The AGM took place on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at the Bridgtown Social Club in Cannock. Minutes will follow. Eunice Dolan had organised and prepared a fine buffet, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the League. Special guest Robert Mayne was in attendance, as a founder member and the first General Secretary of the League.
The Chase Trophy has been won this year by Wolverhampton CC who beat Rugeley CC in the final. Congratulations to Wolverhampton, and thanks to the other participating clubs for this year's competition.
The winner of the Robert Ward Trophy this year is David Gardiner (Sutton Coldfield CC) who beat Mike Hoare (Lichfield) in a replay after their intial draw.
The Robert Ward Plate has been won by Nigel Byrne (Sutton Coldfield CC) who beat Richard Bailey (Coleshill CC) in another replay after an initial draw.
Congratulations to both winners and thanks to the other players who participated this year.
Roy Smith will be standing down as Recoreds Secretary at the AGM due to work commitments, after many years sterling work in the post. Anyone interested in taking over is invited to contact Roy or myself to discuss.
The Annual General Meeting of the League will be held on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 7.30 pm at the Bridgetown Social Club in Cannock. The agend for the meeting will be sent out during the firwt half of April. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please ensure that every club is represented at the meeting.
Peter Oliver, League General Secretary
Ray Dolan reminds us that on April 4th this year the Cannock & District Chess League will have been in existence for 20 years.
We now have the finalists for the Robert Ward Trophy for this season. David Gardiner (Sutton Coldfield) beat Kevin Spillane (Boldmere) in their semifinal, and so David meets Mike Hoare (Lichfield, Norton Canes) in the Final. Mike beat Chris Cox (Wolverhampton) in his semifinal.
Roy Smith (Tournaments Secretary)
Round 1 of this competition for CDCL players at all grades has now been completed by the replay of Kevin Spillane vs Nigel Byrne. Kevin won the game and is into Round 2 (semi-final): Kevin Spillane vs Dave Gardiner, and Mike Hoare vs Chris Cox.
Round one losers are now paired up for the Robert Ward Plate competition semi-final; Nigel Byrne vs Malcolm Phipps, and Geoff Rosser vs Richard Bailey
Roy Smith Tournament Secretary
The Dolan Trophy final between Brian Jones and Richard Bailey was played on January 23rd and the winner was Richard Bailey.
Richard is the first winner of this new competition for CDCL players graded at<101. Congratulations to Richard and thanks to Des Green and Brian Jones for entering this new competition and helping to get it started.
Roy Smith, Tournaments Secretary
Apart from one replay due in early January, Round 1 of the Robert ward knockout tournament is complete. Those going into Round 2 are: Dave Gardiner, Chris Cox and Mike Hoare. They will be joined by either Nigel Byrne or Kevin Spillane. The first round losers are automatically entered for the Robert Ward Plate.
In the Dolan Trophy, an all-play-all first round is now complete, and the two going forward to the Final are Robert Bailey of Coleshill Chess Club and Brian Jones of Lichfield Chess Club.
Thanks to all for participating!
Roy Smith Tournaments Secretary
Sadly, we've heard from Brewood Chess Circle that they are withdrawing from our Division 2 competition. The League Officers will decide shortly the outcome on matches already played for the league tables. We anticipate that individual games will still be submitted for grading. This will be confirmed shortly. RS
Robert Ward trophy: Chris Cox goes into Round 2 after defeating Geoff Rosser in Round 1. Geoff is now entered for the RW Plate competition for Round 1 losers.
Dolan Trophy: Brian Jones has won his first match in the all-play-all first round by defeating Des Green.
Richard is currently looking at a bug affecting the league table scores for each division; you will see they are not working correctly at present. Roy Smith
Richard has now activated the Results tab on the home page, showing a list of current season events. Click on the event and you get a fixture list; click on the fixture and match results are displayed. Results only show up when both captains have entered their match result. Any problems with the data, check with me! Captains will recall they have received instructions about how to enter match data. Again, any problomes, check with me. Roy Smith, Records Secretary
I've now started the Robert Ward Trophy and the Dolan Cup competitions for 2018-19; those taking part have been informed of their draws. We have had eight entries for the Robert Ward Trophy, and three entries for our new competition for lower-graded players, the Dolan Cup. I'll report results as each round progresses. Thanks to all who have entered the competitions and good luck to all players!
Roy Smith Tournaments Secretary
Team Captains have now been sent instructions for entering results online.
Entries for the Robert Ward Trophy and the Dolan Trophy will be accepted until 30th September 2018. Email email@example.com with your name, club, grade, email and phone number. Robert Ward Trophy is open to all individual members of participating clubs; Dolan Trophy is open to individual members graded less than 101 (including ungraded players). Rules for each competition are posted on the website under the 'Rules' tab.
RKS - Tournaments Secretary
Note that the Rushall Chess Club's new venue is at the Bowman, corner of Myatt Ave/Gretton Crescent; not "Wyatt Ave" as previously posted!
This year we have two individual tournaments for members of CDCL clubs.
The long-standing Robert Ward Trophy is open to all players of participating clubs.
New for 2018-19 is the Dolan Trophy. This new competition is open to al players in participating clubs, plus the Bloxwich Junior Chess Academy. It is restricted to players graded at <101 ECF, or new ungraded players.
Full rules of each competition are available under the RULES tab on the site homepage.
Enquiries to: Roy Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries also to Roy Smith as above, stating NAME, CLUB, GRADE, EMAIL, PHONE, and which of the competitions you want to enter.
Deadline for entries is 31st August 2018
Club entries for the CDCL league competitions for 2018-19 are:
Division 1 (<551): Lichfield; Sutton Coldfield
Division2 (<461): Bolmere St Michael; Brewood; Bushbury; Lichfield; Rugeley; Rushall; Tamworth; Wolverhampton
Division 3 (<371): Bloxwich JCA; Coleshill; Lichfield A; Lichfield B; Norton Canes
Chase Trophy (<551): Brewood; Rugeley; Sutton Coldfield; Tamworth.
A reminder to fixtures secretaries that CDCL is holding its Fixtures meeting on Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm at Bridgtown Social Club. Club entries for League Competition should be with the Records Secretary no later than Friday 15th June. Email Roy Smith on email@example.com if you have not already sent your entries.
Welcome to members of the Bloxwich Junior Chess Academy, which is entering a team in CDCL Division 3 for the 2018/19 season. This is great news as it reaffirms the League's commitment to encouraging new and junior players with opportunities for friendly competitive chess.
This is where Cannock & District Chess League matters will be announced.