Sunday, 20 October 2013

U100 Warwickshire v Leicestershire Tournament Players Required

Excellent Chance to represent Warwickshire U100 Grade
Further Information and Contact Details below

Warwickshire U100 v Leicestershire. Saturday 23rd November 2013. 

Any U100 players wishing to play please contact Richard Buxton on 01789205367 or'

Richard Buxton.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

U100 Chess Tournament

To all players graded  U 100  :

Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:30:30 +0100
Subject: U100 County Chess Match.

There is an U100 Warwickshire Chess Match on Saturday 19th October against Staffordshire. I am looking for eligable players who would like to represent the County. Will you please post this info. on your web site(s) and give my contact details for any interested players to contact me ASAP.
Thank you.
Richard Buxton
Warwickshire County U100 Captain.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


All teams have now been formed, so all players should know which team they are playing in. If you are unsure then please contact Mike Johnson,Trevor Beesley, Dave Filer or Simon Weaver.

First Matches are on the 24th September. New Format. Two Sections. Add 1.25 against a team one division higher.

Divisional Cup.


Nuneaton B v Coventry Chess A
Coventry Chess E+(1.25) v Coventry Chess B
Coventry Chess D v Nuneaton Chess Club C


Coventry Chess C v Coventry Chess G+(1.25)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Chess Training

With the start of the new season we all like to "brush up" our chess skills. So check this course out... there is loads of top quality free information if you enter your email address when you see the pop-up box


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

New Season - Important Club Information

Hope everyone had a really good Summer Holiday!

I am pleased to say the New Season is almost upon us and next week Tuesday 27th August I will start collecting membership fees for the New Season.

Could all members please try and attend - even if just to pay the membership fees - as we have to pay the ECF their membership fees very soon and any members not registered are unable to play in the league.

This year the membership fee is £32.00 for Adults and £25.00 for U18's. This membership fee includes your Bronze membership to the ECF. Hire of the room. Fees to Coventry League and finally, the general running of Coventry Chess Club!

If any players hold a silver,gold or platinum membership please let me know as I will need to deduct this from your membership.

I also have the Fixture Cards for the start of the first Matches. The First match is a Divisional Cup Match on 24th September 2013. With League Matches starting Tuesday October 1st.

Captains, please note that the new online means of entering results is being used this season, however Oliver Cosham still requires you to either send in a card OR for the first time in history Oliver will accept the results by email:

His email address is:

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday! - Simon

Sunday, 28 July 2013

ECF Grades

The new (2013) ECF grades have just been published. Just go to the ECF grading database at this link and find out your new grade.

Also, whilst I was browsing the ECF website I noticed that one of the benefits of being a member of the ECF is that all Bronze,Silver and Gold members have access to the online newsletter "Chess Moves" which is published every two months by the ECF

I am not sure how many members are aware of this, but it is well worth signing up as I have just recently signed up and it is very informative. Lots of news,details of tournaments, and games to go through. You also get access to all the back issues as well!

In fact this months issue has a good article on Nigel Short and how he fared at his latest tournament.Along with some of his games

To sign up go here and get your password for access.


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Exciting New Chess Tournament! e2 e4

There is a Chess Tournament near Coventry. Just outside Hinckley. It is open to all with a top prize of at least £300.00! possibly more if there are more entrants.

It would be great to see some Coventry Chess members participating. Full details below and a website where you can download an entry form. If you have any questions about the tournament beforehand I am sure the organiser Sean Hewitt would not mind if you called him.

His email is below:-

Dear All, We are running a congress locally to you - e2e4 Coventry Congress which will be held at the Holiday Inn Coventry between 23-26 August 2013. Full details are available online at :

Click Here For Full Details

and I wondered if you could give the event a mention on your local league / county website?

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind Regards Sean -- Sean Hewitt Director
Telephone +44 (0) 845 463 9798
Mobile +44 (0) 7883 49 57 58
Fax +44 (0) 870 288 4393

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

 To All Members:

Please find below details of the upcoming Chess Academy. For further details please contact the organiser Paul Lam.

Just as a side note:- I have had a few members ask me about private tuition and on the website there are details for private tuition run by Paul Lam. He is also very reasonable with his charges.

Dear Coventry and Warwickshire chess friends,

I hope you all are well. I thought I would share the latest news on the CCA with you. We now have a blog/website and a Facebook page which you are welcome to check out. These still need some work doing on them, but it's a start.  They can be found at:

It would be very helpful if you could circulate these links to anyone who might be interested. I believe a few of you run chess blogs/websites. If you could add the above links to these, it would also be appreciated.

