Welcome!

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

For the 2021–22 season, we have moved to a new venue at The Holly Bush, near Hampstead Station.

The Middlesex League is resuming this season, and so are our FIDE-rated blitz tournaments; please stay tuned for news of these and other exciting over-the-board and online events!

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Over-the-board chess for online players

11 November, 2021

As the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions allows over-the-board chess to resume, we’re increasingly being joined by a new group of players: people who have picked up the game during lockdown, perhaps inspired by Netflix’s miniseries The Queen’s Gambit. Every chess club I know is being approached by people who have played a lot online over the past couple of years, and are looking to take their interest further!

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The Middlesex League is back!

29 October, 2021

I’m delighted to report that the Hendon’s first Middlesex League match since March 2020 took place over-the-board last night at the Holly Bush!

Our junior team Barnet Knights faced Hendon 3 in an internal match; despite being significantly outgraded, the valiant Knights ran them close, and only just lost in the end.

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The Middlesex League: a Player's Guide

22 October, 2021

We were pleased to hear recently that our traditional over-the-board league competition, the Middlesex League, will soon be getting back underway! We are in the process of arranging the fixtures, which will appear in our calendar in due course.

We have many new members who may not be accustomed to playing in club leagues, or in team competitions of any kind. Longer-standing members may also be wondering what has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. I therefore thought it was worth writing a bit about how the competition works.

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