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Recent results: our TVA team beat Surbiton A 6-0(!!) and our TVC team beat Harrow 4-2, but there were defeats for our TVD team against Ealing C (again 4-2), and in the London League where a much weakened team went down 5½-2½ against Hammersmith 1. I’ll publish the full results once they become available: I’m still waiting for the TVL website to be updated

Coming up soon: we again have two home matches on Tuesday 21 March: our TVB team face up against Kingston A in division 1 of the Thames Valley League, while, in the Surrey Centenary Trophy, we welcome Guildford 4. Social chess will again be mostly in the bar. Completing the week’s fixtures, our TVD team are in action again on Thursday 23 March, visiting Harrow.

Our revived lichess arena 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!

The membership form for the 2022-23 season, along with the revised club rules and safeguarding policy, are 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 is currently publishing a series of books for novice and intermediate players on Amazon under the title Chess Heroes. The introductory volume is available here. The next book, on checkmates, is available here, and the book on tactics has just appeared here. These will shortly be followed by other books on openings and endings. These books are highly recommended for anyone between 500 and 1500 strength, as well as for anyone who teaches at that level. Purchases and 5* reviews will be very much appreciated!

Richard’s book, Chess for Schools, was published last August. 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 third part of a history of Richmond Junior Chess Club 1975-2006 here.

Richard’s latest book review, of Kupreichik: the Master from Minsk has recently been published here.

Richard’s latest chess history post features Arthur Compton Ellis, a founder member of Kew Chess Club, who lived a frentic life playing exciting and impulsive chess. Richard has also recently published the third part of the history of Richmond Junior Chess Club 1975-2006, covering the period from 1986 to 1993, and featuring games by future GMs Luke McShane and Jonathan Rowson. Find out more about the methods that made RJCC the country’s leading junior chess club here.

Congratulations to Maks, who shared 2nd place in the U1900 section of the recent Ealing Congress. If you’d like to try your hand at congress chess, look at the list below.

Forthcoming events:

19 Mar Kensington Rapidplay Details

25-26 Mar Ealing FIDE Congress Details

31 Mar-2 Apr London Chess League Weekend Congress (Hammersmith) Details

31 Mar-2 Apr Guildford FIDE Congress Details

1 Apr London FIDE Rapidplay (Ealing) Details

23 Apr Mike Basman Memorial Rapidplay (Hampton) Details