Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Centenary Rapidplay - Celebrating 100 years of the Coventry & District Chess League

The 2018-2019 Season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the Coventry, Warwickshire, and Midlands area!

We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion. Full Details found here: 

Three Sections for Max Grade: Open, U145, and U110 Entry: £10 (Juniors: £5)

Coventry & District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay

SUNDAY 27th JANUARY 2019 Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry, CV5 7NL

ECF Graded, and FIDE Rated.
Chief Arbiter: David Thomas FIDE Arbiter Arbiter(s):
Hok Chiu National Arbiter

***IMPORTANT LINKS*** PDF Entry Form with event details:

Online Entry Form: Entries:
Contact:E-mail (Preferred): Phone: 07804401784 (Contactable from 9th Dec 2018 onwards)

Playing Schedule
Round 1 10:30
Round 2 11:45
Round 3 13:15
Round 4 14:30
Round 5 15:45
Round 6 17:00

Prizegiving 18:00 Prizes Open: £100 (1st) £50 (2nd) £25 (3rd) £15 (Grading) Other: £60 (1st) £30 (2nd) £15 (3rd) CDCL Centenary Junior Champion: TBC

This webpage will be regularly maintained to reflect any changes/updates to the event. Please also read the PDF Entry Form for more event details.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Upcoming Tournaments

Please find details of Upcoming Tournaments in and around the Coventry Area :

Warwickshire Championships, 5 round events, 22-24 February at the Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry

English Seniors Championship ,sections for players aged over 50  and over 65.
4-7 April at St Johns Hotel Solihull.

More details are on the ECF calendar.

Players cannot enter yet but can reserve the dates in their diaries and register their interest by contacting me on I can then send them an entry form as soon as one becomes available.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Isle Of Man Chess International

As mentioned in Simon's write up, I attended the immensely strong Isle Of Man International last week. If Oct the 31st is a time when scary things come at of the dark, only a few days ago, there were some frighteningly strong chess players participating at the Villa Marina in Douglas. In fact, the only reason Carlsen and Caruana were not in attendance was that they have a WC match in a matter of days. Still, the amount of titled players playing seemed almost endless, and almost anybody who is anybody in the chess world was competing.
However, whilst I was not playing in the Masters, I was competing in the almost as monstrously strong major section, with an FM, a CM and a WFM competing.
After losing my opening game to the top seed, I was able to muster 5.5 points out of the remaining 6 games, to finish in a 3 way tie for first place. The two players who shared the spoils with me were Jason McKenna (rated 2095), and CM Kenneth Norman (rated 2083).
I'd say my best results were drawing with the candidate master, and beating a player graded 207, which I don't do very often.
There were quite a few interesting and curious incidents, which would take to long to talk about here. A couple of these involved local player, Henrik Fabri, who, anyone knowing Henrik, will not be surprised to hear this. He's quite a character in his own right, and not a bad player either.
So, that's it from the IOM for this year, but I plan to return again next year. It's a great tournament, even if the Masters is too brutally strong!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Isle of Man Tournament

Some of you may be aware that Dave Ireland took part in the Isle of Man Tournament last week.

I am delighted to say that Dave finished with 5.5/7 points, which meant he finished 1st= with two other players for the Major Tournament.

The result is all the more remarkable as if we take a look at the other players ratings we see that Dave finished ahead of an FM & WFM and also finished level on points with a CM.

We can also see that Dave was rated 19th out of 35 participants at the start of the Tournament, so to finish 1= is a tremendous achievement.

Our Congratulations go to Dave for such a good result and he has said he will post a fuller report in a few days.

Here are the final standings :

Isle of Man Tournament Final Results Major

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Junior Rapidplay ?

Does anyone have a report on the Junior Rapidplay then?
I'm assuming it took place!?

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Junior Open Rapid Play

Only a few days left now until our first Junior Open Rapidplay - there are still places left. If interested contact  Ed Goodwin - details below

Coventry Chess Club are holding their very First One Day Junior Competition

This is a first for Coventry Chess Club and anyone under 18 is welcome to join.

The entrance fee is only £3.00 in Advance or £5.00 on the day.

Full details are: -

Coventry Chess Club
1st Junior Open Rapidplay

Sunday 23rd  September 2018
Massey Ferguson Social Club
Broad Lane
Coventry CV5 7NL

An ECF graded event
Open and Under 120 sections

Entry fee
Entries on the day £5 will be accepted at the organisers’ discretion

Players must be under 18 on 31st August 2018

ECF Membership
The tournament is open to players who are Junior ECF Silver, Gold or Platinum members. If your membership expires on 31st August 2018 you will need to renew it see details on the ECF website
New players can apply for free junior membership on the English Chess Federation website

Parental Responsibility
Parents or guardians must be present and remain responsible for their children during the tournament.

Time Control        All moves in 15 minutes plus 10 second increment per move.

Round1  11:00 – 11:50 Round 2    12:00 – 12:50
Round 3    13:10 -  14:00 Round 4    14:20 -  15:10
Round 5    15:20 -  16:00

Medals will be awarded for the following scores :--
Gold 4½ or 5  Silver 3½ or 4 Bronze 2½ or 3.
All players who participate in the final round will be awarded a certificate of participation.                    
Entry Form
Postal Entries send to:
Ed Goodwin, 1 Conway Avenue, Coventry CV4 9JA
Cheques payable to “Coventry Chess Club”

Email entry
Send entry details to and pay by bank transfer to
09-01-32 93082588 (payer reference the player’s name)