Rugeley Chess Club

About the Club

About Rugeley Chess Club - Staffordshire Chess Club of the Year 2017

Rugeley Chess Club was formed on the 05th December 1968 and is still going from strength to strength.
The Club joined the Wolverhampton & District Chess League in 1969 and the Cannock & District Chess League as a founder member in 1999.

Objectives of the Club

1 - To promote the interests of chess in the area.

2 - You are never to old to learn and play the game of chess.

3 - As a club to accomodate all classes of chess players.

  • Beginners
  • Novices
  • Average club players
  • Experts
  • Young or old
  • Male or female

Club Honours

The club has experienced moderate success over the last 50 years.

Staffordshire Chess Association.

  • Staffordshire "Club of the Year" 2010 & 2017

Wolverhampton League - Winter Season.

  • Winners Division 3 2010-11
  • Runners Up Division 3 2003-04
  • Runners Up Division 2 1999-2000
  • Winners Division 3 1997-98
  • Winners Division 4 1992-93

Wolverhampton League - Summer Season.

  • Anthony Meakin "Player of the Season" award 2006
  • Dave Amour joint winner of the Wolverhampton Summer League Rapidplay 2004
  • Robert Fell winner of the "Most Improved Player" award 1998
  • Winners Division 2 1998

Cannock League - Winter Season.

  • Winners Division 3 2015-2016
  • Runners Up Division 3 2013-14
  • Runners Up Division 3 2009-10
  • Winners Division 3 2006-07
  • Runners Up Division 1 2000-01
  • Winners Division 2 1999-2000

Cannock League - Individual Cup Successes.

  • Bill Hulley Rock Cup winner 2000-01
  • Bill Hulley Bidgood Cup runner up 1999-2000
  • Bill Hulley Rock Cup winner 1993-94

Newcastle Summer Rapidplay Jamboree

  • U130 winners (entered under Stafford) 2010

Officers of the Club

At the 2017 AGM the following were elected officers for the 2017-18 season:

  • Chairman - Patrick Waller
  • Secretary - Catherine Hiley
  • Treasurer - Anthony Meakin
  • Club Tournament Controller - Matt Carr
  • Wolverhampton Division 2 Captain - Rob Fell
  • Cannock Division 3 Captain - Luke Sullivan
  • Webmaster - Catherine Hiley

Club Roll of Honour

Player of the Season

  • 2016-17 - Rob Fell
  • 2015-16 - Patrick Waller
  • 2014-15 - Mike Page
  • 2013-14 - Gordon Attwell
  • 2012-13 - Rob Matthews
  • 2011-12 - Steve Heath
  • 2010-11 - Catherine Hiley
  • 2009-10 - Paul Jackson
  • 2008-09 - Mike Page

Rugeley Chess Club Championship

  • 2016-17 - Catherine Hiley
  • 2015-16 - Rob Fell
  • 2014-15 - Catherine Hiley
  • 2013-14 - Dave Amour
  • 2012-13 - Rob Fell
  • 2011-12 - Rob Fell
  • 2010-11 - Catherine Hiley

Club Christmas Blitz Tournament

  • 2016 - Catherine Hiley
  • 2015 - Bob Edgar
  • 2014 - Not held
  • 2013 - Dave Amour
  • 2012 - Dave Amour
  • 2011 - Tony Meakin
  • 2010 - Rob Fell
  • 2009 - Patrick Waller

Club End-of-Season Blitz Tournament

  • 2017 - Matt Carr
  • 2016 - Rob Fell
  • 2015 - Mike Page
  • 2014 - Mike Page
  • 2013 - Dave Amour
  • 2011 - Catherine Hiley
  • 2010 - Rob Fell

Chairman's Cup

  • 2017 - Bob Edgar
  • Honorary Life Members

    • 2017 - Mike Page
    • Individual Successes & Honours

      2017-19 - Wolverhampton & District Chess League

      • Matt Carr - President

      2017 - Top Player in WDCL

      • Rob Fell - 1st place

      2016 - 40th Scarborough Chess Congress

      • Tony Meakin - 3rd place in Foundation section

      2016 - 40th Scarborough Chess Congress

      • Catherine Hiley - U140 grading prize in Minor section and female prize

      2016 - 40th Blackpool Chess Congress

      • Mike Page - U110 grading prize in Foundation section

      2015-17 - Wolverhampton & District Chess League

      • Matt Carr - Vice President

      Present - ECF Arbiter, and Manager of Arbiters (home)

      • Matt Carr - Level 2

      May 2013 - World Record Holder for longest chess tournament

      • Matt Carr

      2012-13 - British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championship

      • Catherine Hiley - Runner-up

      2013-15 - Wolverhampton & District Chess League

      • Catherine Hiley - President

      2011 - Leek Rapidplay

      • Catherine Hiley - 2nd place in the U145 section

      2011-13 - Wolverhampton & District Chess League

      • Catherine Hiley - Vice President

      2011 - 25th Stockport Rapidplay

      • Catherine Hiley - 3rd place in Inter U140 section

      2011 - 11th Wrekin Chess Congress

      • Anthony Meakin - 3rd place in Minor section

      2010-12 - Cannock & District Chess League

      • Paul Jackson - Vice President

      2010 - Staffordshire Chess Congress

      • Catherine Hiley - Major section U140 grading prize

      2010 - 34th Blackpool Chess Conference

      • Paul Jackson - 3rd place in Minor section & U120 grading prize

      2010 - 10th Wrekin Chess Congress

      • Paul Jackson - outright winner of the Minor section