Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Saturday 15th October 2016

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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

13/10/2016 Tamworth v Rugeley, Cannock Division 3

Rugeley travelled to Tamworth for the first game of the new season in the Cannock div 3 league.

Board 1 - Simon Walton v Bill Hulley. Bill’s game started slowly with both players building up a good position. With castling on opposite wings, the gloves were off. Bill did seem to have better attacking chances with an open file against the black king a win was on the cards for Bill, however just prior to the time control a surprise draw was agreed. Well played Bill.

Board 2 - Peter Oliver v Bob Edgar. Bob told me his game was a good battle after coming out of the opening with a few problems. Thinking that he had a lost game on his hands, he moved up a gear to get back into things, as the last to finish the whole board was locked up with pawns with no scope for rooks or bishops so another draw was agreed. Well Played Bob.

Board 3 - Chris Harrington v Mike Page. With the white pieces I played e4 and after 3 moves the opportunity arose to play the “Fried Liver” attack, well how could I not play it? My opponent, after a long think, accepted my sacrificial knight With a wry smile “He must know this line well I thought to myself. And yes the next few moves were all as the book gives as best, Black's king was in the middle of the board surrounded by white's army, then his offer to exchange queens would leave me a piece down this is not good I told myself, at this point I had a long think and found a knight move that after he took my queen I won a bishop with check and then exchanged his last bishop with check again before taking his queen, The stage was now set with two powerful Bishops against two knights the extra power of the bishops won two pawns and with the rooks produced a “mating net” After my opponent resigned he said the game was a real “Stonker” he really enjoyed the battle and thanked me for it.

Board 4 - David Smith v Tony Meakin. Tony had a 50 point advantage with the grade but gradings can be deceptive after twenty moves all seemed equal then Tony had a “Bobby Fischer moment” he played a rook sacrifice that could not, and was not accepted but laid white's king wide open move after move. Tony played like a demon more “sacs” followed forcing Smith's resignation. Well played Tony.

So will we again be top of the table this year? Thanks to all for playing and well done.

Mike Page, (Cannock Div 3 Captain)

6/10/2016 Lichfield C v Rugeley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

Our first away match of the 2016-17 season was at Lichfield, and with grades reasonably matched, we felt that we had to gain at least a point.

Board 4 Peter Willett v Catherine Hiley. The Rugeley captain was feeling a little low on confidence, and the game that transpired left little to gain on either side, a draw was quickly concluded.

Board 1 Bernard Baptiste v Bill Hulley. Bill looked to be in trouble, but this is a good example of perseverance and a bit of good old fashioned luck.

Board 5 David Fone v Gordon Attwell. Gordon was the exchange down but with a little stoic play, made it very difficult for his opponent to gain any advantage, and indeed a valuable draw resulted.

Board 3 Yuriy Slobodyuk v Rob Fell. This was a fascinating game, it looked at first as though the Lichfield player had the upper hand, but the counterplay from Rob was aggressive and decisive, with a queen, rook and knight bearing down on black's king. It was a cagey end-game but the ultimate victor was Rob, well played!.

Board 2 Jamie O'Donovan v Patrick Waller. This looked evenly balanced throughout, but the game was poised with white having a slightly advanced position, with 6 pawns and a rook each, the draw looked likely. Patrick defended as well as he could, but his opponent had the better placed king which won the game. An unfortunate defeat for Rugeley's board 2.

Board 6 Kevin Gallagher v Tony Meakin. This game was closed and painful to watch, with central play gridlocked the only action was down either flank. I think Tony tired towards the end, and had a lapse of concentration which lost him the game.

Another tough match. This season is proving to be quiet a challenge, thanks to all who played.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

03/10/2016 Club withdrawal

It has come to my attention that St George's have withdrawn from the league due to lack of available players, this really is sad news for the local chess community. Although there is a thriving internet chess scene, it doesn't really compare to playing a real player over the board.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

13/9/2016 Rugeley v Rushall A, Wolverhampton League Division 2

Our first match of the 2016-17 season started with a bang. Quite literally, the heavens opened and the Midlands witnessed an almighty thunderstorm, yet this didn't deter Rushall from playing.

