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


SUNDAY JULY 13, 2014

As you will be aware, Hackney Chess Club have enjoyed of one its best seasons in memory with promotion to Division 1 of the 4NCL, promotion to Division 3 of the London League and wins for our Open and Minor teams in the National Club Championships. Membership is up and with the coaching of the next generation of players now firmly part of our Sundays, things are really looking up.

Good showing by Hackney players in Sam Black Memorial

The annual Sam Black Memorial blitz tournament took place in Wanstead on 3.6. Results here:

Nick Walker came fifth and Piru Balloglu and Mark Rivlin shared a grading prize.

Organiser Gary Cook is looking at running it bi-monthly if there is enough interest so watch this space!

Norway chess

Carlsen,Kramnik,Aronian and other top players are playing
at the Norway Chess 2014 tournament from June 1st-13th.
The games start at 2.30BST at (not Fri 6th)
Commentary is by Nigel Short and Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, sort of a dutch
Jeremy James for those who remember BBCs The Master Game
from the 70's. He is editor of New in Chess though so I'm sure he's pretty decent!
Previous rounds are archived at
Round 1 part1 has commentary by Gary Kasparov no less!

Who wants to be on TV?!

We received this from Jake Dale at Hat Trick Productions. If you are interested, please contact Jake directly.

Hello Mark,

I hope you don't mind me emailing you.

I am working on a brand new prime time quiz show and we are looking for London based competitive couples and additional members of their family to take part. I was wondering if it might be possible to pass on some information about this to your group?

Hackney reach Division 1 of the 4NCL!

On the final weekend of the 4NCL season, at Hinckley Island on 3 to 5 May, Hackney's 4NCL team achieved promotion to the august ranks of Division 1 of the 4NCL. In a microcosm of the season as a whole, we recovered from a narrow loss in round 9 to win our final two matches with a degree of comfort that was as welcome as it was unexpected. This meant we ended up as runners-up in the division to The ADs. South Wales Dragons and Warwickshire Select 1 were also promoted.

Wycombe, we saw and we conquered!

A great weekend for Hackney Chess Club at the National Club championships held in High Wycombe. We returned to Hackney with two national titles. In the Open Section where our team made up of Bob Eames, Richard Bates, Nick Walker and Tim Rogers saw off Watford in a four round all-play-all match. And Danny Rosenbaum's Minor Section team with Danny, Peter Burgoyne, Mark Rivlin and Bob Neame beat Watford, Aylesbury, DHSS and Redditch to secure the National Minor cup for the second time.

Details and pgns here:

Hackney 3 clinch promotion with win over Athanaeum

Peter Burgoyne's Hackney 3 have made it to Div 3 of the London League. Promotion was secured with a 5.5-2.5 win at Athanaeum. Full details coming.