The club has a lively programme of events. Please check our calendar and news pages for the latest information.
We are pleased that the Middlesex League, our traditional league competition, is back up and running. Please see our player’s guide for details.
Our club is always looking for new team players, so if you are looking for a chess club and opportunities to practise, look no further!
NOTE: You can play for two different clubs, as long as you play in different leagues. For example, you could play in the Middlesex League for Hendon, while playing in the London League for Cavendish and the North Circular League for Enfield!
We were the Middlesex League champions for 2019-20, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012 & 2009-2010!
‘First Thursday’ FIDE-rated Hendon Blitz tournaments are normally held on the first Thursday of every month (though there are exceptions: please check our event calendar).
The typical format is six rounds of 10-minute blitz in a single evening, with a small entry fee (discounted for club members) and a cash prize.
Our main club nights are on Thursdays from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Usually, one Thursday of each month – typically the first Thursday – is a blitz tournament (see above). On other Thursdays, there will usually be at least one Middlesex League matches taking place, but not always. Our event calendar will let you know what to expect!
People are generally welcome to play social chess on any club night. Our room at the Cumberland Club is larger than our previous venue, so there are rarely any space limitations.
However, we only have one room, and the atmosphere will depend on the other activities taking place. For example, the blitz tournament is quite bustling, with people moving around and arbiters making announcements between rounds; Middlesex League matches and Club Championship nights typically have a quieter atmosphere; other club nights can be quite casual. Regardless, we try our best to have people on hand to welcome newcomers!
We take a break over the summer, and occasionally have to skip a club night for various reasons, so to avoid disappointment, please check our calendar before turning up.
The Club Championship is normally played at the start of the summer, after the league season has finished. Historically this has meant the tournament starts in May and ends in July, though 2020 and 2021 were exceptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is a Swiss-style tournament (where players are paired with someone on a similar score in each round), with about six rounds, one round per week. We use a slow time control, similar to our league matches (typically 60 minutes each with an increment). All members are eligible.
Games are typically sent for ECF grading (though again, the online 2020 and 2021 championships were exceptions).
In addition to the main Championship trophy, we also award the David Jones memorial trophy (named in honour of our former chairman) to the winner of a grade-limited prize. In the recent past this has gone to the highest-scoring player with a rating below 1675 ECF (130 on the old rating scale), but this can vary from year to year: for example, we sometimes organise a separate rating-limited section if there is sufficient demand.
Hendon Open Rapid tournaments are held occasionally, in order to provide members and visitors with opportunities to play graded games on Thursday with no matches.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we ran multiple teams in the London Online Chess League, which was hosted on the Tornelo web platform.
The London League’s current focus is on resuming their over-the-board competition (which we do not currently participate in). They have said they are open to the possibility of running more online team competitions of some kind, but we currently have no specific information on this.
If such competitions do take place, we will strongly consider participating, to supplement our over-the-board activities, and accommodate members who don’t yet feel comfortable participating in over-the-board events.
We occasionally organise other types of event, such as a simultaneous exhibition with a titled player. These will typically be announced here on our website, advertised to our members via email, and listed in our event calendar.