BIRMINGHAM & DISTRICT CHESS LEAGUE
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The news was last updated on 12/11/2013
Updates/Pages recently updated
12/11/13 - Welcome Page - Peter Oliver email
08/11/13 - Welcome page - Stourbridge parking
24/10/13 - Welcome page - Warley Quinborne 5
15/10/13 - Welcome page - Shropshire congress.
14/10/13 - Welcome page - Birmingham Rapidplay
02/10/13 - Welcome page - Sutton Coldfield venue
01/09/13 - Welcome page - League Individuals
23/08/13 - Welcome page - Summer League
20/08/13 - Welcome page - Leamington Rapiplay
13/08/13 - Welcome page - Sutton Coldfield equipment
25/07/13 - Welcome page - Birmingham and Coventry congresses.
05/07/13 - Welcome page - Wolverhampton parking
12/06/13 - Clubs pages and index
11/06/13 - Honours page
11/06/13 - Welcome page - Book collection
07/06/13 - Trophies & Tables for 2013-14
19/05/13 - AGM Notice
15/05/13 - Welcome - Staffs congress
13/05/13 - Archives 2013
02/05/13 - Welcome page
29/04/13 - Morry-Wood - Winners announced
27/04/13 - Guidelines for captains
25/04/13 - John Holmberg Funeral
22/04/13 - Admin pages - Rules meeting
18/04/13 - Links page - Kynoch
16/04/13 - Welcome - British Blitz
11/04/13 - Robert Jones
10/04/13 - Chess in Schools & Communities
09/03/13 - Welcome - Champions
19/03/13 - Welcome - Summer League
13/03/13 - Team Lightning Tournament
25/02/13 - Welcome - Warwickshire congress
21/02/13 - Lightning tournament form
21/02/13 - Welcome - Morry-Wood, Lightning
31/01/13 - Welcome - Alf Schoeder update
29/01/13 - Welcome - ECF Grades
28/01/13 - Welcome - League Individual
27/01/13 - Welcome - Alf Schroeder's Birthday
10/01/13 - Welcome/Clubs - Rushall Venue
10/01/13 - Welcome/Clubs - Sutton Coldfield
01/01/13 - Welcome - Stourbridge Parking
18/12/12 - Welcome - e2e4 Congress
17/12/12 - County - Under 120 result added
02/12/12 - Welcome - MCCU news
28/11/12 - Checkmates withdrawal
26/11/12 - County - Under 120 result added
18/11/12 - Welcome - Mike Walker
24/10/12 - Welcome - Halesowen Roadworks
08/10/12 - Welcome - Rapidplay
09/10/12 - Welcome - Free Tournament
24/09/12 - eMatch cards - Version 8 available
20/09/12 - Welcome - New Redditch venue
13/09/12 - Welcome - Stourbridge venue
10/09/12 - Welcome - Birmingham Blitz
01/09/12 - Welcome - Leamington Rapidplay
31/08/12 - Welcome - Changes to handbook
20/08/12 - Birmingham Rapiplay
05/07/12 - Welcome - Special meeting
25/06/12 - Welcome - Hinckley Congress
24/06/12 - Welcome - Staffs Congress 2013
12/06/12 - Welcome - League AGM
12/06/12 - Officers page updated
11/06/12 - Honours - 2012 winners added
28/05/12 - Welcome - Chess lectures
22/05/12 - Morry Wood Winners
22/05/12 - Archives - Trophies 2011-12
21/05/12 - Welcome - AGM notification
17/05/12 - Welcome - David Rowe - Update
14/05/12 - Welcome - Management Meeting
11/05/12 - Welcome - Tony Brown
11/05/12 - Welcome - MCCU Arbiters course
01/05/12 - Sheffield Congress
16/04/12 - Welcome - Staffordshire Congress
21/03/12 - Welcome - Rapidplay update
14/03/12 - League Lightning Tournament
08/03/12 - Welcome - Individual Final News
02/03/12 - Birmingham Summer League
24/02/12 - Stourbridge car parking updated
20/02/12 - Google places map
17/02/12 - Stourbridge car parking
08/02/12 - Welcome - League Lightning
30/01/12 - ECF Half-year grades published
30/01/12 - Staffordshire Congress
26/01/12 - Birmingham Rapidplay
17/01/12 - Norman Young obituary
16/01/12 - Dave Thomas award
13/01/12 - Walsall venue move
23/12/11 - E Match cards - V7 available
15/12/11 - British Blitz Championships
08/12/11 - West Bromwich venue change
18/11/11 - Individual Tournament update
16/11/11 - Report of rules commitee meeting
01/11/11 - Welcome - New Kynoch Venue
Sutton Coldfield Venue
Sutton Coldfield Chess Club will be meeting in the Lounge of Minworth Social Club, Robinsons Way (off Water Orton Lane), Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB. Same night and start time (Mondays 7.30pm) so fixtures are unaffected. Patrons requested not to bring their own food or drink.
