Teams & Captains

As of the 2019-20 season, Hammersmith Chess club fields 12 teams in different leagues across the London, Central London, Middlesex, and the Thames Valley competitions.

The face-to-face game is a wholly different prospect from online chess, why not give it a go?

Details of our teams and the respective captains as follows – please drop a line to one of our captains if you’d like to know more:

London League 1 – Hammer 1: captained by Jim Stevenson. The top table of the London Chess League system, we’re playing in this ultra-competitive league for the first time in our club’s history this year. It’s going to be a momentous season for our top players, who’ll be facing titled player strength opponents every week.

London League 4 Hammer 2: captained by Dave Lambert. A mainstay of our calendar, London 4 attracts a broad swathe of players from intermediate to very good. Anybody under 145 ECF has a good shot – we often see a wide range of grades across the 8 boards.

London League 4 Hammer 3: captained by Ben Rothwell. Our second London 4 team as of 2018, offering more opportunities for our low-to-mid graded players to get games.

London League 5Hammer Hodgson: captained by Ken Kwabiah. London 5 is a competitive but accessible competition, with a cap of ECF 150 – players must be under this rating. With 4 boards per game we normally put out a strong team.

London League 6 – Hammer Hedger: captained by Nadim Osseiran. Our first team in the entry-level division. With a grade cap of 125, and 4 boards per team, it’s a great opportunity for our lower-graded, casual, or new players to get a feel for the face-to-face game! It’s a friendly & accessible league always looking to field new players.

London League 6 – Our second team in League 6, captained by Jeremy Turner.

Thames Valley – Hammer A: captained by Bajrush Kelmendi. A competitive league based in West London and beyond, our first team caters for players with an ECF 130+  in this 8 board competition.

Middlesex 1 – The Middlesex League covers teams in West London and beyond, and we are entering a team in each of the 3 divisions. Our top team is captained by Marios Kouis.

Middlesex 2 – Hammer’s second team in the Middlesex setup, captained by Jonathan Hoong.

Middlesex 3 – Our final team in Middlesex’s entry-level division, captained by Middlesex & Hammer Stalwart, Adam Cranston.

Central London 3 – Our first entry to this Zone 1 division, based in Pimlico. Our top team will be captained by Edward Goldman.

Central London 3 – Hammer Juniors – in a first for the club, we’re fielding a Junior team in the Central London league, captained by Ekaterina Macleod.

And there’s more….

Summer Chess League – a slightly more informal – but still competitive – league running over the Summer months, this is an open competition and we entered a total of 6 teams this year! No grading limits, games are graded, cheap beers… all bets are off!

Celtic Tigers – our sister club, the Celtic Tigers, play in the National Chess League (aka 4NCL) – the highest League System in the UK. Hammerite Chris Skulte manages the team. If you’re keen to play, please check out the details here and get in touch with Chris


We welcome any new players and will do our upmost to provide competitive chess throughout the season, along with the usual club events, tournaments and training evenings!

The only requirements are that you’re a paid-up member of the club – details here, and that you’re ECF-registered, details here. It’s a very simple process, please feel free to ping us with any questions you might have.

Further information on the leagues we play in can be found here:

London League
Thames Valley
Central London League