11/07/18 Rushall have moved venue. Update your Satnav for next season! Link
10/7/18 Keith Arkell is playing for England in the World Team Over 50 championship and has 3.5/4 so far. He also won a blitz tournament over there! Follow here
9/7/18 Finlay Bowcott-Terry won the Midlands Gigafinal U-13 event. His brother Silas was =7th in one of the U-10 sections and Manvith Sandhu was =2nd in the other. Manvith was also 2nd in the Hampstead U-135 tournament recently. The youngsters are doing really well! B'ham Lge fixtures now available on left of screen.
27/6/18 Halesowen beat Mutual Circle in the B'ham Summer League last night thanks to Joyce, who won one of her games against an opponent graded 68 points higher on standard grade!
26/6/18 Manvith got a share of grading and junior prizes at the North Wales Major. Also, Wolverhampton League fixtures are now available on the left.
19/6/18 Keith Arkell gave a simul and won 14-0. He said that the best game against him was by Manvith. My own contribution was overlooked for some reason.
18/6/18 Windsor Peck died peacefully in his sleep on July 15th. He had been a valued and popular member of the club for decades and continued to play for us even after he moved to Telford some years ago. His last appearance was in the first round of the club championship a couple of weeks ago, which he won. He will be sadly missed.
12/6/18 First Summer event - Ade and Dale gave a comedy simul and ran into an ambush by 3 Div 1 players amongst others. Result W3 D3 L7. Great fun!
3/6/18 Archive, History, Contacts and Fees have been updated. Link to Minutes of AGM here. .
30/5/18 There was a BDCL Summer League match against Wolverhampton. 1 won, 1 lost and narrow loss overall. Also, Windsor beat Joyce to go into the second round of the club championship, and Dave Roberts drew with Tony Stokes.
27/5/18 Nick won the Wolverhampton League Rock Cup. Summer Events are now available in the left-hand section of the screen.
22/5/18 Finlay has won the BDCL Ritson Morry award for 2017-18. Congratulations! At this rate he'll have to get some new shelves put up!
14/5/18 From Dustin: "Finlay won the u13 section of the Warwickshire Megafinal on Sunday. Manvith won the under 10 section, and all three have qualified for the Midlands Gigafinal, whereupon qualification from there leads to the Terrafinal where the best in the country get to compete for prize money of £1500 1st place in the u14 section and £750 1st place in the u10."
12/5/18 Preliminary round of the Club Championship is complete. First round matches to be played by June 19th. Also, the final Reg Beasley table has been updated with the tables of who has played the most, won the most, etc. These will now not be given out at the AGM.
27/4/18 The season is over, Dudley 2 should be at least Runners-up in their division. Keith has won the Reg Beasley. Club Championship has started with at least one game being played next Tuesday. See the menu on the left for details.
19/4/18 Worcester Div2 has been won! Dudley 3b are Runners-up. Well done everyone.
14/4/18 Last date for entry to the Club Championship is 20th April. Draw will be at the club on 24th April. Final dates for rounds as follows: Preliminary - 22nd May. 1st - 19th June. 2nd - 10th July. Semi-Final 7th August. Final - 28th August. Rules,
6/4/18 Date for the AGM is 22nd May. Try to attend or risk being elected captain of something in your absence! Club Championship will start before the AGM and we have 6 entries so far. Please sign up by 20th April by emailing me. It's open to all paid-up members including social members. Congratulations to Finlay for becoming Warwickshire U-14 champion to go with his Worcester U-14 title.
30/3/18 Reg Beasley table has been updated. Keith is unstoppable now unless he plays in and contrives to lose his last possible 3 games. A bit unlikely! Dave Etheridge is flying the flag for the lower divisions. Finlay stays just ahead of his dad, and of course I am miles ahead of Don (a whopping 2%).
22/3/18 Latest league situation: Worcester 1a winners, Worcester 1b in danger of finshing bottom and possibly relegated, but have two matches left. Worcester 2 have finished their matches, but could win the division if Stourbridge lose to Kidderminster on April 18th. BDCL No team will be relegated or win their division, but Div 4 still have a very slim chance of being promoted if results go the right way. Wolverhampton League Div 1 has been won! Div 2 could still get promoted if they win their last match and Kidderminster implode. Div 3 will be mid-table and Div 4 bottom. Dudley League Div 2 and 3 could still be won, but are reliant on other teams slipping up.
