Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Friday 8th March 2019

Contact Details

Club Secretary & new members.
Contact Catherine on email at rugeleychessclub@hotmail.com

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Rugeley chess club usually meets every week on Tuesdays at the Lea Hall Social Club usually starting about 7:30 pm. We play chess socially for fun and we also participate in local leagues playing chess at various competitive levels.

Whatever your aim is we are sure to be able to satisfy your chess fix so why not pop down and give our club a try?

Interested in checking out the club contact Catherine on email at rugeleychessclub@hotmail.com

Please see the Games tab where the club is building up a library of interesting games for people to review.

How to find us

Lea Hall Colliery Sports & Social Club
Sandy Lane
Rugeley
Staffordshire
WS15 2LB

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Latest News

06/03/19 Boldmere St Michaels v Rugeley, WDCL Div 2

We again were able to field the same team that equipped themselves brilliantly in the previous match. Draws again were the theme of the evening which shows how dogged and determined our players are when meeting superior-graded opponents. Steve attained a fantastic draw on board 1, Cath & Patrick proved reliable and solid on boards 4 & 5 also attaining draws while Tony on board 6 nullified his opponent with some steady play. Matt & myself were unfortunate to succumb to defeats on boards 2 & 3 while holding our own for much of the game. Thus Boldmere won the match 4-2 but certainly had to work for it. Many thanks to all those that turned out again.

Rob Fell, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Captain)

12/02/19 Rugeley v Mercia, WDCL Div 2

Now this match was always going to be a tough assignment and we all knew that we would need to bring our “A” game to stand any chance of success. We also welcomed a new Board 1 – Steve Whatmore who was being promoted as reward for his recent performances. Cath started our team off on the right foot by neutralising her opponent on Board 4 and gaining a respectable draw. Draws soon become the main theme of the evening as boards 5 (Patrick) 3 (myself) and 6 (Tony) also ended in a share of the spoils with all our positions pretty much in a state of equilibrium. Now only boards 1 and 2 were left to play – both had very interesting positions and required a lot of thought. Ultimately as the evening drew to a close Matt secured a brilliant draw on board 2 Matt Carr v Anthony Sadler and Steve was extremely unlucky to encounter some very offensive play which resulted in his King being coaxed out on the open board Philip Hurtado v Steve Whatmore. Thus Rugeley narrowly lost 3 ½ - 2 ½ but equipped themselves extremely well against a stronger team and should be proud of their valiant efforts.

Rob Fell, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Captain)

06/02/19 Cannock League News

Unfortunately Brewood have withdrawn from the CDCL and so the upcoming fixture will no longer take place.

Catherine Hiley, (Club Secretary)

29/01/19 Rugeley v Rushall, Cannock League Div 2

Rushall travelled to Rugeley to battle out the first league match of 2019. Board 1. Tony Meakin v John Staniforth. Out graded, the home player with black mustered up a solid opening. Tony found a combination gaining him 2 pawns, but by the middle game it looked to be white who had the active pieces and so a draw was fairly agreed. Board 2. Mike Page v Shane Cooksey. Both players played a steady game. Although white had the winning edge with a piece up, due to time pressure, white had to offer the draw which was accepted. Board 3. Luke Sullivan v Peter Turner. Black went down the black lion route. Luke offered a draw but was declined. Black missed mate in 3 around move 30 and knowing it was this game that decided the outcome of the match, played out another 30 moves to secure the win. Board 4. James Perks v Josh Hennion. Similar in grade this would be a battle of the minds. Both players played solidly. With equal material and no obvious way through. A draw was agreed.

Thanks to all players and Well done Rugeley for their first win of the season.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock League Div 2 Captain)

15/01/19 Rugeley v Halesowen B, WDCL Div 2

With our 3 top players missing we were slightly nervous about this match. Everyone stepped up a board or 2, and found that the teams were evenly matched. Patrick managed to gain a swift half point, Steve was happy to have his draw accepted. Tony's opponent was quite defensive, and Tony's patience paid off with a win. I had a difficult game but battled hard to secure a very helpful draw, and Bob managed to turn his game around to gain us a match victory. Unfortunately Mike lost a piece and a pawn in a very open and aggressive game to a junior player, and kindly resigned so that the young man could get off home. The end result was a 3.5 – 2.5 win to the Rugeley team. Thank you all for playing, it made the night an enjoyable one.

