Metropolitan Chess Club

Founded 1890

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Welcome to Metropolitan Chess Club

About the club

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Our venue is the Middlesex Community Centre which is situated in Petticoat Square on the right hand side of Middlesex St, 250 yards from the junction with Bishopsgate.  Nearest Stations are Liverpool St., Aldgate and Aldgate East.

Access is now via the Gravel Lane entrance (adjacent to Love’s Café).  When you get to the blue door type 101 and press CALL - someone from the club will respond and buzz you in.  You should take the lift to the first floor and turn left directly in to the new hall.  It is advisable you contact someone via phone or email before you visit.

The venue is available for use from 6pm to 10pm every Thursday.  Play should cease at 9.45 and the building vacated by 10pm. London league matches will start at 6.30pm and Middlesex league at 6.45pm

Coaching: Free, informal, one-to-one coaching is offered to members who are beginners or near-beginners.

Venue map

The Metropolitan chess club is one of the oldest clubs in London.  It was founded in 1890 with the amalgamation of two existing clubs 'The Three Pawns' and 'The Monument'.

We currently have over 50 members and welcome new members of all abilities.  We have many teams in both the London and Middlesex Leagues, so players of all standards are always able to find a serious game if they want to. As we are based in a central location in the City of London , most of our matches are played at home or very nearby in the Barbican.  In addition, we have had a team in the 4NCL depending on interest.

If you are interested in joining our club, please feel free to come along to any of club nights (Thursdays), play a few games and speak to a member about joining.  Alternatively you can download and return the membership application form to the address shown on it.

The annual subscription is currently 80 pounds annually, which runs from the 1st October until the 30th September each year. If you join part way through the subscription year a pro rata subscription will apply.  There are also discounts available to those who have retired or on benefits.


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Click here for an application form

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:02
 

Christmas - Club Closed Nights

 

Chess club will be closed 25th Dec and 1st Jan 2015

 

 

London League Update - 18th Oct 2014

 

Update for London League

Team 2 have won their first match! Charlie was able to bring in a small advantage in the adjournment for a win.

Team 3 beat Team 4 in their home derby in Div 4

Major Team won

Minor Team Drew

Date: 29-09-2014, Division: Three, Trophy: Division Three Trophy
Grading limit: Open, (standardplay), Colours: determined by toss
Rounds: 1
, Handicap: No
Adjournment possible: Yes
, Adjudication possible: No
BoardHome playerResultAway playerGrading
difference (Δ)
one Terence M Donnelly s168,B Terence M Donnelly had the black pieces 0-1 George Dickson s166,X   George Dickson s166,X had the white pieces +2
two John Tennyson s169,C  John Tennyson had the white pieces 1-0 Fraser A Lees s154,A  Fraser A Lees s154,A had the black pieces +15
three Paul Conway s161,D  Paul Conway had the black pieces 1/2-1/2 Noel M Stewart s156,A   Noel M Stewart s156,A had the white pieces +5
four Peter Anderson s142,A Peter Anderson had the white pieces 1-0 Geoffrey L Bishop s152,X   Geoffrey L Bishop s152,X had the black pieces -10
five Robin J Oakley s141,B  Robin J Oakley had the black pieces 1-0 Max Mallin s147,D  Max Mallin s147,D had the white pieces -6
six Zeynel Polat s145,D Zeynel Polat had the white pieces 0-1 Kevin P Lenaghan s146,C   Kevin P Lenaghan s146,C had the black pieces -1
seven Christopher A Levy s145,C  Christopher A Levy had the black pieces 0-1 Ian Mason s145,A   Ian Mason s145,A had the white pieces
eight Peter A Burgoyne s135,B  Peter A Burgoyne had the white pieces 1/2-1/2 Ray P Hamilton s124,A   Ray P Hamilton s124,A had the black pieces +11
nine Dominic Leigh s134,C Dominic Leigh had the black pieces 1/2-1/2 Martin Leman s120,A   Martin Leman s120,A had the white pieces +14
ten Mark Rivlin s130,C  Mark Rivlin had the white pieces 0-1 Charlie Cooke s129,A   Charlie Cooke s129,A had the black pieces +1
Mean grading Home team: 147 Away team: 143.9 Δ = 3.1
match result: 4.5 — 5.5
with no games adjourned
Grading fees due from home team: £4
Submitted by: Peter Burgoyne at: 08:38:24 on: 30-09-2014
Awaiting confirmation from: Kevin Lenaghan

