16/5/21 The first online tournament for members of the Halesowen club on hs just finished. It was won by Dustin Bowcott, Paul Evans was second and Don Curry somehow managed to get 3rd. A big surprise considering his grade. :) Our potential new member Luke Cowen, who organised it came 4th on 50%. Well played.

20/3/21 ECF Covid guidance link

17/1/21 British Online Championships were played in December and early January. Finlay Bowcott-Terry is the British Junior Online Bullet Champion, and Stewart Fishburne was runner-up in the Over-65s Rapidplay. Congratulations chaps! Here's a link. Also Keith Arkell who used to be a member is the Over-50 Rapidplay champion.

3/11/20 New 4-digit grades are out! These are just a translation of the July grades. We have 4 current players over 2000, with Finlay top of course on 2223. Here's a link

19/10/20 We are sad to report that Mark Millard passed away on 11th October. Mark was one of the stalwarts of the club in its early days and served as club secretary from 1982-1987.

30/7/20 Online grades are out. link

28/7/20 New grades are out. Look on the ECF website or this handy list. Finlay is over 200 and Silas is most improved player since January. Well done lads!

3/5/20 Members of this club are invited to join an online club organised by Dustin Bowcott. link

16/3/20 It seems quite likely that the season is now over, so the Reg Beasley table has been updated. Finlay is top with an amazing 69.6% playing top board for the club! He won his last four games. If there is any resumption, another table will be published in due course.

15/3/20 Birmingham League and Dudley League now suspended as well

Statement from Wolverhampton League - "Events have moved very quickly since Thursday 12th when we followed Government advice that public events did not need to be suspended. Subsequently the ECF have recommended suspension of all chess. WDCL will follow this advice and suspend all team and individual chess competitions organised by WDCL with effect from midnight Sunday 15th March until further notice. If clubs decide to continue to play their fixtures the results will not be counted in the competitions they were arranged for and submission of results for grading will not take place. We will notify all clubs when we are in a position to know how the season might be completed."
Statement from Worcester League - "Dear Officers and Club Secretaries, In the light of the current Coronavirus pandemic and advice from the English Chess Federation, the officers of Worcestershire Chess Association and the Worcester and District League have decided to suspend all activities in relation to both leagues (including individual competitions) with immediate effect and until further notice. If clubs decide to proceed with fixtures already arranged, any results will not be included in the league structure; and any games played in such circumstances will only be submitted for grading on receipt of requests to that effect from the Secretaries of both participating clubs, as separate submissions on behalf of those clubs. I am sure that you will understand the rationale for this decision; the well-being of our members and their families, and the wider community, must be our prime concern at this time. We look forward to resuming normal activity in better times. Best wishes - Paul Sharratt (General Secretary)"

12/3/20 Two Thursday matches were defaulted by the opposition because of coronavirus fears. Be aware that there may be other matches called off at short notice from here on in. I'll post any cancellations here as soon as I know about them, but that is likely to be later than the relevant captain knows. John Edge has sent us his semi-final win in the B'ham Individual (see New Games). Best win of week - Tony Taylor outgraded by 10. Best draw - Chris Haddon who only outgraded his opponent by 6.
Next fixtures :
17/03/2020	Tuesday		Birmingham	1	Olton  		H SUSPENDED
		Tuesday		Birmingham	4	Coleshill  	H CANCELLED
19/03/2020	Thursday	Wolverhampton	2	Kidderminster A	H SUSPENDED
		Thursday	Birmingham	5	Mutual  	H SUSPENDED

6/3/20 Another good week, with 3 wins out of 4 matches played. Best win - Mike Hadley outgraded by 4, best draw - Ravi Sandhu outgraded by 22. As usual, if you spot any errors please let me know. Any interesting, amusing or instructive games and positions always welcome. Surely you can't all be playing boring chess ALL the time?

