News items from before the present season

2017-18 Season:

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!


2016-17 Season:

8th August 2017:

As advertised, Wallington were well represented at this year's British Championships in Llandudno, and now that I've recovered from the 7-hour journey home it's time to report our results! Henry and Jijith got us off to a good start in the junior competitions, scoring 4/7 in the U-11s and 4/6 in the U-9s, and then it was over to Owen in the Over-50s and your author in the Major Open. Owen let a few good positions get away from him and played better than his result; I scored a fantastic 5½/6 at the start before nerves dragged me down to 6/9 by the end - but still good enough to qualify for the Championship proper next year.

The tournament calendar remains busy for the rest of this month, so I'm sure we'll have more to report soon.

27th July 2017:

Tournament news keeps rolling in! Owen finished 2nd= at the Weald Congress Major with 3½/5 a fortnight ago. (I played as well, but the less said about that the better.) Then the Wallington junior contingent was back in action at the UKCC Gigafinal last weekend, with Gregory scoring a solid 50% in the U-13s and Henry sharing second in the U-11s with 5/6.

Last night was a blast from the past as we ran an old-fashioned lightning tournament. Armel and I shared victory with 4/5 to finish off the season - the club is now closed for August, and will reopen on the first Wednesday in September. But some of us will be at the British Championship from tomorrow, and if that's not exciting enough new grades have just come out...

9th July 2017:

Whilst the regular season is safely over, our keener members have kept up a busy tournament schedule. The club enjoyed a triple success at the Surrey Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, with Henry, Gregory and Jijith all winning their age group titles. Onwards and upwards to the Southern Gigafinal! After his success at Easter, Henry graduated to the Open at CCF and scored an excellent 4/7 to win the grading prize, whilst the webmaster did the same in far-off Bristol with the flukiest 4/6 you'll ever see.

The SCCA AGM took place a fortnight ago. Whilst the highlight for Wallington was being presented with the Ellam Trophy (say, who's that dashing chap on the left?) changes are afoot to the Multi-Club Rule, and the Luddite Clause that gave primacy to analogue clocks has been scrapped.

We have a healthy contingent for the British Championships in Llandudno later this month, so hopefully I will have more good news soon!

6th June 2017:

A reminder to members that the club AGM will be tomorrow, from 8pm. We have plenty to discuss ahead of next season, so please make an effort to attend if you can.

The President's Cup all-but concluded early last month (our archivists are beavering away to see if any records have been broken...) and saw Nick win his fourth title in a row, dropping a half-point only to Henry who was runner-up again on 4½/6.

Finally, congratulations to Owen who recently shared first at the BCA Championship in Harrogate with 5/7.

26th April 2017:

With most of the fifth round of the President's Cup now played, Nick has kept his full-point lead whilst Armel and Henry duke it out for the honour of being runner-up. Behind them, it's a mess! Pairings for the final round are now online, and games will be played in a fortnight's time.

Wallington members enjoyed some rapidplay successes over Easter - I won the grading prize in the Open at Richmond with 4/6, whilst Henry won the U-170 section at CCF outright with a very impressive 6/7.

12th April 2017:

Tonight was the last act of the campaign - the first team's crunch match in the Ellam Trophy at home to Crystal Palace 2. Although there were some nervy moments along the way, and the final score is very flattering, we left the best until last and pulled out a 6-0 clean sweep: the webmaster, Owen, Nick, Armel, Graham and Srikanta all recorded wins, and so we have won the Ellam Trophy! Congratulations to everyone who played throughout the season - particularly to Graham for his hard work as captain and Nick who was the only person to play every match and also our top scorer with 5½/7.

We reconvene next week for the next round of the President's Cup...

10th April 2017:

Round 5 pairings for the President's Cup are now available. Although Nick is a full point out in front with two rounds to go, only another 1½ points separate the rest of the field and nothing is settled.

The Croydon League team had the unusual experience last week of playing on a Friday, as they took on the South Croydon Bus Garage. It's been a difficult season for the team, but they at least signed off in style with a 4-0 win thanks to John, Geoff, Melissa and Gregory.

That leaves just the Ellam Trophy decider on Wednesday as our final match of the season. Fingers crossed...

23rd March 2017:

The Croydon League team has had two results since the last update - unfortunately both losses, against West Wickham C and South Norwood C. Melissa turned in two draws, and Jim a win and a draw, to continue their excellent runs of form.

Last night was the fourth round of the President's Cup, but the real drama took place last week in the adjournment between the leaders. Despite insisting to everyone that the position was hopelessly drawn, Nick used all his experience to grind Armel down in a rook ending. His win last night, combined with Armel and Henry's fighting draw, suddenly leaves him a full point clear with two rounds to go on 3½/4; Armel, Henry and Graham are the closest pursuers, and there could be more - round 5 pairings will be made once the two unfinished games are played.

14th March 2017:

Round 4 of the President's Cup has now been paired and published. Most of the third round has been played; the critical game between Nick and Armel was adjourned with everything still to play for! Henry and Graham lurk just behind on 2/3, so it's too close to call at the halfway mark.

The Croydon League team finally has a win under its belt, beating CCF C 2½-1 as they defaulted a board and went through the grading limit in the process. But Jim had an excellent win on the night, and Gregory a good draw with our very own Steve Johnson - only Graham's loss to Nick on the top board of this in-house match threatened to derail things! The team was in action again last week - more news when the match card finds its way to the webmaster.

But it's the first team which continues to hog the limelight - last night they had the unenviable trip to Guildford 3. Owen made a welcome return and won quickly, with Nick and debutant Srikanta also chalking up full points. Graham and Henry had fighting draws which gave us a 4-2 win. We have one match left next month, at home to Crystal Palace 2, and will win the Ellam Trophy with a win or maybe a draw...

7th February 2017:

New grades have been published since the last update - on average we've all gone up slightly, so something must be going right! Henry and Gregory turned in the biggest gains, whilst Piotr's first grade is a very respectable 138.

Last night the first team continued its 100% score in matches the webmaster didn't play in, beating Wimbledon V 4-2 away. There were some nervy moments, but Nick, Henry and John all won whilst Armel and Graham held on to get us over the line. It's all still to play for with our closest pursuers having dropped points: the team's next - penultimate - match at Guildford could be crucial.

Unfortunately things haven't gone so well for our team in the Croydon League, which lost 1-3 to Crystal Palace C last week; Jim was our only winner.

And last but not least, it's round three of the President's Cup next week - the draw is now online, with top seeds Nick and Armel set to play.

12th January 2017:

Apart from the new year, there hasn't been much to report lately. Henry and Gregory enjoyed good tournaments at the London Chess Classic, where your author fluked his first win against a GM thanks to Jon Speelman kindly giving him a rook. Most of the second round of the President's Cup was played before Christmas, but one game remains outstanding so round three has been postponed until 15th February. Revised dates appear on the President's Cup page.

Better news last night though, as the first team bounced back from defeat by Ashtead with a 4-2 win against Wimbledon IV. Victories for Nick, John and Piotr, and draws from Armel and Henry, put us back at the top of the table, at least for now.

7th December 2016:

The Croydon League team is now off and running with its first two matches completed - unfortunately they were both narrow reverses, 1½-2½ against both Streatham C and Lewisham C. But they were good results considering the strength of the opposition.

Tonight the 1st team went head-to-head with Ashtead 2, which was definitely a key match even if it's early to speak of a title decider. Our reclusive upper boards were wheeled out for the occasion, but whilst things went well up there, Ashtead's strength in depth proved too great on the lower boards and we are likely to go down to defeat.

Next up is the second round of the President's Cup, which takes place in a fortnight's time.

8th November 2016:

The first team continued their electric start to the season with a 4½-1½ win against Kingston 2 yesterday, despite being outgraded on five of the six boards. In the end it was a textbook 'win with white, draw with black' strategy - Nick, Graham and Steve deferring to Armel, Henry and Piotr - which leaves us looking good at this early stage. But one match at a time, as they always say...

This season's President's Cup began last week, and to the delight of the controller every game in the round was completed! Nick, Armel and Henry are the early pacesetters, whilst Gregory and Jijith did well to hold their experienced opponents to draws. Round 2 pairings are now online, to be played on 21st December.

The club's next match is on 16th November, when our Croydon League team play their first match of the season at home to Streatham C.

22nd October 2016:

The draw for the first round of the President's Cup has now been published. The top-board pairing is a repeat of the only game Nick has failed to win in the competition for the last two seasons - no doubt he'll be aiming to put that right!

Note that the playing dates for each round are fixed this season - see the information page for more details.

14th October 2016:

It's been a while, but with the first league result of the season, it's high time to blow off the cobwebs and get this page up to date.

Croydon League fixtures are now available; this season we have one team in the Dave Luckin Trophy (the third division). Our campaign there kicks off just about a month from now, at home to Streatham.

Meanwhile, the season's chess has already started, with our first team kicking things off in the Ellam Trophy last night away to South Norwood 2. Our opponents were a little under strength, but nevertheless 5½-½ was an excellent result - Nick, Graham, Henry (despite playing two moves in a row at one stage!), Steve W and Piotr all bagged wins, with Geoff getting a draw to give us an early lead in the table. Next up is a trip to Kingston 2 in early November.

Finally, the President's Cup is now being run by your webmaster - the field is taking shape, and more details will appear soon.

6th September 2016:

September is here, and that can only mean the start of a new season! Results and news from 2015-16 have been archived - rest assured there's plenty of space left in the attic yet.

Some of our younger members have been in tournament action over the summer. At the British Championship in Bournemouth I scored a solid 5½/11 in the Major Open. Haolin picked up 4½/7 in the Under-11 Championship, and then a very respectable 3/7 in a strong U-2000 section at the e2e4 Bank Holiday Congress in Crawley. And then it was over to Kevin to fly the Wallington flag at the Jessie Gilbert Festival! He was pleased with 2/4 in his section, sharing the rating prize. Apologies if any exploits are missing - as always, the webmaster is happy to hear of any tournament news.

Last week the club re-opened for the year, and we were grateful to Grandmaster Bogdan Lalic for giving his annual simultaneous display. There was an excellent turnout of 14 players, with the final score 12½-1½ in Bogdan's favour. Congratulations to Steve Ashworth for winning, and to Brian Allan for doggedly holding on for a draw.

Surrey League fixtures have now been published. Unfortunately we're only in one competition this year, the Ellam Trophy (now the third division again). Croydon League fixtures have yet to be determined. Captains' contact details can be found here. And lastly, the President's Cup is being run by Steve Warry this year.

Good luck with your 2016-17 chess! 

2015-16 Season:

6th July 2016:

Most President's Cup results are now - just two to go, if the webmaster is up to speed! The new results confirm Henry as runner-up with an excellent 4½, ahead of Armel and Graham on 3½.