 

Also the derby match in Div 4 between Team 3 and Team 4 was won by Team 3

Date: 02-10-2014, Division: Four, Trophy: Division Four Trophy
Grading limit: Open, (standardplay), Colours: determined by toss
Rounds: 1
, Handicap: No
Adjournment possible: Yes
, Adjudication possible: No
BoardHome playerResultAway playerGrading
difference (Δ)
one John F Kitchen s147,B  John F Kitchen had the white pieces 1/2-1/2 Pascal Jasserand s123,B   Pascal Jasserand s123,B had the black pieces +24
two Jeremy Law s138,A  Jeremy Law had the black pieces 0-1 Wilson Akakabota –   Wilson Akakabota – had the white pieces
three Brian Sharkey s124,A Brian Sharkey had the white pieces 1-0 Ferhat C Culfaz s109,A  Ferhat C Culfaz s109,A had the black pieces +15
four Charlie Cooke s129,A  Charlie Cooke had the black pieces 1-0 Vince Brady s92,A   Vince Brady s92,A had the white pieces +37
five Giovanni Vasco s136,B  Giovanni Vasco had the white pieces 1-0 John R Brown s88,C    John R Brown s88,C had the black pieces +48
six Kathleen Rutherford es120 Kathleen Rutherford had the black pieces 1-0 Robert Raymond s38,E   Robert Raymond s38,E had the white pieces +82
seven Ray P Hamilton s124,A  Ray P Hamilton had the white pieces 1-0 Nicky DY Chorley s26,D  Nicky DY Chorley s26,D had the black pieces +98
eight Walk Over Walk Over had the black pieces 1-0 For Feit  For Feit – had the white pieces
Mean grading Home team: 131.1 Away team: 79.3 Δ = 51.8
match result: 6.5 — 1.5
with no games adjourned
Grading fees due from home team: £2 Grading fees due from away team: £6
Submitted by: Soumen Roy at: 20:22:00 on: 07-10-2014
Confirmed by: Joe Farrell at: 22:08:55 on: 07-10-2014

 

Div 5 Major another win for our team.

 

Date: 15-10-2014, Division: Major, Trophy: Major Trophy
Grading limit: <145, (standardplay), Colours: determined by toss
Rounds: 1
, Handicap: No
Adjournment possible: Yes
, Adjudication possible: No
BoardHome playerResultAway playerGrading
difference (Δ)
one David Lambert s127,A David Lambert had the white pieces 0-1 Jeremy Law s138,A   Jeremy Law s138,A had the black pieces -11
two Michael Mackenzie s117,B  Michael Mackenzie had the black pieces 0-1 Brian Sharkey s124,A  Brian Sharkey s124,A had the white pieces -7
three Nicholas Rutherford s107,A  Nicholas Rutherford had the white pieces 1/2-1/2 Kathleen Rutherford es120  Kathleen Rutherford es120 had the black pieces -13
four Robin Lee s107,A  Robin Lee had the black pieces 1/2-1/2 Pascal Jasserand s123,B   Pascal Jasserand s123,B had the white pieces -16
Mean grading Home team: 114.5 Away team: 126.3 Δ = -11.8
match result: 1 — 3
with no games adjourned
Grading fees due from away team: £2
Submitted by: Michael Mackenzie at: 17:51:39 on: 17-10-2014
Confirmed by: Pacal Jasserand at: 22:55:11 on: 17-10-2014

 

Div 6 Minor a close draw looks like a fighting match with every game win or lose.

