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23.5.24 Robert Ward Trophy & Season Summary

After 2 draws, Stephen Gaskell & Tony Preece played an Armageddon game to decide the winner of the Robert Ward Trophy. Stephen won the toss & chose white – sadly for Tony the extra minute paid off & his time ran out to give Stephen the trophy. Congratulations to him.

Our 2023-2024 season is now complete.

Some wonderful chess has been played with 4 different clubs winning Trophies.

Individually, stand out performances in Division 1 have earned Tamworth the Championship – Mircea-Marius Mesesan scored 8.5/9 & Andrew Smith 8.5/10.

In Division 2 a rapidly improving Bowie Carter scored a very impressive 4.5/5 for Lichfield B, while Oliver Johnson led the way with 5.5/6 in Division 3 for Rugeley.

In Division 4 around 20 players achieved 100% records, but most pleasingly, many new players have started their competitive chess journeys, gaining invaluable experience.

Our 3 individual competitions were well supported & our 25 year anniversary rapidplay tournament was a great success.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the League in 2023-2024, and we hope to see as many of you as possible competing again next year. Don’t forget, our AGM & Prize Giving is on Wednesday June 19th.

3.5.24 Division 2

Stafford & Tamworth went head-to-head knowing that whoever won their game were Division 2 Champions. In a tense match Stafford took the honours with a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory. After losing 3 of their first 4 games, they went on a 6 match unbeaten run to claim the Division crown. Congratulations to all 13 players who played a part in their season.


24.4.24 Robert Ward Trophy Final

Current holder Tony Preece will take on Rushall’s Stephen Gaskell in this year’s final. The match has been arranged for Tuesday 7th May at Norton Canes.


23.4.24 AGM date change

Due to a clash of commitments, our AGM has been put back by 24 hours to Wednesday 19th June - start 7.30pm. As ever, it will still be held at the Bridgtown Social Club, in the darts bar. A full agenda will be sent to all clubs prior to the meeting. Anyone wishing to make any suggestions to add something to the agenda is welcome to contact League General Secretary Peter Oliver.


21.4.24  25th Anniversary Rapidplay Tournament

Our 25th Anniversary Rapidplay took place on April 20th.


It was wonderful to see so many local players come to support the league & enjoy a day’s chess.

League General Secretary Peter Oliver & his team did a wonderful job in organizing the event, with special thanks for his website support to Ken McNulty. Ray & Eunice Dolan sorted the venue for us, & were naturals in providing refreshments as well as welcoming a reporter from the Express & Star. We had special guests Mark & Corin Statham – Bloxwich East Councillors, who were introduced to the players & made the ceremonial first move on board 1 of the Open section (photos in the gallery)

Congratulations to Karan Kukreja from Warwickshire Juniors CC, who won a very competitive Open section, while a local CDCL regular Daniel Turner, who plays for Rugeley, won the Minor section.  Results here:

International Arbiter & long time CDCL supporter, Matt Carr, ran the event as smoothly as ever. Thank you to him for his time & expertise. His next local venture is another Rapidplay, this time at Burntwood on Saturday 1st June. For further information please go to


16.4.24 Dolan Trophy (under 1500 ECF)

Congratulations to Peter Rose who defeated fellow Lichfield player Maurizio Baravalle in last night's Final.


14.4.24 25 Year Anniversary Rapid

There are just a few days left to guarantee your place in Saturday's tournament. Please don't forget that places are limited. All details can be found on our 25 Year Anniversary page.


8.4.24 Division 3

Lichfield's A team have won Division 3 as well as Division 4 after tonight's final league match. With 3 teams in contention to win the trophy a Rushall victory over Rugeley eliminated them from contention & meant that Lichfield won on the head-to-head tie-breaker over Norton Canes with their 3-1 victory in October proving decisive. 

The Division is usually closely fought, but this season 5 teams finished within a point of each other in the final standings.

15.3.24 Division 4

Following their win at Tamworth yesterday, Lichfield's A team have secured the Division 4 title - congratulations to them. In total well over 70 players have participated in this Division this season, which is wonderful to see - especially as many of them are new to chess & have had the opportunity to play in rated games & develop their skills & experience.


9.3.24 Walsall Kipping new venue

Walsall Kipping are now playing at St Martin's Church, Daffodil Road, Walsall WS5 3DQ. Start time is 7.15pm on Thursdays.


8.3.24 Division 1 

Congratulations to Tamworth, who secured their first ever League Championship with a win last night. After 9 games they have won 8 & drawn just 1, with 7 out of their 8 players having a 50% or greater win rate.

