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This week’s results: great wins for our Thames Valley A and E teams, and a draw in the Ellery Williams Trophy (Surrey League). Find out more here.

Coming up soon: Richmond B have a tough away match against the mighty Kingston A on Monday 28 November, and, on the same day, our Fred Manning Trophy team visit Wimbledon. Richmond A, fresh from a victory against Surbiton A last week, travel there again to take on Surbiton B on Tuesday 29 November. We’re open for social chess at the Adelaide this Tuesday as well.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE CLUB WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER AS THE FUNCTION ROOM AT THE ADELAIDE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. Contrary to previous information we’ll now be open on 13 December as well as 20 December for social chess, and closed on 27 December for the Christmas holidays. We’ll be back every Tuesday in the New Year, starting on 3 January.

Our revived lichess arena blitz tournaments on Wednesdays are proving popular so we’ll be continuing them in future. To join our lichess group sign up for lichess if you haven’t already done so and then visit It’s all totally free, so you have nothing to lose! If you’d prefer some sessions with either a slower (rapid) or faster (bullet) time limit do let us know.

We were all saddened to hear of the recent death of our good friend IM Mike Basman, one of the most popular and influential people in British chess for many years. We pay a short tribute to him here.

A new series of Friday evening rapidplay tournaments in Hammersmith started on 18 November. You can find out more and sign up here.

The membership form for the new season, along with the revised club rules and safeguarding policy, are now available for download from the home page. The dates of all our matches in the London, Thames Valley and Surrey Leagues are now available on the Fixtures Page. Please ensure you pay your subscription promptly, and, if you want to play in club matches, you must also be a member of the English Chess Federation.

Richard’s new book, Chess for Schools, has just been published. You can find out more here. Richard is always happy to talk to parents and teachers about any aspect of junior chess. You can also read the second part of a history of Richmond Junior Chess Club 1975-2006 here.

Richard’s latest book review, of Master Your Chess with Judit Polgar has recently been published here. This book is highly recommended for all club standard players. There will be more reviews coming shortly.

Richard’s latest chess history post is the second of two articles about Alice Elizabeth Hooke, who twice shared first place in the British Ladies’ Championship and also played for Barnes Village Chess Club alongside her brother George Archer Hooke and his daughter Beatrix.