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28/01/16 - Welcome page - news, Rules committee meeting
20/12/15 - FIDE Rated Congress - updated
17/10/15 - Welcome page - Stourbridge parking
12/10/15 - Welcome page - Birmingham Rapidplay
24/09/15 - Shirley Website URL
18/09/15 - Welcome page - Rapidplay
31/08/15 - Welcome page - Individuals
23/08/15 - Rushall return
20/08/15 - New rules/guidance
14/08/15 - Welcome page, Clubs - Bushnbury venue change.
11/08/15 - BDCL Rules updated
10/06/15 - South Birmingham website
09/06/15 - Honours page
09/06/15 - Welcome page - Ken Langston
26/05/15 - Welcome page - British Chess Championships
22/05/15 - Welcome page - Chess magazines
27/04/15 - Morry Wood awards
21/04/15 - ECF National Club Championships
9/04/15 - Home page - trophy finals
11/03/15 - Home page, Lightning tournament
05/03/15 - Home page - Lightning Tournament
03/03/15 - Home Page - Mike Walker Funeral details
02/03/15 - Document uploaded - Summer League
25/02/15 - Home page - Mike Walker
24/02/15 - Home Page - Morry-Wood Awards
16/02/15 - Home page - Tom Farley
11/02/15 - Home page - Mike Walker
21/01/15 - Welcome - Kynoch web site
20/01/15 - Home page - Colin Hammersley
13/12/14 - Home page - Robin Farmery
14/10/14 - Welcome page - Rapidplay
30/07/14 - Rule Change Proposals
06/07/14 - FIDE Laws updated
30/06/14 - West Bromwich page
25/06/14 - Welcome page - WCA
12/06/14 - Fixtures meeting
10/06/14 - Honours 2014
05/06/14 - Welcome page - AGM
28/05/14 - Archives 2013 added
15/05/14 - Welcome page, Bushbury venue change
07.05/14 - Welcome page - Division 2 play-off, Mike Biddle email.
03/05/14 - Morry-Wood page updated
14/04/14 - Welcome page - Staffordshire congress
29/03/14 - Welcome page - Summer League & League Management meeting.
28/03/14 - Welcome page - Rules meeting
25/03/14 - Mindsports events
17/03/14 - Welcome page - Keith Arkell
15/03/14 - Lightning Tournament 2014
03/03/14 - Welcome page - Team Lightning
03/03/14 - Welcome page - Morry Wood
23/01/14 - Welcome page - University Championships
20/01/14 - Welcome page - University details
08/01/14 - Welcome - staffs Congress
02/01/14 - Welcome page - Warwickshire Championships
01/01/14 - Alf Schroeder
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.
Report of the Rules Committee meeting held on Monday 25th Jan 2016 at South Birmingham C.C.
Homer Trophy H3-12 South Birmingham 3 v Olton 2
Olton claimed that they had not been informed of the date of this cup match. Terry Hare-Walker (South Birmingham) stated that he informed Robert Reynolds (Olton) of the date of Wednesday 13th January verbally at Olton on 2nd December. Robert Reynolds denied that this happened.
Rule 5.4(f) states that “Clubs are instructed to contact one another to confirm the playing arrangements”.
Olton, for various reasons, decided not to contact South Birmingham to find out the date chosen for the game. On the Thursday before cup week, Olton claimed the game by default and then South Birmingham re-stated the date chosen for the match. Olton also disputed the ruling by the Hon. Records Secretary not to accept their claim for a win by default. South Birmingham also claimed the match by default when Olton failed to appear on the date they had specified.
After considering submissions from by sides the committee gave the following ruling:
The committee rejects Olton’s claim that the Hon. Records Secretary was at fault in not accepting their claim.
The committee finds it disappointing that two experienced club officials have failed to comply with Rule 5.4(f) which has worked successfully for at least 25 years.
The committee finds that both clubs failed to comply with Rule 5.4(f) and orders that the game be played on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at South Birmingham.
Chairman, Rules Committee8/01/2016
Nominations for the 2015-16 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March.
Send e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr. Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)
The entry form for the Ritson Morry award can be accessed at http://www.birminghamchess.org.uk/Youth_entry_form.htm or by following the Morry-Wood link on the left-hand side of the BDCL web site.
Games submitted for the
Baruch H Wood award must show the date when played, the players
names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue .
