Happy Holidays and January Chess Events

Happy Holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our London Chess League volunteers, both centrally and at club level, as well as all of our players, a joyous festive season and a healthy & happy new year in 2024.

I have a number of updates to share with you all, including some non-League events you may wish to play in January.

Revised Start Times at St. Margaret’s House (SMH)

Due to logistical issues at St. Margaret’s House requiring events to finish slightly earlier than we would like, from January 2024 we need to take the necessary step of revising our start time at St. Margaret’s House / SMH to 18.30 (previously 18.45), so games will start 15 minutes earlier.

This will minimise any possible disruption towards the end of the playing session and also mean that we are less likely to have any games fail to finish during the playing session. To be clear, this has not happened this season, and we are doing this as a preventative measure. 🙂

We are working with St. Margaret’s House to figure out if a better long term solution is possible, because we know some teams have members who travel after work and require more time to get to the venue. As you are all aware from the AGM, we’ve had challenges with the venue last year but are doing our best to make sure we have as good a playing environment as possible, as directed by our member clubs.

Please make your members aware, and please feel free to email me any questions you may have in the interim.

January 5-7th – LCL FIDE Weekender

We start the new year with a bang with our next FIDE rated weekender from Friday 5/Jan to Sunday 7/Jan 2024 at the London Mindsports Centre! We have Open, U2000 and U1650 sections for players to enter.

There is also a 50% discount on the base entry fee for Women, Girls, WGM/GM & WIM/IM title holders.

Please click here to enter (https://form.jotform.com/223566285096970)

The current list of entrants is here (https://www.jotform.com/grid/230093816998065)

Chief Arbiter: Adam Raoof

January 23rd – LCL FIDE Blitz Evening

We are hosting our next FIDE rated blitz evening on the 23rd of January at the London Mindsports Centre. Players will get to play a 9-round 3+2 evening of blitz games

Please click here to enter (https://form.jotform.com/233562123486052)

Arbiters: Domenico Napolitano & Adam Raoof

I hope you all have a wonderful end to the year, and I look forward to seeing you in 2024.

All the best,
John Sargent
Secretary, London Chess League