12/11/2013 - Peter Oliver email address
Peter Oliver (Tamwoth & District) will change email address on Thursday 14th November. Please update your contact details, replacing 'aol' with 'btinternet'. The full email address appears on the Tamworth page under BDCL Clubs.
08/11/2013 Stourbridge Parking
The new Tesco supermarket next to the Stourbridge CC venue is now complete. There is a new underground car park available. Currently, visitors can park for free for a maximum of three hours. Please note this may change.
The Tesco car park entrance is 10 yards from the entrance to our club and is accessed via Bell Street. Unfortunately, the car park entrance is not a pedestrian entrance. If you choose to park on the Tesco car park you will need to use the escalators/lifts to reach the top floor for the main Tesco entrance. You then need to walk round the atrium to the exit for Market Street. On Market Street turn right until you reach the crossroads and then turn right again onto Bell Street. Our venue is then on your right.
Given the walk from the Tesco car park, visitors may find the Ryemarket multi-storey is actually a little closer for pedestrians and doesn't have the three hour limit, though it is pay-and-display. This multi-storey can be accessed from the Stourbridge ring-road via Victoria Street between the Police Station and Aldi.
Roadside parking remains available in High Street, Market Street and Lower High Street, each of which are also accessed from the ring-road and are each one-way.
If anyone requires any further information, please contact Dave Scriven.
24/10/2013 - Warley Quinborne 5
It is with deep regret that Warley Quinborne will be withdrawing their Division 5 side from the League. The club has had a difficult period with as many as 5 players in hospital at one time and 3 of these are from BDCL Division 5.
With a shortage of players able to play currently, drive and transport others, it is extremely unlikely that we would be able to fulfil the fixture programme for this team.
15/10/2013 - Shrophire Congress
Entries are now open for the Shropshire Chess Congress which takes place on Sat 4 and Sun 5 January 2014 at The Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way, Old Park, Telford TF3 4AW.
We had a record
entry last year with three fiercely-contested sections and some
great chess. We look forward to extending a warm
And you won’t go hungry as we will once again have some great food from Jacob and his team to keep you nourished over the weekend.
are attached and you can enter online through the following link to
We are always very grateful to receive donations and this year as we are planning to extend the live board coverage we will put all donations towards the purchase of additional DGT sensory sets.If you prefer to enter by posting a paper form, we are still happy to receive cheques! Please feel free to copy the entry form and pass to your club colleagues.
14/10/2013 - Birmingham Rapidplay
96 players entered the 18th Birmingham & District Chess League Rapidplay, held on 13th October, 2013. Amongst them were 1 GM and 2 IMs.
The results were as follows:
Open Section Full result
1 GM Hebden, Mark L 4NCL Guildford 5.5 ENG M 2495 2624 +0.70 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 £200
2 IM Ghasi, Ameet K Birmingham 5.0 ENG M 2439 2488 +0.53 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 £100
3 IM Cobb, James E Clifton 4.5 WLS M 2418 2411 +0.20 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 £50
4 Timmins, Chris P Bristol 4.0 ENG M 1920 2179 +2.07 0 1 1 1 0 1 £25 (Grading)Major Section Full result
1 Friar, Joseph D Kidderminster 5.0 ENG M 1872 2102 +1.65 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ £120
2 Ai, Farshad Phoenix 4.5 ENG M 1951 2010 +0.43 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 £60
3 Kalyana, Ashwin Halesowen 3.5 ENG M 1856 1884 +0.25 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ £30
Intermediate Section Full result
1= Cole, James Magdalen Colleg 5.0 ENG M 1720 1885 +1.14 0 1 1 1 1 1 £70
1= Talbot, Nathan L Wigan Knights 5.0 ENG M 1699 1845 +1.00 1 1 1 0 1 1 £70
1= Varney, Daniel Cumnor 5.0 ENG M 1696 1917 +1.59 1 1 1 1 1 0 £70Minor Section Full result
1= Hall, Ray Birmingham 5.5 ENG M 1424 1765 +2.02 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 £90
1= Calderbank, Stuart Stratford 5.5 ENG M 1352 1714 +1.65 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 £90
3= Jones, Simon A Bushbury 4.0 ENG M 1400 1515 +0.62 1 1 0 1 0 1 £10
3= Taylor, A (Tony) Halesowen 4.0 ENG M 1232 1414 +0.94 0 1 1 1 0 1 £10
3= Vernon, Colin G Birmingham Univ 4.0 ENG M 1160 * 1300 1300 0 1 1 1 1 0 £10
PGN files for the top 8 boards in each round can be downloaded
PGN files for the top 8 boards in each round can be downloaded here
Some of the games were displayed live at http://www.chess.dw4n.com/birRapid/tfd.htmAlex Holowczak
02/10/2013 - Sutton Coldfield change of venue
Starting Monday 7th October 2013, Sutton Coldfield Chess Club will be meeting in the Lounge of Minworth Social Club, Robinsons Way (off Water Orton Lane), Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB. Same night and start time (Mondays 7.30pm) so fixtures are unaffected. Patrons requested not to bring their own food or drink.
