Welcome!

We are a thriving, friendly and successful chess club in North-West London.

As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, all our in-person activities – including the Middlesex League and our FIDE-rated blitz tournaments – are back up and running, and ready to welcome players of all ages and levels!

From April 2022, our home venue will be The Cumberland Club, five minutes’ walk from Finchley Road & Frognal Station.

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A report on our Middlesex League season

16 June, 2022

The Middlesex League’s 2021/22 season has now concluded, so it’s time to look back at Hendon’s year of team chess.

We were very happy to see the League resume, having failed to complete the 2019/20 season or to hold any season at all in 2020/21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 28th October 2021, we held our first League match since 12th March 2020, a gap of 595 days!

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June Blitz biggest for two and a half years!

3 June, 2022

Last night’s June FIDE Blitz tournament was our biggest night at the Cumberland Club so far, with 44 players participating, making it our largest Blitz since January 2020!

The tournament was won by GM Alexander Chernaiev, ahead of a strong field including two FMs. Jonathan Rubeck won the prize for highest-placed Hendon player.

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Our final double match night of the season!

27 May, 2022

Last night saw two Middlesex League matches at the Cumberland Club for the last time this season. It was a big night, with the rescheduled home match between Hendon 1 and Hackney (always a crucial one!), and Hendon 3’s final match of the season.

I’m delighted to report that the first team defeated Hackney, and the third team held on for a thrilling draw after a topsy-turvy finish!

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