We will be staging the handicap blitz tournament that proved popular last year again - it's next Wednesday, 13th July, from 7:30pm. Any members who want to play should let me know as soon as possible.  

8th June 2016:

The league season really is over as of tonight, with the last adjudication in this evening - Mark won his game against Wimbledon 3, which left the score at 2-5. Henry's outstanding game against South Norwood B in the Croydon League also came back in our favour, whilst Wallington C won our final match of the season, 4-0 away to South Croydon Bus Garage. Graham, Henry and Oscar all won, with Gregory getting a walkover.

There are still some President's Cup games to be played, but the title has been decided: Nick won his game against Geoff to finish lone winner on 5/6. Graham and Henry will duke it out to be runner-up, and the full draw is now online.

Finally, can all members note that the AGM will be on Wednesday 29th June. Please come along if you are able. 

16th May 2016:

Wallington 1's season ended with a whimper tonight. After losing our heavy artillery in the run-up, we found ourselves outgunned and on away turf - a ½-6½ reverse was the outcome, with the webmaster at least managing to swindle half a point in a time scramble. That leaves us seventh of nine in the final table, with 3 wins and 5 losses from our 8 matches.

In the President's Cup, most of the results from round 5 are now in - Geoff (who drew with Graham) and Nick (who beat Armel) are now joint leaders with one round to go, and they haven't played each other...

11th May 2016:

The league season may be almost over, but there's still been plenty to report over the last month. Our set of Croydon League fixtures is now almost done; Wallington B are finished altogether, though sadly they only managed half a game from their last two matches - 0-4 against Crystal Palace C and then ½-3½ against CCF C. Wallington A drew 2-2 against Lewisham A, with Armel and Graham drawing and Geoff winning. And Wallington C are 2½-½ up against South Norwood B, with Henry's game outstanding; Graham drew whilst Oscar and debutant Piotr won.

The round 5 draw for the President's Cup is now online; please let me know if there any results I'm unaware of. At the conclusion of the previous round, Geoff was the sole leader on 3½/4, but Nick, Graham and Armel are all in hot pursuit.

Wallington juniors enjoyed two successes at the Surrey Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge at the start of the month. Gregory scored 4/6 in the U-12s to qualify for the Gigafinal, whilst Jijith stormed to 6/6 in the U-8s to win his section outright, also qualifying for the Gigafinal in July. Good luck to them both! 

16th April 2016:

I'm happy to report some good news just in for Wallington 2: South Norwood's loss on Thursday means that they have now won the Minor Trophy! With five wins from seven matches in an unbeaten season, it has been an excellent campaign for the team. So congratulations to the captain, Steve Johnson, and everyone who played.

13th April 2016:

Wallington 1 had a night to forget in their home match against Wimbledon 3 this evening - perhaps they're still hung over from the success 3 weeks ago?! The score is currently 1-4 (Armel and Haolin drew) but hopefully Mark can win his adjudicated position.

Better news though for Wallington 2, who just came out on top in their crucial Minor Trophy match against Ashtead 3. They won 3½-2½ courtesy of wins from Henry, Steve Warry and Jim, as well as a draw from Geoff. But the trophy isn't quite in the bag yet - South Norwood can still catch up if they score heavy wins in their last two matches. So now the wait begins...

Wallington B's inexorable march up the league table was slowed by a 2-2 draw with South Norwood B, but it was a good result given the strength of the opposition. With White winning on every board, Steve Ashworth and Robert got on the scoresheet.

The next round of the President's Cup has been paired, and I will post it once I have all of the results from the previous round.

Two Wallington members were in action at the Colin Crouch Celebration Chess Congress in Harrow last week: I gained 30 Elo even with a modest 3/9, but inevitably that was eclipsed by Bogdan's unbeaten 5½. And lastly, Haolin took some excellent scalps at the CCF Easter Rapidplay, scoring 3/7; I was 2nd= in the Blitz with 5½/7. 

21st March 2016:

A trip to Redhill is always a daunting prospect, but Wallington 1 came through with flying colours tonight. We scored 4/4 with white thanks to Bogdan, yours truly (in 11 moves!), John and Steve Johnson; Graham and Derek drew with higher-graded opponents and so we scored our first win against Redhill in years, 5-2 the final score. That also secures our place in the second tier for another year - well done everyone!

Wallington B continued their onward march in the Croydon League last week with a 4-0 win against South Croydon Bus Garage. Steve Warry, Steve Johnson, Jim and Andrew were all victorious.

13th March 2016:

To relieve the suspense from the last update, Wallington B came back from King's College with a 2½-1½ win; Steve Warry and Steve Johnson won their games whilst Robert drew. Their season is going well so far, though plenty of matches lie ahead.

For now, there's no doubt that the star performers have been Wallington 2. Their run continued on Monday, with the ever-daunting trip to Crystal Palace. Despite being clearly outgraded they ran out 5½-½ winners! Graham, Geoff, Jim, Robert and Steve Johnson were all victorious, with Steve Warry getting a good draw. We are top of the Minor Trophy table with one match to play, but Ashtead 3 and South Norwood 3 are still in the mix so it will all come down to the final match on 6th April.

Finally, congratulations to Bogdan who shared first on 7½/9 in the Aurec-Sur-Loire Open earlier this month.  

2nd March 2016:

It's been a quiet few weeks at Wallington Towers, but there are a few bits of news trickling in. Wallington 1 came up short tonight against Guildford 2, in a tight match where we certainly had our chances. There were draws for Owen, Nick, me, Haolin and Henry, but with a time scramble in the last game going against us, 2½-4½ was the final score. It leaves the team looking nervously at the trapdoor with only a few matches left...

 Wallington B were playing King's College London tonight; check back soon for the result.

 In the restyled Swiss stage of the President's Cup, the fourth round is coming along nicely. Geoff's win against Steve Warry gives him the lead for now, but the key game between Graham and Nick is still to be played. Full pairings, with scores, are now on the President's Cup page. 

10th February 2016:

Last week, Wallington 2 managed to chart a course past one of their traditional bogey sides in the Minor Trophy, Wimbledon 6. This time they ran out comfortable 4-2 winners - Steve Warry, Steve Johnson and Jijith all won, with Graham and Robert turning in draws.

This week it was Wallington A in action, against the junior club Castles, and I'm not sure what I should say about this one... the good news is that Wallington members scored the only two wins of the night; the bad news is that they were both playing for Castles! 1-3 was the final score despite good holds from Steve Ashworth and Steve Warry.

Unfortunately, a few people have recently had to withdraw from the President's Cup. It's been decided that it will revert to a Swiss system, with previous scores carried forward. That puts Graham in the lead with 3/3, closely followed by Geoff Hurst and Steve Warry on 2½. Top seeds Armel and Nick are very much in the running on 2 - a full crosstable update will follow shortly. 

1st February 2016:

New grades have come out since the last update - we had some good steps up, particularly from our younger members and none less than Jijith, who has more than doubled his grade!

Two Croydon League match results have come in. First up, Wallington C lost 1-3 at home to West Wickham C. We had our chances, but in the end only Graham got on the scoreboard. A day later it was Wallington A's turn, away to South Norwood; 2-2 was the final score after Mark and Graham drew and Armel won.

Tonight, Wallington 1 made the trip to Crystal Palace, and with many key players missing it was always going to be a tough night. 1-6 was the final score, with me and Steve Warry holding much stronger players with black. 

17th January 2016:

Wallington 2 had a good opener to 2016, with a 4-2 win against Dorking 2. 3/3 with the white pieces courtesy of Derek, Steve Warry and Melissa, as well as draws from Graham and Steve Johnson, did the job. With every team having played four matches of seven, we are now in second place in the Minor Trophy; the team's last match against Ashtead 3 in early April could be a title decider!

There have been a few re-arranged fixtures lately, which are now all recorded on the Fixtures page.

No President's Cup results have reached me this week, but I am happy to report one tournament success - I won the CCF Rapidplay Open last weekend with 5½/7. Every dog and all that... 

8th January 2016:

Some young (and young-ish) Wallington members were in action at the London Junior Championships at the end of December. Jijith made a storming start to the U-8 tournament and was on 4/4 at the end of the first day, but sadly faded in the later stages - nevertheless, he can be happy with some excellent scalps. Haolin recovered well from a 0/2 start in the U-16 to finish on an even score. And I scored 3½/6 in the Christmas Open - a whisker away from British Championship qualification.

Group B of the President's Cup has now decided - Graham beat Armel in the final game after a tense time scramble. 

Our first league match of 2016 is tonight, with Wallington 2 off to Dorking - so check back soon for more updates!

24th December 2015:

It was good to see plenty of Wallington faces at the London Chess Classic earlier this month. Henry and Jijith both played in the English Junior Rapidplay, with the former scoring a fine 3½/5 for 2nd place in the under-10 category. In the adult tournaments, Armel made a solid 50% in the Weekend and Weekday U-2000 sections, whilst Owen chalked up 5½/10 in the Super Rapidplay. I also spied Derek coming to spectate; apologies if I've missed anyone off!

A little closer to home, we now have the result of a few unfinished games, and a couple of new match results. First up, Wallington 1 did indeed manage to beat Kingston in the end, 4-3 the final score thanks to Nick's game. Sadly the rest isn't so good - Wallington 2's match against Redhill 3 from October was drawn in the end, since we lost the adjudicated game; Wallington A were beaten 3-1 by West Wickham B with both sides depleted by the London Chess Classic (Steve Warry our only winner) and Wallington C lost ½-3½ to King's College London, Henry grabbing the sole half-point. Let's hope that 2016 brings better luck!

In the President's Cup, things are starting to take shape with some qualifiers already decided - Geoff from Group A, Armel and Graham from Group B, Owen and Steve Warry from Group D. The second spot in Group A is undecided, and Group C is totally wide open...

The clock's ticking, but I just have enough time left to wish all of our members and readers a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 


2nd December 2015:

Wallington 1 has enjoyed a long run of surprising wins against Kingston 1 in recent years, and the trend continued tonight. Against a 5-man team topped and tailed by defaults, we are 3-1 up at the close but the outstanding games should get us over the line. John was our only winner on the night, with Bogdan and Graham getting walkovers.

Last week, Wallington 2 had their second draw in three matches, 3-3 against South Norwood with the white pieces having a fine time of it. Graham and Steve Warry won, whilst Robert and Steve Johnson drew.

18th November 2015:

Last week, Wallington 2 had a thumping victory over a 4-man Surbiton 3 in the Minor Trophy, winning 5½-½ thanks to wins from Graham, Geoff and Henry as well as a draw from Steve Warry and walkovers for Melissa and Steve Johnson.

But tonight Surbiton took their crushing revenge, as their 2nd team flattened Wallington 1 5-2. Although we had the better of the top boards - Bogdan had an elegant win whilst Nick and I made all the running in our draws - their lower-board strength was too great in the end.

