NEWSLETTER: March-April 2011: MegaBlitz, Hendon Blitz, #ggrp Golders Green Rapidplay, all at Hendon Chess Club!

NEWSLETTER: March-April 2011: MegaBlitz, Hendon Blitz, #ggrp Golders Green Rapidplay, all at Hendon Chess Club!
  • MegaBlitz 10th March - IN THE BIG HALL - 10 rounds of chess, £10 to enter, £3 for members (you can join on the night). 10 minutes a game. £100 1st prize and other prizes based on entries.
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The next Golders Green Rapidplay is this Saturday 16th April 2011. You can enter online or download a form and send it to me with a cheque. 

March's event had 88 players.

Open - GM Alex Cherniaev 6/6 £60, Alan Merry 5/6 £30, Grading U180 prize to Isaac Sanders (176) 4/6 £20

Major Under 170 - Shane McCabe, Helge Hjort and Joseph Levene all 4.5/6 and £30 each, grading prize U155 to Chris Rogal (148) 4/6, £20.

Minor Under 145 - Dixit Kumar 5.5/6 and £60, Genga Somupillai and Paul Richards 5/6 and £15 each. Grading U130 to Ola Oladejo (106), Jeff Fleischer (125) and Jorge Apaza (124) 4/6 and £5 each.

Amateur Under 120 - William Lindsay (UNG) 5/6 and £30, Joe Lindsay and Michael Hollington 4.5/6 and £30 each. Grading U105 to Elizabeth Ivanov (91) with 4/6, £20.

SPECIAL PRIZE - thanks to Angelo, manager of Charlie's Restaurant ( just over the road from Hendon Chess Club / Golders Green Church Hall, we have £30 in meal vouchers every month this year to award as special prizes!  If you are lucky enough to win one, we will send you a voucher.

For February 2011: Richmond Junior Edward Stevenson, who scored 5/6 in the Under 120 section - joint 1st place. 
For March 2011: Bill (5/6) and Joe Lindsay (4.5) for their 1st and 2nd Place in the U120.

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 and Norman Went) you can find a complete list of results from that tournament and and archive of other previous events at Golders Green at this address:

Hendon's 4th Evening Rapidplay, held on 24th February in the big hall, drew 30 players and ended in a three way ties between Craig Thomson (FM, 198, SCO), Chris Rogal (148), and Slavik Kalinowski (172) on 3.5/4.  It was very competitive, there were lots of close finishes, so we didn't have time for a fifth bonus round!  There were four rounds of graded games, 15 minutes per person per game, based on the swiss system. The winners got £20 each for their labours. 



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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 - ( and very very good.  Cappelle la Grande is a well known French tournament at the end of February (
March - Barnet Congress ( -  might be March 25/26 this year - Blackpool Congress - the biggest in the UK!
April - Kings Head RP -, St Albans Congress (google 'South Herts Chess')
May - Letchworth one day Congress 29th May 2011, Brussels Rapidplay (, which is usually on the first Bank Holiday in May
June - EACU Congress ( at Newmarket
July - The British Championships (events for all!) - or if you fancy a trip to Spain then Andorra has a lovely Open -
Aug - Steve Boniface Memorial Congress -
Sep - Jose Tonoli Memorial (Brussels, 9rds x 15 mins pppg), the 'Forge du Sud (Luxembourg, Sunday 11 Sept) and the Paignton Congress - (
Oct - Metropolitan Congress (London, not running in 2010) -
Nov - British Rapidplay Championships and / or Herts CA Congress, Hatfield -
Dec - The 3rd London Classic -


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