Phil Maddocks on behalf of the Subcommittee Chairman
20/12/2015 - 4NCL congress and arbiter seminar
The 7th 4NCL Congress will take place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport on the weekend of 29th January - 31st January. It has three sections: Open, U2000 FIDE/U175 ECF and U135. The top two sections are FIDE-rated. The prize fund is £2,250. More information can be found here: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_07.htm
To enter, you can do so online or download the online entry form. Both are available online.
A FIDE Arbiters' Seminar will take place at the venue, alongside the Congress. The entry fee is £60 (£50 for hotel residents), and candidates who achieve 80% or more in the exam will earn a FIDE Arbiter norm, as well as being a Level 1 ECF Arbiter. Information and online entry to the Seminar can be found here: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_fide_arbiters.htm
Enquiries about the Seminar should be made to Alex Holowczak at email@example.com
Please note Dudley Council have now decided to close Rye Market multi-storey car park on evenings and it is therefore not available for players visiting Stourbridge. Tesco’s car park is also reduced from 3 hours parking to 2 hours, so this is unsuitable. Road side parking in High Street, Lower High Street or Market Street remain available.
Dave Scriven, Stourbridge C.C
12/10/2015 - Birmingham Rapidplay Results
1st: Ameet Ghasi 5.5 £200
2nd: Mike Surtees 5 £100
3rd: Lawrence Cooper 4.5 £50
Grading: Patrick Duncan, Andrew Lewis £12.50
1st: Parminder Sanghera 6 £120
2nd: Agoston Mihalik, Zoe Varney 5 £45 each
1st: Andrew Crowther, Brian Crofts 5 £90 each
3rd: Keiran Koasha 4.5 £30
1st: Chris Paul 6 £120
2nd: Ben Jacobsen 5 £60
3rd: Jason Smith, Martin Berridge, Paul Heeney, Fredrick Beneat, Steve Swajkun, Jeremy Sharples 4 £5 eachAlex Holowczak
24/09/2015 - Shirley Website address
The Shirley Club website address is now www.shirleychess.org.uk
18/09/2015 - Birmingham Rapidplay 2015
This year's Birmingham Rapidplay will take place on Sunday, 11th October at Quinborne Community Centre. There are four sections for players of all abilities, and over £1,000 in prizes.For more details, including the entry form and online entry, please click here.
31/08/2015 - League Individual competitions
Entries are now being accepted for the six Individual knockout tournaments. These should be sent to John Mildenhall firstname.lastname@example.org giving name, address, email and telephone number. Entry fee is £3.00, payable to the Birmingham & District Chess League.The closing date for entries is 1st October.
23/08/2015 - Rushall return to the BDCL
Rushall Chess Club have entered a team in the league after a few season's absence. They are playing at the Rushall Olympic Football Cub, Dales Lane, Rushall, WS4 1LJ. More information about the club is available on the Rushall page.
20/08/2015 - New Rules & guidance
Wiuth the new time limit options coming into force this season, a number of documents have been prepared by League members :
Although none of these are "official" BDCL offerings, they have been
reviewed by a number of members of the Management Committee, and
we're hopeful that they'll help Clubs prepare for the start of the
new season and get off to a smooth start. These documents &
links have been added to the Rules & Docs Page.
These documents & links have been added to the Rules & Docs Page.
14/08/2015 - Bushbury Venue Change
Bushbury Club have moved to :
Springvale Sports & Social Club
BilstonWest Midlands WV14 0QR
11/08/2015 - BDCL Rules
The League rukes as amened at the end of last season have been updated and are under Rules & Docs.
10/05/2015 - South Birmingham Website
South Birmingham Chess club has a new website at http://southbirminghamchessclub.com/
09/06/2015 - League AGM and presentation - Ken Langston, Hon. Treasurer stands down.
Presentation of trophies and awards for the various leagues and competitions took place at last night's AGM. The Hon. Treasurer, Mr Ken Langston announced he was standing down after 32 years in the post and was presented with a commemorative bottle of whisky.
The presentation was made by the Hon. General Secretary, Tim Lane.
26/05/2015 - British Chess Championships
Nine Grandmasters will be playing in the 2015 British Chess
Championships, played at the University of Warwick between 25th July
and 8th August.
