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The news was last updated on 29/10/2019 

Updates/Pages recently updated
>29/10/19 - Demise of Dez Rudge
29/10/19 - Record Secretary Change
14/10/19 - New Address for Warley Quinborne Chess Club
23/09/19 - GM Keith Arkell Junior Award and simul
11/09/19 - Individual Tournament Details and Officials page updated
03/09/19 - Robert Bellin Bishops Talk - Redditch Chess Club - 18th September,2019
03/09/19 - UK Blitz 2019 - Birmingham Qualifier
31/07/19 - The 27th Birmingham Rapidplay Tournament
15/07/19 - The 2019 Midland Open Championship
15/05/19 - Lightning Tourney Results: Mike Walker Memorial
13/05/19 - Morry-Wood awards
25/04/19 - Boldmere change of venue
25/04/19 - Mutual 10 second Tournament
23/04/19 - Rushall change of venue
17/04/19 - Rules meeting
05/04/19 - Welcome page - Arbiters course
04/04/19 - Welcome page - Individuals
06/03/19 - Rules meeting
25/02/19 -Lightning Tournament
09/02/19 - English seniors
08/02/19 - Morry-Wood
01/01/19 - Warwickshire congress
19/11/18 - Halesowen contact
21/19/18 - Derek Perks
11/09/18 - Rules page
]26/07/18 - clubs page - venue details
26/07/18 - Welcome page - Uk Blitz
18/07/18 - Welcome page - Midland Open
10/07/18 - Clubs - Rushall
18/06/18 - Honours page
13/05/18 - Morry-Wood awards
27/04/18 - Mutual Tournament
25/04/18 -  Welcome page - Robert Bellin talks
03/04/18 - Mutual Lightning
19/03/18 - Cotswold Congress
15/03/18 - Lightning tournament
05/02/18 - Morry-Wood awrds
30/01/18 - Sutton Coldfield
06/01/18 - Midland Rapid
02/01/18 - Birmingham Rapidplay/ Warwickshire Open Congress
05/12/17 - University contact updated
01/11/17 - Clubs - Marek Schroeder
15/10/17 - Rapidplay results
23/09/17 - Halesowen ECF club of the year
05/09/17 - Admin page - Laws of chess
25/08/17 - Welcome page links - LMS
22/08/17 - Welcome page
18/08/17 - Birminghm Rapidplay
03/08/17 - Welcome page - Redditch chess evening
11/07/17 - Welcome page - local congresses
15/06/17 - Greenlands page
13/06/17 - Honours, Officials
11/06/17 - South Birmingham Rapidplay
08/05/17 - Morry-Wood awards
07/05/17 - Rules meeting report
28/03/17 - Summer League - rules
18/03/17 - Jon Speelman event
10/03/17 - Home page - Colin Thomas
09/03/17 - Leadue Lightning Tournament
02/02/17 - Welcome page - Cotswold Congress
23/01/17 - Morry-Wood competitions
14/01/17 - Birminghan Rapidplay
10/02/17 - Geoff Harris memorial
02/01/17 - Welcome page - Warwickshire Congress
03/12/16 - Home page - Gabor Csepregi
19/10/16 - Warley Quinborne website
17/10/16 - Welcome page - Rapidplay
10/10/16 - Welcome page - Warwickshire Juniors
31/08/16 - Guidelines for captains
21/08/16 - Welcome page - F Grades
09/08/16 - St. Georges withdrawal
01/08/16 - Jonathan Swallow
28/07/16 - Ron Hardy
28/07/16 - Welcome page - Mutual website
27/06/16 - Wecome page - 4NCL Congress
14/06/16 - Honours, Officers
13/06/16 - Archives 2015-16
10/06/16 - Redditch club website
08/06/16 - Jim Friar
29/05/16 - Morry Wood results updated
27/04/16 - Summer League Fixtures
26/04/16 - Welcome Page - Cotswold Congress
20/04/16 - Welcome page - Walsall Kipping
13/04/16 - Ruels meeting report
03/04/16 - Welcome page - Olton website
16/03/16 - Rules & Docs - Summer League form/rules
16/03/16 - Lightning Team Tournament
11/03/16 - Welcome page - St. Georges
28/01/16 - Welcome page - news, Rules committee meeting
20/12/15 - FIDE Rated Congress - updated
17/10/15 - Welcome page - Stourbridge parking
12/10/15 - Welcome page - Birmingham Rapidplay
24/09/15 - Shirley Website URL
18/09/15 - Welcome page - Rapidplay
31/08/15 - Welcome page - Individuals
23/08/15 - Rushall return
20/08/15 - New rules/guidance
14/08/15 - Welcome page, Clubs - Bushnbury venue change.
11/08/15 - BDCL Rules updated
10/06/15 - South Birmingham website
09/06/15 - Honours page
09/06/15 - Welcome page - Ken Langston
26/05/15 - Welcome page - British Chess Championships
22/05/15 - Welcome page - Chess magazines
27/04/15 - Morry Wood awards
21/04/15 - ECF National Club Championships
9/04/15 - Home page - trophy finals
11/03/15 - Home page, Lightning tournament
05/03/15 - Home page - Lightning Tournament
03/03/15 - Home Page - Mike Walker Funeral details
02/03/15 - Document uploaded - Summer League
25/02/15 - Home page - Mike Walker
24/02/15 - Home Page - Morry-Wood Awards
16/02/15 - Home page - Tom Farley
11/02/15 - Home page - Mike Walker
21/01/15 - Welcome - Kynoch web site
20/01/15 - Home page - Colin Hammersley
13/12/14 - Home page - Robin Farmery
14/10/14 - Welcome page - Rapidplay
30/07/14 - Rule Change Proposals
06/07/14 - FIDE Laws updated
30/06/14 - West Bromwich page
25/06/14 - Welcome page - WCA
12/06/14 - Fixtures meeting
10/06/14 - Honours 2014
05/06/14 - Welcome page - AGM
28/05/14 - Archives 2013 added
15/05/14 - Welcome page, Bushbury venue change
07.05/14 - Welcome page - Division 2 play-off, Mike Biddle email.
03/05/14 - Morry-Wood page updated
14/04/14 - Welcome page - Staffordshire congress
29/03/14 - Welcome page - Summer League & League Management meeting.
28/03/14 - Welcome page - Rules meeting
25/03/14 - Mindsports events
17/03/14 - Welcome page - Keith Arkell
15/03/14 - Lightning Tournament 2014
03/03/14 - Welcome page - Team Lightning
03/03/14 - Welcome page - Morry Wood
23/01/14 - Welcome page - University Championships
20/01/14 - Welcome page - University details
08/01/14 - Welcome - staffs Congress
02/01/14 - Welcome page - Warwickshire Championships
01/01/14 - Alf Schroeder
12/11/13 - Welcome Page - Peter Oliver email
08/11/13 - Welcome page - Stourbridge parking
24/10/13 - Welcome page - Warley Quinborne 5
15/10/13 - Welcome page - Shropshire congress.
14/10/13 - Welcome page - Birmingham Rapidplay
02/10/13 - Welcome page - Sutton Coldfield venue
01/09/13 - Welcome page - League Individuals
23/08/13 - Welcome page - Summer League
20/08/13 - Welcome page - Leamington Rapiplay
13/08/13 - Welcome page - Sutton Coldfield equipment
25/07/13 - Welcome page - Birmingham and Coventry congresses.
05/07/13 - Welcome page - Wolverhampton parking
12/06/13 - Clubs pages and index
11/06/13 - Honours page
11/06/13 - Welcome page - Book collection
07/06/13 - Trophies & Tables for 2013-14
19/05/13 - AGM Notice
15/05/13 - Welcome - Staffs congress
13/05/13 - Archives 2013
02/05/13 - Welcome page
29/04/13 - Morry-Wood - Winners announced
27/04/13 - Guidelines for captains
25/04/13 - John Holmberg Funeral
22/04/13 - Admin pages - Rules meeting
18/04/13 - Links page - Kynoch
16/04/13 - Welcome - British Blitz
11/04/13 - Robert Jones
10/04/13 - Chess in Schools & Communities
09/03/13 - Welcome - Champions
19/03/13 - Welcome - Summer League
13/03/13 - Team Lightning Tournament
25/02/13 - Welcome - Warwickshire congress
21/02/13 - Lightning tournament form
21/02/13 - Welcome - Morry-Wood, Lightning
31/01/13 - Welcome - Alf Schoeder update
29/01/13 - Welcome - ECF Grades
28/01/13 - Welcome - League Individual
27/01/13 - Welcome - Alf Schroeder's Birthday
10/01/13 - Welcome/Clubs - Rushall Venue
10/01/13 - Welcome/Clubs - Sutton Coldfield
01/01/13 - Welcome - Stourbridge Parking
18/12/12 - Welcome - e2e4 Congress
17/12/12 - County - Under 120 result added
02/12/12 - Welcome - MCCU news
28/11/12 - Checkmates withdrawal
26/11/12 - County - Under 120 result added
18/11/12 - Welcome - Mike Walker
24/10/12 - Welcome - Halesowen Roadworks
08/10/12 - Welcome - Rapidplay
09/10/12 - Welcome - Free Tournament
24/09/12 - eMatch cards - Version 8 available
20/09/12 - Welcome - New Redditch venue
13/09/12 - Welcome - Stourbridge venue
10/09/12 - Welcome - Birmingham Blitz
01/09/12 - Welcome - Leamington Rapidplay
31/08/12 - Welcome - Changes to handbook
20/08/12 - Birmingham Rapiplay
05/07/12 - Welcome - Special meeting
25/06/12 - Welcome - Hinckley Congress
24/06/12 - Welcome - Staffs Congress 2013
12/06/12 - Welcome - League AGM
12/06/12 - Officers page updated
11/06/12 - Honours - 2012 winners added
28/05/12 - Welcome - Chess lectures
22/05/12 - Morry Wood Winners
22/05/12 - Archives - Trophies 2011-12
21/05/12 - Welcome - AGM notification
17/05/12 - Welcome - David Rowe - Update
14/05/12 - Welcome - Management Meeting
11/05/12 - Welcome - Tony Brown
11/05/12 - Welcome - MCCU Arbiters course
01/05/12 - Sheffield Congress
16/04/12 - Welcome - Staffordshire Congress
21/03/12 - Welcome - Rapidplay update
14/03/12 - League Lightning Tournament
08/03/12 - Welcome - Individual Final News
02/03/12 - Birmingham Summer League
24/02/12 - Stourbridge car parking updated
20/02/12 - Google places map
17/02/12 - Stourbridge car parking
08/02/12 - Welcome - League Lightning
30/01/12 - ECF Half-year grades published
30/01/12 - Staffordshire Congress
26/01/12 - Birmingham Rapidplay
17/01/12 - Norman Young obituary
16/01/12 - Dave Thomas award
13/01/12 - Walsall venue move
23/12/11 - E Match cards - V7 available
15/12/11 - British Blitz Championships
08/12/11 - West Bromwich venue change
18/11/11 - Individual Tournament update
16/11/11 - Report of rules commitee meeting
01/11/11 - Welcome - New Kynoch Venue