Meanwhile in the sunnier climes of Acqui Terme, Owen is one of four English representatives in the World 50+ Championship. He's currently on 3/8 against a tough field, but sends in a nice win:

Members' games are always welcome!


8th November 2015:

Wallington C had a great result in the Croydon League against CCF B. Despite being heavily outgraded on every board they managed a 2-2 draw and perhaps were unlucky to win. Oscar and Jijith picked up wins.

It was a quiet week on the President's Cup front, but a couple of results have reached the website. Groups B and C are starting to take shape - but Group F is still sat in the starting block!  

2nd November 2015:

Wallington 1 began their league campaign tonight by edging past Guildford 3, the final score 4-3 with wins from Nick, Steve Ashworth and Steve Johnson, plus draws from Owen and Derek.

President's Cup results are starting to trickle in, and already there have been some upsets - none less than Robert's win against Nick in the face of a 58-point grading handicap!

Owen, Nick, Ali and I all played for the Surrey U-180 team at the weekend, contributing to an 11½-4½ win. Owen won and I drew, whilst Ali was one of six players to pick up a point by default.  

24th October 2015:

We had two great results in the Croydon League this week. First up our A-team scored a convincing 3-1 win over CCF B, with everyone contributing to the score; Mark and Steve Ashworth picked up wins, whilst Armel and Graham had the better of draws. Then on Thursday, our B-team beat West Wickham C despite being outgraded on every board! Derek and Robert recorded good wins, and Melissa drew, for a 2½-1½ upset.

15th October 2015:

Wallington 1 and 2 had contrasting fortunes in their opening matches this week. We're 3-2 up in our Minor Trophy match against Redhill 3, with wins from Jim and Steve Johnson, and draws from Graham and Robert; Steve Warry's game is to be adjudicated but we're optimistic that we can win the match.

Meanwhile, we are out of the Alexander Cup after a 3½-6½ loss to Surbiton - a respectable result since we were outgraded on nine boards and the webmaster played horribly on the tenth! Steve Ashworth scored our only win, with draws for Armel, Mark, Ali, Haolin and Steve Johnson.

The President's Cup is off and running, and results are being added to the crosstables as they come in.

6th October 2015:

It was an unfortunate evening for Wallington 2 in the Lauder Trophy tonight. Depleted by absences and those pesky members who also play for other clubs (ahem) we started a board down against Streatham and lost 0-6 in the end.

Whilst I try to fix the sidebar menu, a link to the Team Results page is here

2nd October 2015:

The draw for the revamped President's Cup is now available here. There are some very interesting match-ups, and Group B looks particularly difficult to call. Members are asked to have played at least 3 games by Christmas if possible.

At this apt moment, I will right my omission from the previous item and congratulate Mark Daniells for rounding off the 2014-15 edition on Wednesday with a win against Melissa to finish 3rd= on 4/6 with Armel. As a reminder, Nick took the top honours with a very impressive 6/6, and Owen was sole runner-up on 5.

30th September 2015:

The league season kicked off tonight with our two Dave Luckin Trophy teams facing off. It was looking good for the young pretenders from Wallington C after a walkover and a very mature positional win by Henry, but the old guard struck back with wins from Steve and Robert to leave honours even at 2-2.

We now have dates for all of the Croydon League matches, and so the fixtures page is complete. The draw for the President's Cup was made tonight, and will be posted soon once the webmaster receives it.

27th September 2015:

We had a couple of good tournament results yesterday. Jijith qualified for the London Junior Championships with an excellent 5/6 and 2nd place at the Herts qualifier, whilst your humble scribe scored 4.5/7 at the CCF Rapidplay to win the U-1900 rating prize. If anyone else has tournament results to report, let me know!

The simultaneous mentioned in the previous item has been postponed whilst we seek a more convenient date.

17th September 2015:

 We are pleased to announce that our strongest member, Grandmaster Bogdan Lalic, will open the season with his traditional simultaneous display on 7th October, starting at 7:45pm.

 Places are £5 a head, and limited to 16 boards. Please get in touch with Owen Phillips ( to confirm if you will be playing. Good luck!

15th September 2015:

 We enjoyed another excellent turnout of our younger members at the club last week, and in the midst of it all an excellent fighting game in the President's Cup, with Armel finally overcoming Robert to finish on a very respectable 4/6.

 Owing to fresh demand, we will be entering a C-team into the third division of the Croydon League, aimed especially at our junior members. If anyone would be willing to captain the team, they should contact Derek or Robert as soon as possible. Fixture dates will be available shortly.

 On a sadder note, we are sorry to hear that Geoff Marchant and Vic Bluett are moving out of the area; we all wish them both the very best.

6th September 2015:

 Hello everyone, and welcome to 2015-16! Owen has invited me to take over webmaster duties - many thanks to him for his work over the last few years.

 We were excited to see a number of new members at our first club night of the season this week, and we're looking forward to a great season. Match dates for the Surrey League have been published, and can be found on our fixtures page. Croydon League fixtures will appear there in mid-September. Our first match is on 6th October, when the Lauder Trophy team travels to Streatham. Some team captains have changed for this season - see our contact page.

 Check back here for more news soon! In the meantime, if you see any technical glitches, broken links etc., please let me know.



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

New Club Captain and two Wallington County Captains:

Daniel Young I am pleased to say is taking over for the 2015-16 season and hopefully beyond as the Wallington Alexander Cup and Beaumont Cup (First Team) Captain. I am sure we all wish Daniel well for his Captaincy and thanks again for volunteering Daniel!

Congrats also to Steve Johnson as taking over as the County U120 Team Captain, and Owen Phillips will be taking over the mantle of U180 Captain for the 2015-16 season. Hopefully both will enjoy successful campaigns. Naturally both Captains will have existing squad lists and contacts, but Wallington and other Surrey Clubs Members, or players elsewhere, but born in Surrey should contact Steve or Owen if they feel they are eligible and want to play for those teams.

Wallington Handicap Blitz a Popular Success!

Daniel Young organized and ran the first of hopefully a series of Wallington Handicap Blitz events in memory of the late David Woodward; a former highly popular Member and generous Benefactor of the Wallington Chess Club. The idea of such an event is to give lower graded players every chance of winning a club Championship in that players are allotted more time relative to their opponent the bigger the differential in grade between players! Nick Edwards the Club Champion certainly found the time concessions on the night somewhat beguiling! Or some such more serious word! :(

The event which was played on 29th July was extremely popular, and well attended, particularly by Junior players! A few of our top players had to be missing as they were playing elsewhere or where on holiday, but it was still a good competitive event:

Jijjith, Thea, Henry and Gregory all had great fun, and Vic Bluett played very well.

In the end Daniel survived despite being material down and ran out the winner with 10/10, just ahead of Henry Yu and Vic Bluett on 9/10 and Gregory Yu scored a highly respectable 4/10. It is hoped that next year even more than 12 players will be available to take part in this fun event in Memory of David.

Owen at the British:

Owen somewhat felt that he would face very tough opposition in the British Over Fifties event -which was easily the second strongest event at the Championships in Warwick. This proved to be the case with Owen's lowest rated opponent being 1996 FIDE, and although he started well with a draw against an American Master who had beaten IM Gediminas Sarakauskas (233) and drawn with GM Bogdan Lalic (233) earlier this year, and Owen drew with FM Chris Gant in Rd2, a loss in Rd3 followed. He had 6 exciting games, but Owen ended up with a minus score of 2.5/6 (albeit with a Rating out-turn average of 175+). Playing conditions were excellent, and with lots of free cold bottled water provided, and the play throughout the event was of a very high standard. Pleased to say that IM Nigel Povah of Surrey won the event sharing the title on 5/6 with FM Glenn House. Other top Surrey players; Cliff Chandler and Russell Granat finished respectively with 4 and 3.5/6.

Statistical Analysis of Interest?!

I thought that as players often debate whether White is a great advantage compared with having the Black pieces, and some players even argue that the grading system should have a weighting adjustment multiplier factor of at least 1.1 or 1.2 or even 1.3 to adjust final end of year ratings to allow for extra games played with the Black pieces, that players would like to see a headline analysis which I have done on a cross section of events played at this year's British Championships. Those interested in statistics may find the analysis interesting of itself, whilst those of you intrigued by the White .v. Black arguments will also find the results somewhat revealing.

The results below are shown as numbers of Wins for White, Wins for Black and Draws:

Starting with the three Top events in terms of the grades of players we see the following:

British Championship: W 162 wins, Black 114, and Draws 129. This does suggest that White has a substantial advantage over playing with Black, but the interesting thing was that in the particularly cut throat rounds 2 and 10 of this 11 round event Black actually out-performed White as follows:

Rd2-W14, B17!!, Draws 6!!!

Rd10- W12, B15!!, Draws 10 :- Now what this reveals is unclear of course-but my guess is that it shows that the White player can sometimes over push-over estimating the advantage of the first move!

British Over Fifties Championship: W34, Black 31, and Draws 37. So maybe the advantage isn't that clear, or is that the more mature years have led the players in this section to learn/understand and adopt sounder Black strictures?! `Penny for your thoughts on this'! What it does suggest though is that in the older age category draws outnumbered White or Black wins-so perhaps with age players become a little less risk takers!? Again though in the Cut throat Rds 1 and 4 of this 6 rd event Black interestingly out-performed White!:

Rd1-W 7, Black 8, Draws 3 (so the `oldies' can be cut throat too!)

Rd4-W 3, Black 7!!, Draws 7 (Ouch clear signs of over stretching by White or what?!)

Now for the Major Open event:

W-67, Black 66, Draws 61. This suggests very little advantage for the White player! Moreover Black out-performed White in Rds, 3,6, 8 and 9 of this 11 rd event. So the picture has now become murkier and less conclusive.

There is a theory that at the lower levels White becomes more of an advantage so let's now see:

In the U160 event the following results occurred:

W-37 wins, B-23! , with 28 Draws. It seems that White consistently out-performed Black in this event.

In the U140 event:

W-63! B 34!! Ouch, and Draws 31. So two things here-clearly White was a bigger advantage, but also the chess was more cut-throat/ and or decisive errors were greater.

The U120 event:

W-30, B24, Draws 26-so just as things were heading in the direction of that theory things have gone back the other way with results somewhat more or less `leveling out'-although it seems white still outperformed Black a fair bit!

Now a few Junior events to see if things varied a lot:

First the U9 event which our Henry won!:

W 101, B 86, Draws 17 Ouch! What this shows is that there was an advantage to White, but more importantly that the vent was cut-throat indeed, with players having an aversion to `GM draws' or perhaps to any form of draws!? Interestingly enough in arguably the most cut throat rounds-1 and 6-Black actually out-performed White again! That is actually quite a large turn-around statistically and so it is becoming clearer that in vital rounds the White Player may well be over-pressing and/or the Black player being more bold and decisive?!

