Photo by Harshita Horwood

photo by Rob Hammond

Report by Maximo Pollack: On Saturday, despite the British chess championships beginning in just two days, Golders Green was still host to 118 entrants across all three sections. Rob Hammond, Jo Wildman and Adam Raoof ran the event. Here are the results:


In the open, the tournament was heavily contested with several titled players and 51 players in total but, in the end the section was drawn at top by two Grandmasters. GM Alexander Cherniaev and GM Eldar Gasanov who won £75 each. The rating prize of £50 was awarded to Emily Maton with 3.5/6.

The final standings and all results for the Open are available here:

Under 1800

The Under 1800 was another close call for first place coming down to a game against Supratit Banerjee and Julian Llewellyn. In the end, the game was drawn which led Supratit to come out on top in the section, with 5.5/6, winning £100 and Julian in a close second, with 5/6, winning £50. The Rating Category Prize was awarded to Alexander Wagner (who kindly donated his prize to Chess in Schools and Communities) and Junyi Zhang winning £25 each.

The final standings and all results for the Under 1800 are available on here:

Under 1450

Finishing outright first in the Under 1450 was Aditya Asnani finishing above 21 others. In just his second rapid tournament of 2022, Aditya finished on 5.5/6 almost ending the tournament with a clean sweep before drawing a close game as black with James Dane on the sixth round. James, a frequent player of Golders green, was awarded with the rating prize of £30. However, he finished on the same number of points as the other three third places Peter Hazell, Leo Rubiales Kowalski, Cristian Delendrea who won £10.00 each.

The final standings and all results for the Under 1450 are available on here:

Our next Golders green rapidplay isn’t until the 10th September however, we will be hosting the British Blitz Chess: London Qualifier in the same venue same time on a Saturday. More details can be found here:


GM Alexander Cherniaev (left) battling it out against FM Peter Sowray (on the right)

BEST GAME PRIZE WINNER - Ewan wins a book!

Event "Golders Green Rapidplay 2nd July - OPEN"
White "Han, Yichen"
Black "Fewell, Ewan"
Result "0-1"
WhiteElo "2210"
EventDate "2022.07.02"
EventType "rapid"

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5 5. Nc3 b4 6. Nb1 exd5 7. cxd5 d6 8. g3 g6
9. Bg2 Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. Nbd2 Nbd7 12. e4 Re8 13. Re1 a5 14. Qc2 Nb6 15. Rb1
Ba6 16. b3 Rc8 17. Nc4 Nxc4 18. bxc4 a4 19. Bb2 Ng4 20. h3 Ne5 21. Nxe5 Rxe5
22. f4 Re8 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. e5 dxe5 25. fxe5 Qg5 26. e6 Qxg3 27. e7 Rc7 28.
Qb2+ Kg8 29. Qf6 Bxc4 30. Rbd1 Bxd5 31. Rxd5 Qxe1+ 32. Kh2 Qxe7 33. Qa6 Ra7 34.
Qc4 b3 35. Qc3 bxa2 36. Qa1 Qe2 37. Rxc5 a3 38. Rc1 Qb2 39. Rd1 Re2 40. Rg1
Rxg2+ 41. Rxg2 Qxa1 0-1

Our next event at this venue is on Saturday 6th August.  My apologies for not having any food on sale today - entirely my fault, and it will be back to normal next month!

Thanks to Rob Hammond, Jo Wildman and Lance Leslie-Smith for running the tournament today.  You can find all the results here - - but the prizes were awarded as follows (if you win something email your bank account and sort code to;


1st (£100) - GM Alexander Cherniaev 5.5/6

2nd (£25 each) - FM Yichen Han & Evangelos Kostopoulos 5/6

Rating Category Prize (U1900 - £50) - Stanley Badacsonyi 4.5/6


1st - £100 - Alexander Funk

2nd - £50 - Rock Yu

Rating Category Prize - £50 - Alexander Nikolov


1st - £60 - Sujan Nargund

2nd - £15 each - Jason Birbas and Delroy Bennett

Rating Category Prize U1180 £15 each - Pierre Nedellec and Alexander Horwood

Thanks to Rob Hammond, Lance Leslie-Smith and Jo Wildman for running this event so smoothly!  


Here is the link to the crosstables -


1st - £100 - GM Alexander Cherniaev 5.5/6

2nd - £25 each - GM Eldar Gasanov & IM Peter G Large

Rating Category Prize (U1700) - £10 each - Bodhana Sivanandan, Vadims Aleidzans, Aleksandrs Karasevics, Harry Bryant & Lion Lebedev

UNDER 1800:

1st Prize: Yu Rock (£100)

2nd Prize: Sachdeva Ronit (£50)


1st - £60 - Orest Stus

2nd - £10 each to - Nargund Sujan, Thomas Aoun, Aahan Sinalkar

Rating Category Prize - £30 - Best U1100 - Christian Delendrea

Rating Prize (Best U1350 FIDE): Zhang Junyi (£50)


This week DESPITE THE STRIKE! - » Tuesday June 21st - £100 1st, £50 2nd and £50 rating prize guaranteed. Muswell Hill / East Finchley FIDE Rapidplay, [105 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London N2 9HR] on Tuesdays 10.30am to 5pm (lovely food at The Clissold Arms)


July 16th and 17th - Mill Hill FIDE Congress, Under 2400, Under 1900 and Under 1700. and more details on the registration form here - chess calendar