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About this Website

The domain name www.wdclchess.org.uk became operational as of May 27 2011.

Intuitive navigational menus are incorporated with comprehensive WDCL content and a new games section. Summer and Dudley league sections aren't hosted on this WDCL website but can be accessed via onsite links.

The old WDCL website was an excellent, popular, invaluable resource and reference point for many years. A tribute to the previous WDCL webmaster Mike Rees.

We hope this new website will be as popular, successful and in time as valuable as our predecessor's. With support from WDCL and its members we can build a new website for the future.

We'd like to thank the WDCL league and its members for appointing us as joint webmasters and granting us the privelige and opportunity to build this new WDCL website. Yours Sincerely your new joint webmasters Paul Walters and Andrew McCumiskey.
By Paul Walters
WDCL Web Updates and league status
Club Venue Changes & Important Information
Daily Chess Puzzles
  • County Open (National QF) results and match report added (21/05/13)
  • Week 17 result added and tables updated. (23/04/2013)
  • Humphreys Cup final results and photo added, history section and corresponding club pages updated, (19/04/2013)
  • Week 15 Results added, Tables updated (15/04/2013) and brief writeup added (17/04/2013)
  • Chess in schools and communities (CSC) volunteers ad added, R Jones obituary added (10/04/2013)
  • Week 14 Results added, Tables updated and brief writeup added (08/04/2013)
  • Pittaway Cup final results added and Robert Jones passing mentioned in Very Sad News section.
  • Week 13 Results added, Tables updated (01/04/2013)
  • Week 12 Results added, Tables updated, brief fixture, results week 12 writeup added (23/03/2013)


2012/13 WDCL accolades and success: Rock and Bidgood Cup Finals 26/03/2013 at Mercia Chess Club

Walsall Kipping and Wolverhampton players make this years WDCL Trophy individual knockout finals (Rock and Bidgood). Current Cup holder Robert Marshall (Wolverhampton) retains the Cup after beating Mike Groombridge (Walsall Kipping). Dave Wightman (Wolverhampton) wins the Bidgood Cup after beating Peter Nixon (Walsall Kipping). Congratulations to winners and finalists. More details and match reports link in trophy section .

Rock and Bidgood 2013 finalists

See WDCL Trophy Events sections for more details and picture.


Pittaway Cup : Wolverhampton win the Pittaway Cup after beating Stafford at Bushbury 03/04/2013


Humphreys Cup (U130) : Rushall win the Humphreys

Cup after beating Warley Quinborne at Walsall Kipping 18/04/2013. "With a drawn match and an equal board count (5-5) the result was decided by the Elimination Rule which gave Rushall the win. Both teams are to be congratulated." Frank Wood Tournament secretary.


Humphreys Cup 2013 finalists


Congratulations to the following teams

Div 1: St George's A league champions (25.5 to 24 game count) Bushbury A Runners up.

Div 2: Stourbridge A (Champions) and Wolverhampton A gain promotion from Div 2 to 1.

Div 3 : St George's B (Champions) and Brewood A gain promotion from Div 3 to 2. .

Div 4: Walsall Kipping C (Champions) and Mercia B gain promotion from Div 4 to 3.


WDCL Registrations Update


WDCL 2012/13 player list update added 01/03/2013)


Tied Players
to higher team


WDCL Statistics will be published unless a club opts out. Read More




Congratulations St George's A League Champions . (game count 25.5 to 24) and Div 3 Champions. Well done Bushbury Runners Up in Div 1


WDCL Trophy Finals.


Details announced, see Trophy Events section, page and full results.


AGM 2013 and meeting dates


Please see the new AGM page for full details and vacancies.

AGM at Wolverhampton Chess Club

7.30 pm Thursday 23rd May


WDCL filled Vacancies 2013/14


New WDCL RECORD SECRETARY is Dave Scriven. Dave takes on the role after Derek Laight's 7 years in office.



The new WDCL PRESIDENT is Catherine Hiley.

Congratulations to all.


Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) "Urban Chess Project" needs Volunteers to teach Chess in primary and secondary schools More details.application form

WDCL News: previous updates and announcements


We want your games! Submit via link in menu or games section.