Handbook Changes

Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield Chess Club will be meeting in the Lounge of Minworth Social Club, Robinsons Way (off Water Orton Lane), Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB. Same night and start time (Mondays 7.30pm) so fixtures are unaffected. Patrons requested not to bring their own food or drink.


29/10/2019 - Demise of Dez Rudge of Solihull CC

On behalf of Solihull Chess Club it is with deep regret and sadness that I have to announce the death of Dez Rudge – a loyal and dedicated Solihull chess club member of eight years standing. He died of a massive heart attack two weeks ago at the young age of 55 years. He was very popular and well liked by everyone within the chess leagues and brought spirit and energy into our wonderful game of chess. Not only was he a great ambassador for the promotion of chess, his support at away matches as a spectator was well above and beyond my normal expectations – outstanding. He is missed already and will continue to be so for many many years to come. Our condolences and feelings have been passed to his family. They have announced the funeral arrangements:

Thursday 14th November 11am at Robin Hood Crematorium and/or 10.30am from the house. Afterwards at Blossomfield Club for food and drinks.

Please join us to pay our respects to his family and friends – you are all most welcome.

Kind regards John Green – Secretary for Solihull Chess Club

29/10/2019 - Record Secretary Change

Terry Benson has stood down as Records Secretary due work commitments.

Please send all Correspondence to Alan T Woollaston (former Records Secretary) regarding Fixture Change's, Player Registrations and Reporting Results to

14/10/2019 - New Address for Warley Quinborne Chess Club

The Stag & Three Horseshoes, Halesowen Road, Birmingham B62 9BB

23/09/2019 - GM Keith Arkell Junior Award and simul on The Saturday, September 28th, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

GM Keith Arkell will be making a presentation of the new Keith Arkell Junior Award to Greenlands Chess Academy student Matthew Rowe. Keith will then give a Simultaneous Display for approximately 25 players or more.

A few limited places are still available - the cost to sit at a board is £10.

The start time for the event is: 1pm - Saturday September 28th.

The venue is: Greenlands Chess Club, 105 Longbridge Lane, B31 4LF

Tea, coffee, biscuits and confectionery are free on this occasion.

Places are in demand and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to play; please contact:

11/09/2019 - Individual Tournament

Entries are being taken for the 2019-20 Individual Tournaments with the deadline for entries being 1st October 2019. Rules are in section 20 of the handbook (pages 36 & 37). Please note that my home number has changed to 0121 706 5306 with other details as on page 4 of the handbook.

Robert Glass, Individual Tournament Committee Chairman.

03/09/2019 - Robert Bellin Bishops Talk - Redditch Chess Club - 18th September, 2019

International Master Robert Bellin will be giving a talk on the Bishop on Wednesday evening, 18th September at the Redditch chess club in Alvechurch. Robert is a one time British champion, a prolific author, and a very active player at the highest levels with some highly creditable recent results including draws against GM Gelfand (see above 'rd 1 top seeds have it easy' - or maybe not! at Gibraltar in 2017) and GM Sveshnikov (appropriately enough in a Sveshnikov Sicilian earlier this year). This will be the third in a series of Redditch club lectures from Robert following on from his highly successful talks on the knight, and outposts.

The talk will focus on the bishop and will cover handling of the bishop and the bishop pair at all stages of the game. As ever with Robert it will be interactive with exercises and opportunities to test your understanding of the key ideas. Based on past experience it should be very enjoyable and a good opportunity to take away some new ideas which could help to improve your game.

