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Steve Berry
Kogan had flicked out all his moves at blitz-clip. It was only after my next that he really began to think. Too late!


How Lucky is your chess? Return of the swamp thing
Alex Bourke
Part II of the famed Swamp series ... the fine art of SWINDLING!


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About Us
The Kings Head Chess Club - London

Our new venue is

The Carpenters Arms 12 Seymour Place W1H 7NE

This new venue is for Middlesex League home matches only  – people are welcome to come along and spectate but downstairs the pub is generally quite busy so there is no real scope for social chess

Cymru feel the force?WE are London's most exciting and friendly, central pub-based chess club. We welcome players of all strengths and nationalities from woodpusher to GM, whether for a night or a season. Why not send us your details here, and we'll email you.
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Alex Bourke just sent me this fantastic game, the possible sacs at the end of all 3 major pieces would have been amazing!

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.f4 Bb4 7.Qc2 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 O-O 9.Nf3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.O-O Nb6 12.Ba3 Nxc4 13.Rad1 Nd6 14.Ng5 f5 15.Qb3+ Kh8 16.Rfe1 Qf6 17.Bxd6 cxd6

And now with a minute to go I needed to analyse Rxd6, Re8 and Nf7+.  The idea is to decoy the queen and get a smothered mate with the N at f7, or a mate with Re8.  But I got the moves in the wrong order, playing first 18.Nf7+ (hoping for QxN; 19.QxQ RxQ 20. Re8 and mates) RxN; 19.Rxd6 Qxd6 20.Qxf7 Bd7 and black won

But just imagine if I'd played 
18.Re8 Rxe8 19.Rxd6 Qxd6 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Nh6+ Kh8 22.Qg8+ Rxg8 23.Nf7# 0-1

Did you ever see anything like it?? White was a piece down and sacced both rooks and queen to mate with his last piece. Maybe in another forty years eh.

Of course black can probably improve, if he can find it in a five-minute game at this level, e.g. 19.... Qf8 for a likely draw.

If 18.Re8 Bd7 19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Ne5+ Kh8 (not 21... Kf7 22.Nxd7+) 21.Rxd6-d7 looks ok for white.

If only.....

But this is why I play chess! - Alex Bourke


Grandmaster Blaster
Steve Berry
Kogan had flicked out all his moves at blitz-clip. It was only after my next that he really began to think. Too late!


Easychess pdf Article

Free Download - Capa.pdf
Capablanca and his Analysts by Stephen Berry
Did Capablanca's personality sway judgments on his play?
To read this file you need a pdf reader - . For example you can download the excellent Foxit reader free.


Cappelle 2017

Graham's Mewling Capelle Index

We Won the Cup!note from GB , i've just started this index after conversations in Capelle this year ... here are the first links but hoping to have more details on each year and all years. This brings together all the scattered reports made over the years. Now we can see any missing years. If you see any thing missing that you can send me something for like photos or a game or an aritcle, please email it to me

Latest Results

Results list pdf

Player performance pdf

King Head Results
Middlesex League Results - All Clubs



Selena's Report on Cappelle 2015


see all the hi-res photos on dropbox


Cappelle 2015 photos here




Cappelle 2015 Cupcake!


Cake to celebrate 35 years of Chess and Friendship!

Cappelle 2015 photos here


the latest

by Alex Bourke



See also Members Guide to France, Alex's French Chess Dictionary




OPEN and U150 tournaments

Entry Form doc

Entry Form pdf

Saturday 16 May 2015, 11:00 a.m.

Westbourne Grove Church

Game Fee Grand Prix Westbourne Grove, W1H 7NE

Prize Fund £650

First Prize (Open) £150

First Prize (U150) £150

Enquiries: Colin Mackenzie: 020-8992-1849

or email us at:


A New Game...

Alex Bourke author of many of the best of the best of the good old khcc articles, (check this out start from here) has alerted me to this game and Jim Falzarano has kindly sent it to my from his ipad

Enjoy clicking through a cracking game!



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Chess for me is Art


Andrew Whiteley

RIP Andrew W...
Kings Head Chess Club won't be the same without you! -

Selena on facebook

Last Game ...

This just in from Colin ...

The last game of chess ever played by Andrew ...

Andrew Whiteley has sadly passed away, an era is over. Please feel free to send any text you want to
and I will publish it here.

The funeral took place on Friday, 18th July, 12:00 noon, at the West London Crematorium, Kensal Green Cemetery W10 4RA Any donations to the Macmillan Cancer Support should be made via the funeral directors, J H Kenyon 83 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UL
(020 7229 3810).



He's not in the bottom photo but that's not really true is it, OK we got banished from the Porchester Hall but now he's there again ... you can see him clearer than ever. What a great rapidplay that was in it's heyday and Andrew was the force behind it. He so loved the area and chess and he would sit on that stage and you could see him drink it all in!


Andrew Whitley


I liked his little lessons he did for a few of us upstairs in the Durham Castle, was it £3 each?, and that went into a tupperwear box. he scrawled out the lesson in his scratchy but neat enough writing and we each got one to keep and there was always a puzzle for us to solve, then he went through a game.

I never played him much but he once asked me to play the icelandic gambit against him in the pub as I'd won 13.5 out of 14 against my peers in the London League, lets say 150 and below. I enjoyed having the turbo charge of this gambit behind me, until his principled defensive style crept up on the game and bang! My king falls! The King of the Kings Head is gone, long live the King in our hearts.

Graham Brown
Chess games of Andrew Jonathan Whiteley, career statistics, most famous victories, chess opening analysis, PGN download, discussion forums, and more.