IMPORTANT: Please refer to corresponding club pages for venue details, full addresses and updated map links. Also note venue change details have been updated in the Electronic copy/Web version of WDCL Handy Reference on this website. Address details in hard copy of WDCL Handbook 2012-13 for the following clubs are no longer valid.

Rushall, Stafford


Stafford and Rushall have changed venues during the winter season.


Note Rushall may have moved back to their previous venue but confirmation of this has not been received by webmaster.


Stourbridge Chess Club and Car Parking Provision Summary (update as of 2 Jan 2013): Major redevelopment is continuing a further year, hence still no car parking in the immediate vicinity of Stourbridge Chess Club.


Visitors to Stourbridge Chess Club are advised to use the Ryemarket multi-storey car park (pay and display). This can be accessed from the ring-road via Victoria Street, between the Police Station and Aldi. I recommend you DO NOT use Bell Street at present.

Clubs visiting please see further Important Information, details here






Daily Chess Puzzles




Daily Chess Puzzles

WDCL Results, Fixture Updates and Stats
WDCL Trophy & County News
Other News

Week 15: Div 1 : Relegations are decides but not the top places. Bushbury could theoretically become champions and push St George's to 2nd spot if they prevail against Lichfield and the score currently stands at 1.5 - 1.5. Div 2 : just 1 match remains. Div 3 : Brewood A draw with St George's A and consolidate 2nd place behind St George's Div 4 : Walsall Kipping maintain their consistency and consolidate their championship status.

Week 14: Div 1 : Rushall A default against Warley Quinborne draw with Shifnal & Telford and gain 2 points from a Rushall match default. Div 3: Wolverhampton B finish their seasonm in 3rd after beating Stafford B but begin the match with a 2 point advantage due to 2 defaults. Div 4: Walsall Kipping C complete the season in style, undefeated and Champions after final match victory. Halesowen D finish high in the table after drawing against Bushbury C.





New pages in Detailed Results and Statistics section:  Check out the Top 25 WDCL players or your own personal record on the new stats web pages as well all the latest results, tables and player performances. Games theme: submit your own scoresheets for inclusion on the site. Pages can include scoresheets showing the actual games played.


Do any of your clubs have players in these top tables. Best player white, black, best female performances and much more. Added (20/01/2013)


Trophy News


Rushall win Humphreys Cup at Walsall Kipping Thurs 18/04/2013


Wolverhampton win Pittaway Cup at Bushbury Wed 03/04/2013

Wolverhampton players win both Rock and Bidgood Cups for the 2nd consecutive year. Robert Marshall retains the Rock Cup after beating Mike Groombridge of Walsall Kipping in the final. Dave Wightman beats Peter Nixon also of Walsall Kipping. Both matches took place Tues 26th March at Mercia Chess Club (neutral venue) Congratulations to the winners and finalists. Thank you all, Frank Wood WDCL tournament secretary and to Mercia for agreeing to host these popular and historic WDCL Trophy events. Rock and Bidgood Cup final match reports by Dave Wightman here


Latest Standings at a Glance.


WDCL Trophy 2012/13 (team event)

Pitttaway Cup Final:

Wolverhampton.become Pittaway Cup Winners after beating Stafford.

Wed 3rd April at Bushbury Chess Club


Humphreys Cup (U130) Final:.


Rushall 2 v 2 Warley Quinborne

(Rushall win using Elimination rule)

Thurs 18 Apil 2013 at Walsall Kipping Chess Club


Rock and Bidgood Cups 2012/13 Finals 26th March 2013 at Mercia Chess Club


Rock Cup Final

Robert Marshall (Wolverhampton) 1 v 0

Mike Groombridge (Walsall Kipping)


Bidgood Cup Final

Dave Wightman (Wolverhampton) 1 v 0 Peter Nixon (Walsall Kipping)


2012/13 full WDCL Trophy Draw details and full results Updated 19/04/2013


Research Trophy history on site too, and see who's won previously. May the best players win in 2012/13.


More details and archive



County News.


