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About the Junior Club

The Junior club was established in 2001 by Meri Grigoryan and is run on Saturday mornings at the Town Hall in the Committee Room from 11:30 to 13:00. Tuition is given by ECF Accredited Coach Meri, a West London Chess Club member who is a woman FIDE master, England Women's National Team Member and England junior squad coach. Boys and Girls welcome. Please contact Meri at wljcc2001 at gmail dot com for more information.


17th May Megafinal South

Calvin Leung, Christopher Tombolis and Danilo Delic qualified for the Gigafinal in July! 

Themed Rapidplay Tournament

On the 16th and 23rd of May, West London Chess Club will be holding a 6 round Rapidplay tournament -with a difference. In each round all games will be played using the designated openings, so in round one all games will start with the Kings Gambit opening and so on. Each round is 25 minutes per side. The designated openings are:

  1. The Kings Gambit
  2. The Wilkes Barre variation
  3. The Sicilian Dragon
  4. The Dragon – dorf
  5. The Benko Gambit accepted
  6. The Panov – Botvinnk Attack

Entry fee is £7.50 for non members; club members are invited to make a small voluntary contribution the prize fund. If you would like to play, please contact Colum at colum@c-j-a.co.uk

10th July Charity Simul in Bournemouth by England Women's National Team Member Meri Grigoryan

Please find Meri's report from the following link

Please donate and help raise money for Cancer Research UK and Women’s Chess! I will be holding a 20-board simultaneous chess exhibition in Bournemouth town square on the 10th July 2011 from 11am-4pm. Come and join me. 

Many thanks, Meri Grigoryan

Cancer Research - http://www.donatetobreastcancer.org/chessinbournemouth

Women's Chess - http://www.chevanneschessacademy.com/sponsorship.html

Gift from the Ley Estate

Some of our newer members may not be aware of the club's prestigious history in the wartime years. Few clubs remained open at that time and with the destruction of the National Chess Center, many strong players were without a place to play. Thanks to the determination of the club officers, West London Chess Club remained open and it's membership grew, with many strong players joining.

Charles T. Ley played a big part in making this happen. He was both Secretary and Treasurer for much of this period and continued as the club's President for some eight years after the war. The period of his 16 years of involvement saw many strong players walk through the door including Sir G.A. Thomas, Vera Menchik, Tartakower and briefly, Capablanca (see famous players).

It is therefore with great honor that we receive from Judith Ley, some of her father's chess memorabilia. We now have an actual copy of the "West London Chess Club War Time Gazette" produced by C.T. Ley during those years, which is valued by chess researchers around the world and is considered to be of national importance since there was very little chess literature produced at that time.

More interesting from the club's point of view, is a second volume of gazettes from 1949 to 1957 and various loose gazettes dating to 1960, which we did not until now have access to. The second volume has a number of proper photographs and news paper clippings stuck in them, giving a better impression of what it was like in those days. We are now able to plug many holes in the club's history around that time.

We also have a number of Chess books a magazines from the mid to late 50s. The club would like to thank Judith Ley for her generosity.

GM Daniel King Simul

Eleven brave souls (plus a few non-combatants) converged on the Chiswick Town Hall on the 2nd of June for a simultaneous exhibition with the renowned Danny King, one of the UK's most influential and charismatic GMs. Danny achieved his IM title in 1982 and went on to become a GM in 1989. He has represented England numerous times at international level and has won tournaments from all over the world. Nowadays, he enjoys parallel careers in both chess and the media, and has commentated on many famous events including the Man versus Machine match in 1997 and Kasparov versus The World.

The evening was incredibly pleasant, food and drink was laid on for all participants, and a quick speech was made before the match started. Danny would be playing white on all boards this evening - he clearly had some preparation in mind!

Danny King rolls up his sleeves in anticipation (Does this not remind you of Neo vs Smith from the Matrix?)

