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News 2019


24th December, 2019: It could be worse!

It's not been a great season so far. There has not been much activity in the Cannock and Dudley Leagues, so it's too early to say anything about these competitions.
Of the Wolverhampton and Birmingham Leagues teams, results have been fair ... to average ... to mediocre. Essentially, there are no real League winning prospects on the horizon, but there are also no immediate relegation threats either.
Wolverhampton have also lost a few matches they really should have won. This epitomises the season so far. Expectations have failed to materialise in several areas.
As for Cup and Trophy news, again little action, but there is some hope that at least one piece of silverware may find it's way to Wolverhampton before the end of the season.
It would be nice if some fresh talent would come the club, and it would not take much of an improvement in this area to make a substantial difference. The strong clubs have remained strong, and some of the other aspiring clubs have gained some decent players. Ergo, Wolverhampton have lost out a little in this respect.
It's going to be a long hard slog to the end of the season. But there is optimism that all of the Wolverhampton teams will at least be competing at the same level next season.
Merry Christmas, everyone.


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 creible 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!

SNIPPETS! Our quick updates!

24th July, 2019: The Birmingham Summer League has now completed. We shall be updating this website during the weekend of 27th & 28th July.

1st July, 2019: The Birmingham Summer League results will be completed on July 19th. We shall then bring news (ASAP) of fixtures for all of the leagues that the club will compete in for the season 2019 - 2020.

19th May, 2019: Wolverhampton have won the Chase Trophy by beating Rugeley 3.0 - 1.0!

15th May, 2019: Wolverhampton have retained the Humphrey's Trophy by beating Rushall 3.0 - 1.0. We still await the outcome of the Chase Trophy final. Wolverhampton have also entered three teams in the Birmingham Summer League (Open, 560 Max and 480 Max Divisions). Details can be found here:

Birmingham Summer League

26th April, 2019: The club's Birmingham League team finished the season in style by beating Bushbury 5.5 - 0.5. NB. There will be a full season review published here after the club has played it's two remaining tournament finals. This should be around May 15, or soon after.

12th April, 2019: They have done it again!


The WDCL B Team have become champions yet again. Two successive seasons being crowned champions!
The final match of the season saw the team draw against Walsall Kipping B - a result good enough to confirm them as champions of Division 3 of the WDCL.
Well done all! Champions again next season? Let's wait and see!

11th April, 2019: WDCL A Team win last match. What may have been with a few matches lost which could just have been won?

5th April, 2019: Birmingham League team beat Redditch. SECURES DIVISION 1 STATUS FOR 2019-2020 SEASON!

2nd April, 2019: The Birmingham League team lost to a strong and title-seeking Walsall Kipping on Monday. However, the club is in the final of the Chase Trophy (CDCL) and may face *Rugeley for the silverware (*to be confirmed).

29th March, 2019: Two shock results. Mixed fortunes for Wolverhampton. The WDCL Division 1 A Team lost to a much weaker Lichfield team, but the 'B's' were given a golden opportunity to win Division 3 due to the Halesowen C Team also suffering a shock defeat to the Walsall Kipping C Team. Are some players already dreaming of their Summer holidays and (mentally) far away?

15th March, 2019: Gordon Sands has been beaten in his Bidgood Trophy semi-final game. The only outstanding club member who is part of any of the regional competitions for individuals is Geoff Rosser. He remains a contender for the Robert Ward Plate.

14th March, 2019: The Cannock League team drew their final game against Bushbury on March 7th. Chris Cox lost his Robert Ward Trophy semi-final game.

13th March, 2019: The WDCL A Team got hammered by Stourbridge today. This ends any hope of League 1 glory and consigns the team to a mid-table finish at best. But there is no danger of relegation.

5th March, 2019: There is news of a FIDE rated team blitz tournament to be held at the club on Thursday, May 2nd. More details can be found on the WDCL website.

WDCL Team Blitz Tournament


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.