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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 


REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003, Bcf 185+);


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Monthly Article 1:

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Monthly Article 2:

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

Old archive (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 .

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 (probably!) , after a period as a consultant, from full time work as a Technical Manager at a biotechnology company that manufactures hydrogels for woundcare, 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, 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 (o.t.b) chess as well as correspondence chess to playing only correspondence chess (current 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 2010 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 in late 2018 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.

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



Norman Stephenson has for several decades been one of the best chess players of the North-East of England. His achievements include winning the often extremely strong Teesside Championship numerous times, many high level battles and notable scalps in the Finals of the British Championships, and also twice winning the British Veteran Championship. A recent enforced break from chess, another battle Norman seems fortunately to have won, saw a return to chess that demonstrated little, if any, loss of skill.

This month this web site features two games submitted by Norman which are excellently and succinctly annotated by him.  


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 (April 24):

(a) Kenilworth B team continue on their merry way in the Leamington League Division 2 and now have 10 wins and one draw so far this season.

(b) In the recent Coventry League Centenary Rapidplay event, Kenilworth top player Mark Page beats GM Mark Hebden (a seven times winner of the British Rapid Play Championship and also numerous strong International events) in a very high quality attacking game.

(c) Another Kenilworth player Ben Graff , apart from recently displaying his skill as a novel writer, has in the last few months had several very interesting articles published in the magazine "Chess". This  includes a very readable account of his experience of visiting the recent World Championship match in London between Carlsen and Caruana. 

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2018-19 (April 24): 

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 numerous titled Correspondence Chess players involved this year including some 13 with the Grandmaster title (men and women), Senior International Master, or  International Master titles as well as many CCMs and CCEs (both male and female) spread throughout the various teams.

The Warwickshire team was headed up by SIM (and former World Championship finalist) J.J.Carlton (2258) on bd 1, IM C.Shephard (2429) on bd.2, M.Davis (2230) on bd. 3, M.Soszynski (2268) on bd.4 and R.T.Farley (2269) on bd. 5, with many good players on lower boards.

A sudden spurt of results with a surprising number of decisive games gives current positions as : West Wales now leading with 2.5/3, Warwickshire in second on 2/3, and the early leader Surrey B slipping to third on 1.5/4. Several other counties in this event have no completed games as yet.

This web site (March 24).

A further update on top of those previously reported for each of the last few months has taken place in the "Summary of Results" section (which now lists all Correspondence events including the last to the be completed, as well as the most recent otb results plus corrections of some older otb results).

Personal Training (March 24): 

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 https://coventrychessacademy.wordpress.com/  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 May 25 2019.

(minor updates may occur during each month)