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.

Sutton Coldfield Online Championship Result

Congratulations to Marek Soszynski for winning the inaugural SCCC Online Championship with a score of 26 points from 8 games. Commiserations to Peter Oliver and Larry Hayden who finished second and third respectively.

As I have no official prize to award, Marek will just have to revel in the respect and admiration of his peers. Now that the club is tentatively open, perhaps you could buy him his favourite tipple of Newcastle Brown Ale if you see him!

Over 20 games were played between members in the championship, but it is perhaps telling that I stopped receiving any results right around the time Minworth Club and Lodge re-opened! Clearly our members have been yearning for the return of OTB chess and (hopefully) this means I will be out of a job!

Stay safe, I hope to see you all after I’ve had my second jab!

Neil – SCCC Online Director