They include both defending Co-Champions Jonathan Hawkins and David Howell. The full list can be seen here: http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/2015/
Spectators are welcome, but there are a variety of other events for people to play in, including Blitz and Rapidplays, Junior and Senior tournaments, and a weekend congress.
Please see http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/ for more details on events, including entry information.
22/05/2015 - Old 'Chess' magazines
Mr Chris Whittaker in Tipton will shortly be posting a collection of 'Ches' magazines for sale on eBay from Volumes 37 thru 50 if anyone is interested.
27/04/2015 - Morry Wood Awards 2014-15
The 2014-15 B.H.Wood best game prize has been awarded to Laurie Wheatley of Greenlands. The game can be seen on the Morry-Wood page.
No award was made for the W.R.Morry Junior prize.
21/04/2015 - ECF Club Championships
At the 2015 ECF National Club Championships, at Birmingham Airport Holiday Inn, weekend of 11-12th April, Sutton Coldfield won the Open, Intermediate, and Minor sections. West Bromwich were runners-up in the Open; Redditch were runners-up in the Intermediate. From the Birmingham League, Solihull, Warley Quinborne, and Wolverhampton also entered teams. There are extensive reports on the ECF website (under the Competitions heading). These Championships are planned to be run in Birmingham again next year.
9/04/2015 - Cup finals night
Three of the Knockout cup finals were played at Olton's venue on Tuesday 14th April. South Birmingham 2 beat Shirley 2 in the Homer trophy, while Birmingham University 4 beat St. Georges 4 in the Townshend. Greenlands 4 beat Sutton Coldfield 5 in the Barrington. The Division 6 Individual final also took place.
20/03/2015 - Mike Walker Funeral
Mike Walker's funeral took place on Tuesday 17th Match and was attended by many players and officials from the League. Chris Evans has updated Mike's obituary.
13/03/2015 - Mike Walker - Updated
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Mike Walkerof Mutual Circle at the age of 76. Chris Evans has written an obituary, which can be found here...
There will be a humanist funeral service at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 17th March, at Robin Hood Crematorium (Tel 0121 709 7009) , Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, B90 3NL. Afterwards, those who wish to attend are invited by Mike's wife and family to meet at the Billesley pub, Brook Lane, Kings Heath, B13 0AB.
If anyone wishes to commemorate Mike's life and death then his
family would welcome donations to 'The Research Fund' at Exeter
University. It will be possible to make donations at Mike's funeral
ceremony itself, but donations can also be made on-line at
by phone (01392 725012) or by post to The Development
Office, Northcote House, University of Exeter, FREEPOST (EX 472),
Exeter, EX4 ZH. Cheques should be made payable to "The
University of Exeter.
If anyone wishes to commemorate Mike's life and death then his family would welcome donations to 'The Research Fund' at Exeter University. It will be possible to make donations at Mike's funeral ceremony itself, but donations can also be made on-line at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/alumnisupporters/donateonline/ or by phone (01392 725012) or by post to The Development Office, Northcote House, University of Exeter, FREEPOST (EX 472), Exeter, EX4 ZH. Cheques should be made payable to "The University of Exeter.
11/03/2015 - BDCL Lightning Tournament 2015
The tournament took place at Olton's venue, Tyseley working Mens Club last night. 10 teams took part in 2 sections based on average grade. Section A was tight after round 4, with South Birmingham A half a point ahead of Olton A. Olton A managed a 4-0 win in the last round, but Richard Reynolds playing for Olton B held on to a point against South Birmingham A. Olton A won with 11½ points from South Birmingham A on 11.
Section B saw a runaway win for South Birmingham C on 15½ points. Sutton Coldfield B and Mutual Circle both finished with 7½ points but Sutton were awarded second plave on tie-break.
The overall individual award went to Jonathon Swindells of South Birmingham, who scored 4/4 on top board in Section A.
Thanks go to John Mildenhall for running the tournament and South Birmingham for providing extra equipment.
The full result and photographs can be found here.....
05/03/2015 - BDCL Lightning Tournament 2015
A reminder that the annual Lightning team tournament will be held at Olton C.C's venue (Tyseley WMC) on Tuesday 10th March, starting at 7:30pm. Teams of 4 will compete in sections at the rate of 10 seconds per move. Entries should go to the Lightning Committee Chairman, John Mildenhall.
02/03/2015 - Birmingham Summer League
The Summer League will be riun again this year. Any clubs wishing to take part can obtain the entry form from here...
