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complete. Wolverhampton Chess Club are recruiting for 2016/17 season NOW!

Club subscriptions as of 05/05/2016

Announcing subscription reductions for 2016/17.

Join for just £15! Become a chess club member for just £15 a year (casual member/play social chess.) Juniors and those in Full Time Students £15 a year inclusive of ECF membership option.

Club subscriptions 2016/17 Were set at our club AGM 05/05/2016 and are  now due and recruiting now for 2016/17 season..

£35  full member: inclusive of ECF Bronze membership and membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.

£15  junior member: inclusive of optional ECF Bronze membership and membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.

£15  Casual member:inclusive of membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club. (with option to upgrade for those who prefer social rather than competitive league chess.

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..

New Members

2015/16: Welcome aboard our latest new members Bernard and Michael Oakes. 

Pro rata subs throughout the season..

Recruitment is continual, new members can join anytime during the year on a pro rata basis. Early payment discount and flexible instalment payment options available.

Very Sad Club Announcements

Very sad news/ex members passing:

Very sad Tragic news : My nephew liked to play chess with me and attended our chess club a couple of times. here: By Paul Walters.

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. Donations to Cancer Research c/o F W Collins and Son. 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.

News Updates




Wolverhampton Chess Club News


Congratulations to Robert Marshall WDCL Rock finalist who may retain the WDCL Rock Cup in the rematch against A McCumiskey of Mercia.

Congratulations to Gordon Sands on winning the WDCL Bidgood Cup

Wolverhampton A WDCL Div 1.  4rth place

L Rock Cup.

Wolverhampton B WDCL Div 3.  Relegated


BDCL Div 2 Champions.   Well done all and to BDCL Caps Phil Bull, Frank Wood and WDCL Cap Gordon Sands.

Chess Club Event Dates:

Thurs 5th May 2016:  Wolverhampton Chess AGM

Thurs 19th May 2016.  WDCL AGM

Thurs 7th May 2015 (AT  WALSALL KIPPING CHESS CLUB) Walrus (10 players from 3 clubs compete (Wolverhampton currently hold the trophy)

Thurs ? 2016.  Wolverhampton Chess Club AGM

Armed Forces Day : Similar to Chess in The Park of recent years but supporting Armed Forces Day at a different park. Date and venue: Sun 28 June 2015, 11 til 6pm
  at Himley Hall and Park, Dudley.

Winter League Club News 2015/16:

WDCL Div 2 team promoted to Div 1.

BDCL Div 2 team promoted and top of the league.

Summer League Club News :

WSL A in Div 2 : Rugeley are beaten 0 -4 in match 1. Match 2 Bushbury are beaten 26/06/2014

WSL B in Div 3 : Rushall are beaten 0.5 - 3.5 and a solid match draw against an undefeated Bushbury C. 24/06/2014 Halesowen are beaten 1.5 - 2.5 following wins from Lewis Clarke, Paul Walters and a draw from Barry Lewis. We lose at Mercia but beat Brewood B 2 days later on 11/07/2014 to go top of Div 3. Great match, two solid draws and 2 wins against rival title contenders who were joint 1st with us. Well donw all.




BDSL (Rapid U560): Impressive win against Bushbury, lost at Mutual Circle.


Chess Success 2013/14

Pittaway Cup Winners Kidderminster beaten at Mercia (neutral venue) Tues 01/04/2014 Blog Robert Ward Memorial Trophy Winner

Rock Cup Winner

Dave Wightman Dave Wightman retains his CDCL Trophy Blog
    Club Championship final
BDCL Div 2 finalist individual knockout

Dave Wightman v Phil Bull. Drawn blog

Phil Bull v Dave Wightman rematch. Phil Bull wins. blog

DDCL Div 2 Champions

Congratulations to Phil Bull Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion 2013/14 and to Dave Wightman for being a most worthy contender.

Walrus Trophy Winners    

Wolverhampton has a further Champion

2013 Staffordshire Junior Chess Championships

Great breaking NEWS Another Champion at Wolverhampton! Lewis Clarke becomes County Junior U14 Champion after scoring a perfect 6 out of 6 against some higher graded opposition.

