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Over the Board Chess

Over the board chess has resumed at Stourbridge chess club. We meet in the large function room at the Stourbridge Institute every Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Players should observe social distancing rules with only 2 or 3 people at each table. They should also sanitise their hands prior to each game and wear a face mask when not seated. 

Ladder league

The club is now holding an internal ladder league.

Birmingham league

The BDCL restarted in October. Stourbridge chess club has two teams, in divisions 2 and 3.

Worcestershire league

For this season only the Worcestershire and Worcester and district league have combined into one league. Stourbridge will have one team in division 2.

Wolverhampton league

A scaled down Wolverhampton league is starting on November 20th with 3 divisions of teams consisting of 4 players. Stourbridge hopes to have teams in divisions 2 and 3.

Dudley  league

The Dudley league will not recommence this season. However it hopes to restart for the 2022/23 season.

Extraordinary General Meeting

The club held an EGM at the Stourbridge Institute on Wednesday 15th September to kick start the 2021 - 2022 season

The new club constitution was formally approved and has now been adopted.

This year without any OTB chess, the awards took on a slightly different flavour and were awarded as follows:

  • The Presidents Cup, awarded for services to the club, was awarded to Julie Wilson
  • The Denis Fernihough Trophy, is normally awarded for most improved player. However, looking at the online results, there was nobody really who had made a big enough improvement to warrant the award. However there were 3 players who had been very supportive of efforts to organise chess club activities online – namely Colin Woodall, John Foxall and Jeremy Humphries. It was therefore decided to make the award to the most supportive club member – Jeremy Humphries. Jeremy was the only club member who attended all the zoom meetings and he also always responded to emails and played or watched all the tournaments.
  • The Sydney Willets Trophy, awarded to the best club player, was awarded to Nic Fallowfield for his outstanding performance in the first two seasons of the WMA online league. He scored 13½ out of 16 in the Spring league and 7 out of 12 in the Summer league.

The following officials were elected:

  • President : Julie Wilson
  • General Secretary :Paul Sharratt
  • Treasurer: Steve Alcock
  • Website: Julie Wilson, Reece Cottam
  • Publicity :Julie Wilson
  • Social Secretary:Julie Wilson, Ben Doran
  • Safeguarding Officer :Paul Sharratt
  • First team captain : Paul Sharratt
  • Second team captain: To be decided
  • Third Team Captains: Colin Woodall, Steve Alcock

Full minutes of the meeting will be posted shortly.

Nick Harris memorial match

Earlier this year we learned of the death of Nick Harris, a well-liked and highly respected member of the Worcestershire chess community, and longstanding player for both Worcester City and Stourbridge chess clubs.

In memory of Nick, the Nick Harris Memorial Match, took place at the Worcester City venue (St Stephen's Church Hall) on Thursday, 16th September, at 7:30p.m.

One of the players originally intending to come had to call off at short notice because of mild symptoms so the match took place over five boards. Two social players from Worcester club, Stephen and Douglas Nicholls also played a non-match game as part of the event. Players in the match came from Malvern and Kidderminster clubs as well as Stourbridge and Worcester. The overall result of the match was a 3-2 victory for Stourbridge.

Worcester All Stars vs Stourbridge All Stars

 1. Stephen Mellor (w) 1-0 Brian Turner

2. Phil Austin 0 – 1 Julie Wilson

3. Robin Hayles 1 – 0 Paul Sharratt

4. Phil Smith 0 – 1 Hossam Aboushady

5. John Hesketh 0 – 1 John Varilone

There was also a book stall and refreshments at the event with donations going to St Richard's hospice in Nick's memory. A total of £217.50 was raised.

Nick's wife Rosie, gave a bottle of wine to each of the players taking part in the match for them to drink in memory of Nick.

Quads Tournament

We held an OTB "quads tournament” on Wednesday 18/8/21 at the Stourbridge Institute. Play was in groups of 4 in a round robin with a time control of game in 20 minutes

12 of us played in 3 groups. There were no draws in the whole event! The three winners were Jeremy Fallowfield, Ethan Chan Smith and Joe Conway-Lees all of whom scored a perfect 3 out of 3.

Online Chess

Stourbridge has an online club on chess.com. Any local chess players are welcome to join us online. We also had  one team in division 2 of the West Midlands Area online league.

There is a BDCL meta club which organises events for players associated with the BDCL.

In order to join either club, you need to be a member of chess.com which is free. Both clubs are holding monthly online tournaments.

Useful links

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Mayfair club

The Mayfair club is a new games lounge and cocktail bar in Amblecote where adults can go to play indoor games such as chess, backgammon, bridge, darts, monopoly, draughts and poker.