The talk will start at 7-30 and continue until 10-00 or slightly later. The club address is: Alvechurch Sports and Social Club, Radford Road, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7LD

The event will take place in the upstairs function room at the club. There will be a charge of £8 for the evening with a reduced rate for juniors and students. Could anyone interested in attending please contact Nigel Towers so that the organisers can keep track of numbers.

IM Robert Bellin's draw against GM Boris Gelfand can be found at -:

03/09/2019 - UK Blitz 2019 - Birmingham Qualifier

The Birmingham qualifier for the 2019 UK Blitz is being held at the Quinborne Centre on 7th September, 2019 at the Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Birmingham B32 2TW.

This year's competition is being staged as a series of 8 qualifiers at different locations across the UK over two weekends in September (7th, 8th and 14th September) . Winners from the qualifiers will be eligible for an all play all final on 16th November in Solihull with separate Open and Women's sections. The Finals and qualifiers combined have a total prize fund in excess of £7,000. This is Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry.

Further details and the entry form can be found here -:

31/07/2019 - The 27th Birmingham Rapidplay Tournament

The 27th Birmingham Rapidplay Tournament will be held on the Sunday 20th October at the Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Birmingham B32 2TW.

Full information about the tournament can be found here:

15/07/2019 - The 2019 Midland Open Championship

The 2019 Midland Open Championship will be held between 9-11 August at the Ramada Hotel Telford Ironbridge, Forge Gate, Telford TF3 4NA.

The leading Midland player in the Open will qualify for the 2020 British Championships.

Full information about the tournament can be found here:

15/05/2019 - Lightning Tourney Results: Mike Walker Memorial

The 2nd Mike Walker Memorial Lightning event took place on Tuesday, 14th, at Mutual Circle with 23 entrants. The 'Open' was won by Matt Harborne of Mutual with 4 1/2 out of 6. 2nd came Patrick Duncan of Warley Quinborne on 4 points. Last year's winner, Henrik Stepanyan (Sutton Coldfield), was a little off-form this time but finished 3rd= on 3 1/2 along with Luke Boynton (Mutual).

In the 'Challengers' (Max 135 grading) event Mike Groombridge (Walsall Kipping) shared first place with Richard Leaper of Mutual: both scored 5/6. Thomas Evans (Olton) and Alan Halidan (Redditch) were 3rd= on 4 points.
Full cross-tables of both events can be found in pdf format via the link here...

The two tournaments had a few problems with the pairings (and a with a delayed start) but participants generally said that they had had an enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Olton club for the loan of their lightning buzzer and to Robert Hollows for gamely and efficiently arranging the initial pairings manually until I had finally managed to wrestle the computer into submission!

Chris Evans (secretary, Mutual Circle)

13/05/2019 - Morry-Wood awards 2019

Winners of the Best game and youtfh prizes have been announced, the results are shown on the Morry-Wood page.

Phil Maddocks

25/04/2019 - Boldmere Chess Club - Change of venue

Boldmere Chess Club have moved to new premises with immediate effect.

Oscott Social Club & Institute, 239 Witton Lodge Rd, Birmingham B23 5LX.
Corner of Witton Lodge Road with Turfpits Lane; the carpark entrance is in Turfpits Lane.
The club room is upstairs.
Still Wednesday night 7.30pm.

Mike Biddle

25/04/2019 - 2nd Mike Walker Memorial tournament - Tuesday, 14th May

An individual Lightning Tournament at Mutual Circle Club
Mutual Circle will be hosting the 2nd Mike Walker Memorial tournament at 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 14th May. This will consist of two 10-seconds-a-move lightning buzzer events for individuals. There will be an 'Open' and a separate Maximum grade 135 tourney. (Where they exist, recent Rapidplay gradings wil be used to determine eligibility). Further details can be found at: or in the pdf file link here...

Chris Evans

23/04/2019 - Rushall Change of venue

The Bowman Pub has been sold to the Co-Op, to be turned into a shop. It will close immenintly.

We have wasted no time in finding a new venue;

Parking at rear, Broad Lane or in the church car park opposite.

Still Mondays, 7.15pm

This will commence immediately so will include the Walrus Trophy on may 20 th and all Summer League matches.

Please let yor players know.

Steve Wilcox

17/04/2019 Report of the Rules Committee held on 16th April 2019 at South Birmingham C.C

Regarding Match 262 Mutual Circle v Sutton Coldfield. In this match Sutton Coldfield complained that Mutual Circle’s board order contravened Rule 7.2. The report is here...

Mike Biddle, Rules committee Chairman

05/04/2019 - ECF Arbiters course, Daventry

When - 13th – 14th April 2019

Where - Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6JT

Course Fee - £30

Click here for more information

Alex Holowczak

04/04/2019 - Individual finals 2019

The finals of the Individual events took place this week, with all six ties resulting in decisive outcomes after a single game.  Congratulations to the winners, who are as follows:

 Open: John Edge (Halesowen)

Max-160: John Mildenhall (Sutton Coldfield)

Max-140: Terry Walker (South Birmingham)

Max-120: Kevin Spillane (Boldmere St. Michael's)

Max-100: Joe Kadar (South Birmingham)

Max-80: Tom Vanes (Coleshill)

Tim Lane

Lee Collier has added the following comments regarding the League Individual :

"Although I am proud of my 17 BDCL Individual Finals & the record-breaking 7 game semi-final tussle against Gary Hope in 2002, I think Terry Walker has surpassed that. Terry won the division 4 individual final in 1969 & has reached (won) another final 2019. 50 years apart - a truly remarkable record!"

31/03/2019 - Rapidplay scores now available on the Rapidplay page

13/03/2019 - League Lightning Tournament 2019

This was held at Tyseley Working Mens club on Tuesday 12th March. 14 teams of 4 players took part in three sections at the rate of 10 seconds per move. Section A consisting of 4 teams was won by Olton A with 14½ points with Richard Liszewski dropping only half a point in six games. Section B was won by South Birmingham C on 15½ points with Mutual Circle A second on 12. Terry Walker of South Birmingham won the Individual award with 5 points out of 5. Section C consisted of 4 teams and was won by South Birmingham D on 16½ points. The full result can be found here...

06/03/2019 - Rules committee meeting

The Rules subcommittee met on 5th March to consider a dispute, the ruling is given here.

Mike Biddle

Chairman, Rules committee

25/02/2019 - Annual Lightning Tournament

The Birmingham League's annual Team Lightning Tournament will take place at Olton's venue, Tyseley Working Mens Club, Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingam, B11 2EX, on Tuesday 12th March. Teams of 4 or 5 players will compete in graded sections at the rate of 10 seconds per move. Matches will be played over 4 boards. Entry fee £6 per team, payable on the night or in advance to John Mildenhall At least 80% of entry fees will be returned as prize money. Team lists to be submitted by 7:15pm on the night, Play to commence as soon as possible after 7:30pm.

If you can't raise 4 players, come along anyway, we will be able to form extra teams on the night.

Lightning Tournament Committee

14/02/2019 - Warwickshire congress reminder

 Warwickshire congress details

The entry form and details of this upcoming congress are on a PDF document here.