29/2/20 3 wins out of 4 matches this week. Dudley 2 have now finished their season with a win. Total Won 2, Drawn 1 and lost 3. Best win Pete, Finlay and Silas who all outgraded their opponent by just 9. Best draw - Manvith outgraded by 7. Latest Reg Beasley table now available. Bob leads but has still played only 6 games. Finlay leads those who have played the requisite 11 or more, closely followed by Malcolm. Top points scorer for the club me. :)

21/2/20 Another unsuccessful week. 3 losses and 1 drawn match. Overall we have now won 2, drawn 2 and lost 15 of our last 19 matches. We only had 2 individual winners out of 4 B'ham League matches. Best win: Chris Lees outgraded by 13. Best draw: Joyce Evans outgraded by 66!

14/2/20 We defaulted a board in both home matches last night, that's 18 so far this season. On the plus side, one of our players is now top of the WDCL Top 40 table. Modesty forbids me to say who it is :) Best win of the week - Silas Bowcott-Terry outgraded by 10. Best draw Martyn Hathaway outgraded by 36. Honourable mention to Tony Taylor outgraded by 35.

7/2/20 The Wolverhampton Div 1 team won last night - the only win in the last 11 matches for the club! Best win of the week Dustin Bowcott who outgraded his opponent by 6. Best draw - Silas Bowcott-Terry outgraded by 33. Honourable mention for Martyn Hathaway outgraded by 32.

1/2/20 Here is a table of positions in the ECF lists of top 100 players in various categories. The three youngsters all appear many times, but the older generation also make some appearances. The best of all was Joyce, who is the most improved lady player over 65 in the entire country!

31/1/20 New grades are out and the members list updated! Manvith will receive the new trophy for most improved grade from January to January with an increase of 19 points. New Reg Beasley table is out. Bob Grimes is still top, but has played only 5 games. Finlay is still top of those who have played 11 or more. Best win of the week Tony Taylor outgraded by 14. Best draw - Dustin Bowcott outgraded by 23. Alan Ruffle has written a new book 'The Chess Scene' and will give a talk of the same name at Wolverhampton University on 3rd March from 7-8pm.

23/1/20 Best win of the week: Dale Jackson outgraded by 14. Best draw Finlay Bowcott-Terry outgraded by 24.

17/1/20 A good time to review prospects for the season. Some teams are struggling to get enough players. It's a bit early to be too certain, but it's fair to say that Wolverhampton 1, Dudley 2 and 3 and Worcester 2 are doing well, while Birmingham 4 and Wolverhampton 2 are struggling. We have defaulted 14 boards so far. Of the 304 games actually played, we have scored 136 points. Best win of the week - Paul Evans outgraded by 9. Best Draw - Pete Banks outgraded by 55.

10/01/20 Best win of the week - Martyn Hathaway outgraded by 28. Best draw - Chris Haddon outgraded by 25.

20/12/19 New Reg Beasley table published. Malcolm and Bob are leading but Finlay is still top of those who have played 11 games or more. Ignoring defaults we have now played a total of 265 games. Tony Taylor has played nearly 8% of them! Best win of the week - Paul Evans outgraded by 39, Best draw - Mike Hadley outgraded by 30. There is a new game in the games section by special request, and news about Manvith's latest success in the Individual Results.

12/12/19 I've just found out that Manvith and Silas are joint Warwickshire U-12 champions. Congratulations! Best win of the week: Pete outgraded by 7. Best draw: Tony T outgraded by 13.

8/12/19 Best Win of the week - Paul Taylor outgraded by 15. Best Draw - Tony Stokes outgraded by 11. There is a new trophy for the best absolute grade improvement from January to January. To be presented at the AGM.

30/11/19 Fixtures and Results updated. New Reg Beasley table done. Bob is top, but Finlay is a clear leader of those who have played the requisite 11 games already. Pretty good for playing top board in the club! The all-time Reg table has been laid out differently following a suggestion by Malcolm. Past players have been separated out. Best win this week - Silas outgraded by 34. Best Draw Tony T outgraded by 39.

