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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 



REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003, Bcf 185+).


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ARCHIVE OF MONTHLY ARTICLES (January 2017-January 2023)

OLD ARCHIVE OF MONTHLY ARTICLES (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.


Book and Software Reviews (from 2007-2022)

Archive of book and CD/DVD reviews 1998-2006.


High level Chess (and Academic) Coaching may be obtained by contacting the following players:




8. MY STUFF  Older games, results, chess offices held, and chess problems composed.


More recent games and results etc.

9. ED GOODWIN (Children’s book author).

Details of Ed’s recent publications and how to purchase them can be found here.


Chess sites

Chess problem sites


12. NEW AND SECOND- HAND CHESS BOOKS  Tony Peterson. Specialist in rare and second-hand 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.



I little bit about myself: I live in the historic town of Kenilworth (close to the medieval castle) in Warwickshire, England. I have just retired (this time certainly!), after several years as a Scientific/Technical and Regulatory Advisor, from full time work as a Technical Manager at a biotechnology company that manufactures hydrogels for wound-care, 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 and their Modern counterparts, various types of music, and until recently Wing Tsun Martial Art (achieving grade 11).

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 (peak average rating 2492, final average 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 1950-2000 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 at the end of 2018, annotated these games in detail for presentation in correspondence magazines in early to mid-2019, 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. 


MONTHLY ARTICLES SUMMARIES (section 1 of web site) *

April-May 2022 featured the eighth in the series of articles entitled “Inspiration from meeting Master players in Simultaneous Displays”. These articles featured numerous games by strong players including GMs and even World Champions. This eighth in the series was intended to be the last of such articles. However, in examining some old (boxed) books in my chess library and a recently rediscovered set of old press cuttings, two more games have been uncovered which fit with this series and are offered as a supplement to the last article in 2022.

The first game provides, some hopefully interesting, information on one of the legends of the Birmingham (UK) area and the Hastings International Chess Congress organiser William Ritson Morry. In addition, my game against him, which featured a rather unusual introduction, tells the tale of how I obtained one of the best chess books ever printed with the aid of another chess legend namely B.H.Wood (founder of the magazine CHESS).

The second game is from a simultaneous given by Regional Master Andy Baruch, then as now, amongst the strongest players in the Midlands. There were many spectators for this simultaneous display and most games were closely followed by experienced and strong players who, like Andy, also played for one of the numerous Whoberley Chess Club (Coventry) teams. One of the games was against my son Paul who had only been playing for a few years. This game, perhaps unexpectedly, turned out to be of very high quality and was one which was especially closely followed.  I was one of the spectators and what was particularly memorable about this game was that at its conclusion the board was literally invaded by numerous players each trying to indicate lines which they thought should have occurred or what the evaluation of the final position should really have been. Another spectator was the late John Evans who organised the simultaneous and did tremendous work for Whoberley Chess Club which not only won the Coventry and District Chess League many times but also won the Midlands Club Championship several times. John was especially pleased that the event had aroused such interest and indeed inspiration in some of the younger and older spectators.


(A number of readers have commented that they enjoyed the games in the “Brevities number 17” article published on this web site on December 20 2023 and the site received almost double the usual visitors numbers that month. Earlier sets of Brevities (numbers 1 to 16) can be found in the relevant parts of section 2 of this web site. A similar article entitled “Miniature Joy” was published in CHESS in March 2021 (copies in paper or pdf format can be obtained from  . Brevities number 18 is now planned for later in the year.


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.



Kenilworth Chess Club (KCC) Individuals and Teams (June 23).

1.      KCC held a celebratory meal (and drinks!) in a local eatery recently due to achieving a remarkable series of good results in the season just concluded. Briefly, in the various team competitions in the Leamington and District Chess League, the eight Kenilworth teams were placed first in four events, second in three events, and fourth in one event. In the Coventry and District Chess League the (single) Kenilworth team was placed second in two events

Much more detail on the matches and leagues, with an occasional good music clip, can be found at

2.      Ben Graff latest article in the famous magazine CHESS, details some fascinating information on the players and locations of several past British Chess Championships.

Copies of Ben’s latest article, in paper or pdf format, may be obtained from

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs Division 1) 2023-24 and 2024-25 (June 23).

All games have now just been completed in the 2023-24 event and in a very tight finish its Lancashire that wins this prestigious event on 9/16. West Wales finish in second on 8.5/16 with more wins scored than East Wales in third on the same score.

Team lists for the next competition are expected to be announced shortly but it has been noted the starting date for the Ward-Higgs, which used to be in the last few months of a year when I regularly played in this event has over recent years gradually slipped into the first few months of the following year. For the 2024 event these lists are now long overdue. This event commenced in 1922 hence it would be a great shame if it did not continue.

Peter Gibbs Memorial Correspondence Events (June 23).

Some details of Peter’s enormous impact on both over-the-board and Correspondence Chess are detailed in the Recent Archive section of this web site (Section 2-article for August-September 2023 inclusive of two annotated games).

The English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC) has under the auspices of the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) organised two 15 player events in memory of Peter. These started on May 1st 2024 and features players from a wide range of countries and includes 9 Correspondence Chess Experts.

Results are coming in rapidly in these two events and contrary to the norm in correspondence chess in recent times decisive games are common:

Section A- Scoring several wins each M.Billington, CCE M. von Wnuch and H.Baxter are currently leading on 2/3 points.

Section B- P.Cunningham is currently emphatically leading with 5/7 including 3 wins followed by H.Lopez on 4/6. 

This web site (June 15).

(a)   A review has been posted in section 6 of this web site on “GM Gambits by Richard Palliser and Simon Williams” whilst the previous month one was posted on Marek Soszynski’s latest book “Double Trouble Scandinavian Style”.

(b)   Section 3 (Games for Downloading B) has games of Peter Gibbs available.

(c)   Copies of the recently awarded EFCC Senior Master Certificate and Medal are now on the page “Post 2019 Memorability Corner).

(d)   Some minor updates have taken place for the “Latest My Stuff” page..

 Next main update due early on or about July 23, 2024.

(minor updates may occur during each month)