Rugeley Chess Club

Rugeley Chess Club

Updated Wednesday 18th January 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.

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

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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

07/12/2016 Kidderminster A v Rugeley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

A very late change in team, meant that most of the team played on a higher board, and Mike won star of the month for agreeing to play at short notice. We were outgraded on every board, Kidderminster A clearly meant business.

Board 1 John Wrench v Bill Hulley. I'm not certain this game ever came out of the opening. After 15 moves, it was all over, as Bill had trapped his opponent's queen and forced 3-fold repetition. A great draw considering the grading difference.

Board 3 Maurice Bissell v Catherine Hiley. The less I say about my game the better! I didn't play in my usual style, still I had nothing to worry about until I literally Christmas wrapped my knight, and gave it away.

Board 4 John Varilone v Tony Meakin. Tony understandably struggled in this game after losing ground in the opening. With a 41 grading point advantage for his opponent, clearly Christmas was coming early for Kidderminster.

Board 2 Joseph Watson v Rob Fell. Rob had an interesting game, but felt he missed a mating opportunity. Rob played really well and was initially pleased with his draw but perhaps deserved more.

Board 6 John Gittus v Mike Page. Mike could do no wrong in the captain's eyes, he fought well, and had quite an open game. Mike came away with a welcome draw for his efforts - well played Mike.

Board 5 John Chester v Bob Edgar. With a long journey ahead of us, and the match unfortunately lost I was hoping for a quick agreed draw, however his opponent carried on and refused the draw. In the end Bob lost on time and his opponent claimed a win in a drawn position, but as Bob had not claimed the draw in the last 2 minutes, the fact his flag dropped counted as a loss. It's a good reminder for all of us.

Well fought match, we certainly made Kidderminster work for their win. Many thanks to all who made the effort to play.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

22/11/2016 Rugeley v Kidderminster B, Wolverhampton League Division 2

We had an influx of players to choose from tonight, our opponents made the long journey to Rugeley and prepared for a good game of chess.

Board 6 Luke Sullivan v Clive Billinge. It was Luke's WDCL match debut, and he showed great courage facing his opponent who was a very able player. Unfortunately Luke got into a bit of a pickle in his opening, none of the pieces really gelled together, and his opponent was a rook up as Luke got distracted. Crucially a lesson or two was learned in this defeat, and should help in Luke's future games.

Board 4 Catherine Hiley v David Waud. I seemed to get out the Caro-Kann opening unscathed but then miscalculated a pawn combination which nullified any advantage I may have had. When my opponent went on the attack I just forced off the pieces leaving very little opportunity for either player and at 21 moves a draw was agreed.

Board 3 Rob Fell v David Close. Rob was offered a draw in this game which was declined, Rob felt that his pieces were more active and went on to prove his theory was correct. Rob managed to snaffle a few pawns, and with his opponent in serious time trouble, Rob took the win.

Board 5 Gordon Attwell v John Whitehead. Gordon seemed quite relaxed in this game, and commanded the board with his 3 pawn lead. There was little to stop Gordon's advancing pawns and Gordon calmly claimed victory to help the team.

Board 2 Patrick Waller v Alan Preece. I'm really beginning to enjoy Patrick's games these days, there's a lot more domination to Patrick's play. Although he didn't feel so confident during play, the fact that he was a pawn up, and had his opponent all hemmed in.. secured a win for Rugeley.

Board 1 Matt Carr v David Spowart. Matt played his favoured French defence, he came out of the opening well, and was having a decent middle game, until he blundered away his bishop. However Matt had options, and with his king swiftly brought into play went into the end game with at least a fighting chance of queening a pawn at either ends of the board, with both players having less than 5 minutes to go, a draw seemed a fair outcome.

Our first win of the season, finally a bit of breathing space in the tables. Thanks to all who played.

Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2

15/11/2016 Rugeley v Lichfield, Cannock Division 3

Rugeley welcomed their neighbours Lichfield in the Cannock div 3 league.

Board 1 - Catherine Hiley v Jamie O'Donovan. Cath as black, with many years of chess experience, had to face Jamie, one of Lichfield's “rising young stars”. The stage was set for a good game, White played with skill and originality getting a strong fianchettoed white bishop, as the battle continued by move 20 no exchanges had been made making for a very crowded locked up board. However Cath, as ever, only had a win in her sights managed to take complete control of the open “A” file with queen and rook bearing down on white's king with nowhere to retreat to. Finding that the likely continuation being an exchanging of queen for a rook, he resigned. A good win with vast experience getting the better of youth. Well played Cath on top board.

Board 2 - Tony Meakin v David Fone. Tony with the white pieces played the “Queens gambit” against David Fone, who was graded some 25 points above him knew the game would be tough. Slowly as things continued black's position improved and Tony just had too many threats to contend with, so in a lost position, resigned.

Board 3 - Dave Hadley v Stuart Andrews. Dave fought hard against Andrews by playing the “Dragon variation” of the Sicilian defence, but had to contend with the dragon being slayed. By move 20 he was a rook and two pawns down now finding his uncastled king being attacked by all of white's well placed army - the end came quickly.

Board 4 - Luke Sullivan v Roy Smith. On form Luke played well from the start and by move 20 both players were about equal. Then during the middle game Luke gained the advantage with some good exchanges, the end game saw Smith with a lone knight against Luke's powerful long range bishop, Luke remembered the old adage about pushing pawns with 2 beautifully connected passed ones, Smith had no other choice but to lay his king on its side and shake hands with his very pleased opponent, well played again Luke.

A fair result against a strong team Thanks to all for playing and well done. Cath's fact of the day - It's too early for the captain to be playing Jingle Bells in his pocket.

Mike Page, (Cannock Div 3 Captain)

09/11/2016 Boldmere v Rugeley, Cannock Division 3

Rugeley travelled to Boldmere in the Cannock div 3 league.

Board 1 - Arthur Kent v Bill Hulley. Bill played the “French” in reply to his opponent’s e.4, but in watching the game on board 2, found that Bob had to face the French in reverse. Bill's play soon had Arthur Kent in trouble, with some powerful open files and well placed minor pieces, Bill controlled much of the game to give “mate” in less than the 30 move time control. Well played Bill.

Board 2 - Gordon Barron v Bob Edgar. Bob has been improving of late, and held his higher graded opponent to a draw. Well Played Bob.

Board 3 - Stuart Wood v Dave Hadley. Dave was out-graded by some 25 points, so fought hard with a player who seemed to have taken much of his time on the early moves. Dave only used 20 minutes in total to mate his opponent and add to a winning team.

Board 4 - Geoff Harman v Luke Sullivan. Luke, as often with youth, set out with all guns blazing, going a piece up on move 20 but seemed reluctant to exchange material to win the game. Harman offered a draw close to the time control but with an extra piece Luke declined, going on to win without too much trouble after 32 moves. Well done Luke another fine win for Rugeley.

Mike's fact of the day - Arthur Kent used to play for Rugeley some years ago before moving to Sutton Coldfield.

Mike Page, (Cannock Div 3 Captain)

Latest Games

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Season Competition Fixture Players Result
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)
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)