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Chess Pages of Mike Donnelly 


REGIONAL MASTER (BCF 2003, Bcf 185+);


(* denotes new content since the last update.)


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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. 



Attempts will be made in the coming months to return to the normal schedule for articles for this web site as the small improvement in family health matters (non-covid related) sadly did not last too long.

The January 2022 articles for this web site featured some rapid play games (15 minutes per game) on the Internet in one of the strong local on-line leagues. There it was proposed it was necessary with this sort of time limitation to think more intuitively than usual. This is in contrast to attempting to think "faster" than in games which utilise longer time allowance such as occurs in typical league or championship over-the-board games.

An aspect of the more intuitive approach is the nature of the way the game is played. The games of the legendary Cuban World Champion Jose Capablanca, especially in his early games, saw very fast play even against strongest players but without compromising his position. Thus weak squares, damaged pawn structures, backward developemnt are hardly seen in these games.

Peter Batchelor, an FIDE Master, and former local league otb player (for Warwick university) also played in the above mentioned rapid play league and also played many other individual rapid games on the Internet. However, he has hardly ever lost a game. He too rarely compromises his position and as Black, in particular, readily exploits opponents weaknesses in counter-attacking (including an emphatic win against me in one game!).

This month I present two high quality rapid-play by games by Peter which are analysed in detail.


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 (May 24).

(a) Kenilworth Town

Recently hosted two major events-the English Championship and also the English Seniors Championship. These featured many IMs and GMS as well as several highly rated players and many other players with a vast playing experience. In such company Ed Goodwin (Coventry Chess Club) scored a very respectable 50% in one of the Seniors events. Some games by Ed will appear on this web site in the near future. (for pictures and details of the Championships see the KCC web site link given below).

(b) Kenilworth Chess Club (KCC):

KCC secured a large haul of trophies this season: In the Leamington and District Chess League, the "A" team won the KO Team event and the Division 1 title. The U-8750 team finished first in that Cup competition.  Kenilworth also won the Coventry and District League KO Cup (but only just on board count!). Under somewhat tragic circumstance Kenilworth failed to win for the first  time the Coventry and District Division A title. After leading for most of the season they lost out by a single match point when losing their last match against Warwick University by 3:1 when positons on the board mid-play suggested the opposite result.

Details of these these League  and KO Cup matches, which as in pre-pandemic times featured numerous twists and turns, sometimes even off the board, are to be found on the KCC web site  http://kenilworthchess.blogspot.com

(c) Coventry Chess Club's Summer Cup competition was recently completed and many prizes, including two fine trophies, were presented to the leading players at the AGM. The event was well organised by Simon Weaver assisted by Dave Filer. There was 28 original entrants not only from Coventry Chess Club but also  several other local clubs. Final scores were: first was  Dr Joshua Pink with 5.5/6; second myself on 4.5/6; and third equal was the very promising young female player Margarita Nasibova, Tom Stamper and John Conway. It is hoped some games from this event will appear soon on this web site.

(d) Leamington Chess League. The 5-minute "lightening" Tournament was easily won by Ben Larkin on 8.5/9 (the draw being with Ben Graff), second equal was Neil Clarke, Neil Staples and Tom Darling at some distance behind on 6 points.

(e) Ben Graff resumes his series of articles in the World famous magazine CHESS, after his interesting February article linking Chess and Music, with an article in the May issue on Correspondence Chess. GM Richard Hall , a runner up in the World Correspondence Championship, describes his playing method and what he has gotten out of this from of the game (There are a few comments from myself too in the article). The magazine CHESS, in paper or electronic formats, can be obtained from the Chess and Bridge web site (https://chess.co.uk)

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

The first decisive result of this event has now occurred where SIM H.Williamson (2502) defeated M.Piper (2139) in one of their top board clashes.

Lancashire now lead on 3.5/6; West Wales Un are in second on 3.5/7; and West Wales Dua are on 2.5/5 the same score as Surrey A.

(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).

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine (April 28).

The ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) is organising a whole series of events (several of which have now commenced )in relation to this war. These are

-The Help Ukraine Tournament with all registration fees going to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

-Has so far donated 2000 Euros to the International Red Cross appeal.

-The Peace Open " Amici Sumus" Tournament in order "to help Ukrainian people and refugees".

For those interested in these events the ICCF web site is at https://www.iccf.com

This web site (April 28)

(a) Opening Reviews and other articles (section 10).

The updating of this has finally been completed, and including the contributions from Norman Stephenson (UK), Ben Graff (UK) and Antonio Demetrio (Portugal) numbers some 81 articles (some old and some more recent) on very diverse chess subjects. Several are now available for download. More will be made available in the future.

(b) My Stuff (section 8).

The results section of this page has also been fully updated with some older missing details (and also some more recent results) . Several pictures of opponents, trophies and letters etc have also been added. The excellent and historically wide ranging work of John Saunders at Britbase (https://saund.co.uk/britbase) has helped at several points for this section of the web site.

(c) Archive of Monthly Articles (section 2).

Several themes explored on this web site, such as the importance of endings, focus on pre- or post-WW2 events, inspiration from meeting Master players in simultaneous displays etc have resulted in several monthly articles on each over the years. These have now been numbered sequentially should any reader wish to explore a particular theme in some depth. Note also that since the inception of this web site, web pages may now be searched for particular terms such as  famous players names or features such as queen sacrifices. The archives now include about 300 articles and over 500 annotated games. In 2022 and into the future a few themes which have been well explored will be discontinued and replaced by articles on new themes. As for other sections several more chess related pictures have now been added to the archives.

Next main update due on or about June 25 2022.

(minor updates may occur during each month)