New page for full results is launched : full county cup results


Hickman Cup Final : Congratulations to Stafford as they beat Cheddleton 4 - 2 in the Hickman Cup Final 2012/13.f


MCCU : Staffordshire retain the MCCU Open Championship for the fourth year in succession. Well done Staffordshire, the team and to David Anderton as captain.

[full score here as a pdf file]

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


David Anderton quote "

Thanks to the team for their support and to Denis Nesbitt and Matthew Carr for help with the equipment.
Congratulations to Lawrence Cooper for a fine win against Grandmaster Neil McDonald on top board.
Kind regards


[full score here as a pdf file]


[Match report by Dave Wightman]



County Jackson Cup : Lichfield 3.5 - 1.5 Stafford, Cannock 1 - 3 Fenton


Hickman Cup : Walsall Kipping 4.5 1.5 Newcastle


General Chess Events


Staffordshire Chess Congress 13 & 14 April 2013 At Bloxwich Leisure Centre 

(Open), Major  (U160)  Minor (U120)


(live links))

Minor Major Open




Guide Dogs for The Blind Chess Rapidplay Congress Sat 6 July 2013 At Old Hall Special School, Bentley Lane, Walsall, WS2 7LU 

(Open), Major  (U160)  Minor (U120)
Details and Entry Form.


Bloxwich Junior Chess Club

Sat 2nd February 2013: Simultaneous Display by English Chess Federation President Roger Edwards.


17 Junior Players of the above Club.


After 2 hours and 18 moves later games were Adjudicated


President Roger Edwards won 9 Drew 4 lost 4.

Great result for him was a draw against Manpreet Sangha graded 169

Results: Winners Karthik Selvan, Alex Jarvis, Luke Berenbaum, Dominic Holmes.

Draws Aaron Cowley, Manpreet Sangha, Jay Sanga, Gurpreet Khangura.


All winners received a Chess Book donated by the President, they were presented by Local Councilor Julie Fitzpatrick.


All games were recorded by our players. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players to play a President of the English Chess Federation.

Special Thanks to him for taking the time to come to our club, and spending time with the Children.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success


Photo Gallery.


By Eunice and Ray Dolan


Very Sad News


Very sad Tragic news :

Robert Jones :
Robert Jones, a member of Walsall Kipping for over 40 years, died peacefully yesterday morning 03/04/2013 after a long illness. 
The funeral of Robert Jones will be held at:-
12 noon, Wednesday 17th April 2013,
 Streetly Crematorium, Little Hardwick Rd., Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0SG 

An obituary from Mike Groombridge can be read here


Iain Wilson passed away Wed 10 Oct 2012. An obituary from Richard Thompson can be read here


As webmaster I don't want to hijack space here but there is something I need to share with WDCL members, chess friends and the wider world. My 14 year old nephew Simon Walters died Thurs 25/10/2012. He liked to play chess with me and attended our chess club a couple of times. My nephew's funeral was Mon 12/11/2012. There have been some web update delays I'm sorry. here: By Paul Walters



Other News


Very Exciting news: NEW Chess training website for kids. Wolverhampton Chess Club member Peter Pearson Jones has constructed a fantastic new Chess teaching/ training website. The site offers a basic chess teaching program to help the non-player to become a reasonable chess player in a number of lessons. It also provides Teachers with instructions how to set up a chess Club and to teach pupils to enjoy playing chess. The beginners section is currently operational but in the coming months the site will expand to include a wide range of chess training; from the basics to advanced stage. The new site has already received acclaim in the form of sterling reviews in the Times Educational supplement. Well done to Peter Pearson Jones. (Site is still subject to some development and addition of further sections). Preview www.cyber-chess.co.uk here.



Attention all Chess Players : BBC4 "Only Connect"


Contestant call for applicants for Only Connect.


Please click to see flyer [pdf]


24 hour Chess marathon for Children In Need : ECF arbiter Matthew Carr will be playing 24 hours of chess against Fraser Greenroyd at Keele University. Nov 16th to 17th. Please support and a donation bucket will be by this chess marathon. More details [pdf]

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