Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Sunday 8th October 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?

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

21/09/2017 Tamworth v Rugeley, Cannock Division 2

Board 1 - Vadim Bancila v Bob Edgar. Bob (white) started with Nf3 planning to go into a Reti style opening while black just developed solidly. With both sides having a King's side fianchettoed bishop, the game looked drawn for some time. Black was soon material up and gained a pass pawn, it looked like a loss possition. Bob had one last attempt, as black missed the opportunity to secure the game. Bancila had to sacrifice his rook and try to force the draw, as white had a unstoppable mate threat. White took with the wrong piece causing a fork on the mating piece. White resigned. 1-0.

Board 2 - Peter Oliver v Mike Page. This game looked drawn for most of its entirety. Peter marched his white pieces on and infiltrated black's position but Mike was cool, calm and collected and managed to defend well. Black then went on to secure a very dangerous passed pawn but white had a perpetual check. White forced black to offer a draw which was accepted. 1/2-1/2

Board 3 - Default v Tony Meakin. Tony had a very easy win. 0-1

Board 4 - Chris Harrington v Luke Sullivan. The home team moved first in this epic 4th board battle. D4 was met with a Sicilian Najdorf in its full glory with some very aggressive lines. Luke gained the centre and had white struggling to decide which side to castle. Black had his plan, taking advantage of the exposed king which was pinned against the queen. White was forced to loose material and then struggled to find the space needed to defend the nasty attacking chances black had. After a few more moves white blundered the queen on move 24 and promptly resigned. 0-1.

Rugeley take home the win, thanks to all who played.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock Div 2 Captain)

03/10/2017 Rugeley v Kidderminster A, Wolverhampton League Division 2

After the previous match we knew we were in for another tough evening playing one of the stronger teams in the division. I knew that these results would not determine whether we stayed up or not so I encouraged the team to enjoy the evening and hopefully we may be able to spring a surprise or two?.

Board 1 Bill Hulley v Geoffrey Marchant. Our regular board 1 was back and boy did we need him! Steady play from both players resulted in an end game where the Kidderminster player had a slight advantage of being a pawn up. Bill missed an opportunity to draw if he had swapped the rooks off but in the end the one pawn advantage was decisive!

Board 2 Rob Fell v Maurice Bissell. Initially my aggressive play got me in a fortunate position where I was dictating play and looking good for the win. My new strategy - the "Virgin" attack soon had me "over excited" and then after what looked like a promising pawn to queen finish soon turned into a anti climax and was over in seconds...a draw was the eventual outcome much to my disappointment. I simply made a "pigs ear" of the end game which should have resulted in a win for white.

Board 3 Bob Edgar v David Close. Both players played solidly and a draw looked inevitable until Dave missed a pin and ultimately went a knight down prompting his resignation. A fantastic win for Bob even if the game did live up to his opponent's surname.

Board 4 Patrick Waller v John Chester. Patrick promised me it would be "all wight" on the night. Using the Bird's opening White had a pleasant position after 9 moves but then played the wrong move order. This lost the initiative and a few moves later the exchange. Patrick did get a big kingside attack but it was defended well and ultimately the White King became too exposed. After some brief counterplay on the queenside Black avoided all the traps and finished it cleanly for a victory to the away team.

Board 5 Tony Meakin v Alan Preece. After last weeks promising draw, Tony came into this game full of confidence. This was a game that ebbed and flowed for both players who had chances. In the end it was the odd pawn snaffling that cost our player going into the end game and he promptly resigned.

Board 6 Luke Sullivan v David Spowart. Luke thought he was playing somebody from "Hogwarts" and at times some of his play was "spell-binding". Unfortunately our player was so eager for the win that he pushed his position to an extent that it left opportunities for his opponent to exploit and a narrow defeat soon followed. A good performance never the less against a player that easily outgraded him.

So the eventual outcome was a 1.5 - 4.5 defeat by Kidderminster. Still like last weeks opponents Stourbridge, they are one of the favourites to go up and we did not disgrace ourselves in any way. Thank you for everybody that played, we certainly did not make it easy for them.

Rob Fell, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Captain)

27/09/2017 Stourbridge v Rugeley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

Rugeley started their 2017-18 campaign with a lengthy trip to Stourbridge. Hopes were not too high as it was recognised that we would be outgraded on probably every board so it was a chance to put in a good performance and shake some of the summer rust off. In the past Rugeley have always put a good account of themselves but perhaps the results have not reflected the overall performance, a similar theme did seem to follow here.