24/02/2015 - Morry Wood competitions
Nominations for the 2014-15 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March.
Send e-mail submissions to email@example.com.
Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr. Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)
The entry form for the Ritson Morry award can be accessed at http://www.birminghamchess.org.uk/Youth_entry_form.htm or by following the Morry-Wood link on the left-hand side of the BDCL web site.Games submitted for the Baruch H Wood award must show the date when played, the players names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue
Phil Maddocks on behalf of the Subcommittee Chairman16/02/2015 - Tom Farley
I am sad to report the death of Tom Farley, the founder of Birmingham Telephone Area Chess Club and also a member of Kynoch Chess Club.Please see his obituary.
Former Hon. Gen. Sec. and Mutual Circle stalwart Mike Walker is seriously ill with pneumonia and is currently in the critical care unit in the Queen Elizabeth hospital. Our thoughts are with him and his family, and the League wishes him a speedy recovery.
Hon Gen Sec.
21/01/2015 - Kynoch website
Gren Morgan informs us that Kynoch Chess Club has a new website at www.kynochchessclub.co.uk
20/01/2015 - Colin Hammersley (updated 24/01/2015)
Colin Hammersley passed away on the 1st January 2015 aged 81. I first met him in 1959 when I came to Birmingham to live. He was playing top board for the City club at that time and did so until 1966 when the club had by then merged with Erdington folded. I do not know much about Colin's chess career before 1959 but League Records show that he won the Division 3 individual in 1953/54, was runner up in Division 1 1956/57 and League Division 1 Individual Champion in 1963/64. He played for Kynoch 1967/68 season and helped that club to win the Championship against a strong challenge from Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield. Up until this time when someone mentioned the word 'Batchelor' to me I conjured up an image of Colin. At the time apart from chess he played competitive bridge and snooker and also participated with a certain group of chess players with a penchant for poker. His first marriage came as a total shock! He enjoyed a happy married life with his first wife until her untimely death in the late 1990s. Some League members will remember Colin playing for Kynoch in the mid 1990s. He then married Margaret who had just lost her 2nd husband and moved to MarketHarborough. Colin was a man of forthright views a loyal friend and good company. His funeral is at 12.30 p.m. at St. Dioysius Church, Market Harborough on the 28th January.
Chris Evans of Mutual Circle has added the following :
Colin was a member of Mutual Circle for several years between 1969 and 1977. More recently he donated to us his collection of Mutual Circle Newsletters from the 1940s and 1950s. (These can be viewed at http://www.mutualchess.co.uk/ ). In consideration of this generous gift Colin was made a life-time 'honorary member' of our club in 2011. He maintained a keen interest in Mutual Circle and its players, continuing to follow our affairs through our weekly news bulletins until shortly before his death.
13/12/2014 - Robin Farmery
Robin Farmery, a Birmingham League stalwart for well over 50 years, has died from cancer after a six month illness.
very good at quickplay and was last season’s winner of the club’s
annual quickplay tournament.
David Short - Lichfield Chess Club
14/10/2014 - Birmingham Rapidplay 2014
116 players participated in the 19th Birmingham League Rapidplay. The following prizes were won. Click on the section name for full results in each section.
1st: Ameet Ghasi 6/6 £200
2nd=: Ryszard Maciol (West Bromwich)
Don Mason (Shirley & Wythall)
Pablo Padilla Cabero (Sutton Coldfield)
Golam Ali (Sutton Coldfield) 4/6 £38 each
Grading: Faraz Malik (South Birmingham) 3.5/6 £25 + magazine
1st: Alex Rossiter (Cabot) 5.5/6 £120
2nd: Michael Ashworth (Wootton Hall) 4.5/6 £60
3rd=: Paulina Kaminska
Aloysius Lip (South Birmingham)
James Friar (Kidderminster)
Phil Bull (Wolverhampton) 4/6 £30 each
Grading: Richard Szwajkun (Newport)
Ben Pourmozafari Magazine
1st: Richard Weston (Witney) 6/6 £120
2nd=: Duncan Macarthur (Keynsham)
Adrian Walker (Stroud)
Bob Wallace (Melton Mowbray) 4.5/6 £30 each
Grading: Jixin Yang
Owen Robinson Magazine
1st: David Price (Crewe) 5.5/6 £120
2nd=: Stephen Crockett (Redditch)
Paul Heeney (South Birmingham) 5/6 £45 each
Grading: Les Hall (Crewe) 3.5/6 Magazine
30/06/2014 - West Bromwich Directions
Please note the directions to then club have changed, but the venue is unchanged.
