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Birmingham District Summer League in progress.   Contact Geoff Rosser (Cap) if interested in playing.

Wolverhampton Chess Club are recruiting for 2017/18 season NOW! Note subs for winter season can be paid to Frank Wood or Michael Oakes

Prompt payment ensures eligibility to play graded league chess games but recruitment is continual.

Subs can be paid to either Michael Oakes, Frank Wood or Peter Tudor.

Thank you.

Club subscriptions as of 04/05/2017

Announcing subscription reductions for 2017/18.

Join for just £15 and play social chess as a  (casual member/play social chess.) Juniors:  £10 a year inclusive of ECF membership option.

Club subscriptions 2017/18  full member: £30 inclusive of ECF Bronze membership and membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.

£10  junior member: inclusive of optional ECF Bronze membership and membership of Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.

£15  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.

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..

New Members

2015/16: Welcome aboard our latest new members Michael and Bernard Oakes.

Very Sad Club Announcements

Very sad news/ex members passing:

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 on same night if possible or very soon after.

  • 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.
  • 06/01/2016 WDCL results added.
  • 11/12/2015 WDCL and DDCL results added.
  • 29/11/2015 CDCL Lichfield results added.
  • 25/11/2015 WDCL results added.
  • 13/11/2015 BDCL Results added from 12/11/2015 11/11/2015 WDCL Div 3 results added from 10/11/2015
  • 06/11/2015 WDCL Div 2 results added.
  • 04/11/2015 WDCL Div 3 results added.
  • 02/11/2015 printable fixtures and main fixtures updated. WDCL Div 2 results added and Humphrey's Cup results added.
  • 18/09/2015 WDCL Div 3 results added.
  • 12/09/2015 BDCL and WDCL Div 3 results added.
  • 21/08/2015 printable fixtures updated and all fixture pages.
  • 15/05/2015 CDCL Div 2 results added. Alf Schroeder history section added to history section.
  • 08/05/2015 walrus results added to walrus section and archived.
  • 01/05/2015 DDCL Div 2 results added from 30/04/2015
  • 11/04/2015 BDCL Adjourned results add and ECF Nationals link added.
  • 09/04/2015 BDCL results added from 08/04/2015.
  • 27/03/2015 BDCL Div 2 results added from 26/03/2015 and CDCL from 23/03/2015.
  • 26/03/2015 fixtures updated.
  • 13/03/2015 WDCL Div 1 and 2 results added for Brewood A 10/03/15, Walsall Kipping A 12/03/2015 respectively.
  • 06/03/2015 BDCL Div 2 Redditch  results added  from 05/03/2015
  • 03/03/2015 WDCL A/Div 1 St George;s results added from 02/03/2015.
  • 27/02/2015 WDCL B and WDCL C Halesowen  results from 24 and 26/02/2015, DDCL Div 2 results added from 26/02/2015  respectively and National Club Championship mentioned in news section.
  • 20/02/2015 WDCL B/Div 2 results from 19/02/2015 and BDCL results added  from 17/02/2015.  Stats udated.
  • 14/02/2015 DDCL fixtures updated.#13/02/2015 WDCL B Rugeley results added from 12/02/2015
  • 01/02/2015 fixture rearrangements/printablefixtures updated.333
  • 23/01/2015 WDCL C Kidderminster results added.
  • 21/01/2015 DDCL Div 2 results added from 20/01/2015
  • 09/01/2015 CDCL and WDCL results added from 08/01/2015
  • 16/12/2014 Unity Cup 2014 results added to Trophy section.
  • 10/12/2014 WDCL results added.
  • 05/12/2014 CDCL Div 3 results added 04/12/2014
  • 28/11/2014 CDCL and WDCL results added from 27/11/2014
  • 20/11/2014 WDCL Div 2 Bushbury results added.
  • 09/11/2014 CDCL Div 3 results added from 06/11/2014. World Championship Live games added.

