Teams & Captains

As of the 2018-19 season, Hammersmith Chess club has fully 11 teams in different leagues across London, Middlesex, and the Thames Valley competitions. This gives all our members interested in playing competitive league chess the chance to do so. 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 2 – captained by Jim Stevenson. The second-strongest league in the London divisions, catering for the creme-de-la-creme of the London crop. It’s a tough league and you’ll need to be over 130 to stand a chance!

London League 4 – 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 – 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 5 – captained by Rich Wingfield. London 5 is a competitive but accessible competition, with a cap of ECF 145 – players must be under this rating. With 4 boards per game we normally put out a strong team.

London League 6 – Our entry-level League 6 team is captained by Nadim. With a grade cap of 125, and 4 boards per team, our League 6 teams provide plenty of opportunity for our lower graded players, casual players, newbies and a few old dab hands. It’s a friendly & accessible league and we’re very welcoming of newcomers.

Thames Valley 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.

Thames Valley B – captained by mainstay Robin Lee, our B-team in the Thames Valley caters for those players on the cusp of the first team.

Middlesex – As of 2018, Hammersmith will be entering four teams in this League, captained by Marios Kouis, John WhiteAdam Cranston and Wyatt Donaldson. The teams span three Divisions, so there’s plenty of opportunity for all ranges of ability. The League covers teams in West London and beyond!

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