Board 2 Rob Fell v Steve Wilcox. This game never started for Rob, struggled to have any counter-play. His opponent can be formidable and tonight was no exception, Rob resigned.

Board 6 Mike Page v Shane Cooksey. This familiar pairing always leads to an interesting match, Mike looked to have more space yet couldn't seem to capitalize on it. Shane played well and got his knight on a dominant square, and the end was nigh for Mike.

Board 5 Tony Meakin v Keith Butler. Tony looked rather comfortable in his game despite forgetting he had a match on tonight, he held his position and offered a draw which was accepted.

Board 4 Bob Edgar v Alexander Jarvis. Bob dominated this game throughout, yet the young opponent forced Bob to think, eating away precious time, there was a point where Bob either needed to defend some advancing pawns or play a little more aggressively, he took the former approach and regretted it.

Board 1 Matt Carr v Manpreet Sangha. This was always going to be a tough challenge for Matt, and battled hard to stay in the game. Matt gave it his best shot (as usual) but had to admit defeat by a higher-graded opponent in the end.

Board 3 Catherine Hiley v Rich Wiltshir. My game wasn't dissimilar to Mike's, in that I had all the space, but couldn't seem to get an attack going. I managed to break down white's king-side defence, but at a timely expense, and with 14 seconds remaining, I blundered away my queen and resigned before my opponent managed to capture her.

A really tough debut match, where we were out-graded on every board by 20 or more points on 5/6 boards. Still Rushall had to play well to get those points, it was closer than the result suggests.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

04/08/2016 Club Championship tournament

The Club Championship has got off to a fast start this year with half of the pool games already played in Group A and several in Group B. The draw, results so far and rules can be found here. Some of the games have been very interesting and five of them can be played through from the Games tab. Particularly notable was Luke Sullivan's win over Matt Carr. There is still all to play for in both groups and, hopefully, quite a few more games will be played before the league season starts next month.

Patrick Waller, Club Championship Tournament Controller

31/05/2016 End of Season blitz tournament

Matt Carr again organised another blitz tournament which was an all-play-all 9 round Swiss tournament. The time control was 3 minutes with a 2 seconds increment, which was a new experience for the majority of the club members.
Typically, there were many blunders, illegal moves, and frantic mayhem, it really did live up to expectations. Congratulations to Rob Fell who won the tournament and Matt Carr as runner-up and our heart-felt appreciation for running the event.

For the results table chess results

Catherine Hiley, Rugeley Chess Club

19/5/2016 Wolverhampton & District Chess League AGM

Rugeley chess club was represented by Matt Carr and Catherine Hiley. Both proposals to reduce the leagues cash surplus by rebating each club £5 per team per season and that a fund of upto £750 to assist school chess or new comunity based chess initiatives were carried. Also in Rule 13. to be added.. If both teams agree before the start of the match, and sufficient digital clocks are available, all moves in 75 minutes with an increment of 10 seconds for each move made. There was also some discussion about the ECF announcing that clubs needed to comply with the ECF safeguarding children policy, and because it was a little vague it was agreed that the committee will decide on how to advise further.

Catherine Hiley

10/5/2016 Cannock League AGM

Unfortunately this could not be attended by any of our members, but Matt Carr has the trophy.

Main points are that there will be 4 divisions - Div 1 with total team grading less than 641; Div 2 with total team grading less than 551; Div 3 with total team grading less than 461; Div 4 with total team grading less than 371. •Where teams are tied at the top of a league, the winners will be determined on the following basis - (i) result(s) of the match(es) between those teams; (ii) games difference (i.e. games won minus games lost as per goal difference); (iii) the greatest grading profit in the match(es) between the teams (i.e. the team with the lowest grading total will be declared the winners.) [N.B. This has been brought in because of the tie this year between Rushall and Lichfield in Div.2, which would have gone to (iii) to decide] •Drawn matches in the Chase Trophy will be decided as follows: (i) Board Count; (ii) Discounting of bottom board(s); (iii) if still tied (which would only happen if all four games were draws) the match will be awarded to the away side.

