BIRMINGHAM & DISTRICT CHESS LEAGUE
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The news was last updated on 03/02/2024
Updates/Pages recently updated
03/02/24 - David Dunn memorial
31/01/24 - Parking in Lichfield
24/01/24 - Chess talks by Robert bellin
23/01/24 - Guidelines for Captains updated
15/01/24 - Cannock League event
01/01/24 -Dispute Ruling
16/12/23 - Welcome page & BDCL Clubs
07/12/23 - Death of Richard Simpson
11/10/2023 Demise of David Pugh
9/10/2023 WCC X-mas Blitz
9/10/2023 Mutual Circle New Venue Details
16/9/2023 2023/24 BDCL Rules updated
21/8/2023 35th Birmingham Rapidplay
6/8/2023 Towers Summer Cup "Open" Semi-Final results-report
2/8/2023 Morry-Wood Best Game published
8/7/2023 Morry-Wood 2022-23 prize list updated
24/6/2023 New Results 2023-24 tab
24/6/2023 Clubs updates
19/6/2023 BDCL Summer League Rules 2023
25/5/2023 Wolverhampton Pre-Season Rated Blitz 7th Aug
8/5/2023 Funeral details - Robert Wallman
3/5/2023 Funeral details - Iain Galloway
15/4/2023 Demise of Iain Galloway
3/4/2023 Demise of Robert Wallman
6/3/2023 Shropshire Junior Chess
1/2/2023 ECF Arbiter Seminar
26/1/2023 FIDE Laws & Guidelines updated
9/1/2023 Uni of Bham club details updated
9/1/2023 E match cards v2023 uploaded
9/1/2023 Kynoch CC start time is 7:30 pm
5/1/2023 X-mas Blitz report
03/02/2024 - David Dunn Rapidplay Memorial Tournament
Moseley All services
Club, Church Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B12
will be available between rounds
31/01/2024 - Parking at Lichfield
Please note that there is no longer any free parking near Lichfield chess club after 6.30pm.It now costs £1.50 up until Midnight.
Lichfield Chess Club
24/01/2024 - Chess talks by Robert Bellin
Robert has arranged for a series of chess talks to take place at The Wellington, a Birmingham city centre specialist real ale pub (37 Bennetts Hill, B2 5SN), starting Tuesday 30th January and then continuing monthly on the last Tuesday of each month until June 25th. There will be talks from 7:30-9:30pm and people are welcome to stay and play till later if they wish but must bring a set and board if so as there are none provided.
The presentations are free but attendees are encouraged to
have some (several!) of the quality libations the pub provides if we
are to have a chance of continuing the series. The talks will be
wide-ranging on many different aspects of chess and there will
likely be four talks (standalone but some linked) per session.
Robert will try to make all the talks worthwhile for a wide range of
players but will also aim to make the earlier talks particularly
accessible. The pub has a strict over-18s only policy.
23/01/2024 - Guidelines for Captains updated
Mike Biddle has provided updated guidelies for captains, which are available on the Rules & docs page.
15/01/2024 - Cannock League Tournament
The Cannock & District Chess League was
founded in April 1999, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary we are
holding a Rapid Play tournament on Saturday 20th April 2024 at the
Rycroft Community Hub in Walsall. There are 3 sections - Open, Major
(u1750) and Minor (u1500). Full details can be found in the
entry form (WORD),
which also contains a link to the online entry form.
01/01/2024 - Rules Committee Ruling
regarding the Homer Cup H2-2 Shirley & Wythall 2v Mutual 1
In this match the players on Board 5 i.e. Gordon Christie (S&W) and Phil Wells (Mut) were both short on time. Phil Wells made a move but failed to press his clock. A Mutual player, who had finished his game, noticed this and prompted Phil Wells to press his clock. At this point. Gordon Christie protested to the interfering Mutual player. This interference is a breach of Rule 12.7 of the 2023 Fide Rules of Chess:
12.7 If someone observes an irregularity, he/she may inform only the arbiter. Players in other games must not to speak about or otherwise interfere in a game. Spectators are not allowed to interfere in a game. The arbiter may expel offenders from the playing venue.
