This page is updated regularly with the latest news for the members of Wallington & Carshalton Chess Club.

7th August 2018:

Back home from his trip to Hull, the webmaster is pleased to report that he successfully upheld the club's honour in the British Championship, scoring a remarkable 4½/9 including two wins against IMs. Not bad for a 175! Rumour has it that the event will be a lot closer to home next year, so hopefully we can get a bigger contingent next time.

In other recent tournament news, Henry had a good showing in the UK Chess Challenge Southern Gigafinal, scoring 4½/6. Unfortunately he just missed out on qualifying for the final stage, the Terafinal, but there's always next year... 

26th July 2018:

New grades were published earlier today and can be viewed here. But what was so bad about the old ones? Nick, Owen and Matthew all enjoyed healthy increases though and probably won't be complaining quite so bitterly. Owen also continued his good run of form by sharing first in the Major at the Weald Congress earlier this month.

From Saturday, the webmaster will be playing in the British Championship proper in Hull - a daunting prospect when seeded 64th of 65 players, but it should be a great experience. The games will be broadcast live on the British Championship website.

The club is now closed for the rest of the summer. We'll be back on 5th September.

8th July 2018:

The last month has been a busy one for our members, at the club and away from it. Starting with our internal tournaments, the gambit night and handicap blitz predictably led to carnage. Nick won the gambit night with 7/8 ahead of Owen and Oscar on 6, whilst Owen took the handicap blitz on 8/9, followed by Kevin who scored 6½.

There was a county match success yesterday when Surrey staged a late comeback to win the Minor Counties Championship final, with help from a vital win by Owen. And for anyone wondering why Surrey were only in the Minor Counties - the webmaster also played in the earlier rounds, whilst many of our members have played for other Surrey county teams this season. Surrey's captains are all looking for players ahead of next season, so please get in touch if you are interested.

Lastly, the club will be open until the end of July before closing for the summer break, but we won't be meeting on 11th July. Apparently some footballists are playing a match that evening.

11th June 2018:

We have a couple more dates for the diary, with our summer tournaments now confirmed. This Wednesday we will be holding a 'gambit night', a theme tournament featuring an array of wild, entertaining and maybe even sound opening lines. A fortnight later, on 27th June, will be our annual handicap blitz in which stronger players get less time and upsets abound. We have a good turnout shaping up for both events; if any other members want to play then please contact me.

And finally, some unexpected tournament news - at yesterday's very strong Richmond Rapidplay, the webmaster somehow contrived to score 4½/6 in the Open and share 1st= with three IMs! As Korchnoi once said, if a player believes in miracles he can occasionally perform them...

27th May 2018:

The date for our club AGM has been set for Wednesday 20th June from 8pm. Our commitments for next season and beyond have to be discussed, so can all members please make every effort to attend.

We're now down to just one President's Cup game left, and the standings are all-but decided - amazingly only two players managed to score more than 50%, namely Nick with 6/6 and your scribe just behind on 5/6. Third place is a massive pile-up on 3/6 between Kavitha, Armel, Graham, Geoff and one of Steve or Matthew if their game has a decisive result. 

16th May 2018:

It's a cliffhanger no more! The CCF vs. South Norwood match trailed in the last update went our way, and we have won Division 3 of the Croydon League by half a game point. It was never in doubt. Well done to everyone who played during the season.

Most of the last round of the President's Cup was played tonight; most importantly Nick won his game against Geoff meaning that he takes the title for the fifth season in a row, and with a perfect score to boot. The webmaster still regrets his time trouble misadventures in round three, but Nick played the best chess throughout the tournament and fully deserved to win.

The season may be as good as over (barring the last two President's Cup games) but we will be running some events over the summer so stay tuned! 

3rd May 2018:

Having left the last post on a Croydon League cliffhanger, we come to this update... still hanging, for our trip to Crystal Palace ended in a 2-2 draw (Jim won; Armel and Melissa drew). That means we have to wait on another result - if the CCF vs. South Norwood match ends in a heavy win for either side then we'll be pipped at the post, so here's hoping they're in a peaceful mood!

After some nail-biting finishes in the President's Cup yesterday, pairings for the final round are now online, to be played on a revised date of 16th May. Nick has one hand on the trophy (again) and need only avoid defeat to take the title...  

