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New Members & Registrations

BDSL Summer league starts soon.

 Recruitment is continual whether you're a beginner or at higher standard.  Play casually or competitively. 

Wolverhampton Chess Club Subscriptions 2019/20 agreed at our AGM 9th May 2019:

Just 30 per year and 10 for juniors respectively, if paid before 30/6/19.  These fees are inclusive of optional ECF Bronze membership and membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.  

  After 30/06/2019:

33 per year and 11 for juniors  respectively, but reduced pro rata on a quarterly basis if, joining part way during the year.

Note: a member may be allowed to skip ECF registration when joining late in the ECF year on the understanding that they will meet any board fees incurred in playing in League  matches, and

 As all club fees include payment for ECF bronze membership, where a new or existing member does not require ECF membership (e.g. because they are already ECF registered, or only wish to play socially as casual members) the club subscription be reduced by the sum which would have been paid to the ECF (currently 16 for adult members)

However, you can attend a couple of times for free and if you decide to join:

Choose your membership option.

Casual member: inclusive of membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club. (with option to upgrade for those who prefer social rather than competitive league chess.

Who do I pay club subs to?

John Lee, chess club treasurer.


Welcome to our new members:

Chris Cox

Richard Archer

Paul Nathanael

Tony Preece

Adrian Zdanowski

Steve Tarr

Moin Uddin

Rajeev Raghaven


Note : Bronze ECF Membership can be upgraded to Silver, Gold, Platinum on request or deducting from subscription if anyone already holds ECF Membership

Pro rata subs throughout the season..

Very Sad Club Announcements

Very sad news/ex members passing:

It's with great sadness that I announce and write this.  Robert Marshall recently passed away.  A great player and arguably one of our club's strongest and finest.   Thoughts and condolences to Robert's family. 

Tributes may appear soon.


Mr Leslie Hesbrook: Les Hesbrook passed away 6 Nov 2010 at age 88.

Mr Leslie Hesbrook Tribute Page

Colin Bourne Jones passed away peacefully June 3 2011 aged 75 years.  Sadly missed but fondly remembered by all his Friends and Family.

Very sad news filtered through at the start of 2014 regarding Alf Schroeder who passed away Dec 31 2013.  Alf was a longstanding member of Bushbury Chess Club but was a member of Wolverhampton Chess Club years ago and played on high county boards close to Alf Butcher.   Condolences to Bushbury, family and all who knew Alf, a great player who'll missed by so many.


Simon Walters died Thurs 25/10/2012. My nephew liked to play chess with me and attended our chess club a couple of times.  I'm sorry. here: By Paul Walters.

Website Updates


Note: Match results are added as soon as possible.

  • 2019:  BDCL, WDCL results added.  Events and trophy update.
  • 19/10/2018 WDCL Div 1 and 3 team results added from 18/10/2018 res21/09/2018 Humphrey's Cup round 1 results added.
  • 17/09/2018
  • New members welcome;  WDCL results added from 06 and 13/10/2018
  • 29/01/2018 WDCL Div 4 results added.
  • 18/01/2018 WDCL results added.
  • 16/11/2017 BDCL Div 2 S Birmingham A results added.
  • 10/11/2017 BDCL Results added.  Robert Marshall. 20/10/2017 CDCL results added from 19/10/10/2017
  • 13/10/2017 WDCL Div 4 results added and Club Rapidplay details
  • 07/10/2017 BDCL Div 2 results added from 05/10/2017
  • 22/09/2017 WDCL Div 4; BDCL Div 2 results added and Club Championship 2017/18 update
  • 11/2/2017 WDCL rresults added.
  • 6/12/2016 Fixtures page back online and all results I've been sent
  • 23/04/2016 AGM details and CDCL results added from 21/04/2016.
  • 08/04/2016 WDCL Div 2 Boldmere results added from 07/04/2016 and Div 2 Championship success news added.
  • 01/04/2016 DDCL and WDCL Div 2 results added from 31/03/2016 and Rock Cup news success.
  • 28/03/2016 BDCL results added.
  • 18/03/2016 WDCL and CDCL results updated.
  • 26/02/2016 WDCL Div 2 Bushbury results added and stats updated on news page.
  • 23/02/2016 WDCL Div 2 results added from 22/02/2016
  • 10/02/2016 results added.
  • 22/01/2016 BDCL results from 14th and 21st Jan 2016 added.
  • 16/01/2016 DDCL Results added.
  • Some previous Updates



Welcome to our Wolverhampton Chess club website. Visitors can find out more about our club here and those who are already members will also find this site and its various sections very useful.

Wolverhampton Chess Club provides opportunities to playing chess socially and or competitively. The club runs teams in the Birmingham, Cannock and Wolverhampton leagues. Please see Contacts page, email or call. Our Club Secretary is now Michael Oakes.  Please don't hesitate to contact us via our contacts page or visit the club for further information or chat.

