
On board 8, Ben continued to show he’s much better than his estimated 95 grading, gaining two pawns and swapping off to a won endgame. 3-0 to Hammersmith and looking in control. Great win on his debut in Division 4.
Nadhmi on board 5 entered the 20-minute playoff with a level endgame: four pawns and a minor piece each. But he was badly behind on time, and succumbed to the opponent’s accurate endgame play, Nadhmi losing his useful remote Queens-side pawn to leave him with a 4-3 minority, which resulted in the opponent Queening a pawn. 3-1
Dipender on board 6 had a level game for a long time, but fell victim to a 7th-rank major piece invasion. 3-2 up with the top 3 games still to finish!
Brian extended our lead with a fine win on board 3. Playing against the French, he utilised the Advance Variation and secured a decent space advantage. His opponent’s speculative h5-h4 pawn advance allowed Brian to station his King’s Knight on h5, supported by the g4 pawn. This meant he could never develop his King’s Bishop for fear of Nxg7+, so he was never able to castle.
Rook pressure was built-up on the b and c-files, eventually picking up the h4 pawn, and allowing an invasion onto the seventh rank via b7. Two more pawns quickly fell which meant an endgame was reached three pawns to the good. 4-2 with two games left.
At the tight end of the 20 minute playoff, Tomasso on Board 1 had a level endgame against a strong opponent, so took a draw by repetition. This meant we won the match 4.5-2.5, with Matteo’s level game on board 2 adjourned to finish another day. Looks pretty tight that one.
The result leaves us nestled in the Champions League (c) places, with plenty of points still up for grabs. Next up is a 6-pointer against Athenaeum.
As world leaders prepare to depart from Davos, here at Hammer we’re always looking for our next excursion! After the huge success of our visit to Amsterdam last Summer, plans are being laid for a trip across the Irish Sea to visit Cork!
Read on to find out more, along with the usual goings on at Planet Hammer…
Cork Chess Club trip
Bury St Edmonds challenge match
London League 3 vs. Athenaeum
Middlesex League 3 vs. Hendon
Get Ready to be Corked!
Yes, the Hammer crew – like a dodgy bottle of Chateau Rothschild – are going to be Corked! The 2018 Hammer on Tour is now confirmed.
On the weekend of June 8-10 Hammer are taking on the might of Cork Chess Club in the second city of Ireland. In a weekend that will celebrate chess, beer, camaraderie and sampling the delights of the beautiful city of Cork.
Following on from our enormously enjoyable and most excellent weekend in Amsterdam in 2017, we have decided to grace the Emerald Isle with our presence. How magnanimous we are!!
Cork is a beautiful city situated on the River Lee in the stunning South-West of Ireland. It has a huge history, with us – the Brits – the noisy and repressive neighbours, playing a large part in that.
Cork Chess club was founded in 1990 and like us is heavily involved in all matters of the promotion of our beautiful game. Their current star is IM Alex Lopez, ELO rated 2432! Check out their website: www.corkchess.com
So, it is time to pack your bags and book your flights (I have already done so!). The flights are excellent value at the moment.
Please email John White (email@example.com) ASAP confirming your participation so we can start assembling numbers and looking at accommodation. Plus, we need to give the numbers to our hosts so the arrangements can be put in place.
This will be a superb weekend, so do not miss out!
The 2018 Challenge Match vs Bury St Edmunds – 7th April
The gauntlet has been thrown down and the date set. Hammer are going on the road to take on the powerhouse of Suffolk Chess – Bury St Edmunds. We have been called out and we will answer the challenge to defend the honour of the House of Anvil. Read on…
Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful Suffolk market town with a history dating back to the 11th Century, and a fine cathedral.
The centre-piece of the day will be a long-play over-the-board mass-team match, so we need as many Hammerites to step up and defend the honour of our club!
It will be an excellent day of chess, making new friends and perhaps best of all the prospect of sampling the beer at the Old Cannon Brewery and the Nutshell.
I already have commitments from Carsten, Bajrush, Marios, Wyatt, Adam and Chris Skulte. So, guys I need you step up. Email me ASAP – firstname.lastname@example.org – so I can match you with a suitable opponent.
This is new territory for Hammer, but hopefully it will become an annual event in the calendar.