British U10 Championship:

W 61, B 65!, D 17. Very intriguing-clearly either some sure footed Black devotees in this event, or White players over-pushing?! Whichever it was the White and Black tallies were almost equal-indeed with Black out-performing White in 5 of the 7 rounds!

I shall let you draw your own conclusions, but overall the stats here rather unsurprisingly suggest that White does hold an edge: White Wins 555 (41.3%), Black wins 443 (32.96)%, and with 346 Draws (25.74%). However, it seems that it may be an advantage to play Black in cut throat stages of events-when White may over push?! Possibly due to the White player feeling he must gain a point from his so called `advantage'?! Chess `as they say' is a very psychological game!

Overall perhaps there is room and reason for the ECF to introduce as at least a `dummy run' an alternative system with a positive rating points or negative weighting given to one's Black games and applied at the end of each season. This could run side by sides with the current actual rating system. That is, if you play say 75% Black games you should have a positive rating adjustment to make up for the likelihood that your grade has suffered due to the relative disadvantage incurred by you playing more than 50% Black's over the campaign. Food for Thought at least?! :(:):) But if such a system were to exist how great should the adjustment factor be? And should it vary across different grading categories??! Is this all getting too technical we may all ask? Well for what it is worth I think that some adjustment factor across the board should probably be considered by the ECF and indeed FIDE too. A lot of fun work by statisticians/mathematicians will be required first though.

It would be interesting to see an SCCA analysis of the Surrey Cup results for last year to see whether they bear a close resemblance overall-I suspect that proportionally more draws may be agreed due to the greater evening time and team pressures. But only an analysis would prove that theory. It would also be interesting to see whether the results vary greatly across the season for a much lower division.

Hope the readers found this statistical insight into the colour results at a cross section of the British events of interest.


I am sure that all the Club Members will be delighted to know and want to congratulate Henry on his achievement this weekend and today in winning the British U9 Chess Title in Warwick. This is a great achievement-especially as he has now done the double by backing up last year's U8 British Championship win with this year's U9 title. Indeed this year he was the outright winner with 5.5/6-only conceding a draw when it gave him the title! We can all take a bit of satisfaction too that Henry plays and learns with us and plays for our club.

On the opening day of this year's Championships our newest and youngest member-Jijjith Rao Thakaram did very well in his first British Championship event when conceding a year to most of the competitors he came joint 17th= out of 54 players in the British U8 event with 3.5/6. So congratulations go to him too!

Yikes it is my turn up next in the Over 50s Championship! With well over half the field having been or are still over 200ECF I am not overly confident though! I suspect 50% will be a good effort! That Championship starts on Sunday.

County National Finals Results: Champions in Bold

Open Championship: Yorkshire 11-Kent 5

Minor Counties (Av U185): Essex 9-Suffolk 7

U180s: Middlesex 8.5-Devon 7.5

U160s: Lancashire 11.5-Essex 4.5

U140s: Kent 8.5-Nottinghamshire 7.5

U120s: Hertfordshire 9-Kent 3

U100s: Nottinghamshire 7-Kent 5

Summer Club Closure:

Players are reminded that the Club closes for all of August and re-opens on the first Wednesday in September.

Success for Henry Yu!:

Congratulations to Henry Yu in winning the U9 Supremo title at the 2015 Southern Gigafinals with the outstanding score of 6/6 and with it the £100 first prize. Henry now looks forward to the all-age Terrafinals!

Handicap Rapidplay event at the end of July:

Daniel Young next season's Wallington First Team Captain will be organizing a Handicap Rapidplay event on the last Wednesday of July. Please could all entrants arrive by 7.45 pm.

AGM Reminder:

Just to remind Members that the AGM will be on 24th June. All club posts and fees and other matters will be discussed at the meeting. All Members are encouraged to attend.

County Finals News:

This season's finalists are shown below - the 2014 champions are in bold or shown in brackets where they have not reached this year's Final. Details of the Finals and all the results are shown on the ECF website under Competitions/County Championships.

As you can see this season will see at least 4 new champions crowned! Kent have done particularly well to reach 4/7 Finals! Our Open and U100 teams went out at the Semi-Finals stage.

Open: Yorkshire .v. Kent

Minor Counties (max av 185): Suffolk .v. Essex

U180s: Middlesex .v.Devon (Warwickshire)

U160s: Essex .v. Lancashire (Yorkshire)

U140s: Kent .v. Northamptonshire (Hampshire)

U120s: Hertfordshire .v. Kent (Nottinghamshire)

U100s: Kent .v. Nottinghamshire

Tournament News:

Our Wallington players enjoyed their brief sojourn in Bournemouth, with lots of tough chess played. Owen (RP 171) and Armel (RP 160) both scored 2/5 in the Open, whilst Ben scored 2/5 (101) in the Intermediate.

So far Wallington has at least 3 players travelling down to the Bournemouth Congress in mid-June. Ben Widdicombe plays in the Intermediate and Rapid Play events, Owen Phillips in the Open and Rapid Play and Armel Collard in the Open. Great if others can also come to this excellent venue: ECF tournament of the year in the past!

After last year's Wernick Cup (Surrey Individual Div 4) victory-Ben has started well in this year's Felce Trophy Surrey Individual event (Div 3) scoring 1.5/2 so far. Good luck Ben! Meanwhile Owen has 1/3 in the Challenge Cup (Div1).

County Chess News:

The County Championships are now well into the ECF National Finals phase. The Qualifiers for the Semi-Final matches to be played by the weekend of 13th June 2015 are:

OPEN Division- Kent 1 .v. Middlesex 1 Yorkshire 1 .v. Surrey 1

`Minor'- Essex .v.Somerset Suffolk .v. Hertfordshire

U180 Division- Lancs 2 .v. Devon 2 Middlesex 2 .v. Warwickshire 2

U160 Division- Essex 3 .v. Yorkshire 3 Lancashire 3 .v. Middlesex 3

U140 Division-Hampshire 4 .v.Nottinghamshire 4

U120 Division- Lancashire 5 .v.Hertfordshire 5 Kent 5 .v. Warwickshire 5

U100 Division- Essex 6 .v. Nottinghamshire 6 Surrey 6 .v. Kent 6

Good luck to any Wallington players on being called up for the 2 sections where Surrey remains in contention.

In Croydon League Div 2 (The Martin Cath Trophy), Wallington A scored 1.5 match points out of 7 and 11 Game points, which means at worst we are 2nd bottom and at present are 3rd bottom.

In Croydon League Division 3 (The Dave Luckin Trophy), Wallington B are currently 3rd with 55.5 match points out of 8 and 18 Game points, but are likely to finish 4th after other remaining games are played.

In The Surrey League Division 2 (The Beaumont Cup) as expected Wallington 1 did finish mid-table with 3.5/8 match points and 28 Game points, Ashtead 2 came bottom with 1.5/8 MPs and 16.5 GPs, and Beckenham 1 were top with 6.5/8 MPs and 44.5GPs!

In Surrey League Division 1, Bogdan Lalic (3.5/4), Geoff Marchant (1.5/2) and Owen Phillips (3/6) also played for South Norwood 1, who finished with 4/8MPs and 34GPs, and Nick Edwards (3.5/4!) for the Champions CCF1, who finished with 6.5/8MPs and 43GPs! Kingston 1 came bottom of the top Division with 1.5/8MPs and 20.5GPs. As you can tell both Surrey L1 and Surrey L2 were mightily competitive.

Meanwhile In the ECF Quarter Final County Stage matches, Bogdan Lalic and Owen Phillips both drew for Surrey 1 in the Open match against Staffordshire which Surrey won 8.5 to 7.5, and Steve Johnson lost and Henry Yu won in the somewhat unlucky 6-6 Board count loss for the Surrey U120 team versus Warwickshire!

The Surrey U100 team (no Wallington players in the QF) joined the Open team in the ECF Stage Semi-Finals. Hopefully both matches will see further Wallington club player participation.

Club Members are reminded that The Bournemouth Grand Open Championship event, with exciting subsidiary events (Rapidplay, Challengers, Intermediate, and Minor) takes place on the weekend 19-21st June. So far Owen Phillips and Ben Widdicombe are travelling down from our club. This tournament is noted for the quality of its playing conditions and good prizes! Indeed The Grand Open has previously won ECF event of the year!-So Wallington Members are encouraged to enter. In 2013, Owen Phillips was First equal in The Rapid Play with 5/6, and Armel Collard 2nd= in the Challengers with 4/5. The Carrington House hotel where the event takes place is very comfortable and offers very reasonable rates including for DB&B. If that hotel is fully booked, there are plenty of other good hotels nearby.

Bogdan strikes again! Resident GM Bogdan Lalic was in fine fettle again in Portugal, scoring 7/9 and coming 2nd equal in the Ventimglia Rapidplay.

Bogdan then went on to the International Rapid Play event at Vitrolles and finished again with 7/9 (RP 2556) - this time finishing 4th=. The winner was Christian Bauer in commanding form on 8.5/9 (RP 2850!!), with English GM Glenn Flear in very good form finishing 2nd= with 7.5/9 (RP 2654) alongsides Yannick Pelletier (Rapid graded 2780!!).

Good Luck to Ben Widdicombe (Felce) and Owen Phillips (Challenge Cup) in this year's SCCA Individual events.

Meanwhile congratulations to Henry Yu, who has been chalking up lots of wins for the Surrey Junior Teams!

County Correspondence Chess Update:

In Division 1 the Surrey team (including IM Edgar Flacker, Owen Phillips, and IM Susan Lalic), stand on 6/14, other scores are Essex B 8/15 (+3); Warwicks A 8/14 (+2); Yorks B 6.5/13; Essex A 5/8; West Wales 5/11; Sussex 4/7; Yorks A 4/7, and Hampshire A 3.5/9. Thus Surrey Look fairly safe.

In Division 3 (including Daniel Young) Surrey B are Champions elect on 11.5/14; (being most unlikely to be passed), although Hampshire B still have an outside chance on 10.5/14.

Wallington Members are encouraged to contact Richard Tillett (see SCCA website) if they wish to play for Surrey next year in this ICCF organised event with live screens showing/recording all players moves! Boris Spassky when asked what he thought was the best thing for improving players to do-said "Play lots of Correspondence Chess!"

The BCA have a note on their website thanking Wallington Chess Club for again hosting this year's 2015 BCA Junior Chess Championship. The event took place on 18th April in the Mallinson room. Efe Shimwell retained his title-this year winning the event with a maximum score of 18/18 (3 pts for a win, 1pt for a draw). In second place came Henry Yu's brother Gregory with 13/18, and in 3rd came Jonny De Ste Croix with 12/18. All the participants greatly enjoyed the event and lots of good exciting chess was played.