The Chess Club meets at 7.30 - 10.30pm on Thursdays at Wolverhampton West End Working Men's Club, 71-73 Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton, WV3 ORW. All are welcome.   


Wolverhampton Chess Club Championship 2018/19:  

The Final:  Congratulations to John Mangwengwende Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion 2018/19 after beating Chris Cox in the Final.  Well done to Chris Cox on becoming a finalist as that's a great achievement too.



News of Success

BDSL Summer League


Well done all, 4th from top in the Open section behind South Birmingham, West Bromwich, Mutual Circle. BDSL 2019 Fixture link 

BDSL 2019

WDCL Div 3/B team Promoted: 07/02/2019  Congratulations and well done to our Wolverhampton B team/WDCL Div 3 team promoted to Div 2 after beating Walsall Kipping C 4.5 - 0.5  Congratulations and well done to Captain Gordon Sands and all players:  Rajeev Raghavan,  Geoff Rosser, John Lee, Gordon Sands, Chris Cox, Eddie Badger,  John Dugmore, Michael Oakes.

Wolverhampton League (WDCL) Trophies:    Humphrey's Cup  (U130 each player)  Cannock League (CDCL): Chase Trophy.  U551 for 4 player team  

2019/20:  Well Wolverhampton win on board count versus Stourbridge in round 1 of the WDCL Humphrey's Cup
2018/19:  Wolverhampton retain the WDCL Humphrey's Cup after beating Stourbridge, 1 - 3 in the Final. As in the semi final against Rushall, G Rosser and C Cox won their games.  G Sands also won. Well done all, and the entire squad that played at every stage in the competition.  

Wolverhampton versus Stourbridge 14th May at Mercia Chess Club.

Well done all, Wolverhampton win the Chase Trophy after beating Rugeley 3 - 1 in the final 16th May 2019.

Humphreys and Chase Trophy finals  








Club Events Achievements and General News Summary


2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2010/11  
Club Phil Bull Dave Wightman Paul D Walters (54.5 points) Oladejo Olaleye (107.5 points)  

Spring Rapidplay

  Mike Townsend (4.5/5) Robert Marshall (Quickplay 5/5) Colin Haughton (Quickplay 4/5)  

2011/12 : Club Championship : With the spring Rapidplay taking up the final evening of this year's Club Championship, nobody was able to challenge long time leader Paul Walters' position at the top of the table.  Congratulations to Paul, 2012 Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion, for his hard work during the six months that the competition has run and for some fine wins.  Long time challenger Peter Pearson-Jones came second, with Peter Hubbard taking third place just ahead of Gordon Sands in fourth and Barry Lewis in fifth place.  (See Events 2011/12 Club Championship section for more details and weekly club championship archives)

See Club Honours page for more details of success

Wolverhampton Show Exhibitors 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Wolverhampton Show Page

Website supported 1st Macmillan Rapidplay 2009. Press Release: Read More


County Matches and County Congresses




Daily Chess Puzzle

Latest News: Club & Publicity:

Attention all members, Chess enthusiasts or interested in Chess:

Excited and pleased to announce Wolverhampton Chess Club will be at Showcase Wolves Event

Sunday 22nd September  11:30 15:30 Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Anyone who fancies a game or would like to find out more about the chess club. See you there.


Winter season begins: 

WDCL Trophies: 

Humphrey's Cup round 1. Wolverhampton beat Stourbridge on board count.

Pittaway Cup round 1.  Wolverhampton is beaten by Mercia, 2.5 - 5.5.  12/09/2019


Wolverhampton Chess Club don't just play in winter leagues. The club's running 3 teams in the Birmingham and district summer league and Wolverhampton have achieved some great results. Well done all.  Currently 3rd place in the Open section.  More 

Wolverhampton win CDCL Chase Trophy after beating Rugeley in the final 16/05/2019 Well done all.

Well retain WDCL Humphrey's Trophy after beating Stourbridge in the Final at Mercia chess club 14/05/2019. Well done all.Wolverhampton retain WDCL Humphrey's Trophy after beating Stourbridge in the Final at Mercia chess club 14/05/2019. Well done all.

Wolverhampton are Champions 2018/19 WDCL Division 3.  Well done all.

BDCL Div 1: Wolverhampton vs Bushbury 23/04/2019.  Bushbury beaten 5.5 - 0.5. Redditch were also beaten, but we lost to Warley Quinborne 18/04/2019 and Walsall Kipping  01/04/2019.  A busy and match action packed month just for April in BDCL.  Well done all.

The winter chess season will soon be concluded, but I'm excited to announce Wolverhampton Chess Club will be participating in three sections of the forthcoming Birmingham District Chess Summer League.

Well done all!  Wolverhampton, WDCL Humphrey's Cup finalists and CDCL Chase Trophy finalists.

Lets hope Wolverhampton win both trophies, in two leagues!

