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

 4th November 2018:

So near and yet so far once again for our first team against Surbiton 2. Things didn't look good when we saw their teamsheet, but fought hard and deserved to come away with something - Armel won against a 42-point grading handicap, with Nick, Stephen and especially Henry all getting good draws. Sadly it wasn't quite enough, and whilst Alan's game is going to the adjudicators with the score at 2½-3½ as things stand, it will be a draw at best so we have lost the match.

Some early President's Cup results are in - no upsets yet, although it was close in some cases... 

14th October 2018:

There's been plenty of action to report over the last 3 weeks. Firstly, we've played South Norwood in both the Beaumont Cup and the Lauder Trophy... and lost both times! In the Lauder the score was 2½-3½ (Neill, Armel and Steve drew, with Gregory winning) and in the Beaumont 2½-4½ (Neill, Geoff and Arthur drew, with Armel our lone winner) - but on both occasions it could have been so much more...

Croydon League fixtures are now available; we are attempting to defend the Dave Luckin Trophy (Division 3) and begin our campaign at home to Crystal Palace on 14th November.

Details of the President's Cup for this year can now be found on the relevant page. There are two APA groups, with the top four players proceeding to a knockout stage. Neill and Nick look like the heavy favourites but this competition has a habit of throwing up strange results! If anyone else wants to play then there is still room, but be aware that the first round should be completed by the end of this month.

Last but not least, the Surrey Chess Congress is returning after many years, and will be at Kingston University from 26th-28th October. There are three sections (FIDE Open, FIDE U1900+U160, ECF U130) and all are welcome - see you there! 

26th September 2018:

We are off and running! Our first match of the new season was tonight in the Alexander Cup, at home against CCF. Fielding a competitive team across 10 boards is always a challenge but we were able to put up a good fight before going down 3½-6½. Steve and his son Arthur both won, with Neill (in his first game for the club), Kevin (in his last before he goes off to study at Cambridge) and Robert all having exciting draws with strong opponents which they were unlucky not to win. We weren't far off an upset in the end, but the good news is that we get to try again as early as next week, when we'll be welcoming South Norwood for another cup match in the Lauder Trophy.

In tournament news, Wallington were represented in the recent UK Blitz Championships by both the webmaster (who scored a respectable 8½/15 in the very tough London qualifier) and Sylvia, who scored 7½/15 in Birmingham and was only a whisker away from qualifying for the Women's Final - see the ECF website for a picture report.

 Lastly, Owen is taking on the organising of the President's Cup for this season and promises me that exciting changes are afoot - more news as it comes in! 

6th September 2018:

September is here, and that can only mean a new chess season is upon us! Results and news for 2017-18 have been archived, and details for the new season are appearing as they trickle in. Our team entries are unchanged; our 1st team will be playing in the Surrey League's Beaumont Cup and the Alexander Cup competition, and we have a 2nd team in the Croydon League's Dave Luckin Trophy. Surrey League fixtures are already available - as it stands, we kick off with a cup match at home against CCF on 26th September.

The Surrey County Chess Association are particularly keen to find more players for the county teams, which play on Saturday afternoons. Surrey enter all of the divisions (Open, U180, U160, U140, U120 and U100) so all ages and abilities are welcome - if you are interested you can find contact details here

Check back soon for more news, but in the meantime good luck with your chess this season! 

Pre 2018-19:

 For the news archive, see here.