Wallington's First team finished with a commanding win -probably 5.5 to 2.5 against Wimbledon 2 in the last round of this season's Beaumont Cup. That means we finish bang in the middle of this highly competitive division. We were helped a lot in this last match of the campaign by Bogdan turning out on Board 1 and with the return of Daniel Young for the Easter Vac. Good wins followed from Daniel Young, Mark Daniells, and Ali Anvarinaeini. The score with two games to be completed stands at 4.5 to 1.5 in our favour.

More Success for GM Bogdan Lalic-yes Bogdan is on form again-this time finishing First Equal with 5/6 in La Membrolle in France. He finished unbeaten in first equal alongsides a Bulgarian and a Russian and two French GMs.

Wallington Chess Club again hosts the BCA Junior Chess Championship:

For the 2nd year in a row Wallington are pleased to host the Braille Chess Association's Annual Junior Championship. This year the event will take place on 18th April. Owen Phillips will run the event.

Sadly Wallington have been dumped out of this year's Lauder Trophy at the Semi-Final stage by Crystal Palace. The match was close fought and full of highly complex games, but despite good wins from Graham Wallis (Bd3) and Derek Coleman (6), Wallington eventually went down 4-2! Also playing for Wallington were Owen Phillips, Ali Anvarinaeini, Geoff Hurst, and Ben Widdicombe.

The Final will be at a neutral venue between Cyrstal Palace and South Norwood.

County Correspondence Chess Update:

An epic struggle continues in the First Division of the British County Correspondence Chess Championship. Former Wallington Member, Edgar Flacker (2541) scored two draws on Bd1, so our Wallington players have scored 2.5/6 in total for the Surrey team.

The Scores in the 16 games/team event currently stand at:

Essex B 8/13; Warwickshire A 6/11; Yorkshire B 5/9; Surrey A 5/12; Hertfordshire A 4/9; West Wales 4/10; Sussex 3.5/5; Hampshire A 3.5/9; Essex A 2.5/5, and Yorkshire A 2.5/5. It looks like Surrey need at least 1.5 points from their remaining 4 games to be likely to retain Division 1 status. So it is a bit of a nail biter for the Surrey Team-although it looks like we should just about get the points!

Meanwhile in Division 3 the Surrey B side still leads the way and are closing in on the title, but that may also go to the wire!

NB NB: Please see President's CUP page for update news-plus re a warning about straggler games!

County Team News:

Congratulations to all our players who have participated in the various divisions of the County Championships. This season Surrey have our Open, U140, U120 and U100 teams through to the ECF National Quarter Finals. Good luck to the teams and our participating players! In the Open Surrey are `Away' to Staffordshire in their Quarter Final, whilst the U140s are `Away' to either Lancashire or Yorkshire, and the U120s and U100s are respectively `Home' and `Away' to Warwickshire. We are likely to have at least 5 players participating in these ECF QF matches, and 10 of our players have participated in County matches already this season.

Surrey Chess League Standings involving Wallington Chess Club as we enter the Spring:

Beaumont Cup (SCCA Division 2): Beckenham 5.5/7; Streatham 4/5; Guildford 2 3/5; Surbiton 2 3/5; Wallington 2.5/6; Crystal Palace 2/5; Ashtead 2 1.5/5; Wimbledon 2 0.5/4, and CCF2 0/4

Minor Trophy: Dorking 2 5/8; Redhill 4 5/8; Crystal Palace 3 5/6; South Norwood 3 1.5/4; Wallington 2 0.5/4, and Ashtead 3 0/4.

Lauder Trophy: Semi-Final on Monday 23rd March-Crystal Palace .v. Wallington, with the winners to Face South Norwood in the Final.

Meanwhile in the Surrey League (SCCA Div1): CCF 5/6; Redhill 4/6; Surbiton 3.5/6; South Norwood 3/6; Wimbledon 3/6; Ashtead 3/6; Guildford 2.5/5; Kingston 1.5/7, and Redhill2 1.5/6.

And in the Croydon Leagues:

For Wallington B playing in the Dave Luckin Trophy (Division 3)-some good results for our players, including most recently by Derek Coleman and Robert Davies - has meant that they now have 3 match wins out of 4 and with 4 matches to play are in contention for the title! Go go Wallington B!!

Whilst less good news for Wallington A playing in the Martin Cath Trophy (Division 2)-where they so far only have half of one match point out of 6 matches! Come on lads! Thus at present they are in danger! Will Wallington A and B swap divisions for next season?! Bizarre yet possible!

No Wallington involvement in Division 1 the Croydon Shield-which just has 4 teams this year. That is at an early stage, but is currently led by CCF A.

News from Abroad:

GM Bogdan Lalic has continued in fine form scoring 6/9 (unbeaten) at the immensely strong Capelle La Grande tournament in Northern France. He finished 23rd to 74th= with a Rating Performance (RP) of 2528. In first place once again was Li Chao of China and this year he had along-sides him Vladimir Onishuk of the Ukraine, who both scored 7.5/9 with RPs respectively of 2792, and 2840!! This tournament attracted some 100 or so Grand Masters and in total over 550 participants.

Further congratulations to our resident GM Bogdan Lalic, who has just finished joint 2nd equal at the 2015 Bunratty Masters alongside Super GM Nigel Short and GMs, Nick Pert and Peter Wells, and half a point ahead of Super GM Gawain Jones, and GMs, Mark Hebden, David Norwood, and Alexander Baburin , and further clear of a host of IMs and FMs, but half a point shy of the young Super GM from the Philipines, (now affiliated to the US Chess Federation)-Wesley So.

Whilst back in Surrey:

Wallington first team found their form to beat Guildford 2 away despite being out-graded by an average of 27pts a board! Hopefully this win will take us closer to surviving again in the highly competitive Beaumont Cup SCCA division. Our win included excellent wins for Ben Widdicombe, Ali Alivarinaeni, and Nick Edwards, and excellent draws for Graham Wallis, Steve Ashworth, and Sylvia Chidi. Wallington's remaining matches are away to Beckenham (the top seeds) and at home to Wimbledon 2.

Many Congratulations too, go to Ben Widdicombe who shared first place in Surrey's Wernick Trophy (see SCCA website-under Competitions).

Correspondence Chess Update:

Owen Phillips drew both his games on Board 2 for Surrey in the Ward Higgs Trophy (top UK division for County CC). Whilst Susan Lalic IM got 0.5/2 on Board 6. Surrey are currently in third place with 4.5/10, but are struggling in some of their remaining games and so may end up in a relegation battle among the 10 teams! So far our only positive score having come on Board 7 from Castles-Niell Cooper who scored 1.5/2.

Meanwhile our second team competing in the Butler-Thomas Trophy in UK Division 3 are still flying high in First place, with 2-0 wins from Daniel Young, and from Andrew Reeves, Tom Herman, and Trevor Bates, and 1/1 so far from Gary Smith. With only 5 of their games remaining-they look likely to win or at worst finish second overall, and if so will get promoted to the Sinclair Trophy (UK Division 2) for next year!

Bogdan Lalic GM in fine form! Congratulations to Bogdan, who has juut run away with the Budapest Rapidplay event scoring 7/7 and will now move back up to a Rapid play rating over over 2550!

Latest ECF Chess Grades of our Members:

GM Bogdan Lalic 233

P Lalic 205

A Collard 178 (nice rise Armel!)

G. Marchant 176

O. Phillips 173

J McKie 166

D Young 164

M Daniells 163

N. Edwards 162

A. Anvarinaeini 158

G. Wallis 147

S Ashworth 144

Sylvia Chidi 143

J Polanyk e135

G Hurst 134

V. Bluett 134

B. Widdicombe 130 (well done Ben- our highest riser!)

A Hare 124

P. Hyde 124

M. Taylor 121

A Bassi 121

D. Coleman 118

S Johnson 115

H Yu 112

R Davies 108

J McGing 107

M. Harman 100

R Howard 94

A Sim 90

Melizza Keyzor 79

Correspondence Chess Update:

For the time being after almost 3 months play Surrey are in second place in the British Counties Championship Premiership (Ward Higgs) competition-see ICCF website or SCCA link on its News page. Both Susan Lalic and Owen Phillips are amongst our early scorers. Whilst in Division 3 Surrey lead with the excellent score of 7/8! Clearly Daniel Young's 2-0 win on Board 1 has boosted morale and results with it all round! Well done again Daniel!

Members are invited to access the Surrey games and those of others in the British County Championships-see the News Section of the SCCA website for a link to the tables and games. Surrey B have started very well in Div3 with 5/5 so far and 11 games remaining, which puts them clear of the chasing pack for now!

Less games have been decided after some 2 months play in Division 1. The games of Edgar Flacker and Owen Phillips and Susan Lalic may be of particular interest to our members. So far Surrey are in the early lead with 2/3 with 13 more Surrey games in play, but it is clearly very early days for the team, and some positions are not looking good, particularly elsewhere in the team!

Wallington Croydon League Results:

Martin Cath Trophy Results:

3 losses from 3 so far-so a good rear guard cation required in 2015!:

West Wickham B 2.5.v. Wallington A 1.5

Wallington A 1.5.v. Streatham B 2.5

Wallington A 1 .v. CCF B 3

and in The Dave Luckin Trophy: just the one match result loss as yet:

CCF C 2.5 .v. Wallington B 1.5

News from Olympia and from abroad:

In the Kilkenny Masters GM Bogdan Lalic won the Blitz event. Meanwhile Peter Lalic played well in the Olympia Super Rapidplay, which was won magnificently by Super GM and Rapid Chess World No1- Hikaru Nakamura with 9.5/10!! Peter drew in Rd5 with IM Alberto Suarez (2530), and had losses to GM Alexander Lendermann (2680!!), and IM Thomas Rendle (2515), before ending up with 5/10. Owen Phillips also playing in exalted company scored 3.5/6 before being stranded at two train stations on the Sunday and having to withdraw! His two very tight losses were to Peter in Rd4, and to the World No 1 Chess Boxer-FM Carl Strugnell (2298) in Rd2. Peter will now play this week in the FIDE Open, but Owen has decided to withdraw from that event.

The Club teams are looking to have a good second half of the season as apart from the Lauder Trophy win and one Beaumont Cup win against CCF2-the teams have otherwise somewhat struggled thus far this season.

Members are reminded that President Cup results should be sent to Robert Davies cc Owen Phillips.

Club players are invited to say whether they are interested in playing GM Bogdan Lalic in another Simultaneous in November.

Good Efforts all-round!

The club continues to have near misses against Higher graded opposition in nearly all matches. The B Team in the Croydon Dave Luckin Trophy lost 2.5 to 1.5 to CCF on 22nd October. Stalwart Geoff Hurst (124) had an outstanding draw against Nick Edwards (165+), whilst Mark Harmon (101) drew with Daniel Gliddon (124). Melissa Keysor drew, But Andrew Sim lost. It is nevertheless pleasing that Andrew is building up his game again after returning to competitive chess. For the A Team, Steve Johnson (116+) had a nifty win against Jon Griffiths (151) of West Wickham!

