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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 


REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003, Bcf 185+);


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2. ARCHIVE OF MONTHLY ARTICLES (from January 2017)*

Old archive (August 1999-December 2016).






5. COVENTRY CHESS CLUB (formerly Whoberley CC) The club has teams with a wide range of strengths in the various local leagues and has won every Cup and League competition at some point in the last few years. Contact details.

6. BOOK AND SOFTWARE REVIEWS (from 2007 to date) *

Archive of book and CD/DVD reviews 1998-2006.


8. MY STUFF  Games, results, chess offices held and chess problems. *


Chess sites

Chess problem sites


11. NEW AND SECOND- HAND CHESS BOOKS Tony Peterson. Specialist in rare and secondhand chess books and magazines. Very large stock . Contact details. 

  IM Sergey Bystrov.  Specialist in a wide range of Russian books plus some non-Russian books. Now offering a greater range. Contact details.


(a) Correspondence Chess News (CCN).


(c) Thomas Johansson's site


13. PERSONAL TRAINING BCF Regional Master Andy Baruch (formerly Whoberley board 1) is now available for face to face personal training in the Coventry, Warwickshire and surrounding areas. Players ranging from beginner to County level who wish to improve should contact Andy by clicking here



 Wing Tsun Kung Fu (Coventry).


Wing Tsun in the Midlands




I little bit about myself: I live in the historic town of Kenilworth (very close to the medieval castle) in Warwickshire, England. I have just retired, after a period as a consultant, from full time work as a Technical Manager at a biotechnology company that manufactures hydrogels for woundcare, monitoring electrode, and cosmetic applications. Previously I was a research scientist working in a diverse number of scientific areas (science publications, committees, science journal refereeing etc). In my spare time I enjoy chess, the history and culture of the Ancient Greeks, various types of music and until recently Wing Tsun Martial Art (achieving grade 11).

Just over a decade ago I shifted from playing over-the-board (otb) chess as well as correspondence chess to playing only correspondence chess (current rating of 2463  ICCF rating history ). In 2016 I returned to some relatively regular otb chess in local leagues currently playing at about 1950 elo (a somewhat reduced level  from that of a decade or so ago (approximately 2090 elo) and also from my highest many years ago of about 2275 grading history ).


I will attempt to offer a wide range of chess material on this site including game and opening based articles, games for downloading from famous players I have known or competed against, chess problems and some current and past results. This will include both otb and correspondence play.

In addition to more advanced articles I will also occasionally provide articles for beginners to mid-club strength of player.



The current larger than normal set of articles is intended to cover the months June25-August 25 due to my other non-chess commitments over this period of time. The normal monthly articles are planned to recommence on this web site from August 25th.

Short games under 25 moves are still useful to study in that commonly recurring errors can be highlighted and hopefully eliminated in ones own future play, In this Brevities No 14 article no less than 6 games are presented. These range from games by World class players to interesting over-the-board and correspondence play in tournaments at a national level. Finally as light relief from these more complex games, but hopefully still entertaining and educational, a local league game totally dominated by the clock, and also a blindfold game (plus another league game in the notes) are given which in the latter case shows the devastation a discovered check may cause.


All material for downloading from this site is zipped. Use WinZip or similar to extract. Monthly articles are in .pgn format (from May 2000, previously in .txt format) whilst games for downloading are in .pgn format (or .cbv occasionally). 

Contributions (preferably one or two annotated games), suggestions for articles and comments to improve this site are welcome: mail me!

SCCA Magazine

The SCCA magazine is published quarterly and consists of 24xA4 pages packed with correspondence chess news, articles, reviews and games.

SCCA members receive the magazine as part of their annual subscription (8). This entitles them to download pdf files (the e-mags) from a secure area of the SCCA website.

If you prefer to receive a printed copy of the magazine, an extra 5 per annum covers print costs and UK postage and you get the four issues mailed directly to you.

The SCCA magazine is unbeatable value! You can try a complimentary copy by contacting the membership secretary.


Local Players (25 June)

(a) 4NCL: Warwickshire Select teams.

-By winning all three matches in the final week-end of the current season Warwickshire Select first team have secured Second Division status for the coming season.

-After more than a decade of captaining the Warwickshire Select first team, and not without some notable successes over the years, Andy Baruch now hands over the reigns to Mark Page. The second team captain will be Ravi Sandhu

(b) Local Leagues and Club AGMs.

-The Leamington League is to change the time limits to be used in that League in the coming season to all moves to be played in 1.5 hours. This, it seems, despite most speakers at the meeting being against such a change reports Kenilworth Chess Club's Mark Page.

