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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 


REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003, Bcf 185+).


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ARCHIVE OF MONTHLY ARTICLES (January 2017-January 2023)

OLD ARCHIVE OF MONTHLY ARTICLES (August 1999-December 2016).





Contact details for this top local club can be found here

The club runs several teams in both the Leamington and the Coventry Leagues, as well as Social Chess each week.


Book and Software Reviews (from 2007-2022)

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


High level Chess (and Academic) Coaching may be obtained by contacting the following players:




8. MY STUFF  Older games, results, chess offices held, and chess problems composed.


More recent games and results etc.

9. ED GOODWIN (Children’s book author).

Details of Ed’s recent publications and how to purchase them can be found here.


Chess sites

Chess problem sites


12. NEW AND SECOND- HAND CHESS BOOKS  Tony Peterson. Specialist in rare and second-hand 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.



I little bit about myself: I live in the historic town of Kenilworth (close to the medieval castle) in Warwickshire, England. I have just retired (this time certainly!), after several years as a Scientific/Technical and Regulatory Advisor, from full time work as a Technical Manager at a biotechnology company that manufactures hydrogels for wound-care, monitoring electrodes, 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 and their Modern counterparts, various types of music, and until recently Wing Tsun Martial Art (achieving grade 11).

Over a decade ago I shifted from playing over-the-board (o.t.b) chess as well as correspondence chess to playing only correspondence chess (peak average rating 2492, final average rating of 2454 (ICCF rating history  1993-2018). In 2016 I returned to some relatively regular o.t.b chess in local leagues currently playing at about 1950-2000 elo (a somewhat reduced level  from that of a decade or more ago (approximately 2100 elo) and also from my highest many years ago of about 2275 (grading history ). After some 25 years of playing National and International level Correspondence Chess I completed my last few games at the end of 2018, annotated these games in detail for presentation in correspondence magazines in early to mid-2019, and now just play o.t.b chess.

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 o.t.b and correspondence play. A major part of the web site is the presentation of annotated games in the "Monthly Articles" section of the site. Often these include annotations by players other than myself.

In addition to more advanced articles, I will also occasionally provide articles for beginners to mid-club strength of player also on a very wide range of chess topics. 


MONTHLY ARTICLES SUMMARIES (section 1 of web site) *

This month we remember Keith Escott who passed away recently following an accident at home. Keith played a pivotal role for many years in organising the Warwickshire County Correspondence Chess Team. As Captain he led this team to several wins and high places in the prestigious Ward Higgs event. The latter being Division1 of the English Counties Correspondence Championships. 

For many years he was assistant editor of the famous magazine CHESS although typically on some occasions he even produced the whole magazine himself !

In over-the-board chess he also played a very significant part in playing for and organising one of the top local clubs namely Sutton Coldfield CC. Keith was a pretty good otb player as I found to my cost in the British U-21 Championship some years ago. This game comprises the first of the two annotated games presented this month.

The second is a classic sacrificial game against the Sicilian Defence, played more recently in the 4NCL, and features an idea the great Mikhail Tal would surely have liked to play.

Keith’s funeral will take place at 3.15 pm on Tuesday 11th June at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium , Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6LG followed by a reception/wake at about 4pm (details may be found at the News section of Sutton Coldfield Chess Club web site)  


(A number of readers have commented that they enjoyed the games in the “Brevities number 17” article published on this web site on December 20 2023 and the site received almost double the usual visitors numbers that month. Earlier sets of Brevities (numbers 1 to 16) can be found in the relevant parts of section 2 of this web site. A similar article entitled “Miniature Joy” was published in CHESS in March 2021 (copies in paper or pdf format can be obtained from chess.co.uk  . Brevities number 18 is now planned for later in the year.


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.



Kenilworth Chess Club (KCC) Individuals and Teams (May 22).

1.      KCC achieved a remarkable series of good results in the season just concluded. Briefly, in the various team competitions in the Leamington and District Chess League, the eight Kenilworth teams were placed first in four events, second in three events, and fourth in one event. In the Coventry and District Chess League the (single) Kenilworth team was placed second in two events

Much more detail on the matches and leagues, with an occasional good music clip, can be found at kenilworthchess.blogspot.com

2.      Ben Graff again resumes his series of articles in the famous magazine CHESS, on this occasion discussing with GMs Maurice Ashley and Keith Arkell the “ins and outs” of the sometimes delicate issue of draws and offering draws in the game of chess.

Copies of Ben’s latest article, in paper or pdf format, may be obtained from chess.co.uk

Local players (May 24)

Don Mason (Shirley and Wythall CC) finished second to GM Nigel Davies in the Bolton Congress.

Gary Jackson (Banbury CC) finished first in the U-2000 section of the Peterborough Congress.

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs Division 1) 2023 and 2024 (May 22).

All games have now just been completed in the 2023-24 event and in a very tight finish its Lancashire that wins this prestigious event on 9/16. West Wales finish in second on 8.5/16 with more wins scored than East Wales in third on the same score.

Team lists for the next competition are expected to be announced shortly but it has been noted the starting date for the Ward-Higgs, which used to be in the last few months of a year when I regularly played in tis event has over recent years gradually slipped into the first few months of the following year.

Peter Gibbs Memorial Correspondence Events (May 22).

Some details of Peter’s enormous impact on both over-the-board and Correspondence Chess are detailed in the Recent Archive section of this web site (Section 2-article for August-September 2023 inclusive of two annotated games).

The English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC) has under the auspices of the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) organised two 15 player events in memory of Peter. These started on May 1st 2024 and features players from a wide range of countries and includes 9 Correspondence Chess Experts.

The first results are: Section A: CCE Wnuck beats CCE Spanton; Section B: Lopez draws with Findle. 

This web site (May 22).

(a)   A review has now been posted in section 6 of this web site on “GM Gambits by Richard Palliser and Simon Williams” whilst last month one was posted on Marek Soszynski’s latest book “Double Trouble Scandinavian Style”.

(b)   Section 3 (Games for Downloading B) has games of Peter Gibbs available.

(c)   A few minor additions have been made to section 8 (My Stuff).

Ian Pheby Celebration Events (April 24 ).

In view of numerous activities, one example being the Trevor Thomas Memorial Correspondence event reported earlier on this web site, Ian an SIM and an IA, has been honoured by the ICCF with no less than 4 Celebration Events. All these events have just been completed and top places are summarised below:

In section D, untitled Taylor wins with the impressive score of 10/14; in second place was SIM Vivante-Sowter.

In section C, CCM Staak wins with 8.5/14.

In section B, there was a four-way tie for first involving SIM Gromotka, CCM Buchan, CCM Grayland and SIM Kitson.

In section A, SIM Rhodes, and CCM Richarde win by the narrowest margin (SB 52.0) compared to SIM Mayer and IM Maguire on the same score but a SB of 51.75.

 Next main update due early on or about June 24, 2024.

(minor updates may occur during each month)