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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, 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 2454  ICCF rating history  1993-2018). In 2016 I returned to some relatively regular otb 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 otb 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 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 Brexit rumbles on with increasing degrees of disorder and irresolution one questions why this has become so problematic. One underlining feature that was present and increasing in intensity at the time of the referendum was the contrast between the EC concept of free movement of people and the growing concerns of  some  British people about the impact of immigrants and refugees on employment and also possible British "cultural dilution".

Aided by the mass media the meaning of an immigrant and a refugee appears to have become somewhat confused to many of the general public. No longer did these terms simply mean a person who lives in another country or one who is forced to leave their country due to war or other serious matters. Instead a great range of possibilities arose including a person who was a desired skilled or unskilled worker, legally or illegally incorporated into the UK who may benefit the economy, to someone who is aided willingly or unwillingly for humanitarian or moralistic reasons alone, through to someone who might even be a proto-terrorism..    

At least on some occasions in the past the UK chess fraternity appears to have had an easier time in dealing with the terms immigrant and refugees as a number of non-UK chess players have come to this country and been readily accepted and helped in this sphere of activity . A few examples, from many possibilities and selected from around the time of WW2, includes the German GM Jacque Mieses and the Russian/Czech Women's World Chess Champion Vera Menchik.

Another example is the Russian Paul List who was forced out of that country due to the Revolution, set up a Chess Centre in Berlin, but was again forced out of that country by Hitler and came to England in 1938 to rebuild his chess activities. He seems to have been reasonably successful with one example being  to win the British Lightening Championship in 1953, another is giving no less a player than Alekhine a hard time in the Plymouth 1938 event.

This month I provide two annotated games that demonstrate List was indeed a fine player. The first is, curiously against Mieses, possibly from happier times in Germany. The second is against the well-known player Milner-Barry from a little known International event in Hampstead just prior to WW2.



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 (February 24):

(a) 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.

(b) 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 (February 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.

No results yet for Warwickshire but noted opening author Fred Clough (2207 West Wales) scores two rapid wins against N.J.Blake (2100 Surrey B ). Strong otb player Susan Lalic (2260 FIDE Surrey A) draws twice with R.Brennan (2223 Hertfordshire A).

This web site (February 24):  

A number of sections have been updated including various "Chess Sites" links, the "Summary of Results" section (which now lists all Correspondence events including the last to the be completed), the "Memorabilia Corner" section for 2014-to the present, and the "Games for Downloading" section.

Personal Training (January 20): 

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 March 25 2019.

(minor updates may occur during each month)