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:

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Joint League runs new Summer Individual Tournament, open to ALL!

Delighted to be fostering local chess across the Coventry-Leamington area, in parallel with celebrating Coventry's City of Culture 2021 celebrations!

The Coventry & Leamington Online Chess League (CLOCL) will be running its inaugural 2021 Summer Individual Rapidplay Tournament, following a very successful Spring League with 30 Local teams across 3 Divisions! This is a joint Coventry League & Leamington League event.

This will be an individuals' competition, instead of a team event. The tournament will begin on Tuesday 8th June, with the deadline for entries in one week's time (Monday 7th June).

There is a hybrid (online/in-person) element to this; if two players wish to play their 7.30pm fixture for a particular evening over-the-board, at a mutually agreed location, in line with the latest Government's Covid Regulations, then we encourage this. The Joint League, is happy to support efforts to return to over-the-board chess, where the Law allows!

Games will be every Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Entries can be taken here: [] (If there are technical problems, please email us.)

Current Entries may be found here:

Entry Cost: FREE

Eligibility: This is open to any player/individual involved in the Coventry League or Leamington League past/present, or live across the general area (roughly greater Warwickshire plus a little beyond?!).

Platform: Lichess (Free to register with an email address). (A previous guide created by myself & Richard B, for using Lichess for a previous event, may be found here:

(Separately,  there is also information about the CL & LL Junior Summer Cup 2021, for juniors in 3-player teams, for clubs/schools, or even groups of friends, playing online. So, if you / your juniors' club / school / friends, may be interested in this, then details may be found here:  It will begin at the end of June [23rd].)

Thank you all, for supporting local chess across the Coventry and Leamington area, and beyond.

Friday 30 April 2021

Coventry & Leamington Joint League concludes on a high!


Coventry, Leamington, and surrounding area / 01 May 2021

The Coventry League and Leamington League came together during the Spring to run an online chess League. In the background of Queen's Gambit, and the City of Culture celebrations, it was crucial to keep local chess vibrant throughout the pandemic, and bring together all the clubs from both Leagues together.

The joint league was a barnstorming success (concluding in April). It brought together thirty teams across three divisions, hailing from across the district area, including five junior teams. A big thank you, goes to all 200 chess players who played in the League, the Team Managers, the Fairplay and Grading Sub-Committees, and of course, Colin Green (Tournament Controller), Ben Graff (Chair), and Malcolm Harding (Secretary) for making this a great success.

Nuneaton A was Division 1 Champions, with Kenilworth A runner-up, and Shirley & Wythall A in third place. Shirley & Wythall B won Division 2, Banbury B was runner-up, with University of Warwick B in third place. Division 3 was won by Solihull, with Sutton Coldfield B runner up, and University of Warwick D on third.

Full results: here

The joint League Steering Committee has now resolved to run two events for the Summer.

(1) An Individual Summer Rapidplay Tournament, beginning on Tuesday 8th February. To be played on Lichess (free) across six weeks, with the caveat that if both players wish to play over-the-board, the League would encourage this (where the law allows), every Tuesday. Deadline for entries, Monday 7th February: []

(2) A Junior Summer Cup, beginning on Wednesday 23rd June, a team event lasting around 5 weeks, played at 7pm, every Wednesday. Deadline for entries, Monday 14th June: []

For more information, email us at