Catherine Hiley, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Vice-Captain)

11/12/18 Bidgood Cup

After under-performing in the Rock Cup I looked forward to playing my opponent Vic Brown in the subsidiary Bidgood Cup. I learnt later that Vic had won the Bidgood Cup last year so this game promised to be a challenge, which it certainly was.

Vic played 1 d4 and dominated the opening leaving me unable to castle and develop my bishop. This was a game where I struggled to get any counter play whatsoever. With my opponents Queen, rook and knight threatening to break on the seventh rank I had to defend the a- file staunchly. I was particularly impressed by Vics pushing of the a and h pawns. The a pawn provided the initial invasion point for his attack and h pawn prevented any easy escape for my queen from her defensive duties. We fought to a standstill before Vic offered a draw with time pressure looming for both sides. There are times when chess transcends pushing pits of plastic around sixty four squares this “epic” was certainly one of those times. I have conceded the match because of my forthcoming sojourn to Cornwall but as Arnie says "I will be back", and of course best of luck to Vic in his defense of the Harold Bidgood trophy.

Steve Heath (Rugeley member)

06/12/18 Warley Quinborne B v Rugeley, WDCL Div 2

We approached our next match with a slight bit of trepidation. It had been observed that Warley had gained some notable success in the league so far and also that we were slightly below strength but we aimed to do our best regardless. Matt secured a magnificent win on board 1,Matt Carr v John Fahy I blundered a winning position on 2 while Steve was unfortunate to lose only his first game this season on 3. Following on from that Bob gained a comfortable win on 4, Tony managed to hold his opponent to a draw on 5 and James put up a brave display but finally succumbed on 6. Thus the end result was a 3.5 – 2.5 loss to the Rugeley team. Thank you all for playing what proved to be a very challenging fixture this time of year, it was greatly appreciated.

Rob Fell, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Captain)

Latest Games

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Season Competition Fixture Players Result
2018 - 19 Club Champs Catherine Hiley v Steve Whatmore Catherine Hiley v Steve Whatmore (½ - ½)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Mercia Matt Carr v Anthony Sadler (½ - ½)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Mercia Philip Hurtado v Steve Whatmore (1-0)
2018 - 19 Club Champs Patrick Waller v Catherine Hiley Patrick Waller v Catherine Hiley (0-1)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Warley Quinborne Matt Carr v John Fahy (1-0)
2018 - 19 Cannock Div 2 Rugeley v Boldmere Mike Page v Arthur Kent (1-0)
2018 - 19 Club Champs Patrick Waller v Rob Fell Patrick Waller v Rob Fell (½ - ½)
2018 - 19 Club Champs Rob Fell v Patrick Waller Rob Fell v Patrick Waller (½ - ½)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Mercia Patrick Waller v Clive Billinge (1-0)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Stourbridge B v Rugeley Jeremy Humphries v Steve Whatmore (0-1)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Stourbridge B v Rugeley Ron Evans v Catherine Hiley (½ - ½)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Stourbridge B v Rugeley Julie Wilson v Bill Hulley (0-1)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Rushall Steve Whatmore v Peter Leary (1-0)
2018 - 19 Chase Cup Rugeley v Brewood Luke Sullivan v Andrew Davies (1-0)
2018 - 19 Chase Cup Rugeley v Brewood Derek Laight v Matt Carr (0-1)
2018 - 19 Cannock Div 2 Rugeley v Wolverhampton Eddie Badger v Luke Sullivan (0-1)
2018 Rugeley 50th Tournament Patrick Waller v Rich Wiltshir Patrick Waller v Rich Wiltshir (1-0)
2017 - 18 Club Champs Patrick Waller v Matt Carr Patrick Waller v Matt Carr (0-1)
2017 - 18 Cannock Div 2 Rugeley v Wolverhampton Matt Carr v Gordon Sands (1-0)
2017 - 18 Cannock Div 2 Rugeley v Rushall Luke Sullivan v Shane Cooksey (1-0)