01/09/2013 - League Individuals 2013-14
Entries are invited for the League individual competitions for the coming season. Any BDCL player wishing to take part in these should contact the Individual Tournament controller, John Mildenhall. Please provide name, address, telephone number and email address where available, as well as the division you wish to participate in. There is an entry fee of £3.00. Cheques should be payable to Birmingham & District Chess League. Closing Date 1st October 2013.
68 Stornaway Road, Castle Vale, B35 6NS
23/08/2013 - Summer League results
The winners of each division are:
Division 1 - Shirley & Wythall
Division 2 - Sutton Coldfield
Division 3 - Westminster
20/08/2013 - Leamington Rapidplay 2013
The 27th Leamington Rapidplay congress will take place on Sunday 15th September. This year's venue is the Trident Centre, Warwick, CV34 6SW. The open section will be FIDE rated. For more details and entry information, the website is here...
13/08/2013 - Sutton Coldfield Equipment Sale
Sutton Coldfield Chess Club is selling off all its old wooden boards and all its sets of wooden or plastic pieces - including the very best ones (but no clocks). This is to make way for new sets.
Each board or each set of pieces is being sold for £5 or less, depending on condition. Grab yourself a bargain while stocks last! Simply come along to the Club (33 Sutton New Road, B23 6TD) on the evening of
19-August-2013 to view and buy.
25/07/2013 - Birmingham Rapidplay Congress 2013
This will be held at Quinborne Community Centre on Sunday 13th October. Four FIDE-Rated sections starting at 10am. Online entry is now available, or you can download a printable entry form from the Rapidplay page.
25/07/2013 - e2e4 congress Coventry
The e2e4 Coventry Congress will be held at the Holiday Inn, Coventry between 23-26 August 2013.
Full details are available online at http://www.e2e4.org.uk/coventry/Aug2013/index.htm
Until further notice : The spacious car park opposite Wolverhampton Chess Club has been closed by the council. Visitors and clubs can park outside the venue and on ground opposite club. This area is sloped, rough ground.
Wolverhampton Chess Club
12/06/2013 - Clubs pages updated
The list of clubs and some Secretary details have been updated. Would Secreraries please review the information for thier club and provide an update if required.
11/06/2013 - Photos from the AGM presentation
Photos of the winning teams receiving their trophies from League President, Dave Brelsforth, are now on the Honours page.
11/06/2013 - Second-hand books
Birmingham University report that a large collection of second-hand chess books is available at the Oxfam shop in Harborne High Street. There is everything from opening books to speciality first editions.
7/06/2013 - Trophy dates 2013 season
The Trophy Dates for BDCL Season 2013-14 are as follows
Round One - Sept 30th - Oct 4th
Round Two - Nov 18th - Nov 22nd
Round Three - Jan 20th - Jan 24th
Round Four - Feb 24th - Feb 28th
Finals - Apr 7th - Apr 11th
For Reference Easter Sunday is April 20th
Full Draw can be found on the bottom of the Trophies Page
The composition of next season's Divisions is on the Tables Page
19/05/2013 - League AGM
The 106th League AGM takes place on Monday 10th June at South Birmingham's venue, starting at 7:30pm.There will be a short Management meeting after the AGM. The agenda can be found here...