Our honour must and will be defended. Go Hammer!
London League 3 vs. Athenaeum – 22.01.18
Welcome to part 4 of the Starship Hammer One 2018 odyssey, and its one season mission to boldly go to Division Two of the London League.
Captain Clueless Log – Part Date 22.01.2018 – Hammer 1’s crew have beamed down to the planet of literary and scientific study – Athenaeum. A strange and hostile world, where gaining entry to the match venue requires digital input technology.
The Hammer Landing Party consisted of, in board order: Thomas, Marios, Bajrush, Jim, PaulMcK, ChrisS, Sheikh, Tommaso, Paul K and Clueless. Even with the inclusion of Clueless, the strongest team Hammer 1 has put out i the London League for many a year.
We out-graded our opponents on average by 20 points a board. Thus, applying Spock logic – the result should not have been in doubt. If only life was that simple!
Captain Clueless also cocked up on the logistical front and got the wrong start time. Basically gifting at least 10 minutes to some of the Athenaeum team.
Chris S got delayed but brought John G (Sauvignon) along, and poor Bajrush arrived too late. Fortunately, John G stepped in and took over board three for the Hammer crew. Default-free we remain.
So, to the tale of a much fraught and difficult evening.
Playing black on board one and making his debut in the London League, Thomas (T-Bone) took on an opponent who clearly wanted a draw. Displaying great patience and tenacity, Thomas probed, created problems and worried his opponent on the clock. On a blitz-style finish he broke through and downed his opponent. A victory for sheer willpower. Hammer at 1-0.
On board two Marios (Zeus) has adjourned in a position where he has a slight advantage. I have to say his determination to carry on and grab the full point at the conclusion of the evening was truly awe-inspiring. There is nothing like an ultra-determined Greek with immortal characteristics!
John G started on board 3 with a near thirty minute deficit, and truth be told one too many Sauvignon Blancs to the bad. This was a brave shout from JG and ensured that Hammer did not default. He definitely took one for the team. Sadly he lost, Hammer now at 1-1
Jim (Loco) had one of those games that saw little happening and is adjourned in a position with a setup of Rook and three pawns, vs Rook and four pawns. He has three pawns. His King is cramped but he is convinced he can hold the position. I do not think this is Celtic wistfulness.
Board 5 saw Paul McK (The Prof) have the game of the evening with the black pieces. I have asked him to annotate it for the website. This game had everything – piece sacrifices, a king march-up the board in search of safety, and finally a two Rooks vs Queen endgame.
Paul deployed all his ingenuity and experience to keep the game alive – including excellent reverse psychology. The strategic offer of a draw when you are the one being battered! Suffice it to say, in the end all came good and he made it 2-1 to Hammer.
On board 6 – Chris (Sydney) had one of those nights when you are in a bad vein of form. He missed a forced checkmate win and in the end had to resign. He was so angry with himself and cursing his luck. This was an aberration & he will recover his best form – he is too good a player.
Board 7 saw Sheikh (Pandit) with the black pieces, establish equality early on. He was cruising to a draw at worse when it all went wrong and he allowed a Rook and Knight corner checkmate. He was at a loss to explain it in the pub afterwards and his form this season has been good. Personally, I blame the venue. Hammer now down 3-2.
Onto Board 8. Making his debut in the LL3 division a new face. His name is Tommaso – his nickname is Forza. Remember that name. This was probably the best attacking game of the evening – taking on a Dragon Sicilian f3 variation, Tommaso played a fine game and won in great style. A new Hammer star is born. 3-3
Paul K (Dead-Eye) is in lethal form this season for Hammer in LL3. He recored his third win in a fine tactical game. He really is on fire. Hammer now edging at 4-3.
Finally, to Clueless on Board 10 a list-minute substitute for The Suit (Matteo) who succumbed to the Aussie/Japanese flu virus. To be honest with you I played poorly. My form is uncertain at the moment and I was lucky to find a tactic to force a draw. Hammer at 4.5-3.5 on the night.
So not a disaster, but to be honest we are a better team than the score suggests. We now need to refocus and put this behind us. Promotion is our goal and games like this remind us that we have to work for it.
Clueless over & out!
