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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).






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/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 1950 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 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.



There are some famous old Lasker and Tarrasch games in chess literature that feature a double bishop sacrifice as part of what appears to be a relatively simple winning kings-side attacking plan.  Recently I came across a correspondence game played last year and also another old otb game that similarly feature this double sacrifice and these games were used as the articles for May 2018 of this web site.  These latter games were not as straightforward as the old classic games of Lasker and Tarrasch and began to indicate the matter was perhaps a bit more complex than might appear at first sight.

By co-incidence recent weeks has seen the discovery of a further two examples of this mode of play.  The latest two games do indeed confirm the matter can be quite complex and there are certain situations where the material can in fact be accepted and the attacker does not in fact win.  These latest two games form the articles for this months web site. Apart from chess annotations of the four games used on this web site examination of all six games mentioned  has also been attempted in an effort to determine if there are some general "rules" that may be deduced in order that the double bishop sacrifice can be carried out effectively. These guidance rules are available as a download (zipped Word document) along with the most recent annotated games in Section 2 of this web site (Archive for Nov-Dec 2018 articles).                            


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 (November 25):

Sutton Coldfield player Marek Soszynski, is now building up quite a reputation as an author and has just published an unusual book about Samuel Reshevsky. This focuses more on the man, his life in and out of Chess, and his personality and the annotated games have been chosen to illustrate various features of his character. A full review is given Section 6 of this web site. Marek is now working on another opening book (see the review section for comments on his earlier opening books).

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2017-18 (November 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 about 25 titled Correspondence Chess Grandmasters, Senior International Masters, International Masters, CCMs and CCEs (both male and female) spread throughout the various teams.

The Warwickshire team was headed up by SIM J.J.Carlton (2255) on bd 1, IM C.Shephard (2469) on bd2, M.Davis (2294) on bd 3, M.Soszynski (2238) on bd4 and , M.Squires (2314) on bd 5, with many good players on lower boards.

The final positions after an adjudication of the last Warwickshire game (Max Davis v Craig Evans (West Wales) which was drawn )  is Yorkshire A win with 10.5/16 and no loses. West Wales thus finish in second on 10/16 again with no loses. Warwickshire finish a disappointing 6th on 8/16 but lost 2 games by default which if won would have seen the County in joint second place.

Last season's final positions were: West Wales A won with the fine score of 10.5/15 and no losses. Three teams finished on 9.5 points: Surrey A were placed second based on number of wins (although 2 losses), Warwickshire A and Yorkshire A were placed joint third with just 1 loss each..

Postscript: The Warwickshire team for the 2018-2019 event has not yet been announced but is expected very shortly as the Ward-Higgs has usually commenced well before the end of November.

This web site (November 25):  

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

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.

Whilst there are a few games remaining to be completed in this competition the two countries that qualify for the Olympiad Finals have now been determined:

USA (average rating across all boards 2476) finish first equal on 33 points (61%) with Spain (average rating 2444) also on 33 points. England (average rating 2477) lose out in qualifying for the final by half a point in finishing third on 31.5 points (58%). My personal score on board 4 thus ends +2, -2, =5 in this event and a slight rating drop from 2465 to 2454.

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 December 20th 2018.

(minor updates may occur during each month)