Preparation for the launch on Saturday 20 July is going well and I continue to receive expressions of interest from parents and prospective volunteers. I have secured additional funding for the CCA from the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust; this is a great boost for us, but any extra would do no harm, so please get in touch if you have any other funding ideas or tips. 

Many thanks for all the help and support you have provided so far.

Kind regards,


Thursday, 11 July 2013



Summary of AGM

Election of Officers

All current Officers were re elected unopposed

M.Johnson - Secretary
D.Filer       Chairman
S.Weaver  Treasurer

The club will remain open over the Summer for Friendly matches

Summer cup results presented

Winner Joshua Pink
Runner Up Dave Ireland

Team Captains appointed.

Mike Johnson advised all players that it is hoped that in future all league results will be entered up electronically by team Captains. This will also have the benefit of automatically updating the League tables.Match cards will still need to be sent to O.Cosham for next season.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Coventry Chess Academy

As mentioned at the AGM by Mike Johnson please find a note from Paul Lam about the Coventry Chess Academy:

Hello Mike,

I have some good news regarding the Coventry Chess Academy (CCA) which we discussed at the Coventry League AGM. I have now secured a venue for the academy. It will be at Cheylesmore Community Centre (The following link contains further details The provisional launch date is 13/07/2013.

I'm looking for volunteers who are interested in coaching at the academy. Previous experience of teaching chess and working with children would be preferred, but it is not essential. Obtaining DBS clearance is required. I can assist with the process of applying for this by registering the CCA with an umbrella body. I will then arrange face-to-face meetings with applicants, check relevant documents etc, and submit applications online on their behalf which the umbrella body will process. This will cost less than usual and the turnaround time would be quicker. Or so I'm led to believe from my phone conversation with the umbrella body. I'm still awaiting a comprehensive email explaining the procedure from them.

Would it be possible for you to pass this message onto the Coventry League club secretaries, so that they in turn can forward it to their members? It would be much appreciated. If anyone has any questions, they are welcome to send me an email or to call me on 07769892520.

Many thanks,

Paul Lam

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Club - AGM

Just to remind all members the club AGM will be held on June 11th Tuesday. Start 7.30-8.00pm

All members and non members are very welcome to attend.

The topics we intend to cover are the following -

Election of Officials
Election of Captains
Chairman's report
Proposed membership fee
Treasurers report
Secretary's report
League AGM - any issues arising affecting members (match cards/ new website)
Summer Cup presentation
Website Update

If any member would like to add any other points to the Agenda let Mike Johnson, Dave Filer or myself know.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Summer Cup

Many thanks to Simon for running a great tournament, as always ! Congrats to Josh for winning, and good to see some newcomers this year. In particular, it will be interesting to see how my last round opponent, Sean Doherty, fares in the new season. Sean played remarkably for someone that has little OTB competitive chess experience, and has just started taking online lessons from a GM, so he's obviously serious about improving.

Round 6 of Summer Cup

The final round of the Summer Cup was played yesterday evening and congratulations must go to Joshua Pink who has scored 6/6 and has therefore won the 2013 John Evans Memorial Trophy Summer Cup.

Congratulations must also go to Dave Ireland who was this year's Runner Up with a score of 5/6.

Ed Goodwin scored 4/6 only loosing once in the tournament

In matches last night Joshua only needed a draw to win the Cup and he actually won his match against Bava.

Paul Sweatman achieved a very creditable draw against Clive Blackburn. Don Sheward also played very well to secure a draw against Pete Smith. As mentioned previously our two newcomers also performed very well - Gerald Reason drawing with Howard Jones and although Sean Doherty lost against Dave Ireland he played very well.

Tournament Round Up

Bob Holmes narrowly missed out on a trophy this year with 4.5 points and yet again had an excellent Cup run and always does consistently well in this tournament.

Bava had a very good tournament securing 4/6 and had a chance of winning the Cup right upto the last round. The two games he lost were to Dave and Joshua

Stan Whitmore, Clive Blackburn, Pete Smith  also had an excellent Cup Run - only loosing twice in the tournament.

Well Done to Paul Sweatman who also achieved 3.5 points only loosing twice as well, with one being to Dave Ireland

John McCann and John Harris also obtained 3 points another solid performance.

