Report of the 10th Annual Hamilton Russell Dinner

On Tuesday the MCC hosted the 2016 Hamilton Russell Dinner at Lord’s.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, which kicked off with champagne at the Museum, which houses the historic Ashes.

We were then treated to a tour of the Pavilion, including the England dressing room and the Long Room.

There followed a delicious dinner of cured sea trout, magret of duck and confit leg, and blueberry and ginger cheesecake accompanied by the MCC White Burgundy and Rioja.

After coffee and petit fours, Peter Rust welcomed everyone on behalf of the MCC, Danny Rosenbaum toasted the Hamilton Russell Cup, and Henry Mutkin presented the trophy to Chris Waites of the MCC.

Roger Knight, President of the MCC, then gave a thoroughly entertaining speech and the evening was rounded off with a glass or two of Port.

Thanks must go to all those at the MCC who made the evening such a success and also to David Longrigg, for saying Grace; and Colin Ferguson, who made the loyal toast.

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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).

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A couple of noteworthy Hamilton Russell games

Many thanks to Richard Black, Chris Waites, Richard Hall, and Roger Emerson for permission to publish the games linked here. In particular, thanks to Roger, who has provided annotations of his recent game against Richard Black. The Waites v Hall match was a 30 minute game in the second Knights’ Tour.

Waites v Hall

Emerson v Black

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Captain’s Corner 4: Chris Waites

Here is the fourth in our Captain’s Corner series. This time it is the turn of Chris Waites of the MCC:

Tell us about your club.

The Marylebone Cricket Club was formed in 1787 when Thomas Lord acquired the ground now occupied by Dorset Square. The present ground was in fact the third acquired by Lord, and the first match was played there in 1814. Next year marks the bicentenary of the current “Home of Cricket”.

Although MCC is no longer responsible for the organisation of the England Cricket team, it retains responsibility for framing the laws of the game, and owns the copyright. The club currently has 22,000 members, which must be by far the largest of teams playing in the Hamilton Russell Cup. However, not all cricket enthusiasts feel the same about chess.

And your chess circle.

The MCC Chess Society has been in existence for some thirteen years, and we played our first match against the Hurlingham Club in 2000. We then entered the Cup competition. In addition, MCC teams have been to Gibraltar and Bermuda. As well as matches, the club holds monthly club nights through the season. In all, we have around 30 participants.

The Chess Society was the brainchild of Michael Clappe, whose energy and infectious enthusiasm in his role as Chess Secretary have made a huge contribution to what has become a flourishing club.

What about your own involvement with chess.

I took up chess at school in my early teens, and discovered I liked it. Probably the high spot was captaining the England Under-18 team in the 1963 Glorney Cup. I gave the game up the following year at Cambridge. I’d like to claim pressure of work, but in reality, there was too much else to do. I didn’t start playing again until prompted by teaching my twin sons, who learnt the game much younger than I did. I now play only in the Hamilton Russell competition.

Who is your favourite chess player.

Mikhail Tal.

Favourite Chess Book/DVD or video.

Either Mikhail Tal’s Best Games of Chess by Peter Clarke (see above) or Vishy Anand Chess Super-Talent by David Norwood.

Anything to add. Perhaps some trivia about yourself.

One of my diversions while a student in Cambridge was as a relief singer for one of the two bands that were playing the party circuit at the time. We were the more expensive. The other was called Pink Floyd.