Tuesday, 22 September 2020

CDCL Online League - 2020/21 Autumn Season

For the Autumn of the 2020-21 Season, the Coventry & District Chess League is running an Online League, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is, following a backdrop of a very successful trial league in the Summer, where a summary can be found here, [link].

The Online League will consist of two divisions, an Open Division, and a U140 Division - open to regular and new chess teams. The time control will be 15 minutes plus 10 second increment.

The deadline for entries to Colin Green (League Chairman, and Online Chess organiser) is Monday 5th October, who may also be emailed for additional details [colin284green@googlemail.com].

Full details of the league may be found here: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/online.html



Saturday, 5 September 2020

CDCL Summer 2020 Online Chess League [Trial]

Here are the final results of the August 2020 Trial Online Chess League.

Congratulations to the University of Warwick who won all of their games.

A total of 54 different players represented the 6 competing clubs. I think it's been a great success, without which the next stage might not have been possible.

On this note I have almost completed my proposals for the October League, which should be with you very soon.

Thanks and best wishes,
Colin.

Colin Green
colin284green@gmail.com
Chairman, Coventry & District Chess League.

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FINAL RESULTS TABLE BASED UPON FIRST 4 PLAYERS ONLY

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

DRAWN

LOST

FOR

AGAINST

POINTS

University

5

5

0

0

29

11

10

Kenilworth

5

3

0

2

24.5

15.5

6

Nuneaton

5

2

1

2

21.5

18.5

5

Coventry Chess

5

2

1

2

19.5

20.5

5

University Alumni

5

2

0

3

19

21

4

Rugby

5

0

0

5

6.5

33.5

0

 

COMPLETE RESULTS

[View Here]

Monday, 3 August 2020

COVENTRY & DISTRICT CHESS LEAGUE UPDATE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, AUGUST 2020

I hope I find you all as well as can be expected at this time.  Our thoughts are still focused on the pandemic and everything must be done to ensure that everyone is safe and as comfortable as possible when the time comes for more social interaction to take place.

Although not much seems to be happening on the local chess scene, the Management Committee of the Coventry & District Chess League have continued to meet on Zoom approximately once a month.

Our conclusion at present is that there is no immediate prospect of a return to over-the-board competitive chess in the near future and that this may well be the case at least up until the end of this year. Consequently our normal competitive season which starts at the end of September will be delayed.  Our congress which is scheduled for 6th December is still in the calendar but is increasingly unlikely to take place. Our AGM date has also come and gone so this too is postponed until such time as we are able to meet together.

However, if our season is delayed there may still be the prospect of chess in the first half of 2021.  This of course is dependent upon circumstances and how league members feel about a return to chess, but when the time comes your club and league organisers will be in a position to respond.

Nevertheless internet chess is an alternative. This form of chess is not to everyone's taste. You do of course need a computer and there are always issues over the time limit.  It may be either too fast or too slow.

With this in mind the League has established a trial online league. It will take place on Tuesdays starting from 4th August and run for 5 weeks.  All of the Coventry League clubs are involved and if you have not yet signed up to take part your club organisers will be very pleased to hear from you.  Hopefully this will be a success and consequently
repeated.

If you have any thoughts about this or any other matters regarding chess in the Coventry & District Chess League I would be very pleased to hear form you.  Alternatively you could contact your club organiser(s) directly.

Best wishes,
Colin Green.
colin284green@gmail.com
Chairman, Coventry & District Chess League.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

COVENTRY CHESS LEAGUE MAY 2020 UPDATE

The Coventry Chess League remains suspended due to the present Covid 19 pandemic but as Chairman of the League I thought I would update you on the situation as your committee sees it.

It seems that there is no immediate prospect of over the board chess restarting any time soon.  It might well be that the pubs and social clubs that many of us use as venues are among the last places to reopen.  Nevertheless your committee recently 'met' on Zoom to discuss what the future might look like and to be prepared to be in a position to restart when it is safe to do so.

With this in mind I would like to communicate to all members of the Coventry League our intention to continue playing chess in the 2020-21 season even if it takes a different form to that which we have known previously. We also plan to complete 2019-20 with the three outstanding matches to decide the final three tournaments.
If over the board chess is not possible then there will be an online presence for the Coventry League.