If an arbiter had been present he/she would
most likely have cautioned or even evicted the Mutual player from
the playing room.
blame can be attached to a player who receives unsolicited advice.
After Gordon Christie had protested to the Mutual player the game
should have continued. However, he made no further move.
The Committee finds that after protesting to the offending Mutual
player about his interference, Gordon Christie should have continued
to play as no fault can be attributed to Phil Wells. As he did not
continue the game, the Committee awards it to Phil Wells. However,
due to the interference of the Mutual player, they are deducted 1
gamepoint in line with previous Rules Committee precedent.
The Rules Committee would like to remind all clubs, including
Mutual Circle, that they have a responsibility to make sure that
their players understand that it is not permitted to interfere in
any game in any way.
Chairman, Rules Committee
19/12/2023 - Walsall Kipping new start time
Walsall Kipping will be starting home matches at 7.00pm until further notice
Warwickshire County Chess Teams
Warwickshire did not enter the County
Championships in 2023-24, due in most cases to a lack of captains, and a perceived
lack of interest from players. This survey is designed to gather
data on both of those issues.
Warwickshire Chess Association
16/12/23 - Warley Quinborne Start time
From 1st January 2024, Warley Quinborne's start time will change to 7.00pm, due to the pub closing early. Please ensure team captains travelling to matches at Warley club are aware of this change.
From Phil Maybury
12/12/23 - Brian Hopkins
I'm saddened to have to
relay the news that Brian Hopkins, formerly of Birmingham CC, died
on 29 August at the age of 93. Brian played for Birmingham for
many years and was still active in 2018-19, the final season of
their participation in the BDCL.
Tim Lane - Hon General Secretary
7/12/23 - Richard Simpson
Gordon Christie reports the sad losss of Shirley & Wythall club member Richard Simpson. You can read a tribute from Gordon here.. (PDF)
8/11/2023 - Hastings congress
The 97th Hastings congress takes place over Christmas and the new year, with a series of tournaments for all levels up to international standard. The event takes place from December 28th to 5th January, with weekday and weekend swiss tournaments, taking place alongside the main event. Details can be found here...
6/11/2023 - BDCL Website
The website is currently being maintained by Richard Reynolds and has undergone some revision. Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions.
11/10/2023 Demise of David Pugh (President Longbridge CC) on Sept 22, 2023
With great sadness, the death is reported of David Pugh, President Longbridge Chess Club, who died on Friday September 22nd. David had been president of both Greenlands and Longbridge CC.
A Quaker Memorial Meeting was held at The Friends Meeting House in Selly Oak, on Wednesday October 11th 2023.
A message written in memory of Dave has been added to the Longbridge Website at:https://longbridgechess.wordpress.com/david-william-pugh/
9/10/2023 Wolverhampton (Handicapped) Xmas Blitz - 11 Dec 2023.
Wolverhampton welcome all players to our christmas blitz event. Entry is open to all players in the Wolverhampton league and neighbouring leagues.
Venue: Forty Four Club, Spring Rd, Wolverhampton, WV4 6LQ
Start Time: 7.30
Date: Monday 11th December 2023
Entry Fee: �2.50
Prizes: 1st Prize: 35% 2nd Prize: 25% Grading Bracket 1: 10% Grading Bracket 2: 10% Grading Bracket 3: 10% Grading Bracket 4: 10% Grading bracket 1 will be up to the lowest 1/5 of participating players. Grading bracket 2 will be up to 2/5. Grading bracket 3 up to 3/5. Grading bracket 4 up to 4/5. Time Controls: A handicap system will be employed. 2350+ (1.5 min) 2200-2349 (2.5 min) 2050-2199 (3 min) 1900-2049 (4 min) 1750-1899 (5 min) 1600-1749 (6 min) 1450-1599 (7min) 1450 and below (8min) Grades will be determined using the November grading list and blitz/rapidplay grades will be used wherever possible although provisional "p" grades will be ignored. Rules: All standard blitz rules will apply with the following exception, on the first 2 occasions if one player makes an illegal move, the opponent may stop the clocks and claim 2 minutes. On the 3rd occasion that player loses the game.