The match was entertaining on many fronts - an early highlight included Harry Burdon's game which became fascinating as quickly as move seven (photographic evidence to boot) with several games becoming quite complicated reasonably quickly, including those of Kishan, Andy, Petr and Tom. The field of players was not weak this evening, with over half the participants at ECF-150 or higher.

After a lot of tea, biscuits and complicated positions were mulled over, Danny's opponents began to fall, with a few of the earlier boards getting second games. It soon emerged that there were several contenders for an upset, including Petr Vachtfiedl and Andy Hayler.

A knight sacrifice was played against Tom Fuller which looked incredibly strong, but Tom somehow managed to play a series of saving moves (with possibly a missed, but very complex, win for white - at the time Danny was still playing 7 boards though) which looked to grind down to a Knight vs 3 pawn endgame...and suddenly there were three boards in contention!

Some quick analysis... (Disclaimer: The computer was not actually turned on, this was just a posed shot :P)

Mixed fortunes then ensued towards the end of the evening. Petr unfortunately lost after gaining a good position but fell to a well timed counterattack, while Andy Hayler played an equalising move in a very complex but advantageous position and drew first blood with a draw! One of the last games to finish produced the most fireworks, however: Tom Fuller managed to prevent a passed pawn queening while advancing his own pawns in a very technical end-game which produced the only victory of the night for the challengers - well done! Tom and Andy both received copies of Danny King's "Kasparov vs Deeper Blue" book as reward for their efforts.

The final scores: Danny King 9.5 - 1.5 Challengers. All the photos are available on the photo page.

4th WLCC Rapidplay Results

There were 12 participants and £78 was awarded in prizes:

  • Winner on 4.5 points: Colum Jezierski (won £25)
  • Second place on 4: Russell Campbell (Won £15)
  • Best Under-150 on 3.5 points:
    • Edward Tandi (Won £10)
    • Paul Robertson (Won £10)
  • Best Under-120 on 2 points:
    • Deneys Kottler (Won £9)
    • Robert McPherson (Won £9)

The full results can be found here.

4th WLCC Rapidplay

We are holding another Rapidplay tournament to be played over two Wednesday sessions on the 21st and 28th April. The details are as follows:

  • Fixtures: Two Wednesday sessions, the 21st and 28th April at Chiswick Town Hall, starting at 7:30pm.
  • Format: 6 rounds at 25 minutes per side (unrated). Pairing will be done by computer according to FIDE/swiss tournament rules.
  • Entry fee: £10 with £5 concessions for non-workers.
  • Results will go up somewhere on this Web site.
  • Prize money is dependent on the number of players, but the following is almost certain:
    • 1st place - £20
    • 2nd place - £15
    • Best under 150 - £15
    • Best under 120 - £15

It is open to members and non-members alike, so if you are interested, please send an e-mail to: webmaster@westlondonchess.com

Chess Workshop (1st July) and GM Simul (8th July)

After the success of our initial 'Chess Workshop' in May, we are following it up with a second one to be held on the 1st of July. The purpose of this workshop is to give useful chess information to club level chess players and will be of particular benefit to aspiring intermediate players. The session will be conducted by Mark Lyell starting around 7:15 PM at Chiswick Town Hall. The cost will be £7 (£5 for club members).

On the 8th July there will be a simultaneous exhibition match against Grand Master Alexander Cherniaev also starting at 7.15pm. The price is £10 for members £12 non-members and £7 for juniors.

Please contact Mark Lyell mlyell@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in either event.

Chess Workshop

FIDE Master Mark Lyell will be holding a chess analysis workshop on the 20th May, starting at 7.30 pm. The session will be at least two hours in length and the first part of the session will cover submitted games on the demonstration board. In the second part of the session, Mark will be analysing ad-hoc game submissions on an individual basis. If there is time, he will cover illustrative games or endgame theory.

The cost is £5 for members and £7 for non-members. If you are interested, please contact Mark Lyell.

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