4NCL Roundup: Rounds 1 and 2; tough at the top for Hackney 1 while Hackney 2 get on the scoresheet

NCL roundup

Nick Walker and Mark Rivlin report:

The Hackney Empire strikes back at Imperial!

Great result for our London League Div 3 team last night; a 7-3 win at Imperial College including wins for Peter Anderson, Chris Levy, Robin Oakley, Declan Kilcline, Chris Gribben and Mark Rivlin. Zeynal Polat and Terry Donnelly drew and Marc Morgan and Paul Conway lost. After the mauling we got at Imperial in 2011 this was a great comeback so well done to all. Next game our glorious leader Peter Burgoyne will be back to lead the team.

Bad bishop blitz tournaments

Gary Cook is starting bi-monthly blitz tournaments at Wanstead House,
Details at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~cernunos/badbishopblitz.html

Excel Mind Games information

Hi folks
we have received this from Martin Mills of Mind Games.

I am currently working on marketing the Chess for the MSI Championships at
the ExCel Centre starting November 19th 2014.
I just wanted to let you know that entries are now open via the website
www.mindsportsevents.com where you can also find the full schedule of
events and I hope you can pass this on to your members and/or include this
event on your website.
I hope to meet you there.
PS Any thoughts or feedback most welcome.

Great pre-season opener as Hackney 1 finish second in Capes Blitz

A great start to the season for Hackney 1 in the Capes Trophy blitz tournament in Wanstead. Bob Eames' team finished joint second in a very high graded field. And to cap the great night Zoltan Kovacs and Ali Kikoyo won board prizes. Pictured here is the team (l-r) Ali, Bob, Zoltan and Adrian Ociepka. Our second team of Jonny Tennyson, Ramon Jose, Peter Burgoyne and Mark Rivlin put up a fighting display depite being heavily outgraded.
Our second team of Jonny Tennyson, Ramon Jose, Peter Burgoyne and Mark Rivlin put up a fighting display depite being heavily outgraded.

Opportunities to represent Essex or Middlesex

Hi folks..we have been courted by Essex and Middlesex County teams Under 140. We already have an excellent relationship with Essex as they have been very accommodating to our junior players in tournaments etc. Also, playing at 'home' for Essex means a short trip to Wanstead House as opposed to a trek to Willesden where middlesex play their games. But in the interests of fairness here are the details of both people to contact should you wish to play. Criteria is Graded players Under 140:

Essex, email Peter Nikals: p.a.nickals@qmul.ac.uk

Middlesex league fixture dates

Here are the dates for this seasons Middx matches.
Home matches are at The Prince,Kynaston Rd,Stoke Newington.

Weds 8 Oct 7.30 H Hammersmith
Weds 5 Nov 7.30 H Athenaeum
Tues 11 Nov 7.30 A Hendon 2
Weds 3 Dec 6.45 A Athenaeum
Thurs 22 Jan 7.30 A Hendon 1
Weds 4 Feb 7.30 H Hendon 2
Thurs 12 Feb 7.00 A Kings Head
Thurs 26 Feb 7.00 A Imperial College
Weds 11 Mar 7.30 H Hendon 1
Thurs 26 Mar 7.00 A Muswell Hill
Weds 8 Apr 7.30 H Muswell Hill
Mon 27 Apr 7.30 A Hammersmith
Weds 6 May 7.30 H Kings Head

Message from TV production company

Alice Hinsley sent a message using the contact form at

Dear Hackney Chess Club,

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I am from John Stanley
Productions and we are producing a fun, new family quiz show for Sky 1
‘Relatively Clever.’

We are looking for lively, chatty families with a good grasp of general
knowledge, who are keen to take part in the programme. The family teams
will be made up of two children (aged between 12 to 16, preferably
siblings) and two adults (parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles). Filming

'Computer Chess' film showing

Hi all
This message came in today:


I am Vincent from Bethnal Green venue Oval Space.

In less than a week I am showing Andrew Bujalski's film Computer Chess.
Even though the film is not directly related to playing chess, I thought
you would be interested in watching it since its story is based on a
computer chess tournament in the 1980s.
Computer Chess had a very good reception in film festivals and we are very
excited to have this one-off screening next week.

I'd be very grateful if you could help me promote the event and if could