Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Sunday 26th February 2017

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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?

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

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Latest News

21/01/2017 Rugeley v Rushall, Cannock Division 3

The match was the first to be played in the upstairs computer room this is larger and brighter than our usual venue and made for a better atmosphere.

Board 1 - Bill Hulley v Keith Butler. Bill as black, was up against a strong player from Rushall.The game was a standard “Ruy Lopez” all was set for a good battle. White played with skill and originality, the queens were exchanged by move 9. As the game continued, Bill's position looked the better with 2 strong rooks in control and a powerful black bishop with open lines, later Butler lost a piece and resigned on the spot. Well played Bill on top board.

Board 2 - Tony Meakin v David Jarvis. Tony with the white pieces played the “Meakin b3 Trust opening” he knew well, but as ever on second board Tony was in for a hard game. Slowly as things continued all looked equal with Tony's 2 knights up against a knight and bishop. The game was heading for a draw which was agreed on move 36.

Board 3 - Dave Hadley v Shane Cooksey. Dave played a good game during the early stages but with Cooksey getting a stronger position as it progressed... Dave’s lady was lost during a “discovered check” move, the end soon came.

Board 4 - Luke Sullivan v Josh Hennion. Well prepared Luke was buzzing with anticipation hoping to continue his winning run of games. He played well from the start and by move 20 both players were about equal, the game was the last to finish and the result would determine the match. So “no pressure” as Luke calmly pushed his pawns up the open files his opponent was shaking his head in despair as he faced a now unstoppable new queen well played again Luke this result won the match for the home team.

A good result again against a strong team. Thanks to all for playing and well done.

Mike Page, (Cannock Div 3 Captain)

13/02/2017 West Bromwich v Rugeley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

The league leaders have won all 6 of their matches, with such formidable form, we knew we would have to bring our 'A' game to compete.

Board 1 Nicholas Walker v Bill Hulley. Bill struggled in his game to get any decisive play, his opponent played aggressively and had Bill's King trapped on its home square. The 44 grading point difference was a tough ask and Bill was mated by a Queen and bishop combo.

Board 4 Moin Uddin v Rob Fell. In form Rob was looking forward to his challenge and thought that his on-pris rook, wasn't a sound capture for his opponent. Patrick and I were mesmorised by this fascinating game, as the West Brom player's king was exposed, and there seemed to be countless combinations. With a rook down Rob needed to play with precision, but unfortunately his valiant efforts lost him another rook, and as the game progressed, there was no return. Great effort though!

Board 3 John Crump v Patrick Waller. This looked like a game that Patrick had under control, but Patrick said that he was under considerable pressure throughout the game, and it sounded as though his opponent had the better placed pieces, which earned his team at least a drawn match.

Board 2 Dave Davies v Matt Carr. Matt was prepared, and unleashed the French defense, and was surprised by his opponent's evasive moves. At move 16 White had 15 minutes left on his clock with double isolated pawns. Matt's attack turned to the queen-side and as Matt tried to stay warm, his opponent was trying to turn down the heat in the game by stopping Matt from getting a great attack and so offered Matt a draw, which was accepted.

Board 5 Derek Backhouse v Catherine Hiley. The Giuoco Piano was played and black seemed to have the better opening, with the main line being played. However, he struggled to get his bishop off the back line and his pawn advantage soon diminished with a miscalculated pawn thrust, I saw a combination that gave me the exchange up and dominated the board, with time pressure my opponent made an error and took his eye off the back row, swiftly my Queen swooped in for a checkmate.

Board 6 Carlos Bryant v Bob Edgar. Bob played against an unfamiliar flank reply to his French defense, the queens were swapped off early, and Bob looked to be fairly even for awhile. Opportunities arose for both players to seek the advantage, but Bob managed to have the stronger endgame play and romped his pawn to promotional victory.

It was a super team effort, against a team who out-graded us by at least 20 points on every board, yet we almost took a point.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

01/02/2017 Stourbridge B v Rugeley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

The long trip to Stourbridge meant that we didn't want to leave without at least a point.

Board 2 Ron Evans v Patrick Waller. This game opened with the Blackmar-Diemer for further reading see; Patrick decided to try an alternative 'out of book' reply which meant that it looked very drawish, very quickly, and indeed a draw was agreed.

Board 6 Martin Berridge v Tony Meakin. At an initial glance this looked to be an interesting French exchange game. Tony's opponent was pushing pawns forward towards the king but in doing so, allowed Tony to swap off, leaving the game in a drawn position.