13/3/18 Dave Bissell visited but unfortunately left before a couple of people who had been playing an away match rushed back to see him. Shock news is that he beat me in two friendly games :-) . He drew a blitz game with Nick. The Worcester Division 2 side finished their season with a win, and could win their division. It all depends on the result of the last match of the season between Stourbridge and Kidderminster. BDCL div 5 lost again. To be certain of staying up they need to win one of their last three matches.
4/3/18 First trophy of the season! Worcester County 1 has been won for the 4th year in a row and 15th overall. It's the poshest one we compete for as well!
28/2/18 The latest Reg Beasley table is out. Keith is still in the lead and Malcolm is the only likely challenger, but he still hasn't played the requisite 11 games. Will he get back from gallivanting round the world in time to win a couple more games? The nation holds its breath. Our teams are leading Worcester and Wolverhampton Div 1 and Dudley Divisions 2 and 3.UPDATE 1/3/18 2 adjournments were agreed before 1st March, so Reg Beasley table has been updated.
19/2/18 A number of Halesowen players competed in the 2018 Midland Rapidplay and Blitz at the weekend. No winners but Keith was 2= in the Open and 2nd in the Blitz. Manvith got a grading prize in the U-1750 section and Don was 2nd in the U-1500. Well done all, and mine's a pint!
1/2/18 New Reg Beasley table is out. Keith remains clear at the top. All results up to date. We're still in the running for several trophies.
31/1/18 The BDCL Div 1 match last night was cancelled, so Dale organised an impromptu time handicap blitz tournament. Keith only had 1 minute + 2 seconds per move! It was won jointly by the Arkell brothers but there were a few surprise results, notably by Tony Taylor who beat Malcolm in one game. As Keith only drew one of his games against Malcolm does that mean Tony is the best blitz player in the club? :-) Anyway a great time was had by all.
26/1/18 The ECF grading site has lists of the top 100 players in various categories. We have 11 players in the lists altogether, including our strongest players, juniors and some old lags like me. They are summarised here . Obviously I only bothered with this tedious task because I'm in the list! Now updated for extra age groups. Keith is 3rd in the Over 55 list and we have an additional player. Don Curry is the 77th most active Over-65 Rapid player in the country. Glory at last! UPDATE 2 - Joyce is in the top 100 female players in every age group over 50, and is 3rd in one.
24/1/18 New grades are out. See Members section for details. Readers may or may not be pleased to know that I have temporarily halted my headlong decline into imbecility and death.
11/1/18 We have now completed just over half the matches for the season. Best chance for honours look like Worcs Div 1, Wolverhampton 1 and 2 and Dudley 2. One or two teams are in danger of relegation. Also, Paul Evans has broken my record for most miles travelled by mistake. I once went to Mercia instead of Mutual Circle, but Paul went to Lichfield when we were playing at home. He got back in time to play as well! Congratulations on the new record.
26/12/17 Matches are over for the year. The new Reg Beasley table is out. Keith is still in front, closely followed by Malcolm. But will Malcolm play enough games?
5/12/17 The ECF Club of the Year trophy was presented by Dave Thomas. There was a very good attendance considering the short notice. Click Stewart, juniors, trophy, and members for pictures of the evening.
1/12/17 Keith is the new leader in the Reg Beasley trophy. Next Tuesday, 5th December at about 7:30 there will be a short presentation ceremony of our ECF Club of the Year award. Try to come along even if you're not playing that night. If you can't make 7:30 come along later to see the award (whatever it is).
20/11/17 In the British Rapidplay Championships at the weekend, Silas got 6/10 in the Minor and won a share of the grading prize and a half England team norm, which apparently means if he gets another one he gets a chance of an England trial. Finlay has one too, which he got at the British championships. In this event, Finlay got 4/10 in the Major, and Dustin 4.5/10 in the Intermediate.
19/11/17 Another success for Manvith! He has just become Joint Warwickshire Under-10 Chess Champion for 2017-18.