Ed Goodwin

09/02/2019 - English Seniors Championship

The ECF is relaunching the annual English Seniors Championship with a four day FIDE-rated and ECF graded congress at the St Johns Hotel, Solihull in April 2019. The event will run for four days from 4th to 7th April, with a total of six rounds. There will be two sections - Over 50s and Over 65s - with the two winners becoming English Seniors Champions for 2019/2020. English players aged 50 or over by the end of 2019 will be eligible to enter the Championships, with an early bird discount available on entries received before 15th February. Full details of the congress can be found here - . We hope to see as many players as possible at this exciting event to re-establish the Seniors Championship at a Midllands location. For further details please contact Ed Goodwin at

Nigel Towers

08/02/2019 - Morry-Wood awards

Nominations for the 2018-19 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the
Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March 2019.
Send e-mail submissions to
Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr. Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)
The entry form for the Ritson Morry award can be accessed at or by following the Morry-Wood link on the left-hand side of the BDCL web site.
Games submitted for the Baruch H Wood award must show the date when played, the players’ names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue.

Phil Maddocks on behalf of the Subcommittee Chairman

28/01/2018 - 6th Dudley Castle Congress

The 6th Dudley Castle Chess Congress will be held at The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley, DY1 4RN
The hotel has been recently renovated. The organisers are experienced with Blind and less able players. Here is the entry form.

Marc Shaw, Castle Chess

24/01/2019 - Solihull Chess 960 Rapidplay Tournament

Solihull Chess Club are organising a Chess 960 Rapidplay on Sunday 10th March, at Solihull School. Also known as Fischer Random Chess. 30 minutes per game plus 10 second increments. Entry £15, one section with graded prizes. £750 in prizes. Contact John Green 07975530977. Flier and entry form will be posted shortly.

24/01/2019 - Birmingham Rapidplay

The 26th Rapidplay will be neld on Sunday 31st March at Quinborne Community Centre, there will be sections for Open, Under 170, Under 140 and Under 110. More information and entry details can be found on the Rapidplay page.

Alex Holowczak

01/01/2019 - Warwickshire congress details

The entry form and details of this upcoming congress are on a PDF document here.

Ed Goodwin

19/1/2018 - Halesowen contact

John Southcote will be leaving the area at the end of November. The role of Halesowen Secretary will be split, until (at least) the end of this season. The new contacts, effective from 1 December, are as follows:

Fixtures: Don Curry –
All other BDCL matters: Dustin Bowcott –

Please use these new contacts from the start of December

Tim Lane, Hon. Gen. Sec.

09/11/2018 - Derek Perks - updated

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our WDCL Tournament Secretary and Auditor Derek Perks on Thursday 18th October 2018. Our sympathies and thoughts go out to his family at this sad time. A full obituary can be found here .

Derek's funeral will be held at Gornal Crematorium on Wednesday 14th November at 11am and there after at the Dudley Arms in Himley.

Andrew McCumiskey, Mercia Chess Club

20/10/2018 - Birmingham Rapidplay

Results in the tournaments will be updated and can be seen through the links on the Rapidplay page

14/10/2018 -  Birmingham Rapidplay Invitational

To celebrate the 25th rapidplay, there will be a special Invitation tournament featuring a mix of grandmasters, former winners and local players. The full details are here...

Alex Holowczak

10/10/2018 - Nigel Short

Nigel Short, son of Lichfield secretary and former Birmingham League president David Short, has been appointed a Vice President of FIDE.

David Short

13/09/2018 - Mercia contact

Peter Thompson will be acting as Club Secretary for Mercia for the remainder of the current season.  Peter can be contacted at and on 01902 765870.

Tim Lane, Hon General Secretary

11/09/2018 - Individual competitions

The individual Knock-out tournaments are now in graded bands rather than divisions. Anyone wishing to enter should contact Tim Lane, the closing date for entries is 1st October. Revised rules are contained within the BDCL Rules.

21/07/2018 - Birmingham Rapidplay October 2018

Entries are now open for the 25th Birmingham Rapidplay Tournament, wich takes place on Sunday 21st October. See the Rapidplay page...

26/07/2018 - Redditch venue change

Redditch CC now meet at

Alvechurch Sports and Social Club,

Radford Road,



B48 7LD

Michelle Clack

Olton/Westminster venues

Please also note that the 37 bus given in the handbook is now the 4/4A service Birmingham-Solihull/Gospel Oak

26/07/2018 - Uk Open Blitz championship

There is a 15-round Swiss at Quinborne on 8th September, which is a qualifier for the National Final.

Alex Holowczak

18/07/2018 - Midland Open

The 2018 Midland Open will be at the Ramada Hotel in Telford between 10-12 August. The leading Midlands player will be the 2018 Midlands Champion, and qualify for the 2019 British Chess Championships.

More information here

Online entry here

Alex Holowczak

10/07/2018 - Rushall Venue change

Rushall chess club are moving from 6th August to

The Bowman

Corner of Myatt Avenue and Gretton Crescent



Still meeting Monbdays 7:15pm

Steve Wilcox

25/06/2018 - Windsor Peck

It is with great sadness that Halesowen Chess Club must announce the death of our team mate and friend Windsor Peck. Windsor passed away peacefully on 15 June. A true gentleman, he was a well known and respected figure in Midlands chess and will be missed by all who knew him

John Southcote

18/06/2018 - Honours page updates

This years winners and photos from the AGM have now been added to the honours page.Images are compressed, if winners would like a copy of the original, i can email it, also some photos not shown are also available.

13/05/2018 - Morry-Wood awards

The winners of these two league awards for best game and the Junior prize have been announced. See the Morry-Wood page for more details.

Phil Maddocks on behalf of Laurie Wheatley

27/04/2018 - Mike Walker Memorial Lightning Report

This tourney took place at Mutual Circle's venue on Tuesday, 24th April. There were 25 entrants (9 from Mutual and 14 from outside) playing in two separate 6-round tournaments.
In the 'Open' Henrik Stepanyan from Sutton Coldfield club came out on top with 5/6. He thus won the £35 first prize and the Mike Walker Cup for one year. Second equal on 4 points came Nick Walker and Moin Uddin from West Bromwich, Kevin Hurney of South Birmingham and Matt Harborne from Mutual. These four shared the £20 second prize. The 'Grading' prize was won by Phil Bull of Wolverhampton, graded, 157, with 3 1/2. (Technically Moin Uddin, above, should perhaps have been awarded this prize but he opted to take the less lucrative joint-second prize instead).

The 'Challengers' (Under 136 grade tournament) was even more hotly contested and finished with three joint-winners on 4 1/2 out of 6: John Freeman of Shirley & Wythall, Florin Valea of Warley Quinborne, and Giles Stanton from Redditch - who all won £20 and a share of the Challengers' Trophy. Tan Husain, graded only 43 (!), was the undisputed winner of the Grading Prize as he achieved a stupendous score of 3 1/2 points.
Most participants seemed to find the tourney enjoyable. The 'Challengers' event was almost de-railed by a computer-operator error after Round 4 that made it impossible to continue with automated pairings! Fortunately the evening was saved by the Mutual Treasurer, Robert Hollows, who proved to be masterful at sorting out the pairings manually.

Chris Evans (secretary, Mutual Circle)

If anyone wants to see the full result please email the webmaster 

25/04/2018 - Redditch Chess Club - Robert Bellin talks

Robert Bellin on weak squares and outposts, Redditch 22nd May.

