Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Sunday 19th May 2019

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Contact Catherine on email at

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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

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
WS15 2LB

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Latest News

19/05/19 End of Season Review

We have had a successful season finishing 5th in Division 2 of the Wolverhampton League, 2nd in Division 2 of the Cannock League and runner-up in the Chase Cup. Several players were in the hunt for the Player of the Season accolade (best percentage score representing the club) and Bob Edgar came out on top with 75%. Luke Sullivan and Bill Hulley scored 67% and Steve Whatmore 65%. Tony Meakin played the most games (15) scoring 57%. Bob Edgar also won the Club Championship beating Steve Whatmore in the final. Steve was awarded the Chairman's Cup and he also won the rapidplay (held last summer) and recent blitz tournament. Luke won the Christmas blitz competition. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who has represented the club this season. Thanks also to Rob Fell who is standing down as Wolverhampton League Captain after two successful seasons and good luck to his successor Steve Whatmore.

Patrick Waller, (Club Chairman)

14/05/19 Rugeley End of Season Blitz Tournament

Almost the entire club were present, Patrick and James unfortunately were unable to make it. It was a 5 minutes each blitz game, Luke had his 2 chairs to try and dominate proceedings but required a little more than increased height tonight. The juniors David and Ryan found the speed very challenging, but both enjoyed it, Ryan coming away with a well deserved junior prize of a large bar of chocolate. Congratulations to Steve Whatmore for coming first and Rob and Catherine also played very well to lose the title on a tie break. Thanks again to Matt Carr for organising another cracking event.

For the results click on the following link

Catherine Hiley, (Club Secretary)

07/05/19 Rugeley Chess Club AGM 2019

Our AGM chaired by Patrick, took place tonight, with a good turnout. Briefly subs were voted to be slightly increased in view of Lea Hall's increase to £27.50 please pay Tony as soon as possible as this is required for registration to the leagues. It was also voted to have a div 3 CDCL team captained by Catherine Hiley as a NPC, Steve Whatmore is now captain of the WDCL div 2 team. For further details the minutes are under the 'Other' tab.

Thanks to all the members for a successful season and hope to have another good year.

Catherine Hiley, (Club Secretary)

02/05/19 WDCL Blitz Tournament

A team of 4 from Rugeley starring Steve Whatmore, Catherine Hiley, Tony Meakin and Luke Sullivan started a new chess adventure of blitz chess under the guidance of Matt Carr (who else?) arbitering the event. It started off rather tough being paired up with opponents 50 - 60 points higher than us, after being subjected to 2 rather heavy defeats we started to play opponents of a similar level and started winning. In the end we came a rather credible 5/12 which I thought was rather a splendid result considering the gulf in grades. Special shout out to Matt who kept the evening running smoothly albeit with interesting time parameters of 5 hrs on one table.

If you want to check out the pairings and the results you need to click on the following link

Catherine Hiley, (Club Secretary)

18/04/19 Tamworth v Rugeley, Cannock League Div 2

With their initial match rescheduled, this was the final match of the season. Steve stepping in at Board 1, gained the exchange. This proved too much for the Tamworth player and having just over a minute on the clock against white's 5, resignation followed. Tony, held his own against his opponent in what looked like a clear development advantage for White, but alas he couldn’t break through Black's pawn structure and so a draw was accepted. A rematch on board 3, as Luke played Chris Harrington. White's piece development and space on the queen side put too much pressure on Black's shoulders having the choice to lose his queen or the game. Wanting to get another win on the streak, James held his own against his opponent quickly getting to the end game. Black lost a pawn creating 2 unstoppable pass pawns for the Tamworth player and unfortunately resignation was inevitable.

Final match score 2.5 – 1.5 Congratulations to Rugeley for the match win and thanks to all players for supporting their clubs. A great way to end this season.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock League Div 2 Captain)

11/04/19 Lichfield v Rugeley, WDCL Div 2

With honour to play for in division 2s final game of the season this proved to be a very entertaining match. Catherine Capitulated after being seduced by a very poisonous pawn and resigned after only 13 moves being played. Tony Tried really hard to gain some momentum after being a bishop down for 3 pawns, however Tony just couldn't hold on, but an impressive effort. Bob Brilliantly fought in what appeared to be a locked 'W' pawn formation, after declining the offer of a draw Bob pursued the flanks to good effect and won. Steve Solidly played out a drawn game where neither player could gain an advantage. Mike Manoeuvered his pieces in typical aggressive fashion to gain control of the centre and it was too powerful for his opponent, despite his best defensive efforts. Luke Luckily escaped a mating threat, and his opponent almost lost on time, but not quickly enough for Luke. His opponent being a rook to the advantage offered Luke a draw which was admirably accepted by Luke. Luke's draw was instrumental in providing the team with a draw which was on reflection the fairest result.

Final match score 3-3, Thanks to all players for contributing over the last season we finished 5th in the league.

Catherine Hiley, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Vice Captain)

02/04/19 Rugeley v Bushbury, Cannock League Div 2

The position after the opening favoured white, although Tony held his own and prevented white creating an initiative, thus both sides managed to secure the first result of the evening, concluding in an early draw. This was definitely the most tense match of the evening. Mike went into an interesting exchange of material after gaining control of the centre which resulted in 3 pawns against a light bishop for the Bushbury player. During the middle game time pressure got the better of white and eventually lost the pawn advantage succumbing to an eventual mating pattern. Mike respectfully resigned. Similarly graded on board 3, but different playing styles. White developed conventionally castling king side. Luke went into familiar territory with the Black lion pushing G5 and castling queen side. Black threatened mate in one for the majority of the game forcing white's knight to stay on a single square for the majority of the game, good defensive play meant Luke was unable to break through. After 3 declined draw offers and queens exchanged, a draw was finally accepted. James was on a roll gaining victories this past season. Both sides pushed for an advantage but Black unfortunately lost an important pawn creating an unstoppable passed pawn for James in a queen end game. Resignation from the Bushbury player soon followed.

Final match score 2-2, Thanks to all players for supporting their clubs and well done to both teams for securing the match draw.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock League Div 2 Captain)

26/03/19 Rugeley v Brewood, WDCL Div 2

Our penultimate match in the league was against Brewood, and we were all looking forward to the challenge ahead. The evening started off promising with their Captain explaining that they would have to default Board 6 at short notice – so a well-deserved evening off for our Patrick. Solid play by our in-form Steve gained an impressive victory on Board 1. I managed to slowly carve out slight advantages on Board 3 and was finally relieved to get a win under my belt. Matt & Cath on boards 2 & 4 gave very little away with resolute positional play but always a threat on the counter – 2 excellent draws soon followed. Finally board 5 was drawing to a close in the end-game – one of Bob’s strengths is in this field and precise play with the pawns soon resulted in another win. What a brilliant performance from everybody involved – 5-1 at this level is an impressive score considering many of us were out graded to begin with.

Rob Fell, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Captain)

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)

Latest Games

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Season Competition Fixture Players Result
2018 - 19 Chase Cup Wolverhampton v Rugeley Gordon Sands v Luke Sullivan (0-1)
2018 - 19 Club Champs Bob Edgar v Steve Whatmore Bob Edgar v Steve Whatmore (1-0)
2018 - 19 Club Champs Steve Whatmore v Bob Edgar Steve Whatmore v Bob Edgar (½ - ½)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Brewood Derek Laight v Steve Whatmore (0-1)
2018 - 19 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Brewood Matt Carr v Paul Wright (½ - ½)
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)