25th April 2018:

Two forgettable Surrey League results to report over the last three weeks. Firstly we lost 2-5 away to Wimbledon 3 despite being favourites on paper - it was one of those nights which went from certain victory to too close to call to a rout in no time at all. Owen got a good win whilst Armel and Henry were disappointed to only draw their games. Still better than the rest of us though! Tonight we welcomed a very strong Guildford 2 side to the URC, and whilst the score is rarely a fair reflection in these cases, ½-6½ was still a sorry end to what had looked like a very promising season. That man Owen again saved our blushes with the draw.

We have one match to go, away to Crystal Palace in the Croydon League on Monday. A win will take the title and a draw may be enough too, so good luck to the team. There is also the decisive round of the President's Cup to look forward to, but round 5 postponements will probably lead to the scheduled date being pushed back - more soon.

Lastly, our hard-working treasurer Robert has been in hospital for surgery recently. Robert does more than anyone to keep the club going so I'm sure all of our readers will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery. 

3rd April 2018:

We have been moderately busy since the last update, with two match results and another round of President's Cup fixtures for the reader's delectation and delight. Starting from the beginning, our Croydon League team drew at South Norwood thanks to wins from Matthew and Robert. With one match to play we are atop the Division 3 table, but other sides have a match in hand and it's very tightly packed, so we'll see.

Last week we got knocked out of the Alexander Cup by Kingston, ending our long streak of ridiculous underdog wins against them. Nevertheless we did manage a small triumph by winning the top half of the match - Ali, Armel and Henry all had excellent wins, whilst Owen drew with an FM. Alas, Kingston had too much depth for us and we can have no complaints at the 3½-6½ outcome.

The round 5 draw for the President's Cup can be found online, and is due to be played tomorrow. 

5th March 2018:

Last week's snow took its toll on the chess, with both our Alexander Cup semi-final and a rare appearance in the Bielski Cup falling foul of the weather. New dates will be advised when known. Results are also trickling in for the President's Cup.

Tonight our Surrey League team set out to do the double over Redhill (!) and whilst both teams were well under strength, our opponents had it worse. The final score was a fairly comfortable 5-2 win thanks to victories from Henry, John and Gregory, whilst Owen and the webmaster drew. Special thanks to Robert who gave five of our players a lift and patiently waited to take them all home again after winning by default!

Our next match will be in the Croydon League next week against South Norwood. 

15th February 2018:

With the last two results in, we now have pairings for round 4 of the President's Cup, which are now online. The default date is next week.

The adjudicated game against Crystal Palace was indeed drawn, so 3-4 was the final score - pleasing and frustrating in equal measure, I think! We now have a couple of weeks until our next match, which is our Alexander Cup semi-final against Kingston. 

7th February 2018:

A mixed bag to report this time. Tonight was a case of so close and yet so far for our Surrey League team, who were hosting the division leaders Crystal Palace. We started positively when the webmaster managed a herculean 10 moves of Exchange Slav theory before agreeing a draw, and John won prettily. Sadly, the critical last half-hour was our nemesis yet again; although Graham and Kevin both drew, with Kavitha having good chances to complete the box set of draws with black, we're 2½-3½ down with an unwinnable adjudication, left to wonder what might have been...

There's better news though from the Croydon League, where we managed a superb 3-1 win against a much stronger West Wickham team despite late drop-outs and the travel. Well done to Robert and Melissa for their wins, and to Jim and Matthew who both turned in useful draws.

All but two of the President's Cup results for this round are now in. The tournament is now Nick's to lose after I very sportingly walked into a mate in time trouble, but there are still three rounds to go...

17th January 2018:

After the difficult match against Streatham, our Surrey League team returned to the winners' enclosure tonight against a 5-man Kingston 2 team. John won whilst Kavitha and Steve drew; we are 4-2 up with Nick's adjudication expected to come back as a draw. Next up are the half-time leaders Crystal Palace, when we'll learn which end of the table we'll be glancing nervously at for the next few months...

Before that though we have round 3 of the President's Cup to look forward to - check back next week! 

1st January 2018:

Happy new year! There hasn't been much news since our last update, other than the completion of round 2 of the President's Cup. The third round is where it starts to really heat up, with the top four seeds playing each other - pairings are now online.

Looking ahead, our Surrey League team resumes our programme of inter-club matches on 17th January when they host a key match against Kingston 2, and then on 1st February it's the turn of the Croydon League team, which travels to West Wickham. Until then, good luck with your chess in 2018! 

12th December 2017:

With apologies for the delay, we are hopefully back up to speed again. Our Croydon League team has been in action twice since the last update; after edging a CCF family team 2½-1½ (Matthew drew whilst Robert and Gregory won) they were unfortunate to lose to Lewisham C by the same scoreline despite good draws from Geoff, Oscar and Melissa.