There are some spare spaces for our next in the series of Robert Bellin talks. This takes place on Tuesday 22nd May at Redditch from 7.15 until 10pm with an interval somewhere in the middle. It‘s on weak squares and outposts. His last talk on knight endings was excellent. I won at least two games I probably wouldn’t have after attending. Places can be booked with Nigel Towers,, or through me.

Michele Clack

03/04/2018 - Mutual Circle lightning Tournament

Details of the Individidual Lightning tourney that will take place at Mutual Circles' venue on Tuesday, 24th April appear here. This event is held in memory of former Hon Gen Sec, MIke Walker. Please would you circulate details to your members. I also give brief details in the text below.

There wil be two sections: an 'Open' and a graded 'Challengers' section for those graded Under 136. (Although we reserve the right to increase or lower this limit by up to 5 points if the numbers of entrants to the two sections are very unbalanced on the night). The entry fee for both tournament sections will be £5 per person. There will be cash prizes and trophies to be won,

January Rapidplay gradings will be used whenever available, but in their absence January Standardplay gradings or older Rapidplay gradings (from 2016 onwards) will be used, in that order of preference. Ungraded players can enter the Open or may be accepted for the Challengers where there is clear evidence of playing strength.

Entries will have to be limited to a maximum of 40 but I will be happy to receive 'reservations' of a place by phone or email as long as these are from players who are confident that they will be attending. The 7.15 p.m.start time given is for registration of entrants but I would like to get the event going as near 7.30 p.m. as possible.

Let me know if you have any queries. To try to avoid disputes and problems I shall be producing an info sheet giving in more detail the rules and procedures which will apply to the event. This will be available to view on the night of the tourney but can be sent in advance to interested parties.

Chris Evans

26/03/2018 - Graham Humphreys - update

Mike Groombridge reports that Midlands chess stalwart Graham Humphreys sadly passed away on Wednesday in New Cross Hospital, aged 89. Graham was a long-time organiser of chess events in the Birmingham and Wolverhampton areas.

His son Simon informs us that.the funeral will take place at 3.30pm,on Friday April 13th at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Coopers Bank Rd., Dudley. DY3 2PT

26/03/2-18 - Birmingham Rapidplay

This took place on Sunday 25th March. Full results are on the Rapidplay page

1 IM Ghasi, Ameet K ENG None 6 200
2 IM Cooper, Lawrence H ENG Stafford 5½ 100
3 GM Hebden, Mark L ENG Syston 5 50
Rating Prize Gajdosz, Marek POL Darnall & Handsworth 4 25

1= Somton, Anita ENG West Nottingham 5 70
1= Chadwick, Chris ENG None 5 70
1= Malik, Faraz ENG South Birmingham 5 70

1 Graff, Ben ENG Kenilworth 6 120
2 Renegade, Richard ENG Crewe 5½ 60
3= Sheikh, Samia Z ITA Kettering Science Academy 5 10
3= Brown, Geoffrey D ENG Darnall & Handsworth 5 10
3= Mozaffari, Mohammed IRI None 5 10

1 Wright, Nigel ENG Ashfield 6½ 120
2 Monga, Kanav ENG Hallfield 6 60
3 Rajapaksa, Inura SRI None 5½ 30

There are photos on the Facebook page I've set up for the tournament:

Alex Holoczak

20/03/2018 - Coventry Chess Club

Coventry Chess Club are looking to recruit strong players to play for us in Division 1 of the Coventry Chess League. Coventry Chess is a friendly club, based at Massey Ferguson Social Club, Coventry. CV5 7NL.
We play matches on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7.30pm. These take place between October and March, mainly in the Coventry area, and occasionally in Kenilworth, Rugby and Nuneaton.
Lifts from Tile Hill or Coventry train stations may be possible.
If interested, please contact Dave Ireland at

19/03/2018 - 50th Cotswold Congress

This will take place in Gloucester over the Spring Bank Holiday, Saturday 26th-Monday 28th May. The entry form can be found here...

Andrew Gilmour

15/03/2018 - Lightning Tournament 2018

The annual 10-second tournament took place at Olton's venue on Tuesday 13th March. 18 teams competed in 3 sections. Section A was won by Sutton Coldfield, Section B by South Birmingham B and Section C by South Birmingham C. Individual prizes are awarded to Henrik Stepanyan and Chris East of Sutton Coldfield.The full result appears here...

Lightning Tournament Committee

15/02/2018 Reminder - Warwickshire Open Chess Championships 2018

Organised by the Warwickshire Chess Association Ltd

Entry Form

Friday March 2nd to Sunday March 4th
Alan Higgs Centre
Allard Way
Coventry CV3 1HW

Ed Goodwin

05/02/2018 - Morry-Wood awards

Nominations for the 2017-18 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March.
Send e-mail submissions to
Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr. Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)
The entry form for the Ritson Morry award can be accessed at or by following the Morry-Wood link on the left-hand side of the BDCL web site.
Games submitted for the Baruch H Wood award must show the date when played, the players’ names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue.

Phil Maddocks on behalf of the Subcommittee Chairman

30/01/2018 - Sutton Coldfield Chess Club

Sutton Coldfield Chess Club now meets Mondays AND Thursdays after 7pm.
The match night is still Monday. Thursday is more informal for mini-tourneys or talks, etc.
Minworth Social Club, Robinsons Way (off Water Orton Lane) Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB

Marek Soszynski

06/01/2018 - Midland Open Rapid & Blitz 2018

The Midland Open Rapid & Blitz will be held on 17-18 February at Holiday Inn Birmingham Walsall, 20 Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, WS2 0BS. There will be four 9-round Rapid sections and a 9-round Blitz tournament. The prize fund for the tournament is £2,680.

For full details, including the online entry form and a downloadable entry form, please visit this link on the MCCU website:

Alex Holowczak

02/01/2018 - Birmingham Rapidplay and British Blitz Tournaments

Entries are now being accepted for the 24th Birmingham Rapidplay to take place on Sunday 25th March 2018. Details are on the Rapidplay page.

There is a qualifier for the British Blittz Championship 2018, details of which are here..

Alex Holoczak

02/01/2018 - Warwickshire Open Chess Championships 2018

Organised by the Warwickshire Chess Association Ltd

Entry Form

Friday March 2nd to Sunday March 4th
Alan Higgs Centre
Allard Way
Coventry CV3 1HW

Ed Goodwin

05/12/2017 - University contact details updated 

18/11/2017 - Chris Evans change of handbook details

Mutual Circle Secretary Chris Evans has moved house and is now at 30 Drew Crescent, Pedmore, Stourbridge, DY9 0UX.

Tel : 01384 827640

Please update your handbook details

Due to changes in my personal circumstances, my address and other details have changed as follows:

28 Lymer Road
Wolverhampton WV10 6AA
01902 787626
07498 514823

However, my email address is the same:

Marek Schroeder

15/10/2017 - Birmingham Rapidplay

Results will appear on the links below

Open -

 Major -

 Inter -

 Minor -

 Alex Holowczak

14/10/2017 - Dr Brian Dudley
It is my sad duty to report the death of Dr Brian Dudley, aged 86. He was President of Stourbridge Chess club. An obituary appears here...

