16/7/19 A Buzzer tournament run by Stewart (who unselfishly did not take part himself) attracted 6 entrants so was made an all-play-all. Winner was John Edge with 5/5, Paul was a worthy runner-up with 4, 3rd place was shared by Pete and Andy, with Adrian and Don further back. A great result for the under-110 contingent.
10/7/19 Ladder news. John Edge is now within range of the top, and is biding his time in order to snatch the lead at the last moment.
9/7/19 News of youngsters' recent Individual results from the left-hand menu.
5/7/19 Some ladder games were played on Tuesday, with the lead changing hands twice. First Paul Evans took top spot from Joyce and then he fell victim to a kings-side attack which, had it only been annotated, would have lived on in chess annals through the ages. This was of course played by me.
29/6/19 The Pairs tournament for next Tuesday, 2nd July has been CANCELLED for lack of interest, though if enough show up unexpectedly and want to play I'm sure we can arrange something.
28/6/19 WDCL fixtures for 2019-20 are available on the left of the screen.
25/6/19 Don Curry won his semi-final of the club championship against Adrian Priest and will play John Edge in the final. The formatting has gone a bit wrong in the club championship file but as there's just the one match to go I don't actually care enough to change it (I did try). There were 5 entries in the Blitz Handicap Tournament and despite having to overcome serious time handicapping, John Edge was unstoppable with a perfect 8/8, a distant 2nd was Paul Evans with 4/8 and a notable performance by Tony Taylor in 3rd with 3/8, recording a win against Paul, Tony Stokes and Dale. The ladder has also been updated.
19/6/19 BDCL fixtures have been arranged, and have been uploaded.
18/6/19 More ladder games played and table updated. John Edge is on the march! Also, the sets were all checked and sorted thanks mainly to Mike Hadley, with assistance from a few others.
12/6/19 A number of books from our original library have been discovered and added to the Bill Cross library section.
11/6/19 The ladder competition started, with 5 games being played. The ladder file has been updated and the rules tweaked slightly to make them clearer.
9/6/19 Ade and Dale's simul ended with them winning 4, losing 6 and drawing 1. Winners were John Edge, Tony Stokes, Stewart, Andy, Dustin and Paul. Pictures here, here, here, and here.
A belated welcome to Stuart Maynes, who played in the simul. The next two Tuesdays will be for friendlies and Ladder games.
The Links section has been updated to show Mercia's new website
31/5/19 The Summer Events have been scheduled and start next week. There is a new version of an old competition - the Ladder, which will run throughout the summer - see Menu on left. Please let Pete know if you don't intend to play in it.
30/5/19 The players concerned have decided to play in BDCL Div 5 next season. Good luck chaps!
27/5/19 Honours, History, Contacts and Archive have been updated. Minutes of AGM are here. Let me know if you spot any errors.
16/5/19 Draft Agenda for AGM next week here.
15/5/19 WDCL webmaster's report shows that Silas was the top junior in that league, with Manvith runner-up. Congratulations to both!
13/5/19 Clean Sweep! Manvith has won the BDCL Ritson Morry Trophy for best young Chess Player of the year, and Stewart has won the B H Wood prize for best game of the season. The game has been published on the BDCL website.
3/5/19 The WDCL has a page of stats for the season here. Silas is ranked highest. Also the Div 4 team had the greatest shock win. A Halesowen team finished 7th out of 12 in the WDCL blitz tournament last night.
2/5/19 Season finally finished. We won Worcester 2 and Dudley 1 and were runners-up in Worcester 1 and Wolverhampton 3. Final Reg Beasley table now available on left complete with extra tables. Congratulations to John Davis. Great performance! Stewart continues his record of scoring over 50% in every season that the trophy has been going. The all-time record has been updated too.
16/4/19 The first match in the Club Championship has been completed. Adrian predictably beat Pete and is in the semi-finals.
9/4/19 There were only 8 entries for the Club Championship this year, so there are now 6 whole weeks between final dates for each round. See left-hand menu for details. As there were no first-round byes, late entries can not be accepted.
4/4/19 John Edge has won the BDCL Open Individual championship!
31/3/19 Halesowen results at today's BDCL Rapidplay championships are in the individual results section. Don won the Minor! Also, Reg Beasley table as of end of March now available. Keith Arkell has the highest percentage but can't now win as he can't play 11 games. John Davis leads amongst those who can win, but 7 players have over 60%.
27/3/19 Another quick win! Alas not quite quick enough, but still less than 10 moves. See Mark Bethel's win with Black in the New Games section.
22/3/19 Only 8 entries for the Club Championship so far. This is not Brexit, folks! The entry deadline will not be extended. Bushbury have withdrawn from Dudley Division 2, so the match on Thursday 28th has been cancelled.
13/3/19 Was this the quickest win this season? A mystery. See New Games.
10/3/19 AGM will be on 21st May.
8/3/19 Wolverhampton Div 3 team has won promotion and stands a good chance of winning the division.
1/3/19 New Reg Beasley table is out. Keith is still top, but has only played 5 games. Tony Stokes leads those with 11 games or more, but there is a whole pack of players over 60%. All to play for!
22/2/19 New game from Stewart (See New Games). In his words "I played this game at Worcester on Thursday (14th). It's not a great game, but I was amused when I realised that the attack I played had only really involved 3 pieces. It's not unusual to leave the QR and QB at home in this variation, but in this game I never moved my Q at all! And if W hadn't resigned my two knights would have ended on e1 and d1. Must be an oddity of sorts."
Also, John Edge has reached the final of the BDCL Div 1 Individual yet again (10th time by my calculation), and he's already won 7!
13/2/19 First title of the season! Congratulations to the Dudley Division 1 side. They can only be caught on points by Warley Quinborne, and then the title is decided on the result between the two teams, which favours Halesowen.
1/2/19 Latest Reg Beasley table is available. Keith Arkell is in the lead but has not yet played the requisite 11 games. John Edge leads amongst those who have played 11 or more. The club has now played exactly 100 matches this season W39 D18 L43
23/1/19 January grades are out. This site will be updated in the next few days.
17/1/19 John Southcote will be visiting the club on Thursday 24th.
9/1/19 Latest Individual Results and a new exciting game finish by John Edge (which he ended up losing). See left-hand menu. Just over halfway through the season our best chances of honours are BDCL 4, WDCL 1 and 3, Dudley 1 and Worcs 1 and 2.