Friend of the club and games guru Tony Boyle will be hopefully coming down the club next Thursday to play myself at Xiangqi, AKA Chinese chess. I will bring along the rules sheet for any interested.
As the chess year
enters its quieter period with the summer league no doubt soon to
start, I believe the club can look back successfully on its main
season. Our Bham Div 1 was able to achieve what local team football WBA
weren't able to achieve in their respective highest division, while our
Div 3 side gained promotion to Div 2. Well done to them !
Still in the Bham league, Div 4 and Div 6 finished a very respectable 4th in their respective divisions.
Once again well done to our Div 3 Wolv league side who won their section.
Congratulations to Andy Southall - AGAIN - on winning the Div 1 Individual against Ian Emery in the all Warley Quinborne final!
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
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 ???
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.
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 !
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 !!!
And now for something
This is Chinese Chess or Xiangqi.
At first the designation of the pieces is confusing, but you get used
Also known as the 'Elephant Game' in China, this is perhaps further
confirmation of a common ancestor of chess variants originating in Indiaas most of us pretty much
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
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 ?!?
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.
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
Well Done to the following who contributed to the teams Cup success
over the season -
And lets not forget those players who put them on
this Homer Trophy success - by beating them in the Terrill first round
Once again an all round excellent Club effort - Well Done All
John Fay reports:
Our WDCL Div 3 team moved
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
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.
The BDCL Div 1 team
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
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
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.
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 ??
Phil Maybury reports:
On Thursday night the
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
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
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
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!!
Johny Fay reports:
In the BDCL Homer Trophy
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
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
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
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
Well done Ian it would
have been easy to accept the drawn looking position on several
In Dudley Division 3 the
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.
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.
John Fahy reports:
Just two matches this
week but both ended with wins for our teams.
In BDCL Div 3 the team
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
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
At home on Thursday we
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 !
John Fahy reports:
The second half of the
season got underway this week after a short festive break.
In BDCL Div 6 we were
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
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
Our WDCL Division 3 side
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
A hard fought win in the
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 !?!
Merry Christmas Everyone !
An entertaining video
York City where a trash talking hustler gets beaten by a titled player.
attempt at cheating - taking two pieces in one go doesn't go undetected
by the sharp eyed GM Maurice Ashley !
John Fahy reports:
The winter weather forced
postponement of our first match of the week on Monday in BDCL Div 6 at
It was a shame the
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
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
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.
New game added. A
Jeffs win over a recent Birmingham University opponent. See GAMES tab
John Fahy reports:
The week started well
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
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 !?!
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
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
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.
John Fahy reports
A busy week started well
two matches in the Edgbaston area on Tuesday favouring our teams as
In WDCL Div 3 the team
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
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
Thursday saw two of our
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
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
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:
John Fahy reports:
Four home matches on one
!!!! 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
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 -
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
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
Martin Draper somehow
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.
John Fahy reports:
Quinborne are proud to announce the presence of a
BRITISH RAPIDPLAY CHAMPION in
Yes none other than our own Mik
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
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
New game added.
Dave Jeffs triumphs over 'Mysterious' Martin Smyth from a 2010/11 cup
game. See GAMES tab at top.
John Fahy reports:
BDCL 3 got back into
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
WDCL Div 4 enjoyed a
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
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
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
Some random Russian
get into selfies with our very own globe trotting Chess
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!!
Kasparov is reckoned by many to be the greatest chess
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!
John Fahy reports: Dining at the top of the
Two home matches and one
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
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
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
Chess Club with the death of Rob Marshall, a very strong chess player
and thoroughly nice gentleman.
WDCL Div 1 missed the
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
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
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
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
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.
The background to
'Ask Alex' was
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
time' facilitated by digital clocks - is very much at the centre
of the discussion.
John Fahy asks Alex:
You may have worked
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
be adopted bearing in mind several moves may have been made without
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
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
about "incremental" being the best solution there will be occasions
when Quickplay is forced anyway.
Thanks Alex - hope
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.
the rules, which I give verbatim: Guidelines
III. Games without increment including Quickplay Finishes:
shall apply when the competition is not supervised by an arbiter: III.6.1 A
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
opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or III.6.1.2 that
opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means. In
the player must write down the final position and his opponent must
verify it. In
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
shall be referred to the designated arbiter.