Dave Scricen
Stourbridge Chess Club

08/10/2017  - Bramwell Garner
It is with great sadness that I report that Olton Chess club member Bramwell Garner passed away on Sunday 1st October, after an extended illness. Bramwell and I were both suffering from eye problems in August 2016 and discussing our experiences. In the event, it was found that Bram's problems were due to an untreatable cancer.

Bramwell had played for Olton Chess Club over the past 40 years, stopping on a couple of occasions due to personal circumstances. His last stint was the longest by far and he competed in many club tournaments, Birmingham League and some Leamington League matches. His placid nature and sensible attitude often won the day when there was potential for dispute and his love of chess came through in his efforts over the board, regardless of the strength of the opponent. Bram was always willing to step in if the team was a player short. Missing a Tuesday at the club was unthinkable, although he did enjoy extended holidays in warmer locations over the winter in the latter years.

Bram's funeral will take place at Yardley Crematorium on Thursday 19th October at 1.00pm, then there will be a gathering at Holy Souls club, Warwick Road, Acocks Green.

Our thoughts are with Bram's wife Sue and their family at this sad time.

Richard Reynolds
Olton Chess Club

23/09/2017 - Halesowen award
Congratulations to the Halesowen Chess club on being awarded ECF club of the year 2016-17. The club's winning of the Birmingham League Title no doubt contributed to the decision.

05/09/2017 - Changes to the laws of chess - July 2017
A number of changes to the laws have come into effect in advance of the 2017-18 season and are listed here. All players in the League should be aware of them.

31/08/2017 - BDCL - 120 years old
Lee Collier informs us that the Birmingham & District Chess League was formed on this day in 1897.

25/08/2017 - ECF L.M.S results system
The league will be using the ECF's online results reporting system this season. Links on the buttons have been modified but you can still get to Alan Woollaston's records pages and can still submit eMatch cards as before. Anyone responsible for reporting results will be provided with a login to show the League & cup fixtures that they can update. Other competitions such as individual competitions remain as previously. The ECF LMS home page is here...

25/08/2017 - Changes to Divisions 5 & 6
Several last minute changes to the teams in the lower Divisions have been agreed. New/moved teams will be contacting existing teams regarding fixtures.

22/08/2017 Shirley & Wythall Secretary
Please note that the secretary of Shirley & Wythall CC is no longer Gordon Christie but is henceforward:

D.R. Thomas, Flat 9 Normid Court, 35 Woodstock Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9BD.
Tel: 0121 449 8024.
Mobile: 07793 118 628.

Tim Lane

18/08/2017 - 23rd Birmingham Rapidplay
To be held on Sunday 15th October 2017 at the Quinborne Centre. Details are now on the Rapidplay pages..

Alex Holowczak

03/08/2017 - Robert Bellin chess evening
Redditch chess club have organised an evening with IM Robert Bellin on Tuesday 5th September. The subject of the talk will be Minor piece play. Details are here in Word format. Here is the event poster by Toni Reed.

From Micelle Clack

11/07/2017 - Tournaments - Midland & Leamington

There are two Midland regional tournaments coming up soon:

- Midland Junior Championships (Leicester, 22nd June):

- Midland Open Championships (West Bromwich, 11th - 13th August):

(From Alex Holowczak)

And the Leamington Rapidplay :

Rapidplay Congress on September 10th.

Venue : Sydni Centre , Leamington CV31 1PT

Open, U170, U140, 110 sections

Entry form downloadable from here...

(From Ed Goodwin)

15/06/2017 - Greenlands page update
Club and youth academy details updated

13/06/2017 - Honours page updatred
The Honours page is being updated following the League AGM.


South Birmingham have organised a Rapid play tournament taking place on Saturday 2 September 2017, details of the event are here. Entry form from here..

Terry Walker

19/05/2017 - Birmingham Summer League links

These links are to the ECF's new LMS results system

Home page:

Fixtures & Results:


Alex Holowczak

12/05/2017 - Kynoh Chess Club Marks 80 years
Gren Morgan informs me that Kynoch C.C was formed in 1937 and is celebrating 80 years in existence.

08/05/2017 - Morry Wood awards
Results for the 2016-17 Morry-Wood awards have been announced and are available on the Morry-Wood page.

Phil Maddocks on behalf of Laurie Wheatley

07/05/2017 - Rules committee report
The Rules committee met to discuss a recent dispute and a report of the ruling appears here.

Mike Biddle - Rules Committee Chairman

19/04/2017 - Birmingham Summer League

Fixtures for the Summer League have been circulated to all captains. If any captain has not received them, please contact David Thomas.

28/03/2017 - Birmingham Summer League

The rules of this year's summer league are here..

24/03/2017 - mBirmingham Rapidplay - Sunday 26th March

Results appear here :





Prize list

Alex Holowczak

18/03/2017 - Redditch C.C - An evening with Jon Speelman - Tuesday 16th May 2017

Redditch Chess Club has secured the services of Grandmaster Jon Speelman for an evening on the theory and practice of pawn, rook, and minor piece endgames. Jon was British champion in 1978, 1985 and 1986, fourth in the FIDE world ratings in 1989, and twice played in the Candidates matches. You may remember when Speelman used his phenomenal endgame skill to beat Gary Kasparov in a quickplay game (see links below).

Our venue has the capacity to include people from other clubs for this event. The cost per person is £14 and we are now taking reservations from local clubs on a first come first serve basis for the spare places. To reserve places please complete the attached form and email it to me with attendees from your club. To reduce administrative effort we would prefer to take a single payment from each club - either in cash (or by cheque made payable to Redditch Chess Club) and preferably in advance - to cover the attendees from each club.

We hope this is of interest to your club, and as above please do reply with the completed form as early as possible, so that we can reserve your club's places at the event. Enquiries to Michele Clack, email address on the form.

Michele Clack

10/03/2017 - Obituary -  Colin Thomas RIP

It’s my sad duty to report the passing this morning of Colin Thomas, President of Boldmere Chess Club. I don’t think Colin would have been too upset if I described him as not being a strong player, but that was not his great forte. His real strength lay in his willingness to help with the running of the club and he was a captain of at least one team per season every year, often not playing himself in order to give someone else a chance. For many years, until relatively recently, he was a Governor at a local junior school and ran their chess club. Over a number of years he trained many pupils and some became strong enough to take part in regional competitions, much to his great pride.
Colin had to overcome physical disability and, in the last few years a number of medical problems. Unfortunately, in the last 6 months he became too ill to attend the club and has been sorely missed. The club would like to extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Mike Biddle
Hon. Gen. Sec.

09/03/2017 - League Lightning Tournament

This was held at Olton's venue on Tuesday 7th March. Details are given here. Photos to appear shortly.

02/02/2017 - Cotwold Chess Congress

This will be held at its new venue, The King's School, Gloucester, over the Spring Bank holiday weekend. Entry form

The Cotswold Chess Congress

23/01/2017 - Morry-Wood awards

Nominations for the 2016-17 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March.
Send e-mail submissions to
Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr. Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)
The entry form for the Ritson Morry award can be accessed at or by following the Morry-Wood link on the left-hand side of the BDCL web site.
Games submitted for the Baruch H Wood award must show the date when played, the players names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue.

Phil Maddocks on behalf of the Subcommittee Chairman

14/01/2017 - Birmingham Rapidplay 2017

The next Birmingham Rapidplay Tournament will be held on Sunday 26th March at Quinborne Community Centre. Details and entry forms are on the Rapidplay page.