Catherine Hiley

10/5/2016 Rugeley chess club AGM

Disappointingly few members turned up for the AGM this evening, still there were sufficient numbers to go ahead with the decision making. You will be pleased to learn that the subs remain as they were last year £25 which includes Lea Hall membership and bronze membership to the ECF. We are still going to field a team in the Cannock and Wolverhampton leagues and if you would like to enter the Club Championships then please in form the newly appointed Club Championship tournament contoller, Patrick Waller. Please see the Minutes for further details.

Catherine Hiley

3/5/2016 Club Championship Final

Congratulations to Rob who beat Matt in a thrilling match to win the Championship Trophy for a third time.

Catherine Hiley

18/4/2016 St George's B v Rugeley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

Our last match of the 2015-16 season saw us being welcomed at St George's. I finally arrived after a 30 minute dash through Birmingham, their captain jokingly offered a draw 3-3 to finish off the season.

Board 6 Phil Dyson v Tony Meakin. This game finished rather early in the evening, I thought a little prematurely, but Tony felt that the game had reached a drawn finish.

Board 4 Mark Tallis v Patrick Waller. This game may be called the failed dragon perhaps, most of the attacking play was suitably quashed and the draw was a fair result.

Board 3 Derek Stockhall v Gordon Attwell. An evenly matched pairing in this game, and after a flurry of initial swaps there was little manoeuvre for either side and a draw was agreed.

Board 5 Roy Gough v Mike Page. Roy almost complained that Mike was very aggressive in his game, I replied "clearly not aggressive enough.. he only drew!". I'm sure there was no sack either, Mike must have been taking it easy.

Board 2 John Lunn v Rob Fell. Rob had an interesting game, full of counter-threats. However after a few of his opponents crafty checks, Rob was material down, but credit to him, he didn't give up and battled on until there was no hope left.

Board 1 Victor Osondu v Catherine Hiley. I was white, and played a cagey Sicillian advance, but I went on the defensive, and stayed defensive, for ages... perhaps months! I offered a draw at least x7 (even Fritz said it was a draw) and in the end, as the flag was beginning to tilt, I gave in.

Thank you to all who made the journey. Hope to see you again for another season.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

Latest Games

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Season Competition Fixture Players Result
2016 - 17 Club Champs Luke Sullivan v Matt Carr Luke Sullivan v Matt Carr (0-1)
2016 - 17 Wolverhampton Div 2 Lichfield C v Rugeley Bill Hulley v Bernard Baptiste (1-0)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Rob Fell v Patrick Waller Rob Fell v Patrick Waller (1-0)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Patrick Waller v Bob Edgar Patrick Waller v Bob Edgar (½ - ½)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Matt Carr v Patrick Waller Matt Carr v Patrick Waller (1-0)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Matt Carr v Luke Sullivan Matt Carr v Luke Sullivan (0-1)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Patrick Waller v Rob Fell Patrick Waller v Rob Fell (½ - ½)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Stourbridge B Tony Meakin v Sam Bradley (½ - ½)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Stourbridge B Matt Carr v John Foxall (1-0)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Stourbridge B Patrick Waller v Paul Sharratt (1-0)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rushall A v Rugeley Mike Page v Devan Patel (1-0)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rushall A v Rugeley Matt Carr v Steve Wilcox (1-0)
2015 - 16 Club Champs Catherine Hiley v Rob Fell Catherine Hiley v Rob Fell (0-1)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Boldmere Tony Hickey v Catherine Hiley (½ - ½)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Mercia A v Rugeley Derek Perks v Catherine Hiley (1-0)
2015 - 16 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Brewood A Matt Carr v Derek Laight (½ - ½)
2015 - 16 Club Champs Tony Meakin v Rob Fell Tony Meakin v Rob Fell (1 - 0)
2015 - 16 Cannock Div 3 Rugeley v Lichfield Stuart Andrews v Dave Hadley (½ - ½)
2014 - 15 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Wolverhampton B Dave Amour v Geoff Rosser (1 - 0)
2014 - 15 Cannock Div 2 Rugeley v Lichfield Dave Amour v Alan Giles (1 - 0)