Also, 8 Wolverhampton Chess Club members participated and had a 'fun' evening at the BDCL Lightning Tournament. 



07/02/2019  WDCL Div 3 team promoted to Div 2 after beating Walsall Kipping C 4.5 - 0.5  Congratulations and well done to Captain Gordon Sands and all players:  Rajeev Raghavan,  Geoff Rosser, John Lee, Gordon Sands, Chris Cox, Eddie Badger,   John Dugmore, Michael Oakes.

21/01/2019 Well done all.  WDCL A/Div 1 team beat West Bromwich 1.5 - 4.5

20/11/2018 Well done all.  WDCL B/Div 3 win at Mercia and at home against Mercia 13/12/2018.

22/11/2018 BDCL Div 1 lose at Lichfield in a close match. 

WDCL A/Div 1 lose by the narrowest of margins at Telford despite 2 top board wins from Emil Angelov and Phil Bull and a board 6 draw by John Lee.  Well done all. 07/11/2018Well done to our WDCL A/Div 1 and WDCL B/Div 3 teams beating Bushbury A and Walsall Kipping B respectively 18/10/2018/

Well done to our CDCL Div 2 and WDCL Div 3 teams for beating Rugeley Away 1 - 3 4th Sept and Halesowen 3 - 2 at Home 6th Sept respectively. 


BDSL Summer League: 

Wolverhampton is participating and has two teams.   Phil Bull and Gordon Sands are captains of Open team and 560.  Please meet at club or email, call captains via contacts page.

Also, we have a new Treasurer, John Lee.  Peter Tudor has been a fantastic Treasurer for a number of years.  Thank you and all the best to Peter Tudor.

 Well done Wolverhampton:   Humphrey's Cup winners 2017/18;  Pittaway Cup Finalists.

BDCL Promotion from Div 2 to 1.

WDCL Div 4 Champions

BDCL Div 2:  Wolverhampton beat South Birmingham B.

 (See all results on fixtures page.)

It's with great sadness that I announce and write this. Robert Marshall recently passed away age 57.
A great player and one of our club's strongest and finest. WDCL Rock Cup Winner and played on our highest
boards for many years. Will be missed by all. Thoughts and condolences to Robert's family.

History section expands with content tributes :   Mike Townsend, Alf Butcher, John Fellows, Bert Preist, W N Boydon, Mark Duffy, P S Walkins and Cooke family sections added Thank you to Keith Bate and all contributors.

News Archive and features 2011/12

News Archive and features 2012/13

News Archive and features 2013/14


County Congress and participation


Staffordshire Chess Congress

Sat 12 & Sun 13 April 2014 at Bloxwich Leisure Centre (live links)

A number of Wolverhampton Chess Club members will be particating in the congress.

Minor Major(U160) Open
Gordon Sands Peter Pearson Jones, Jonathan Hunt, Geoff Rosser Phil Bull

Good luck to all Wolverhampton Chess Club entrants at this years county congress. Hope it's a great congress and enjoyed by all.

Wolverhampton Chess Club members are eligible to play and participate in Staffordshire County matches.

The teams are as follows;

U160 U140

U120 Bulldogs:

U120 Terriers:

Staffordshire play SCCU 3/ NCCU2 in the National Quarter Finals on May 18th but lost to Kent.

Dave Wightman played in this high level match and drew Well done Dave!

[Match report by Dave Wightman]

full score here as a pdf file]

MCCU Website

Current News from our County Website

More details on Staffordshire County Website



County Matches and Staffordshire County Congress

Junior Chess and Chess Training site

Bloxwich Junior Chess Club

Sat 2nd February 2013: Simultaneous Display by English Chess Federation President Roger Edwards. V 17 Junior Players of the above Club. Read more

Exciting news : NEW Chess training website for kids. Wolverhampton Chess Club member and resident chess trainer Peter Pearson Jones has created and built a fantastic new Chess teaching/ training website. The site will eventually offer a wide range of chess training; introduction and chess training from the basics to advanced level. It is a privilege to be the first to see this fantastic new website especially prior to the official launch which will occur soon. Thank you and very well done to Peter Pearson Jones. An advanced preview here and the beginners section is operational. www.cyber-chess.co.uk(Site is still subject to some development and addition of further sections)


About This Website

This site is an exciting venture and project that will extend the club's horizons by bringing a flavour of what our club is about via the world wide web. It is envisaged that this new club site will help promote Wolverhampton Chess and its Chess club as well as helping players and those with Chess interests.As of 26/07/07 website the domain name www.wolverhamptonchessclub.org.uk/ became operational.

29 Aug 2006 This site is now well developed and includes a Club History section and gallery. If anyone has further historic details relating to Wolverhampton Chess Club please email our webmaster.

As of 1 June 2006 this website was constructed but incomplete in parts as some sections required more information and content.

Site Compatibility : This site has been tested with a variety of browsers and should display fine and function flawlessly. If you do encounter problems please email webmaster.