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Wednesday
11th
April


John Fahy reports:

Champions Again !!!!

It's not very often that a team wins the same division twice in one season - but on Thursday night our WDCL Div 3 team did just that ?!?

After being crowned Champions a few weeks ago with two matches remaining - a 2 point penalty ruling by the ever thorough Records Secretary in our penultimate match - left the team needing at least a point to take the Title once more in the final match v St.Georges.
The match started well with a player missing from our opponents team on 3 and as time elapsed we were 1 v 0 ahead thanks to a default win. Phil made it 2 v 0 on board 2 and 3 draws gave us the match and the Divisional Title once more !?!

That is unless we hear further from the Records Secretary ..................................... !!!

In BDCL Div 1 we were a little short of first team players against a strong Shirley side and came away with just a couple of draws, although good to have Treasurer, Brian Whitehouse back at the boards and gaining a draw on 4.

The BDCL Div 3 team (already promoted) entertained Mercia looking for a win to keep their chances of the Divisional Title alive, an early loss on 6 and a draw on 4 left us with an uphill task but Steve was a Q up and soon equalised on 5. With two very strong players on the top boards for our opponents, Jon was given the order of a need to win on 3 and duly did so to offset a loss on 1. A good draw for Lee on 2 resulted in a drawn match and we now await the results of other matches to seal our fate, which we expect now will be a second placed finish. However the team have finished unbeaten throughout the season - winning 6 and drawing 5 - well done to all who have played a part.

Our Dudley Div 3 team continued their miserable season, despite another win from John Lewis !?! What's going on John ???
Wednesday
11th
April
During our recent away match to Shirley, longest serving club member Brian Whitehouse again reminded me of a player forgotten by many in our area. I'm speaking of Ken Lloyd. A pre merger Warley player who could often shock the elite Eastern European players. Brian tells that Ken only owned four chess books: 1/ Alekhines Best Games Volume One, 2/ Capabalanca's Chess Fundamentals, 3/ Nimzowitsch's My System, and 4/ Fine's Basic Chess Endings.

Ken Lloyd was one of the strongest players in England at one time. His aversion to "book" is perhaps seen in his improvisational win against one of the best players in the world at the time, the Hungarian grandmaster Laszlo Szabo at Hastings in 1960/61
. This game can be played through by following the GAMES tab at the top of the page.
Friday
30th
March
Here is a game some are hailing as the 'Game of The Century'. See what you think. I discovered this while searching for information about Chinese Chess - Xiangqi, but found instead the game of a potential future world champion of international chess who is Chinese !

Tuesday
27th
March

John Fahy reports:

In BDCL Div 3 our team clinched promotion with a draw at Mutual Circle B. Good wins for Lee 2 and Florin 6 with draws on 1 and 4 securing the point required for promotion. After being relegated last year it's been good to secure a quick return to Division 2.

In BDCL Div 1 our team beat South Bham C 4 v 2 in what was a vital match for both teams. Wins for Andy on 1  Simon 3 and Mike 6 with draws on 4 and 5 securing the points we needed to make sure of our place in the Division next season and leaving our opponents waiting on other results.

Our BDCL DIV 6 side also had a good night against South Bham with wins for Steve, John Lewis (finally getting a game, after a few near misses !!! It was worth the wait John) and Chris giving the team both points.

We were unable to maintain our unbeaten record in WDCL Div 3 going down 3 v 2 at Rushall - although TV interference !!! didn't help the cause ?!? Could that be a first ??? A TV (and switched ON) in the room at a chess match !!!

Tuesday
27th
March
And now for something completely different:

Chinese Chess

This is Chinese Chess or Xiangqi. At first the designation of the pieces is confusing, but you get used to it. Also known as the 'Elephant Game' in China, this is perhaps further confirmation of a common ancestor of chess variants originating in India as most of us pretty much knew anyway.

Here are the rules clearly explained: http://www.goldtoken.com/games/play?rules=Xiangqi

Sunday
18th
March

John Fahy reports:

The second team moved within a point of promotion on Thursday night - beating Shirley Wythall 5 v 1 - and looking to make a quick return to Division Two. A draw on 4 was followed by a winning Knight sac on 1 against an un-castled King.  Lee ground out a win on 2 in a Knight ending that had been won for some time and Alan secured the points on 5 - leaving the other 2 boards looking drawn until Florin's opponent gifted a R !! on board 6.

In WDCL Div 4 we received a default win on board 4 at the start of the match v W'ton - the Division Champions - Pauline secured the team a point with a quick win on 2 but our other players both lost in long drawn out games, although fighting all the way to the end.

With the Club short of players this week - for one reason or another - it caused the BDCL Division 4 team to lose their unbeaten record !!! by way of a sad match default ?!? and thus ended their outside promotion chances.

In the BDCL Individual Div 1 - Andy Southall reached the Final once more and awaits the WQ opponent from the other S/F between Ian Emery and Jon Turner - should be two very good games in store - or is the Final a formality ?!?
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Thursday
1st
March

John Fay reports:

The WDCL Division 3 team clinched the Title with a draw at Mercia and a win over Halesowen in their latest matches - wins for Alex at Mercia and Lee and Phil at home to Halesowen secured the Title with 2 matches to spare.
Eight wins and 2 draws so far - can the team remain unbeaten throughout the season ??

A narrow defeat for the first team in BDCL Div 1 gave Bushbury a chance for survival !! whilst we have 3 matches remaining to secure our place for next season.

In WDCL 1 the long journey to Stafford proved too much for the bottom two boards !! who should have been made to walk back ?!?

Dudley Div 2 side may have lost their 100% record in the stewards room !!! but the battle continues - a good win for Dave against Halesowen had already secured the draw - what were the stewards thinking ?!? answers on a postcard only !!!

A draw at Walsall in WDCL Div 4 ended our outside Title hopes but there is still a good chance of a second placed finish.


Another Trophy to add to our collection this year - how many more can we win ???

The first team WON the Homer Trophy Final last night beating Redditch 5 v 1 on the night - with the 2 1/2 handicap Redditch received not being a factor in the end.

It was no mean feat with Redditch currently at the top of division 2 and looking certain to be promoted this season - our lads will welcome them into division 1 once we've taken care of a few more points in the remaining matches.

Well Done to the following who contributed to the teams Cup success over the season -

Andy Southall
Patrick Duncan
Simon Smith
Ian Emery
Mik Singh
Mike Doran
John Turner
Brian Whitehouse
Pauline Woodward

And lets not forget those players who put them on course for this Homer Trophy success - by beating them in the Terrill first round !! -

Dave Jeffs
Alex Holowczak
Steve Moxley
Adrian Hussain
Harvey Watkins


Once again an all round excellent Club effort - Well Done All

Wednesday
7th
Feburary

John Fay reports:

Our WDCL Div 3 team moved a little closer to promotion before even playing on Wednesday, with 2nd and 3rd placed Rushall and Halesowen both getting beaten earlier in the week. The team travelled to Bushbury and won with white pieces on boards 1 Alex, 3 Ray and 5 Wendell plus 2 draws with black secured a 4 v 1 win and extending the lead at the top of the table to 6 points.

At Home on Thursday we had mixed fortunes when entertaining South Bham A in BDCL Div 1 and Halesowen in WDCL Div 4.

A very hard fought match against SB A went the way of our visitors, with only Mik finding the way to win - in the last board to finish against our old friend Sean Ralph - when both players were into the final seconds of the game. We had chances on several of the other boards but were unable to convert some good looking positions.

In WDCL Div 4 - the team still have promotion chances and faced some young but talented opposition on three of the boards - however our experienced team played very well and established a lead by winning the bottom two boards through Harvey and Chris. Martin secured the win on 2 before Joe finally overcame his opponent - who fought tenaciously to the end - and a 4 v 0 score moved the team into joint second place.

Sunday
4th
February

Club members should be aware of several local tournaments coming up shortly. Details can be found on the news section, directly linked to here, of the Birmingham & District website:

http://www.birminghamchess.org.uk/welcome.htm

Sunday
4th
February

John Fahy reports:

27th January 18

The BDCL Div 1 team travelled to Walsall Kipping with three first team players missing and heavily outgraded but were still up for the fight.
Draws on 4 and then 1 left the match finely poised but then Lee broke through on 5 after surviving a R sacrifice with some carefully controlled play. Walsall then hit back on 6 leaving Ian and Simon to fight it out for the points.

Simon was a couple of P's down and had given up the R for N exchange but had two very strong B's and a Q deep in his opponents half - whose K had little or no cover. Ian had taken 2 P's for a piece but his opponent was forced to give that back in the face of 3 connected passed P's and went into the R ending a P to the good. As time moved on so did the clock of Simon's opponent and in the face of a difficult position the flag fell (or as with digital clocks "popped up") - this left Ian to agree a draw and secure the match and 2 much needed points in the fight to stay up.

In BDCL Div 6 the team entertained Coleshill A featuring our old friend Mike Wildboar - its probably enough said to say we didn't manage to trouble the scorecard, generously giving our opponents a chance to fight for promotion instead.

