Come on Harry! Ginger GM Simon Williams and IM Simon Ansell to launch new Summer League at Battersea

Simon Says event at Battersea Chess Club
Battersea Chess Club sponsored by Bishop's Move

He’s already staged perhaps the most riotous night of chess we’ve ever seen at Battersea.

But now the world famous Ginger GM Simon Williams is back – and this time he’s bringing his mate.

Simon Says talk and blitz battle

The 37-year-old YouTube star is holding a “Simon Says” talk with long-time friend and business partner IM Simon Ansell on June 13 from 7.30pm.

Simon and Simon will answer anything on the game and what it’s like being a professional player – so come armed with questions.

Then straight after both will play in the second Battersea Blitz tourny.

You may remember, the hugely successful night before Christmas when 30ish players battled it out at our venue.

The 3m Swiss was won by American YouTube star, and Chessable head honcho, John Bartholomew after an epic three-match final against Simon.

The night will be free, and open to members and non-members. For more information email

New Summer League

Most importantly, the night will launch an exciting new event to keep you chess fans interested this summer.

The Summer Chess League will kick off in July and August at the Battersea Labour Club.

This is a collaboration between Battersea and Hammersmith Chess Club, with support from Streatham & Brixton and the British Bangla Chess Association.

Here are the details:

  • – At least 6 teams
  • – Time controls: 60+30s
  • – No adjournments
  • – All games ECF graded
  • – Matches on Tuesdays
  • – All games at Battersea

The idea is to create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where players can get in some games over the summer

Further details are being finalised, but Hammersmith is putting forward two teams and all other London clubs are invited to take part.

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