The First Inter-club Lightning Chess Tournament.

Congratulations to the National Liberal Club on the success of their excellent initiative, holding the first recorded inter-club lightning chess tournament.

Congratulations also go to the winner of the Ming Vase – Richard Hughes of the RAC.

Ben Widdicombe of the NLC has written a thoroughly entertaining account of the event on the excellent National Liberal Club Chess website. For more information, please read Ben’s full report

Changes at the Oxford & Cambridge

This week saw the last Hamilton Russell game by Oxford & Cambridge’s top board Terry Chapman. He will be a great loss to the community. Many of of his fine games are in our games database.

Terry himself has kindly annotated his last game: Terry Chapman v Adam Eckersley Waites – it’s well worth a look, particularly Terry’s last comment!

Meanwhile there is a changing of the guard at the O&C with Nigel White taking over from Peter Webster as Cup Captain. Peter has been a great servant to chess at the O&C and we look forward to his continued involvement as a player.

And yet more news from the O&C. Congratulations to Tam Freestone Bayes, who two weeks ago became a father to Athena! Congratulations to Tam!

Notice of The Athenaeum’s Chess Dinner

On 29th November the Athenaeum hold their annual Chess Dinner followed by a simultaneous display given by 1965 British Champion Peter Lee.

The evening starts at 6pm with drinks, with the meal starting around 6.30 pm to allow enough time for the chess afterwards.

Anyone who is interested in attending the evening, with or without a partner, should get in touch with Peter on PeterLee@pnlee.co.uk.

There may also be limited places for those who just wish to come to the simul.

The 2016 Speed Chess Tournament

The RAC hosted another successful speed chess tournament last night.

The evening ended in a three-way tie for first place between the RAC A team, the MCC A team, and the Chelsea Arts Club.

  1. Chelsea Arts Club, Marylebone Cricket Club (A), Royal Automobile Club (A) 10 points each
  2. Oxford & Cambridge (A) 7 ½ points
  3. Marylebone Cricket Club (B) Royal Automobile Club (B)     6 ½ points each
  4. Reform 5 ½ points
  5. Hurlingham 3 ½ points
  6. East India/Oriental/RAC Clubs 3 points
  7. Athenaeum 2 ½ points
  8. Royal Automobile Club (C) 1 ½ points
  9. Oxford & Cambridge (B) ½ point

The photo below features the winning captains from right to left Chris Waites (MCC), Mike Ratcliffe (Chelsea Arts), Stephen Meyler (RAC), and Chelsea Arts board 1 GM Julian Hodgson.

Cup winners

The photo below demonstrates the strength of the tournament’s competitors and the good spirit of the evening.Richard Black (CAC) and Roger Emerson (RAC) look on all smiles whilst GM Julian Hodgson (CAC) shakes hands with IM Nigel Povah (RAC).

all smiles

Leonid Finkelstein

Many readers will know that Leonid Finkelstein passed away at the end of last year. Earlier this month Ray Keene published a fitting tribute in The Times, which can be seen in part at the end of this post (click on the image to expand).

Before that, two notes: firstly, you can find Leonid’s player profile on this website; secondly I am indebted to David Taylor of The Athenaeum who has kindly provided this interesting information, “The Hamilton Russell cup teams right up until shortly before Leonid’s death included no fewer than three active nonagenarians, the other two being Ben Hooberman of the Chelsea Arts Club, who coincidentally very recently won his game against the Athenaeum, and David Jones of the Oxford and Cambridge Club, a member of the formidable team that regularly battles it out with the RAC and MCC for the trophy. In recent memory, others who have turned out until close to or beyond their ninetieth birthday have been John Silvant (Hurlingham) and George Arthur (MCC). Indeed, there may be something in the air of Clubland which makes for a combination of longevity and continued chess: even after the loss of Leonid, the Athenaeum has recently fielded teams with players’ average age well into the seventies, and there are some notable achievements: Keith Richardson (MCC)  was one of the joint winners of the ECF President’s Award for Services to Chess 2015 and Roger Emerson (RAC) was a joint winner of the 2015 British Chess Championships Over 65 section.”

Times chess on Leonid