Our Dudley Div 2 side travelled to Kidderminster trying to maintain a 100% record, with the home team perhaps more keen to field a strong team in another match that night ?? Three wins for Alex, Steve and Alan and a draw on 3 followed - how long can this run continue ??

Monday
22nd
January
Phil Maybury reports:

On Thursday night the BDCL 4 team travelled to local rivals Halesowen for a Quarter Final clash in the Dudley Townshend Trophy.With Halesowen being from a lower division they received a 1/2 point head start BUT surely we had enough in the tank with our bottom board outgrading their board 1!!

The night started well with Halesowen defaulting on board 4.  Halesowen 1/2  v WQ 1. A quick look at the games and all seemed well after an hour, Wendell on Board 5 had what looked like a crushing Kingside attack and everyone else was deep in thought. What Happened!!!!!  Wendell resigned?? somehow his opponent survived the onslaught and found his own little attack. I think Wendell is still trying to work out what happened. Halesowen 1 1/2 v WQ 1

Steve Berry on Board 6 played for a long time a pawn down with plenty of complicated lines eventually overcoming his opponent to put us back in front. Halesowen 1 1/2 v WQ 2. Ray wins again !!!

Grinding down his opponent and winning the exchange in the endgame. Halesowen 1 1/2 v WQ 3. Playing on my night off ?!? i managed to get my opponent completely bogged down with his pieces unable to advance past the third rank eventually going three pawns up and and a pawn on the seventh ready to queen. Halesowen 1 1/2 v WQ 4.

On board 2 Alan had the unenviable task of playing the little lad who peers over the top of the table at the pieces!!! To be fair the young lad played well and went a piece up with a passed pawn. However experience and a better endgame by Alan gained another victory.  Halesowen 1 1/2 v WQ 5.

Into the semi finals go......but a win on paper is easier than over the board!!

Monday
22nd
January
Johny Fay reports:

In the BDCL Homer Trophy the first team were away at Shirley Wythall Div 3 giving them a 3 1/2 start due to the handicap - other BDCL Div 1 teams have found this hard to achieve this season.

With the early exchanges over there was little between all of the boards - we then broke through on 6 where a combination of exchanges ended with a B+ and a piece to the good 3 1/2 v 1. Andy quickly followed up on board 1 and now Simon was looking in control on 3 and about to go a piece ahead 3 1/2 v 3.

Mik was getting the better of a Q side attack on 2 although some stubborn defending was holding things up but eventually 3 1/2 v 4. Board 5 had been closely fought throughout and eventually S&W hit back to win and put their noses in front with the handicap 4 1/2 v 4.

It was all down to board 4 - fortunately we had "never say die" Ian who had already pulled a few rabbits from hats this season !?! could he do it one more time ??  

In swapping off the remaining B's it looked like a p up would be good for Ian to win, however that quickly changed to maybe a draw at best and then to a clear loss when the S&W player promoted a p (Q) !!! but the game doesn't end there OH NO ?? with Ian about to promote his own p - his opponent took the p with Q !! to leave both players with A p's remaining - Ian was quicker to the p's and went a p up but surely couldn't get off the A file if played correctly ?!? fortunately for us it wasn't and Ian finally secured the point we needed for a place in the Final - phewwww 4 1/2 v 5.

Well done Ian it would have been easy to accept the drawn looking position on several occasions.

In Dudley Division 3 the team got their season underway at the third time of asking with a win at Walsall Kipping - three draws and a win for Chris - who is having a fine first season at the Club.

Monday
15th
January
Rule Guru Alex replies to our query:

Board 6 was agreed a draw with seconds left on each clock but raised an interesting question for "Ask Alex" ??  If Y offers Z a draw and then it's noticed the flag of Z has fallen - what would the Rules say is the result of the game ??


In terms of flag fall, it is either when:
- Y, in this case, claims it has fallen, or
- The arbiter observes the fact.

There are no arbiters or people empowered to act as arbiters in local league chess, so Y needs to claim it.

If Y claims it before Z accepts the draw, then flag fall stands.

Note that the clock might have even said 0.00 before Y offered the draw. In that case, Y could still claim a win on time so long as Z hasn't accepted it.

Monday
15th
January

John Fahy reports:

Just two matches this week but both ended with wins for our teams.

In BDCL Div 3 the team moved 4 points clear at the top of the table with a win over Birmingham, who were outnumbered from the start !!
We turned up with 7 WQ players to find Birmingham were defaulting on 6 and only had 4 players present at the start of the match. After a tight set of opening games, we eventually broke through on 3 with Dave gaining a comfortable win and this was soon followed by wins for Adrian and Steve to secure the match before the home side hit back on 2. Surprisingly !! board 1 was adjourned.

At home on Thursday we faced Bushbury in WDCL Div 1 where a win would almost certainly secure our place in the division and give a chance of a high placed finish once again this year. Bushbury made the early start with a win on 3 but Jon hit back to level things up and a draw on 2 left the match finely balanced. Boards 1 and 6 looked tight but Bushbury were well in control on 5 and maybe should have already have secured the win !!

Board 1 was agreed drawn leaving the other two boards to fight it out - with the WQ K trapped on board 5 it was surely a win for Bushbury however in swapping off the remaining R's that changed to surely a win for us and so it proved with huge relief !?!

Board 6 was agreed a draw with seconds left on each clock but raised an interesting question for "Ask Alex" ?? (SEE ABOVE) If Y offers Z a draw and then it's noticed the flag of Z has fallen - what would the Rules say is the result of the game ??

Well done to Chris who won through to the semi-final of BDCL Div 6 individual following a second away match at Coleshill !

Saturday
6th
January

John Fahy reports:

The second half of the season got underway this week after a short festive break.

In BDCL Div 6 we were away v Coleshill B and although we outgraded our opponents on all boards, a drawn match was the result - with a lone win for Steve on 1 and two draws on 2 and 4.

In Dudley Division 1 we hosted newcomers South Birmingham and trailed after a loss on 1 - two draws followed on 3 and 4 and although better for much of the game we eventually lost on 2 also - leaving much work to be done later in the season !!

Our WDCL Division 3 side were also at home v Birmingham, looking to extend their lead at the top of the table. A draw on 1 and a win from a previously uncompromising looking position on 6 for Wendell gave us the advantage which was enhanced with another win for - unbeaten this season - Ray. The match was secured by Florin gaining revenge for a previous loss in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, before Birmingham hit back on 2. The team moved 6 points clear at the top of the table !!! can they stay there ??

A hard fought win in the BDCL Div 3 individual - over the BDCL Rules Chairman - moved the Club Sec into the semi-finals. Thanks go to Mike for assisting in providing advice to a Birmingham player regarding a clock issue in the above WDCL match - I wonder if he can be on hand every week !?!

Monday
25th
December

Merry Christmas Everyone !

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Friday
15th
December
An entertaining video from New York City where a trash talking hustler gets beaten by a titled player. An interesting attempt at cheating - taking two pieces in one go doesn't go undetected by the sharp eyed GM Maurice Ashley !





Friday
15th
December

John Fahy reports:

The winter weather forced the postponement of our first match of the week on Monday in BDCL Div 6 at Rushall.

It was a shame the weather didn't hang round until Wednesday as another 3 1/2 v 2 1/2 match (that's all 6 matches the team have played) went against us this time in BDCL Div 1 at South Bham B side. A good win for Andy on 1 with draws on 4 and 5 left the match finely poised but two wins on 2 and 3 - where we had appeared in good positions earlier in the evening - put Sth Bham in control and a draw was agreed on 6 to give the home team the match.

In BDCL Div 3 we entertained Sutton Coldfield at home - on 6, late replacement Ray Hall looked in a bit of trouble out of the opening but soon corrected that and got the team 1 v 0 ahead. A draw on 1 was followed by a win on 2 for Jon after a B sac had opened the door however Sutton hit back with a win on 3 the leave the match tight with 2 boards to finish. On 5 Sutton were 2 passed pawns ahead in a R plus opposite B ending. So our hopes of a match win appeared to rest with Alex on board 4 - although a p down he held the attack and chances of a mate but his opponent also had his own chance should Alex put a foot wrong !?! As the game edged towards a possible Sutton mate chance Alex played his hand and could have forced a draw with a check repetition But wait ............... !!! Maybe looking for the win himself the Sutton player in trying to avoid the repetition ended up walking into a "mate" in 3 ??? A fighting bit of end game play by Steve on 5 eventually secured a draw and a maybe flattering looking winning score line.

In WDCL Div 4 the team moved into third place with a win over Mercia - another good win for Pauline on 3 plus two draws on 2 and 4 gave us the advantage. Joe Rourke has been having a good season and he eventually converted his piece advantage on 1 in the end game to secure the match win.

Saturday
2nd
December
New game added. A nice Dave Jeffs win over a recent Birmingham University opponent. See GAMES tab at top.
Saturday
2nd
December
John Fahy reports:
 
The week started well with the BDCL Div 4 team going back to the top of the division with a good win over StGeorge's on Monday. After a poor opening it was all over in 21 moves on 1 with a win for Phil - a second consecutive win for Wendell and three draws concluded the match as StGeorge's had defaulted on 6.

