Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Coventry Chess Club Junior Sessions



Book Now For Autumn. 

Fun Chess Coaching For Juniors

                                  Beginners Welcome

We have 20 places available . . . to reserve a place email:


                        Tuesdays 5.00 – 6.00pm

                    20th September – 6th December

(No session during half-term 25th October)


Cost £4 per Session (Coventry Chess Club members £3)

Pay As You Go


Suitable for children from ages 8 -15

Venue :

St John Vianney Catholic Church, 

1 Bishopton Close, 

Mount Nod Way, 

Coventry CV5 7GW

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

National Recognition for League Chairman Colin Green


On behalf of everyone involved with the CDCL, we'd like to wish our warmest congratulations to Colin Green, after recently being awarded the English Chess Federation 'President's Award for Services to Chess'. 

The award is richly deserved, following over 40 years of loyal service and dedication to chess in the Warwickshire area. Though Colin is a modest and selfless man, we are sure he will graciously appreciate this national recognition, alongside the hope it inspires those that follow in his footsteps. With that in mind, we'd like to take this moment to highlight some of Colin's incredible work.

During the 80's and 90's, he served as the county's Junior Chess Organiser, enabling young players to successfully compete on both a regional and national scale. His contribution helped to nurture a generation of talent, several of whom remain active in the chess scene. This unwavering commitment and passion towards widening junior participation has never faded; which was particularly evident in the past few years. 

Whilst Chairman of the CDCL, over the pandemic Colin was instrumental in almost everything we achieved. This began with the willingness to commit many hours of his own time each week to ensure a seamless transition to our first ever online competition. Even from the initial 'trial' season, the online league proved an overwhelming success, eventually attracting 30 teams. Despite the increase in organisation required, Colin lead excellently throughout, with the integrity and enthusiasm for which he is so well known. 

Perhaps the most significant part of this expansion was facilitating the introduction of nearby schools and Universities who would not ordinarily be suited to traditional evening league matches. Furthermore, this opened the door for an outreach scheme whereby volunteers would virtually teach local juniors, and distribute coaching resources. Colin's initiative and foresight in promoting online chess was truly admirable, seizing the opportunity to make the best of challenging circumstances. Furthermore, it is clear that the online league was crucial in securing a prosperous long-term future for the CDCL, for which we are extremely grateful.

As Colin now steps down from his role as chair, this seems a fitting moment to once again thank him for all that he has done for us as clubs and individuals, all connected by our common love for chess. Fortunately, he will continue sharing the joy of our beautiful game with members and close friends at his club, Nuneaton.

At Nuneaton, Colin is affectionately considered a club legend and treasure, with the same tireless application described above. It is also at his home club where Colin's warm and caring nature shines through brightest. He encourages all equally, regardless of age, ability, gender and race, building personal relationships along the journey. In fact, it is these which should be valued most fondly, both on and off the board.

Congratulations Colin, and best wishes!

To read a more detailed piece on Colin's impact, some of those closest to him within chess have written some wonderful and touching words in the full nomination, which can be found here:


Monday, 8 August 2022

CDCL's Warwick University Receives National Award

Warmest wishes to the University of Warwick, who have been presented the 2022 English Chess Federation Award for Contribution to the Chess Community. The League congratulates the University, and recognizes the Chess Society's achievements and contributions to the wider community. Special mention goes to the University's efforts growing online chess engagement, significantly supported by the CDCL's online leagues. This was the springboard for the University's outreach experiment, whereby students volunteered to virtually coach local juniors of participating CDCL clubs.

Later on, the return of in-person chess saw the annual Warwick Rapidplay back for its 4th edition. As always, it was entirely student-run, and catered to players of all abilities across 3 closely-fought sections. The tournament reached far further than the Warwickshire area, attracting entrants from all corners of the country to share the enjoyment of over-the-board chess once more. 

The academic year was also a landmark one for women's chess with the introduction of Women's Chess Officers, who hosted female-only training, club-nights and social events. It also saw the official formation of the Warwick Chess Alumni Association, reconnecting generations of students across the country and the world.

With in-person chess returning, the University took the opportunity to spread chess beyond its members, to the wider campus community. 'Don't Stress Play Chess' was a weekly feature on the central Piazza during exam season, finishing with a 24-hour chess marathon raising £300 for charity. 

Hopefully the University continue their passionate and often innovative community contributions - congratulations again!

The University's submission to the ECF, its Annual Report for 2021-22, can be read on issuu.com: Link here.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

CDCL Season 2021-22 Results!