A special mention for Sean Doherty who got 3.5 points for the tournament and was challenging the leaders at the end of the Cup... a great result for someone who is just learning the game!

Gerald Reason who has recently returned to chess after a long period also scored a creditable 2.5 points - having missed the first round.

Daniel Rowlands also only lost twice scoring 2.5 points

A big Thank you to all  the players who took part in the Cup and playing in the spirit of the game this made it a very enjoyable tournament to run and organise.

Presentation of the trophy's will take place at the AGM next week - 11th June 2013 7.30pm - 8pm

Results from last night

J.Pink 1 0 Bava
D.Ireland 1 0 S.Doherty
P.Sweatman .5 .5 C.Blackburn
R.Holmes 1 0 J.Harris
E.Goodwin 1 0 J.McCann
D.Rowlands .5 .5 J.Faill
D.Sheward .5 .5 P.Smith
I.Evans 0 1 S.Whitmore
G.Reason .5 .5 H.Jones
T.Beesley .5 .5 T.Gazee
G.Cornell 1 0 T.White

Overall Results

J.Pink             6   Winner
D.Ireland        5    Runner Up
R.Holmes       4.5
E.Goodwin     4
Bava              4
P.Sweatman    3.5
C.Blackburn   3.5
S.Doherty       3.5
S.Whitmore    3
D.Sheward     3
J.McCann       3
J.Harris           3
D.Rowlands    3
R.Parekh        2.5
P.Smith           2.5
J.Faill             2.5
T.Sheasby      2.5
H.Jones          2.5
G.Reason       2.5
I.Evans           2
R.Sian            2
G.Cornell       2
D.Filer           1.5
T.Gazee         .5
T.Beesley      .5
W.Beeston    .5
T.White         0
C.Dobson     0

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Test Post for Coventry League Website


Mike - links as requested

This is a link to the new Coventry League Test site

Click Here To Enter Your Results

Division 1

Division 1

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Summer Cup Round 5

Results of Round 5 of the Summer Cup.

Joshua won again keeping his 100% record in the competition and looking as though he will win the Summer Cup as he only needs a draw next week.

Although Dave Ireland is still hot on his heels!

J.Pink      1 0 R.Holmes
D.Ireland 1 0 E.Goodwin
Bava       1 0 J.Harris
J.McCann .5 .5 S.Doherty
C.Blackburn 1 0 D.Sheward
P.Sweatman 1 0 R.Sian
I.Evans 0.5 0.5 T.Sheasby
H.Jones 0.5 0.5 P.Smith
G.Cornell 0 1 G.Reason
S.Weaver 0 1 D.Rowlands



       J.Pink 5
Dave Ireland 4
       Bava  4
 R.Holmes 3
E.Goodwin 3
D.filer        1.5
I.Evans       2
S.Whitmore 2
P.Smith 2
R.Parekh 2.5
H.Jones   1.5
D.Sheward 2.5
C.Blackburn 3
W.Beeston 0.5
P.Sweatman 3
R.Sian         2
J.McCann   3
J.Harris       3
J.Faill          2
T.Sheasby   2.5
T.Gazzee    0
T.White     0
S.Doherty 3.5
G.Cornell  1
D.Rowlands 2.5
G.Reason    2
C.Dobson   0

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Summer Cup Round 4 Results

The Fourth round of the Summer Cup was held on Tuesday 21st May

The Match with the only two players on three points was between Dave Ireland and Joshua Pink (who has just joined us this season) J.Pink was playing with the white pieces and he eventually managed to gain a pawn in the end game and won a very close fought match. This is the first time time Dave Ireland has lost a game in the Summer cup for a long time. Could we soon have a new name on the cup ?

R. Holmes continued his run of excellent results and is now in second place on 3.5 points

Sean Doherty also continued his run of excellent results winning his match against John Faill. This is Sean's first tournament and has only just joined Coventry Chess Club.

Daniel Rowlands drew with P.Smith another player who is very quickly improving. Daniel hopes to get into Warwick University - but of course he will not dare switch to playing for University or so he tells me!

Fifth Round is next Tuesday 28th May.

