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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.

12. 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. 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.



Other than World Chess Championships, the concept of matches between top players is nowadays largely out of favour. This is perhaps a bit of a loss for the Chess World as no longer do we have the fantastic Candidates matches of the 1960s and 70s for instance. In contrast, in the early part of that centuary in particular, it was very common for the top players to play matches, often for stakes, and very many excellent games and hard fought matches resulted.

This month we feature two games from a short match between two chess legends, namely Rudolf Spielmann and Jacques Mieses, played in Regensburg in 1910. Both these players had active playing styles and both could play very attractive attacking chess often involving sacrifices. Both players also had some notable tournament wins and high places in strong events. In one to one encounters both players could on the day defeat the very best and it is interesting to note Spielmann is one of a very short list of players to have an even score against the great Capablanca even winning 2 games out of the 12 they contested.

Whilst match play was not their principle strength each players had some decent results, or at least some fascinating games, in this form of competition. For instance, Mieses beat none other than Schlechter in a blindfold match of very high quality in 1909.

Unfortunately for Mieses, in his match against Spielmann the latter was in brilliant form so was a convincing winner by 5 wins to 1 and just 2 draws. However, the games were closer than this score suggests hence a win by each player is annotated in detail for this web site.


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 (May 14):

(a) Dr Joshua Pink (Stockport/Kenilworth/London) adds yet another tournament win this year with a clear first in the St.Albans Challengers. Due to a massive 90%score in the local Leamington Chess League, plus great efforts to play for Kenilworth CC travelling huge distances, Joshua wins not only the Tilley Cup (for the Clubs highest scorer) but also the Clubman of the year award. 

(b) Phil Holt (Olton CC) with 8 pts from 9 games wins the Leamington and District Chess League 2019 Lightening (Blitz) event. Second equal on 7 pts were Alan Lloyd, Mark Cundy (both of Olton CC) and myself (Kenilworth CC). Over 40 players entered this strong event well organised by the brothers Robert and Richard Reynolds.

(c) Olton A win the LDCL Divison 1 trophy by just one point from Kenilworth A but Kenilworth A (Mark Page, Andrew Paterson. Andy Baruch , Joshua Pink and myself) beat Olton A by 3.5 to 1.5 in the final of the LDCL Open KO Cup in a very eventful match.

(d) James Jackson (Banbury Chess Club) benefitting no doubt from a recent training session in Crete with GM Aagaard and GM Gelfand, had a very good result in the recent remarkably strong European Individual Championship defeating or drawing with a number of titled players and made a TR of well above 2400 Elo.

(e) Further to last months report Kenilworth B team continued on their merry way in the Leamington League Division 2 and won their penultimate match so clinch the League title with a score of 12 wins and one drawn match well above other contenting teams. The final league match of the season against Daventry A however saw a comedown and the teams first loss.

(f) Former Whoberley CC team mate David Ireland led the Coventry Chess Club's Summer Cup 2019 event with a 100% score after 5 rounds and a draw in his final game with Ed Goodwin secured the championship by a clear point.

(g) Kenilworth players Mark Page and Andy Baruch represent England 2 and England 3 teams respectively both on top board in the World Senior Team Championship in Rhodes. Mark made a 2200 Elo performance including coming very close to winning against GM Knaak whilst Andy wins a Gold Medal for his performance.

(h) 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.

(i) 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.  More is apparently to come!

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 is 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.

More results have now been reported such that all Counties involved have at least some points on the score-board. Latest position are Yorkshire A, with 2 quick wins, now lead with 3.5/5; West Wales A drop down to second but still with the good score of 2.5/3; Surrey A and Hertfordshire A also have 2.5 points but have played more games; Warwickshire A go to a mid-table position after a loss so now have 2/4 but there are many other games to complete at this early stage of the event.

This web site (May 14).

Some additonal minor updates have taken place in the last week for several section of this web site in addition to a major revision of section 10 (Opening Reviews and other articles).  In addition a number of links to formerly excellent chess web sites have been removed due to them no longer funcitoning.

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 24 2019.

(minor updates may occur during each month)