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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 

 SENIOR INTERNATIONAL MASTER (ICCF 2008);

REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003);

INTERNATIONAL MASTER (ICCF 2001).

(* denotes new content since the last update.)

1. MONTHLY ARTICLES *

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Number 2 View now *

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Number 3 View now *

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

Old archive (August 1999-December 2016).

 

3. GAMES FOR DOWNLOADING . 

 

4.  PC GIBBS TROPHY 

 

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.

7. DATABASE & TEACHING SERVICE  

8. MY STUFF  Games, results, chess offices held and chess problems. *

9. LINKS

Chess sites  *

Chess problem sites

10. OPENINGS REVIEWS AND OTHER ARTICLES  

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. MY ARTICLES ON OTHER SITES/ON-LINE MAGAZINES.  

(a) Correspondence Chess News (CCN).

(b) BS-CHESS.

(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

 

14.WING TSUN

 Wing Tsun Kung Fu (Coventry).

 

Wing Tsun in the Midlands

 

 

Hello!

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 2465  ICCF rating history *). In 2016 I returned to some relatively regular otb chess in local leagues playing at about 1850 elo (a somewhat reduced level  from that of a decade or so 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.

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MONTHLY ARTICLES SUMMARIES *

This month I present the 13th set of "Brevities"-that is short games of 25 or fewer moves which feature interesting chess from which we may all learn something. The games are relatively old but feature some of the best players from past times. Its clear though that the mistakes being made which result in these sort of losses are still being made today to judge from observing (and occasionally playing!) some recent games in local leagues.  

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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.

NEWS AND NOTICES *

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2016-17 (October 25): 

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 board d 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.

All games have now been completed and the final positions in this elite event are:

West Wales A win the event with the fine score of 10.5/15 and no losses. Three teams finished on 9.5 points: Surrey A are second based on number of wins (although 2 losses), Warwickshire A and Yorkshire A are joint third with just 1 loss each..

Correspondence Chess Olympiad 21-Preliminaries (October 25):

 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 2016 and  takes place on the ICCF web server thus allowing fast play.

SIM Reinhart (2469 USA) moves to the lead after 3 wins and has 5/7 and 2 games remaining, also on 5 point but from 8 games is Dmitiev (2395 EST) with 1 game left. IM Van tricht (2343 BEL) has 4.5/9 having completed all games. My current score is 3/5 with 4 games left having just won against Ikegami (1907 JPN) in what was, despite the large rating difference, a remarkably difficult game especially in the opening and early middle-game.

Local Players (October 25): (a) Kenilworth top player Mark Page wins the Best Game Competition for the Leamington Chess League 2016-2017 season; (b) Paul Lam heads up one of several teams featuring young players from the Coventry Chess Academy (and a few parents) which have now been entered for the first time in the local league..

Personal Training (October 25) 

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 November 25 2017.

(minor updates may occur during each month)