It is opening on 5th August at 5:00pm. We will be working with the Mayfair club in the future to promote chess playing in the Stourbridge area.

The club will be open from 4:30pm to midnight Monday to Thursday and noon to 2:00am Friday to Sunday. The address is:

The Mayfair Club Unit 4, Wedgbury Wy., Brierley Hill DY5 3JT

You can find out more about the club at https://themayfairclubuk.com/about/

 

Committee business

Meeting

The chess club committee met in the Falcon Room at the Stourbridge Institute on Wednesday 19th May. All the committee members were present: Julie wilson (chairperson), Paul Sharratt (secretary) Steve Alcock (treasurer) and team captains: Colin Woodall, Sam Bradley and Eric Horwill.

AGM

It was decided to hold an AGM as soon as possible after all Covid restrictions are lifted.

Over the board chess

Paul Sharrattt will talk to the Institute about resuming Over the Board chess as soon as possible.

Awards

The club discussed who should receive the 3 awards for the past season. It was decided in the future, if the members agree there should ba an award for the "best club member" i.e. the club member who contributes the most  to the club and is most supportive. In this exceptional year, no members had improved significantly, therefore it was agreed to award the Denis Fernihough Trophy to the "best club member".

The awards will be presented at the AGM. If this is not possible they will be announced by email.

Reports

The committee members have written their usual annual reports and these will be read out at the AGM.

Subscriptions

Subs for the 21-22 season are now due. The committee would like to keep them at the same amount as the previous season. This will need to be ratified by the AGM.

Worcestershire chess news

At the Worcestershire Chess Association executive committee meeting, Paul Sharratt received the Jim Friar Award in recognition for his services to Worcestershire's chess scene. Dave Scriven won the Woodcock prize. This is an annual award for the most enterprising game played by someone associated with Worcestershire and was presented for two of his games which were deemed equally good.

Worcestershire won the national online minor counties championship. They beat Somerset 6½-5½ in the final. Stourbidge's Hossam Aboushady, Tony Shaw and Julie Wilson all won their games in the final.

Zoom Meetings

The club held a zoom meeting on the last Wednesday of each month while we were unable to meet in person This was a chance to see everyone and have a catch-up.

The last meeting was held on the 28th April. When the attendees talked about the proposals from Tim Lane on how to conclude the BDCL 2019-2020 season and the league clubs' responses. There was no appetite for playing out the remaining matches and it is now proposed that the 2019-20 league tables should be finalized on the basis of a points-per-match calculation. This means that the Stourbridge first team would be safe in division 2 and the second team are division 4 champions. The Stourbridge second team is in the final of the Townsend trophy and the club is happy to either share the trophy or play out the final.

Constitution

A group of chess club members met to draw up a constitution for the club. That work has now been completed. The constitution was formally accepted at the EGM on the 15th September.

Tony Evers match

This annual friendly match against Halesowen was won by Halesowen (with some loaned Stourbridge players) on 17th July 2019

Tony Evers Memorial Match Results

Stourbridge

Result

Halesowen

Nic    Fallowfield    169

1

0

Mike  Hadley    151     

Julie    Wilson    138

½

½

Tony Stokes     131

Peter     Seeley    137

½

½

Richard Wilkinson 123

John    Foxall    133

1

0

Paul Evans 124

Eric    Horwill    131

½

½

Jeremy    Humphries    121

Ron    Evans    122

0

1

Peter Banks     102

Colin     Woodall    114

0

1

Tony Taylor      89

Steve    Alcock    97

½

½

Martin Hatherway     76

David     Wain UG

0

1

Joyce Evans          50

Tom    Williams UG

0

1

Trevor Tennant 47

Tony Williams UG

½

½

Ethan Chan Smith UG

Seth Chan Smith UG

0

1

Paul    Thomas  UG

 

 

 

 

Total

 

ECF Membership

As you probably know, if you’re going to play in any chess leagues or congresses you now need to be a member of the ECF.

If you are joining the ECF for the first time, there is a guide available here:

If you were a member of the Federation last year and wish to renew your membership for the coming season you need the Guide to renewing your ECF membership

If you are unsure what type of membership you need the following link may be useful: different types of membership

Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy

During school term-time the club meets on most Saturday mornings 10:00 am to 11:45 am at King's School Worcester, next to the Worcester Cathedral. Enter from Castle Place WR1 2NB. Most sessions are supervised by Ray Collett.

If you would like to join us, please contact Ray Collett by e-mail or by telephone Worcester 454 754 before your child's first attendance.

See Worcester Junior Chess Academy for more information.

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