German V2 rockets were still falling on London and the South East when a group of chess enthusiasts got together to form the Wolverhampton Chess League in March 1945 Teams from Wolverhampton and Walsall were amongst the founder members of the league which had hoped to celebrate the 75th anniversary by restaging one of the … Continue reading Anniversary ruined
It is always nice when a newcomer starts to make an impression after a bad start. Ray Sawyer had played a lot of computer chess when he joined this season and it showed when he played his first game and rattled off 60 moves in an hour- and duly lost. Once he realised he needed … Continue reading Surprise leader
Most of the lower divisions of the Birmingham Chess League contain players considerably stronger than one might expect. This is particularly true in divisions three to six which may contain smaller clubs who run only a couple of teams, but have two or three strong players. It is a factor which is thought to have … Continue reading A more even tournament
Lichfield treasurer, John Fryer, was the top player with the black pieces in the Wolverhampton League last season. He won four matches, drew three and lost only one game. Overall he was the 12th most successful player in the league with both black and white. Three Lions 1, Lichfield CC 0 The euphoria surrounding England … Continue reading Snippets
With one match remaining, Lichfield's chances of retaining Staffordshire's Jackson Cup looked remote. Many lesser determined players than Mike Hoare would have resigned on the spot, particularly as time was running out. A Knight and King endgame, a draw was needed for a Lichfield win over Meir, but Mike was down three pawns to five, … Continue reading An epic finish
Digital chess clocks are roundly disliked by a lot of players who are never sure how much time they have left to complete a game and are equally unsure that clocks have been set properly. Lichfield's Birmingham Division 6 fixture at Kynoch ended in a dispute when the home team decided there was too much … Continue reading When chess clocks fail
Lichfield won another Staffordshire County trophy with a 3-2 Jackson Cup win over Newcastle. Bernard Baptiste and Kevin Gallagher got the wins on boards three and five and Antony Allen on top board and David Fone chipped in with draws.