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Wolverhampton and District League
A team: Home v Bushbury A. Thursday, 18th October.
B team: Away v Walsall Kipping B. Thursday, 18th October.
Home v Halesowen 1. Thursday, 25th October.
Cannock and District League
Away v Tamworth. Thursday, 6th December.
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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