Therefore please keep your Tuesdays free during our normal Autumn/Winter playing season as there will be some form of activity.  The Coventry League committee will continue to 'meet' online and we will be consulting with all of our clubs as to how to develop in the future.
You might also wish to note that at present the 3rd Coventry Chess League Congress due for Sunday 6th December 2020 is still in the diary.

Many thanks and best wishes.

Colin Green

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Coventry Chess Club Rapid Play

Coventry Chess Club Rapid Play

Happy New Year to everyone!


I am delighted to say that Coventry Chess will be holding a Rapid Play Tournament on Sunday January 26th.

We look forward to welcoming all players as we are sure you will find a Section suitable for your playing strength

Due to the size of the venue places are strictly limited so please apply now!

There are more details here along with an application form :- 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Astounding Centenary Results: Coventry & District v. Leamington League

An exciting set of results at the Centenary Match: Coventry & District continues to celebrate 100 years of local chess - this time with a match against the Leamington League!

PRESS RELEASE


Coventry, West Midlands / 24 Sept 2019 / -- The Coventry and District Chess League marks its 100th anniversary this year. After a successful Season and Centenary Tournament, the League continues to celebrate - this time, challenging the Leamington League (LDCL) for an inter-league match on the 18th September.

Spearheaded by, Chairman Colin Green leading the Coventry & District side, and Ben Graff (LDCL Chairman) leading the Leamington side - two teams of fourteen players each, came together to celebrate the occasion.

This eventful match was held at Sprinkles Gelato on Hales Street, who very generously provided an excellent venue for all the players - supporting local chess.

From Coventry & District, the players represented clubs of Coventry, the city's two universities (Coventry, and Warwick), and the surrounding towns of Nuneaton, Rugby, and Kenilworth - which has formed the backbone of this League for the last 100 years.

There were two rounds played - every player with 30 minutes each. Round 1 saw the Leamington League take a significant lead with 9-5. This was enough for Coventry & District to manage expectations about chances of winning. Never-the-less, the players came back in earnest for Round 2 - would there be a huge upset, or would Leamington prevail?

As win came after win, it was clear that every point mattered, as the Coventry side started to take a Round 2 lead. In a turn of events, the CDCL settled on 9-5, equalizing the scores, to bring the result to a complete tie. From blundering queens to back-rank mate, the games saw the full range of tactics on display!

Both Leagues thank all the players for competing, as well as, every player and local Club organiser for keeping local chess vibrant across Coventry & District, and last but not least, to Sprinkles Gelato for their generous support.


Chess across Coventry & District


Chess, in general, includes 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, as well as 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 play chess, or join the League's constituent clubs (details on the League website).

Entry details for the upcoming December CDCL Rapidplay Tournament, can be found here: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/2nd-rapidplay.html

Results

COVENTRY & DISTRICT LEAGUE    14-14  LEAMINGTON
Open
1  Philip Briggs    Nuneaton   1-1   Mark Page
2  Bob Wildig       Rugby      0-2   Mike Donnelly
3  David Ireland    Coventry   2-0   Neil Staples
4  Bernard Charnley Kenilworth 2-0   Tom Darling
5  Tony Green       Nuneaton   1-1   Ben Graff
Under 150
6  Sam Cotterill    Coventry 0.5-1.5 Dave Thomas
7  John Conway      Coventry   1-1   Dave Shurrock
8  David Riley      Rugby      0-2   Jude Shearsby
Under 120
9  John Hall    Rugby      0-2  Peter Stiff
10 John Rayner  Nuneaton   1-1  Algirdas Toleikis
11 James March  WarwickUni 1-1  Alexandros Kagkalis
Under 90
12 Paul Sweatman    Coventry 0.5-1.5 Jimmy Blair
13 Hok Chiu         WarwickUni 2-0   Jonathan Male
14 Chun Chiu        WarwickUni 2-0   Bruce Holland


Media Contact

Hok Yin Stephen Chiu (PhD Researcher, University of Warwick)
Vice Chair, and Rapidplay Tournament Organizer 
coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com

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.

contact: edhgoodwin@gmail.com

Entry Fee: £3.00