Board 1 Zibi Koncki v Catherine Hiley. Cath was playing an opponent who's previous grade had been in the 170's so this was always going to be tough! What started off as a Sicillian soon transcended into the "dreaded" french and soon Cath had lost control of the centre. A player of this calibre soon started to make steady inroads and the result was inevitable. Cath acknowledged the difficult task by turning to drink, and not even the renowned "rook bashing" drink Stella could uplift her mood - easier games will follow. Thank you Cath for bravely stepping in to the board one shoes.

Board 2 Greg Dyett v Rob Fell. My game was full of "what if's". An extremely open game with attacks on both sides. I played a certain move out of sequence and then the dangerous threats just faded away. Certainly if I had moved my king to safety first then the game become interesting......did a win slip from within my grasp?? Another win for the Stourbridge team though was the result.

Board 3 Dave Scriven v Bob Edgar. Bob put in a solid performance and had a really strong attack building against his opponents king. He felt that he probably should have sacrificed a minor piece to force the win but unfortunatly due to it being the first game opted for safety first and then the time pressure started to become a factor. Performance wise though was good and although a another loss to the Rugeley team it certainly was not easy!.

Board 4 Paul Sharratt v Patrick Waller. This game was also extremely close with both players seeming evenly matched. The end game went down to 2 rooks and a bishop, and a pawn break through from Patrick's opponent swung the game into Stourbridge's favour. Another brave performance with time becoming a factor, but a close one at that.

Board 5 Julie Wilson v Tony Meakin. Rugeley needed to stop the rot and stop it fast! Step forward Tony Meakin who put in a polished performance by controlling the centre to the detriment of losing the c file to his opponent's rook. After swapping off his opponent's good bishop, Tony felt that he had the better position but the draw was a fair result and in the end stopped the whitewash.

Board 6 Sam Bradley v Dave Hadley. Dave always knew he was going to be in for a tough time because the grading difference in this match was going to be massive. Our player though put in a performance to be proud of and it took a good 35 moves before he eventually succumbed to the inevitable. Thank you Dave for stepping in on a board that was close to being defaulted.

So Rugeley eventually lost 5.5 to 0.5 but like many things the result did not entirely tell the full story. One thing I have noticed with Rugeley is if we do go down - we go down fighting and that is what happend tonight. Thank you for everybody that played - better results will be around the corner!

Rob Fell, (Wolverhampton League Div 2 Captain)

27/09/2017 Rugeley's 50th Anniversary celebrations

Rugeley Chess Club is proud to announce our own rapidplay tournament to be held at Lea Hall social club on the 7th April 2018.

Entry forms are currently being prepared and further news will be published as soon as plans are finalised. Please keep 7th April free in your diary! Should be a really fun day.

Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

21/09/2017 Lichfield v Rugeley, Cannock Division 2

Board 1 - Mike Hoare v Mike Page. After a very long game it came to an interesting rook ending, a draw was offered by Mike Page (white) but declined. Hoare went on to secure a pass pawn and had a clear winning advantage.

Board 2 - Kevin Gallagher v Tony Meakin. After Tony (black) lost a pawn early on, he then played accurate moves to gain his pawn back in the ending. The position was equal and possibly could have ended in a dangerous zugzwang. A draw was offered and was accepted.

Board 3 - Charlie Brown v Luke Sullivan. Luke (white) opened with Nf3. After playing the queens gambit, it was accepted. Black was soon the exchange up, taking white's queen side rook, but white had a plan. Black's queen was incredibly misplaced and after almost getting her trapped, black blundered a piece with a check from the bishop forking the knight. Luke then went on to gain a massive attacking advantage with both knights, a bishop, and his queen at the end. Black resigned on move 30.

Board 4 - Roy Smith v James Perks. James's (black) opening suffered an early disadvantage after being unable to gain his pawn back. When he went the exchange down in the middle game it was a lost game and unfortunately ended up in resignation.

Thanks to all who played, we were unfortunate not to get a point out the match.

Luke Sullivan, (Cannock Div 2 Captain)

12/09/2017 Rapidplay chess tournament

Congratulations to Matt Carr who won our first internal summer rapidplay club competition.

