Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Coventry Chess Club 2nd Junior Open Rapidplay

After the success of last years, Junior Tournament, Coventry Chess Club have decided to organise another Tournament this year.

The details are as follows: -

Date: Sunday 15th September 2019

Start time: 11am

For players under 18 on 31st August 2019.

Open and Under 120 sections.

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

5 Rounds.

Venue: Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane Coventry.


Entry Fee: £3.00

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Chess milestone: Coventry celebrates 100 years of local Chess League

Celebrating 100 years of fostering chess across Coventry, Warwickshire, and the wider-Midlands, in 2019, with an exciting tournament.


Coventry, West Midlands / 15 Jan 2019 / -- The Coventry and District Chess League (CDCL) today announced the 100th anniversary celebrations of a thriving local chess scene. Clubs from the city, its two universities, and the surrounding towns of Nuneaton, Rugby, Kenilworth and beyond, have formed the backbone of this local League - whose members (and non-members) will be coming together in fewer than two weeks (on Sunday 27th January) for a one-day Rapidplay chess tournament!

The Centenary Tournament will be open for everyone from Coventry and far beyond, to enter. The worshipful Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell will be kindly joining us at this historical occasion. The Tournament is further supported by English Chess Federation Director and World Chess Federation (FIDE) Arbiter, Dave Thomas, who will be the tournament's Chief Arbiter [umpire].

Chess, in general, can include Standardplay games lasting several hours, to considerably faster Rapidplay or Blitz games. Each year, the League offer a variety of chess for clubs and members to participate, from team events in the main league, to the shorter, Divisional Cup, Knock-Out Cup, and Plate tournaments, as well as, the Summer Cup for individuals to enter.

Demographics of local chess have changed over the century, since 1919. We have had many players from the city's (and nearby towns') workers' clubs, local schools, to the newer clubs at Coventry University, and the University of Warwick.

Nationally, growing numbers of players with busy work lives, now engage with chess online, which our clubs cater for with an established online presence, as well as, some online events! So, whatever your interest and level, the League remains open to all.

Members of the public are more than welcome to get in touch, to participate or join the League's constituent clubs. Entry details for the upcoming Centenary Tournament, can be found here:

Media Contact:
Hok Yin Stephen Chiu (University of Warwick)
Vice Chair, and Centenary Tournament Organizer

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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

The 2018-2019 Season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the Coventry, Warwickshire, and Midlands area! We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion.

Full Details found here:

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

Coventry & District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay

Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry, CV5 7NL

Time Control: 20'+10''; ECF Graded, and FIDE Rated.

Chief Arbiter: David Thomas FIDE Arbiter
Arbiter(s): Hok Chiu National Arbiter

PDF Entry Form with event details:
Online Entry Form:
Contact E-mail:

Playing Schedule
Round 1 10:30             
Round 2 11:45
Round 3 13:15             
Round 4 14:30
Round 5 15:45             
Round 6 17:00
Prizegiving 18:00

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

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

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Junior Chess Tournament

There is a Junior Chess Tournament being held in Coventry all Under 18's welcome

Full details are: -

Coventry Chess Club
1st Junior Open Rapidplay

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

An ECF graded event
Open and Under 120 sections

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

Players must be under 18 on 31st August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Junior’s Details

ECF Membership Num. (12345):                                                                       
ECF Grading Reference (6 digits, followed by 1 letter):                                                                              
ECF Rapidplay Grade (July 2018):                                                                        
(If no grading reference or rapidplay grade you can still enter please give details of playing strength)
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):(required for all players)                           /                       /                      
Section Entered (please tick)    120 or over __  119 or under __

Parent/Guardian’s Details
E-mail address                                                                                                       

Postal Address                                                                                                                                           
Entry Fee     (£3 or £5 for entry on the day)  £                                

Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Nuneaton Chess Club are proposing to change their Coventry League Tuesday venue as from 1st January 2018 as the usual venue is not available for chess due to changes in use.

From 1st January 2018 (and for the rest of the 2017/8 season) they propose to play at:
CV11 4JX
024 7673 5344

There is street car parking but also a car park at the rear accessed from George Street and a passageway to the front of the building.

This venue is already used on a Monday evening so some of you may already be aware of it.

Please contact Colin Green if you have further questions about this change. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Message from the Chairman of the League

As Chairman of the Coventry and District Chess League I have to announce 
that at the end of the present season Mike Johnson will be stepping down 
from all his C&DCL posts.
These are:
Results Service Manager.

Mike has served this league for 40 years in various capacities and he 
feels that this is the time for him to step down.  We owe him a great 
deal for keeping the league running over all of those years but we must 
now look to find new organisers to take the league forward.

Mike will provide help and training to anyone who might be interested in 
these posts and support them as they get to grips with their new 
Together the three above posts contain quiet a lot of work but they 
could be done by three separate persons with the posts of Grader and 
Results Service Manager being able to be done from home.
It is important that the league finds candidates for these posts as we 
cannot arrive at the A.G.M. without someone to take over.

For information on what exactly is involved Mike might be the best 
person to contact but I would appreciate it if anyone who might be 
interested in any of these posts register their interest with myself.

I shall be e-mailing all of the membership at Nuneaton and I hope that 
you will be able to do the same within your own clubs so that as many 
people as possible are aware that these posts must be filled if we are 
to play chess next season.

Many thanks,
Colin Green.
League Chairman.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


It has (rightly) been pointed out that the League website has not been updated for a while - two years! If anyone would like to provide content and regular updates please let a member of the committee know and we can arrange to add you as an Administrator.

A few updates for now:

1) A very belated welcome to Kenilworth, who have entered a team in the First Division. This has helped to really strengthen the First Divison and make it very competitive.

 2) An EGM was held on the 13th September to update and revise all the League Rules. A copy will be issued to all club secretaries and it is also hoped to place a copy on this site for all players to read.

3) Oliver Cosham has resigned as Fixtures secretary. Oliver has given many years service to the League and I am sure we all would like to express our Thanks for the efficient way he organised the Fixtures every year. He will be a very tough act to follow for whoever takes over that position!