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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 

 Senior International Master (ICCF); Regional Master (BCF).

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Old archive (Aug 1999-July 2003).






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 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 early from full time work as a Technical Manager at a biotechnology company that manufactures hydrogels for woundcare, monitoring electrode, and cosmetic applications. Now working just part-time. 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 culture of the Ancient Greeks, Wing Tsun martial art (currently grade 11), and various types of music.

About 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 2465  ICCF rating history * ). In recent months I have returned to some otb chess in local leagues playing at about 1950 elo (a somewhat reduced level  from that of a decade ago (approximately 2090 elo) and also from my highest many years ago of about 2300, 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.



As has been mentioned a few times in the past on this web site the years just after World War 2 were a relatively intense time for chess. Many European countries ravaged by the war sought to rebuild relationships and communications with other countries through chess, amongst other activities, frequently under the mantle of improving cultural relationships. The USA and Russia also took part in some of these and many notable events, a small number of which continue to this day or to recent times, were organised often under very difficult conditions indeed. Several events were the re-establishment of famous tournaments that had not been held for many years.

A few key events , about which I am fortunate to have original books in my chess library, may be listed such as The USA-Russia Radio match of 1945; The Anglo-Soviet Radio Match, Nottingham, London (Sunday Chronicle), Beverwijk and Groningen all held in 1946; Hastings 1946-47; Hilversum 1947; New York 1948-49; The World Chess Championship (Moscow and The Hague) of 1948; and the Staunton Centenary of 1951 held in part locally in Leamington and Birmingham as well as in Cheltenham.

One unusual event from this time period is the theme of this month's articles. It is the 1000 player match held on June 16th 1951 where players from North of the Thames faced players South of the Thames. The event was held in the Central Hall, Westminster with an opening speech by the famous pioneer of aeronautics and keen chess player Lord Brabazon, and resulted in a fairly close win for the North by 258:242. In a Britain still having to endure rationing and in a remarkable feat of organisation each player received a printed card a week in advance of the match with their colour, team, time limit and section (the event being divided in sections of 24 players). It is worth listing the organisers as a small tribute to their efforts: H.G.Arnold, R.W.Gosling, J.J.Lauder, H.Meek, R.C. Noel Johnson and H.H.Pugh.

Two of the games have been annotated for this month's web site articles thus Monthly article 1 is the "best played game" prize winning game of 18 year old N. McKelvie and Monthly article 2 is "the most entertaining and enterprising" prize winning game between H.W.Scarlett and Bruce Hayden. Incidently neither of these fine games appears in the Chessbase databases.


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, 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.


Correspondence Chess Olympiad 21-Preliminaries (October 24):

 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 and  takes place on the ICCF web server thus allowing fast play. One game has already been completed: IM Van tricht (Belgium 2349) and Dr. R.Szabo (Hungary 2339) drew.

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2016-17 (October 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 over a dozen correspondence chess Grandmasters, Senior International Masters and International Masters (both male and female) spread throughout the various teams. Strong otb player such as Susan Lalic and Peter Batchelor are also playing.

The Warwickshire team is headed up by myself (2465) on bd 1, SIM J.J.Carlton (2255) on bd 2, M.Davis (2296) on bd 3, M.Soszynski (2215) on bd4 with many good players on lower boards. I face Craig Bennett (2365) who is representing Hampshire.

Personal Training (October 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  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.

Adrian Hollis Memorial 2014-16 (September 23):

This is the strongest correspondence chess event I have played in and features 4 Grandmasters including two current ICCF World Championship Finalists in GM Richard Hall 2640 (runner-up in the last World Championship) and also GM Nigel Robson 2602  (also a former IECG World Champion) as well as a previous ICCF finalist in GM John Brooks 2511. All other players in a field of eleven players are ICCF Senior International Masters and the tournament average rating is 2504. The event is now being billed as the strongest ever all British Correspondence event according to the BCCA.

This event has just finished with the last prolonged game now being completed. The event was won by GM Nigel Robson with the remarkable score of 8/10 and who has now moved on to playing in the ICCF World Championship Final. Second equal were SIM Richard Beecham and GM Richard Hall on 5.5 points. I finished 8th (one place above rating expectation) on 4.5 points (9 draws and one loss to GM Robson).


Next main update due on or about  November 25 2016.

(minor updates may occur during each month)