22/11/2019 Results and Fixtures updated. Note one or two fixtures have been rearranged. Best win this week - Paul E outgraded by 20, best draw - Tony T outgraded by 40.

19/11/19 After tonight the club has played exactly 200 games and scored 91 points. As a club we haven't won for the last 6 matches. Of our 27 registered members, 9 have played over half the total games between them.

14/11/2019 Results updated. Best win of the week - Joyce outgraded by 28. Best draw - Paul E outgraded by 10.

8/11/19 Results updated. Ravi is organising a series of weekend tournaments under the banner "First Weekend Chess". link.
Best win of the week - Silas when outgraded by 34 points. Best draw - Tony T outgraded by 28.

1/11/19 Reg Beasley table and results updated.

22/10/19 A number of members entered the Birmingham Rapidplay on Sunday. A report by Dustin is in the Individual Results section.

18/10/19 Fixtures and Results updated. Also, there's been a problem with the padlock on the storage shed. Those few people who ever bother to get the equipment out might need to ask for a key to the new lock from behind the bar.

10/10/19 As a club we have now played 100 boards and got 47 points. In matches we have W7 D3 L9. Results have been updated.

3/10/19 Results updated.

20/9/19 Latest Fixtures and results now updated.

18/9/19 Quickest win set at 9 moves. Allgaier gambit! See New Games for details.

5/9/19 John Edge won the summer ladder. Manvith did well at the world U-12 championship. See individual results for details.

3/9/19 First result of the season. B'ham Div 2 drew away with West Brom. They were heavily outgraded. Great start! The fixtures page has been updated and should be clearer than before.

23/8/19 Fixtures for all leagues are now available from the left-hand menu.

20/8/19 John Edge's blitz night was won by John with 8/8 followed by Tony Taylor and Pete on 4 and Mike and Don on 2.

17/8/19 Paul is now 2nd in the ladder. Dudley Fixtures now available.

8/8/19 Manvith will represent England in the World U-12 championship in China starting on 21st August.

6/8/19 John Edge beat Don in the Club Championship final. Early on it looked as though John was winning easily as he had two bishops with clear lines to Don's kingside and an advanced pawn on about e6, but that storm was weathered and Don counterattacked a bit, but John eventually got a mating attack on the queenside.

4/8/19 Manvith has just finished 2nd in the British U-12 championship! Fantastic!

31/7/19 Last night we had Stewart and Malcolm's comedy simul. I don't know the final score as some people played 2 concurrent games and others 2 or more consecutive games. Andy won 1 and drew the other, making him the star of the night. Also 3 potential new members turned up.

24/7/19 Finlay and Manvith were both unbeaten in their England games, Finlay getting 5/5! More details in the individual section.

24/7/19 Two ladder games were played last night. John Edge is now top. The rules have been modified to allow challenges to players 5 places above you in the list, as there are so many who do not turn up. Also, Don is not happy with the rules and has volunteered in front of witnesses to run the ladder next year.

23/7/19 New grades are out. See Members section on left of screen. Also, Finlay and Manvith are currently playing for England in the Glorney Cup! More detail in the Individual Results section when the event has finished.

22/7/19 Stourbridge are running a blitz tournament on 21st August starting at 7:15. Don has sent an email round to most people or see Stourbridge website for further details.

20/7/19 Some people have experienced problems with accessing the fixtures. I have tried a few different formats and have hit on one that seems to satisfy the most picky user (Don). Could anyone else who has had problems try it out and let me know if they are content or not? Thanks.

19/7/19 Tony Evers match v Stourbridge. As usual we had fewer players than them, but they lent us 4 or 5 players drawn out of the hat. Overall result was 7.5-4.5 to us. We won for once. I don't know the individual results apart from my win, so don't know how much of this was due to Stourbridge players. UPDATE We would have won just on our own results. Tony Stokes and Martyn drew, and me, Tony Taylor and Joyce won. We were heavily outgraded.

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%.