Hendon 'First Thursday' FIDE Blitz Chess

Every month Hendon Chess Club hosts an open, FIDE-rated blitz tournament.  There are six rounds, and each game is played at the time control of ten minutes per player per game. 

If you would like to play, please register in advance before travelling!  

*PLEASE NOTE NEW PRICES FOR NON-MEMBERS FROM JUNE 2015!*  £6.00 in advance, *£10.00 if paid on the night.*  You can pay in advance by PayPal to adamraoof@gmail.com to confirm your entry.  Please register in advance to avoid disappointment!

  • One section, swiss system tournament.
  • 1st prize £20, 2nd Prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member.
  • Held on the first Thursday of every month – see the calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Venue: Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NW11 8BS
  • Starts at 7.30pm promptly, finishes 10pm.
  • £10.00 if you pay on the night, £6.00 to enter in advance by PayPal, £3.00 if you are a current member of Hendon Chess Club. Cash only on the night please, and bring change!
  • 10 minutes per player per game (in other words each game lasts a maximum of 20 minutes)
  • Non-ENG PLAYERS Players who belong to a FIDE nation other than ENG (e.g. SCO or USA) don’t need to belong to the ECF. HOWEVER you do need to quote your FIN (FIDE Identification Number) with your entry. Non-English players will have to obtain a FIN from their national federation or ask me, and I will do it for you. English players – I will register you with FIDE directly.
  • FIDE Blitz Rules apply: it is always touch and move, completed illegal moves lose, etc. See section E.I.01B. (Appendices).
  • If this is too fast for you, try the Golders Green Rapidplays (30 minutes per player per game!)
  • You don’t have to have a grade or belong to Hendon Chess Club to play.
  • Ungraded players may be assigned a grade by the organiser.
  • The controller’s decision is final in all matters.
It is not compulsory to be a member of the ECF to play in this tournament.

30th May 2015 - Chess in Muswell Hill

MH Rendle Roberson

Three sections 
Saturday 30th May 2015

Group A - Open 
Group B - Under 160 
Group C - Under 120 

Six round events - 62 players maximum 

10.30am to 6pm

Thanks to George from the Clissold Arms for his support and sponsorship.

Some excellent photos from the first event by Brendan O'Gorman: http://tinyurl.com/MHill2014


10 Reasons to play chess in Malta

Coat of Arms of Sliema Local Council (Malta)
Coat of Arms of Sliema Local Council (Malta) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coat of arms of Malta.
Coat of arms of Malta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Come and join me at the Lucky Dino Malta Open A & B (Under 1850 / 150 ECF) 

There are lots of great reasons to come and play chess in Malta - here are just 10 of them!

1) there are cheap flights from the UK to Malta available all year round with Easyjet and Ryanair

2) great weather (+25C in May), great schedule allowing a full day of going out, 

3) sight seeing - Malta has a fascinating and full history, so you won't have any problems finding things to do during the day

4) a full night of partying for those with energy to spare after the games!

5) You can choose to take two half point byes in either event (not the final round), so you can enjoy your holiday and the chess

6) swimming is possible at that time of the year, in the hotel and in the sea

7) great hotel in a great location - the Imperial has consistently good reviews on Trip Advisor and xychess has a close relationship with the hotel which ensures we can provide good conditions of play (as always), 

8) Split into 2 sections - players play a swiss Open but according to their strength, 

9) great package prices! , great prizes - there will be many winners, 

10) a serious but friendly atmosphere - local players are real enthusiasts for the game (most are FIDE rated) but they are always very welcoming and friendly! 

11) OK, you get looked after by a great organiser (Clarence Psaila) and arbiter (Adam Raoof)!

Visit http://xychess.net/ for more details and
 the latest information on who has entered. 
Add your name to the list NOW!

Here is a list of FIDE registered tournaments in England. There will be a separate entry for each section of each event (e.g. Golders Green Rapidplay = 4 sections, 4 registrations). If you see any of mine missing, do let me know! 

Scroll down to the bottom to access the archive of events. 

Only games where at least one of the players has a published standard FIDE rating will be rated, and included in the rating calculations of the unrated player. Where both players are rated, the game will affect both players and will be included in the calculations for both players.

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