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Upcoming matches

Wolverhampton and District Chess League

A team: Thu, 19 Dec. Home v West Bromwich.
B team: Mon, 16 Dec. Away v Kidderminster B.

Birmingham League

A team: Mon, 16 Dec. Away v South Birmingham C.
B team: Wed, 11 Dec. Home v Warley Quinborne.

Cannock and District Chess League

Wed, 22 Jan. Home v Tamworth.

Dudley and District Chess League

Thu, 27 Feb. Home v Halesowen.

SNIPPETS! Our quick updates!

6th December, 2019:A turn for the worse.

Sadly, due a death in the family, updates are temporarily on hold. However, all of the games to be played this year will be completed by 16th December. A full review of the season to date will appear shortly after this time.

NB. After the Christmas break, we'll return sometime in January, 2020.

11th November, 2019: Best laid plans ...

You expect to get some work done, and what happens? For me, repeated trips to hospital which consume lots of hours of valuable time.

Ergo, the latest update is again brief. But to be honest, not much has happened in October that is worth speaking of. The club has experienced many losses across the board (if you will pardon the pun).

November will hopefully bring a change in fortunes. If any of the club's teams are going to be competitive this season, results do need to improve. Let's keep our collective fingers crossed.

7th October, 2019: There is not much to report from the first month of the season. September has been pretty quiet. Only four matches have been played to date.

First up is the WDCL B Team. They are going to struggle in Division 2 this season, having heavily lost their two matches so far.

It's mixed news for the Birmingham teams. The A Team won their first match in Division 1, but the newly established B Team lost narrowly in Division 3.

That's all for now.

2nd October, 2019: Due to other commitments, the website will now be updated this weekend (Oct 5-6). During later October, there will also be a (long-planned) review of the website's design.

12th September, 2019: The season has kicked-off again. We'll be updating with results and other news - now at the end of the month.

12th August, 2019: Website updated. Taking another short break. See you in September!


12th August, 2019: The Birmingham Summer League brings another honour to the club!

After a quite successful Winter period, Wolverhampton entered three teams in the Birmingham Summer League and over three different divisions.
Results were mixed. Top honours went to the team in the '560 Max' Division with the club finishing in first place. Another credible performance was put in by the 'Open' Division team where the club very narrowly lost out to third place and finished fourth. In the '480 Max' Division, the club struggled and finished in last place.
The Winter season is almost upon us. Extra nights are now being utilised and some matches will now be played on Wednesdays - in addition to the regular club night of Thursday. It looks like it is going to be very intriguing with the club growing in stature. Big things could happen by the time we get to 2020! Stay posted everyone!
The honours from 2018-2019 seasons: Chase Trophy, Humphreys Trophy, WDCL Division 3 title, BDCL (Summer) '560 Max' title. Four pieces of team silverware in total!


8th February, 2019: Teamwork leads to two more victories - and a promotion!

The Birmingham League team won their first match of the season last night with a good victory against Shirley Wythall. The score was 3.5 - 2.5. They are now off the bottom of the table and have every chance of avoiding the drop from Division 1.
The 'Bs' also won with a resounding victory (3.5 - 0.5) against Walsall Kipping C in the WDCL. This completes the double. Better still, the team is now officially promoted to WDCL Division 2 next season. Will they also clinch the Division 3 title? That's all down to Halesowen, who have a game in hand and are just two points behind in second place.


UPDATED! 4th February, 2019: Another hurdle cleared for Wolverhampton!

On Monday last, the team beat Rushall 3-1 to reach the Humphreys Trophy Final. They will meet Stourbridge who beat Mercia 3.5 - 0.5 in the other Semi-Final.
As for other competition news, Gordon Sands has reached the Semi-Finals of the Bidgood Trophy. He will play Vic Brown of Walsall Kipping. In the Robert Ward Trophy and Plate, the club is still represented by Chris Cox and Geoff Rosser (both Semi-Finalists, respectively).
Finally, there is still plenty of time to enter the Warwickshire Open Chess Championships. Click below for details:
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships
NB. There will be more news about the league teams a little later when a few more matches have been played. In the mean time, keep up to date by viewing our fixtures and results page.


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