Lewis Clarke won the title and championship cup at the Staffordshire Junior Chess Championships for Under 14s. With an impressive 6 wins in his 6 match games he was the clear winner. The turning point in the tournament was in Match 4 where he was playing black against Alexander Jarvis of Rushall, who is graded 114 to Lewis on 105, when Lewis managed a check against white whilst trapping whites Bishop which ultimately led to the victory. Lewis then continued his impressive form securing further wins in the two remaining tournament games.

Chess Club AGM Trophy Contenders 2016/17  

As of 7th of April 2017.

W N Boydon Trophy :   Frank Wood  9 points. (WDCL A and B team games

Les Hesbrook Trophy (highest WDCL percentage in assigned team, minimum 6 games ) : Frank Wood 75% in tied team.

Millennium Cup (highest percentage and minimum 10 qualifying games): 64%

Merit Cup (Most games) : Frank Wood 26 games

Club Championship :  Awaiting details. 



Winner - Lewis Clarke (Wolverhampton) 6pts

2nd Alexander Jarvis (Rushall) 4.5 pts

3rd Jacob Smith (Leek) 4pts.

Junior Players from all around the Staffordshire region take part in this event each year including players from the England Junior team. The standard is very high and this is a most impressive result.

This is the 49th year of this Cup which was originally commissioned by John Thompson Ltd of Wolverhampton.  Lewis joins an impressive list of Junior Chess champions dating back to 1965.

Lewis had a brilliant day, if he can continue at this standard he should have a good season with Wolverhampton. Lewis also won his first round WDCL Rock Cup match against Michael Hoare (Lichfield).


Rock and Bidgood 2013 finalists




Match News


In our final WDCL Div 1 match 03/04/2014 of the season and with relegation a distinct possibility. Wolverhampton play host to a strong Walsall Kipping team. A great match with tense battles. The 4 - 2 victory escapes relegation and so we stay in Division 1! Well done all and to our WDCL Div 1 captain Frank Wood. Read all about here blog and see all scores on this site. See you at the Walrus event in May.

23/01/2014 WDCL B team travel to Lichfield to face their 2nd team in Div 2. We defaulted board 6 due to late unavailability but still achieve an impressive 2 - 4 win against a strong Lichfield team who outgraded us on every board. Well done Wolverhampton and particularly to Lewis Clarke, Geoff Rosser,Gordon Sands (cap) and to Peter Pearson Jones for winning their games against higher graded players. full results on this site..

09/01/2014 Warley Quinborne gain a 1 point lead but 3 adjournments will decide the match in WDCL Div 1.

06/03/2014 WDCL Div 4 C team : 2nd place Lichfield C visit and are held to a draw. Lewis Clarke, Barry Lewis drew, Paul Walters won to yield 2 points on the night. Lichfield C remain 2nd and we're 1 point behind in 3rd place but with 2 matches to play and 4 points up for grabs and permutations galore. Other news Lewis's draw puts him just 0.5 points behind Geoff Rosser in the highly contested race to gain the our prestigious W N Boydon Trophy.

18/02/2014 WDCL Div 4 C team move up to 2nd in the table with 5 wins, 1 loss. WDCL Div 4 C team beat Halesowen D 2.5 - 1.5 and equal the score from 13/02/2014 Warley Quinborne Away. WDCL Div 2 B team lost to a Boldmere St Michael's A. Well done all. full scores on site. Next week our WDCL A team play Halesowen A at home and our C team will be in action again away playing Halesowen D. Watch this space.

WDCL A Halesowen A Match Report/Blog added 21/02/2014 and to new main menu blog link.4/12/2013 Another week of success for Wolverhampton. This time in WDCL Div 2. Top of the division Rugeley played host to Wolverhampton and fielded a strong team that considerably outgraded us on some boards but the final score of the night was 2 - 4. P Pearson Jones, Phil Porter, Geoff Rosser all won their games and Peter Griffith and captain Gordon Sands drew. full scored in WDCL section of this website. Well done all!


WDCL Trophy Success 2013/14: A week of tremendous success as the WDCL season ends for Wolverhampton:

Pittaway Cup Winners 01/04/2014 Wolverhampton play a strong Kidderminster team and 2.25 handicap. Well done Wolverhampton, captain Peter Pearson Jones and his team. full scores on this site and in our club blog. Read all about the epic match here. Match Report/Blog and thank you to Mercia for hosting.