Congratulations goes to all the teams who have played in the Coventry & District Chess League's competitions this season.

This year has been a very successful return to over-the-board chess, and the League is delighted to see so many teams come back from the pandemic. The results are as follows:

League Champions (Division One): Warwick University A
League Division Two: Warwick University C
League Division Three: Warwick University E
Knock-out Cup: Kenilworth (on Board Count)
Plate: Nuneaton C (on Game Points)
Divisional Cup A: Coventry Chess A
Divisional Cup B: Coventry Chess E

To enter additional teams in the League for the upcoming 2022-23 Season, starting in October 2022, please email the League Secretary, Malcolm Harding (malcolmharding@mail.co.uk).

Saturday, 1 January 2022

CDCL Christmas Rapidplay 2021

54 players, representing every club in the Coventry & District League came together for an internal League Rapidplay, just before Christmas!

It was a seamlessly-run event - the first over-the-board CDCL chess gathering of this size since the pandemic. Special thanks goes to the hard work of Colin Green, the League Chairman and Tournament Organiser.

The Coventry & District League Rapidplay Champion 2022 title is shared by Santiago German (Warwick University) and Francis Sagyaman (Coventry).

The Coventry & District League Rapidplay Women's Champion 2022 is Vash Ravi (Warwick University).

The full results can be found on Chess-results here.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, 8 November 2021

CDCL Christmas Rapidplay - General Information


ENTRY INFORMATION FOR PLAYERSTuesday 7th December 2021VENUEMassey Ferguson Social Club            
Round 1 starts 8pm.Players advised to be present by 7:40pm.Players not present by 7:55pm could be given zero points in Round 1.TIME LIMITEach player will have 10 minutes for all moves.CLOCKSDigital clocks may or may not be available.  It is expected that analogue clocks will be provided but if you wish to be sure to use a digital clock you will need to provide your own.  If a digital clock is provided it will be used by default.VENUEAs the room at Massey is used until 7:30pm on a Tuesday and we wish to start by 8pm could everyone who arrives early lend a hand to help with tables/chairs and setting up chess boards.Also at the end of the event please help pack away.  Many hands make light work.TIMESRound 1    8pmRound 2    8:30pmRound 3    9pmRound 4    9:30pmRound 5    10pm.It might well be possible to save some time here and therefore finish before 10:20pm.ENTRIESTo be sent to Colin Green, IN ADVANCE of the event so that the administration can be done prior to the day of play.  THERE WILL BE NO LATE ENTRIES OR ENTRIES ON THE DAY.Last date and time for entries 8pm on Sunday 5th December 2021.ENTRY REQUIREMENTSYour name, club, grade.  Please use your full name.  Ideally as displayed on the ECF grading database.GRADESSeptember 2021 ECF Rapidplay grades to be used.  If no Rapidplay grade is available then ECF Standard grades for September 2021 will be used.Ungraded players to be given a shadow grade by their club organiser.   This is to be provided at the time of entry.RULES1    Move the pieces with one hand only.2    Move the pieces and press the clock with the same hand3    Illegal moves lose.4    If your flag falls the game is lost.  Checkmating material is required in order to claim a win on time.5    Banging or mistreating the clock in any way can result in the loss of the game.6    The Controller/Arbiter can step in to declare a game drawn if no attempt is being made to win by normal means.7    The decision of the arbiter is final.OTHER INFORMATION1    There will be one open section.2    The winner(s) will be declared Coventry & District Chess League Rapidplay Champion(s) 2021.3    There will be no tie break for players on the same score.4    The competition is open to anyone who has played a league, divisional cup or KO cup game in the C&DCL in 2021 or is a member of a competing club.5    Both clocks will be started at the beginning of each round.  If you are not at the board your clock will still be started.ENTRIES TOColin Green    colin284green@gmail.com024 7637 2587I prefer email entries but I will accept telephone entries provided that you speak to me in person.  Please do not leave this until the last minute as I will not guarantee to be at home waiting for your call.Colin Green8th November 2021

Friday, 1 October 2021

CDCL Resumes - League Fixtures!

The 2022-23 Season marks the return of over-the-board chess in the Coventry & District Chess League, as we return from the pandemic.

The League will also be using the ECF's new League Management System, for viewing fixtures and results. To view weekly fixtures, the links are as follows:

Division 1: Link
Division 2: Link
Division 3: Link
Knock-Out Cup: Link
Plate: Link
Divisional Cup A: Link
Divisional Cup B: Link

For any queries, regarding the fixtures or results, contact the League Secretary, Malcolm Harding. Email: malcolmharding@mail.co.uk