The Cork Chess Congress, and FIDE World Championship Visit

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
  • Who: to enter
  • Web:

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 presentsa 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.

To secure a ticket, please visit

Further details are available from Dipender Gill (, who is organizing the Hammer visit! Friends & partners welcome!

The Last Night of the Summer League

A special Prize-Giving night for the Summer League will be held on Tuesday the 28th August at Battersea Chess Club – and you are all invited!

Various trophies will be presented to the winning teams, but more importantly – the ceremony will be followed by a mass (free) blitz tourney! It’s going to be epic!!

Please indicate to your Hammer SL captain if you wish to participate so we can get our logistics in order for the evening. Many thanks!

And Don’t Forget…

This coming Monday 20th August evening sees Hammers TonyThe TigerNiccoli hosting a training evening at The Albion.

He’s a qualified ECF coach, and his last few training sessions have been top notch – we expect this one will be brilliant too!

As always, it’s free to attend and all are welcome (inc. non-members!).

Our last few Summer Events are coming up over the next few weeks – make sure you save the dates:

Puzzle of the Week #022

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:

  1. 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 Hammer Summer Chess Pub Crawl 2018

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.

Previous editions of the Summer Pub Crawl – chess & beer – perfection!

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.