The following night our WDCL Div 1 side travelled to Mercia, the "sharrabang" was required !! as most players had never been to Mercia and didn't know where it was !?! A quick and comfortable win on 1 for Andy "thought it was winning after move 4"!! and a draw on 4 left the remaining boards fairly even. A further draw on 5 left the remaining 3 players to show that the "never say die spirit" is running right through the team ??

In what had looked like a draw and with draws offered by both players at different times, Ian managed to entice a swap off of the last remaining major piece, with the pawn set up clearly favouring him for a stroll to the finish. Another drawn looking position was skilfully negotiated by Lee on 6 for another pawn promotion in the dying embers of the match. That left Simon a pawn down on 2 BUT it could have been Oh So So much worse had his opponent taken a hanging Queen earlier in the game !!! Simon clearly wanted to test the "never say die" to its ultimate extreme ?!? best not try that one again eh Simon ?? However he forced the draw after both players had promoted Queens with some skilful play for a convincing team win on the night, that moved us into a share of second in the table.

On Thursday at Home in BDCL Div 6 we faced Kynoch, who were defaulting board 4. A win for Martin - who is having a good season - and two draws on the top two boards gave the team a 3 v 1 win and moved them into outright second place in the table.

Saturday
2nd
December

John Fahy reports

A busy week started well - with two matches in the Edgbaston area on Tuesday favouring our teams as things stand.

In WDCL Div 3 the team moved 5 points clear at the top of the table with a win over Birmingham - wins on top and bottom boards for Larry Wright and Pauline were backed up with a draw on 2 and the match was secured with a win for Stuart.

In BDCL Div 3 we faced one of the stronger teams - University of Bham - who had knocked out treble chasing SB1a from the Terrill trophy last week !! - an early draw on 4 left 5 tight matches in progress. We then gained the upper hand with a very good win for Dave on 2 (one for the website Dave ??). A further draw and a win on 6 for Ade - gave the team at least a draw, before Uni Bham hit back with a win on 3. That left board 1 adjourned to complete the match.

Thursday saw two of our teams up against local rivals West Brom in BDCL Div 1 and Halesowen in WDCL Div 4.
At Home v West Brom in a basement battle !! it was certainly a four-pointer and a hard fought match ensued - in the early to mid-game exchanges - we held good positions on boards 2 and 6 and sure enough went 2 v 0 up after some good end game play with wins for Mike Doran on 6 and another win for cool, calm
* Patrick  who played like a rock ?!?
West Brom hit back with a win on 1 and looked in to hold the advantage on 3 and 4 - so board 5 was looking vital for us but Ian has been very reliable all season and found the way yet again - to win a piece that would put us 3 v 1 up in the match.
Simon was a piece down on 4 but had the attack although its fair to say the counter attack was threatening "mate" in several areas !?! a thrilling but nail biting bout of checks and exchanges followed until finally - phew - a three-fold repetition was agreed the end to the game and a draw with a match win. Well done Simon we never doubted you could pull it out of the fire !!! - some of Ian's never say die spirit must be flowing through the team ??? West Brom took the final board in a closely fought match.

At Halesowen the team also won - with a third straight win for Steve (its good to have him back) and JB followed up the previous week's win also - a draw on top board for John P securing the match and moving the team in the right direction.


* Patrick  is of British roots, raised in Sweden. Here is a lesson in Swedish from the Two Ronnies that might aid communication:


Sunday
26th
November

John Fahy reports:

Four home matches on one night !!!! became three, when Shirley & Wythall Div 2 defaulted in mid-week against the first team in the Homer Trophy Q/F !!

The second team faced a difficult match in the Terrill with the visit of unbeaten Div One side Sutton Coldfield and that was evidenced when the teams were exchanged, with 3 players of 200+ filling the top three boards !!! However our team were not daunted and took the fight to Sutton with all boards going deep into the match and with some maybe ?? holding drawing chances and at one point surely winning on one board.

However Sutton eventually came through as worthy winners - although the final score a tad unkind !! on what was a very good effort by all of the home players.

In the Dudley Townshend - we hosted West Mids Police Div 5 - who were defaulting board 6 - a good match took place, with several boards going deep into the night - however a first win of the season for Wendell Rawlings followed by wins for Ray and Phil gave the team a winning lead. A further draw left one game adjourned - although looking drawn.

In BDCL Div 6 the team had a relatively straight forward win by all accounts - with an early win for Steve, followed by three further wins for Joe, Pauline and JB. The team thus moved a clear second behind Uni Bham, can they challenge for promotion ??

Martin Draper somehow turned defeat into victory in the BDCL Div 5 individual first round. Martin kept his cool as the run to the finish closed in - the old adage "it's not how you start but how you finish" is forever true.
Wednesday
22nd
November

John Fahy reports:

Warley Quinborne are proud to announce the presence of a

BRITISH RAPIDPLAY CHAMPION in our ranks !!!

Yes none other than our own Mik Singh



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Mik played in the British Rapidplay U171 section at the weekend - 2 days of 5 rounds each day and got off to a slow start with 2 out of 4 - obviously concerned how his beloved Man Utd might get on later that day !?! however he pulled himself together for the last round of the day and stood at 3/5 overnight but 2 points behind the leader who had beaten him earlier in the day.

Refreshed and buoyed the following day after another Man Utd victory - Mik set about closing on the leader and after 4 more straight wins he was level with the overnight leader on 7 points and was drawn against the third placed player in the last round.

With the overnight leader having drawn earlier - Mik knew a win in this last round would win the tournament - however the game was looking drawn - but Mik refused the draw offer and with little time left for either, set up a discovered check trap !!! and an illegal move later, the trap was successfully landed.


Well Done Mik - BRITISH RAPIDPLAY CHAMPION
Tuesday
21st
November

New game added. 'Devious' Dave Jeffs triumphs over 'Mysterious' Martin Smyth from a 2010/11 cup game. See GAMES tab at top.
Tuesday
21st
November
John Fahy reports:

BDCL 3 got back into League action this week v Olton at home - with Alex giving us the lead with a win on 4 and following 3 draws, the match was back level with a win for Olton on 3. Leaving board 1 to fight out the finish !! As Olton play adjournments in away matches and with the match result depending upon this board - the Club Sec' sealed a move being a knight for pawn ahead !?! further updates to follow..............................

WDCL Div 4 enjoyed a successful trip to Mercia with wins for John P and Chris - that's 4 in a row -  with two draws for Harvey and Martin.

In the WDCL Humphreys Cup we faced local rivals Halesowen in the Q/F at home. Lee continued his excellent season with a win on 1 and following a draw on 3 and win on 2 for Alan the match victory was secured. Steve Berry playing only his second match of the season looked in some trouble on 4 but then we realised - he seems to play his best stuff from those sorts of positions ??? and duly won in the fight to the finish !!!

In the BDCL Inividual competitions we had three members progress this week - well done to Chris Williamson in Div 6 who joins Harvey in the next round.
In the Div 4 individual - Phil Maybury successfully made it through to the next round gaining revenge for a defeat last year by the same opponent - an old score settled but not without a little controversy towards the end !!!
Saturday
11th
November
Some random Russian guys get into selfies with our very own globe trotting  Chess Ambassador !

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Jon Turner reports:

I have been attending the leading global technology conference, the ‘websummit’ taking place in Lisbon, Portugal. Kasparov was there representing Avast, an online security company. Kasparov was exploring how individuals, companies and nations can rise to the challenges of the digital world without losing sight of ethical standards and essential human rights. Kasparov, as an ambassador for Avast, conducted a 13 Board simul which delegates of the 60000 strong conference could apply to take part in. Sadly, I didn’t get to play Kasparov but needless to say Kasparov won all his games 13-0! Former world Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Wladimir Klitschko was also in attendance (along with other famous celebrities) promoting his work in the digital world now he has retired from boxing. I think it is fair to say they were both honoured to meet me, a legendary chessboxer!!


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Kasparov is reckoned by many to be the greatest chess player of all time:
Here is a game that some have said is the greatest game of all time based on the former world champion's belief it was his best game!


Saturday
11th
November
John Fahy reports:
Dining at the top of the table !!

Two home matches and one away gave our teams the chance to consolidate positions at the top of the table in three different Leagues/divisions this week.

BDCL Div 6 - the team welcomed back Steve Berry to the boards for his first match of the season v Lichfield and wins for Pauline and Harvey gave the team a good start, John P secured the points for a 3 v 1 win and the team moved 2nd in the table behind the runaway leaders Uni Bham.

WDCL Div 3 - hosted Bushbury looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to 4 points - after a draw on 3 and a back on winning track for Florin on 4 the match was levelled up with a win for Bushbury on 5 - the top two boards were both favouring our players though and so it turned out with a good win for Phil on 2 having all angles covered and a top board resignation by Bushbury when 5 pawns down in a R ending.

Dudley Div 2 - W'ton were defaulting board 4 at home ! due to a shortage of available players with another match scheduled for the same evening. Wins for Dave and Steve on 1 and 2 were backed up by Stuart on 3 after an earlier appearance at WQ and then a trip to W'ton when finding out the match was Away not at Home !!! Well done Stuart for making the journey. The win took the team to the top of the division - can they stay there ??

