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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. 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 regular otb chess in local leagues playing at about 1850 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.



Please note due to a number of unforseen events the monthly articles for both November and December 2016 are now uploaded. It is hoped to return to the normal monthly uploads in January 2017. Contributions of annotated games and suggestions for articles for this site are always welcome.

Articles for November.

In 2015 I was invited to the ICCF Congress held in August of that year in Cardiff. This  was an ideal opportunity to meet, in person for the first time, with Thomas Johansson from Malmo after corresponding for over 15 years only via e-mail. Thomas was to be presented with his ICCF International Master certificate and medal at this event and pictures may be found on this web site in section 8 (My Stuff-Memorabilia Corner for the years starting from 2014).

I may add the whole event was very well run and a pleasure to attend. Apart from Thomas I chatted to several players who I had played correspondence chess against and also met many of the organisers who work hard for this form of chess but were previously only names on notifications and tournament tables etc.

Each attendee of the ICCF Congress received a rather fine "welcome pack" which contained all sorts of chess material as well as information about Cardiff and the places worth seeing both locally and in other parts of Wales. Chess related items in the pack included a very well written and researched booklet entitled " A History of Correspondence Chess in Wales 1835-2015" by Martyn Griffiths and Austin Lockwood.  The bare scores of two games given in the booklet caught my eye and I subsequently played them over on a board. They are both very high quality games from a time when there was no help from modern technology such as Informator or computers. These have thus been annotated in detail for this site.

Articles for December.

The annotated games for the month of December are the twelfth set of a series of "Brevities". All 3 games are short in length (under 25 moves). They still, however, feature interesting play from which we can all learn something and hopefully avoid such disasters in the complex game that is Chess.



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 (Nov/Dec 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 and  takes place on the ICCF web server thus allowing fast play.

Very fast play for some competitors (but very slow for a few others) seems to be the unusual theme of this event. 3 games have been completed quite quickly: IM van Tricht (Belgium 2349) and Dr. Szabo (Hungary 2339) drew and the latter also drew with Bendana-Aragon (Nicaragua 2277). I also drew with Bendana-Aragon as Black when a GM Chris Ward recommendation in a "Dangerous Weapons" series book turned out to far more complex, and only sufficient for a tricky  draw, than originally expected.

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2016-17 (Nov/Dec 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 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.

Fast play is also evident in this event too with about a half-a-dozen games already completed soon after commencment of play. With a win and two draws West Wales currently lead with 2/3. Yorkshire A, always a contender for winning the event, have also scored a win in their first completed game. No results as yet for Warwickshire.

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 (October 24):

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  January 25 2017.

(minor updates may occur during each month)