New grades are up

The latest ECF grades are out.
http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php
Congradulations Piro on a 40 point jump!

Bad Bishop blitz

Update unfortunately due to low entries this and future Bad Bishop events have been cancelled.
Sam Black and Capes events will continue.

Gary Cooks next Bad Bishop Blitz event - Friday 17th July
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~cernu…/badbishopblitz.html

Middlesex AGM/County teams

I attended the Middlesex County AGM at The Plough, Drunken Knights venue yesterday.
Discussed was the performance of the county teams,good but they want more players and would
like to strengthen the first team. If you'd like to play please contact Tony Fulton, fulton790@aol.com
or via the Middlesex facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MiddlesexChess.
They are well estabilished, have a good team spirit and will be running teams down to u120.
They are also planning on having a GM/IM Colin Crouch memorial tournament (+other events) at
Harrow probaly in the new year.

Hackney come 2nd in Middlesex division 1

Details at
http://www.middlesexchess.org.uk/league_results/R_Div_1.htm,
match details http://www.middlesexchess.org.uk/results.html
Although the situation was close at the half way stage Hendon
1 pulled away as fatigue started to take its toll on ourselves
and the other main challengers Imperial College.We do however have the
compensation of beating Hendon 1 in our 2 matches 1.5-0.5!
Thanks to all who played and see you next season when we may be joined
by a 2nd team.

Down but not out – Hackney's two 4NCL teams bow out after a tough but enjoyable season.

Nick Walker reports on Hackney 1:

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.