London Chess Classic, Golders Green Rapidplays and other events

Dear Chessfriends,

I would be grateful if you could pass this email to your colleagues at the club!

1. London Chess Classic / 8-15 December 2009

You may not realise that this is not just a spectator event. We have many tournaments in spacious surroundings (Olympia Conference Centre) for all club players, with the added bonus that entry into most events gives you access to the London Classic auditorium itself to watch Kramnik, Carlsen, Nakamura, Short et al!
  • a Weekend Tournament 12+13 Dec
  • Sunday Rapidplay 13 Dec
  • Blitz tournaments every evening from 7.30pm forming a Grand Prix
  • as well as the 9-round FIDE rated Open - we are also, exceptionally offering two byes in the Open, as we know that you all have work and family commitments.  Just state which days and rounds you wish to take byes with your entry (not the final round as it may affect prizes). for details and to enter online...

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2. Golders Green Rapidplays

As you know, I have run the rapid tournament at Golders Green for many years.  Our next event is on 5th December and you can find more details here;

3. ECF Calendar

We are also thinking of distributing an enhanced (with an editorial and puzzles) electronic version (pdf probably) of the ECF Calendar to our subscribers.  If you subscribe to the mailing list you will be the first to receive it!


Tonight we have the second half of our Hendon Chess Club Rapid tournament.  Six rated games played over two weeks.  If you are looking to play three rated games tonight, then you can join with three half-point byes and play for £5.00!

Best wishes

Adam Raoof

ECF Director of Home Chess
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
328 Watford Way
Hendon, London NW4 4UY

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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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