Board 1 John Foxall v Bill Hulley. This looked like a draw early on to me, I didn't see the ending, but Bill is very good analysis, and if he says it's a draw... it probably is.

Board 3 Sam Bradley v Rob Fell. Rob's opponent was short on time, and looked like there was no quick win for the Stourbridge player. So under pressure a draw was agreed which was the honourable outcome.

Board 5 Jeremy Humphries v Bob Edgar. Bob played his Reti opening to good effect, his opponent left little holes open for a bilateral flank attack, shortly his opponent became the exchange down and from there on it was won game for Bob.

Board 4 Tony Shaw v Catherine Hiley. Feeling slightly jaded I went for the attack, however my opponent's intuitive counter-play meant that I needed to defend. Having made a calculated decision to continue aggressively I realised that my opponent could switch the attack much quicker than I could respond and therefore my attack was nullified, and defeat was certain.

I'm afraid the captain let the side down, sorry guys! Many thanks to all who made the effort to play, and Patrick for volunteering to drive.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

17/01/2017 Rugeley v Wolverhampton, Cannock Division 3

Rugeley anticipated a tough match against Wolverhampton in the Cannock div 3 league.

Board 1 - Bill Hulley v Frank Wood. Bill was well matched against Frank Wood both played well and Bill as black seemed to be defending for much of the game, that went to a full time control. After a draw was agreed I asked Bill for his comments and he said that both had good attacking chances and a draw was a fair result.

Board 2 - Mike Page v Geoff Rosser. My game with Rosser was a very well played match with white having much of the play during the start and middle game. My opponent seemed to be taking too much time and coming up to the time control was moving very quickly, when he exchanged queens I moved instinctively on his time shortage and in doing so “gifted” him a whole rook after which I resigned in disgust!

Board 3 - Tony Meakin v Michael Oakes. Tony on board 3 played a sound game and seemed to be in a solid position, after most of the pieces came off it was Tony's knight against Oakes' Bishop with pawns about equal. However the black king came charging up the board right into Tony's net of pawns and was surprised when Tony's agile horse delivered a very pretty mate! Well played Tony.

Board 4 - Luke Sullivan v John Dugmore. Luke with white played well and after twenty moves seemed to have a commanding position a good three pawns in the centre, his king safe and other pieces well placed. I did not see the last part of the game but Luke often plays good attacking move and has been known to “sac” material for a better position. He may have done this to no avail as when I asked him how his game went, his reply “I lost”, just told me that as a young improving player he still has much to learn.

Thanks to all who played and well done Bill and Tony.

Mike Page, (Cannock Div 3 Captain)

20/12/2016 Christmas Swiss tournament

Rugeley held it's Christmas 5-round Swiss Tournament run by our resident arbiter, Matt Carr. He organised a computer system that meant the greater the grade difference = greater time difference. Obviously the lesser graded player gets more time, the maximum being 17 mins v 3 mins. It's quite a good levelling system, because believe you me it can be very hard to win in 3 mins.
There was a good club turnout with one new addition Ian Voisey, to join in with the chess festivities. This was another feast of manic play, blunders, illegal moves and nail-biting end play. Any contentious results ended amicably with the arbiter reminding everyone that "The arbiter is always right, even when he's wrong!"
Another enjoyable mad evening of chess was had. Congratulations to Catherine Hiley who won the tournament, and Matt Carr for running the event. Thanks to all members for your continued support.

For the results table

Catherine Hiley, Rugeley Chess Club

Latest Games

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Season Competition Fixture Players Result
2016 - 17 Cannock Div 3 Rugeley v Rushall Luke Sullivan v Josh Hennion (1-0)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Mike Page v Catherine Hiley Mike Page v Catherine Hiley (0-1)
2016 - 17 Chase Cup Sutton Coldfield Marek Soszynski v Patrick Waller (½ - ½)
2016 - 17 Wolverhampton Div 2 Kidderminster A v Rugeley Bob Edgar v John Chester (0-1)
2016 - 17 Wolverhampton Div 2 Rugeley v Kidderminster B Patrick Waller v Andy Preece (1-0)
2016 - 17 Cannock Div 3 Rugeley v Lichfield Jamie O'Donovan v Catherine Hiley (0-1)
2016 - 17 Cannock Div 3 Rugeley v Lichfield Luke Sullivan v Roy Smith (1-0)
2016 - 17 Cannock Div 3 Geoff Harman v Luke Sullivan Geoff Harman v Luke Sullivan (0-1)
2016 - 17 Club Champs Patrick Waller v Matt Carr Patrick Waller v Matt Carr (½ - ½)
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)