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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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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 2463  ICCF rating history ). 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 ).


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.



Back in September 2017 the monthly articles features chess games from Master players giving simultaneous displays. It was noted then, in the summaries, how these sort of events were often inspirational, for both young and older players of all abilities, in terms of matters such as opening selection, playing style, which chess book author to study, and even chess playing level aspirations.

For this month I am pleased to present a follow on from that set of articles contributed by twice British Veterans  Champion, and many times Teesside Champion Norman Stephenson.  These games feature the play of perhaps the most charismatic player of all time. This was Mikhail Tal who is the late 1950s came from  nowhere and destroyed most of the leading players in the world with scintillating combinational chess to became one of the youngest World Champions ever in 1960.

Norman provides notes to the games which add the atmosphere of the events and also the interesting chess played.


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.


English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2017-18 (February 24 2018): 

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 is 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.

East-Wales A now take a more commanding early lead with 3 rapid wins to move to 4.5/6. Yorkshire B, with a set of draws, move to second with 4/8. Warwickshire A having completed far fewer games slip down to a current 9th place on 2/4.

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..

Correspondence Chess Olympiad 21-Preliminaries (February 24 2018):

 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.

 Latest results are :Dmitriev (2395 EST) beats Ikegami (1903 JPN) to finish all his games unbeaten and scoring an IM norm with 6/9; SIM Reinhart (2469 USA) beats Kumar (2352 IND) to move to second place on 5.5 points but then loses to Bendana-Aragon (2277 NIC). After several events without a win I suddenly win two in short order in beating Ikegami and also SIM Vohl (2396 SLO). I now also draw against former India Champion Kumar (2353) so have 4.5/7 with 2 games remaining.

The battle for the two qualifying places still remains very tight with England having 30.5 points (5 games remaining), Spain 29.5 points (5 games remaining) and USA 28.5 points (7 games remaining). So all leading teams are well above the others and currently scoring 62%, 60% and 60% respectively.

Local Players (February 24 2018):

(a) Sutton Coldfield player Marek Soszynski, in conjuction with Jerzy Konikowski, havs just published a welcome addition to chess theoretical works with an opening book entitled "Sabotaging the Sicilian, French and Caro-Kann with 2. b3". A review is now uploaded to section 6 of this web-site. 

(b) Kenilworth Chess Club, having scored 3 successive wins in the Coventry League Division 1 in recent weeks,now move to second place in the league but face the might of current leaders  Warwick University in the last match of the season.

(c) Warwickshire Select had a good weekend recently in the very strong 4NCL winning 5:3 in Rd 5 and drawing 4:4 in Rd 6 reports Andy Baruch.

(d) It was good to see former England International Peter Gibbs playing otb chess again in the local league. He seems to have lost little of his touch and has won many games on the run for the Nuneaton club team.

(e) Kenilworth top player Mark Page wins the Best Game Competition for the Leamington Chess League 2016-2017 season;

(f) Paul Lam heads up one of several teams featuring young players from the Coventry Chess Academy (and a few parents plus the odd stray strong players) which have now been entered for the first time in the local league.

Personal Training (January 25 2018) 

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.

Next main update due on or about March 25 2018.

(minor updates may occur during each month)