Sad news this week from W'ton Chess Club with the death of Rob Marshall, a very strong chess player and thoroughly nice gentleman.

Sunday
5th
November


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Sunday
5th
November
John Fahy reports:

WDCL Div 1 missed the chance to join those at the top of the table this week losing to Lichfield A who arrived with only 5 players - so we were 1 v 0 up to start !!!

However after another good win for Simon on 3 had made it 2 v 0 it was all downhill from there on !?! although we held drawing chances on the other boards, they all went to Lichfield A side.

Our Dudley Div 2 side have started the season with a Bang !! winning both matches so far quiet comfortably - wins for Phil, Steve and Alex and a draw on 1 for Dave proved too much for Stourbridge on this occasion.
Can the run continue next week at W'ton ?? No pressure !!

BDCL Individual - We had players in action this week as the competition gets underway - Jon Turner won his opening match in the Div 1 section - playing at the Club on a Monday !?! A new venture.

Both Harvey Watkins and John Pakenham were facing rivals from Coleshill in Div 6 - an excellent win for Harvey against last years winner of the section and the top rated player this year and somehow or other John managed to retrieve a draw from what had looked a lost position - he seems to be making a habit of that this season !! Well done John and good luck in the return match.
Sunday
29th
October
The background to today's 'Ask Alex' was touched upon below. Both players were limited in material and short of time. Our player was expecting an imminent draw, but after some moves, understandably blundered. The 'guillotine' time limit - or what what we have played ever since the introduction of clocks to chess was used, does persist as a 'last bastion of archaic practices' (Alex H)  in league chess, in preference to the newer and arguably fairer 'incremental time' facilitated by digital clocks  - is very much at the centre of the discussion.

John Fahy asks Alex:

You may have worked out the problem that occurred very recently - whilst a player "offered the draw" or said "this is a draw" he didn't "claim a draw" - whilst in the last two minutes as is a players option against an opponent running down the clock and not attempting to win !! in the Quickplay mode.

Also - what procedure should be adopted bearing in mind several moves may have been made without notation ??

Further thoughts spring to mind - can you ask someone else to do notation - in the event you may have to claim a draw - and - can another person just do that anyway without informing either player (ie not offering outside interference) ??

It did cross my mind about asking our player if he had "offered" or "claimed" so as to prompt ?!? but I'm sure that would have been jumped on !?!

Whilst I agree with you about "incremental" being the best solution there will be occasions when Quickplay is forced anyway.

Thanks Alex - hope this doesn't put you to too much trouble but hopefully everyone can learn from such situations - any other thoughts you may have on this subject would be useful.

sherlock


Alex replies:

Here are the rules, which I give verbatim:
Guidelines III. Games without increment including Quickplay Finishes:
  
III.6    The following shall apply when the competition is not supervised by an arbiter:
III.6.1    A player may claim a draw when he has less than two minutes left on his clock and before his flag falls. This concludes the game. He may claim on the basis:
III.6.1.1    that his opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or
III.6.1.2    that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means.
     In III.6.1.1 the player must write down the final position and his opponent must verify it.
     In III.6.1.2 the player must write down the final position and submit an up-to-date scoresheet. The opponent shall verify both the scoresheet and the final position.
III.6.2    The claim shall be referred to the designated arbiter.

It has been announced that III.6 applies for the sake of the Birmingham League. I'm not sure about other League rules.

The Law is actually pretty clear. In both cases III.6.1.1 and III.6.1.2, the Laws specify what must be provided to the "designated arbiter", in our case, the Rules Committee.

The final position is easy to record . The "up-to-date scoresheet" in III.6.1.2 requires you to submit an up-to-date scoresheet. If you can't do that, then the requirements for making a claim have not been completed. It has to be the player's job (with help is fine) to put that together.

Following on from this discussion club secretary John Fahy, who is no slouch himself on the rules makes the suggestion that a team member should endeavour to record the players moves, but it seems that the 'guillotine finish' in any case will eventually face the final chop !

Sunday
29th
October
John Fahy reports:

Three home matches this week - the Good - the Bad and the Holowczak!!!

In BDCL Div 4 the team entertained Stourbridge looking to go back to the Top of the League - a win for Adrian (unbeaten this season) on 4 and two draws gave us a good start. With the top and bottom boards both looking to have chances for either team - all three match results were possible. However Lee (also still unbeaten this season) showed his fighting quality and got back to winning ways - on 1 - and two further draws secured the win and Our return top of the table position.

WDCL Div 4 went down to Walsall Kipping with a good win for Chris on 4 - enough said about that match !?!

BDCL Div 1 were up against a very strong Sutton Coldfield side featuring 3 players of 200+ strength. An early piece loss on 6 left Jon always one move short of recovery and he eventually conceded defeat. That was quickly followed by a draw for Mike on 5 - the other boards looking very evenly matched - with Andy and Simon applying pressure on 1 and 3. Another fighting display from "in form" Ian (with a brilliant piece win - can but can't take back ?? otherwise Mate !!) on 4 brought up win number 6 on the trot !!!!!! - who's up next ??A fighting loss on 2 for Mik left the match poised with Simon having an edge on 3 and board 1 looking evenly matched in the end game.Both boards went down to the wire - with Simon getting the better of his 200+ rated opponent - but Sutton took the match to a finish in a great and evenly fought game on 1, which incidentally exposed an area of chess rules that as amateur players, we probably neglect the closer scrutiny thereof !?!
The scenario generated another question for our resident chess guru, Sherlock Holowczak. (See 'Ask Alex' above.)

Sunday
22nd
October
John Fahy reports:

The Club was represented in Europe this week !!! by Steve Berry

He was playing the hotel barman famous for a draw with Spassky ?!?

spassky


A famous win for Spassky against Larsen:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1128831

A win against Bronstein that featured in the James Bond film 'From Russia With Love':

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1034110

Spassky punishes Fischer for a club like pawn grabbing blunder in game one of their 1972 match:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1044722



Whilst holidaying with his wife (Steve please let us know how you got away with that one ??) he played some practice matches and sensibly allowed the barman to get the better of things - to ensure good measures continued throughout the week !!! Then surely capable of winning on the final night - he tactically agreed a draw !?! Well he may visit the place again another time so no point in making an enemy of the barman eh !!

Well done Steve - Warley Q honour upheld in Cyprus - it will be good to have you back with us in November to start your season.

Elsewhere this week, in BDCL Div 4 - WQ briefly went to the top of the League with a win at Redditch following a quick win for Ray Hall and a fifth on the trot for Florin plus four draws.

On home soil WDCL Div 1 were leading Telford 3 v 2 - with wins from Jon (also five wins on the trot) Andy and the bottom board ("on time"Again ?!?) - with Ian two pawns down, in a double rook ending, positionally worse and only 3 mins v 10 mins on the clock !! But the "never say die" Ian played on quickly and forced his opponent to convert the "won game". Everyone had given up except Ian and to our amazement returning to see if he had been finished off - Ian's hand was stretched across the board !! Defeat surely and a drawn match ?? WHAT NO ................... Ian still has 2 mins left and his opponents flag is FLASHING - a time win WHOOOOOOOOO and Ian matches Florin and Jon with five on the trot - who will make it to 6 next week ???

In BDCL Div 6 the team went down fighting to the end against Uni Bham unfortunately Joe and Harvey ended their 4 match winning runs but can start them off again next time, bad luck lads, both played well and had chances.
Sunday
22nd
October

New feature starting today: "Ask Alex" - Alex Holowczak occasionally answers questions forwarded to the website on the laws, rules, and their interpretation of our noble, and often ignoble game. Rapidplay as well as standard play has thrown up rules that sometimes are not always familiar to all players. The digital clock while being a tremendous gain in many respects, has also contributed to some confusion; the number of formats now that incremental time has been enabled introduced has only added to this.

Did you know that a rook turned upside down is not a queen ? Alex informed us to our amusement at the club some time ago of an incident when a bemused opponent of Karpov found to his horror that the former world champion, 'J'adoubed' the piece back the 'right' way and it continued to just be a 'rook' !  Of course one rule that I know Alex has continually been vocal in making sure tournament competitors are aware of, is the rule where you can't just push a pawn to the eigth rank, say 'queen' and press the clock - it's an illegal move - you lose !

With that in mind I asked Alex about a recent experience:

Me: As a matter of interest what happens if a player offers a draw and then a little later moves and presses his clock - this happened on Sunday. Is the draw offer still current, and what of not offering the draw at the appropriate place to begin with ?

Alex: To answer your question, this is covered explicitly by the Laws. I'll put comments in parenthesis and in red.
9.1.2.1 

A player wishing to offer a draw shall do so after having made a move on the chessboard and before pressing his clock. (So the draw was offered incorrectly, however...) An offer at any other time during play is still valid but Article 11.5 must be considered. (This is the Law forbidding distractions.) No conditions can be attached to the offer. In both cases the offer cannot be withdrawn and remains valid until the opponent accepts it, rejects it orally, rejects it by touching a piece with the intention of moving or capturing it, or the game is concluded in some other way. (So you were at liberty to accept the draw until you touched a piece with the intention of moving or capture it, or until the game is concluded in some other way, e.g. you can't accept the draw after the end ended because your time expired.)

