16th May, 2018: Wolverhampton lose Pittaway Cup Final.
You win some, you lose some. And when you draw, you still lose. This is the nature of a handicap Tournament.
Kidderminster went into the match with a 2.25 points handicap advantage against Wolverhampton. That was all it took to ensure they would win the Cup Final.
The match actually ended 4 points apiece, so Wolverhampton would have needed another 1.5 points to turn the match in their favour. But it was not to be.
Regardless of the loss, it's been a fairly decent season. A couple of trophies and two promotions. Well done Wolverhampton.
12th May, 2018: Wolverhampton lose title decider.
Wolverhampton had to count the cost of forfeiting a board against Redditch earlier this season. In the match to decide the winner of the BDCL Division 2, the club lost 2.5 - 3.5 to
the very same team they should have beaten back in September, 2017.
Regardless of the defeat, the club is still promoted to Division 1. It's just a shame that it was an extra trophy that could have been added in what has been a successful season.
Just the Pittaway Cup to play for now. Then the curtain comes down and the Summer break kicks in.
2nd May, 2018: Wolverhampton reaches Pittaway Cup Final!
Last night, Wolverhampton beat Stafford five points to three in the Semi-Final of the competition.
The club will now meet Kidderminster in the Final. However, being a handicap tournament, 'Kiddy' will start the match with a 2.25 points advantage.
*Update. The final has been 'pencilled in' for May 15th, and the venue will be the Mercia Chess Club.
We also await the result of the Birmingham & District League 2 Championship play-off.
25th April, 2018: Wolverhampton wins Humphreys Trophy!
Break open the 'bubbly'! Club adds another piece of silverware!
Last night Wolverhampton beat Walsall Kipping to take the Humpheys Trophy.
The four-board tournament was won by a single game, with the other three boards drawing.
The major honour for the night goes to the captain, Gordon Sands, who was the victor in the decisive game. A honourable mention goes to the other team players, John Lee,
Geoff Rosser and Eddie Badger.
Not long to go now before we see if Wolverhampton can also clinch the BDCL Division 2 title and make it three trophies in all.
21st April, 2018: Birmingham & District League Division 2
Play-off date fixed!
Wolverhampton will play their BDCL Division 2 Title decider on the 1st May, 2018.
The league match between these two sides finished all square earlier in the season. However, Wolverhampton did default on bottom board. Ironically, if they had not defaulted,
they may have won this match and been crowned outright winners of this Division.
Now the team has the chance to put this right and field all six boards. Hopefully, this time it will make all the difference.
17th April, 2018: Birmingham & District League Division 2
Wolverhampton promoted back to the top-flight!
Lichfield did the club a big favour Monday night and beat Stourbridge! This means regardless of the title play-off result, the club still goes up to Division 1 of the BDCL.
This league is the strongest in the region and it emulates what their illustrious counterparts have achieved at the Molineux. All that is left now is to claim the Division title.
Further news on the play-off date, and result, will be made as and when it becomes available.
13th April, 2018: Birmingham & District League Division 2 Play-off time!
It was Wolverhampton's final game of the regular season. It's a game they had to win. And despite defaulting on bottom board, they scraped through by 3.5 - 2.5 against Shirley & Wythall
Now the team faces a play-off situation. If Stourbridge beat Lichfield next week (16th April), then it is a play-off for promotion only.
If Stoubridge lose their last game, promotion is guaranteed and there is a play-off for the title of Division 2 champions.
If Stourbridge draw their last match, it is a three-way play-off for the title and promotion.
All will become clear next week when the final match of the regular season is played!
6th April, 2018: Watch out!
It's getting tight at the top of the Birmingham League Division 2!
Wolverhampton dropped another point last night and drew with Solihull - three games a piece.
As a result, the chance of promotion could well be denied unless the club wins it's last match at Shirley & Wythall. Even then, nothing is guaranteed.
A defaulted game on the top board cost the club the chance of getting more than a draw. But as with the game against Redditch earlier in the season, it may be critical and very costly.
The next and final match takes place next Thursday (April 12th). It could turn out to be a very fateful evening.
30th March, 2018: It's all going 'pear-shaped'.
There's nothing sweet about the club's latest result in the Birmingham League.