15/05/2013 - Staffordshire congress results
1st Mark Hebden (Leicester) 4.5 £250
2nd Ali Jaunooby (Denton) 4 £120
3rd Tomasz Sygnowski (Wolverhampton) ( Advertiser Trophy) 3.5 £100
Senior/ Grading Mike Surtees (Bolton) 3 £35 & Richard Bryant (Bolton) 3 £35
Junior Henrik Stepanyan 3 £20
1st & 2nd = Robert Clegg (Huddersfield) £100 & Ian Emery (Warley Quinborne) 4 £100
Senior Andrew Walker (Stroud) 3.5 £20
Junior Rhys Bennett (Newport South Wales) 3.5 £20
U 140 Grading Andrew Collins (Leamington) 3.5 £20
3rd = Ben Graff (Leamington) 3.5 £16.66 & Pavel Ondrejka (Rugby) 3.5 £16.67 & David Pritchard (Walsall Kipping) 3.5 £16.67
1st Adam Bennett (West Nottingham) 4.5 £120
2nd = Stephen Crockett (Redditch) 4 £43.32 & Gabor Csepregi (Shirley & Wythall) 4 £43.34 & Peter Windows (Meir) 4 £43.34
5th = Jacob Cartlidge (Cheddleton & Leek) 3.5 £25 & John Pakenham (Warley & Quinborne) 3.5 £25
Senior Peter Griffin 3 £20 & David Hull (Southport) 3 £20
Junior Sam Beardmore (Cheddleton & Leek) 3 £10 & Benjamin Headlong (Moonrakers) 3 £10
U100 Grading James Waddington (Bolton) 1.5 £20
Selected games are here in pgn format.
02/05/2013 - Chess Musical in Pershore
A local production of Chess: The Musical, in Worcestershire, will feature the original strategies used by Bobby Fisher and Anatoly Karpov, as well as other Grandmasters.
Asistant Producer29/04/2013 - Morry-Wood awards
The W.R.Morry Junior award this season goes to Ashwin Kalyana of Halesowen.
The B.H.Wood award for best game was won by Simon Smith of Warley Quinborne. The game can be seen on the Morry-Wood page.
Phil Maddocks on behalf of Laurie Wheatley (Morry-Wood Chairman)
25/04/2013 - John Holmberg Funeral
John Holmberg’s funeral will be held at Redditch crematorium on Tuesday 7th May at 11 am, then at the Rocklands Social Club, where Headless Cross hold their chess club. The family have asked approx numbers attending. Would anyone intending to go on to the Rocklands please e-mail Mark Hore at firstname.lastname@example.orgMichelle Clack
22/04/2013 - Rules Committee meeting
The rules committee met recently to settle 2 disputes. The decisions are published here.
Mike Biddle, Rules Committee Chairman
16/04/2013 - British Blitz Championship
The British Blitz Championship will take place on Saturday, 20th April, 2013, at Quinborne Community Centre, Quinton. 11 games of chess are played between 1:30pm and about 6:30pm. There is a prize fund of over £750. You can enter the event here: http://www.britishblitzchess.co.uk
15/04/2013 - John Holmberg
It is with regret that we hear that long-standing Redditch member John Holmberg passed away last Friday. John will be sadly missed. His energy and enthusiasm helped to drive Redditch forward and he was instrumental in starting a second Birmingham League Team. He captained this team for many years and Redditch became a more vibrant club as a result.
10/04/2013 - Obituary & Funeral Details - Robert Jones 1945-2013
Robert Jones, a member of Walsall Kipping Chess Club for over 40 years, died peacefully on 3rd April, after suffering from a protracted and debilitating illness. He was a longstanding player in both the Wolverhampton and Birmingham Leagues; and for more than 10 years he captained the club’s WDCL Division 1 side, successfully leading them to the Championship in the 1994-5 season. He was a strong club player, and supported many of the local tournaments, as well as being a County (Staffs) player.
In a simultaneous display given by GM Alexei Suetin in 1992 as part of the club's Jubilee celebrations, Rob not only provided him with the stiffest opposition, but was able to engage him in a discussion of the game in Russian afterwards!
Rob was a cheerful and valued member of the club, and never happier than when talking up his favourite opening-the Morra Gambit! He will be sorely missed. The funeral will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday 17th April,Streetly Crematorium, Little Hardwick Rd., Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0SG
10/04/2013 - Chess in Schools & Communities
Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) are looking for volunteers to teach chess and/ or setup chess clubs in schools across the West Midlands. A copy of their advertisement can be found here.
27/03/2013 - Divisional winners
Shirley & Wythall are confirmed as League Champions. Congratulations to them.Olton A are winners of Division 4, Solihull are unassailable in Division 5 and South Birmingham are top of Division 6.
19/03/2013 - Summer League
The 2nd Birmingham Summer League will be run during the close season.