Getting close!:

Meanwhile in the SCCA `Summer' Tournaments-Ben Widdicombe is now only half a point away from winning the Wernick Cup! Good Luck to Ben in what will hopefully turn out to be his last play-off game of this year's event!

Correspondence Chess for Surrey:

IM Edgar Flacker and Owen Phillips and IM Susan Lalic are on Boards 1, 2 and 6 respectively for Surrey in the top division of the British County Correspondence Championships-you can access their games and those of the other Surrey players on the ICCF website or via the links in the News section of the SCCA website.

Daniel Young playing on Board 1 for Surrey in Division 3 of the County Championships-has already won 2 very hot (extraordinarily speedy games) against over the board IM Jack Rudd. These games are again accessible via the SCCA News item.

Correspondence Chess (now played on the ICCF web-server is an ideal way for chess players to improve their games).

Latest Tournament News updates:

Our GM, Bogdan Lalic was in action in the Super strong Cap d'Agde tournament, and Owen Phillips in the 40th Guernsey International Open. Both faired well. Bogdan scoring a tad under a 2600 rating performance and finishing 7th, with a fine score of 6.5/9 (half a point short of winning!-and gaining Bogdan 18.8 Elo pts). Owen meanwhile played plenty of National Masters (former 2300 players, and one FM on his way to 3.5/7(+1-1=5); gaining him 27.4 elo pts. Owen recommends this tournament with a parallel holiday tournament run along-sides-it is a super location and playing conditions are excellent-and Guernsey is only 45 mins from Gatwick. This year's winner was Canadian Champion GM Eric Hansen on 6.5/7 ahead of Sweden's GM Tiger Petersson on 6/7.

Several club players will doubtless be involved in the Super strong London events in early December at Olympia. Google-London Chess Classic for the latest updates and entry information!

International News Update:

Peter Lalic in the end finished in 6th place with 6.5/9 (FIDE plus 19.4pts)-so a jolly good effort.

David Spence of England finished on 6/9.

The winner was Javier Longa Youca from Peru with 7.5/9 (+29.4pts!). William Hardwick whom Wallington Member Daniel Young knows quite well scored well with 3.5/6-(Plus 65pts!!).

Next week Owen Phillips will play in the strong Guernsey Open for the first time, which will be a toughie! He warmed up on Wednesday with a good draw for South Norwood 1 against Surbiton 1 in the Surrey League against Ian Henderson (192). In the same Match Geoff Marchant sprang back to form with a good draw against Paul Shepherd (194).

International News:

Peter Lalic has started very well out in the Calvia Amateur Open-scoring 3.5/4 so far! This puts him in 4th place - and he now plays a Ukrainian player. The next highest UK player is David Spence (2222) who has 3/4. I am sure like me you will want to wish Good luck to Peter in the remaining rounds!

Home News:

Wallington 2 comfortably advanced in the Lauder Trophy beating Castles by 4.5 to 1.5. Graham Wallis had a very useful draw on Bd2 against a 177 graded player!

Wallington lose in Alexander Cup Rd2 to CCF:

Despite wins by GM Bogdan Lalic (Bd1-against Michael Prizant 202) and Armel Collard (Bd4 against Ian Snape 193), and a default win for Vic Bluett (Bd8)-Wallington went down heavily 3-7 to a strong CCF side. The average grades in the match were 171.v. 184 so a loss was the most likely result, and we didn't really get close to our Giant killing exploit of last year when we reached the Alexander Cup Final.

Our losses were:

Geoff Marchant (Bd2 .v. Marcus Osborne 195); Owen Phillips (Bd3 .v. Akshaya Kaliyalahan 194); Mark Daniells (Bd5.v. Kevin Bailey 186); Graham Wallis (Bd6.v. James Foster 186); Steve Ashworth (Bd7 .v.Nazir Rizvi 183); John Polanyk (Bd9 .v. Nick Edwards 165), and Henry Yu (Bd10 .v.Paul Jackson 163).

Rustiness was evident from myself on Bd3 as I played a somewhat hasty move instead of one leading to at least a draw on move 21. But after that miss, Akshaya had a strategic win, and converted in style after 38 moves. Indeed Wallington put up a tough fight on most boards. CCF now move on to play Kingston in the Semi-Final. Whilst in the other half of the Draw Streatham await either Battersea, Guildford or Redhill(the Champions) in their Semi-Final.

The New Chess Season is almost upon us and the club re-opens next Wednesday 3rd September. See the President's Cup page for the news on that.

Hope you all have a great season. I shall update the fixtures page as soon as they have been notified to me by the SCCA.

Still heads up one and all-CCF did finish second in SCCA Division One last season, so ...Our next match will be against a strong Division 2 side. Actually the Beaumont Cup promises once again to be highly competitive-indeed more so than ever with the entrance of a strong Beckenham side into the mix! All teams will have to be at full strength and play well to avoid a relegation battle!

The BCA Junior Chess Championship Result

The result of this event which was hosted by Wallington Chess Club and played in Holmwood Hall in the URC on 23rd August, which was organised and controlled by Owen Phillips, was a victory with 15/15 for our newest Member Henry Yu; an Associate BCA Member and the current British U8 Champion. Second on 10/15 was Efe Shimwell, a Kent Junior age group champion, and a Full BCA Member, who is blind and won the BCA Junior Title, and the Best Game Prize. In third place (he finished 2nd= but lost the play-off to Efe), was Henry's older brother; Gregory Yu. Some fine games were played particularly by these 3 competitors! The event was played on the 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw format.

British Championship News:

For a Final update of all the Surrey winners and near winners at the British Championships See the News section of the SCCA website.

Henry Yu (a pupil of our Club Champion Owen Phillips) was Joint winner with Savin Dias of the British Under 8 Title with 5.5/6. It is great to again have a current British Champion in the club! Let's have a comeback Susan Lalic-as you may recall she was a multiple British Ladies Champion!

That is two year's running Owen has coached the British U8 Champion!

Henry so far has 2/3 in the U9 Championship which continues today in Abberystwyth.

The title race in the British Championship heats up today with the surprise leader IM Jonathin Hawkins (6.5/7) having Black on Board 1 against the multiple and current British Champion David Howell (5.5/7). Nick Pert GM also has 5.5/7. Four draws in the remaining rounds for Jonathan should get him the title and a GM norm too! (Final one?)

Coverage of the British continues today via the ECF website. Just select British Championship and then highlight live games this afternoon-the 8th rd starts at 2.30pm.


The following are the Members ECF grades for the 2014/15 season:

GM Bogdan Lalic 232

Geoff Marchant 178

Owen Phillips 170

Mark Daniells 168

Armel Collard 168

James Mckie 167

Nick Edwards 165

Daniel Young 164

Alireza Anvarinaeini 156

Graham Wallis 146

Steve Ashworth 146

Victor Bluett 145

John Polanyk e142

Colin Parker e139

Geoff Hurst 125

Alan Hare 124

Peter Hyde 124

Matthew Taylor 121

Derek Coleman 118

Steve Johnson 116

Vic Bassi e116

Robert Davies 114

Henry Yu 113Jr

Ben Widdicombe 111

James McGing 104

Dr Mark Harman 101

Andrew Sim 99

Robert Howard 95

Melizza Keyzor 80

Tournament News:

Our Resident GM Bogdan Lalic was in good fettle at the always strong Benasque Open-scoring 7/9 (-1, +5, =2).

Meanwhile Armel Collard has been in the form of his life winning two Major tournaments on the trot-both the Weald and Worcester Majors with 4.5/5. The Weald one was particularly fine since it was an Under 175 event (which is a strong Major). But as Armel humbly says-I was brought back down to earth straightaway-completely smashed by Nick Edwards in our President's Cup clash!

Still very well done Armel and Bogdan and Nick too!

This year's Joint Club Champions-winners of the President's Cup are Nick Edwards and Owen Phillips with 5/6 (+4=2). They drew their own game, and decided against prolonging a play-off until September. The full updated scores are on the updated President's Cup News Page.

Wallington Chess Club will host the 2014 Braille Chess Association Junior Chess Championship: The 2014 BCA Junior Championship will take place on Saturday 23rd August in the Main (Holmwood) Hall in the Wallington United Reformed Church.

Club Members are welcome to come along and watch during the day. the tournament will start at 10.30 am and be over 6 rds of 25minutes/player.

Just google BCA Chess for further information about the BCA and its various events!


NB NB: See President's Cup page for the last Rd draw of this season's (2013/14) Competition.



2014/15 President's Cup:

The Draw for Rd4 is now available on The President's Cup Pages-Armel Collard and Nick Edwards lead the competition with 3/3 and now face off !

Latest News:

The AGM held on 2nd July decided that the Club fees should not increase, except that the fees would be £5 higher for all Members who have not paid by end September 2014.This was a measure simply to encourage early payment of fees.

The Club would again close for 6 weeks this year-it would be closed throughout August and for the last two Wednesdays in December. Otherwise business as usual on Wednesdays through out 2014-2015!

In Memory of the Late Dr David Woodward, the Club would hold a new event in the first Wednesday in January 2015-A Handicap Lightning Event-where the higher graded players would have less time than their opponents. Apparently such events create added excitement and give lower graded players an extra chance! It is hoped that this event will become an annual one.


This year's Annual General Meeting will be on 2nd July starting at 8pm. Please turnout to support your club and discuss the various possible activities/tournaments for next season, and club fees, etc, etc.


Bogdan as you may know is our resident GM, and a very good one at that! He recently took time out from his very heavy European tour schedule to play in the Annual Sam Black Memorial Tournament held in Wanstead Chess Club. He won with the dominant score of 12/12-considerably better than previous recent winners including GM Gawain Jones, IM Thomas Rendle and GM Alexander Chernaiev.

Club members may wish to be aware that Bogdan likes to give lessons when not on tour. While on tour he recently finished a point ahead of ex World no 3 Jan Timman, and Bogdan was again unbeaten in the Utrecht tournament.

Inter-Club and County News:

Congratulations to Nick Edwards on winning the Annual CCF Lightning Event on 19th May scoring 5/5 (Speed RP 207).

County Results update:

Both the Surrey Open and U180 sixteen Board teams continued their good form with wins in their respective National Quarter Finals-both against Lancashire. The Open team now plays Middlesex in Willesden in the Semi-Final on 14th June, and the U180 team play against Essex in Wanstead the following day. Good Luck to Owen Phillips, Nick Edwards and Daniel Young, who are all likely to be played.

1st May News:

Wallington Results for the 2013/14 season:

Overall a mixed season:

Our First team did very well and reached the Final of The Alexander Cup (over 10 Bds), but got hammered in that 8.5 to 1.5 by the mighty Redhill First team (this year's runaway Surrey League Champions!). Excellent wins for Redhill on Boards 1 and 2 by their IMs, Chris Baker and Cliff Chandler. Valiant draws for Wallington on the night by Vic Bluett against Kevin Thurlow, Steve Ashworth against Geoffrey Stearn, and John Polaynk against John Moore. We still scored half a point more than Kingston 1 had against Redhill in their Semi-Final thrashing!

