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New Members & Registrations

Club chess play is expected to resume September 2021.

 Recruitment is continual whether you're a beginner or at higher standard.  

Wolverhampton Chess Club Subscriptions 2021/22 as agreed at our e-AGM May 2021

 

Chess club membership for season 2021/22 costs 15. 

Junior membership is 5.

 Club subscriptions include membership of the Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.

Note:  ECF membership isn't included, and you'll need to buy this separately to play in our league teams.

 Bronze ECF Membership can be upgraded to Silver, Gold, Platinum.

Note: a member may be allowed to skip ECF registration when joining late in the ECF year on the understanding that they will meet any board fees incurred in playing in League  matches, and

 However, prospective members can attend a couple of times for free and if you decide to join:

Choose your membership option.

o do I pay club subs to?

John Lee, chess club treasurer.

 

Welcome to our new members:

|Tim Berry, Frank Jones and Steven Walker.

Note : Bronze ECF Membership can be upgraded to Silver, Gold, Platinum on request or deducting from subscription if anyone already holds ECF Membership

Pro rata subs throughout the season..


Very Sad Club Announcements

Very sad news/ex members passing:

 

I’m writing to  inform you of the death last week of Phil Porter aged 74 who had played in the local chess leagues especially WDCL and BDCL for close on 40 years and will no doubt be remembered by many players in the area. He will be sadly missed by many.

Phil joined Wolverhampton Chess Club in the late Sixties or early Seventies though after a few years left and joined the Wolverhampton Kipping club sadly now defunct. He rejoined Wolverhampton Chess club in the 1983/84 season along with two other well remembered players, Mike Townsend and Robert Marshall. Phil had an aggressive style of play and chalked up a few notable wins against stronger players. Phil had not played in league matches for about a year due to failing eyesight though he was hoping to resume play after an operation which he was on a waiting list for.

His other main interests were cricket - he was a qualified umpire In local leagues- and real ale which he espoused and consumed with equal gusto!

Phil’s niece has told me that it is likely that some sort of celebration of Phil’s life will be arranged at some time in the future and that she would let me have details. I will pass any such details on to yourselves in case there are others outside our club who might wish to be involved.

Best wishes.

Frank Wood

Wolverhampton Chess Club Chairman

It's with great sadness that I announce and write this.  Robert Marshall recently passed away.  A great player and arguably one of our club's strongest and finest.   Thoughts and condolences to Robert's family. 

Tributes may appear soon.

 

Mr Leslie Hesbrook: Les Hesbrook passed away 6 Nov 2010 at age 88.

Mr Leslie Hesbrook Tribute Page

Colin Bourne Jones passed away peacefully June 3 2011 aged 75 years.  Sadly missed but fondly remembered by all his Friends and Family.

Very sad news filtered through at the start of 2014 regarding Alf Schroeder who passed away Dec 31 2013.  Alf was a longstanding member of Bushbury Chess Club but was a member of Wolverhampton Chess Club years ago and played on high county boards close to Alf Butcher.   Condolences to Bushbury, family and all who knew Alf, a great player who'll missed by so many.

 

Simon Walters died Thurs 25/10/2012. My nephew liked to play chess with me and attended our chess club a couple of times.  I'm sorry. here: By Paul Walters.

Website Updates

 


Note: Match results are added as soon as possible.