Middlesex League 3 vs. Hendon, 25.01.18
Hammersmith 2 entered the second half of the season knowing that a good run of results would see us promoted to Division 2. It was vital to get a good start in a tough encounter at Hendon.
On board one, John White had the white pieces. He sacrificed a piece for two pawns and a dangerous attack early into the game, but his young opponent defended tenaciously. When the attack fizzled out, John was simply material down and had no choice but to resign. 0-1
I played my favourite Albin Counter-Gambit on board two. An exciting contest ensued, in which I had good positional compensation for the gambit pawn. Ultimately my passed pawn on the 7th rank posed too many problems, and I came away with the victory. 1-1. Here is the game in full:
Pouya played a closed structure on board 3 that remained very even throughout. The players agreed a draw when it was clear that no progress could be made. 1.5-1.5
Eva’s debut for the team did not go quite according to plan. A few imprecise moves in a tactical sequence left her an exchange down. In trying to work out how to make a draw, her flag dropped and the game was lost, and the team was a point down with four to play. 1.5-2.5
John Ryan won a pawn early on and exchanged pieces off into a tricky queen and pawn endgame. John’s infamous endgame technique shone through – he coolly navigated perpetual check threats and gradually pushed his pawn until it was unstoppable, forcing resignation. The match was level at 2.5-2.5, and John’s record for the team improves to an impressive 3.5/4.
Coming off the back of two defeats, Dipender on board 6 was keen to turn things around. He didn’t play a particularly sound game but unfortunately his opponent made proportionally more blunders and Dipender scored an important win. They performed a detailed analysis at the end of the game with his opponent’s father – a very strong player and first team regular. 3.5-2.5
Shiraz found exactly the right time to exchange off all the pieces in the middle game. To his dismay, his opponent realised that he was now one tempo too late to stop Shiraz’s passed pawn. He tried to cling on for a speculative stalemate but Shiraz was far too clinical and delivered mate. 4.5-2.5
Dan on board 8 opted to delay his development to pick up material early on. His opponent couldn’t find a way to exploit his weak king – Dan consolidated and picked up the win.
So in the end it was a 5.5-2.5 win to Hammersmith – a relief to score a win after two 4-4 draws. Well played all!
It’s well and truly a three horse race for the promotion spots. Our next two home games will be key, versus Kings Head and Muswell Hill:
The frantic pace of chess in January continued last week, with no fewer than three games, plus a further three this week, and then FOUR the week after! Luckily, Hammer are well prepared and our captains have been doing a fantastic job rallying the troops! Stay tuned for the following updates:
London 5 “grudge match” vs. our Noisy Neighbours, Battersea
London 6 vs. DHSS
Thames Valley vs. Richmond
Rapidplay Round IV
GM Jon Speelman
New ECF Grades Released!
Grudge Match – London League 5 v Battersea, 16.01.18
Delighted to report that Hammer continued our strong run against whipping boys Battersea, cruising home 3-1 on the night, with all players undefeated.
On top board, Nadhmi had a level game as white until he lost his a-pawn, then had a complicated exchange involving losing another pawn and a rook, but winning knight and bishop.
This lead to a tense knight & bishop ending vs. rook and 2x pawns in the 20 minute quick playoff. Nadhmi defended very well, but then lost his knight just before his opponents flag fell.
So, although his opponent “lost” on time, Nadhmi no longer had mating material, so it was a technical draw.
On board 2 as black, I played the Sicilian O’Kelly variation and won a pawn in a very positional middle game. I then gained another as we swapped off pieces to a won endgame, rook and 4x pawns vs. rook and 2x pawns.
On board 3, Chris had a rollicking game as white, with his bishop check winning a pawn on e6 which looked like winning a piece. However, Chris played a queen advance looking for an elegant tricky mate which didn’t quite work out – he emerged a piece down, but later the opponent overlooked a rook capture which couldn’t be recaptured, while his other rook was pinned against his own king, and Chris emerged victorious.
Ben’s game as black was even until his opponent obtained a supported passed pawn on d5, but in exchanging pawns and pieces at the end of the middle-game, the passed pawn was captured leading to a drawn ending.
Well done all!
