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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 


REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003, Bcf 185+);


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2. ARCHIVE OF MONTHLY ARTICLES (from January 2017)*

Old archive (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 .

6. BOOK AND SOFTWARE REVIEWS (from 2007 to date) *

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  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.


 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 (almost certainly !), after a period as a Scientific/Technical Advisor, from full time work as a Technical Manager at a biotechnology company that manufactures hydrogels for woundcare, 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, 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 (o.t.b) chess as well as correspondence chess to playing only correspondence chess (peak rating 2492, final 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 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. 



Ed Goodwin (Coventry Chess Club), who submitted two fascinating games last month for this web site from his participation in the English 65+championship, has commented that this event contained numerous highly experienced and or highly rated players.

Perusing the downloaded games from this event I noted that, despite this level of experience and expertise, some of the games were quite short despite no really obvious mistakes being made by the loser.

Three of these interesting and instructive games have thus been selected, annotated in detail, and are presented as this months articles,

One conclusion that can be drawn from these sort of games is that they emphatically underline what a difficult game chess really is! 


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 (July 24).

(a) Kenilworth Chess Club (KCC):

Mark Page represented England recently in the World Seniors Team Championship in Acqui Terme, Italy. Reports, plus pictures, on his and the National teams very successful results are on the KCC web site  http://kenilworthchess.blogspot.com

Mark also provides pictures of famous players who have come to Kenilworth in recent weeks to play in various important events. A very interesting game has also just appeared on the club web site in which the recent winner of the Coventry Chess Summer Cup, Dr Joshua Pink, "dared" to play the Kings Gambit against a leading expert on this opening in GM Mark Hebden. Unfortunately Joshua does not appear to have studied the several games on this web featuring the Cunningham Defence and went wrong in a highly tactical game as early as move 7. Hebden had himself more or less refuted 7.h3 over 25 years ago!

(b) Ben Graff yet again expands his chess related publications. In the July issue of CHESS he makes some interesting points about 3 older classic books proposed as (chess) holiday reading  in an article entitled "Summers Out!"-now available in both paper and electronic formats from https://chess.co.uk.

(c) Carl Portman (Banbury) in another article in CHESS (entitled Never Mind the Grand Masters) showcases his "fight to the end" game with FM Steve .Dishman played in the over 50s section of the English Championship held in Kenilworth.

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs Division1) 2022 (July 24).

This year's event features possibly the highest concentration of titled players representing the nine County Teams each playing 8 boards apiece. This included 3 GMs, 4 SIMs, 6 IMs, and no less than 26 CCM or CCE titled players. Some strong otb players are also taking part such as Susan Lalic and Jon Manley.

West Wales Un move to the leading position at about the half way stage of this event. However, this is mainly due to having finished more games than other counties to produce a string of draws and one loss and 6 points from 13 games. Lancashire, the former leaders, are in a relatively much stronger position with 5.5/9 which includes two wins and no losses. Similarly West Wales, currently in third place, are on 5/8 also with two wins and no losses.

(Unfortunately Warwickshire, several times winner of this elite event, have not entered a team this season. As far as I can recall this is for the first time in many decades. Nor are there any Warwickshire teams in the Division 2 (Sinclair) or the Division 3 (Butler-Thomas) events. Possibly this is due to the resignation last season of team captain  Keith Escott , the irreplaceable and invaluable driving force for correspondence chess in Warwickshire and in the UK).

This web site (July 24).

This web site has featured several games and a picture of the great 19C Tyneside Chess benefactor Louis Zollner, for example in September 2013 and October 2014. Another of his legacies is the very famous and very expensive Zollner Trophy, modeled in the form of a large Viking Warrior, for the winner of the over-the-board Individual Championship of Northumberland. Surprisingly this is a competition that is still held each year.  When starting to play chess I had lived near that region of England but although I'd hear about this famous trophy I had never actually seen it.

In the last years of his life I had many interesting e-mail conversation with Trevor Thomas, conversations resumed after we played correspondence chess several decades ago.  Trevor was the England correspondence chess team selector around that time and an ICCF Senior International Master (his fine correspondence games are in section 3 of this web site).

Imagine my surprise when I received from him a group picture of players/organisers with several trophies one of which was the Zollner Trophy. It turns out Trevor had won this over-the board event around 1952! Other than the title ("Northumberland League Winners ca 1953") nothing is known about the more than impressive haul of other trophies in the picture, or the people in the photograph, or even if Trevor himself is in it. The picture is also in section 3 hence please advise if any information is available. At present I'm now also  attempting to track down any of Trevor's over-the-board games.

Coventry Chess Summer Cup (June 27)

Simon Weaver, aided by Dave Filer, efficiently organised this event which has now concluded and many prizes presented at the club AGM. Over 25 players from several local clubs produced an interesting and hard fought tournament.

Final placing were: First Dr. Joshua Pink ; Second myself ; Third (equal) Tom Stamper, and Margarita Nasibova. Two key games, which helped determine these placings, will appear shortly on this web site.

Next main update due on or about August 25 2022.

(minor updates may occur during each month)