  • 2021 July: Club announcement re expected reopening.
  • 2019:  BDCL, WDCL results added.  Events and trophy update.
  • 19/10/2018 WDCL Div 1 and 3 team results added from 18/10/2018 res21/09/2018 Humphrey's Cup round 1 results added.
  • 17/09/2018
  • New members welcome;  WDCL results added from 06 and 13/10/2018
  • 29/01/2018 WDCL Div 4 results added.
  • 18/01/2018 WDCL results added.
  • 16/11/2017 BDCL Div 2 S Birmingham A results added.
  • 10/11/2017 BDCL Results added.  Robert Marshall. 20/10/2017 CDCL results added from 19/10/10/2017
  • 13/10/2017 WDCL Div 4 results added and Club Rapidplay details
  • 07/10/2017 BDCL Div 2 results added from 05/10/2017
  • 22/09/2017 WDCL Div 4; BDCL Div 2 results added and Club Championship 2017/18 update
  • 11/2/2017 WDCL rresults added.
  • 6/12/2016 Fixtures page back online and all results I've been sent
  • 23/04/2016 AGM details and CDCL results added from 21/04/2016.
  • 08/04/2016 WDCL Div 2 Boldmere results added from 07/04/2016 and Div 2 Championship success news added.
  • 01/04/2016 DDCL and WDCL Div 2 results added from 31/03/2016 and Rock Cup news success.
  • 28/03/2016 BDCL results added.
  • 18/03/2016 WDCL and CDCL results updated.
  • 26/02/2016 WDCL Div 2 Bushbury results added and stats updated on news page.
  • 23/02/2016 WDCL Div 2 results added from 22/02/2016
  • 10/02/2016 results added.
  • 22/01/2016 BDCL results from 14th and 21st Jan 2016 added.
  • 16/01/2016 DDCL Results added.
  • Some previous Updates

 

Welcome


Welcome to our Wolverhampton Chess club website. Visitors can find out more about our club here and those who are already members will also find this site and its various sections very useful.

Wolverhampton Chess Club provide opportunities to play chess socially and or competitively. The club runs teams in the Birmingham, Cannock and Wolverhampton leagues. Please see Contacts page, email or call. Our Club Secretary is now Michael Oakes.  Please don't hesitate to contact us via our contacts page or visit the club for further information or chat.

 

Happy New Year everyone. The chess club will meet again 6th January 2022 at The Clarendon Hotel, (if permissable, and if no further COVID restriction measures are imposed.)

 

But, please note the WDCL Div 1 Walsall Kipping vs Wolverhampton match scheduled for 6th January has been postponed.

Announcement: as of Thursday 28th October the chess club shall meet at The Clarendon Hotel, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton. WV3 0TN from 7pm.

 

Our Lichess online page is here, too, with links to play.       

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

An update:

Wolverhampton Chess Club reopened

Thursday 9th September 2021.

 


The Chess Club opened for the first time yesterday 9th September 2021 after a shutdown of 18 months.

It was well attended and enjoyed by nine members or prospective members, who played a variety of games and opponents. The West End Club manager explained that there had been a misunderstanding the previous week when we waited in vain for the club to open its doors. There should be no problems in the future, and since the Club is little used on Thursdays there is plenty of room for us to meet safely.

The Birmingham League has now published its fixture list; we have one team of six in Division One.

 

Many thanks, Geoff Rosser.

And, an announcement, as of 30th July 2021:

 

Dear chess club members and prospective members,

Our venue, the Wolverhampton West End Working Men’s Club (WWEWMC) is now open every evening and weekends. So it’s possible to resume chess play, and the venue now has new anti-bacterial LED lighting, for your further safety!

Our rooms will be available as before on Thursdays, but may close on Mondays and Wednesdays. We expect to restart the chess club in September, as we have an online tournament throughout August on Thursday evenings.

There is no reason our members shouldn't play games at the WWEWMC on any evening if they wish (if pre-arranged).

Your chess club membership subscription includes WWEWMC membership and will next be due in January 2022, having been suspended for a year.

Don't forget that only paid up chess club members who are also ECF members are eligible to play in the club teams. As decided at the AGM, your ECF membership is not included in your chess club membership and is due for renewal by you in August. For details on how to pay your chess club subscription, (or ECF membership) please ask/email one of the committee. Also, it would be very helpful to team captains and league organisers if both these were obtained during August.

I trust you are looking forward to the forthcoming over-the-board chess season and will be able to cope with 3-dimensional chess again.

Kind regards,

Geoff Rosser (Chairman)

 

So, yes, chess is set to resume, but this tribute is still here with everlasting memories of those who have sadly passed away, and will be dearly missed. 

 

Thank you Geoff and Phil for the following.

