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Wolverhampton and District Chess League
A team: Away v West Bromwich. Monday, 21st January.
B team: Away v Walsall Kipping C. Thursday, 24th January.
Away v Shirley Wythall 1. Thursday, 7th February.
NB. The previously scheduled game against Bushbury 1 has been moved to Tuesday, 23rd April.
Cannock and District Chess League
Home v Lichfield. Thursday, 31st January.
28th December, 2018: A welcome break.
Less than a week to go before the club plays the first of it's next matches. The club's 'elite' are having the usual average season in the W&DCL Division 1, and the Birmingham
League outfit are struggling in Division 1. But while they have yet to register a single match point, a number of their remaining matches are against teams in the bottom half of the
As for the 'second-stringers', they continue to show the way. There are real chances of not just being promoted from both W&DCL Division 3, but also the C&DCL Division 2. Add to this
the potential to win titles as well, and some silverware could easily be finding it's way back to the City before the end of March.
The club has also reached the semi-final of the Humphreys Trophy and Geoff Rosser has got to the quarter-finals of the hard-to-win Rock Cup. More promisingly, Gordon Sands and Chris
Cox have also reached the quarter-finals of the Bidgood Trophy. So there is still a lot to play for!
Just a final mention for the Shropshire Chess Congress. This is being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4th to the 6th January, 2019. It's still not too late to enter!
Have a great 2019!
23rd November, 2018: One minute you are up, then you are down again.
Mixed fortunes for the club. The Birmingham League team loses again. Goes down 2.5 - 3.5 against Lichfield 1. Maintains a 100% losing record.
The 'B' Team (WDCL) win again. Beats Mercia 3.0 - 2.0. They maintain their 100% winning record.
Not many more matches to be played before the Christmas break. The 'A' Team get a rest until the New Year. They need it. Guys! Come back stronger in the New Year!
16th November, 2018: Similar to the football Premiership.
The Birmingham league Division 1 is proving to be a hostile hunting ground for the club. But is that not the same situation the club faced last time around?
There is a large gulf between Divisons 1 and 2. And just like English football's equivalent, it's not easy to survive at the highest level.
Simply, the club is heavily outgraded in many games. It beggars the question if the top Division should be trimmed down to 10 teams. It's that bad.
The record so far is played 4, lost 4. Zero points. The only question we should be asking is can Wolverhampton avoid relegation again this season.
As for A team in the Wolverhampton and District League Division 1, nothing special is happening. It is looking like it will be another average season. As for the 'B's', they continue to play
well in the other leagues.
Check back again soon for more upcoming results.
19th October, 2018: Two matches, two wins.
Both the 'A' and 'B' Teams played in the WDCL last night, and there were wins for both. The A Team has played two and won one. But it looks like it may be another average season.
The B team are looking good in Division 3. Their second win maintains their 100% record so far. Early days - but another promotion on the cards?
Next up is the Birmingham League match against Halesowen. If the Arkells turn up for Halesowen, then expectations will be low. If not, the club has a chance of grinding out a result.
Update, 20th October: Two CDCL results published. See Fixtures and Results for details.
16th October, 2018: Halloween and Bonfire Night on the horizon. But the chess community is still offering tricks (not treats) and damp squibs.
The Cannock & District Chess League (CDCL). Very soon I think I shall stop covering this league. We are well into the chess season, but the CDCL seems to have slipped into a coma
Is it too much to expect that results will appear on this website? And how much are team captains (or record secretaries) to blame?
But I do find it strange that a number of clubs operating in this part of the world (and likely far beyond) set up websites and then fail to maintain them throughout the season.
Yet, at the start of each new season, they get 'updated' with only very limited information. It appears that very few clubs actually bother to publish up-to-date results throughout
the season and just think they have to make a token gesture every September. Really? Yes! REALLY!
I would say, OK. But if club websites only exist to give basic information (such as locations, contact details, etc.), then do not pretend to be more than this.
5th October, 2018: "Rainy Days and Mondays (and Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, etc.) Always Get Me Down."
The Cannock & District Chess League began with promise. But their shiny new website is still lacking in detail. To be honest, it looks like a good intention gone wrong. But how many
of us have been there? Then there is the rudimentary design of the website. Oh dear!
Adding to this, there are no league tables and some early results are still missing. Are some club captains not uploading their team's results as per instructions? Improvement is waited upon,
but knowing the recent history of this league, it is far less than expected. Let's hope things do improve, and quickly.
As for the club, Wolverhampton have not had the best start to the season. Again, only a handful of clubs have entered the Pittaway Cup (it begins with quarter-finals as the first round),
but Wolverhampton got hammered by Stafford 5.5 - 2.5 in the tournament. Ergo, no semi-final place.
The league teams are experiencing mixed results. But the top team looks as though it will struggle this season. The Wolverhampton League Division 1 side is off to a bad start. The
Birmingham and District League Division 1 team are also look as though they are going to struggle, but the first match against Olton on the 18th October may be a good benchmark.
Better things to come? "Hello Mr Blue Skies"? The Carpenters or ELO? I'll "Name That Tune" ... sometime around the end of April, 2019!
UPDATE, 30th August: The missing fixture in the CDCL has now been published and the printable fixture list is now available.
The Cannock & District Chess League have now published their fixtures for Division 2. However, one match is missing. It had to be a match involving Wolverhampton - didn't it!
We hope that this omission will soon be corrected. In the mean time, we shall publish all of the other matches the club is due to play in Division 2.
As for the Dudley & District League, the club appears to have dropped out of contention. There are no teams from the club competing in any of the divisions. But to be honest,
running teams in five different leagues is always a tall ask. Ergo, something had to be sacrificed.
3rd August, 2018: The CDCL phoenix rises from the ashes!
Unlike the infamous 'Norwegian Blue', from that famous Monty Python sketch, it seems there is still life in Cannock.
The Cannock & District Chess League (CDCL), which has shown no signs of life for a long time, has now 'risen from the ashes'.
The new CDCL website can be found here. However, it is a work-in-progress. We hope for something better in the months to come.
20th July, 2018: Brain training time!
Pre-season training. Footballers have to do it - so, chess players, why not get yourself into shape by entering the MCCU Chess Tournament in Telford in August?
The Midlands Open Championship has three sections: FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U1900 (U160), ECF Under 130.
You can get full, details here:
25th May, 2018: Hibernation!
The (football) World Cup is not far away. Ergo, not much will be happening here until late July / early August.
So, while idly passing time watching England struggle to make an impact, I'll be waiting for news of fixture lists for the 2018/2019 season.
This website is also waiting for the final outcome of the Dudley & District League Division 2. The official League website is still incomplete. As for the Cannock & District League,
it seems to have suffered the same fate as the infamous Oozlum bird ('Google it'). Not sure when it vanished up it's own backside, but any reports of sightings of it's reappearance
would be most welcome.
So! Have a nice Summer break. Stay away from chess until the next outbreak of madness begins in September. As for the England football team and the World Cup, I'm still not sure
if it is safe to follow up a few jars of brew with anti-depressants. I've certainly felt that way after a few (and almost long-forgotten) chess tournaments.
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