Full Results

D.Ireland 0 1 J.Pink
E.Goodwin .5 .5 J.Harris
J.McCann 0 1 Bava
R.Holmes 1 0 C.Blackburn
I.Evans 0 1 H.Jones
J.Faill 0 1 S.Doherty
R.Sian 0 1 D.Sheward
S.Whitmore 1 0 T.Beesley
P.Smith 0 1 D.Rowlands AMENDMENT P.Smith 0.5 0.5 D.Rowlands
P.Sweatman 1 0 G.Reason
T.Gazee 0 1 G.Cornell
T. White 0 1 S.Weaver

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Summer Cup Round 3

Round 3 of the summer cup was held on the 14th May.

There were some very close games.With Dave Ireland yet again winning a tricky ending situation with Bava. Joshua Pink won his match against Ravi so both these players are now on 3 points and are the current tournament leaders.

Congratulations to G.Reason on getting his first point in the tournament and to J.Faill for beating another 2nd division player.

Full Results

D.Ireland 1 0 Bava
J.Pink      1 0 R.Sia
E.Goodwin 0.5 0.5 R.Holmes
I.Evans 0.5 0.5 D.Sheward
S.Whitmore 0 1 S.Doherty
J.Harris 1 0 D.Rowlands
C.Blackburn 1 0 P.Smith
J.McCann 1 0 P.Sweatman
W.Beeston 0 1 J.Fail
G.Reason 1  0 T.Beesley
G.Cornell 0 1 T.Sheasby
S.Weaver 1 0 C.Dobson

Other Notes

We intend to hold the Club AGM after the Summer Cup has finished. June 11th. Will confirm details later in the month.

John Harris was presented with the best newcomer trophy for last season. So congratulations to John on this achievement. John also helped the B team win the 2nd Division title.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Summer Cup Round 2 Results - Coventry Chess

Round 2 of Coventry Chess Summer cup was played on the 7th and there were some excellent games.

Daniel Rowlands managed to take Dave Ireland down to a pawn ending. When most players would have settled for a draw, as expected Dave managed to find the win, a lesson in how to win pawn endings.

Rajan Parekh, fresh from his draw against a grade 175 at the 4 NCL, managed a closely fought draw with Wesley Beeston.

The Summer Cup yet again threw up a surprise result with Ravi Sian winning against Dave Filer.

Congratulations must go to Sean Doherty on winning his match. Sean has only just started playing OTB chess, so a very good result for him.

Some pics from last night's action:

Next Round is Tuesday 14th May. Full Results as follows:

 D.Ireland 1 0 D.Rowlands
 J.Pink 1 0 S.Weaver
 R.Holmes 1 0 S.Whitmore
 D.Filer 0 1 R.Sian
 W.Beeston 0.5 0.5 R.Parekh
 P.Smith 0 1 Bava
 J.Harris 1 0 H.Jones
 I.Evans 1 0 T.Beesley
 C.Blackburn 1 0 T.Gazee
 G.Cornell 0 1 P.Sweatman
G.Reason 0 1 D.Sheward
 T.White 0 1 S.Doherty
 T.Sheasby 1 0 C.Dobson

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Summer Cup Round 1 Results

D Ireland 1 0 P Sweatman
J.Pink      1 0 W.Beeston
E.Goodwin 1 0 D.Sheward
R.Holmes 1 0 C.Dobson
D.Filer 1 O T.White
P.Smith 1 0 T.Gazee
C.Blackburn 0 1 J.Fail
S.Whitmore 1 0 T.Sheasby
Bava 1 0 T.Beesley
J.McCann 1 0 G.Cornell
I.Evans 0 1 R.Parekh
S.Doherty 0 1 D.Rowlands

There were lots of hard fought games and plenty more to come over the next few weeks !
Next  Round Tuesday 7th May

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Summer Cup - John Evans Memorial Trophy

Just a reminder that Round One of the Summer Cup starts on Tuesday April 30th. It will follow the usual format of a Swiss Tournament over six rounds.

As all League and Cup matches have now finished  the intention is to have all the rounds over the next six Tuesdays as follows:

Round 1 Tuesday 30th April
Round 2 Tuesday 7th May
Round 3 Tuesday 14th May
Round 4 Tuesday 21st May
Round 5 Tuesday 28th May
Round 6 Tuesday 4th June

Chess lesson "Finding the Best Moves; Quickly"

If you are unavailable for any of the above dates please let me know beforehand.

For this years competition we have over 20 entrants again with Dave Ireland the current holder of the Cup and the Runner Up was Bob Holmes.