Frank Wood 2011

Tributes

 

I am saddened by the loss of Frank Wood, who was not only a good administrator and good player. He was also a lovely bloke. Condolences to his family (Barry Smith).

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I’m stunned by the news. Frank did an enormous amount for the league and for Wolverhampton as you know. Please pass my condolences to the family (David Fone)

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 A sad loss, a wonderful man who'll be missed greatly. (Phil Bull)

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Phil has called me with the news and it is indeed sad and a great shock.

Frank is such a gentleman and simply does not deserve such a cruel deal. I am completely taken aback despite the fact that this is my job day in and day out seeing and dealing with cases such as this. (Rajeev Raghaven)

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 I’ll always remember Frank as he chaired meetings and awarded chess club trophies with Barry Lewis at Wolverhampton Chess Club.  His great sense of humour, friendly manner too and the privilege of experiencing Frank’s formidable ,Morra gambit and how he supported outdoor door chess club events.  Frank was always there at the helm and will be missed by so many.  Sincere condolences to Frank’s family, (Paul Walters)

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Would you be kind enough to convey our condolences to Wolverhampton CC members re Frank. (Ann and Alan Ruffle)

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 Messages of shock and sadness have also been received from Chris Cox, Gordon Sands, Paul Walters, Eddie Badger, Dave Wightman and Steve Wilcox among others.

 

 

Wolverhampton Chess Club is closed with immediate effect due to safety reasons and global pandemic COVID-19/coronavirus outbreaK.

 

The Frank Wood Swiss memorial tournament held between 14th January 2020 and 25th February 2021 was won by Mike Townsend. Who achieved 1st place on 6 out of 7, just 1 loss in the final round to Tony Preece.  Congratulations.

Also, runners up, Phil Bull 2nd and Tony Preece, both with 5 points and thank you to all participants and to Phil Bull for organising.

 

A superb tournament in honour of Frank Wood. 

Well done, Mike Townsend, who led all the way.

 

 

 

 

WDCL Humphrey's Cup 2019/20:  Well Wolverhampton win on board count versus Stourbridge in round 1 and beat Mercia 3.5 - 0.5 Wed 26/02/2020 Geoff Rosser, Gordon Sands and Eddie Badger won their games on boards 1, 3 and 4 respectively and Chris Cox drew on board 2. Well done all and on progressing to final which will be against Rushall.

 

Wolverhampton Chess Club Championship 2019/20:  

Well done to Frank Wood on a very well played, great game and progressing to the next round after victory against the reigning champion John Mangwengwende.

Wolverhampton Chess Club Championship 2018/19:  

The Final:  Congratulations to John Mangwengwende Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion 2018/19 after beating Chris Cox in the Final.  Well done to Chris Cox on becoming a finalist as that's a great achievement too.

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News of Success

BDSL Summer League

 

Well done all, 4th from top in the Open section behind South Birmingham, West Bromwich, Mutual Circle. BDSL 2019 Fixture link 

BDSL 2019

WDCL Div 3/B team Promoted: 07/02/2019  Congratulations and well done to our Wolverhampton B team/WDCL Div 3 team promoted to Div 2 after beating Walsall Kipping C 4.5 - 0.5  Congratulations and well done to Captain Gordon Sands and all players:  Rajeev Raghavan,  Geoff Rosser, John Lee, Gordon Sands, Chris Cox, Eddie Badger,  John Dugmore, Michael Oakes.

 
Wolverhampton League (WDCL) Trophies:    Humphrey's Cup  (U130 each player)  Cannock League (CDCL): Chase Trophy.  U551 for 4 player team  

2019/20:  Well Wolverhampton win on board count versus Stourbridge in round 1 of the WDCL Humphrey's Cup and beat Mercia 3.5 - 0.5 Wed 26/02/2020 Geoff Rosser, Gordon Sands and Eddie Badger won their games on boards 1, 3 and 4 respectively and Chris Cox drew on board 2. Well done all and on progressing to final which will be against Rushall.
2018/19:  Wolverhampton retain the WDCL Humphrey's Cup after beating Stourbridge, 1 - 3 in the Final. As in the semi final against Rushall, G Rosser and C Cox won their games.  G Sands also won. Well done all, and the entire squad that played at every stage in the competition.  

