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

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.

PRESS RELEASE


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: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/rapidplay.html

Media Contact:
Hok Yin Stephen Chiu (University of Warwick)
Vice Chair, and Centenary Tournament Organizer 
coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com