En Passant Magazine

Norfolk County Chess Association news!

Tomorrow 12th October we have the Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid, which kicks off at 10.30am and you can register at www.muswellhillchess.blogspot.com - there is another edition in half term on 26 October!

Courtesy of David LeMoir here is an article from the latest issue of this excellent magazine, which comes with a pgn file to allow the reader to play over the games. It's a fiver for 12 online issues per year, and 30 pounds for a hardcopy each month.

Please send your articles, letters, games and subscriptions to: David LeMoir, 18 Strickland Avenue, Snettisham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7PY. Tel 01485 544569 Email sueanddavid@hutchlem.plus.com

A new weekend congress!

Mill Hill Under 2200 Congress, 27 and 28 November 2021

So, this week we have several events taking place. Tomorrow 5th October (and also 12th October) I am running the small but perfectly formed Muswell Hill FIDE rapid at The Clissold Arms from 10.30am to 5pm. It’s a Tuesday but we still attract a good crowd to a lovely venue, and there’s a lunch break to take advantage of the good food they serve. Hope to see you there tomorrow!


Then on Saturday 9th October (and 23rd October) we have the bi-monthly Golders Green FIDE rapid with maximum 100 players, from 11am to 5pm. Rob Hammond will be helping me as usual and we will be joined on the control team by Jo Wildman and Satish Gaekwad. Food and drink will be available all day.


Note that I have changed the time control for the rapid events to 20 minutes per player per game plus 5 seconds a move. This seems to be popular as it means you don’t have to spend so much time in the venue.

Are you anxiously awaiting the return of Hampstead Congress?

Unfortunately it looks like that venue may not be available for a while (and it was a bit cramped at the best of times) so we have booked a venue in Mill Hill, London NW7 for our Under 2200 for 27 and 28 November, but basically the same format! All three sections are FIDE rated now and English players have to be Gold or Platinum to take part.


No membership needed for the return of the Hendon Chess Club FIDE Blitz, on Thursday 14th October, 6 rounds of 10 minute chess from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at a new venue, with space for just 30 players (socially distanced) so book this soon.


Central London Congress @ Imperial College Union is brewing, but nothing definite yet. Bookmark 12-14 November just in case…


Golders Green FIDE Rapid

Prize winners from the rapidplay of 25th September 2021

Today, Saturday 25th September, at Golders Green we had about 80 players of all ages and two sections.  Thanks to Rob Hammond (photo credit above) and Jo Wildman who ran the event!

The Open was won by Grandmaster Alexander Cherniev on 6/6 winning £100.00 closely followed by five players on 5/6; IM Maciej Czopor, Peter Finn, Kabir Pandit, IM John Pigott (who all won £12.50) and Sanjit Selva Kumar, who won a rating prize of £50.00 (see below).  

Under 1475 rating: MAJUMDER Shrayan (£50) 4/6

Under 1675: VEKARIA Vinay (£50) 4.5/6

Under 1880: KUMAR Sanjit Selva (£50) 5/6

The Under 1450 section was won convincingly by Sam Pritchard with 6/6. Alexander Kairat scored 5/6 and Robert Raguzin scored 4/6.

Our next event at St Luke's is on 9th October and you can see the rest of the dates for the year on the www.chessengland.com calendar!

I am glad to say that things are moving on the over-the-board front, and I expect to be able to offer you the possibility of a weekend congress on several weekends in November - once at Imperial College 12-14 November and once at a new venue in Mill Hill, NW London, on 27 and 28 November. Make sure you are on this mailing list. This Monday and Tuesday is your final opportunity to play some FIDE standard games in Hendon! Especially if you have a STANDARD FIDE rating.  No spectators, just players. Check it our here = http://bit.ly/chessinhendon

You can play FIDE rapid chess at the lovely Clissold Arms pub during the day on TUESDAY 5th or 12th October - see www.muswellhillchess.blogspot.com 

My club www.hendonchessclub.com is hosting a FIDE blitz event at their new venue in Hampstead (!) on Thursday 14th October from 7.30pm to 10pm but there are only 30 spaces, priority given to Hendon members!

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