Rock Cup Success and a second WDCL Trophy in 2 weeks for Wolverhampton!: Well done Dave Wightman for winning the Rock Cup 10/04/2014. Dave beat Peter Banks in the Final. Blog

WDCL Rock Cup Quarter Final 30/01/2014: Match report by Dave Wightman here. ,

BDCL Individual Final (Div 2) Dave Wightman won the Div 3 individual cup last year and made the Div 2 final this year. Alas Dave didn't win but it's a tremendous achievement to become a Dív 2 finalist and Dave is still a multiple champion. blog and retains the Rock and Robert Ward memorial trophy after beating Frank Wood in the 01/05/2014 final.

BDCL Div 2 individual: Dave Wightman also wins his BDCL Div 2 individual Semi Final trophy match against Against Arthur Kent. Well done Dave, BDCL Div 2 individual Finalist. Read round 2 and Semi final match reports here. Well done all. 

Wolverhampton become WDCL Pittaway Cup finalists as Telford advance default their Semi final match with us and withdraw from WDCL.


Good season and Wolverhampton are in a 4 way playoff 06 May 2014.

06/02/2014 BDCL team beat Mutual Circle 6 - 0 Blog


Wolverhampton DDCL Div 2 Champions! DDCL Div 2 24/03/2014: Geoff Rosser's team faced Rushall 24/03/2014 and win with a solid 0 - 4 scoreline. This final match win adds to an impressive tally and our DDCL Div 2 team remain undefeated all season with 5 wins , 1 draw. Well done Wolverhampton captain Geoff Rosser and all players. full scores in DDCL fixtures section.

08/01/2014 In CDCL Div 3 Wolverhampton beat Boldmere St Michaels.

18/12/2013 Unbeaten run of success continues at Brewood. Our DDCL B team win 0.5 - 3.5 and maintain their unbeaten record with 3/3. full scores on this site. Well done all.

16/12/2013 2013 success continues with another 2 match wins in DDCL Div 3,

Other Club news :. Wolverhampton Chess Club has a New Champion 2012/13! A BDCL Div 3 individual champion (first in 90 years), winner of WDCL Bidgood Cup & CDCL Robert Ward memorial Trophy plus several club AGM Trophies. Well done Dave Wightman.

BDCL Div 3 individual final match Report

WDCL Bidgood Cup final

CDCL Robert Ward Memorial final

Summer League Club News :

WSL A in Div 2 : Rugeley are beaten 0 -4 in match 1.

WSL B in Div 3 : Rushall are beaten 0.5 - 3.5 and a solid match draw against an undefeated Bushbury C. 24/06/2014 Halesowen are beaten 1.5 - 2.5 following wins from Lewis Clarke, Paul Walters and a draw from Barry Lewis.

BDSL (Rapid U560): Impressive win against Bushbury, lost at Mutual Circle.

Super GM Simul 01/03/2014 Gordon Sands played Michael Adams GM at Telford. Well done Gordon Sands.on a fine game and for taking part in this once in a lifetime event. Game score to appear here soon.

Jan 2014 Shropshire Congress  A number of participants from Wolverhampton Chess Club.   Well done to Gordon Sands, Geoff Rosser and especially Phil Bull for achieving 2nd place in the Major.

Mastermind was the last TV quiz show we saw former longstanding club member and veteran captain Keith Bate.  Keith is on yet another quiz show.  Tune into ITV's The Chase Wed 22 January 2014 to see Keith


Chess Club Event Dates:

Wolverhampton Show 2013 : Chess in the Park.

Sat 13 & Sun 14 July 2013 11am til 6pm, Wolverhampton, West Park, (entrance gate 3 Lansdowne Rd WV1 4AL. Chess stall on field 3 on the right opposite entrance). Wow what a scorcher on possibly the hottest weekend in years! Chess in The Park 2013 Blog Link

Wolverhampton Chess Club's fifth consecutive year at the huge and ever popular Wolverhampton, City Show. Chess in The Park 2013 turned out to be be the best ever! and see Wolverhampton Show Section of this site for more details of 2013 and previous years shows.

Sadly Chess in The Park 2014 is very unlikely due to funding issues.