In principle, if you're offered a draw, then you can always accept it until you touch a piece. So if you're offered a draw before your opponent has moved, you're within your rights to say "Make your move first", or even just do or say nothing. If that move then captures your Queen, then you can still accept the draw.

In the days when adjournments were still the norm, you could get a situation if the player who seals the move offers a draw. The opponent has the right to turn up for the resumption and accept the offer at any point until he touches a piece with the intention of moving it. So you could turn up, open the envelope, watch your opponent make the sealed move on the board, and then accept the draw offer. That would a great way to win friends and influence people, particularly if the sealer was the away player, but it might happen for wholly understandable reasons.

Wednesday
18th
October

The Birmingham rapidplay this previous Sunday at the club's old venue, Quinbourne Community Centre, continues to be well attended. Warley Quinbourne were well represented ourselves with five of us taking part: Chris Williamson, Harvey Watkins, Martin Draper, John Pakenham - 2nd in Minor , Florin Valea and Simon Smith - 3rd in Major.
Saturday
14th
October

Johny Fahy reports:

Three home matches this week produced three very good wins for the Club.

BDCL 3 won v Mutual Circle A - also relegated from Div 2 last year - with wins from Jon, Dave Jeffs, Steve and as is customary Lee gaining his weekly win (although he left it late this time).

BDCL 6 scored another emphatic win v Boldmere - with wins for all four players - Joe and Harvey - who have both made excellent winning starts this season !! - JB and Martin completed the formalities.

WDCL 3 moved clear at the top of the League with a third straight win - this time against Rushall - Stuart Black, Ade and Florin - who must have had a good holiday in Romanian - taking his record to 4/4 this year - it'll get tougher for sure Florin !! but keep up the good work.

Disappointingly earlier in the week BDCL 1 lost at Olton by the narrowest of margins - a good win for Ian on 4 and three draws were not quite good enough - although if it was a boxing match we would have been ahead on the judges score-sheets earlier in the night !! however it was good to have Mike Doran back at the boards - that can only help in the future matches.

Sunday
8th
October

Having witnessed first hand Alex Holowczak's combinational vision in a recent game, I've added one of his games going back to 2009, and a league game against West Bromwich. Alex gets out of jail with a nice combination. Mr Holowczak is of course the ECF Director of Home Chess. He has also been Chief Arbiter of the London Chess Classic Open,  an arbiter at the 4NCL, British Championship, the World Chess Olympiad and the World Youth Championship. The game is accessible via the GAMES tab at the top
Sunday
8th
October

John Fahy reports:

Everyone's a Winner !!

It was 1st round of the Cup's in the BDCL this week and in the Terrill Trophy WQ3 were pitted against WQ1 - not really an encounter either team would have preferred - but both teams Won !!

WQ3 got off to a good start with Harvey getting the better of a quick finish on board 6 followed by a draw on 5 between Adrian and Brian Whitehouse playing his first game of the season. Mik was getting the better of it on 2 but the other three boards were being closely fought. A draw was agreed on 3 and soon after on 1 - the Stonewall holding firm - Ian gained a time win on 4 and Mik finally converted the pressure on 2 to give an over the boards win of 3 1/2 v 2 1/2 to WQ1.

However the 3 1/2 handicap received by WQ3 see them progress in the Terrill whilst WQ1 move into the "Europa League" !?!

In the Townshend Trophy - WQ4 had a smooth win over Uni Bham6 with wins for Lee again (that's a win every week) !!! - keep up the good work - Alan and Florin completing their hatricks - both 3/3 and Joe who's 2/2 himself - well done lads.

In our first Dudley 3 match on Tuesday we unfortunately had to default a board !! this clearly affected the remainder of the team as we we only scored a half in the match ?!? Better luck next time.

Saturday
30th
September

New game added - see GAMES tab at top. A Benoni win for Andy Southall going back to 1997.
Saturday
30th
September
John Fahy reports:

Another successful week for the Club winning 3 out of 4 matches played with a draw in the other.

BDCL Div 6 started the campaign with a win at Redditch - Joe Rourke getting his season off to a flying start on board 1 - with wins also for John P and Harvey.

A strong Dudley Div 1 team scored an emphatic 4 v 0 win over "Cake" rivals Sutton Coldfield - well done Mik, Simon, Ian and Jon - they deserved a piece of cake surely ??

BDCL Div 4 were off to a good start with an early win for Lee - although 2 wins on the bottom boards put Solihull in front - however 2 draws and a win for Alan secured the draw.

WDCL Div 3 went top of the table (at this early stage) with a comfortable win over Mercia in the end - after a number of close games - Dave Jeffs and Steve Moxley gaining 1st wins of the season plus a win for Florin and a time win on board 1 (it's usually a time loss !! what happened ??).
Friday
22nd
September
John Fahy reports:

It has been another good week for the Club with 3 wins from 4 matches.

BDCL Div 4 won at home v Walsall Kipping with wins for Lee (3rd week running) Alan and Florin Valea (in his first match of the season) - this despite defaulting a board with a mix up in travel arrangements!!

Dudley Div 2 also won at home v Mercia with Alex and Chris both winning plus 2 draws.

WDCL Div 1 got their campaign off to a good start beating Lichfield B with a quick win for Ian Emery (he needed an early finish to get some rest for an early morning tennis match !!) backed up by wins from Andy, Mik Singh and somehow Jon !! who turned a night of defence into a late attack !?! (It's not how you start but all to do with the finish - although don't tell Andy that who said in responding to move 1. e4 with c5 is just a forced win for white !! First move loss eh ?!?)

The WDCL Div 4 team were a player short due to an unfortunate late withdrawal and thus lost at W'ton although Harvey Watkins started his season with a win.

Friday
15th
September
John Fahy reports:

The Club had three matches this week and went into them looking for Our first win -

Monday - at St.Georges - we took a strong team and were 1v0 ahead from the start as St.Georges were defaulting a board - that quickly became 2v0 as Phil Maybury won on 1 and with Lee Fellows in control on 3 the match would surely be secured. Lee indeed followed up his win last week (also Monday) and Alan Burnet eventually followed suit getting the better of a Rook ending. Final score was 4v1 and Our first victory of the season was completed.

Thursday - at Home v reigning BDCL League Champions - Halesowen - both teams were short of first team players and a tough match ensued. Simon Smith won a piece with an intricate couple of moves and soon after put the team ahead - a draw on 1 followed and then Patrick Duncan cleverly won a piece and shortly after the game on 2 - the other 3 boards were all hard fought but 2 draws on 4 and 5 secured the match for the team and 2 valuable points.

Also on Thursday - the WDCL Div 4 team secured a whitewash 4v0 win over Lichfield although it was far from plain sailing with some tight encounters going our way. A good win for new member Chris Williamson opening his account for the Club was backed up with wins for Pauline Woodward, John Lewis and some how or other !?! John Pakenham on 1.
Friday
15th
September

And now for something completely different....

The trio below never covered the subject of chess, but if they had....

lookuptohim

Chess Master:  I am a chess master. I look down on him because he is just a club player.

Club Player:  I am just a club player and look up to him, but I look down on him because he doesn’t play chess.

Non-Chess player: I am a non-chess player and I look up to both of them.

 

Chess Master:  I play in regular tournaments all over the world and have written several books.

Club Player:  I play league chess and participate in occasional weekend congresses.

Non-Chess player:  I go down the pub.

 

Chess Master:  I only speak to him if he speaks to me and would ignore him at the other end even if he speaks to me first.

Club Player:  I always feel gratified when the master speaks to me, but I enjoy speaking in superior tones to him.

Non-Chess player:  I know my place.

 

Chess Master:  I study chess as a day job. I know every variation of the Sicilian, Ruy Lopez and Kings Indian to the thirtieth move.

Club Player:  I have many books and videos written by him, but I always talk chess jargon around him so that he knows his place.

Non-Chess player: I have a girlfriend.
Saturday
9th
September

John Fahy reports on club matchs for week. I comment on the Bham Div 1 match against Solihull, underneath him:

First week of the 2017/18 season got underway with four away matches for the Club.
It was a tough start away to Rushall in BDCL Div 4 but the team came away with a good point in a 3v3 draw - new member Lee Fellows getting off the mark with a win on 2 - a quick win at the bottom for Martin Draper also.

We may have been fortunate to share the spoils at local rivals Halesowen in WDCL Div 3 with 2 late draws on 1 and 2 that could have gone against both of our players but a good win on 3 for Adrian Hussain.

The final match of the week saw a long trip to Lichfield in BDCL Div 3 - a good early win for Jon Turner put the team ahead - 3 draws followed but Lichfield hit back on board 3 and it was left to a battle on 1 to decide the match - unfortunately running short of time !! (never) the captain agreed a draw for a drawn match overall.

So 3 draws and a defeat in week one should have blown the cobwebs away and set us up for the matches ahead.