9/10/2023 Mutual Circle New Venue
The Jeweller's Arms, 23 Hockley Street, Birmingham, B18 6BW. (N.B. This is inside the Birmingham Clean Air Zone so non-compliant vehicles entering the area will incur a charge). More details on BDCL clubs page
6/8/2023 Towers Summer Cup "Open" Semi-Final results-report
Under a new and exciting initiative from the Worcestershire Chess Association; the semi-finals of the 2023 Towers Summer Cup "Open" were held at Longbridge Chess Club on Thursday, August 3rd 2023 with mixed fortunes for the four clubs participating.
The Time Control of the 4-board encounters was 45/30 with Longbridge facing a tough challenge from a strong Redditch team, while Worcester and Kidderminster did battle in the other semi-final.
Longbridge vs Redditch 0-4
Worcester vs Kidderminster 3-1
It's hoped that the Semi-Final of the "under-1650" will be equally enjoyable next Thursday August 10th as the same four clubs fight for place in the 2023 Finals, both of which are to be played on August 24th at the Longbridge venue.
These are all Rated matches.
All players involved in the "Open" mingled amongst the convivial atmosphere, making for a successful evening even for those of us thumped 4-nil. It was simply a brilliant evening of chess especially for the winners Worcester and Redditch who will contest the 2023 "Open" Final.
It's further hoped that Quarter Final rounds will be added to both the 2024 "Open" and "under-1650" events at the beginning of next Summer.
Please would you consider your club's participation in 2024. Longbridge will happily host any matches as a neutral venue. The competition will remain free to enter... Both cups will be held for one year by the respective winners.
All enquiries should be sent to Steve Crees at: email@example.com - alternatively, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Steve 07932 860524
24/6/2023 New 2023-24 tab added for all results
All results now can be accessed from one tab 2023-24 from the side navigation menu. Div 1 to Div 5, Minor, Trophies, Individuals tabs are removed.
24/6/2023 Clubs updates
Wolverhampton Chess Club - During BDSL Home matches at Wolverhampton Chess Club, there may on occasion be members of the 44 Club playing darts in the playing room. This won't be every match & will only be from 9pm onwards & therefore should only cause minimum disturbance.
West Bromwich & Kynoch new website urls updated under BDCL clubs tab
3/4/2023 Iain Galloway
With great regret Shirley & Wythall CC have to announce the death of Iain Galloway. Iain had been a member of the club, and a regular member of the first team, for around 20 years. He was originally from the Kentish part of the London conurbation and had then attended Manchester University, but had been in Birmingham since finishing his studies. As many knew, he had been fighting cancer for several years, but was always amazingly positive about it. He will be greatly missed.
3/4/2023 Robert Wallman
It is my sad duty to inform fellow players of the death of former Olton player, Robert Wallman.
A tribute to Robert appears here..
- Richard Reynolds, Olton Chess Club
1/2/2023 ECF Arbiter Seminar
The Birmingham Rapidplay Committee is looking to expand the number of tournaments that we organise, in response to rising demand from players to play in tournaments.
The details are:
If you are interested in helping to expand chess playing opportunities in Birmingham, it would be really great if you could take part!
26/1/2023 Rules & Docs updated
Please check Rules & Docs page for updated information on FIDE Laws & Guidelines buttons for Captains and players.
9/1/2023 University of Birmingham club details updated
Please check BDCL Clubs page for updated University of Birmingham Chess Club details.
9/1/2023 E Match Cards page update
Newer version (2023) of E Match cards can ve downloaded from E Match Cards -> Results Ecard
9/1/2023 Kynoch Chess Club start time changes
Kynoch Chess Club has voted to change their match start times with immediate effect from 7.15pm to 7.30pm. This has been approved by Tim Lane & Alan Woolley.
5/1/2023 Xmas Blitz Report
Wolverhampton Chess Club held a Xmas Blitz on Monday the 5th Dec at The Forty Four Club, Wolverhampton.
Report for the Xmas Blitz is at here...
Older news is archived 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.
Each club has a page for details 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.
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