Hendon Blitz #chess, Golders Green Rapidplay, Nigel Short simultaneous display and CJ de Mooi ECF President visit Hendon on 15th February

Golders Green and Hendon Chess Club Events

The next Golders Green Rapidplay is on Saturday 12th February 2011. You can enter online or download a form and send it to me with a cheque.  January's event finished as follows;

Alex Cherniaev 5.5/6 £60
All on 4/6 points; Isaac Sanders, Peter Marusenko, Venkatamaran Tiruchirapalli and Matthew Bunn.

Major U170
Lara Osiyemi 5/6 and £60
Finlo Rohrer and Jonathan Bryant 4.5/6 and £15 each
Hugh Fenwick and Shane McCabe scored 4/6 and won £10 each

Minor U145
Jennifer Ehr and Dipak Shah 5/6 and £45 each
Ian Brooke 4.5/6 and won £20 U130

Amateur U120
Rushil Sajip (UNG) 5.5/6 £30
Arun L Black and Mark Connor (£30 each, also winning a share of the grading prize) and Faye Ainscow (118, £20) all 4.5/6

As usual, use the online entry form to be eligible for the discounted entry fee. Entry online or by post is £15.00, £14.00 for Juniors Under 16, all other entries will be charged £20.00 on the day (£14.00 for Juniors and members of Hendon Chess Club).

Thanks to grader Howard Grist (and now Alan Ruffle) you can find a complete list of results from that tournament and and archive of other previous events at Golders Green at this address: http://goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com/

Hendon Chess Club is hosting an evening rapidplay tournament open to all on 24th February 2011.  7.30pm to 10pm. There will be four rounds of graded games, 15 minutes per person per game, swiss system. Prizes will be based on entries, entry fee is £10 per player and £3 for current Hendon Chess Club members.  You can enter this event on the evening with no penalty but I would prefer you to email me first to warn me if you are coming!


  • Hendon Blitz, February 3rd

    January's blitz had 24 players and finished as follows: Grandmaster Alex Cherniaev (Hendon CC) and Dan Ellis (Hendon CC) scored 5.5/6 and won £20 each. Albert Ballardini was outright third in a tough field with 4.5 and won £5.00

    Why not play next time?  10 minutes each, six rounds. 7.30pm start, St Alban's Church Hall – see you there! Our website has all the details you need.

  • Play World Champ Candidate Grandmaster Nigel Short and meet CJ de Mooi!

    On Tuesday 15th February 2011 I am organising a Junior and Mixed simultaneous display over 30 boards by World Championship Finalist Grandmaster Nigel Short, at Middlesex University Real Tennis Club (http://www.murtc.co.uk/), 2 Campus Way, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT.  It costs just £40 to play (£25 for U16s, £5 to spectate) and tickets are going very fast! 

    Ring me or email for availability of places.  ECF President and Eggheads TV celebrity CJ de Mooi and Nigel will do a talk and book signing between simuls.

  • Play Russian Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev!

    On Thursday 10th March Alex (now a Hendon member himself) will take on up to 30 players and there will be signed book prizes for the best games.  £20 a board or £15 for Hendon Chess Club members.

  • Docklands Chess has risen from the ashes and is set to return after an absence of some 8 years! They return to the Docklands area of Poplar but will be at a new venue - Langley Hall (refurbished in 2006) which is part of the St. Nicholas' Church Centre in Aberfeldy Street, Poplar, London  E14 0QD. 
    Play commences soon after 10.30 am and will comprise 6 rounds of 50 minutes duration.  There will be 3 tournament sections of Under 206 (Premier), Under 161 (Major) and Under 125 (Minor).
    Entry Fee £15 in advance or else £20 on the day of play. Brochure and Entry Form available via the Tournaments Calendar page of the ECF website. Entries via phone; 07905 - 360659 or by e-mail; DocklandsChess@yahoo.co.uk or register your intention of support on their Facebook page.
    Map at;
    Bus 309 stops directly outside the hall and is available from Canning Town Bus and Train station. If arriving by car there is ample car parking in surrounding streets if insufficient space in the Church Centre car park.


These are some of my favourite tournaments throughout the year.  What are your faves?  (of course Golders Green Rapidplay is on your list already).

Jan - Hastings International (inc weekender) 28th Dec 2010 to 5th January 2011
Feb - Kidlington Congress - (http://home.btconnect.com/OCA/) and very very good.  Cappelle la Grande is a well known French tournament at the end of February (http://www.cappelle-chess.fr/en2/default.php).
March - Barnet Congress -  might be March 25/26 this year - Blackpool Congress - http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk/ the biggest in the UK!
April - Kings Head RP - http://www.khcc.org.uk/, St Albans Congress (google 'South Herts Chess')
May - Brussels Rapidplay (http://www.creb.be/), which is usually on the first Bank Holiday in May
June - EACU Congress (http://www.eacu.org.uk/) at Newmarket
July - The British Championships (events for all!) - http://www.britishchess2010.com/ or if you fancy a trip to Spain then Andorra has a lovely Open - http://www.escacsandorra.com/
Aug - Steve Boniface Memorial Congress - http://www.chessit.co.uk/
Sep - Jose Tonoli Memorial (Brussels, 9rds x 15 mins pppg) and the Paignton Congress - (http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/)
Oct - Metropolitan Congress (London, not running in 2010) - http://www.metchess.org/
Nov - British Rapidplay Championships http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk/ and / or Herts CA Congress, Hatfield - http://www.hertschess.com/
Dec - The 3rd London Classic - http://www.londonchessclassic.com/


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Adam Raoof

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