Attention all members, Chess
enthusiasts or interested in Chess:
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
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
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
Swiss tournaments, chess 960 and
other chess variants. So, join us online
or on the links to play.
More game links
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.
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
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.
wish everyone well at this difficult and
unprecedented time and look forward to
resumption of Wolverhampton Chess Club in
the not too distant future.
season well under way:
WDCL Humphrey's Cup
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
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
In Div 1 19/12/2019 West Bromwich
are beaten 5 - 1 but team lose 3.5 - 2.5 at
As of 1st Dec 2019. There's
still many matches to play and haven't
mentioned other leagues yet.
Usual regular updates to resume
Pittaway Cup round 1. Wolverhampton
is beaten by Mercia, 2.5 - 5.5.
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.
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
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
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,
21/01/2019 Well done all.
WDCL A/Div 1 team beat West Bromwich 1.5 -
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
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.
from Div 2 to 1.
WDCL Div 4 Champions
BDCL Div 2: Wolverhampton beat
South Birmingham B.
results on fixtures page.)
It's with great sadness that I
announce and write this. Robert Marshall
recently passed away age 57.
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
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