  • 07/11/2014 WDCL C team results added from 06/11/2014, BDCL Div 2 results added,
  • 03/11/2014 WDCL Pittaway QF and Div 4 results added
  • 24/10/2014 WDCL A and C results added from 23/10/2014
  • 18/10/2014 Mike Townsend, John Fellows, Alf Butcher articles added to history section.
  • 10/10/2014 Humphreys Cup results added
  • 03/10/2014 WDCL Div 1 and 4 results added. New members details.
  • 24/09/2014 first 2 BDCL full results added.
  • 27/06/2014 WSL results added and tables updated.
  • 19/06/2014 WSL Div 3 full results added. Bert Preist, W N Boydon, Mark Duffy, P S Walkins and Cooke family sections added to History section.
  • 17/05/2014 Walrus results and writeup added to Walrus section and club news page updated.
  • 05/05/2014 Mark Duffy history article added.
  • 03/05/2014 WSL 2014 section added and CDCL Trophy blog.
  • 26/04/2014 BDSL 2014 club fixtures added, trophy history updated and club AGM 2014 details 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, Dudley and Wolverhampton leagues. Please see Contacts page, email or call. Our Club Secretary is now Michael Oakes and our Fixtures secretary is Jonathan Hunt.  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.   


7 Years ago today: 

Chess club participation at future shows continued up to 2016.  Sadly the Wolverhampton Summer League ceased but this year Geoff Rosser has captained a summer league team  (Birmingham District Summer League) in the top Open section.  Read Geoff Rosser's captains report here.


WDCL Cups: 

Congratulations to Gordon Sands on winning the WDCL Bidgood Cup after beating Jonathan Pincher (West Bromwich

 Well done Gordon.   Game here, WDCL Link

Also well done to Robert Marshall WDCL Rock Cup finalist who has initially drew against Andrew McCumiskey (Mercia).  If  Robert Marshall wins the rematch he will retain the WDCL Rock Cup.

Wolverhampton A WDCL Div 2 champions.  18 points, 8 wins, 2 draws.

BDCL Div 2 Champions.   Well done all and to BDCL Caps Phil Bull, Frank Wood and WDCL Cap Gordon Sands.

Armed Forces Day 2016 :  Our club supported this event at Himley Hall, Dudley for the third consecutive year.  Thank you to Dudley Council and and to all chess club members who helped on the day or in any other way.    

National Club Championships 11th & 12th April 2015 :  Wolverhampton  competed in the Intermediate section.  more details here

Chess Club Event Dates:

  AGM:  Thurs 4rth May 2017
WALRUS Trophy:   Thurs 11th May 2017 at Wolverhampton Chess Club   (Attention members,  contact Michael Oakes if interested in playing.

 Wolverhampton Chess Club AGM


Armed Forces Day : Similar to Chess in The Park of recent years but supporting Armed Forces Day at a different park.

Date and venue: Sun 26 June 2016, 11 til 6pm

at Himley Hall and Park, Dudley.






Wolverhampton Chess Club Christmas Blitz/rapidplay 15 mins all moves. Thurs 18th Dec 2014, 7.30pm at Wolverhampton West End Working men's Club, 

Congratulations Rob Marshall 1st place 4.5  points, Phil Bull 2nd, Geoff Rosser 3rd.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make the night and great one.  Special thanks to Steve Wilson (Tournament Sec ) for organising and pairings and for a great event..

  Unity Cup match : Staffordshire v Shropshire (Club members participating) (full scores in Trophy section) Sun 7th Dec at Newport


Armed Forces Day : Similar to Chess in The Park of recent years but supporting Armed Forces Day at a different park.

Date and venue: Sun 29 June 2014, 11 til 6pm

at Himley Hall and Park, Dudley.


 Wolverhampton Win Walrus. See Walrus section for writeup, full results and archives.

Chess Club Success 2013/14

Congratulations and well done to all. Wolverhampton win WDCL Pittaway Cup and Rock Cup and CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy (Dave Wightman), Walrus Trophy and also became DDCL Div 2 Champions.

Also congratulations to Staffordshire Congress participants, particularly to Jonathan Hunt on winning the Major U160 and Thomas Sygnowski on jointly winning the Open. Gordon Sands also played well in the Minor. Well done all, well done team Wolverhampton!