I have found last years final results:-

D.Ireland    4         5          5.5
R.Holmes   3.5      4.5       5
E.Goodwin 3.5     3.5        4.5
CBlackburn 3        4           4
J.Harris       3        3           4
I.Evans        2        3          4
D.Rowlands 2        3         3
G.Cornell     2       3          3
H.Jones       2        2          3
D.Filer        2.5     2.5        2.5
J.Loughnane 2.5    2.5       2.5

Bava           2         2         2
J.McCann   2         2         2

S.Cobb       2        2         2
W.Beeston  1.5      1.5     1.5
S.Whitmore 1        2         3
P.Sweatman 1        1.5      1.5
R.Sian          1        1.5      2.5
T.Gazee        1        1          1
A.Paul          1         2         3
D.Sheward   0        0          1
T.White        0         0         0
J.Price          0        0          0

 We intend to have an AGM once the Summer Cup is over. Date to be announced.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

KO Cup and Plate Final Results


Congratulations go to Coventry Chess A team who comprehensively beat Nuneaton B in the KO Cup Final.

They secured a 4-0 win Over Nuneaton B

The winning team was: Mark Page, Dave Ireland, Ed Goodwin and Joshua Pink 

In the Plate Final Coventry G drew 2-2 with Nuneaton C however with the handicap of 1.25 this means Coventry G secure the win.

This was another excellent result by the G team in the fact over the board they drew with a strong Second Division side and were out graded on all boards. A very impressive result by all the 4 players

Daniel Rowlands, Trevor Beesley, Tim Sheasby and John Fail.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

KO Cup Final and Summer Cup

The arrangements for the KO Cup and Plate Final have now been confirmed.

They are as follows:

Venue: Massey Fergusons. Start time 7.30pm

The venue will be considered a "Neutral Venue" Therefore colours will need to be drawn.


Coventry Chess Club A v Nuneaton B


Coventry Chess G v Nuneaton C       (Coventry Chess receive 1.25 advantage)

There will of course still be friendlies and all members are welcome to support the two Coventry teams we have in the Final.


The Summer Cup will start on the 30th April First Round. We have over 20 entrants so far. I think I have spoken to everyone if they wish to take part, but if I have not spoken to you and you wish to take part do let me know.
Finally, Will anyone beat Dave Ireland this year and stop him getting his hands on the trophy yet again!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

KO Cup Results

KO Cup Results

Coventry Chess B 1(1.5)  2.5 v 3   Nuneaton B
Coventry Chess C 1 (1.5) 2.5 v 3 Coventry Chess A

Therefore the Final will be between Coventry Chess Club A v Nuneaton B 23rd April 7.30

Venue: Massey Ferguson - To Be confirmed.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

KO Cup Draw

The draw for the KO Cup and Plate competitions has been made and is as follows:


Coventry Chess B v Nuneaton B
Coventry Chess C v Coventry Chess A


Nuneaton D v Coventry Chess G

The B and C teams have a 1.25 start and need 1.5 game points to win.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Lightning Tournament

Congratulations go to Rajen Parekh who has won the Coventry and Warwickshire Schools Lightning Tournament.

He achieved a very impressive 6/6! Previous winners have included someone called Mark Page. Whatever did happen to him? answers on a postcard.


Thursday, 28 February 2013

March 12th Fixtures - Reminder

Please note matches on March 12th are matches that were called off due to bad weather on January 22nd.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Matches 26th February - REMINDER

Just to remind all players that there is a mis print in the fixture card for matches on the 26th February.

It is 3v7 (not 2v7).


Friday, 1 February 2013

KO Cup Draw

The draw for the quarter finals of the KO CUP to be played on March 19th is:-

Chelmsley Wood v Coventry A
Coventry F v Coventry B
Coventry D v Coventry C

There have been a number of withdrawls from the plate. (e.g. Nuneaton A) and only 5 teams are left so Oliver
is working out what to do. Watch this space.


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

ECF Grading List Published

To find out your updated grade go here     :Grading List ECF

You can also check the gradings of your opponents from other clubs


Monday, 21 January 2013

Matches - Tuesday January 22nd POSTPONED

The league has decided to call a general postponement for Tuesday 22nd Jan.

These matches are re-scheduled for Mar 12th and we will cancel the individual lightning or play it later.

If any matches do go ahead then any players that play tomorrow will NOT be able to play on Mar 12,
as there is a rule that you cannot play twice on the same original fixture date.
Other clubs are being contacted with same message as this one.