In the Beaumont Cup Wallington 1 also played well and scored 4.5/7 finishing 4th behind Guildford 2 on tie-break. The Winners were Kingston 1 with 5.5/7 and second were Redhill 2 on 5/7. This was an exceptionally competitive year in the Beaumont Cup and we did very well considering we had lost such a strong player as Peter Lalic.

Wallington 2 sadly finished last in the Centenary Trophy, with Redhill 3 claiming that title! Whilst in the Lauder Trophy Wallington 2 were knocked out narrowly by Streatham in Rd1. Streatham went on to reach the as yet to be played Final.

Wallington 3 were 5th out of 6 in the Minor Trophy, which was won by Ashtead 3.

Meanwhile in the Croydon League in Division 2 (The Martin Cath Trophy) Wallington A currently stand 5th out of 6 with 1 match to play-so we shall either finish 4th or 5th. The Champions are West Wickham.

In Division 3 (The Dave Luckin Trophy) Wallington B are 7th of 9 with 2 matches to play-so we could still finish as high as 3rd or be 2nd bottom?! Which end will it be? The Champions are Streatham.

Club Annual General Meeting: The date of the AGM will be set soon, but is likely to be either the last Wednesday of June or most likely will be on 2nd July. As Many Members as possible are encouraged to come to discuss positions, fees, participation in events, etc, etc. Members will receive a circular from our Club Secretary Alan Hare.

Simul no 2 by GM Bogdan Lalic:

Bogdan gave another fun packed evening to Members on 16th April. For which many thanks again Bogdan!

Having won his first club simul 13-0, on this occasion Bogdan also won handsomely, but conceded a draw to Owen Phillips and had a shock loss to Armel Collard! So Bogdan 11.5, Wallington Members 1.5! Very well done Armel, and thanks again to Bogdan. Bogdan has now started his Summer chess tour abroad, and we wish him every success.

14th April-Peter Lalic get's his first Book published:

In late May it is anticipated that Peter's first chess book: `Play The Accelerated Dragon' will be published. Judging by Peter's great you tube videos, the book is likely to be quality and prove a smash hit. You can order it now from Chess & Bridge.

14th April-SCCA Summer Individual Tournaments:

Members are reminded that they only have a few days left to enter this Summer's Individual SCCA events, which range in category, from being for players with ratings between 90 or so and 130, right up to the elite Challenge Cup event. There are 4 different category events. Playing in them is a good way to keep your chess brain in practice during the Surrey and Croydon leagues' Summer break.

13th April : President's Cup 2013/14 season updated scores:


Owen Phillips 4/4, Nick Edwards 3.5/4, Victor Bluett 2/3, Steve Johsnon 2.5/4, Mark Daniells 1.5/3, Armel Collard 1.5/3, Steve Ashworth 1.5/3, and Peter Hyde 1.5/3

Chasing pack:

Robert Davies 2/4, Melizza Kaysor 1.5/4, Alan Hare 1/3, Graham Wallis 1/3, Ben Widdicombe 1/2, Rob Howard 1/3, Mark Harman 1/4, and Jim McGing 0.5/4

It is hoped all outstanding rd 3 and rd 4 games will be completed by the end of April.

22 March

Surrey County Chess

Over many years club players have represented Surrey in county competition. This year the Surrey Open, U180 and U100 teams have all qualified for the National stages of the competition. The u140s narrowly lost out on game pts tie-break to Middlesex and

Owen Phillips, Geoff Marchant, and Nick Edwards have played for the Open and U180 sides again this season, Vic Bluett and Matthew Taylor for the under 160 side, Ben Widdicombe and Matthew Taylor for the U140 team, and Robert Davies for the U120 side.

In the Open and U180 sections Surrey face Lancashire on a neutral ground. You can follow the team's further progress or otherwise on the SCCA website under Competitions/County

Future opportunities participate: Although Match Captains study club and completion form and contact players based on that they also want to hear from players keen to play
for their County. So club Members are encouraged to contact the County Captains
if they want to play for Surrey on the occasional Saturday. The quality of the chess is often of a very high standard with the time rates slower than for evening League chess. There si no doubt this can improve one's chess. Members are encouraged to contact the Surrey County Captains, who are:

Open Team: Owen Phillips:

Under 180 Team: Julien Shepley:

Under 160 Team: Trevor Jones:

Under 140 Team: David Howes:

Under 120 and Under 100 Teams: Daniel Gliddon:

Fixtures remaining
05/03/2014 Wallington 1 Surbiton 2  
12/03/2014 Wallington B Crystal Palace  
13/03/2014 Dorking 2 Wallington 3  
17/03/2014 Kingston 2 Wallington 2  
Martin Cath 20/03/2014 West Wickham B Wallington A  
26/03/2014 Wallington B West Wickham C  
02/04/2014 Wallington 1 Guildford 2  
09/04/2014 Wallington 2 Dorking 1  
Martin Cath 10/04/2014 South Norwood A Wallington A  
TBA South Croydon Bus Garage Wallington B  

7 March

On Wednesday Wallington had a good victory over Surbiton 2 in the Beaumont Cup inflicting heavy damage on the bottom four boards where we significantly outgraded the opposition. The Division is very tight but with 3½ points we are presently in second place but can only hold it if we beat Guildford 2 in our last match. Overall the First team has done a good job this season being in the Alexander Cup Final (a real challenge but something to look forward to at the end of the season) and possibly finishing in the top half of the Second Division (Beaumont Cup).

4 March

The site has been updated to cover the Presidents Cup and remaining Croydon and Surrey fixtures for the season.

14 February

Alexander Cup - An excellent performance on Wednesday 12 February in the semi final against Surbiton. A 5-5 score resulted in a win on board count. Given that we were outgraded by an average of 12 points per board the outcome is certainly much justified.

Great wins for Geoff Marchant, Victor Bluett and Graham Wallis. And hard fought draws for Owen Phillips, Mark Daniells, Armel Collard and Steve Ashworth. The final will be at a neutral venue against either Redhill or Kingston.

Croydon - Dave Luckin - not so food for Wallington B on Thursday 13 February. Like so many games this season, this one was lost by a half point. A win for Robert Howard and draw for Melissa Keyzor kept us in the match but the other two games were eventually lost. Yet again, we were outgraded on all boards.

Jim McGing- we have learned that Jim is out of hospital and at home. Our further best wishes to him and we hope to see him again soon at the Club,

24 January 2014 GM Bogdan Lalic simultaneous

On Wednesday 22 January 14 players including two guest members had the enjoyable experience of playing a simultaneous match against Bogdan. The fact he whitewashed us 14-0 did not detract at all from the experience! He was very gracious in victory and we believe he enjoyed the event as much as the club did. We are very grateful to him for agreeing the do it, and to Owen Philips for setting it up. We hope to do something similar again.

24 January 2014 President's Cup

Off to the traditional slow start ! We are getting into Round 3 with still one second round game to finish. Too early to talk seriously about leaders but Nick Edwards, Owen Philips and Victor Bluett are 2/2. Robert Davies is 2/3 and Steve Johnson 1½ /2.

24 January 2014 Surrey League and Croydon League

Not a great season so far. In the Beaumont Cup the first team have won 2 and drawn 1 with a loss to Battersea. They are currently joint leaders on 2½ points although Battersea have aresult pending that may change that. The team progressed in the Alexander Cup with a 7-3 victory over Castles and are due to play Surbiton in the semi final. The second team have not fared so well, exiting the Lauder Trophy in the first round, albeit narrowly 2½-3½ to Streatham, but trailing 1 win and 5 losses in the Centenary Trophy. In the Minor Trophy we have won 1 and lost 2.. In the Croydon League, the A team have won 1 and lost 1, in the Martin Cath Trophy and B team in the Dave Luckin have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1..

24 January 2014 Jim McGing

Colleagues have been sorry to learn that Jim has been in hospital with some bad injuries resulting from a bicycle accident.He may be indisposed for some time. The Club sends best wishes from all members for a speedy recovery and we look forward to having him back before too long.


Important - The website has been dormant since July 2013 but has been reactivated in January 2014. Updates and more news will follow as soon as possible.

Wednesday 22 January 8pm Simultaneous Event with Bogdan Lalic. Still a few places available. Contact Owen Philips.

29 June

Congratulations are in order for Wallington member Owen Phillips who has been selected to represent Wales at the forthcoming British Chess Championships. The event is the 100th British Chess Championships and takes place from Sunday 28th July to Saturday 10th August at the Riviera National centre in Torquay, so good luck Owen!

16 May

The AGM took place on Wednesday 15 May with a large number of members present. Minutes will be available in due course. The overall outcome was "business as usual" for the next twelve months but entries for next season are yet to be finalised, and the club will probably not meet during August.

Robert Davies is now Treasurer and is asking for subscriptions to be paid as soon as possible but by September at the very latest to enable us to meet our outgoings which fall mostly in that month,

The 4th round of the Presidents Cup is now complete and the draw has been made for the fifth round. Details are on the relevant page of this site. Owen is leading with 3/3 and one adjourned game; Vic Bluett and Mark Daniells each have 3/4; Ali has 2½/3 plus an adjournment; and Alan and Ben have 2½/4.

29 April ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Wednesday 15 May

Please make an effort to attend as some important business needs to be discussed.



─Chairman report

Captain's reports

─Secretary report

─Treasurer's report - accounts

- Subscriptions

─Plans for next season teams

─Election of officers

─Summer events / club night , competitions etc


28 April Individual success at Bournemouth

Congratulations to Wallington newcomer Armel Collard who came 2nd=
in the Challengers event in Bournemouth scoring 4/5 (after drawing on top Board in the last round).

Also in Bournemouth Owen Philips won the Saturday evening Rapidplay with 5/6-1st= with the top seed.In the Grand Open event Owen turned in 2/5 with an opening loss to a top Surrey player and four draws. The competition was won by GM Nick Pert with 4½/5 and a cool £1,000 first prize.

26 April AGM

This year's AGM will take place on Wednesday 15 May at the Club venue (United Reformed Church, Wallington) at 8.00pm. There are several important issues to consider and it is hoped as many members as possible will attend. Coffee and biscuits will be available and of course and opportunity to play some casual chess after the official business. Details will follow.

2 April

The team pages have now been updated with all March results and this year's Croydon League games.

3 March

Not previously reported, an outstanding victory on 20 February against CCF in the Croydon League for Wallington A. Ali winning against a 191 opponent and Steve Ashworth defeating Nick Edwards graded 16 points higher, whilst Colin secured a creditable draw against another opponent 20 points higher.

