Friday, 6 October 2017

Match Report from first League Games

Ed Goodwin has kindly completed a match report on the first A team match against Coventry Chess Academy on the 3rd October.

If any other Captains would like to place a match report, please feel free.

We do have a new website under development and the ultimate idea is that we can post games to the website as well.

My Thanks to Ed and here is his match report:

 Match Report 03/10/2017 Div 1 Coventry Chess Academy A v Coventry Chess A

This is our first match report when the new website is up and running I hope to be able to put interesting positions or whole games in the article.

We faced the new Academy side who turned out to be strong outgrading us on 3 out of the 4 boards.
On board 1 Dave Ireland (White) faced Paul Lam against whom he previously had a 0-4 record. This seemed to me to be fairly uneventful from I think the 1 e4 Nc6 opening. Dave drew , a very good result.

Bernard played the only junior but a good one in David Phillips. This was the popular London System, with Bernard seeming to be under pressure on the king side , however he neutralised this and I thought he had an advantage afterwards but it proved not enough to win.

Against Alan Phillips  I played an appalling opening after a very early ..Ne4 in the Dutch defence and had to offer a pawn to develop. Alan thought I would have good compensation so he declined the offer. Then I set a trap which my opponent fell into and I won the exchange. But with two rooks and a bishop against rook knight and bishop just couldn’t find any winning plan. My opponent could have claimed the draw twice by threefold repetition. Eventually I ran short of time and offered him a draw which was accepted

Bava played the sharp Sicilian Dragon against Georgeta Ercsei . White castled queen side and launched an attack against Bava’s king on the king side. At a critical point Bava blocked the attack by placing his knight on h5, but Georgetta switched to attacking in the centre and Bava’s knight was completely cut off. When I looked again he had lost a number of pawns and was unable to hang on.

Match Result
Dave Ireland (175)         ½–½ Paul Lam (196)
Bernard Charnley (154) ½-½ David Phillips (144)
Ed Goodwin (156)           ½-½ Alan Phillips (168)
Bava Manickam (134)      0-1 Georgeta Ercsei (151)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Leamington Rapid Play Report

Report from Ed Goodwin

Leamington Rapidplay Report Sunday September 10th

There were several Coventry Chess players taking part in this event organised by Ed Goodwin.
Dave Ireland scored a respectable 3/6 including a draw against Warwickshire champion Don Mason
Former member Josh Pink finished on 2½/6

Under 170
Bernard Charnley showed a welcome return to form finishing 3rd on 4½/6
Under 140

Clive Blackburn and John Conway scored 3½/6 sharing the grading prize

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Interesting Article

Whilst idly surfing around the interweb I came across this article on Coventry Chess  Academy's website: -

You may recognise a few of the players/coaches - It is worth a read if you have a few minutes. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

New Season

Calling all Coventry Chess Players !

Already Summer is nearly over and the New Chess Season will be upon us very soon so next Tuesday 29th August our Brand new Treasurer - David Adams will be collecting subs for the New Season.

Cost is as follows:-  £38.00 including Bronze membership to the ECF or if you have paid the ECF Online Club membership of £22.00.

The first match of the Season is on September 26th - Divisional Cup match.

We also welcome a couple of new clubs into the League - Coventry University into the Second Division and  a Junior team in each Division, run by Paul Lam - Coventry Chess Academy. Please note for this Season all Coventry Chess Academy away matches will be played at their Home venue.

If you are unable to attend next Tuesday could you let your Captain know as we are also starting to select the Teams for the New Season.

Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 29th August.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Road Closures Around Massey Ferguson

For anyone coming to the club over the next three weeks please be aware of the following Road Works:-

There will be diversions in place to get to the Club.

Having looked at Google Maps, the best way to get to the club by car, is to come up Tile Hill Lane, turn right onto Banner Lane and then left along Astoria Drive which then brings you out onto Broad Lane, turn right and the Club is a few yards away.
I am unsure as to how Bus Services are affected.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

New Grades

The ECF have just issued the new grades for July. You can check here on this link your new grade:- 

Please note the text regarding grading : -

This is the first provisional edition of the July 2017 grading list. It is based on games played up to 30th June.
The August revision, as always, will be definitive, as it may include corrections and late-reported 2016-17 events. Many leagues will adopt the August revision for eligibility purposes.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Leamington Rapid Play

28th Leamington Rapidplay 2017

Organised by the Leamington & District Chess League

Sunday September 10th
The SYDNI Centre
24 Cottage Square
Leamington Spa
CV31 1PT
Four Fide Rated sections
 Open, Under 170, Under 140 and Under 110
Chief Organiser: Ed Goodwin

Arbiters : Matthew Carr (Chief Arbiter)
                                        Thomas Thorpe

Information for Players

Entry Refusal: The Organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry for any reason.

Appeals: Appeals may be made to the Chief Arbiter. His decision shall be final.

ECF/FIDE Grading: All sections will be ECF-graded and FIDE-rated

Juniors: A junior is a player born on or after 1 July 1999

Grading  For the purposes of placing players in sections the ECF rapidplay grade will be used, if none exists then the  ECF standard.  Players without any ECF grading should provide the Entries Secretary with details of his/her playing strength.

The organiser reserves the right to move players to the appropriate section.

Grading Prizes: The limits for grading prizes will be published by the end of round 3

Refreshments: Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and hot snacks will be available at the venue

Parking: Limited free parking is available at the venue, other free parking is available in the surrounding streets.

Enquiries: Please e-mail to, or call/text Ed Goodwin on 07528 611483

Entry fee
£20 adults £15 Juniors

All Sections – Additional £7.50 for Bronze ECF members or non members
                         No entries taken after noon on Saturday 9th September

Time Control        20 minutes per player per game with the addition of 10 seconds a move throughout

Schedule                                R1 10:00-11:00, R2 11:15-12:15, R3 12:45-13:45
                                                                R4 14:00-15:00 R5 15:15-16:15 16:30-17:30

Prizes                                     All sections   1st - £150, 2nd - £90, 3rd - £50, Grading - £30
                                                                There will be no official prizegiving.
                         Prizes will be paid by BACS after the conclusion of the event.

Entry Form
Postal Entries should be sent to the entries secretary:
E. Goodwin, 1 Conway Avenue, Coventry CV4 9JA
Online Entries to
Cheques made payable to:
Leamington & District Chess League
Bank Transfer to account 91070371 Sort Code 40 26 22

Section  Open(  )   U170(  )  U140(  )  U110(  ) 

Forename                                                                                                                    Surname                                                                                                         
ECF Membership Num. (1 or 2 letters, then 5 digits):                                                                                              
ECF Grading Reference (6 digits, followed by 1 letter):                                                                               
ECF Rapidplay Grade                                                                                                                                                                         
ECF Standardplay Grade                                                        _______________
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):                                                                                                                                      /                       /                      
National Federation (e.g. ENG WLS)                                   ______
Telephone                                                                                                                   Mobile                                                                                                            
E-mail address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Postal Address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                __                                  Postcode                                                                                               
Entry Fee                                                                                                                                 £                                 
Non-Member/Bronze Surcharge                                £                                 
Donations to The League                                            £                                 
Total Entry Fee Due                                                                                                   £