Monday, January 30, 2017


Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov ruled as the 7th World Champion from 1957-58 after wresting the title from Mikhail Botvinnik.


His style is basically positional with emphasis on the harmonious development and placement of his pieces. His games are often spectacular gems of strategy and often quoted in many texts. A great master of the endgame, he is most credited with his book with Levenfish on Rook Endgames which is a standard text for anyone on the topic. 

I am a fan of his play generally in imbalanced positions where material is traded for initiative. So looking forward to Bradley's lecture which takes place on Feb 10 Friday 8pm  at the Club. You will definitely have a great time trying to guess some of Smyslov's plans in the middlegame and endgame! 

Another reason for joining other than the free tournament entry! 

See you then

Monday, January 23, 2017


1.      The tournament is organized by the Thomson CCMC and the games shall be played according to the FIDE Laws of Chess for Rapid Chess. Players may choose to play in the SENIORS (no age limit), or  JUNIORS (Aged 12 and below) section.

2.      ELIGIBILITY : This tournament is open to members only. Players joining as members of the Chess Club and are entitled 1 year membership with immediate effect ending 31st December 2017.

3.      VENUE : Thomson Community Club Hall, 194 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574339

4.      PAIRING : Swiss System of  7 Rounds,  time control  15 minutes with 10 second increment each side to finish. Pairings for Round 1 will be generated 5 minutes before start. No starting list shall be generated before the event.

5.      SCHEDULE: 19th February  Sunday 10.00 am to 5.50 pm . Please report  by  9.30am. Walkover time for Round 1 is  15 minutes. 

7.    PRIZES : A minimum of 5 prizes shall be given for each section. Tie breaks will resolve the placing of each prize winner. Merit prizes may be added if number of entries exceed 60. Prizes are in the form of new and used chess books.

  1. ENTRY FEE  : Membership fee upon signup as Chess Club member at Thomson CC at 194 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574339. Membership is complete only if you possess a valid PAssion Ezlink Card. PAssion Ezlink Card membership: for those aged 18 to 59  is at $12 for 5 years. Those aged below 18 or are 60 and  above pay  $10 for 5 years membership. The Club membership for those aged 12 and below (by birth year) is $10 a year and $18 for all others.

8.      CLOSING DATE: There will be a limit of 120  first-paid membership received. All players are to be register their membership by   February 15th  Wednesday  10pm

9.      TIE BREAK :  The System of Tie Break shall be announced before the start of the Tournament. The Tournament Director’s decision on matters on the tournament shall be FINAL.

  1. The Organising Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry without assigning a reason. Rejected entries shall be fully refunded.

For drivers, free parking is available Sunday  at Shunfu Blk 309-314 at the back of the CC. Enter via Shunfu Road along Marymount Road.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Join as a member this year and you are automatically in the starting list for the Thomson Club Championship 2017 happening February 19 Sunday at the Thomson CC Hall.

To join, if you are aged 13 and above the fees are $18 a year. You need to own a PAssioncard membership ($12 for 5 years). Therefore you need only to renew your Club membership for 2017. Your name then appears in the Seniors section for the Club Championship.

If you are aged 12 and under (by birth year), the fees are $10 a year plus a valid PAssioncard membership. Once you are a member, your name appears in the Junior Section for the Club Championship.

You can sign up starting 6th January onwards and closing date is 15th February 2017.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


The 6th World Champion, Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik, lived through 2 World Wars and got to the Chess Olympus via a Candidates tournament staged in 1948 after the death of the 5th World Champion Alekhine in 1946. He won the tournament with 14/20. Ironically, he was the only World Champion never to have won a World Championship match, but was reinstated twice via rematches! He lost to Vasily Smyslov in 1957 and regained it the following year,  then to Tal in 1960 and regained it in 1961. As for the Bronstein match in 1951, he did not win the match but drew and kept his title. 

Botvinnik was the pioneer in chess preparation which involved deep study of the opening all through to the endgame. He was a specialist in the lines he played and had good ideas that span right until the endgame. Strangely, Petrosian his conqueror adopted the same approach and won a game in their match via deep analysis of an opening line in the Grunfeld which gave White a lasting plus. 

This approach to chess influenced his later pupils Kasparov and Karpov so their 3 matches in World Champion history became models of opening preparation. 

Come on down Dec 30th to Thomson Chess Club with FT Bradley for the last lecture in 2016 and learn more about the achievements of the great Botvinnik! I am sure it will change the way you'd look at the game.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Max Euwe 1963.jpg

We resume the activities of the Thomson Chess Club with a lecture by Bradley Loh on the 5th World Champion Machcgielis "Max" Euwe . Max Euwe was Dutch and a mathematician who was also strong in chess. He won the title from a poor-form Alexander Alekhine in 1935 in Holland. He was generous to allow a rematch, which Alekhine told full advantage of and prepared thoroughly. The 1937 match ended in a victory for the Russian and thus ended the World Championship reign of Max.  He was nvited to the 1948 Tournament for selecting the World Champion after Alekhine passed on in 1946, but was unable to stop Mikhail Botvinnik to the crown.

Please reserve your seats by replying to , priority goes to members of Thomson Chess Club.