Final: 
Wolverhampton versus Stourbridge 14th May at Mercia Chess Club.

Well done all, Wolverhampton win the Chase Trophy after beating Rugeley 3 - 1 in the final 16th May 2019.


   
Humphreys and Chase Trophy finals  
 

                               

 

 

   
 



 

 

 

Club Events Achievements and General News Summary

Champions

2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2010/11  
Club Phil Bull Dave Wightman Paul D Walters (54.5 points) Oladejo Olaleye (107.5 points)  
           

Spring Rapidplay

  Mike Townsend (4.5/5) Robert Marshall (Quickplay 5/5) Colin Haughton (Quickplay 4/5)  

2011/12 : Club Championship : With the spring Rapidplay taking up the final evening of this year's Club Championship, nobody was able to challenge long time leader Paul Walters' position at the top of the table.  Congratulations to Paul, 2012 Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion, for his hard work during the six months that the competition has run and for some fine wins.  Long time challenger Peter Pearson-Jones came second, with Peter Hubbard taking third place just ahead of Gordon Sands in fourth and Barry Lewis in fifth place.  (See Events 2011/12 Club Championship section for more details and weekly club championship archives)

See Club Honours page for more details of success

Wolverhampton Show Exhibitors 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Wolverhampton Show Page

Website supported 1st Macmillan Rapidplay 2009. Press Release: Read More

 

County Matches and County Congresses

 
 

 

 
 

Daily Chess Puzzle


Latest News: Club & Publicity:

Attention all members, Chess enthusiasts or interested in Chess:

Fixtures update:

 

Cannock league 2022 fixtures added to fixtures section

 

Near the end of 2021 Frank Wood passed away and with more sadness I  say John Wakelam passed away in January.  John held the post of records secretary for many years and will be fondly remembered by many AGM attendees as John sat beside Frank and announced AGM Trophy winners and end of season team standings for the various leagues.  Condoleences to John's family.

With great sadness, I write this brief,  interim post and I'm sure there will be tributes soon, an obituary and more.

Club chair of many years and in more recent years, WDCL Tournament secretary, Frank Wood sadly passed away Monday 28th December 2020 and will be missed by so many and remembered forever, too, as one of Wolverhampton Chess Club's greatest.

 

The Pandemic continues and there's no face-to-face on the board chess.  But don't despair, Wolverhampton Chess Club has a page on Lichess, where chess continues and several members play. 

 Also, Swiss tournaments, chess 960 and other chess variants.  So, join us online here, or on the links to play.

 

More game links soon.

 

Writing to  inform you of the death last week of Phil Porter aged 74 who had played in the local chess leagues especially WDCL and BDCL for close on 40 years and will no doubt be remembered by many players in the area. He will be sadly missed by many.

Phil joined Wolverhampton Chess Club in the late Sixties or early Seventies though after a few years left and joined the Wolverhampton Kipping club sadly now defunct. He rejoined Wolverhampton Chess club in the 1983/84 season along with two other well remembered players, Mike Townsend and Robert Marshall. Phil had an aggressive style of play and chalked up a few notable wins against stronger players. Phil had not played in league matches for about a year due to failing eyesight though he was hoping to resume play after an operation which he was on a waiting list for.

His other main interests were cricket - he was a qualified umpire In local leagues- and real ale which he espoused and consumed with equal gusto!

Phil’s niece has told me that it is likely that some sort of celebration of Phil’s life will be arranged at some time in the future and that she would let me have details. I will pass any such details on to yourselves in case there are others outside our club who might wish to be involved.

Best wishes.

Frank Wood

Wolverhampton Chess Club Chairman

 

 

As of 18th March 2020 

Wolverhampton Chess Club is closed with immediate effect due to safety reasons and global pandemic COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak.

The chess club has existed since 1895 and will reopen as soon as possible but it's likely to be in months, rather than weeks.