In the Surrey League, travelling to Streatham was always going to be difficult. Even the time-honoured strategy of rescheduling the match for a date when the webmaster was unavailable couldn't save us this time and we are currently 1½-4½ down and hoping that Nick's adjournment can add some pride to the creditable draws from Kavitha, Kevin and Robert.

Second-round fixtures for the President's Cup are belatedly online, and have mostly been played. Owen and I are the early leaders with 2/2, with Nick bidding to catch up when he plays his outstanding game. 

6th November 2017:

Most of the first round of the President's Cup has now been played, and on the evidence of early results the top seeds definitely aren't going to have things all their own way! The round two draw is on its way. Note that round four will be moving a week forward to 21st February, since our Alexander Cup semi-final against Kingston has been scheduled for 28th February.

To relieve a month's suspense, Steve's game against South Norwood was agreed drawn without further play, allowing us to edge a 4-3 win. The team will be hoping to keep up their electric start when they face Streatham later this month, but before then our Croydon League side is in action next week.

12th October 2017:

Fresh off the back of the fantastic result last week (which sets up a semi-final against Kingston - what odds would you have got on that a fortnight ago?) our Surrey League team was back in the saddle tonight against South Norwood. Another good night for the team leaves us 3½-2½ up - Sylvia, Kevin and your humble scribe all won whilst Armel had the better of a draw. Steve's game will decide all...

President's Cup dates have now been set, and can be found on the fixtures page. The first round will be in two weeks' time, and pairings will be published soon. 

4th October 2017:

With our first two cup matches played, we are predictably on one win and one loss - but not in the way you might think! Last week's match against Dorking in the Lauder Trophy ended in disappointment; although Steve won on his welcome return, and Kavitha and Graham chipped in useful draws, everything went up in smoke during the time scrambles and we came out on the wrong side of 2-4.

But tonight we played defending champions Redhill in the Alexander Cup and more than made up for it. Whilst our opponents were a pale shadow of the team that terrorised the Surrey League for so many years, and gave us a point head-start, we were still heavily outgraded. After a bright start with wins against the odds by Armel and Sylvia, you knew something was up when Owen's head-spinning game ended with him beating someone graded 31 points above him. The webmaster also came very close to a win and all of a sudden it was 4½-1½! It was still a tough match to call, but the clocks got their revenge this time; Graham got us over the line before Steve held a tricky position and John added the icing to a sensational 7-3 win.

In the next round we can look forward to playing Kingston or Guildford, both of whom must be quaking in their boots! But before that we kick off the Beaumont Cup next week against South Norwood. 

21st September 2017:

Although not even a pawn has yet been pushed in anger, our pre-season events gave plenty of excitement to kick off 2017-18. First of all Graeme Buckley gave an entertaining simultaneous display, with clocks for added drama. Nick and Kavitha earned a draw and a win respectively over the board, whilst the webmaster shamelessly flagged Graeme in a horrible position. Then it was onto our first graded club rapidplay, with an excellent turnout of 15 players over two weeks. Full results can be found on the President's Cup page until a better home is found for them.

Most of our Croydon League fixtures are now confirmed, and dates for this season's President's Cup will be up shortly. Our Surrey League matches against Streatham and Wimbledon 3 have been rearranged - all this can be found on the fixtures page.

The waiting is now almost over, and our first league match of the season is less than a week away when we host Dorking in the Lauder Trophy... 

September 2017:

The arrival of September means that it's time to consign 2016-17 to the dustbin of history, and welcome in a new season! Surrey League match dates can already be found on the fixtures page; Croydon League and President's Cup dates will follow in due course. Our contact details have been updated for the new season; Owen will be masterminding our challenge in the Beaumont and Alexander Cups, whilst Robert and Debbie continue their Croydon League double-act. 

After many years of trying, Derek has finally succeeded in standing down as Chairman. Derek has been the club's guiding spirit for as long as anyone can remember, and we are sure to miss his calm authority. Everyone at the club wishes Derek well, and wishes Melissa luck in filling his very big shoes.

Lastly, we are kicking off the season with two special events. On 6th September, our first club night of the season, we welcome IM Graeme Buckley to give a simultaneous display. Participation is £5 for members or £10 for non-members. Then on 13th/20th September we will hold the club rapidplay championship, which is open to all members - please contact me for more details.

I'll sign off this first post of the year as I always do, by wishing you good luck with your chess! 

Pre 2017-18:

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