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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 ). 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, and also in February 2018, this web site featured games played in simultaneous displays by amateur players against the fine player and excellent author Peter Clarke and also past World Champions Vassily Smyslov and Mikhail Tal. In all cases these events, despite usually featuring a heavy loss by the non-professional player, have led to them being inspired to play more and learn more about the game of Chess. Following publication of these articles several players have subsequently e-mailed to recounted similar stories about their early playing careers, and quite a few discussions along similar lines, have taken place in many journeys to local league matches over the last year or so.

For this months articles Norman Stephenson has submitted two more games played against the outstanding players Bent Larsen and Victor Korchnoi. Norman has provided annotations and also interesting background details to the games which are of a surprisingly high standard from all players involved. Very unusually for these sorts of events Norman did not lose both games!.

Sadly Smyslov, Clarke, Tal, Larsen and Korchnoi are all no longer with use but their achievements and many of their games will live on for a very long time to come.


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 (August 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.

This web site (August 25):  

The Games for Downloading (Section 3 of this web site) has been updated to include about 1700 games of Norman Stephenson who was many times Teesside Champion and has also twice won the British Veterans Championship.

English Counties Correspondence Championship (Ward-Higgs-Division 1) 2017-18 (August 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 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.

Several more games have been completed in recent weeks and the leader's positions changes once more. The winner and second places remain open with just a small number of games to complete:

Yorkshire  A regain the lead and now have 9.5 points from 15 games (with 1 game left to complete); West Wales A drop to second place with 9 points but have 2 games remaining to complete. Warwickshire A has 7.5 points (with 1 game remaining ). As explained by Keith Escott, some curious rule sophistry has led to Warwickshire A defaulting both games on board 8. These positions do not look lost to me and unfortunately 2 wins there could have seen the team competing for first 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..

Correspondence Chess Olympiad 21-Preliminaries (August 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. England finish poorly with GM John Pugh (2468) on board 3 unable to win, despite a two pawn advantage in an ending, due to his opponents very strong bishops. I loose a very long and difficult game on board 4 in 86 moves against IM Jesus Remis Fernandez (Spain 2444) despite the possible drawing tendency of a higher authority. I was seemingly better out of the opening as Black but had to end up defending a very slow burn attack in the late middle game. This eventually won the exchange, and much later the game, despite all the few pieces and pawns being on one side of the board. Hence England miss out by half a pint as the leading team scores are USA (average rating across all boards 2476) 33 points (61%); Spain (average rating 2444) 32 points (60% with 1game remaining); and England (average rating 2477) 31.5 points (58%). My personal score thus ends +2, -2, =5 in this event and a slight rating drop from 2465 to 2454.

Personal Training (July 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  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 September 25 2018.

(minor updates may occur during each month)