25/06/2014 - Warwickshire Chess Association
Warwickshire Chess Association are seeking volunteers to captain teams in the Under 140 and Under 120 County Championship in 2014/15. To express an interest, please contact Alex Holowczak at firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st July. If there are no volunteers by the passing of the deadline, then these teams will not run next season.
12/06/2014 - Fixtures Meeting
The fixtures meeting will be held at Olton's venue, Tyseley Working Mens Club, on Tuesday 17th June. Fixture sheets for the 2014-15 season have been distributed to clubs. Please contact Tim Lane at once if you have any difficulties with either the sheets themselves or with representation at the Fixtures Meeting.
Tim Lane, Hon. General Secretary
10/06/2014 - Honours 2014
The Winners for 2014 are now on the Honours page, along with photos of the key presentations.
05/06/2014 - League AGM & Trophy dates
The AGM is on Monday 9th June at Moseley All Services Club, where all Trophies will be presented,
The Dates of next seasons trophy rounds are :
Round 1 - Sept 29 - Oct 3
Round 2 - Nov 17 - Nov 21
Round 3 - Jan 12 - Jan 16
Round 4 - Feb 23 - Feb 27
Finals - Apr 13 - Apr 17
Easter Sunday Apr 5. The 1st Round draw is on the Trophies Page,
The composition of next seasons divisions can be found on the Tables Page.
Alan Woolaston, Hon Records Secretary
27/05/2014 - Archives 2014
Archive pages for the 2013-14 season have been added to the site.
21/05/2014 - West Bromwich Chess Club notice
Members of Birmingham League Clubs who do not participate in the
Club night - Monday
Friendly club, excellent venue with bar, easy access from M5 junction 1Contact David Davies 07751 964788
15/05/2014 - Bushbury Change of Venue
Bushbury Chess Club has a new venue.
The Polish Catholic Community Community Centre
Full details are on the club website
07/05/2014 - Mike Biddle's email
Please note that Mike's email address is now email@example.com
07/05/2014 - Division 2 promotion play-off
Four teams met at Mutual Circle's Venue to compete for second place in Division 2. An unusual set of circumstances meant that a four-way Jamboree was required to decide on the second promotion place. Teams from South Birmingham, Boldmere St. Michaels, Olton and Wolverhampton played over 12 boards.Two games were adjourned, so the result is yet to be decided.
03/05/2014 - Morry-Wood awards 2013-14
The B.H.Wood prize for best game has been awarded to Simon Smith of Warley Quinborne for the second year running. His game was judged the best of those submitted, after consideration by a panel of League players. To see the game and previous winning entries, go to the Morry-Wood page.
No award has been made this year in the W.R.Morry Junior competition.
17/04/2014 - Summer League
All fixtures for the Summer League now appear on the website. Please click "Summer League" on the left sidebar for more information. The rules are here..
14/04/2014 - Staffordshire Congress results
The Staffordshire Chess Congress was held over the weekend 12/13th April at Bloxwich Leisure Centre, Walsall.The Premier resulted in a tie on 4/5 between three players: IM Geoffrey Lawton of Birmingham, making a return to chess after an absence of over a decade, and two Staffordshire Players Malcolm Armstrong of Stafford and Tomasz Sygnowski of Wolverhampton who also tied for the Staffordshire Closed Championship. Four games are available here.
1st -3rd IM Geoffrey Lawton (Checkmate) £150, Malcolm Armstrong (Stafford) (Advertiser Trophy) £165 and Tomasz Sygnowski (Wolverhampton) (Advertiser Trophy) £165.
Grading U200: Mark Whitehead (Rochdale), Andrew Paterson (Solihull) and Trevor Brotherton (Church Stretton) share £50.
Senior: Mike Surtees (Bolton) Richard Bryant (Oswestry) and Jan Havenaar (Netherlands) share £30.
Junior: Owen Bennett (Caerleon) £25.
1st Jonathan Hunt (Wolverhampton) £120.
2nd Shabir Okhai (Syston) £80.
3rd Michael Connor(Great Lever) Martyn Harris (Newcastle-under-Lyme) and Steve Rooney (Church Stretton) share £50.