 We wish everyone well at this difficult and unprecedented time and look forward to resumption of Wolverhampton Chess Club in the not too distant future.

Winter season well under way:  

WDCL Humphrey's Cup 2019/20:  2019/20:  Well Wolverhampton win on board count versus Stourbridge in round 1 of the WDCL Humphrey's Cup and beat Mercia 3.5 - 0.5 Wed 26/02/2020 Geoff Rosser, Gordon Sands and Eddie Badger won their games on boards 1, 3 and 4 respectively and Chris Cox drew on board 2. Well done all and on progressing to final which will be against Rushall.

BDCL Div 3: 29/01/2020 Shirley and Wythall beaten 4 - 2.

We lose, 4.5 - 1.5 at Solihull 05/02/2020

23.01.2020 Well done all.  Beating Stafford 6 - 0 at home in WDCL Div 1.

 09/01/2020: Kidderminster's A team in WDCL Div 2 beat out our considerably outgraded B team, 2 - 4. G Rosser and G Sands both won their games in a close match.  Well done all.

07/01/2020 BDCL Div 3: Wolverhampton beat Redditch, 2 - 4 Well done all.

Well done our WDCL B/Div 2 for a fantastic 1.5 -4.5 win at Kidderminster and despite being outgraded, considerably so, on every board.

In BDCL Div 1 we've won 2 and drawn 2 matches.  No match wins yet in Div 3, or in  WDCL Div 2 for our newly promoted team, but we draw against Rugeley.

In Div 1 19/12/2019 West Bromwich are beaten 5 - 1 but team lose 3.5 - 2.5 at Warley Quinborne.

As of 1st Dec 2019.  There's still many matches to play and haven't mentioned other leagues yet.

Usual regular updates to resume soon.

Pittaway Cup round 1.  Wolverhampton is beaten by Mercia, 2.5 - 5.5.  12/09/2019

 

Wolverhampton Chess Club don't just play in winter leagues. The club's running 3 teams in the Birmingham and district summer league and Wolverhampton have achieved some great results. Well done all.  Currently 3rd place in the Open section.  More 

Wolverhampton win CDCL Chase Trophy after beating Rugeley in the final 16/05/2019 Well done all.

Wolverhampton retain WDCL Humphrey's Trophy after beating Stourbridge in the Final at Mercia chess club 14/05/2019. Well done all.

Wolverhampton are Champions 2018/19 WDCL Division 3.  Well done all.

BDCL Div 1: Wolverhampton vs Bushbury 23/04/2019.  Bushbury beaten 5.5 - 0.5. Redditch were also beaten, but we lost to Warley Quinborne 18/04/2019 and Walsall Kipping  01/04/2019.  A busy and match action packed month just for April in BDCL.  Well done all.

The winter chess season will soon be concluded, but I'm excited to announce Wolverhampton Chess Club will be participating in three sections of the forthcoming Birmingham District Chess Summer League.

Well done all!  Wolverhampton, WDCL Humphrey's Cup finalists and CDCL Chase Trophy finalists.

Lets hope Wolverhampton win both trophies, in two leagues!

Also, 8 Wolverhampton Chess Club members participated and had a 'fun' evening at the BDCL Lightning Tournament. 

 

 

07/02/2019  WDCL Div 3 team promoted to Div 2 after beating Walsall Kipping C 4.5 - 0.5  Congratulations and well done to Captain Gordon Sands and all players:  Rajeev Raghavan,  Geoff Rosser, John Lee, Gordon Sands, Chris Cox, Eddie Badger,   John Dugmore, Michael Oakes.

21/01/2019 Well done all.  WDCL A/Div 1 team beat West Bromwich 1.5 - 4.5

20/11/2018 Well done all.  WDCL B/Div 3 win at Mercia and at home against Mercia 13/12/2018.

22/11/2018 BDCL Div 1 lose at Lichfield in a close match. 