We lost 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 to Solihull. This was a close match as the score reflects. Good wins for Andy and John Fahy with a draw for Jon. Mik, Ian and Simon(me) all lost close games
.

solihull2017
 Thanks to Jon Turner for photo
Sunday
3rd
September

We welcome the continuing, now biannual Birmingham & District Chess Rapid-Play, held under the league's auspices at our old club venue, the Quinborne Community Centre, on Sunday October 15th. Details here. There are four sections and it would be good to see a few Warley Quinborne members entering.
Thursday
31st
August

Johny Fahy reports :


The popular Blitz night was well supported again - with 14 members taking part and everyone scoring well during the fast paced event.

A format of 3 minutes and 2 seconds per move - all play all - provides for :- good play - speed of mind and hand - catastrophic blunders - un-explainable errors - and a scrambled brain !!!

The last two winners Andy Southall and Ian Emery led the early running but several others were right on their tails and this continued right up to the final round - where three players were all in with a chance of the trophy.

Amazingly Andy, Ian and the fast finishing Simon Smith all finished level on 10 out of 13 - with the tie-break decider clearly in favour of Simon with wins against both of the other two.

So a new winner of the Dave Rowe trophy - Well Done Simon.

To the rest - there's always next year - and all of us could have won it !!!
but the IF's - BUT's - SHOULD HAVE's - COULD HAVE's - don't count in the final reckoning.

The night was brilliantly run by Alex Holowczak and our thanks go to him - well done - Alex - once again, much appreciated by all.

daverowe2017

Club President John Pakenham presents the Dave Rowe trophy to Simon Smith.


http://chess-results.com/tnr300072.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821


Sunday
27th
August
Johny Fahy reports :
A warm welcome to Thomas Fellows who has joined the Club this week. Thomas is returning to the game after a length period, I'm sure we all wish him every success in rekindling the chess fires this season.
Sunday
27th
August

As we prepare, or not, for another winter season, I thought it would interesting to consider the sayings of Sun Tzu from 'The Art of War':
Sun Tzu Art of war The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.

A leader leads by example not by force.

The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers.

The ultimate in disposing one's troops is to be without ascertainable shape. Then the most penetrating spies cannot pry in nor can the wise lay plans against you.

If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

All warfare is based on deception.

If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight.

One defends when his strength is inadaquate, he attacks when it is abundant

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.

When the enemy is at ease, be able to weary him; when well fed, to starve him; when at rest, to make him move. Appear at places to which he must hasten; move swiftly where he does not expect you.

If you know your enemy and you know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself you will succumb in every battle.

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape.

To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.

Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

More at  http://www.artofwarquotes.com/
Sunday
20th
August

Warley Quinborne extends a warm welcome to latest recruit Chris Williamson who debuted competitively in the Cake Match. Chris is almost certainly the first deaf player to have joined our club.
Thursday
17th
August
John Fahy reports:

Poker Night at WQ
An entertaining night was had by all at the Club last Thursday and it was enhanced by a couple of extra players to the game ( a couple more will be welcome next time).
 
Ian Emery emerged with the best Poker face on this occasion - as can be seen from the smile - when receiving his prize from Club President John Pakenham.

ianpoker

There were the usual bluffs and amazing hands a plenty - including Ian's Straight Flush !?! beating Jon Turner's Ace Flush on the river when no one gave Ian a prayer ?!? Bad luck Jon !!!
 
The banter was non-stop - laughs galore - players clinging on by their fingernails - others Lording it with buckets full of chips - but as was said several times by one old hand "I’ve had a good night" - We all did - it was a great night, one of the most enjoyable and firmly established in the winter/summer break calendar.

Tuesday
15th
August

The games section has been updated again. It features a game between Wendell Rawlings and Brian Whitehouse. It can be found by clicking on the GAMES tab at the top...
Monday
14th
August

John Fahy emailed Warley Quinborne players after our victorious trip to Sutton Coldfield for the cake match:

Hi All,

Well done to everyone last night in the annual Cake match v Sutton Coldfield and thanks to all those who made the journey over to Sutton, it was an excellent turn out by the Club as usual.

In a 17 board match with one or two "friends of the Club" we came away from the BDCL Summer League Open Champions with our first away win in the 12th event. We won the first round of matches 9 1/2 v 7 1/2 and won the second round of matches 10 v 6 for an overall win of 19 1/2 v 13 1/2.

Well done to Mik Singh on 3 - Phil Bull on 7 - Alan Burnet on 10 and the lucky player on 6, who all won both games on the night. There was some excellent chess from what I could see and very hard fought on both sides.

Everyone contributed on the night to the score and if not to the good social side of the night - to all those who have not "tasted" the Cake match night !! why not give it a try next year ??

fahycake

A prestigious trophy has now been  provided - with no expense spared - and will be on display at the Club on match nights (please handle with care - to avoid breakage) - we aim to keep it for several more years to come ?!?

Sadly Wendell Rawlings was unable to complete his second game and was taken to hospital late in the evening.

Good Luck Wendell

Cheers John

The evening was most convivial. Sutton Coldfield were splendid hosts, raising the stakes in the hosptilality game. Along with the event defining Cold War delicious cake, there was a very generous buffet laid on. The new trophy is a large garden sized black knight donated to the event by Marek Soszynski.

12th ColdWar Cake Match

Warley Quinborne v Sutton Coldfield

14th August 2017

  

 

SUTTON COLDFIELD

 

WARLEY QUINBORNE

 

1

 Henrik Stepanyan

     1    +    1

 Tony Hickey

     0    +    0

 

2

 Neil Owens

     1    +    ½

 Ian Emery

     0    +    ½

 

3

 Golam Ali

     0    +    0

 Amrik Singh

     1    +    1

 

4

 John Mildenhall

     ½   +    1

 Simon Smith

     ½   +    0

 

5

 Roy Lawrence

     0    +    ½

 Jon Turner

     1    +    ½

 

6

 Nigel Byrne

     0    +    0

 John Fahy

     1    +    1

 

7

 Marek Soszynski

     0    +    0

 Phil Bull

     1    +    1

 

8

 Glen Windows

     0    +    ½

 Phil Maybury

     1    +    ½

 

9

 Keith Thomas

     0    +    1

 Adrian Hussain

     1    +    0 

 

10

 Larry Wright

     0    +    0

 Alan Burnet

     1    +    1

 

11

 A Pyda

     1    +    0

 Steve Moxley

     0    +    1

 

12

 Jet Ajimal

     1    +    0

 Florin Valea

     0    +    1

 

13

 Chris East

     ½   +    ½

 Ray Hall

     ½   +    ½

 

14

 Robert Marks

     1    

 Wendell Rawlings

     0    

 

15

 Ian Morley

     1    +    1

John Pakenham Chris Williamson

     0    +    0

 

16

 John Wassell

     ½   +    0

 Pauline Woodward

     ½   +    1

 

17

 D Howells

     0    +    0

Chris Williamson John Pakenham

     1    +    1

Sub

totals

 

   
7 ½ +   6

 

 
9 ½ +    10

 

Total

 

 

13 ½ 

 

 

19 ½ 


For presentation of NEW 'Cake Trophy' see GALLERY tab at top of page...

Saturday
5th
August

The games section has now been updated - tab at top GAMES. This features an old game of former club member Mike Wildboar and is a welcome addition to this growing section.
Friday
4th
August

The new grades are out and can be seen via the PLAYERS tab above.

There is a weekend congress coming up in West Bromwich 11th to 13th August. It would be good to see a few people from our club taking part.

http://www.mccu.org.uk/m_congress/entryform.htm

Alex Holowczak is organising this as he does so expertly, along no doubt, with other familiar folk from the Midlands. Alex is director of home chess at the English Chess Federation as he has been for several years and we are proud of him at the club for doing so.
I understand he is the youngest ever.

A recent photo of him:

Alex
Sunday
30th
July

The club continues to be open and although there are no competition fixtures, a few club stalwarts will be attending and playing friendlies for a few weeks. The club as always extends invitation to all players to come along. Whether you are old or young, male or female, beginner or grandmaster. We welcome all.

Coming events for the rest of the summer:

14th August - The annual 'Cold War' preseason 'cake match' away to Sutton Coldfield. The cake is not obligatory but usually delicious. The chess is obligatory and usually involves every member of both clubs that wants to play! Players will be notified by John as the date approaches. I suspect this fixture is unique in the intersecting worlds of cake eating and chess !
cake match
17th August - The second Texas Hold'em poker tournament open to all club members.

poker

31st August - The annual club Dave Rowe rapidplay trophy will be contested.
(Has anyone got any photos of Dave please ?)
Thursday
27th
July

'The AGM was well attended and it was pleasing to reflect on a good season for the Club.
Several trophies were presented for various individual and team performances throughout the season.

With the assistance of a generous donation this year, the Club showed a small surplus over expenditure (including the purchase of six new clocks) and our financial situation remains in good health.

The purchase of six boards and sets was approved by the meeting.

Club subscriptions for 2017/18 remain the same as per last season.' Club secretary John Fahy.