Alex Holowczak

10/01/2017 - Geof Harris memorial service.
A memorial service was recently held for Geoff, who passed away last May. Details are given here.

Geoff was involved mainly in the Worcester Leagues but also the BDCL.

Dave Scriven

02/01/2017 - Warwickshire Chess Congress

The tournament is on 25th and 26th February at the Coventry Rugby Club.
There are open , Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120 sections.

To enter and for more information click on

Ed Goodwin

15/12/2016 - Gabor Csepregi - update

From Gordon Christie :

It is my duty to relay the very sad news that Shirley and Wythall Chess Club elder statesman Gabor Csepregi died of cancer two weeks ago. No other details, including funeral arrangements, are known to us at this time.

Gabor had been a member of Solihull Lodge Chess Club since it started in 1970, and served with distinction as Club Treasurer for more than 30 years. He remained constant through all the changes of club name and venue, to our current identity as Shirley and Wythall Chess Club.

As a player, he had a vast array of openings knowledge and theory, and was always willing to debate the merits of different variations. On his day he was a tricky player, and on any day a doughty opponent.

In his personal life, he was a very private person, with a rich love of family and his homeland Hungary, where he visited family often. He was also determinedly independent, and in recent months, although clearly quite ill and in some discomfort, neither complained nor asked for help. Typically he did not want any fuss.

For myself, and for many in the club this is a great sadness. He will be remembered fondly.

There will be a funeral ceremony at Robin Hood cemetery at 0930 on 5th January, followed by the scattering of his ashes. All chess playersa who knew Gabor are welcome to attend. His family will be attending a simultaneous service in Hungary.

Best regards


19/10/2016 - Warley Quinborne Website
This has now moved to

Simon Smith

17/10/2016 - Birmingham Rapidplay Results


1st FM Alan Tate 5 £200
2nd= GM Keith Arkell, Henrik Stepanyan 4.5 £75 each
Grading Alan Agnew 3.5 £25

1st Amrik Singh 5 £120
2nd= Gary Jackson, Marcus Walsh 4.5 £45 each

1st Geoff Brown 5.5 £120
2nd= Devan Patel, Dragomir Zarev 5 £45 each

1st= Finlay Bowcott-Terry, Gayara Seekkuge 5 £90 each
3rd= Chris Cox, John Pakenham, Estera-Alexandra Ercsei 4.5 £10 each

Full results are on the Rapidplay page.

Alex Holowczak

10/10/2016 - Warwickshire Junior Championship
The Warwickshire Junior Championships will be played at Arden Academy on Sunday, 13th November. There are sections for players aged Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

More information, as well as the entry form and online entry, can be found here:

Alex Holowczak

31/08/2016 - Guidelines for captains
Following a meeting of the Rules committee, item 4.1 of the guidelines for captains has been modified.

21/08/2016 - Scrutiny Committee - Treatment of F Grades
The scrutiny Committee would like it known that F grades (but not the data underlying them) will be disregarded.
This is due to the narrow band of games giving a distorted measure of strength.

From the ECF site……….
The introduction of a new F Category based on only 5 games (so one congress suffices). This has made it easier for new players to get a grade, and has increased the number of players with published grades by nearly 2000. However, F grades are not treated as "real" for the purpose of future calculation. They are treated in the same way as juniors' grades. They are also (unlike juniors' grades) omitted from "Top Players" lists and rankings.

Alan Woollaston on behalf of the Scrutiny committee

09/08/2016 - St. Georges withdrawal
St. Georges have withdrawn from Division 5. Secretaries should adjust their fixtures accordingly.
Tim Lane, Hon. Gen. Sec.

01/08/2016 - Jonathan Swallow 1952 - 2016
onathan Swallow died in Belfast on May 31 aged 63 after suffering from motor neurone disease. Born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, Jonathan was awarded a scholarship to Hertford College, Oxford, in 1971, where he read philosophy, politics and economics, before taking a master’s degree in politics at Strathclyde University.

In 1983 he was appointed as a principal officer at Birmingham city council. He played for West Midlands Municipal Chess Club in the 80s & 90s and won the club Championship twice - in 1989 & 1999 and won the WMMCC Lightning Tourney 3 times. His last game for WMMCC was the 2000 Townshend Final in a 3.5-2.5 victory.

He moved back to Ilkley and played chess for Ilkley and Yorkshire and also worked in Northern Ireland. Jonathan is a sad loss to the chess community at such an early age.

Lee Collier

28/07/2016 - Ron Hardy

Many members of the BDCL will remember Ron Hardy, who had played in the League since at least the 1958-59 season, when he was runner-up in the Division 4 individual event as a member of the Lozells club.  I believe he subsequently played for St. James until they folded, before coming to South Birmingham.  Sadly I have heard that Ron passed away on 12 July.  His funeral will be held at the Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, Rubery, B45 9DL at 11.30 on 17 August.

Tim Lane

28/07/2016 - Mutual Website
Please note this has moved to a new home

The old site address is currently defunct but may return later.

27/06/2016 - 4NCL Congress
The 9th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress will be held over the weekend of Friday 8 - Sunday 10 July 2016 at the Park Inn, Birmingham West, West Bromwich, B70 6RS.
Entry details can be found here: here...
Alex Holowczak

14/06/2016 - AGM and prize-giving
The League AGM took place on Monday 13th June at South Birmingham. Winners were presented with their trophies and Chris Evans was elected League President for a 1 year term. Honours and Officers pages have been updated.

10/06/2016 - Redditch Club website
Redditch have a new website at

08/06/2016 - Jim Friar
Many of you will be aware that Jim Friar passed away recently. He was heavily involved in Worcestershire chess and helped greatly in local junior chess. Jim also played for many years for West Bromwich in the Birmingham League. An obituary from John Crump can be found here...

From John Wrench:
Following his sad passing and communication with his family;

Jim's Funeral Details:...
Monday 13th June at 12noon at St Wulstans R.C. Church, 32 Vale Rd, Stourport, DY13 8YL (Followed by cremation) At the crematorium it is close friends and family only please. People can go straight to the Wake at Bewdley Pines from church, they will be expected.
(Bewdley Pines Golf Club, Habberley Road, Bewdley, DY12 1LY)

Family flowers and donations to Bewdley Medical Centre and The Mesothelioma Society.

Ray Collett's tribute.can be found here

29/05/2016 - Morry-Wood Results
Results of the competition are given on the Morry-Wood page. Congratulations to the winners. The winning game is also published.

27/04/2016 - Summer League Fixtures
An Excel Spreadsheet of the Summer League fixures is available here and the rules are here...

26/04-2016 - Cotswold Chess Congress
The event will be staged at King’s School in Gloucester over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend – May 28th – 30th.  Our website is at

John Harris


Cotswold Chess Congress

20/04/2016 - Walsall Kipping Simultaneous
Walsall Kipping Chess Club have organised a simultaneous display by Grandmaster Keith Arkell at their club on Thursday 12th May, 7:30pm. There are a few spaces left if any Birmingham League players wish to take part, it is first-come, first-served. Entry is £15 per player, these should be made to David Anderton,

13/04/1016 - Rules committee meeting
A Rules committee meeting took place on Monday 11th April at south Birmingham Chess club. A report onm the meetings findings is given here..

