Blitz, simuls, training, lectures: an action packed Hammer spring schedule

With the majority of Monday home matches behind us, we’ve been very busy here at Hammer HQ – putting together a varied programme of events for the coming weeks.

As always, everything that has been organised can be found in our club calendar. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up.

Monday 21st February: Handicap Blitz

Round 4 of our infamous handicap blitz tournament. A 7-round Swiss system tournament – in which stronger players get less time on the clock – meaning that anyone can win!

Thomas “T-Bone” Bonn leads the way with 13 points from his best two tournaments, with young Andrew MacLeod just half a point having crushed the field in round 3.

There will be seven rounds in total, with the best four scores counting towards a grand total, and a trophy awarded to the winner at the end of the season!

Monday 28th February: Simul with IM Adam Taylor

International Master Adam Taylor will be taking on club members in a simultaneous exhibition.

IM Adam Taylor | photo: John Upham

You may recall that he played took on six Hammers in a blindfold simul last year, finishing amazingly with five wins and one draw.

Monday 7th March: Special Event – International Women’s Day

Hammer has long been committed to increasing diversity across the game. We have organised an extra-special event for International Women’s Day – watch this space for a full announcement coming soon!

Monday 14th March: Training Session (presenter TBA)

Following Gastón’s superb training session last week, we hope to bring you lots more classes in front of the demo board.

Please get in contact if you’d like to volunteer to run a training session, or indeed if you have any ideas for future Hammer events.

All events will begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise specified, and are open to all club members.

See you on Monday!

Adam Cranston

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