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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.



The Birmingham and surrounding area of the Midlands of England has a long history of important chess events. No doubt this was in part due to the efforts of B.H.Wood in publishing many fine books and the magazine "Chess" from Sutton Coldfield as well as his own personal chess playing and organisational skills for many decades from the mid 1930s onwards. The strong player and organiser Riston Morry also made a major contribution in both over-the-board as well as correspondence chess.

Some of these events are the Birmingham International Master Tournaments of 1937 and 1939, the visit of the Czecho-Slovakia National Team to Birmingham in 1947, rounds 8-15 of the Staunton Centenary International of 1951 (held at Leamington and Birmingham) and the first ever World Junior Championship of the same year (held at Coventry and Birmingham), as well as the British Championships of 1970 and 2015 held at Warwick University.

The Czechs had already, as part of a European tour beaten the Dutch team 12.5 to 7.5, and also the British Team 12 to 8 in a match played in London. However, it is from the Czech match against a Midlands team played in Birmingham that I have selected two games and annotated them for this months web site articles (Articles 1 and 2). Despite the presence of many well known and very strong players in the Czech team such as Pachman, Foltys, Kottnauer and Sajtar the Midlands Team performed almost as well as the full British Team and lost by the highly respectable score of 13.5 to 6.5.


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.


Local Player News (August 22):

(a) Paul Lam has done an outstanding job of promoting and initiating raising funds for the Coventry Chess Academy. Several players from the Academy have done extremely well in National Chess Competitions recently. More funds are urgently needed to help train and support financially several very promising young children who will need to travel to distant events to gain beneficial experience. Contributions to the fund can be made using the following link:  

(b) The England Team for the Olympiad 21 Preliminaries event has just been announced. Only the top two teams qualify for the Olympiad final. The team comprises 4 very experienced titled players players (Grandmaster or Senior International Masters) 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). 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.

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2015-16 (August 22): 

This event, the premier correspondence team  event in the UK, looks set for a very close finish.

At present Yorkshire A are looking favourites with 10.5 points from 13 games ( with 3 unfinished games), Yorkshire B also have 10.5 points but from 15 games hence have only 1 unfinished game. Essex A are on 9.5 points with 2 unfinished games.

Warwickshire are currently in 5th place with the all games finished score of 8/16. Warwickshire are usually in contention for winning this event but despite a string of wins on middle to low boards the team was unable to fully recover from a poor start.

Adrian Hollis Memorial 2014-16 (July 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).

Personal Training  

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

Next main update due on or about  September 25 2016.

(minor updates may occur during each month)