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

Wolverhampton Show Page



Event News and Club Championship

2013/14 Club Championship

Details and entry details are on display in the cupboard at the Chess Club. Entries are invited for 2013/14 Club Championship. To enter add your name to the Club Championship sheet in the chess club cupboard or email Dave Wightman (Competition organiser by 6 Sept 2013) Draw pairings to appear in the following table.

  Phil Bull 1.5 0.5 Dave Wightman

Latest : Phil Bull becomes Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion after beating Dave Wightman after initially drawing match 1.

Competition Rules

Courtesy of Dave Wightman

See Events Sections for full details and forthcoming club events throughout the Winter season!


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

Spring Rapidplay

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



Club Events Achievements and General News Summary

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)

Wolverhampton Summer League Success

Wolverhampton   Summer League Championship Years    

Division 2

2013 2012 2011 2010      
Best Player   Jonathan B Hunt          
Division 3 South  
Wolverhampton & District League (WDCL) 2015 & 16 2013/14 2012/13 2012/11 2010/11 2009/10 2008/9
Winners/Club Success
Bidgood Cup
  Dave Wightman Gordon G Sands      
Rock Cup Robert Marshall Dave Wightman Robert Marshall Robert Marshall Dave Wightman (joint winner)    
Humphrey's Cup (U130)
Pittaway Cup
Yes Yes     Yes Yes

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


Latest Club News

Attention all members:

BDSL Summer League:  We have a team in the Open section.  Good luck all.


AGM NEWS 5th May 2016:

Trophy Winners, New Captains, more details lower subs and a new club Sec Michael Oakes. Welcome and congratulations to all who've been elected for 2016/17

Special gratitude and thanks to Barry Lewis who is retiring as club sec after an amazing and commdable 33 years dedicated service to Wolverhampton Chess Club;

Delighted to announce  further reductions in subscription categories. Join from just £15! See Subs section, email or call for more details or attwnd club with no pbligation to join.

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


)7/04/2016  We had already gained promotion and a draw against Boldmere would clinch the Div 2 Championship title.  Gordon's draw and wins from Frank Wood, Peter Pearson Jones and Jonathan Hunt in the last WDCL A match of the season as well as many fine team wins and draws this season secured the championship title

2015/16 Winter Season

DDCL Div 1 team withdrawn.

WDCL Div 2 team win 3 out of 3.  We narrowly lose round 1 Pittaway against Lichfield be we draw in CDCL 26/11/2015. 

WDCL Rock Cup final:  Robert Marshall (B) drew with Andrew McCumiskey (W) at Rushall 13th April. Colours were reversed for the 01/05/2015 rematch.  Congratulations to Robert Marshall on winning the rematch and Rock Cup for Wolverhampton.

WDCL Bidgood Cup final: Mike Groombridge (W)  1 Lewis Clarke (B) 0.   Well done Lewis Clarke on progressing to the final.

National Club Championships:  11th and 12th April  at Holiday Inn near Birmingham Airport.  Wolverhampton drew against GLCC and Warley Quinborne in the first two rounds.  Well done all.  

Also refer to club blog for match reports and special features and new match and trophy sections.

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

WSL Div 3: Our WSL B in Div 3 beat Rushall B 0.5 - 3.5 02/06/2014 and achieve a solid draw against Bushbury in match 2.

WSL Div 2: An impressive 0 - 4 win at Rugeley.

Well done all. full results in WSL section.

Walrus 2014 15/05/2014 : Wolverhampton win Walrus and deprive Walsall Kipping of an hat trick at Wolverhampton. In an historical repeat of 2011 Paul Walters is the last board playing and the board result is decisive. A loss would of a resulted in a Rushall victory. Wolverhampton were outhr aded on some boards and had the lowest combined grade total. Wins against higher grades for Barry Lewis, Steve Wilson, Paul Walters and solid draws for Lewis Clarke, Peter Griffith and solid draws from Peter Jones, Dave Wightman and Peter Griffith equalled last year's winning score and elevated Wolverhampton just 0.5 points above 2nd place Rushall. Well done all and thank you to to all teams and players for making it an exciting and memorable night of chess battles. full scores in Walrus section.