4.3.24 Chase Trophy

Rushall defeated Tamworth in a nail-biting Final that could have gone either way. After a 2-2 draw & a level board count of 5-5, Rushall took the victory after the 'discounting of bottom board' tie-breaker was used with Tamworth's win on board 4 removed.

9.2.24 Robert Ward Plate

Congratulations to Peter Oliver who won the Final of the Robert Ward Plate competition yesterday, defeating fellow Tamworth player Andrew Taylor


14.1.24 25 Year Anniversary Tournament

We are delighted to announce that our 25 Year Anniversary Tournament has now been organised. On Saturday 20th April we will be holding a Rapidplay Tournament at Ryecroft Community Hub in Walsall. Please accesss all of the details along with the entry form on the link from our home page. There are a limited number of entries, so please ensure that you apply as soon as possible.


14.12.23 Walsall Kipping venue

Mike Groombridge has advised us that their venue is now closing at 10pm. As a result matches will need to be completed by this time. The club have asked that all opponents arrive in time to start playing at 7pm. As the CDCL has a fixed time limit, they are happy to give a little leeway to comply with League rules, with clocks being started promptly at 7.15pm if any players have not arrived by that time.

5.12.23 Chase Trophy

After their semi finals wins, the last 2 Chase Trophy winners will go head to head - Rushall will host Tamworth in the final on 4.3.24


5.12.23 Individual Trophy Competitions

The Robert Ward Trophy first round is now complete. 5 players are through to round 2 with Steve Whatmore joining the 4 round 1 winners. Steve has been drawn at home to Stephen Gaskell in round 2 with Ken McNulty, Tony Preece & Manish Gandhi receiving a bye to the semi finals.

3 players will contest the Robert Ward Plate with Maurizio Baravalle hosting Peter Oliver in the semi final, and Andrew Taylor awaiting the winner in the final.


17.8.23 Generation Game

The MCCU Generation game will be held at Ryecroft Community Hub, New Forest Road, Walsall. WS3 1TR on Saturday 23rd September, commencing at 9.40am.

All of the MCCU Counties are invited. The teams will consist of 5 Juniors and 5 Adults and each get two matches. Jonathan Blackburn will select the Juniors and Peter Evans the adults to represent Staffordshire. Please contact them if you are interested in playing.

13.8.23 Individual Competitions update

I have been asked to extend the closing date due to several potentially interested players being away on holiday. I have happily agreed to a new cut-off date of Friday 25th August. The draws will then be made at Stafford Chess Club that evening

23.7.23 Individual Competitions

Entries are now being requested for the Robert Ward Trophy (open) & Dolan Trophy (under 1500 ECF). The cut off date to enter for both is Friday 18th August. All club representatives have been emailed with further details, but if any player wishes to have a copy of the rules then please email 


14.7.23 Fixtures Meeting

All fixtures have now been loaded on to the ECF LMS site 



Our 2023 AGM was on Tuesday 6th June at Bridgtown Social Club. We had some very positive discussions about how to move the League forwards. The main highlights were that our Division ratings limits will increase slightly next year & there will be a 75 point rating flexibility when deciding board order. The League Rules section of our website will be updated in due course. Also, Ray Dolan has happily agreed to take over as Vice President for next season so that he can be President in 2024 which is The League's Silver Jubilee. A committee has been formed to organise a day long Rapidplay Congress to celebrate the anniversary.

In the meantime our Fixtures Meeting has been booked for Tuesday 11th July again at Bridgtown Social Club from 7.30pm. All clubs need to notify the Records Secretary by 30th June what teams they wish to enter in the 4 Divisions & Chase Trophy.


28.4.23 Division 2

3 teams were still able to win the Division going into the last match between Stafford & Tamworth - Stafford with a win, Tamworth with a 4 nil win or Rugeley with any other result. A 2-2 draw therefore meant that Rugeley take the Trophy on the head to head tie-break over Stafford, with Tamworth just a point behind. Congratulations to them & well played to the other 2 teams on such a well fought competition.


21.4.23 Robert Ward Trophy Final

Congratulations to Tony Preece, who defeated Steve Whatmore in the Final to win the Cannock League's top individual competition - The Robert Ward Trophy. Tony has now completed a team & individual 'double' this season after successfully captaining Wolverhampton to the Division 1 Title as well.


