Saturday, October 15, 2022

Warwick Chess Alumni Versus Society [Football] Match!

On the 15th October, Warwick Chess Alumni returned to the University with a full 11-a-side football team, facing off against the Society. It was great to see the range of players who returned! The oldest among us, Steve Turvey, former Society Secretary, and Chairman of the Coventry & District Chess League, had played for the University before many current Society members or even Alumni were even born.. Most impressively, Steve was probably one of the fittest players on the pitch, being a habitual long distance runner! Hok simultaneously played, whilst attending the ECF AGM, which was perhaps too many commitments for even Hok to handle.

It was an excellent outing, we lost 7-2 to the Society, with some excellent goals from strikers, Venga (Ravikumar Vengadesh), and James (Munns). This was followed by a poker afternoon, a team meal, ending with Circling for Skool Days with the Society - a rather lively affair..

A full report from Taran, can be found [here] on our private Alumni Facebook Group.

Hope to see many new and old faces at the next Alumni reunion, the Christmas Meal, on the 10th December, 2022, in London. Further details coming soon!

Friday, September 9, 2022

Upcoming Joint Warwick Chess & Alumni Stream - Twitch

The next Alumni Online Stream over Twitch (https://twitch.tv/warwickchess) will be a joint one with the Society. It will be hosted by Society President Meghana Mohan, and Alumni Chair Taran Jina. It will feature guests, Andrew Gissop (Society Vice President), and Eva Pacararu (Society Div. 3 Captain).

The commentary will begin at 6pm BST, 11th September, 2022, and conclude at 8pm.

In the first hour, we will be covering the Alumni 2200+ (A) Team, who will be playing the XANDREZ ENTRE AMIGOS (Brazil), and the second hour, the OG Team, and Young Oldies will be up against CIESZYƃSKIE LEGENDY (Poland) and ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY (Scotland), respectively.

The Teams, as follows:

Alumni 2200+. Dimiter Daskalov, Sultan Otegenov, CM Peter Williams, Simeon Bott.

Alumni OG. Sam Hall, James Munns, Tom Richardson, Elliot Long.

Alumni Young Oldies. Daniel Koltai, Jonathan Fowler, Arjun Pyda, Deema Khunda, Vash Ravi.

Watch our live commentary, in support of our teams!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Three Warwick Alumni Teams to enter the 2020 World League

The Alumni have enter field three teams, into the upcoming 2022-23 Season for the 2020 World Chess Championships. Special thanks to our Competitive Chess Captain, Jack Huffer for co-ordinating.

Our first team is aimed for players around and above 2200+, whilst we have two further regular teams, are based on the alumni cohorts.

Games are once a month, with a time control of a ten minute plus five second increment time.

Captain of the Alumni 2200+ 'A' Team: Holden Davis
Captain of the Alumni Pre-2018-21 OG Team: Jack Huffer
Captain of the Alumni 2021-23 Young Oldies Team: Vincenz Bill

Best of luck to all the teams, and do contact the Captains, if you wish to play!

Holden Davis, 2200+ Chess Captain.
Jack Huffer, OG Team Captain.
Vincenz Bill, Young Oldies Captain.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Welcome to our newly updated website!

A delight to launch our newly updated website!

Check out our event reports below, as well as information on the Association, the Committee, our Teams, upcoming Tournaments, online chess, future socials, sports fixtures, the Alumni 2200+ Club, our regular newsletter, and much more.

For any future queries, don't hesitate to contact us.

Friday, August 5, 2022

London Chess Festival Summer 2022

Just one week after the Summer Reunion at Warwick, the Alumni were back out in force at the London Chess Festival. The group very impressively spammed ten generations of Warwick Chess, an all-time record. The day started at Jen's Cafe (Chinatown), with a couple hours at ChessFest (Traflagar Square), following by Happy Hour drinks at Simmons Bar (Leicester Square), with dinner at GFC (a Taanese Fried Chicken joint), ending up with drinks at Spoons.

Full report, in the private Alumni Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/promotedpawns/posts/2216968621830927/

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Grad Celebration 2022

A very packed affair for this Summer Reunion & Grad Celebration 2022, with six generations of Warwick Chess returning to celebrate the graduating cohorts of 2022, 2021, and 2020 - including VIP Siti. Friday began with circling and Kasbah. Saturday started with welcome drinks at Varsity, then a buffer BBQ at Scarman Hotel (campus), ending with a 'closing' Cocktail reception at the new Faculty of Arts Building, this was followed in succession with a Leamington Bar Crawl, end at Kelseys, before everyone was ushered into Smack. The Sunday morning even started early with a Birthday Brunch at Benugo (Campus) for Jonathan. Special thanks to Tom Richardson, for getting the ball rolling with this event.

Shout out to our new-elected Bar Crawl Secretaries, Elliot Long, and James March, as well as Football Captain, Ben Lee.

Full report, in the private Alumni Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/promotedpawns/posts/2213162912211498/

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Spring Reunion, AGM, and Skool Days 2022

A Spring Reunion with food at the Giggling Squid (Leamington), Cocktails at Turtle Bay, our first Annual General Meeting (also welcoming the new finalists), circling in the Engineering Common Room, peaking with Skool Days til the early hours, and as ever a filling brunch afterwards, at Bills (Leamington).

Full report, in the private Alumni Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/promotedpawns/posts/2056503871210737/

Friday, February 25, 2022

Alumni returns for the 4th Warwick Rapidplay 2022

An extended weekend featuring the Alumni, and the Society 2200+ Club having curry with Keith Arkell at King Baba's (Leamington), Karaoke with Keith to the early hours, and the 4th Warwick Rapidplay on the Saturday!

Full report, in the private Alumni Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/promotedpawns/posts/2045766475617810/ 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Christmas Meal and London Chess Boxing 2021

Our first Christmas Reunion - drinks at the Worlds' End, Christmas meal at the Earl of Camden, more drinks at the Camden Dingwalls, a night at the London Chessboxing (Tufnell Park), with the following morning featuring brunch at Mei Mei's at Borough Market, and shopping on Oxford Street.

Full report, in the private Alumni Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/promotedpawns/posts/1984791495048642/