Brian (stand-in captain in for Robin on the night)
Hammersmith “Hedger” vs DHSS, 16.01.18
Our first game of 2018 was an emphatic win for Hammersmith Hedger, 3.5-0.5, in another game where we went undefeated across all boards.
On top board, Robin held a slight advantage with the white pieces throughout. On being offered the draw, he accepted.
Board 2 saw Nick play a splendid attacking game with black, against an opponent graded 121. This was an excellent win.
Board 3 saw me win by default thanks to a no-show – they all count!
On 4, Dan with the black pieces played a super Sicilian. It was a classic “game of two halves”, with white holding the advantage until Dan trapped a piece. Then with some excellent tactical play, he forked King and Rook to win. Brilliant.
Thames Valley League v Richmond, 18.01.18
With a somewhat confusing scorecard, Hammer ended up losing this one 5-3, featuring a couple of defaults. Always sad to see! In truth, Richmond put up a very strong team so it would always have proven tricky.
RapidPlay Round IV
Our 4th Round RapidPlay games continue this month. Most games are now complete, but if you haven’t yet played please remember you only have until January 31st to complete the game and let the tournament controllers know the result!
An Evening With GM Jon Speelman
Legend of English Chess, GM Jon Speelman joins us on 26th February for an evening dedicated to the beautiful game. Jon will be guiding us through some of his top-level play, followed by questions & discussion from the crowd – it’s going to be a real one-off, and isn’t to be missed!
Our special Early Bird offer allows Hammer members to sign up for the bargain price of £7 before to 31st January, reverting to the standard £10 thereafter. If you don’t want to miss out, book your place now! Drop Hammer’s John White an email to reserve your spot: email@example.com
The Return of the Hammersmith League!
It’s been a long time coming, but we will shortly be announcing details of the all-new Hammersmith League, with the first games kicking off in March!
The Hammersmith League was always an informal setup featuring a few local clubs, aimed at providing competitive chess opportunities for our more casual players, and beginners. The perfect environment to ease yourself into the cut & thrust of competitive chess. Whilst it was always about the enjoyment of the game, the edge was always there, with all games graded and no quarter given.
We’re pleased to say that ethos will still prevail in the new format, where Hammersmith will be joined by Battersea, and SW London Juniors, for 3 nights of chess in March & April, all to be held at The Anvil.
Games will be 30 minutes + increment for all moves, graded, five players per team, with a grading average below ECF 115.
We are entering two teams, so if you’re keen to play please get in touch to register your interest:
The chess comes at us thick & fast this next two months, so keep an eye out for any emails from your team captains, and updates from the website so you don’t miss out! There’s always the WhatsApp group too if you can’t get enough!
And keep your eyes peeled for details of a soon-to-be-announced day out in Bury St-Edmonds… chess-themed, of course!! Stay tuned!
Welcome back chess fans – it’s been a while since our last Puzzle #008, way back in December.
Pleased to say we have a winner from that round in the form of Carsten, our Great Dane. Congratulations Mr Pedersen!
This week’s puzzle comes courtesy of Carsten, and it’s straight out of a London 4 match v Wanstead last week. Hammer’s John Ryan had completely outplayed his opponent and managed to bury his opponents Queen on h8! Unfortunately from this position he missed a very flashy win, and later ended up losing on time in a better position – painful!!
It was sadly typical of the match, where Hammer lost 5-3, despite having been comfortably ahead on most boards (read about it here)!
Anyway, to the puzzle – White to move, answers in the comments please:
The 2018 London Chess season kicked off again this week after our Winter break. Read on for the latest updates across Planet Hammer:
Thames Valley v Ealing
London 4 v Wanstead & Woodford
London 6 v Hackney
GM Jon Speelman visits Hammersmith
Rapidplay Round IV pairings for January
Thames Valley: The Magnificent Seven – 08.01.18
In our January TV showdown we played our first match against Ealing. I’d first like to extend a welcome to our newest player in the TV League, Thomas Bonn, and I’m even more delighted to congratulate the team for a stunning win we’re going to dub the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN!
