PANDEMIC WAS THE SPUR t is almost exactly 40 years since Lichfield secretary David Short wrote a book about the amazing chess achievements of his young son Nigel. Entitled "Chess Prodigy" it outlined his progress as far winning the TV Master Game title at 13 but despite being a talented and often amusing columnist who … Continue reading

  Raring to go A survey of Lichfield's members has shown that almost all Lichfield's top 12 players can barely wait to get back into league action but there is little chance of that happening until the beginning of October when the Birmingham League has announced it will restart. Website editor David Short said that … Continue reading


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

An epic finish

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