Entries should go to Alex Holowczak and should reach him by Monday 15 April; entry fees should go to Ken Langston. The entry fee is a mere £5 per and is used solely to cover the costs of the results service,Download the entry form here
13/03/2013 - Team Lightning Tournament
The League Lightning tournament took place at Olton's venue on Tuesday 12th March. There were 14 teams in two sections from a variety of League clubs. South Birmingham took most of the honours as their A team won section A and the B team were second. Section B was won by South Birmingham D, with Olton B second.
Birmingham University player Minh Do was awarded the individual prize, one of two players scoring 6/6.
The full result is here....
Old news items have been moved here......
Guidelines for Captains and Players
guidelines are intended to assist captains and players. They are,
nevertheless, only guidelines, and anyone requiring further details
should consult the League Rules or the Laws of Chess.
New Ematch card (v8) is now available
The layout is still on Word but the size has changed from an Envelope to A6. Total Scores are now back at the bottom. Home Team always on the left. Put H or A in the box to denote if you are the Home or Away team. One Initial & Surname (unless to distinguish between players with the same Initial & name). No full stops please & not all capitals please. Delete old versions V5, V6, etc.
Download the new version here...
Rapidplay, October 2012
122 players attended the 17th Birmingham League Rapidplay today, including 3 Grandmasters, and 2 International Masters. We had about 110 last October, and about 95 last March, so this is an increase in the number of players in attendance. It was particularly pleasing to have numerous juniors playing in the Minor, some of which were playing in their first congress.
The prize-winners were:
Open (20 players)
GM Hebden, Mark 4NCL Cheddleton 5.0 ENG M 2487 2550 +0.56 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ £200
IM Ghasi, Ameet Birmingham 4.5 ENG M 2432 2458 +0.34 1 1 1 1 0 ½ £75
IM Cooper, Lawrence Stafford 4.5 ENG M 2317 2381 +0.59 1 1 0 1 1 ½ £75
Webster, Richard Ashfield 4.0 ENG M 2000 2164 +1.01 0 1 0 1 1 1 £25 (grading)
Major (29 players)
Price, Andrew Leamington 5.0 ENG M 1911 2690 +0.56 1 0 1 1 1 1 £90
Robinson, Thomas Redditch 5.0 ENG M 1874 * 2179 +1.50 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 £90
Pritchard, David Walsall Kipping 4.5 ENG M 1955 2098 +0.73 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 £15
Ai, Farshad Phoenix 4.5 ENG M 1923 2635 +1.40 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 £15
Intermediate (34 players)
Robinson, Will Bristol 5.0 ENG M 1730 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 £70
Evans, Garry Olton 5.0 ENG M 1682 * 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 £70
Weston, Rick Witney 5.0 NZL M 1674 * 2612 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 £70
Minor (39 players)
Cole, James Magdalen Colleg 5.5 ENG M 1458 * 1802 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ £120
Crockett, Stephen Redditch 5.0 ENG M 1631 0 +0.00 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ £60
Pitkeathly, Hamish University of B 4.5 ENG M 1587 0 +0.00 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 £6
Varney, Andrew Cumnor 4.5 ENG M 1514 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 ½ £6
Ashworth, Robert Wotton Hall 4.5 ENG M 1474 * 1631 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 £6
Vitarana, Aaron Birmingham Chec 4.5 ENG M 1450 * 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 ½ £6
Stepanyan, Gurgen 4.5 ENG M 0 * 896 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 £6
LEAGUE NEWS MAILING LIST
We now have a mailing list for members of Birmingham League teams to receive information and news of events taking place. Please contact the webmaster if you wish to receive an invite to join.
Bulletin Board Launched
The League's Forum is now available for players to start and debate the matters of the day. Please email me if you would like to register as a member of the forum.
Please note this is new and may take some bedding in. Please report any issues you come across.
I have now updated the details of clubs that play in the BDCL on the website. Each club has a page and it is up to club Secretaries to inform me of any errors or changes. Clubs can also send me items for inclusion that will help promote their club.
Click on 'BDCL Clubs' link on the left.
Locations of clubs are on Google maps
Have you a grading double?
I am doing a trawl for players with more than one entry in the ECF grading database. Not the published online list, but the larger central database. Some people have duplicate entries for years without ever knowing it, because one entry is unpublished. Anyway a list of possible duplicates, including unpublished players, is here. Are you in it?
You may well be there with the same code more than once. That doesn't matter. But if you appear with two or more different codes, let me know and I will merge your records into one. E-mailed me direct:
Most of the “duplicates” in the list will be genuinely different people, and it’s perfectly obvious that some are. Don’t write to say a namesake is NOT you. But do write if you’re not sure, giving some indication of the events you’ve played in in the last three years or so.
Grading Administrator, ECF
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