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

Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

06/09/2017 Rugeley receives the Staffordshire Club of the Year presentation shield

Ray Dolan (Staffordshire County General Secretary) kindly presented the presentation shield to Rugeley Chess Club. He took the opportunity to say it was in recognition of the fact the club has been active for 50 years. Patrick (Chairman) was delighted to receive the award and thanked Ray and Staffs County Chess Association. Patrick announced that we are planning some celebratory activities over the next 12 months and hope to host our own tournament inviting members of the Staffordshire League.

  • Rugeley Shield presentation 2017
  • We also managed to fit some chess into the evening.

    I played Patrick in our club championship match. You can view the game here Catherine Hiley v Patrick Waller

    Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

    02/08/2017 Rugeley is Staffordshire Club of the Year

    Rugeley was nominated and awarded Club of the Year as we start our 50th anniversary celebrations. Ray Dolan will be presenting us with our trophy in due course.

    The Staffordshire County AGM was held on the 18th July 2017 and the minutes can be seen on this link

  • Staffordshire AGM 2017
  • Please note that The Staffordshire Congress is on 16th & 17th September at Leek further details please see link http://Staffscongress2017

    Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

    21/07/2017 FIDE rule changes

    FIDE changes or enhances the chess rules every 4 years. Alex Holowczak has been kind enough to upload his presentation on the website and can be found here Please take some time to look at the presentation and familiarise yourself with some of the new rules, they won't always be required for club matches, but the rules should be known by every chess player.

    Many thanks to Mercia Chess Club and Alex Holowczak for the link.

    Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

    05/07/2017 Rugeley Rapidplay tournament

    This Summer, Rugeley Chess Club has decided to try out a rapidplay tournament. It shall be graded, so it's a bit more serious than a friendly battle (although I'm not sure friendly is the correct description!)

    If you want to check out the pairings and the results you need to click on the following link The link will also be displayed in the club champs tab.

    Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

    27/06/2017 Rugeley archives

    The website naturally goes a bit quieter over the Summer months, even webmasters need a break! However the club is learning a bit more about it's history as we start thinking about celebrating our 50th anniversary. If you have any stories you would like to share we would love to hear from you.

    If you fancy a bit of nostalgia trip to 1999, we feature in Wolverhampton League's archive It features a match when Mercia won Div Two easily in 1998/99 but their one defeat was this match at Rugeley. The game between Andrew McCumiskey against Bill Hulley can be seen too.

    Catherine Hiley, Webmaster

    27/06/2017 Rugeley Rapidplay Club Championship

    The pairings for the Summer Rapidplay Club tournament has been drawn and a print-out can be found at the club. A link to the website will be published soon with all the details.

    Matt Carr, Club Tournament Controller

    09/06/2017 Rugeley Club Championship

    The draw for the 2017-18 Rugeley Club Championship has been done and can be found on the Club Champs section of the Website. Pool A is Bill, Patrick, Cath, James and Matt. Pool B, is Rob, Bob, Mike, Tony, Luke and Dave Hadley. Should any other members wish to join the competition please could you inform Matt.

    Matt Carr, Club Tournament Controller

    05/06/2017 Staffordshire Congress 2017

    The Staffordshire Chess Congress will be held at Leek on 16th/17th September 2017. Please click on the link for further info It is being run by our very own club member Matthew Carr, I'm sure he would appreciate a good attendance from Rugeley, and it's always good fun.

    Catherine Hiley, Club Secretary

    Latest Games

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    Season Competition Fixture Players Result
    2017 - 18 Club Champs Bob Edgar v Luke Sullivan Bob Edgar v Luke Sullivan (1-0)
    2017 - 18 Cannock Div 2 Tamworth v Rugeley Chris Harrington v Luke Sullivan (0-1)
    2017 - 18 Club Champs Catherine Hiley v Patrick Waller Catherine Hiley v Patrick Waller (½ - ½)
    2017 - 18 Club Rapidplay Luke Sullivan v Patrick Waller Luke Sullivan v Patrick Waller (1-0)
    2016 - 17 Club Champs Catherine Hiley v Bob Edgar Catherine Hiley v Bob Edgar (1-0)
    2016 - 17 Club Champs Tony Meakin v Mike Page Tony Meakin v Mike Page (1-0)
    2016 - 17 Club Champs Bob Edgar v Catherine Hiley Bob Edgar v Catherine Hiley (½ - ½)
    2016 - 17 Club Champs Bob Edgar v Catherine Hiley Bob Edgar v Catherine Hiley (1-0)
    2016 - 17 Club Champs Catherine Hiley v Bob Edgar Catherine Hiley v Bob Edgar (1-0)
    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 Rugeley v Boldmere 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)