2016-2017 Trophy Haul - Not Bad !

trophies

Saturday
8th
July

Upcoming Events:
Tony Boyle will be visiting the club with a collection of abstract board games on Thursday 20th July

The AGM will be held on Thursday July 27th. More news on this later

We also hope to have a another 'Texas Hold Em' evening for club players over the summer as well.

The few weeks between summer and winter chess seasons offers members a chance to enjoy the club environment with a well earned break from chess but be engaged with other activities, although of course some stalwarts will keep on chessing all the way through the notional break !

Friday
7th
July

Summer League Roundup From John Fahy

'The final 3 BDCL Summer League fixtures were held at the Club last night - Redditch v West Brom was a side show to the main events :-

The Open team needed 2 wins on the night v South Birmingham B - to finish in 3rd place for the second year running, behind Sutton (Champions) and South Birmingham A - the result was never in doubt (despite SB's top two boasting some decent scalps this year including a win over GM Keith Arkell) Andy produce some clinical end game play in the first and a pawn 'mate' in the second backed up by two solid draws from Ian - Mik and Simon completed the formalities on 3 and 4 with two wins in both matches for an overall 7 v 1 win and a good team effort to finish the season 3rd again - we must try and go 2 better next year !!!

However the pride of place on the night goes to the Max400 side who needed just !?! a draw from their 2 matches against local rivals Halesowen (who themselves could win the section with 2 wins against us) to win the section.

The first match didn't go according to the script - and made tense watching for the onlookers ?!? A quick loss on board 4 and a piece down on board 1 made things difficult and we eventually lost the first match 1 v 3 - taking the title to the final match of the season with another win for Halesowen giving it to them but a draw or win giving it to us.

After a quick pep talk the team got off to a flying start with Steve (Moxley) on 1 going a piece up following a B sac that didn't have the killer finish - and a much calmer and controlled game by Pauline on 4 leading to a smooth destruction and win - we were nearly there ?!?

Steve was taking his time on 1 - so old boy Peter Hughes (guesting for the team on the night) stepped in to secure a win on 3 and at least the drawn match that we required - however Steve cemented the section win with victory on 1 for a 3 v 1 win.

It has been a very successful Summer League season with Section wins in the Max560 and Max400 and augers well for the Cake match v Sutton Coldfield on 14th August.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed and it has been a good effort by the Club - we have played 29 matches in 10 weeks !!! - 20 members have taken part and we've had some fun and success.

Thanks also to the guests who have all played their part.'

Saturday
24th
June

What is "Nine Men's Morris" ? I thought I'd share with website readers this ancient game:

9men

"Mills(Nine Men's Morris) is an abstract strategy board game for two players that emerged from the Roman Empire. Each player has nine pieces, or "men", which move among the board's twenty-four spots. The object of the game is to leave the opposing player with fewer than three pieces or no legal moves. The game begins with an empty board. Players take turns placing their pieces on empty spots. If a player is able to form a straight row of three pieces along one of the board's lines (i.e. not diagonally), he has a "mill" and may remove one of his opponent's pieces from the board; removed pieces may not be placed again. Players must remove any other pieces first before removing a piece from a formed mill. Once all eighteen pieces have been used, players take turns moving. To move, a player slides one of his pieces along a board line to an empty adjacent spot. If he cannot do so, he has lost the game. As in the placement stage, a player who aligns three of his pieces on a board line has a mill and may remove one of his opponent's pieces, avoiding the removal of pieces in mills if at all possible. Any player reduced to two pieces is unable to remove any more opposing pieces and thus loses the game. Once a player is reduced to three pieces, his pieces may "fly" to any empty spots, not only adjacent ones."

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/nine-men-morris/9wzdncrdr9zp

I've played it on Ubuntu/Linux and I'm sure there will be countless other apps and downloads available...Haven't beat the computer yet though
Thursday
22nd
June
John Fahy reports success for our Max560 team:

"We won 8 matches - drew 5 and lost 3 and accumulated 27 points. The team went into the final round match requiring 2 points for the Title.

We were playing against Westminster - who fielded a strong team - and we were somewhat fortunate to get a draw in the first match but Steve (play to the death) Moxley accepted a draw with seconds left on his clock !!! although a Rook down and his opponent with ample time in a guillotine finish ???  We'd have killed him if he'd played on !!! 

That draw secured us a point in the first match but left us still needing a point from the second match.

Jon Turner (won in the first match) was in control again in his second game and duly won but Alex Holowczak (who has been the lynchpin of the team) was having an unusual bad night for a change and Steve was in deeper trouble this time - but  a resignation on board 1 by the Westminster player (in the face of going a piece down) was enough to gain the draw in the match and the required 2 points were secured and the section Title for the Club.

Well done to the 9 players who have all made contributions."

Tuesday
13th
June
Please note John Fahy's email is now warleyquinborne@outlook.com
(Also accessible from the ABOUT US tab, top left of web page.)
MEMBERS PLEASE READ SATURDAY 20th MAY NEWS ITEM
Saturday
20th
May
The Birmingham league website now links to the Summer League fixtures. I have also added to the LINKS - top right.
Thursday
18th
May
Just a request to let me assess visitor numbers to the site: Could you please email simonwarleyquinborne@gmail.com as soon as you see this news items. Just put 'seen' or something in the email. It doesn't matter if it's weeks or months from now. Cheers Simon.

Stewart Fishburne (email) has notified local clubs that Keith Arkell will be giving a simultaneous. Keith was over 50 world champion in 2014. Here is the body of the email:
'Guys,
We had our AGM last night and Keith A attended. We had always planned for him to do a simul during the Summer but found that next Thursday (25 May) was the most convenient for all concerned. We’d like to invite Stourbridge and WQ members to play. The cost would be £12 for an adult with a 50% reduction for juniors.
Start time is 7.30 upstairs at the Lighthouse (our usual venue). And please note it’s Thursday, not our usual Tuesday club night. I’d be grateful if you’d circulate your members and hope to see you there. Apologies if it clashes with a Summer fixture – it’s on a Thursday to avoid our own clashes.
And please ask anyone to let me know on this email if they intend to come, please.
Regards Stewart'
Monday
8th
May
The BH Wood best game award has again been won by a Warley Quinborne player.
Friday
28th
April
So. All the fixtures in Birmingham,Wolverhampton and Dudley leagues have now been played...
Now comes the Birmingham summer league...because chess just keeps on going !
Thursday
27th
April
I was pleased to see after looking at the Dudley league website , we'd beaten Stourbridge to top division one. Going into the match we just needed to avoid losing by a score of three to one to win the league.When Jon Turner and I left the club early, I thought John Fahy may have been on the ropes, but was delighted to see he'd weathered a dangerous king side attack and triumphed.
Tuesday
18th
April
Congratulations to Andy in winning the Birmingham league individual div one again for the umpteenth time ! Adrian fought hard but succumbed and John's game is adjourned.
Sunday
16th
April
Looking ahead to Tuesday 18th, Warley Quinborne has three players in the Birmingham league individual finals: Andy Southall plays Robert Glass in div one, John Fahy plays Keith Ingram in div 2 and Adrian Hussain  plays Nick Papathanasopoulos in div 4. Good luck to all our players !
Tuesday
11th
April
Congratulations to the first team on promotion to division one of the Birmingham league after beating Olton 4 to 2 and commiserations to the second team on regulation. The bright side of this is that we don't have to play each other at the start of the season. Andy Southall for the first team has had a particularly good season, not losing in the Birmingam league and also putting together seven successive wins in the Wolverhampton league !
Wednesday
5th
April
Talent is overrated according to Geoff Colvin. Some have said that ten thousand hours of directed study can lead to excellence in many endeavours; not least of all chess. This audio book entitled 'Talent Is Overrated', refers to chess and the Polgar sisters quite a lot. It's about seven hours long. I found it particularly interesting to learn that Mozart didn't write perfect first draft pieces of music. This myth arose from a now proven forgery that claimed he composed whole symphonies in his head.

It seems though that one has to come out of the comfort zone and attempt tasks in the chosen discipline or pursuit for something like five hours a day, five days a week for ten years. So in chess terms, this possibly means for example the analysis of chess positions and not just playing through many master games automaton fashion. The necessity for quality directed study or practice sets an upper daily limit. I enjoyed this presentation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8gshHts2Tc
Sunday
2nd
April
Warley Quinborne played again in the Intermediate section of the National Club Championship. Representing the club were Alex Holowczak, Florin Valea, John Pakenham and Simon Smith. We finished joint last.
Speaking personally I preferred the new venue at St John's hotel close to Solihull centre, rather than the old one which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.
Monday
27th
March
As the Autumn/Winter chess leagues are coming to a finish, Bham division two is looking quite interesting: 2B are hoping to stay up and I believe they can;2A need to beat Olton as well as hoping Shirley slip up against Boldmere and our own 2B side, in order to gain promotion to division one.