It has been announced that III.6
for the sake of the Birmingham League. I'm not sure about other League
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.
final position is easy to record . The "up-to-date scoresheet" in
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 !
John Fahy reports:
Three home matches this
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
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 ?!?
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.
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
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
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. 126.96.36.199
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New game added - see
tab at top. A Benoni win for Andy Southall going back to
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
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 ??).
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.
John Fahy reports:
The Club had three matches this
week and went into them looking for Our first win -
Monday - at St.Georges - we
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
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
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.
now for something completely
The trio below
never covered the subject of chess, but if they had....
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.
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
Non-Chess player: I go down the
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
Chess Master: I study chess as a
day job. I know every
variation of the Sicilian, Ruy Lopez and Kings Indian to the thirtieth
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.
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
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.
Thanks to Jon Turner for photo
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
Warley Quinborne members entering.
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.
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.
As we prepare, or
another winter season, I thought it would interesting to consider the
of Sun Tzu from 'The Art of War':
general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple
before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few
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.
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
If words of
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.
tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is
the noise before defeat.
All warfare is
If fighting is
to result in victory, then you must fight.
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
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
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.
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.
called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning
enemy, you must leave a way of escape.
To know your
you must become your Enemy.
Thus, what is
supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
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.
John Fahy reports:
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
( a couple more will be welcome next time).
Emery emerged with the best Poker face on
this occasion - as can be seen from the smile - when receiving his
from Club President John Pakenham.
were the usual bluffs and amazing hands
a plenty - including Ian's Straight Flush !?! beating Jon Turner's Ace
the river when no one gave Ian a prayer ?!? Bad luck Jon !!!
banter was non-stop - laughs galore -
players clinging on by their fingernails - others Lording it with
of chips - but as was said several times by one old hand "I’ve had a
night" - We all did - it was a great night, one of the most enjoyable
firmly established in the winter/summer break calendar.
The games section has
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...
John Fahy emailed
Quinborne players after our victorious trip to Sutton Coldfield for the
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 ??
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
Good Luck Wendell
The evening was most convivial. Sutton Coldfield were
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.
ColdWar Cake Match
Quinborne v Sutton Coldfield
John Pakenham Chris Williamson
Chris Williamson John Pakenham
7 ½ +6
9 ½ +10
presentation of NEW 'Cake Trophy' see GALLERY tab at top of page...
The games section has
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
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
It would be good to see a few people from our club taking part.
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
photo of him:
The club continues to
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
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 !
17th August - The second Texas Hold'em poker
to all club members.
31st August - The annual club Dave Rowe rapidplay trophy will be
(Has anyone got any photos of Dave please ?)
'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
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 !
League Roundup From John Fahy
'The final 3 BDCL Summer League fixtures were
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 -
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
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
Steve was taking his time on 1 - so old boy Peter
(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
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
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
What is "Nine Men's
? I thought I'd share with website readers this ancient game:
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
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."
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
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.
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."
note John Fahy's email is now email@example.com
(Also accessible from the ABOUT US tab, top left of web page.) MEMBERS
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a request to let me assess visitor numbers to the site: Could you
soon as you see this news items. Just put
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months from now. Cheers Simon.
(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:
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
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.
the fixtures in Birmingham,Wolverhampton and Dudley leagues have now
Now comes the Birmingham summer league...because chess just keeps on
pleased to see after looking at the Dudley
, 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
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.
to Andy in winning the Birmingham league individual div one again for
the umpteenth time ! Adrian fought hard but succumbed and John's game
ahead to Tuesday 18th, Warley Quinborne has three players in the Birmingham
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 !
first team on promotion to division one of the Birmingham league after
beating Olton 4 to 2 and commiserations to the second team on
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 !
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 !
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
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
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 !
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...
BDCL Div 2 Individual S/F's - John Fahy squeezed
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.
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 !
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 !
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:
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!!!!!!"
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
win then you owe your friendly neighbourhood webmaster and club
favourite a pint !
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.
A drawn match at champions
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
by Coleshill 3 to 1; and in the Wolverhampton league our Div 3 side
beat Halesowen 3 1/2 to 1 1/2
Thanks to Jon Turner for the photos !
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
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
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 !
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
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.
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."
from the West
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
a spelling mistake !) and several chess players were impressed with a
little known board game called RETSAMI
introduced to us by Tony.