The score sheet looks like this:
With an average grade of 178(!) this was our strongest line up so far in the Thames Valley League. It was a great performance across all boards, and the result leaves in second place in the league, with 3 points from 3 games – 100% !
we have a busy few weeks coming up, with the following games:
Richmond (away) – Thursday 18th Jan
Surbiton A (away) – Wednesday 24th Jan
Surbiton B (away) – Wednesday 31st Jan
Ealing (home) – Monday 5th Feb
London League 4: Dazed & Confused, Hammersmith v Wanstead
It was a real Heartbreaker in London 4 this week, as we found ourselves on the wrong side of a 3-5 reversal against Wanstead. It was a bitter pill to swallow after we’d built up strong positions on nearly all of our boards, but it wasn’t to be. A combination of overconfidence, carelessness and good old fashioned bad luck saw to that!
Chief cheerleader on the night, Carsten, reckoned we should have won 6-2!! And given the cramped conditions in the Citadines, he probably had better scope to review the matches than anyone.
Still, a big Thank You is in order for new recruits Tommaso and Blair, who each took home the full point. Superb effort! Add Simon into the mix and it was a case of the new guard trying to make amends for the failings of the old! In fact, it was Good Times Bad Times across the board. Each match was decisive, with no draw recorded.
Full match-card below:
I was particularly disappointed in how I played, and from chatting to a few of you afterwards it seems The Song Remains The Same. It was a night of real missed opportunities across the board.
I can present my game here (playing White), which is a clear case of Nobody’s Fault But Mine:
London League 6: Hammersmith v Hackney
Our London 6 team took on East-Londoners Hackney in another clash at the Citadines this week.
With a double-default on board 3, Hammersmith edged it 2.5-1.5 on the night, with wins from stalwarts Chris and Charlie. A disappointing result from captain Rich on top board was the only downer on the evening!
An Evening with GM Jon Speelman
In case you haven’t heard, chess legend GM Jon Speelman is spending a night at The Anvil on Monday 26th February!
Jon is an absolute legend of the English game, with honours too numerous to mention. He’s an enlightened scholar in many other aspects and we are delighted he’s visiting us to talk about his game, guide us through a game of his, and answer questions from the crowd. It’s going to be utterly fascinating!
We have an EarlyBird offer for Hammer members: £7 if booked before 31st January, rising to £10 thereafter.
Tickets have been flying out of the door and we’ve already sold around half the allocation. If you want to come along, please get in touch with John to confirm your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t leave it too late!
RapidPlay Round IV – January
Don’t forget – Round IV pairings for our season-long RapidPlay are now out. You have until the end of the month to arrange & complete your games, and get the result to the tournament controllers, Adam & Dave.
This month’s pairings are below, if you have any questions or queries please drop the chaps a line:
As our Chess Club continues to grow, we’re constantly looking for new ways to communicate and get our members involved in all things Hammer.
Some time ago we setup a WhatsApp group to help our captains communicate and arrange games. It’s now evolved to become an all-encompassing Hammersmith Chess Club “HammerTime” group chat, featuring no fewer than 21 members & counting!
It’s proven to be a great tool for all things Chess – chat, tactics, logistics, banter, advice, and humour! We’re keen to ensure as many members as possible can join, so if you have the app and want to take part, please drop us your mobile number and we’ll add you.
Definitely the more, the merrier!
That’s all for now – keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of our Puzzle of the Week, dropping in a couple of days time!
And good luck to our players next week – four big games coming up!
Hammersmith Chess Productions are proud to present…
On the night of the 26th February in the hallowed halls of the Anvil, Hammersmith Chess Club will host one of the most original and finest grandmasters this country has ever produced.
GM Jon Speelman is not only a world championship semi-finalist, he is a great analyst, journalist, mathematician and writer. His games are some of the most original on record.
The evening will consist of Jon analysing one of his games and commenting on his thought processes and strategy goals as he progresses through it. It’s a unique chance to see how a world class chess player prepares for their opponent, what factors influence the critical decision-making process, his state of mind at various points in the game, and much more.
This will make you look at your chess approach in a totally different way and help you develop as a chess player.
The analysis part of the evening will then be followed by a Q&A session- your chance to ask any question of a top chess professional.
Plus, we have a very special offer for Hammersmith members. As one of the most prestigious events we’ve hosted to date, it’s likely to sell out in advance so we have introduced an EarlyBird offer – if you signup before 31st January, you’ll also get a discounted entry fee. It pays to be pro-active!!