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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 league.
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!
Shropshire Chess Congress
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.
Cannock & District Chess League


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:
Midlands Open Championship


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.


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.
Stay tuned!


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.
Graham's Obituary


God rest, Graham.
In other news, Geoff Rosser lost his Bidgood Trophy Final game to Victor Brown. Congratulations to Victor.
Finally, Wolverhampton lost at home to Stafford in Division 1 of the WDCL. The club was outgraded, and especially so on the top four boards.


9th March, 2018: Wolverhampton reach Humphrey's Trophy Final!

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.
Click the links below for further information.
Humphries Trophy
Bidgood Trophy
UPDATE: 1st February, 2018. Wolverhampton are also still involved in the Pittaway Cup. See link below.
Pittaway Cup


17th January, 2018: Midland Counties Chess Union Rapid and Blitz Championship

On the 17th and 18th February, you will have the opportunity to play chess at breakneck speed. Please do not forget that it is just a game - not war!
Click the link below for further information.
MCCU Homepage