About the Club

West London Chess Club was founded in 1893 and caters for players of all types and abilities. Members can play competitive games for our first teams in the Middlesex, London and Hillingdon Leagues. You can play friendly or 'blitz' games most Wednesdays and a number of internal club tournaments are organised. Take a look at who we are on the photo page.

The Junior Club is normally on Saturday mornings at the Town Hall. Tuition is given by Meri Grigoryan, a Woman FIDE Master who is a West London Chess Club member and a ECF Accredited Coach. See the Junior Page for more information and the next meeting dates.

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London League Eastman Cup

West London chess club has entered the London League's Eastman Cup tournament this year. It's a knockout tournament and the trophy was donated by former West London member Ralph Eastman (see history).

Yesterday (12th) WLCC managed to muster a strong team to beat the favourites Cavendish 6-4. The team lineup included GM Alexander Cherniaev and IM Mike Basman -take a look at the results.

Simultaneous Display Rescheduled

The simultaneous display originally planned for Wednesday 18th October has been postponed.

Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev will give another simultaneous display at the club on Wednesday 15th November 7.10pm at Chiswick Town Hall. The entry fee is £12 for non-members, £10 for members and £7 for Juniors. If you are interested please contact Mark Lyell.

Club AGM Summary

The annual WLCC AGM was held on the Wednesday 4th October 2006 in the Chiswick Town Hall. There were 11 attendees and the highlights are as follows:

  • The Treasurer's report indicates that club's finances are slowly heading in the right direction, though the situation is still precarious. The club membership remains at £50.
  • The team captains reports show that we had a difficult season. In Middlesex League Division 1 we met last year's performance finishing mid-table, but in the London League, we just managed to stay in division 3. In Middlesex League Division 3 we had problems finding people for away matches, but managed to finish 5th place out of 7 with a late season come-back.
  • The Webmasters report shows a slight increase in people accessing the site (350 unique visitors and over 2200 pages per month). A significant development this year had been the publication of photographs and of some of the
    club history, currently listing 22 famous players.
  • There were no changes in the elected positions. Amendments to the club rules were approved.
  • The club has managed to recover a number of trophies. It was decided to award trophies to the best performer of each team. Colum Jezierski was presented the Sir George Thomas Cup for best performance in the London League (achieving 9 points out of 11).
  • The club will consider holding a one-day rapidplay tournament early next year. This may improve the club's finances if viable. Investigation into possible venues is ongoing.
  • Another meeting is scheduled for Saturday November 11th in the Tabard Public House at 15:00 to discuss the rapidplay tournament, insurance matters and other items.

The full minutes can be found here.

Club AGM and Simul are Scheduled

The club Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th October at 7pm in Chiswick Town Hall.

We are also hoping to arrange a simultaneous display by a titled player on Wednesday 18th October at Chiswick Town Hall. The entry fee is £12 for non-members, £10 for members and £7 for Juniors. If you are interested please contact Mark Lyell.

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 ChiswickW4.com (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.

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