28 February

A good result in the Centenary this week as Wallington II scored a 3½-2½ victory away to Wimbledon 5. Colin Parker and Robert Davies provided victories. Wallington head this league with 4 points from a max 6 with two matches to play. Guidlford 3 have 2 points from 3 and have to come to Wallington on 13 March. Dorking 1 and Wimbledon 6 are not out of contention, with 2½ out of a max of 5 each.

18 February WORLD CANDIDATES starts 15 March at the Savoy.

As reported below - opeing is 14th March with first round on 15th running until Easter Monday. Tickets can be booked online at £25 a session or £30 for each of the last two days. For those of considerable leisure and enthusiasm, a pass for all 14 rounds can be bought for £200.

18 February

Recent results have on the whole been disappointing. In the Surrey Trophy we lost 6-2 and 5-3 to Streatham and Wimbledon but last week shared the points 4-4 with South Norwood.

In the Centenary, the second team drew with Dorking on 6 February and in the Minor, the third team beat Ashtead 3½ - 2½ last week.

In the Stoneleigh Trophy we were pipped by one game against South Norwood on 10 January. The subsequent match was postponed because of weather.

In the Croydon League there were also postponements and no results have been logged since January.

17 February President's Cup

Fourth round draw has now be circulated by Gavin who reports that the current leader is Owen Phillips with a 100% score [3/3]. Vic Bluett and Graham Wallis
follow on [2/3]. However Ali Niani and Mark Daniells have their game to play still and are on
[2/2] and [1.5/2], respectively, so it is still interesting at the top!


For those who haven't yet picked it up:

World Chess Candidates Tournament
to be Held in London

London, January 15, 2013 - FIDE and AGON - the World Chess Federation's commercial partner - are pleased to announce the players, dates and venue of the 2013 Candidates Tournament.

The London Candidates will be the strongest tournament of its kind in history. The
Prize Fund to be shared by the players totals
510,000.The winner of the Candidates will become the Challenger to Viswanathan Anand who has reigned as World Champion since 2007.

Dates: March 14, 2013 - April 1, 2013

Format: The Candidates is a double round-robin tournament with four rest days.

For detailed

Venue: The IET at2 Savoy Place Address:2 Savoy Place,LondonWC2R 0BL

For further

Tickets will be available on the website and at the venue.


Levon Aronian (ARM)

Magnus Carlsen (NOR)

Boris Gelfand (ISR)

Alexander Grischuk (RUS)

Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)

Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)

Teimour Radjabov (AZE)

Peter Svidler (RUS)

For further

World Chess Web

10th January 2013:

A mixed bag of results this week for Croydon and Surrey League teams. Wallington B played the Coulsdon CF C-team on Wednesday, in a match that was perhaps less close than the 2.5-1.5 scoreline suggests; Daniel and Rob scored wins whilst Melissa was unfortunate to only draw thanks to time trouble. Nonetheless, former Wallington player Nick Edwards reminded us what we were missing by convincingly scoring CCF's only win on the top board!

Tonight, the Stoneleigh Trophy team faced South Norwood, losing over the board and on the handicap table; 3.5-4.5 a point short of our target. Mark Daniells won both of his games, and Daniel scored a win and a draw.

The writer of these lines has taken the liberty of adding his victory on Wednesday to the Games page; although the accuracy of play after move 20 betrays a shortage of time, the finish is well worth publishing.

6th January 2013:

The missing Stoneleigh Trophy match, a win from early November against Guildford, has now been added to both the Surrey CCA website, and the match results pages on this website.

The league season restarts on Wednesday, when the Croydon League B-team travel to play Coulsdon CF's C-team; a Stoneleigh Trophy match against South Norwood follows the next day.

24th December 2012:

Some long-overdue maintenance has been performed on the site's hyperlinks and match cards; hopefully everything is working and up to date now. Since the last update, the outstanding game against Surbiton I in the Surrey Trophy was lost to take the score to 3-5, whilst earlier this month the visit of 5-times defending champions Redhill I ended in a heavy defeat; it is currently 1-6 to the visitors. However, our point was gained in fantastic style by Colin who crushed an opponent graded 48 (!) points above him to prompt a rare update of the games page. Alan has sent a couple of games from the archive - 1996 - which should also go up soon.

Wallington II have also had a few matches, snatching a sensational 3½-2½ away victory against a very strong Guildford III, and then drawing 3-3 at home to Wimbledon VI, thanks to which they are top of the Centenary Trophy table at Christmas. However, Guildford avenged that defeat by eliminating us from the Lauder Trophy knockout competition at the semi-final stage, the score 4-2 in their favour. Wallington III drew 3-3 on Wednesday against Dorking II. The Stoneleigh Trophy team, making its comeback this year after being absent for a number of seasons, has one win and one loss from its two matches so far, although the webmaster is yet to find out why one of the two match cards has recently disappeared from the SCCA website...

In the Croydon League, Wallington A are also set to top their league table for the new year, having drawn 2-2 with South Norwood A and then beaten Streatham B 3-1. Wallington B lie mid-table but have not played since early November and so have matches in hand over the leaders.

Last but not least, a big congratulations is in order to Vic Bluett, who scored the latest in a series of fine tournament results in Coulsdon with outright 1st in the U-170 section at this weekend's CCF Christmas Congress, winning all of his games for 4.5/5 and a 192 grading performance. Earlier in the month, Owen made his annual appearance at the London Chess Classic FIDE Open, scoring some good results en route to 3.5/9; Geoff Marchant scored 2.5/5 in the first Weekender Open.

Everyone at Wallington & Carshalton would like to wish readers a very happy festive period, and good luck with your chess in the new year!

29th November 2012:

Wallington have had mixed fortunes in the first eight weeks of the season after the early progress in the Alexander Cup. The first team have had only one League match against Surbiton the outcome of which is not yet resolved.. Wallington 2 in the Centenary Trophy lost 3½-2½ to Dorking but then defeated Wimbledon 5½ - ½. . In the Minor Trophy Wallington 3 have had two games , losing by the odd point to South Norwood 3, and drawing at Crystal Palace.

In the Croydon League Wallington A have beaten Crystal Palace B 3-1 in the Martin Cath Trophy, while in the Dave Luckin Trophy, after a whitewash at Crystal Palace C, Wallington B came back to beat Streatham C 3-1.

17th October 2012:


Access to the new venue, URC, is not generally a problem but please note the following advice. Access is through the glass porch. If the door is locked please ring the bell. From the door proceed to the corridor at the far end of the lobby and go up the second staircase,which is beyond and to the left of the first one.

6th October 2012:

A consolidated list of Wallington fixtues will be available shortly.

28th September 2012: IMPORTANT

If you have not yet paid your subscription for the 2012-13 season could you please do so as soon as possible to Vic Bassi. We need the money to cover up front expenses !

Would all players please note that to maintain ECF grading records it is necessary for individuals to register direct with the ECF. The club cannot do it for you. Please go to this link for details on online membership.

26th September 2012:

Alexander Cup - Wallington 5½ Kingston 4½. To be successful in a football competition they say you sometimes have to "win ugly" ! Wallington deserved this one for fielding ten players against the visitors' eight, but it took a fine win by Daniel to clinch it,backed by some stout performances for draws against, in some cases, higher graded players.

Julian and Colin drew quickly giving us an early 3-1 lead thanks to the defaults. Vic had a promising attack as black in a 5. Bd2!? Winawer, but capitulated in extreme time pressure. Geoff and Peter held positions for halves, and Graham contributed the 5th draw of the evening, pressing in his habitual London System but never having quite enough. This left Daniel and Mark needing a point from their two remaining games, owing to the visitors' superior board count. Mark was gradually outplayed after losing a pawn, leaving Daniel, who had fortunately had a draw offer declined, needing the win! With the whole room watching he then won a pawn which turned into a sacrifice of knight for 3 pawns; and eventually he was able to convert the ensuing K+5P vs. K+N+2P in a blitz finish to secure the win!

23rd September 2012:

On 12th September the Club celebrated its new venue with a simultaneous competition courtesy of Peter Lalic. Coming off the back of an 11/11 whitewash of opposition at Ashtead, Peter secured 11/13 at Wallington. Credit for squeezing half a point each goes to Robert Howerd, Owen Phillips, Daniel Young and Mark Daniells.

Further congratulations to Daniel Young who ran away with the recent Richmond Rapidplay Intermediate section scoring 6/6 - his second tournament win and by far the most resounding! Daniel is now off to university where we wish him well but he will continue to provide his talent to our club.

Surrey League fixtures have been posted for 2012-13. Please see menu.

10th September 2012:

Fixtures for the new season are not available yet but the Club will be playing in the Surrey, Centenary, and Minor trophies in the Surrey League plus the Stoneleigh Trophy (Quick play), the Alexander and Lauder (knockout) competitions. There are ten entries in the Alexander where Wallington I will play a first round match at home to Kingston. In the Lauder Trophy there are only six teams but Wallington II begin with a quarter final at Guildford. Two teams will also play in the Croydon League

A REMINDER of our new venue at the United Reformed Church on Stanley Park Road, with Club night on a Wednesday. Our first evening was very successful and our second promises to be even more so with a planned special event. Contact Alan Hare for details.


Please note that after Thursday 30 August, the Club will no longer meet on Thursdays at the Highfield Lawn Tennis Club. The new venue is the United Reformed Church, Stanley Park Road, Wallington, and Club nights will be Wednesdays beginning 5th September. Full details of the venue are given on the Club Details page of this site.

16 August 2012:

We are pleased to report that Owen Phillips has now become the Surrey Under 120 County Captain.

15 August 2012:

Congratulations to Graham who won the President's Cup for the 2011/2012
season with a score of 5/6. The top performers were as follows:
1st Graham Wallis 5/6
2nd= Gavin Poludniowski and Alan Hare 4.5/6
3rd Mark Daniells 4/6

The Club is expecting to change its venue in September. Details of future arrangements will be posted as soon as possible.

12th June 2012: DR DAVID WOODWARD

A much loved member of our Club, David passed away on 5th June at St Raphael's Hospice after a very long fight against cancer.

David was born in Kingston in 1939 and brought up by his mother during the war. As a teenager he travelled widely in Europe, developed a passion for education and became a teacher. That career was curtailed when his long term illness was diagnosed. But he fought the disease heroically for the better part of two decades, pursuing further academic attainment. He achieved two doctorates and is now to be awarded a third posthumously by Kingston University.

Members remember him for his intelligernce and sense of humour : "a true gentleman and a nice guy". Not surprisingly he played a formidable game of chess and in his last active season 2010-11 he posted 4/5 in an unbeaten series of games for Wallington II in the Surrey League.

Wallington Chess Club expresses condolences to David's family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all of us.

7th June 2012:

It is with much regret that the Club reports the death of David Woodward. Further information will follow.


THESE ARE HOWEVER ALL AVAILABLE AS AN ARCHIVE - please contact Robert Davies if you need anything from it.