Looking at Bham division four, our side looks like finishing in the top half with Ray Hall and Phil Maybury particularly having good seasons. Our division six side is secure with Joe Rourke having a very solid year.
Sunday
26th
March
I understand that Julius Caeser referred to himself in the third person when narrating his conquest of Gaul. Who am I not to follow this historical precedent ? Simon Smith came first equal in the Major section of the Rapidplay at Quinborne Community centre. (Infamy, infamy - they've all got it in for me !) The event seemed to be well attended and as usual well run by Alex Holowczak from Warley Quinborne, and the rest of the team. (Organisers  and arbiters are the real true heroes of English chess ! )Mik Singh, John Pakenham,Martin Draper and myself were the only representatives from the club. I recall we had more club participation last October - In any case the event always seems like a very convivial day.

An interesting anecdote from the day. I didn't know that Stephen Crockett , who plays for Redditch, is the nephew of an old Warley Quinborne player, Nick Crockett. (Greetings, if you are reading this Nick !) Nick was famously outspoken at times, asking Taimanov what it was like to get beat 6 nil by Fischer. Anyway, Stephen told me that  Nick was on a business trip to Moscow and found himself in a lift with recently defeated world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson some years ago and considered, before checking the impulse, to ask him what it was like to have lost his last fight. True story and I think the moral is, it's OK to upset world class chess players, but not world class boxers !
Saturday
25th
March
Anyone like film and TV featuring chess as part of the plot ? If you take delight in things so bad they're good, you'll like an episode of Scorpion called 'Check it out, mate'.

Scorpion's premise is that of a team of socially dysfunctional genius level people who solve problems for America's alphabet agencies. In this episode, they help with the defection of a Russian woman (world ?) champion. Apparently her father was in the'gulags'; bearing in mind she looks in her thirties at most, I'm unaware of labour camps in Russia during the eighties...But the real chess interest is tournament participation that our heroes have to take part in. In order to get into an over the board competition, they have to play a preliminary online tournament. They are so clever that they don't use Fritz or Stockfish to get past this round ! or perhaps the writers don't know about chess computers ?

In any case the programme provides laughable tournament scenes including:
Players playing on to the bitter end, where the winners announces 'checkmate'; chess masters 'trash talking each other'; the arbiter giving a running commentary with a microphone to the audience in earshot of the players; and a microphone placed over the finalists table to 'pick up the action'.

This would be a fantastic 'How not to do it' section on an arbiters course. Complete nonsense & Highly recommended !
Saturday
11th
March
A special mention for John Fahy who continues to makes good progress with his captaincy of the Warwickshire U160 and U180 sides. Warwickshire U180 beat Nottinghamsire U180 on board count - close match. John of course took the U180 side to success several seasons ago, winning in the final ! Warley Quinborne continues to supply players for county matches in all categories...
Saturday
11th
March
Birmingham individual update:
BDCL Div 2 Individual S/F's - John Fahy squeezed through into the Final having been on the defensive for 90% of his match But unfortunately Ian Emery was not so lucky in the second S/F thus missing out on an all WQ Final.

BDCL Div 6 Individual S/F - Unfortunately John Pakenham was not able to make the Final losing out in a topsy turvy match.

Thursday
9th
March
Dudley Div 3 - The team lost by the narrowest of margins to Bushbury but new member Stuart Kettle recorded his first win in only his second competitive match - Well Done Stuart !
Wednesday
8th
March
Warley Quinborne 2A go top of Birmingham division two after a 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 victory over South Birmingham. The pressure is off us for now. Will West Bromwich or/and Shirley slip up in this two from three promotion fight? The pressure is off the first team until April. Interesting times ahead !
Tuesday
7th
March
We entered two teams in the Birmingham Lightening tournament. Immediate impressions on entering the venue were of us having gate crashed a fancy dress party. As Wendell pulled out his garlic bulb snacks, I wondered whether vampires were going to turn up as well...We soon realised that we were in the company of all the other characters easily recognisable as chess players - those who can't get girlfriends and others who were glad to be away from their wives. An enjoyable evenings chess wasn't spoilt by my own team's performance: Mik Singh, Simon Smith, Jon Turner, Mike Groombridge and our other team : Phil Maybury, Wendell Rawlings, Ray Hall and Martin Draper - who for their own part, put in a very good performance ! Once again Olton Chess club demonstrated their service to chess , hosting and organising a great evening.

Here is Phil Maybury's recollection:

"All of the team seemed apprehensive and unsure of what to expect of the competition. This was made worse when we were told that we were the strongest team in the group and favourites to win. NO PRESSURE !!!!

The team played a total of six matches, winning three and drawing three. With some outstanding battling displays and excellent results for Wendell, Martin and Ray and the occasional victory for myself. We managed to amass a board count total of 15 1/2 out of 24, with Westminster and Mutual finishing 2nd and 3rd on14 points.

A hectic night all round ended on a high with four very proud chess players pleased with their nights work.

I can still hear that BUZZER NOW!!!!!!
"
Sunday
5th
March
Best game entries have to be in by the end of March. This was won two years running by a club favourite. See here. I see no reason why we shouldn't have more Warley Quinborne entries for this. The games to be longplay and though sponsored by the Birmingham League, can be from any competition, tournament etc If you win then you owe your friendly neighbourhood webmaster and club favourite a pint !
Thursday
2nd
March
The team recorded another away win at Lichfield by 3 1/2 v 2 1/2 - with Andy Southall and Simon Smith scoring wins to secure victory for the second week week running.
Thursday
2nd
March
A drawn match at champions Halesowen, (We took three points off them in the season,) coupled with a draw by Wolverhampton secured the team's plac in the division for another year. Good wins for Larry Wright and Florin Valea
Thursday
23rd
February
WDCL Div 1 - a hard fought win v W'ton by the narrowest of margins on Thursday 23rd February maintained the teams 100% record in away matches this season - with just 2 matches of the season remaining - fortunately being played away !?!
Thursday
23rd
February
WDCL Div 3 - 23rd February - a good win v Bushbury lifts the team out of the bottom two and made it three wins in a row. A couple of more points required to be safe from relegation.
Thursday
16th
February
A new member joins the Club - Welcome to Stuart Kettle - who has joined the Club recently and performed really well in - a baptism of fire - in his first match in BDCL Div 6 against top of the table University Bham - good luck Stuart and hope you enjoy years of chess at the Club.
Thursday
9th
February
BDCL Div 1 Individual - 9th February - old boy Mike Wildboar returned to the Club to play former team mate Andy Southall - a dour battle ensued with Andy coming through in the end to secure a place in the Final.
Thursday
9th
February
BDCL Div 2 - the first team continued their upward momentum with a good home win v Lichfield - wins for Mik Singh on 1 and Jon Turner on 6 with 4 draws in between. Two more matches to play and hopefully a play-off will not be required at the end of the season.
Thursday
2nd
February
Tonight the club was at full capacity with matches in both the Birmingham and Wolverhampton Leagues: Div 2A beat Boldmere 3  1/2 to 2 1/2; Div 6 were beaten by Coleshill 3 to 1; and in the Wolverhampton league our Div 3 side beat Halesowen 3 1/2 to 1 1/2

Div2Div6Div3

Thanks to Jon Turner for the photos !

onday
9th
January
Saving our best play for the league in the coming calendar year, Warley Quinborne 2A lost 5 to 1  - or 5 to 3.5 with the handicap included -  against Sutton Coldfield's Div 1 side in the Terrill Trophy. Another point would have seen us across the line with us being given a 2.5 start. Good draws by Ian Emery and Dave Jeffs were achieved against an excellent side.
Thursday
29th
December
A handful of us met at the club to play Retsami referenced by the 15th December report. An interesting game that sharpens up a chess player's diagonal, rank and file reflexes !
Thursday
22nd
December
Continuing with our Christmas theme of 'Let's play anything except chess', the club held an enjoyable Texas Hold'em evening for low stakes. John Pakenham, John Fahy, Dave Jeffs, Ian Emery, Jon Turner and myself Simon Smith participated. Thanks to John Fahy for the write up:

"Six players sat down for a night of cards - following the previous weeks excellent draughts night - Old Maid, Snap were options but several players had arrived with their Poker faces, dark glasses and baseball caps - so a night of Texas Holdem won the day.

Jon Turner quickly established a sizable chunk of everyones chips - he was rather hungry for them - one by one players fell away during the first hour of play leaving Jon and Phil Maybury as the only survivors at the interval - all the other players rejoined - and the battle was resumed with a fight to the finish.

Some excellent hands were made on the night - one Full House beating a high Flush - and by the end of the night after a further 2 plus hours - Jon and Simon Smith faced off in a Head to Head - with Jon a massive chip leader.

But Simon likes his chips too and he eventually became the first Warley Quinborne Poker Champion and took the first prize. Well done Simon."
Thursday
15th
December
Warley Quinborne Chess Club welcomed players from the West Midlands Draughts Association for a mini draughts tournament. Six people played with the draughts players coming out on top. Tony Boyle 5, William Leeper 4, Simon Smith 2 1/2, John Fahy 2, John Pakenham 1 and Jon Turner 1/2. It is hoped this may become a permanent pre Christmas fixture.

Continuing In Christmas spirit, we also played CHESKERS   (Not a spelling mistake !) and several chess players were impressed with a little known board game called RETSAMI introduced to us by Tony.


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