30.3.23 Staffordshire County

Staffordshire County under 1450 Rated ECF team have been nominated by the Midlands County Chess Union to appear in the National Championship. Their Quarter Final match is due to be played on Saturday 13th May. If anyone is rated below 1450 ECF or is unrated, is interested in playing & has links to Staffordshire by birth, residence, occupation, club membership etc then please contact Stephen Smithson who will be happy to provide more details.


27.3.23 Division 4

Needing just a draw to win Division 4 in their final game against Lichfield A, Rushall prioritised giving some new players valuable match experience - something that the Division was set up for. As a result they came up short, convincingly losing to a more experienced Lichfield team 3-1. This means that Norton Canes emerge as Division 4 Champions in their first season competing in it. Congratulations to them.

A total of 41 players have competed in Division 4 in 2022-2023, many of them gaining experience & then going on to earn their opportunities higher up the chess ladder. We've received very positive feedback from the clubs by changing our rules to allow them to play shorter match times (all moves in 60 minutes). As a result, many youngsters have been able to participate on school nights. It would be great to see more of our local clubs join this Division going forward by following the example of Lichfield, Rushall & Norton Canes in giving their new & developing players similar opportunities. 


17.3.23 Division 3

Lichfield's 3A team finished the season strongly - winning all of their last 6 games to take the Division 3 title. After starting the season with 2 wins & 2 defeats they really kicked on & tonight defeated Stafford, who were the only team who could stop them, winning the Division. Well played to everyone involved.


14.3.23 Chase Trophy

Tamworth defeated Rugeley 3-1 to win the Chase Trophy for the 3rd time. Rugeley hosted the Final, but were heavily outrated in the match, & finished as runners-up for the 2nd year in a row.

Well played to Tamworth & thank you to the teams who entered the competition this season.


13.3.23 Division 1

Congratulations to Wolverhampton who retain their Division 1 crown. Despite still having 2 games to go, they are now uncatchable. Rushall will finish as runners-up, followed by the 2 Lichfield teams & finally Tamworth. Once again, Division 1 has been extremely competitive with some high quality chess played, and all but 1 game so far between the top 4 clubs has  finished 2-2 or 2.5-1.5. Fixtures/standings etc can be found on


7.3.23 League AGM

This has been booked for Tuesday 6th June at the Bridgtown Social Club with a 7.30pm start. In the meantime, clubs have been issued a questionnaire asking for their thoughts on the rating limits for next season. We are looking for replies back to League General Secretary Peter Oliver ( by the end of March & the Committee will then present proposals to vote on at the AGM. A full agenda will be distributed nearer the time & all trophies will be on hand to present to our winning clubs & individuals.


6.3.23 Robert Ward Plate Final

Congratulations to rapidly improving youngster John Moughtin-Leah, who defeated fellow Lichfield player Phil Sykes in the Final. 


3.3.23 Dolan Trophy Final

Liam O'Connor defeated Peter Evans to take the first silverware of the season - congratulations to Liam. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition & also those who supported their participation - particularly some of the senior members at Lichfield whose players made up the majority of the entries.


10.2.23 Chase Trophy

Following close Semi Final wins, Tamworth will visit Rugeley to contest the Final on 14th March.


8.2.23 Robert Ward Plate

2 Lichfield players - Philip Sykes & John Moughtin-Leah will contest the Final on 6th March, after both won their Semi Finals away from home recently.


7.2.23 Dolan Trophy 

After 2 Group games & a Semi Final win each, Peter Evans will host Liam O'Connor in the Final on 3rd March.


2.2.23 Robert Ward Trophy

Steve Whatmore will host the Final against Tony Preece after both won their Semi Finals recently. This will be their 3rd match of the season with the score level at 1-1 so far. The game has been arranged for 21st April.


20.12.22 Wolverhampton Change of Venue & Club Night

With effect from 2023 Wolverhampton will move to The 44 Club, 44 Spring Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6LG. Their club nights will change to Mondays.


9.12.22 Robert Ward Plate Draw

Semi Final draw:

Chris Cox at home to John Moughtin-Leah & Rory Melough at home to Phil Sykes.

Games are to be played before the end of February 2023.


8.12.22 Robert Ward Trophy Draw

Semi Final draw:

Tony Preece at home to Stephen Gaskell & Ken McNulty at home to Steve Whatmore

Games are to be played before the end of February 2023.


4.12.22 Stafford Change of Venue & Club Night

With effect from 16.12.22 Stafford will move to Burton Manor Sports Association, Stafford ST18 9AT & their club night will be Fridays. All club secretaries will be contacted to arrange for their home games to be put back 24 hours from Thursdays to Fridays in 2023.