03/04/2016 - Olton Club Website
The website for Olton Chess Club has moved to a new domain and can now be found at Please update your links

16/03/2016 - Lightning Team Tournament
The annual Lightning Team Tournament was held on Tuesday 15th March at Olton's venue, Tyseley Working Mens Club. 10 teams entered in 2 sections competing at the rate of 10 seconds per move. The full result appears here...

16/03/2016 - Birmingham Summer League
Entry forms and rules are now available for the Birmingham Summer League from the Rules & Docs Page.

11/03/2016 - St. Georges contact

Chris Griffin is leaving the immediate area, stepping down as secretary of St. George's and retiring from chess.  Club chairman Ken Wise will be Acting Secretary for the remainder of the season.  Contact details:


Home: 0121 705 8770

Mobile: 07847 326578

Best wishes to Chris for his chess-free future!

Tim Lane


Report of the Rules Committee meeting held on Monday 25th Jan 2016 at South Birmingham C.C.

Homer Trophy H3-12 South Birmingham 3 v Olton 2

Olton claimed that they had not been informed of the date of this cup match. Terry Hare-Walker (South Birmingham) stated that he informed Robert Reynolds (Olton) of the date of Wednesday 13th January verbally at Olton on 2nd December. Robert Reynolds denied that this happened.

Rule 5.4(f) states that “Clubs are instructed to contact one another to confirm the playing arrangements”.

Olton, for various reasons, decided not to contact South Birmingham to find out the date chosen for the game. On the Thursday before cup week, Olton claimed the game by default and then South Birmingham re-stated the date chosen for the match. Olton also disputed the ruling by the Hon. Records Secretary not to accept their claim for a win by default. South Birmingham also claimed the match by default when Olton failed to appear on the date they had specified.

After considering submissions from by sides the committee gave the following ruling:

The committee rejects Olton’s claim that the Hon. Records Secretary was at fault in not accepting their claim.

The committee finds it disappointing that two experienced club officials have failed to comply with Rule 5.4(f) which has worked successfully for at least 25 years.

The committee finds that both clubs failed to comply with Rule 5.4(f) and orders that the game be played on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at South Birmingham.

Mike Biddle

Chairman, Rules Committee


Nominations for the 2015-16 Ritson Morry award for the outstanding Junior player, and score entries for the Baruch Wood best game must be submitted by 31st March.

Send e-mail submissions to

Alternatively, postal submissions go to Mr. Laurie Wheatley (address as in handbook)

The entry form for the Ritson Morry award can be accessed at or by following the Morry-Wood link on the left-hand side of the BDCL web site.

Games submitted for the Baruch H Wood award must show the date when played, the players names, the competition (eg BDCL div 4), and the venue.

Phil Maddocks on behalf of the Subcommittee Chairman

20/12/2015 - 4NCL congress and arbiter seminar
The 7th 4NCL Congress will take place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport on the weekend of 29th January - 31st January. It has three sections: Open, U2000 FIDE/U175 ECF and U135. The top two sections are FIDE-rated. The prize fund is £2,250. More information can be found here:

To enter, you can do so online or download the online entry form. Both are available online.

A FIDE Arbiters' Seminar will take place at the venue, alongside the Congress. The entry fee is £60 (£50 for hotel residents), and candidates who achieve 80% or more in the exam will earn a FIDE Arbiter norm, as well as being a Level 1 ECF Arbiter. Information and online entry to the Seminar can be found here:

Enquiries about the Seminar should be made to Alex Holowczak at

Alex Holowczak

Please note Dudley Council have now decided to close Rye Market multi-storey car park on evenings and it is therefore not available for players visiting Stourbridge. Tesco’s car park is also reduced from 3 hours parking to 2 hours, so this is unsuitable. Road side parking in High Street, Lower High Street or Market Street remain available.
Dave Scriven, Stourbridge C.C

12/10/2015 - Birmingham Rapidplay Results


1st: Ameet Ghasi 5.5 £200

2nd: Mike Surtees 5 £100

3rd: Lawrence Cooper 4.5 £50

Grading: Patrick Duncan, Andrew Lewis £12.50 each


1st: Parminder Sanghera 6 £120

2nd: Agoston Mihalik, Zoe Varney 5 £45 each


1st: Andrew Crowther, Brian Crofts 5 £90 each

3rd: Keiran Koasha 4.5 £30


1st: Chris Paul 6 £120

2nd: Ben Jacobsen 5 £60

3rd: Jason Smith, Martin Berridge, Paul Heeney, Fredrick Beneat, Steve Swajkun, Jeremy Sharples 4 £5 each

Alex Holowczak

24/09/2015 - Shirley Website address
The Shirley Club website address is now

18/09/2015 - Birmingham Rapidplay 2015

This year's Birmingham Rapidplay will take place on Sunday, 11th October at Quinborne Community Centre. There are four sections for players of all abilities, and over £1,000 in prizes.For more details, including the entry form and online entry, please click here.

Alex Holowczak
Birmingham League Rapidplay Organiser

31/08/2015 - League Individual competitions
Entries are now being accepted for the six Individual knockout tournaments. These should be sent to John Mildenhall giving name, address, email and telephone number. Entry fee is £3.00, payable to the Birmingham & District Chess League.The closing date for entries is 1st October.

23/08/2015 - Rushall return to the BDCL
Rushall Chess Club have entered a team in the league after a few season's absence. They are playing at the Rushall Olympic Football Cub, Dales Lane, Rushall, WS4 1LJ. More information about the club is available on the Rushall page.

20/08/2015 - New Rules & guidance
Wiuth the new time limit options coming into force this season, a number of documents have been prepared by League members :

Although none of these are "official" BDCL offerings, they have been reviewed by a number of members of the Management Committee, and we're hopeful that they'll help Clubs prepare for the start of the new season and get off to a smooth start. These documents & links have been added to the Rules & Docs Page.

From Tim Lane, Hon. Gen. Sec

14/08/2015 - Bushbury Venue Change
Bushbury Club have moved to :

Springvale Sports & Social Club

Millfields Rd


West Midlands WV14 0QR

11/08/2015 - BDCL Rules
The League rukes as amened at the end of last season have been updated and are under Rules & Docs.

10/05/2015 - South Birmingham Website
South Birmingham Chess club has a new website at

09/06/2015 - League AGM and presentation - Ken Langston, Hon. Treasurer stands down.
Presentation of trophies and awards for the various leagues and competitions took place at last night's AGM. The Hon. Treasurer, Mr Ken Langston announced he was standing down after 32 years in the post and was presented with a commemorative bottle of whisky.

The presentation was made by the Hon. General Secretary, Tim Lane.


Guidelines for Captains and Players

These guidelines are intended to assist captains and players. They are, nevertheless, only guidelines, and anyone requiring further details should consult the League Rules or the Laws of Chess.  Click Here
M.Biddle Chairman BDCL Rules Committee.



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Club Details

I have now updated the details of clubs that play in the BDCL on the website. Each club has a page and it is up to club Secretaries to inform me of any errors or changes. Clubs can also send me items for inclusion that will help promote their club.

Click on 'BDCL Clubs' link on the left.

Google Maps

Locations of clubs are on Google maps

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This site is now being updated by Richard Reynolds. Please report any problems to me at