Senior and Grading U140: Robert Clegg (Huddersfield) £60.
Junior: Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek) £25.
1st – 3rd Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) Francis Rooney (Church Stretton) and Marco Ho (Lichfield) share £250.
Grading U 100: Marten Kats (Derby) £30.
Senior: Christopher Fraser (West Bridgford) Colin Gardiner (Newmarket) and Gordon Somerville share £30.
Junior: Adam Bennett (West Nottingham) and Andrew Fenn (Bloxwich) share £20.
29/03/2014 - League Management meeting.
The next League management meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 15th May at Warley Quinborne's venue. The Agenda and previous meeting's minutes have been circulated to club Secretaries.
Tim Lane, Hon. Gen. Secretary
29/03/2014 - Birmingham Summer League
The Birmingham Summer League will be run again this year. There will be three divisions. Entries should go to Alex Holowczak and should reach him by Monday 14 April; entry fees should go to Ken Langston. All participants have to be bronze (or better) members of the ECF.
28/03/2014 - Rules committee decision
The Rules Committee met on Tuesday 25 March at South Birmingham to
consider the dispute between S.S.Goray (Mutual Circle) and F.Dickson
(South B'ham) in the Individual Tournament. As the elected Chairman
of the Committee had an interest in the outcome of the dispute
D.Thomas took the chair for this meeting.
25/03/2014 - What are you doing this weekend ?
Mind Sports International give you the opportunity for you to play Chess, Scrabble and Magic all week-end long and later in the year. A list of events starting Saturday 29th March is given here in PDF format.
17/03/2014 - Keith Arkell - European Seniors Tournament
Stourbridge-registered Keith Arkell won the European Seniors Championship (50+) in Porto, Portugal today. He drew his last round to finish half a point ahead of Evgenij Kalekin of Russia.
Results can be seen here: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr123108.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=9&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984
15/03/2014 - Team Lightning Tournament
The Annual Team lightning Tournament took place at Olton's venue on Tuesday 11th March. The results appear here.....
03/03/2014 - Morry-Wood competitions
Nominations for the 2013-14 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March.
E-mail submissions go to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)
The entry form for the Morry award can be found on the link "Morry-Wood" and then clicking "Youth Entry Form"
Games submitted for the B H Wood award must show the date when played, the players names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue.
23/02/2014 - University Championships
Birmingham University finished 2nd in the Plate section at this year's University Championship: http://www.buca.org.uk/file_download/71/tab14p.htm
Their 5 match results were:
3-1 win v Imperial 3
3.5-0.5 win v Nottingham 2
2-2 draw v Imperial 2
4-0 win v York 2
2-2 draw v LSE 2
Robert Lydiard of Birmingham finished in 2nd place in the Board 1 board prize for the Plate section.
Full results for the event for those who are interested can be found here: http://www.buca.org.uk/news/2014-buca-team-championship-results
20/01/2014 - Birmingham University contact details
Please note the contact details for Birmingham University.
Peter Steele, 107 Poole Crescent, Harborne. B17
0PE. Mob.: 07706033833
Darpit Shah, 185 Gristhorpe Road, Birmingham. B29 7SP. Mob.: 07536868158email : email@example.com
08/01/2014 - Staffordshire congress 2014
Details of the Staffordshire congess on 12th/13th April are on the entry form which appears here...
02/01/2014 - Warwickshire Chess Championsips
1st and 2nd March 2014 - Warwickshire Chess Championships
Entries are now open for the Warwickshire Chess Championships which take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March 2014 at The Trident Centre, Poseidon Way, Warwick CV34 6SW.
There are four sections and five rounds.
This year the Junior Championships are being held simultaneously. The guaranteed prize fund has been increased to £1600.
Excellent catering will be available throughout the week-end in the refectory near the playing hall. Free parking on site.
Further details and entry procedures can be found by clicking on the
following link to the Warwickshire Chess Association website :-
01/01/2014 - Alf Schroeder
It is with great regret that I report that Alf Schoeder of Bushbury Chess Club passed away early yesterday morning. He was 98 years old and still held a grade of 117. Alf had had a fall at the nursing home where he was staying and had been taken to New Cross Hospital as a precaution. Alf was a long-standing player in the League and will be sadly missed. An obituary from Marek Schroeder and funeral details appear here..
From Simon Jones
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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