Date: 08-10-2014, Division: Minor, Trophy: Minor Trophy
Grading limit: <125, (standardplay), Colours: determined by toss
Rounds: 1
, Handicap: No
Adjournment possible: Yes
, Adjudication possible: No
BoardHome playerResultAway playerGrading
difference (Δ)
one Ferhat C Culfaz s109,A Ferhat C Culfaz had the black pieces 0-1 Ken M Hedger s113,B   Ken M Hedger s113,B had the white pieces -4
two George Robinson s109,C George Robinson had the white pieces 1-0 Michael Mackenzie s117,B   Michael Mackenzie s117,B had the black pieces -8
three Jerome Paddick es120  Jerome Paddick had the black pieces 1-0 Andrew M Routledge s88,D  Andrew M Routledge s88,D had the white pieces +32
four Nicky DY Chorley s26,D Nicky DY Chorley had the white pieces 0-1 Daniel Rugman s83,A  Daniel Rugman s83,A had the black pieces -57
Mean grading Home team: 91 Away team: 100.3 Δ = -9.3
match result: 2 — 2
with no games adjourned
Grading fees due from home team: £2
Submitted by: George Robinson at: 08:55:42 on: 09-10-2014
Confirmed by: Michael Mackenzie at: 16:33:07 on: 09-10-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 09:00
 

First match of the season - Hackney 3 vs Met 2 London League

 

Match between Hackney 3 and Met 2 is in the balance 4.5 v 4.5 waiting for one adjournment to be played!

Watch out for more reports and the next derby match Met 4 vs Met 3 at the club 2/10/14

 

Division Three Trophy: Hackney 3 vs Metropolitan 2

Date: 29-09-2014, Division: Three, Trophy: Division Three Trophy
Grading limit: <sopen, Colours: determined by toss, Rounds: 1
BoardHome playerResultAway playerGrading
difference (Δ)
one Terence M Donnelly s168,B Terence M Donnelly had the black pieces 0-1 George Dickson s166,X   George Dickson s166,X had the white pieces +2
two John Tennyson s169,C  John Tennyson had the white pieces 1-0 I Fraser-Lees  I Fraser-Lees – had the black pieces
three Paul Conway s161,D Paul Conway had the black pieces 1/2-1/2 Noel M Stewart s156,A   Noel M Stewart s156,A had the white pieces +5
four Peter Anderson s142,A Peter Anderson had the white pieces 1-0 Geoffrey L Bishop s152,X   Geoffrey L Bishop s152,X had the black pieces -10
five Robin J Oakley s141,B  Robin J Oakley had the black pieces 1-0 Max Mallin s147,D  Max Mallin s147,D had the white pieces -6
six Zeynel Polat s145,D Zeynel Polat had the white pieces 0-1 Kevin P Lenaghan s146,C   Kevin P Lenaghan s146,C had the black pieces -1
seven Christopher A Levy s145,C Christopher A Levy had the black pieces 0-1 Ian Mason s145,A   Ian Mason s145,A had the white pieces
eight Peter A Burgoyne s135,B  Peter A Burgoyne had the white pieces 1/2-1/2 Ray P Hamilton s124,A   Ray P Hamilton s124,A had the black pieces +11
nine Dominic Leigh s134,C Dominic Leigh had the black pieces 1/2-1/2 Martin Leman s120,A   Martin Leman s120,A had the white pieces +14
ten Mark Rivlin s130,C  Mark Rivlin had the white pieces adjourned Charlie Cooke s129,A   Charlie Cooke s129,A had the black pieces +1
Mean grading Home team: 147 Away team: 142.8 Δ = 4.2
match result: 4.5 — 4.5
with 1 game adjourned on board ten
Submitted by: Peter Burgoyne at: 08:38:24 on: 30-09-2014
Awaiting confirmation from: Kevin Lenaghan
 

Club AGM

 

The club will have its AGM this Thursday at the club venue.

Chess games should not be played during the AGM.

 

 

Members lightning tournament

 

Email from Pascal:

 

Dear member,

 

We are planning to run a one evening lightning tournament at the club on Thursday 25th September.

 

This lightning tournament is a kind of fast chess where the time of thinking is fixed to 10 seconds. Each move is played every ten seconds until the end of the game.

We shall set a maximum time of game to half an hour; thus allowing multiple games in the same evening.

Notice that the player must make his/her move when the buzzer sounds. Failing to do so would be considered as a loss.

 

There is no entry fee and the results are not sent for grading.

Registrations will open on the evening at 6.30pm. The first games will start at 6.45pm.

Depending on the number of entries, we will try to form a major group and a minor group (grade being more than 135 for the major). Depending also on the number of players per group, there may be a single round or a double round.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

We hope that you can come to this exciting event.

 

Best wishes,

 

Pascal

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:21
 
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