Friendly fire....Hackney's emerging youngsters and adults get a taste of competiitve chess. Peter Burgonye reports

This week the Hackney Sunday Club players played a friendly with Metropolitan CC. The Sunday club is for juniors and those new to competitive chess. It was a great success as our players were well matched with their opponents and were able to practise notation and use of the chess clock Junior, Eliza Saltmarsh played with calmness, skill and great concentration to win a marathon struggle on board 1. Sedi Ghadiri lost to a very experienced player on board 2.

So near yet so far as Hackney Under 125s come second in National club

Mark Rivlin reports from Birmingham

It just wasn't to be as Danny Rosenbaum's gang of four put up a terrific show to reach the final hurdle but could not edge past Sutton Coldfield. The team, made up of Danny, myself, Peter Burgoyne and team tournament debutant Stephen Mackie, eased past Redditch in Round 1, then drew with GLCC in Round 2 and beat DHSS in Round 3. But losses for Mark and Danny in Round 4 meant that Stephen's excellent draw and Peter's beautifully crafted win were in vain.

So near yet so far as Hackney Under 125s come second in National club

Mark Rivlin reports from Birmingham

It just wasn't to be as Danny Rosenbaum's gang of four put up a terrific show to reach the final hurdle but could not edge past Sutton Coldfield. The team, made up of Danny, myself, Peter Burgoyne and team tournament debutant Stephen Mackie, eased past Redditch in Round 1, then drew with GLCC in Round 2 and beat DHSS in Round 3. But losses for Mark and Danny in Round 4 meant that Stephen's excellent draw and Peter's beautifully crafted win were in vain.

You win some, you lose some; Hackney 4NCL Division 3 team, rounds 7 and 8; Mark Rivlin reports from Daventry

After the empty boards fiasco of Round 6 we arrived at Daventry with a full squad for both days. Round 7 saw us up against Throw in the Tal but we ended up with a disappointing 1.5-4.5 reverse. Richard Booth kept up his rich vein of form with a well crafted win on Board 2 but defeats for Edison Figueora, Chris Levy, Zeynel Polat and Paul Murphy and a draw for myself left us well short.
Our pattern of losing on Saturday and winning on Sunday was repeated as Richard and Chris scored crucial wins, and Robin Oakley, Edison and Peter Anderson secured draws as we beat Sussex Martlets 3.5-2.5.

4NCL roundup, Rounds 5 and 6

Nick Walker and Mark Rivlin report on a disappointing weekend for our 4NCL teams over rounds 5 and 6.

January 2015 grades out

You can look up the movers and shakers at your leisure on the ECF website.

Mixed fortunes at 4NCL in rounds 3 and 4

Nick Walker on Division 1
Hackney 1 are now adrift at the foot of Pool B of the 4NCL Division 1: another two match defeats on the second weekend of the season, on 10 and 11 January, left us still searching for our first match points. On Saturday we lost heavily, 1.5- 6.5, to a strong Grantham Sharks team which outgraded us by 130 or so ELO points per board. The following day it looked for some time as if we might get off the mark by drawing the match against Barbican 4NCL 2, but we eventually subsided to a 3-5 defeat.
 

Quiz programme

Hi folks, this came in today.
Mark
Dear Sir/Madame,

My names Andrew and I work for Objective Productions (the makers of The Cube, Derren Brown and Peep Show) and we're making an exciting new quiz show called Beat The Brain. At the moment I'm on the hunt for a teams to take part. I wanted to contact you in the hope that some of your members might be interested in forming a team and I would love to get a team of chess players on board.

Christmas tournament pt2

There was a good turnout for the keenly fought christmas tournament on Sunday
with 12 competing and others coming to spectate.Notable was a mini
film crew of Maris (the organiser of the event) and her assistant
filming the day and doing on the spot interviews!
The winner was Bob Eames on a near perfect 10.5/11,Nick Walker was second
with 9.5 and Jochen Wittmann third on 9. Michael Holes and myself
shared the u180 grade prize and Zeynal Polat got the u150 spot.
Thanks to Maris for putting on the event, and The Gorki for the use of

Hackney christmas tournament/party

The Hackney christmas tournament/do is being held at Gorki House, 70 Stoke Newington High Street from about 2pm this Sunday 14th Dec. There will be a 5 minute tournament and probaly a 10 minute one from about 3pm.Not too serious,all levels catered for.
There will be various other activities going on including free coaching and friendly games,so come down if you are free. Xmas drinks
at The Rochester are expected afterwards!