Cappelle 2014 photos


more photos

more Cappelle 2014 photos



Saturday 29 March 2014, 11:00 a.m.

Westbourne Grove Church, Westbourne Grove, London, W1H 7NE MAP


New Grades for 2013

khcc grades click here >

ecf database online >


Kings Head Rapidplay, 20 April 2013

Westbourne Grove Church, Westbourne Grove, London, W1H 7NE MAP

Contact: Colin Mackenzie Email: a six-round Swiss tournament with a guaranteed £700 prize fund. First prize is £250, second £100, third £50 and there are also five grading prizes of £60 each |


Results in Word format

Letters received

David Hirst from Leeds has written to say that he likes our site and to offer the following excellent article.

King and Pawn Trickiness -



Download results in pdf format Download results in word format
Results webpage



Baz Dennis sadly passed away on Friday 20th April 2012
more ...

Rapidplay 2012 photos from Alex Bourke

A Scrap of Paper >

Cappelle Photos 2011

from Selena Cox



Cappelle Photos 2011

from Mark Davey



The 34th Kings Head Rapidplay took place on Saturday 12 March 2011 start time 11:00,


6-round Swiss rapidplay (30 minutes), prize fund £700 Results!



Cappelle Photos 2010

from Steven Coles

Club Location and Meeting Times Player Guide Where are we?


Cappelle Photos 2009

I have just had an email from Mark Carey with a link to his photos from Capelle 2009. As usual they are superb photos, take a look ...Cappell Photos 2009


Charles II

Here's a name most people should know. I have had another great archive game from Charles Wallace who now resides in Scotland. I now live in Stroud - well that's the internet age for you!


bookwork ... Sometimes you get caught in your opponenents book .... Then it's a question of hard work! So well done Mark Davy, who here nearly completely refutes Black's book prep over the board but runs out of time and has to settle for a hard fought draw. Enjoy the battle!

You've read Swamp 1-7. You think you've seen jammy. You ain't seen nuffink. swamp 8

Knight of the Living Dead

by Alex Bourke

See Also Swamp 1Swamp2, Swamp3 Swamp4, Swamp5, Swamp6, Swamp7

See also Members Guide to France, Alex's French Chess Dictionary

What happens when tiger meets tiger and both would rather go down swamping than risk a stodgy draw? Alex Bourke returns with more hair-raising swamp on swamp action in the final apocalyptic Clash of the Swampmeisters!

Blast from the Past:

Here's a great blast from the past. It's ex Kings Head stalwart Charles Wallace, who now lives in Scotland, beating Michael Adams! I was recently on the phone to Charles and got him to email me this so I've put it up.
Graham Brown

Play through Game

Playing against the Latvian Gambit
By Steve Berry
THE Latvian Gambit has a number of staunch defenders. Tony Kosten has written a book on the opening and the complications of this line are a firm favourite amongst postal players. But is it really a move of the modern era? Let's find out ...
read more

The Most Stupid Move
Graham Brown
You are up somewhat. In fact, your forces are falling over themselves in the rush to kill the king and he is restricted to a measly two diagonally opposite white squares A simple win. In fact there is even a mate in three available ... GREAT! Look! It's flashing in neon lights above the board, MATE IN THREE! MATE IN THREE! But do not be fooled ... because this is actually that nightmare scenario for any chess player ... far off the true chess path. You have wandered into an Alice in Wonderland type world and into a chess game that couldn't even be politely described as wild.
 read more

Members Guide to France
By Alex Bourke

This being the King's Head, it is only appropriate that we cover not just les échecs (chess), but also phrases for creating a merry ambience at the après-chess down le pub or le bar.

Read and see also Alex's French Chess Dictionary The essential words for France!

GM Masterclass
GM Bogdan Lalic
Here is a theoretically important French Defence Tarrasch annotated exclusively for the site by GM Bogdan Lalic.

GM Lalic's Masterclass

Keith Marshall
Mr Average is the sort of player who plays obvious moves, he's the player who plays pawn to king four, mention e4 to him and he says "Oh I can't understand all that Russian stuff." So after 1 P-K4 P-K4, Yes this is a MUST, any other defence and Mr Average gets a sulk on for the rest of the game, no foreign muck like the French or Sicilians for this guy. 2 Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3 B-QB4 B-QB4, he reaches a position he's been in a thousand times, he now has a big think and comes up with 4 0-0 (safe) the game continues. "Want a draw?" he asks, "but we've only played seven moves," comes the reply.

  Swamp 6
Alex Bourke
It's almost the end of the season ... Kings Head 1, struggling to stay up, are facing the heffalumps of top team Hackney 1 We're out-trunked and unfortunately we're playing at Golden Lane where heffalumps aren't allowed to bring beer to the board. This is not good, as after four pints your 40 points stronger opponent just knows that this is one of the 90% of games he should win and gets reckless. A cocky heffalump is a vulnerable one, if you can lure him into the swamp where 10 or 20% of games go your way.
Enter Swamp 6

Film of War
Graham Brown
The sun beats down on Oxford Street ... August 1994 ... England's Greed and Peasant shopping Land ... At the Virgin Mega Store you veer right. Over the zebra crossings ... past the Kentucky Fried Chicken ... round the Bureau De Change ... into the hotel and down to the "production box". You are in 5 star air-conditioned comfort. You are at the very last Lloyds Bank Chess Masters.
Film of War

Opening of the Future
Stephen Berry
Have trouble with the Sicilian? How about taking a leaf out of the book one of the club's best players Steve Berry BCF 200+. Here he annotates for us a 30 move win against another strong player in the National Club Knockout tournament which is always highly competitive

Opening of the Future

Kings Head on ECF Grading Database

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