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The 2006/2007 Season Starts Early!

The new season's fixtures list has been published and the first match is a Middlesex League Division 1 match vs Hammersmith on the 25th September.

Last season, in the Middlesex League, we finished 4th out of 7 in Division 1 and 5th out of 7 in Division 3. Ealing staged a bit of a comeback in Division 1. In the London League, we managed to stay up in Division 3, finishing 10th out of 12.

Russian Grandmaster Simultaneous Display

Twelve participants showed up to battle their wits against International Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev. The score was 10½-1½ to Alexander Cherniaev. Mark Lyell, Colum Jezierski and Harry Burdon managed to draw. Nick Burton came close to winning and Russ Campbell came close to a draw.

Alexander Cherniaev also sold autographed copies of his first book at a discounted rate. Mark has a few copies if you want one.

Participants: Harry Burdon, Russ Campbell, Carl Pickering, Colum Jezierski, Mark Lyell, Samuel Ross, JG. Martinez, Ahmed Fazli, Nick Burton, Shwan Sharif, E. Tandi and Gerald McCann.

Your chance to beat a Grandmaster!

International Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev from Archangelsk Russia, will give another simultaneous display at the club on Wednesday 10th May at 7:10pm. The simul is open to members and non-members. The entry fee is £12 for non-members, £10 for members and £7 for Juniors. If you are interested please contact Mark Lyell.

League Progress Report

We look set to take 3rd place in Middlesex League Division 1, winning 6 matches out of 10, with 2 matches to go. In Division 3, things are not looking so good -we are currently second from bottom of the League.

In the London League, after all the hard work that went into getting promoted to Division 3 last year, we face the risk of relegation. It's been a difficult year, getting a 10-man team out has proved challenging and we lost 1 whole match point to defualts. We really need to put in a good performance in the last two matches (we need to win both).

Russian Grandmaster Simultaneous Display

The turnout was quite low, with 6 adults and 7 juniors participating. International Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev put in a good performance against West London, winning 13-0. We will have to try harder next time!

Club AGM Summary

The annual WLCC AGM was held on the 23rd November 2005 in the Chiswick Town Hall and there were 7 attendees. The highlights were as follows:

  • The Treasurer's report shows that despite the Simuls and Blitz events, the Club is continuing to make a year-on-year loss in the order of £200 annually. Given that the membership is roughly static (in the order of 25 paying members) and because the Club equipment is now in need of some repair, it was decided to raise the cost membership from £45 to £50 per member. It was agreed that other fund-raising activities would also be required to meet the shortfall. One idea to boost income was to attract more members using flyers and advertising in the local papers.
  • The Captains/Chairman's report shows we had a good season, winning London League Division 4 and finishing upper-mid-table in Middlesex League Divisions 1 and 3. In particular, Middlesex Team 2 performance is much improved over last year.
  • The Webmaster's report indicates that the new Web site is attracting on average 250 unique visitors, downloading over 1500 pages per month. The Web site is well ranked in most search engines and we have an entry in (both sports and childrens sections). The Chairman and Treasurer agreed that the improved Web site (amongst other things) had contributed to the success of the club in attracting and maintaining new members.
  • There were no changes in the elected positions. The issue of Clocks was discussed and it was decided to create a new post of "Equipment Manager" to ensure the equipment is in fit state for matches and tournaments. Rob Byrom volunteered for the position and was duly elected. It was agreed that he should be allowed to spend £100 on new equipment if necessary.
  • It was agreed that Alexander Chernaiev and Michael Basman are to be made honorary club members.
  • Outstanding actions from last year: No progress had been made on locating various Club Trophies and the Club History (book). No progress has been made on investigating the insurance of the Club's equipment. These actions are carried over into the 2005/2006 season.

The full minutes can be found here.

AGM now on 23rd November and Grandmaster Simul on 7th December

The Annual General Meeting has been rearranged and will now take place at Chiswick Town Hall on Wednesday 23rd November at 7:00pm.

International Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev will give a simultaneous display at the club on Wednesday 7th December at 7:10pm. The simul is open to all but limited to 20 players. The entry fee is £10. If you are interested please contact Mark Lyell.

Fixtures published and AGM now on 19th November

The club Annual General Meeting has been postponed until Saturday 19th November. The fixtures are now available on the fixtures page. Don't forget the Basman simul on 19th October !

IM Mike Basman to Play Simul on 19th October

International Master and former England team player Michael Basman, known worldwide for his unique chess style, is to give a simultaneous display at West London Chess Club on 19th October starting at 7.10 pm. Those wishing to play should contact Mark Lyell ASAP. The entry fee is £10 per head and £7 for juniors.

2005/2006 Season Starting Soon

The fixtures list for the London League has been published with the Middlesex league to follow shortly (see the fixtures page). Our first match is on the 28th of September.

Also, the BCF have now published the lates grades on their web site. Take a look at WLCC's BCF grades. With the information now available electronically, we are able to produce performance ratings on our player statistics page, which automatically recalculates with each match result.

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