More teams

For the first time since the 1988–1989 season, Sutton Coldfield Chess Club are fielding six teams in the Birmingham League. Moreover, today in 2021–2022 we are also playing in the Cannock League (and potentially in the Dudley League when that restarts) which we never did last century.

League Fixtures 2021-2022

Our league fixtures for the 2021-2022 season have finally been worked out, thanks to John Mildenhall. We are in two leagues: the Birmingham League (6 teams with 64 matches altogether), and the Cannock League (1 team with 4 matches). The Cannock League runs only till Xmas. Neither league is running any cup competitions. NB Postponements and rearrangements are still possible.

You will have to scroll down past the old WMAL results to get to the latest matches.

Committee News

The Executive Committee Meeting on 13st September was very productive. The six squads were chosen for the Birmingham League season, and then the six captains: Golam Ali 1st Team, John Mildenhall 2nd Team, and Rob Marks 3rd Team. These were familiar names and postholders so far, but the next three were newcomers: David Carpenter 4th Team, Dwight Reynolds 5th Team, and Adam Bialasiewicz 6th Team. Meanwhile John Mildenhall was restoring order to the chaos of the generated fixtures.

Club Championship

Open & Major sections, £50 & £30 first prizes

Starting soon!

  • Entry is free to Members or soon-to-be Members.
  • The Open section is open to all players.
  • The Major section will be for players rated U1750 (U140 in old grades).
  • Each section will be either Swiss or APA, so everyone gets more than 1 game.
  • Games will be 75 minutes each, and will be rated (if both players are or become ECF Members).

NB These details may be amended depending on number of entries, etc.

For your diaries

A reminder that, as usual, the Chess Club will not be meeting on the Summer Bank Holiday, Monday 30th August.

Besides the normal casual chess games, on Monday 13th September there will be an Executive Committee Meeting to select squads and appoint Captains for the Birmingham League 2021-22 season, which is due to start on Monday 4th October.

If you haven’t already been in touch, and wish to play for Sutton Coldfield Chess Club, let us know soon. We are always looking for players of all, yes all, standards.

AGM 2021 Report

The headline decisions at our well-attended Annual General Meeting on Monday 16th August 2021 were to re-elect all the principal officers, and keep the annual subscriptions as they were pre-COVID (£20 adults, £10 juniors). Keith Escott, besides being re-elected Chairperson, was voted Clubman of the Year. Arthur Kent was unanimously appointed a Life Member. A vote of thanks was given to Neil Owen for his work as Online Director. Lastly, the meeting decided to enter 5 or 6 teams in the Birmingham League season that starts in October 2021.