LCL Women’s Blitz Evening: A Night of Excitement and Success

The London Chess League (LCL) hosted a its inaugural Women’s Blitz Evening last night, marking a significant milestone for women’s chess in the city. The event drew 23 enthusiastic players, including four titled players, and had an atmosphere of competitive spirit and camaraderie.

Among the participants was Woman International Master (WIM) Natasha Regan, whose support and contributions to women’s chess have been invaluable. In her honour and to acknowledge her support, the LCL has named its Women’s Division trophy after her. The evening commenced with a presentation of the Natasha Regan trophy to the inaugural winners of the Women’s Division for the 2023/2024 season. The trophy was awarded to the London Universities Women team, with team captain WFM Emmanuelle Hng receiving the accolade on behalf of her team.

London Universities Women winning the inaugural LCL Women's Division and presented with the Natasha Regan trophy

Following the presentation, the main event began: an intense Blitz tournament with a time control of 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment per move. Under the diligent supervision of Chief Arbiter Jo Wildman, the players showcased their speed chess skills and strategic prowess, as well as endurance over 11 rounds.

A special thank you goes to Karina Kowalczyk for her impeccable organisation of the event. We also extend our gratitude to the English Chess Federation (ECF) and Agnieszka Milewska for generously sponsoring the evening’s prize money, adding an extra layer of excitement and reward for the participants.

LCL Womens Blitz Event

Heartfelt congratulations to WGM Elmira Mirzoeva and WFM Emmanuelle Hng, who shared the top spot with an impressive score of 9/11. WFM Eunice Hng also delivered a remarkable performance, securing third place with a score of 8.5/11.

The Women’s Blitz Evening was a resounding success, highlighting the growing interest and talent in women’s chess within the LCL. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to organising more such events in the future to continue fostering a vibrant and inclusive chess community.

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