In a crucial match against Stourbridge, Wolverhampton lost 2.5 - 3.5. This means that Wolverhampton has now dropped to third place in the League and will face a battle to finish in the
top two. Notably, by winning this match, Stourbridge overtook Wolverhampton to claim second spot. It's looking unlikely that Wolverhampton will be able to reverse positions with this
opponent in the closing weeks of the season. In fact, Wolverhampton needs to win it's last two matches to be certain of claiming at least second place by a single point.
So, promotion may well hinge upon a dopped point earlier in the season when Wolverhampton only managed to draw with Redditch due to a defaulted bottom board game. How costly may that turn
out to be?
23rd March, 2018: Two defeats and sad news.
It's not been a great week for the club, or chess. Defeats for the club are one thing, but the game has lost a much-respected legend.
Graham Humphreys, who surely must be known by countless chess players of all strengths, abilities and from around the country, has passed away.
Rather than try to explain how much this loss will be felt, as I did not know Graham that well, I would refer to the obituary for Graham on the WDCL website.
Congratulations to Aaron Ujjal, John Lee, Eddie Badger, and (who is having a really good season) Geoff Rosser.
The score was 2.5 - 1.5. There were wins for Rosser and Lee, and a draw for Ujjal. Only defeat was for Badger.
The club now awaits the outcome of the other Semi-Final between Walsall and Warley Quinborne. No date for the Final has yet been fixed.
In the WDCL Division 1 game against Warley Quinborne, Wolverhampton were mostly outgraded, and this led to a loss. The score was 1.5 - 4.5. However, the club's A Team will still
be playing in Division 1 next season.
6th March, 2018: Semi-Final against Rushall scheduled for tonight.
Allowing for the caveat of the usual mishmash of information that comes from various trophy and cup competitions, it is expected that the Humphrey's Trophy Semi-Final between
Wolverhampton and Rushall will go ahead tonight. Wolverhampton will be the hosts.
It will be interesting to see who plays for the club tonight. But, hopefully, it will be a strong team. Rushall could also prove to be stiff competition, and there is no way
to predict what could happen. Regardless, we shall publish the result as soon as it is known.
5th March, 2018: Geoff Rosser marches into Bidgood Trophy final.
Scheduled for 20th March, the Bidgood Trophy final will be decided. Congratulations to Geoff Rosser of Wolverhampton Chess Club for getting this far.
He will be hoping his opponent, Victor Brown, does not live up to his name! The game 'kicks off' at 7-30pm.
2nd March, 2018: Brrrrr!
No chess this week. It's not every time when it snows that matches are postponed, but this week has been exceptional. Even the brass monkeys have stayed at home and kept well wrapped-up.
Next match nights are scheduled for next Thursday. Temperatures? Well, should be above zero, at least. But with another predicted blast of cold air coming in from the East the weekend after
this, then it will be matter of how much effect it will have, and how long it will last.
As for the postponed match(es), we await news of re-scheduling.
9th February, 2018: Champions!
Last night, the Wolverhampton B team became Champions of Division 4 of the Wolverhampton and District Chess League. There is still one more match to complete, but after a
resoundingly good season, they cannot be caught.
The credentials are commendable. 8 wins and only 1 loss so far.
The club's only entry in the Birmingham League (Division 2) are also having a great season. 6 wins and 2 draws (one due an unfortunate default). They sit on top of the 2nd Division
of the league and are well-placed to be promoted back to the very competitive 1st Division. Let's hope promotion is not too far away and that the club can enjoy a more successful campaign
next time around in the top-flight.
Overall, a very decent season. With the club maintaining interest in cup and trophy competitions too, it could be that they will be ordering extra silver polish this year!
7th February, 2018: Marching onwards.
Humphries Trophy: Wolverhampton has won it's delayed quarter-final game against Stafford. Now they face Rushall in the semi-finals.
More updates as and when they become available.
25th January, 2018: The message finally gets through.
It appears that the previously confusing situation with a couple of competitions is now resolved. The Humphreys and Bidgood Trophies now have clear quarter and semi-finalists.
If Wolverhampton win their quarter-final 'Humphries' match with Stafford (on the 6th February, and easier said than done), they will face Rushall in their semi-final match. The winner of
this match will go on to meet the winner of the other semi-final between Walsall Kipping and Warley Quinborne.
As for the Bidgood semi-final draw, Wolverhampton's Geoff Rosser will face Tony Taylor of Halesowen, and Kevan Ward of Mercia will face Vic Brown of Walsall Kipping. Notably, Geoff is
the highest rated player left in the tournament and should be favourite to walk away with the main prize.
Dates of semi-finals of the above matches / games are not yet known.