That was the only decisive game of Round 3 of the London Chess Classic, but we got to watch some high quality chess. Wesley So needed to dig very deep to escape against Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik showed ingenuity against Fabiano Caruana while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave needed more than a little help from Veselin Topalov. Anish Giri won a pawn out of nowhere but couldn’t prevent Mickey Adams finally getting off the mark.

The London Chess Classic Round 4 games on Monday (two hours later at the “weekday” time of 17:00 CET) feature two all-2800 clashes, Caruana-Aronian and Kramnik-MVL, while leader So has Black against Giri. Tune in from 15:00 CET for all the action, while you can replay the Round 3 show, including all the player interviews, below:

London Chess Classic Round 4


Oct 08, 2020

England’s historic chess scene is facing an “hour of need”

England’s historic chess scene is facing an “hour of need” with tournaments shut down because of Covid-19 and a national federation in danger of financial ruin, officials have warned.

The English Chess Federation, the body that oversees a network of more than 600 clubs across the country, said membership is expected to fall a staggering 55 per cent this year – mainly due to the coronavirus outbreak.

While a handful of over the board events have restarted elsewhere in Europe, in England players are unable to meet and play in person because of the UK government’s “rule of six” that restricts groups meeting up, as well as local lockdowns in place around the country.

Some events have been moved onto online platforms, with the ECF setting up an online presence, the ECF Online Clubs facility, with around 5,000 members across various platforms, and a new online rating system.

However, that has not stopped the number of ECF members dropping from around 12,500 in 2019/20 to a projection of around 5,500 by mid-October as chess players decide not to renew.

The latest published figures as of September 19 (see table below) are just 4,891.

The ECF, which is run by volunteers and is not eligible for government sports funding, is fully aware of how worrying this is. A report due to be presented at its annual general meeting this month will say Covid-19 has had a “devastating effect on the ECF, both operationally and financially”.

Individual clubs, some of which date back 150 years, also face an uncertain future. Clubs in England often meet in venues such as pubs, community halls or hired rooms, which in some cases show no signs of reopening.

Many club members are also from older age groups, seen as particularly at risk from Covid-19, which has, at the very least, dampened enthusiasm for a return.

England has one of the most thriving chess scenes in the world with local and regional leagues all over the country, a circuit of weekend congresses and a national league called the 4NCL. Events such as the Hastings Congress, the UK Chess Challenge and the London Chess Classic are also world-famous.

Grassroots chess has a rich history in England.

The English Chess Federation lists nearly 3,000 clubs on its website, but it is believed only around 600 are active.

Manchester Chess Club is regarded as England’s first major provincial chess club, founded in 1817, but the oldest still in existence is believed to be Liverpool Chess Club, which was founded in 1837.

North of the border the Edinburgh Chess Club, established in 1822, is not only the oldest club in Scotland but one of the oldest in the world.

England’s national team is ranked 13th in the world by the international governing body FIDE and its top play is the Cornishman GM Michael Adams (2716 FIDE).

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Apr 16, 2024

One Weekend Four Trophies

The Chess Rising Stars students had a busy weekend! We competed in rapidplay tournaments in Maidenhead and Oxford plus at the St Albans standardplay. 

At the Maidenhead Junior Congress two of our players played in the U11 section. They met in round 4 with and despite a win for Noah T, he finished 2nd overall with (5.5/7) and Aden came 1st, winning all of his other 6 games.

The English Junior Coaches and Organisers Association (EJCOA) National Youth Championships is a popular competition this year thanks to hard work of organisers across the UK. In the EJCOA Oxford Zonal, Noah B drew his first game but recovered to win the U12 section with 5.5/6.

A successful weekend for our Elite Club members as the Noahs each won a trophy and Aden picked up two! 

What’s Next?

The UK Chess Challenge starts this term with Megafinal tournaments taking place during May and June. In July it’s the EJCOA final in Nottingham, where we aim to continue our streak of success and make our mark on the national stage.

May 20, 2016

England junior Matthew Wadsworth achieved his first IM result

There was more norm success at the 4NCL as England junior Matthew Wadsworth achieved his first IM result.

Wadsworth had a tremendous season, remaining unbeaten and amassing a score of 7.5/10.

Wadsworth drew with IM Lorin D’Costa, GM Simon Williams and most notably, GM David Smerdon in what was a tremendous rearguard action that lasted 95 moves, most of which was spent the exchange for a pawn down in the endgame.

What strikes me the most about Matthew’s play is how difficult he is to beat.

Here is the final position of his game against IM Lorin D’Costa.

Wadsworth had been defending for most of the game but White could not break through.
D’Costa – Wadsworth
D’Costa – Wadsworth