-The Coventry and District Chess League AGM also seems set to be controversial in that prior to the meeting Paul Lam has announced the intention to withdraw all of the Coventry Chess Academy teams due to several complaints being put forward from a very few League players. The League is clearly in need of new young players, some of whom are, or will soon be, capable of beating adult League players, hence if this occurs it will be a Coventry League loss to be regretted..

 -At the Kenilworth CC AGM Dave Shurrock wins the Clubman of the Year Trophy for his effective running of the second team and for some important wins in critical matches. Your web-master wins the Tilley Trophy for the highest scoring Kenilworth CC player in local leagues (over 70% with 2 loses in 41 games).

(c) Kenilworth CC player Ben Graff  will have his first book entitled "Find Another Place" published by Troubadour in the next few weeks (also available to pre-order on Amazon). Whilst the main theme is in short "families are their stories" there are also a few chapters on chess. The book has received excellent reviews from another local player and author Carl Portman, as well as book reviewer Cherrie Walker.

(d) Sutton Coldfield player Marek Soszynski, in conjuction with Jerzy Konikowski, havs just published a welcome addition to chess theoretical works with an opening book entitled "Sabotaging the Sicilian, French and Caro-Kann with 2. b3". A review is now uploaded to section 6 of this web-site. 

This web site (June 25)  

A number of sections have been updated. These include

(a) Section 6 (Book and Software reviews) with a belated review of a GM Davies DVD and

(b) My Stuff (section 8) which updates the Memorabilia pages, the results summary section, and also adds several hundred of my early games (and many much later games) to those previously available. These databases in pgn format now include all over-the-board and all correspondence games played from the first recorded game in 1966 (as a raw beginner) up to the year 2000 (just prior to obtaining the CCIM title)

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2017-18 (June 25 2018): 

This is the premier correspondence team event in the UK. Many of the highest rated correspondence chess players represent their county in this event and also quite a few highly rated otb players also play. There are about 25 titled Correspondence Chess Grandmasters, Senior International Masters, International Masters, CCMs and CCEs (both male and female) spread throughout the various teams.

The Warwickshire team is headed up by SIM J.J.Carlton (2255) on bd 1, IM C.Shephard (2469) on bd2, M.Davis (2294) on bd 3, M.Soszynski (2238) on bd4 and , M.Squires (2314) on bd 5, with many good players on lower boards.

Several more games have been completed in recent weeks and the leader's positions changes once more :

Yorkshire  A regain the lead and now have 9.5 points from 15 games (with just 1 game left to complete), West Wales A drop to second place with 8.5 points but have 3 games remaining to complete. Warwickshire A improve a little to move to 5th with 7.5 points (with 1 game remaining ). For unknown reasons Warwickshire A defaulted both games on board 8, in positions that do not look lost, and unfortunately 2 wins there could have seen the team competing for first place.

Last season's final positions were: West Wales A won with the fine score of 10.5/15 and no losses. Three teams finished on 9.5 points: Surrey A were placed second based on number of wins (although 2 losses), Warwickshire A and Yorkshire A were placed joint third with just 1 loss each..

Correspondence Chess Olympiad 21-Preliminaries (June 25 2018):

 The England team comprises 4 very experienced titled players players (Grandmaster or Senior International Master) in the following board order: SIM Harvey Williams (2537), SIM Nigel Burne (2488), GM John Pugh (2468), myself (2465), SIM Ajoy Mukherjee (2456) and SIM Dr John Wharam (2449). Only the top two teams playing qualify for the Olympiad final.

On board 4, I face players from across the globe including Japan, India, North and Central America, as well as major European countries. The opposing teams on this board include two Senior International Master and two International Masters with a board average rating of 2340. Play commenced in September 2016 and  takes place on the ICCF web server thus allowing fast play.

 There are only  few games remaining to be completed in this competition. On board 4, I currently have one game left, after loosing a long and complex game in 77 moves versus Szabo (HUN 2339). Hence my score to date is 4.5/8 (+2 =5 -1). This latter game may possibly influencing which two countries will qualify for the final of this event.  

With a few more games completed by lower placed teams and only 7 games in total remaining to finish the battle for the two qualifying places is still not clarified and is as close as when last reported: USA  lead with 33 points (62% with 1game remaining); Spain have 31 points (59% with 2 games remaining); and England also have 31 points (59% and 2 games remaining).

Personal Training (May 25 2018) 

Players wishing to improve should now contact Regional Master Andy Baruch on his new e-mail address (see section 13 of this site).

Young players also wishing to advance should contact Paul Lam at  Paul has just completed a very successful fund raising campaign for this academy which will be used to fund promising players attendance to distant chess events and other supportive functions.

Next main update due on or about August 25 2018.

(minor updates may occur during each month)