Grandmaster Keith Arkell must be beginning to think that Lichfield is his bogey team after another unexpected result. On his last two visits to Lichfield, Keith lost to former leading player Paul Wallace who has now returned to his native Ireland. This season, playing at home for Halesowen, Keith was held to a draw by … Continue reading Grandmaster’s bogey team?
Announcing that Lichfield had again won the Pittaway Cup, county competition organiser Frank Wood said Lichfield had won the eight player per team trophy so many times it should be renamed the Lichfield Cup. Lichfield have won the trophy three times in the last six years and 15 times in the trophy’s history.
Lichfield’s child protection policy has been enhanced by the formal appointment of secretary David Short as Safeguarding Officer. Brian Homewood is the deputy safeguarding officer and in the absence of both chairman Peter Collins will step in to deal with any incident that might arise. The club insists that juniors are accompanied by a parent … Continue reading Child protection
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.
Lichfield Club's leading junior John Moughtin Leay has won the Staffordshire Under 11 Mega Final with a score of 5.5 out of six. Next challenge for John is the Mega Final in Manchester. John's mother Jenny says that John's ability has been improved by the experience he has gained at Lichfield and the support he … Continue reading Under 11 Supremo
The first of three summer chess sessions was the best attended in the three years since the summer chess experiment started. Nineteen members, including one newcomer, were present for two simultaneous displays. Ian Kingston took on 10 members, winning six, drawing two and losing two, whilst Mike Hoare conducted a revolving mini-simul against four weaker … Continue reading Simultaneous displays
Although Lichfield’s third team was demoted from Wolverhampton League Division 2, a readjustment of the League’s structure has resulted in reinstatement in Division 2.
Whilst Lichfield Chess Club suspends its weekly meetings between May and end of August, there will be two extra club sessions on Thursday 28th June and Thursday, 27th July. The new season will open on Thursday, 31st August with the annual Quickplay Tournament.
It wasn’t the proverbial match of two halves for Lichfield. Instead it was an astonishing season of two halves. At Christmas no fewer than six teams were in serious danger of relegation, none more so than the club’s first teams, propping up the top divisions of the Birmingham and Derby Leagues. Yet in the event, only … Continue reading The Great Escapes
Eleven-year-old John Leay produced a stunning performance to finish joint runner-up of Lichfield Chess Club’s championship. John Moughton Leay scored four wins and a draw in his six games and got within two moves of beating the club’s top player and tournament winner, Richard Westwood. Richard’s grade is 191 which is British Championship standard, whilst … Continue reading Stunning performance