Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Tuesday 15th January 2019

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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.

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How to find us

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

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Latest News

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)

27/11/18 Rugeley v Boldmere, Cannock League Div 2

Boldmere came with 3 opponents to a high spirited Rugeley for the last match before Christmas. Tony started solidly with black, and with white not wishing to advance knew the best option was to offer the early draw. 1.5- 1.5. Board 2. Mike with white had a fantastic game, Mike Page v Arthur Kent having offered 2 draws to his opponent which were declined, Mike went for it and smothered black with mate. Board 3. Using the Black Lion opening Luke was ready for a good game. A solid opening from both and everything to play for in the middle game. Unfortunately a blunder cost the Rugeley player his knight and it was resignation shortly after. Thanks to all players and Well done to Rugeley for grabbing the victory! 2.5-1.5.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock League Div 2 Captain)

20/11/18 Rugeley's 50th anniversary celebrations 1968 - 2018

The majority of members managed to celebrate the chess club's 50th anniversary with founder member Mike Page at Ye Olde Dun Cow in Colton. There were plenty of laughs and anecdotes, and banter mixed with good food and a splash of wine. We look forward to the next 50 years, or as much of it as possible anyway! Thanks to all who attended, it was a lovely evening.

Catherine Hiley, (Club Secretary)

18/11/18 Bolton Rapidplay Congress

I set my mobile phone alarm on silent vibrate early on Sunday morning. After carefully getting out of bed without disturbing my better half, I quietly got dressed (into the previous day’s clothes to avoid opening any cupboards) & left the house. I was on the M60 before the inevitable phone call came….’where are you?’ ‘I thought I told you that I was going to play chess today darling’ ( I had told her weeks ago – you know the sort of conversation when you tell someone something in passing in the hope that they didn’t really pick up on what you said?) I had escaped for the day – she would have to go wallpaper shopping with just her sister. I felt free & very clever that my plan had worked.
I had entered the Knight’s section (up to 125) & as I’m graded 123 I felt that I had a chance of doing well. I won my first 2 games fairly comfortably, blundered a rook for bishop in my 3rd but managed to fight back & achieve a win & escaped a potential mate in 3 in my 4th game to get away with a draw by perpetual check. The 5th game was a tame draw which left me as 1 of 4 players with 4 points & there was 1 player with 4.5.

Fortunately I got drawn against the leader so a tournament victory was mine if I could beat him. As Black I played the Caro-Khan e4 c6, d4 d5, e5 c5 – he declined my initial gambit & played c3 with me later playing c4 it left the Queen side with a pawn blockade. White castled Kingside so I attacked with my minor pieces where I managed to win a Rook for a Knight after he pushed his King side pawns forward to counter-attack. He managed to break through on the f file & chased my King from f8 across the board to b6 with a series of checks. After consolidating I managed to pin his Bishop to his unguarded Rook & eventually his flag went down with me firmly on top. 1 of the other players on 4 points had also won so I shared first place & the prize money.I returned home very happy after another hour & a half on the Motorways, but expecting a mouthful from the other half for leaving her for the day. But she was pleased to see me, to my amazement she told me that she had heard the alarm vibrate but stayed in bed pretending to be asleep. She wanted me out of the way as her plan was for her & her sister to go shopping without me so that she could choose whatever wallpaper she wanted without me putting the expensive rolls back on the shelves! A hot sweat came over me (which is even more unpleasant when you’re wearing the same underwear for the second day in a row) – I’d been double bluffed. After adding my entry fee, petrol, lunch etc to the cost of the wallpaper she'd bought, it came to more than the prize money I’d won! Now all I need to do is find another Congress next weekend to play in, so I don’t have to help her hang the bloody stuff…….

Steve Whatmore (Congress man)

15/11/18 Lichfield v Rugeley, Cannock League Div 2

Well this match went off with a bang (of intense silence) we came away with a draw. Extremely well played by Tony, he had a swift victory and Steve Heath notably had a dominant win. Overall it was a good performance as we were outgraded on every board.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock League Div 2 Captain)

Latest Games

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Season Competition Fixture Players Result
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)
2017 - 18 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Stourbridge B Luke Sullivan v Trevor Tennant (1-0)
2017 - 18 Wolverhampton Div 2 Brewood v Rugeley Paul Wright v Catherine Hiley (0-1)
2017 - 18 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rushall v Rugeley Rich Wiltshir v Matt Carr (0-1)