Getting in the mood for the 4NCL match tonight!



Hello all.

I used to be a member of Atticus chess club, from 2007, to 2010. During this time Atticus members, played a huge part in my chess development, and now I would like to help develop some of you, with online chess lessons.

If you are enthusiastic about chess, and are looking to improve your rating, or perhaps know of anyone else who may be looking for a teacher?, then do get in touch.

My contact details:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: 07912434358.

 All lessons will be hosted via lichess or, and over a telephone call during the lesson.

£15 for 1 hour, or £25 for 2 hours, per session.

My Credentials:

I am consistently rated 2300+ on lichess, and on the chess24 website.

I have achieved 189 ECF on slow and 201 ECF on Rapid, winning the Norwich open section, late 2019 before the corona virus pandemic hit.

I have already accumulated a number of regular students, who have improved their game through my lessons and have received lots of positive feedback from my teaching methods.

I hope to hear from some of you soon.

Regards Phil

The Hastings Tournament can be followed online this weekend starting at 1pm on Saturday.

Live commentary is available on the Chess24 website and Twitch.

More details can be found using the link below:



The MCA Online Tournament has proved a great success with 13 Teams involved. After 5 rounds Prescot lead the way from Atticus 1 (who have a game in hand) followed by Atticus 3.

All the games can be followed live on the Lichess Website and detailed fixtures and statistics can all be found on the MCA Website.

Thanks again to Martin Blasczyk for organising the Tournament.

Xmas Chess Party- Live Music The Atticus Blooze Brothers


The British Online Championships are starting this weekend.

There are many different sections available for entry.

You can still have time to join the Tournament by Clicking on the Link below:

Caplin British Online Chess Championships – English Chess Federation

I can play

by Jim Wiseman

"I can play,"  but Andrej said
"You may prefer another instead.
My game of late has not been good
Choose someone better if you could".

"For a GM to become
Go lose a thousand games, say some.
So, Andrej, worry not" said Kee
"You know that what will be will be. "

Now Sanjoy upped and had his say,
"Poor form will pass but class will stay...
Though can I talk of Class when bred
In low-life, rough-edged Birkenhead?"

Then Lee chipped in, he thus assumed,
"Poor me it seems that I am doomed.
If class doth stay, then to my cost
The same is true when Class is lost!"

Webb rounded on Lee's tale of woe
With acid tongue he laid him low
Fired bullets with a smoking gun,
"You cannot lose what's ne'er been won!"

Pretty harsh but such is life
Webb's turns of phrase cut like a knife
But in the end, Yes you've guessed,
They're only words Tom speaks in jest

The MCA Tournament begins tonight at 19h30, all the games can be followed live on Lichess. Links to all the players can be found on the MCA Website. 13 teams will be involved.

Good luck to everyone and a big thank you to Martin Blasczyk for organising this.


(17th February 1959 – 23rd October 2020)


David Hurley

David Hurley sadly passed away during the early hours of October 23rd 2020 following a diagnosis of inoperable stomach and bowel cancer which he learned of some 12 months ago. On learning of his illness, David accepted it very much in the way he dealt with his life in general. That is to say he fully took on board the consequences of both his diagnosis and prognosis but, within those limits, maintained a refreshing optimism for maximising what time he had left in this world rather than, as he put it himself, ‘… simply roll over and die’. Unfortunately, Fate would deliver a further cruel blow and the Covid19 pandemic sadly curtailed many of the things he planned to do. However, even that did not daunt his spirit and he continued to revise his plans to get the most out of the life he had left.

I first met David back in October 1984 when we both enrolled as mature students at Liverpool University. I had seen him in the early philosophy seminars but first met him face-to-face in Blackwell’s Bookshop. His first words to me were ‘You flash Bastard!’ in response to my saying I had read Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. And with that passing comment a friendship was struck. We moved from the book shop to the Augustus John pub, got pretty drunk drinking beer, playing pool and, from that moment on, never looked back.

To those who know David, it should come as no surprise that I took to him as quickly as I did. It is a fact that he is funny, clever, kind, generous and an absolute master of original one-liners! A mutual friend of ours once said, “All my mates are characters. and have a spark that is missing in others!”. David had both of these qualities (and more) in spades.

It has been a pleasure to have known David and an honour to have been counted among his friends. Like all who have known him, he will be sorely missed.

David, may you rest in peace.


Deadline: 05/11/2020
If you want to play in this tournament,
you must provide all requested details to Steve Kee asap.
Players who do not provide these data can not play in this tournament!

If you want to play in this tournament, please contact Steve Kee and send him all required details:
full name, grade/rating, e-mail address, phone or mobile, link to your Lichess-profile


For all details, please visit: MCA Online 2020/2021

The MCA invites teams of 4 players to join our first MCA Online Tournament:

By registering a team for this tournament you agree to the regulations, terms and conditions.
Thank you for your understanding.
Venue: Online Tournament using
Players: - A player can only be a member of one team, he/she can not play in two teams
- Players must have a account in order to play in this tournament
- All players must have an ECF Ref number
Entry Fee: There is no tournament fee. The ECF may or may not charge a fee for online matches and/or rating. When we get the information from the ECF, we will inform everyone and ask him or her to pay the fee, if there is one.
Registration: Clubs may register teams by e-mail to the tournament controllers. A squad can have more that four players.
Requirements for registration:
Players: Full name, grade/rating, e-mail address, phone or mobile, link to his Lichess-profile
A team captain must be named.
Every team captain must be registered on the MCA website and will get all necessary rights to submit results online.
Deadline for Registration: 05/11/2020
Tournament Mode: 9 rounds Swiss system, computer-pairing (Sevilla 18.3.1 or later)
White challenges his opponent on
Team Points: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a lost match
Board Points: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a lost game
In case of equal team points and board points, the ranking will be decided by first Buchholz, second Sonnborn-Berger, third number of wins (Tie Break System)
Time Control: 60 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move
Match day and Start time The default match day is Monday, the fallback match day is Wednesday. If both days are not suitable, both team captains have to agree another day and time and get the consent of the tournament controllers.
The default start time is 7.30 p.m.
Rounds: round 1: Monday, 09/11/2020, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 13/11/2020
round 2: Monday, 23/11/2020, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 27/11/2020
round 3: Monday, 07/12/2020, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 11/12/2021
- Christmas and New Year break -
round 4: Monday, 11/01/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 15/01/2021
round 5: Monday, 25/01/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 29/01/2021
round 6: Monday, 08/02/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 12/02/2021
round 7: Monday, 22/02/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 26/02/2021
round 8: Monday, 08/03/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 12/03/2021
round 9: Monday, 22/03/2021, 7.30 p.m. - Friday, 26/03/2021
Reporting match results: Team Captains shall report the match result at latest by Saturday midday after the end of the round.

Team captains shall send PGN-files to the tournament controllers at latest by Sunday after the end of the round.
Board Colour: The home team (= first-named team) plays black on odd boards, and white on even boards,
the away team (= second-named team) plays white on odd boards, and black on even boards.
Home team: black – white – black – white
Away team: white – black – white – black
Grading: This tournament is registered for ECF online grading
Tournament Controller: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fair Play: All players commit themselves to fair play and to try to solve problems in good faith together with their opponents, team captains and tournament controllers.

The success of this tournament depends on you all and on your co-operation.


The new monthly ECF Grading System has been released today.

Follow the link below to get all the latest Atticus Club Grades.

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