Activities

The club has a lively programme of events, though these have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here and check our calendar and news pages for the latest information.

London Online Chess League

We are running two teams in the London Online Chess League, one in the open division and one in the U1825 division (where teams must have an average grade less than 1825 on the new ECF scale). This competition is hosted on Tornelo.

Click here for news of our participation in this competition.

Annual Club Championship

The Club Championship is normally played from May to July, although in 2020 it was delayed and moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic (see here for more).

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 championship was an exception).

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.

Club nights

Over-the-board club nights are currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Our main club nights are on Thursdays from 7:30pm to 10pm in the main hall at Golders Green Unitarian Church.

The first Thursday of each month is normally a blitz tournament; these events typically leave no room for other activities, but on other Thursday club nights, people are welcome to play social chess. If there is a Middlesex League home match taking place, the atmosphere will typically be quieter.

Some of our Middlesex League home matches are on Tuesdays in a separate room at the back of the church hall. We do not have access to the main hall on Tuesdays, and the back room is quite small, so social chess is not possible on Tuesdays.

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 or contact us before turning up.

Middlesex League

The Middlesex League is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

We run five Hendon teams in the main divisions, plus a “Formula 4” team for those graded under 125 ECF. Our fifth team is for juniors who are also members of the Barnet Knights junior club.

We play teams from all over Middlesex and Central London, at home and away. Matches take place from the start of October to May.

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 for teams competing in different Leagues, e.g. you could play London League for Cavendish, Middlesex League for Hendon and North Circular League for Enfield!

We are the current Middlesex League champions for 2019-20, and were also champions in 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012 & 2009-2010!

FIDE Rated Blitz Tournaments

‘First Thursday’ FIDE Rated Hendon Blitz Tournaments are normally held on the first Thursday of every month (hence the name!). Check the calendar for any date changes.

Open Rapid Chess Tournaments

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.