Pittaway Cup Winners Kidderminster beaten at Mercia Tues 01/04/2014 Blog CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy Winner 2nd consecutive year 01/05/2014
Rock Cup Winner Dave Wightman Thurs 10/04/2014 Blog Dave Wightman Blog
     DDCL Div 2 Champions

    Club Championship final
BDCL Div 2 finalist Dave Wightman v Dave Gardiner. Wed 26 March 2014. blog

Dave Wightman v Phil Bull Drawn blog

Rematch, match 2 Thurs 20 March 2014.. Phil Bull 1 v Dave Wightman 0. Congratulations to Phil Bull Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion 2014/15. blog

DDCL Div 2 Champions   Thurs 20 March 2014.
Michael Adams GM Simul 01 March 2014
  Scoresheet PGN


2013 Staffordshire Junior Chess Championships


Great breaking NEWS Another Champion at Wolverhampton! Lewis Clarke becomes County Junior U14 Champion after scoring a perfect 6 out of 6 against some higher graded opposition.

Lewis Clarke won the title and championship cup at the Staffordshire Junior Chess Championships for Under 14s. With an impressive 6 wins in his 6 match games he was the clear winner. The turning point in the tournament was in Match 4 where he was playing black against Alexander Jarvis of Rushall, who is graded 114 to Lewis on 105, when Lewis managed a check against white whilst trapping whites Bishop which ultimately led to the victory. Lewis then continued his impressive form securing further wins in the two remaining tournament games.

Winner - Lewis Clarke (Wolverhampton) 6pts

2nd Alexander Jarvis (Rushall) 4.5 pts

3rd Jacob Smith (Leek) 4pts

Junior Players from all around the Staffordshire region take part in this event each year including players from the England Junior team. The standard is very high and this is a most impressive result.

Rock and Bidgood 2013 finalists

This is the 49th year of this Cup which was originally commissioned by John Thompson Ltd of Wolverhampton.  Lewis joins an impressive list of Junior Chess champions dating back to 1965.

Lewis had a brilliant day, if he can continue at this standard he should have a good season with Wolverhampton. Lewis also won his first round WDCL Rock Cup match against Michael Hoare (Lichfield).


Chess Club Event Dates:

2014/15 Club Championship

Details and entry details are on display in the cupboard at the Chess Club. Entries are invited for 2014/15 Club Championship. To enter or for full more details see Tournament Sec Steve Wilson at club. Our current club Champ is Phil Bull but will there be a new Club Champion next year?

Club Events:

2014/15 Club Championship, Christmas Blitz Tournament 18th Dec 2014.

2014/15 Club Championship

Details and entry details are on display in the cupboard at the Chess Club. Entries are invited for 2014/15 Club Championship. To enter or for full more details see Tournament Sec Steve Wilson at club. Our current club Champ is Phil Bull but will there be a new Club Champion next year?


Event News and Club Championship 2013/14


Final 2013/14
  Phil Bull 1.5 0.5 Dave Wightman

Latest : Phil Bull beats Dave Wightman in the rematch following a match 1 draw. 20/04/2014. Well done Phil Bull on beccoming Wolverhampton Chess Club Champion and to Dave Wightman on being a great former Club Champion and worthy finalist.

Competition Rules

Courtesy of Dave Wightman

See Events Sections for full details and forthcoming club events throughout the Winter season!


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:

AGM NEWS 5th May 2016:

Trophy Winners, New Captains, more details lower subs and a new club Sec Michael Oakes. Welcome and congratulations to all who've been elected for 2016/17

Special gratitude and thanks to Barry Lewis who is retiring as club sec after an amazing and commdable 33 years dedicated service to Wolverhampton Chess Club;

Delighted to announce  further reductions in subscription categories. Join from just £10 (Juniors)  See Subs section, email or call for more details or attend club with no obligation to join.   Adults can become social/casual members for just £15

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

A former member and History contributor to this website Keith Bate will be appearing on the popular 15/1 TV quiz on Thursday and Friday Oct 8th, 9th and again on Monday 12th October.

Note : Match news and club news will soon be on the new chess club news page and match reports and features can be found in chess club blog.

