Christmas Party with GM Maxime Lagarde

As the Christmas season approaches, we look back and reflect on a fantastic year for Hammersmith Chess Club.

The club has grown to 160 members, the junior club is thriving, and our 16 teams have been competing well across four leagues.

On Monday 13th we are planning a very special night, in the presence of the current French Champion and #5-ranked Grandmaster Maxime Lagarde.

Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

“The other Maxime” will be taking us through his best games, describing some of the ideas and calculations that got Maxime to where he is today.

Maxime’s lecture will commence at 7:30pm. Alongside this there will be a food buffet, and the bar will be open as usual for everyone to enjoy some Christmas merriment!

The event is totally free to Hammersmith members – we hope to see lots of you there!


With the recent surge of the Omicron variant, and with Plan B announced by the government, we ask that everyone take care to follow the public health guidance on COVID-19. Please don’t put yourself or others in danger by attending if there’s a risk you could pass on COVID-19.

As a members’ club, it is required to wear a mask when not seated in the bar taking refreshments. We also strongly advise that everyone take a lateral flow test before arrival to protect your fellow club members.

LCL Social FIDE Blitz

The London Chess League are holding two FIDE-rated social blitz evenings at the Mindsports Centre, the first of which is tonight!

The sign-up form is here:

Date: Thurs 9/Dec & Thurs 16/Dec
Address: London Mindsports Centre, 21 Dalling Road, W6 0JD
Start Time: Arrive for 19.00, first games to start 19.30. Aiming to finish by ~22.00
Food and Drink: Bar selling food, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at excellent prices on-site.
Cost: £6 per player per night (cash on the night is fine, please bring change) – you can choose to play on the 9th, or on the 16th, or both, they are treated as separate events
Time control: 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per player; each pairings will play each other twice, once with White and once with Black
Number of games: 12 games against 6 opponents
Rating and membership limitations: None, although please note if you do not have an existing FIDE ID, then your games will be treated as being played under the ENG federation
Arbiter: Adam Raoof

Please note that the tournament on 16th December clashes with a Middlesex League away match, to which we need to send six players.

Good luck to all who are playing!

Adam C

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