WDCL A/Div 1 lose by the narrowest of margins at Telford despite 2 top board wins from Emil Angelov and Phil Bull and a board 6 draw by John Lee.  Well done all. 07/11/2018Well done to our WDCL A/Div 1 and WDCL B/Div 3 teams beating Bushbury A and Walsall Kipping B respectively 18/10/2018/

Well done to our CDCL Div 2 and WDCL Div 3 teams for beating Rugeley Away 1 - 3 4th Sept and Halesowen 3 - 2 at Home 6th Sept respectively. 

 

BDSL Summer League: 

Wolverhampton is participating and has two teams.   Phil Bull and Gordon Sands are captains of Open team and 560.  Please meet at club or email, call captains via contacts page.

Also, we have a new Treasurer, John Lee.  Peter Tudor has been a fantastic Treasurer for a number of years.  Thank you and all the best to Peter Tudor.

 Well done Wolverhampton:   Humphrey's Cup winners 2017/18;  Pittaway Cup Finalists.

BDCL Promotion from Div 2 to 1.

WDCL Div 4 Champions

BDCL Div 2:  Wolverhampton beat South Birmingham B.

 (See all results on fixtures page.)

It's with great sadness that I announce and write this. Robert Marshall recently passed away age 57.
A great player and one of our club's strongest and finest. WDCL Rock Cup Winner and played on our highest
boards for many years. Will be missed by all. Thoughts and condolences to Robert's family.

History section expands with content tributes :   Mike Townsend, Alf Butcher, John Fellows, Bert Preist, W N Boydon, Mark Duffy, P S Walkins and Cooke family sections added Thank you to Keith Bate and all contributors.

News Archive and features 2011/12

News Archive and features 2012/13

News Archive and features 2013/14

 

County Congress and participation

 


Staffordshire Chess Congress

Sat 12 & Sun 13 April 2014 at Bloxwich Leisure Centre (live links)

A number of Wolverhampton Chess Club members will be particating in the congress.

Minor Major(U160) Open
     
Gordon Sands Peter Pearson Jones, Jonathan Hunt, Geoff Rosser Phil Bull

Good luck to all Wolverhampton Chess Club entrants at this years county congress. Hope it's a great congress and enjoyed by all.

Wolverhampton Chess Club members are eligible to play and participate in Staffordshire County matches.

The teams are as follows;

U160 U140

U120 Bulldogs:

U120 Terriers:

Staffordshire play SCCU 3/ NCCU2 in the National Quarter Finals on May 18th but lost to Kent.

Dave Wightman played in this high level match and drew Well done Dave!

[Match report by Dave Wightman]

full score here as a pdf file]

MCCU Website

Current News from our County Website

More details on Staffordshire County Website

 

 

County Matches and Staffordshire County Congress

Junior Chess and Chess Training site

Bloxwich Junior Chess Club

Sat 2nd February 2013: Simultaneous Display by English Chess Federation President Roger Edwards. V 17 Junior Players of the above Club. Read more

Exciting news : NEW Chess training website for kids. Wolverhampton Chess Club member and resident chess trainer Peter Pearson Jones has created and built a fantastic new Chess teaching/ training website. The site will eventually offer a wide range of chess training; introduction and chess training from the basics to advanced level. It is a privilege to be the first to see this fantastic new website especially prior to the official launch which will occur soon. Thank you and very well done to Peter Pearson Jones. An advanced preview here and the beginners section is operational. www.cyber-chess.co.uk(Site is still subject to some development and addition of further sections)

Cyber-Chess

About This Website

This site is an exciting venture and project that will extend the club's horizons by bringing a flavour of what our club is about via the world wide web. It is envisaged that this new club site will help promote Wolverhampton Chess and its Chess club as well as helping players and those with Chess interests.As of 26/07/07 website the domain name www.wolverhamptonchessclub.org.uk/ became operational.

29 Aug 2006 This site is now well developed and includes a Club History section and gallery. If anyone has further historic details relating to Wolverhampton Chess Club please email our webmaster.

As of 1 June 2006 this website was constructed but incomplete in parts as some sections required more information and content.

Site Compatibility : This site has been tested with a variety of browsers and should display fine and function flawlessly. If you do encounter problems please email webmaster.

www.regencychess.co.uk/