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.

WSL Div 3: Our WSL B in Div 3 beat Rushall B 0.5 - 3.5 02/06/2014 and achieve a solid draw against Bushbury in match 2.

WSL Div 2: An impressive 0 - 4 win at Rugeley.

Well done all. full results in WSL section.

Walrus 2014 15/05/2014 : Wolverhampton win Walrus and deprive Walsall Kipping of an hat trick at Wolverhampton. In an historical repeat of 2011 Paul Walters is the last board playing and the board result is decisive. A loss would of a resulted in a Rushall victory. Wolverhampton were outhr aded on some boards and had the lowest combined grade total. Wins against higher grades for Barry Lewis, Steve Wilson, Paul Walters and solid draws for Lewis Clarke, Peter Griffith and solid draws from Peter Jones, Dave Wightman and Peter Griffith equalled last year's winning score and elevated Wolverhampton just 0.5 points above 2nd place Rushall. Well done all and thank you to to all teams and players for making it an exciting and memorable night of chess battles. full scores in Walrus section.

BDSL (rapidplay) and WSL Summer (standard) leagues in progress. Wolverhampton's begin their BDSL season playing Bushbury 07/05/2014 and win 2 - 6. BDSL club fixtures and a new WSL 2014 section including fixtures, full scores, tables and more are on this site All WSL and club fixtures and BDSL club fixtures on this site.

Congratulations and well done to all. Wolverhampton win WDCL Pittaway Cup and Rock Cup Blog (Dave Wightman) and retains the CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy Blog. Wolverhampton also are DDCL Div 2 Champions 2013/14.

Staffordshire Congress Success 2014 12 & 13 April 2014 at Bloxwich Leisure Centre. Congratulations to Staffordshire Congress participants, particularly to Jonathan Hunt on winning the Major U160 and Thomas Sygnowski on winning the Open. Gordon Sands also played well in the Minor. Well done all!

Wolverhampton Chess Club entrants at this years county congress. Phil Bull, Jonathan Hunt, Peter Pearson Jones, Geoff Rosser, Gordon Sands.

WDCL Trophy Success 2013/14: A week of tremendous success as the WDCL season ends for Wolverhampton:

Pittaway Cup Winners 01/04/2014 Wolverhampton play a strong Kidderminster team and 2.25 handicap. Well done Wolverhampton, captain Peter Pearson Jones and his team. full scores on this site and in our club blog. Read all about the epic match here. Match Report/Blog and thank you to Mercia for hosting.

Rock Cup Success and a second WDCL Trophy in 2 weeks for Wolverhampton!: Well done Dave Wightman for winning the Rock Cup 10/04/2014. Dave beat Peter Banks in the Final. Blog

BDCL Individual Final (Div 2) Dave Wightman won the Div 3 individual cup last year and made the Div 2 final this year. Alas Dave didn't win but it's a tremendous acheivement to become a Dív 2 finalist and Dave is still a multiple champion. blog Rock and Robert Ward memorial trophy finals are pending and the season isn't over yet. It is though for our WDCL Div 4 team who finish 3rd after losing to Walsall Kipping 27/03/2014. Well done all.:

Stalemate blog feature

27/02/2014 Busy club night with a Rock Cup semi final, match report blog Club championship semi final and CDCL Div 3 match. Dave Wightman beat Phil Burgess in the Rock Cup semi final. Phil Bull beat Frank Wood and the Club championship semi final and so the Club Championship will be the winner of Phil Bull v Dave Wightman. We also drew with Rugeley in CDCL Div Well done all.

Mastermind was the last TV quiz show we saw former longstanding club member and veteran captain Keith Bate.  Keith is on yet another quiz show.  Tune into ITV's The Chase Wed 22 January 2014 to see Keith

Jan 2014 Shropshire Congress  A number of participants from Wolverhampton Chess Club.   Well done to Gordon Sands, Geoff Rosser and especially Phil Bull for achieving 2nd place in the Major.  

News Archive and features 2011/12

News Archive and features 2012/13

News Archive and features 2013/14 New link


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.