BDSL (rapidplay) and WSL Summer (standard) leagues in progress. Wolverhampton's begin their BDSL season playing Bushbury 07/05/2014 and win 2 - 6. BDSL club fixtures and a new WSL 2014 section including fixtures, full scores, tables and more are on this site All WSL and club fixtures and BDSL club fixtures on this site.

Congratulations and well done to all. Wolverhampton win WDCL Pittaway Cup and Rock Cup Blog (Dave Wightman) and retains the CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy Blog. Wolverhampton also are DDCL Div 2 Champions 2013/14.

BDCL Div 2 : Top of the league Solihull A are held to a draw and thus Wolverhampton will play a 4 way play off Tues 06 May 2014. Best of luck to all.

WDCL Trophy Success : Pittaway and Rock Cup, the second WDCL Trophy in 2 weeks for Wolverhampton!: See New Trophy section

Staffordshire Congress Success 2014 12 & 13 April 2014 at Bloxwich Leisure Centre. Congratulations to Staffordshire Congress participants, particularly to Jonathan Hunt on winning the Major U160 and Thomas Sygnowski on jointly winning the Open. Gordon Sands also played well in the Minor. Well done all!

Wolverhampton Chess Club entrants at this years county congress. Phil Bull, Jonathan Hunt, Peter Pearson Jones, Geoff Rosser, Gordon Sands.

A New Club Champion : Phil Bull becomes Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion after beating Dave Wightman after initially drawing match 1. Congratulations and to Dave Wightman on being a worthy finalist and great forner Club Champion.

A week of tremendous success as the WDCL season ends for Wolverhampton:


News Archive and features 2011/12

News Archive and features 2012/13

News Archive and features 2013/14 New link


Club Event News : Championship & Rapidplay

2013/14 Club Championship

Details and entry details are on display in the cupboard at the Chess Club. Entries are invited for 2013/14 Club Championship. Entries for this years competition are now closed and the draw details have been published here Competition Rules

Club Championship: Wolverhampton Chess Club has a New Champion 2012/13! A BDCL Div 3 individual champion (first in 90 years), winner of WDCL Bidgood Cup & CDCL Robert Ward memorial Trophy plus several club AGM Trophies. Well done Dave Wightman. Can Dave Wightman retain his Club Champion crown? An epic final Phil Bull v Dave Wightman will decide who is the 2013/14 Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion.

19/12/2013 Christmas Rapidplay. Well done to Parminder Sanghera who scored 3.5/4 conceding just 0.5 points to Gordon Sands. The event was arranged at short notice and filled the gap for Pittaway Cup Semi Final that was scheduled for the same night, but Telford withdrew. Well done all and thank you to all who turned up on the last club night before Christmas.

Spring Rapidplay: Thurs 07 March Wolverhampton Chess Club Spring Rapidplay. The question was asked here could Robert Marshall retain his Spring Quickplay Crown. Mike Townsend led by just half a point (4/5) going into the last round against Robert Marshall (3.5) The game was a thrilling battle which ended in a draw. Hence, Mike Townsend becomes the Wolverhampton Chess Club Spring Rapidplay Champion 2013. Robert Marshall a very respectable 2nd place with 4/5. Phil Bull achieves an excellent 3rd after drawing with Robert Marshall in the early rounds. Well done Mike and all. Also thank you for Steve Wilson for organising the event.

WDCL/CDCL Trophy News

WDCL Trophy News Wolverhampton have four contenders for 2013/14.

Peter Tudor, Peter Griffith, Geoff Rosser and former Rock and Bidgood Cup winner Dave Wightman. Current Rock Cup holder Robert Marshall hasn't entered this years competition.

Peter Tudor, Peter Griffith and Geoff Rosser lose respectively to Peter Banks. Dave Amour and last years Rock Cup finalist Mike Groombridge.

Dave Wightman progresses to round 2 after beating S Heath. Gordon Sands draws with Lee Collier.

Pittaway Cup Semi Final: Wolverhampton are Pittaway Cup finalists after beating Stourbridge 13/12/2012. Read Match Report

Well done all to captain Mike Townsend and to Wolverhampton for winning 3 out of 4 of this years WDCL Trophies, Bidgood, Rock and ttaway Cups. Match Report

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)