29.11.22 Dolan Trophy

With the Dolan Trophy group games completed, 4 players have qualified for the knockout rounds. Details can be found on our LMS site:


23.11.22 Wolverhampton Blitz Event

Wolverhampton Chess Club are trialling a new venue due to doubts about the longevity of their current venue. 

They will be holding a Handicap Xmas Blitz event on Monday December 5th from 7.30pm. All CDCL club members are welcome to attend - with a small entry fee payable & prizes for winners.

To register or for further information please contact

Venue; Forty Four Club, Spring Rd, Wolverhampton, WV4 6LQ. 


10.11.22 Robert Ward Trophy

With all of the 1st round games completed the draw was independently made for the Quarter Finals of the Robert Ward Trophy & Robert Ward Plate today. Details can be found on our LMS site:

The Dolan Trophy still has 2 Group Stage matches to be played before the knockout draw.


15.9.22 Andrew Leadbetter Obituary

Andrew Leadbetter 1943-2022 RIP

The sudden death of Andrew Leadbetter has shocked not only the members of his club, Stafford, but everyone in Staffordshire Chess and beyond.

Andrew had been an official and a team captain at Stafford Chess Club for over fifty years. He entered all the internal competitions and attended nearly every club night. Indeed, it was his non-appearance that first alerted the club that there may be a problem.

Andrew had been involved in chess administration all his life. He began by starting a club at his school as a teenager and in the last week of his life he was compiling financial reports for the Staffordshire Chess Association. Over the years he had been a committee member for all three Staffordshire Leagues. For the Staffordshire Chess Association, he was the long-term treasurer.  He captained county teams for many years and continued to play in county matches. He was the financial director of the MCCU. His work with the ECF is remembered on this link.

Besides chess Andrew had many interests. He was a keen cyclist and he assisted with a Stafford charity that provides low-cost bicycles. He liked art, literature, classical music, and the wider outdoors. He was a regular visitor to the Stafford Film Society and the only time he would refuse a game was on a Tuesday when a good film was showing.  He also enjoyed a good game of bowls.

Andrew worked as a teacher of history and general studies at King Edward VI Stafford and later at Stoke 6th Form College. He was married to Jo for many years, and they had three sons, one of whom pre-deceased them. He bore his widowhood with fortitude. The chess world will send his sons and the wider family their condolences and Stafford Chess club have set up a webpage to do so.

Peter Evans


14.9.22 Simon Jones Obituary

SIMON JONES 1964 - 2022

It is with sadness that Walsall Kipping Chess Club have to announce the death of Simon Jones.

For over twenty years he was a longstanding and committed member of the club. He was also a stalwart member of Bushbury Chess Club. He applied himself to playing enthusiastically for both clubs.

Simon was an uncomplicated character who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, of which chess was just one. At Walsall Kipping he played for the club in the Birmingham, Dudley leagues and Staffordshire Cup Competitions, he also captained for the club in the Dudley League. He was probably one of the most reliable players for the club, in turning out to play matches in the league and just ordinary social nights. He won the Club "All Play All" competition this summer, which is testament to how committed a player he was for the club.

He was a solid player who had some quirks in his game. He was legendary in the club for when he checked the opposing player, he would place the piece on the board firmly then say loudly "Check". The zenith of the Simon Jones "Check" experience happened at the Club's 75th anniversary, celebration simultaneous, in which the Grandmaster Keith Arkell played. Amongst the thirty players it was Simon who was the first to check him and he announced it in a loud voice that had everyone laughing (the fact that he lost the game is neither here nor there).

He was an active member of a church and enjoyed local travel. Nobody could match his encyclopedic knowledge of local bus and train services!

Personally, I will miss him very much and am proud to have called him a friend.

Peter Nixon 


13.9.22 Andrew Leadbetter

With shock & great sadness we have learned of the death of Andrew Leadbetter, following a road traffic accident last Thursday. Andrew played in the CDCL from its inception & was our ECF delegate for over 20 years. As well as being a stalwart supporter of the CDCL, he also was a committee member of other local leagues & Stafford Chess Club over many years.


6.9.22 Individual Competitions

The draws for the Robert Ward Trophy & Dolan Trophy have now been made & all players informed of their opponents. In total we have 18 players from 8 different clubs participating.


1.9.22 Simon Jones

We have been informed that Simon very sadly passed away at the weekend. He was a great supporter of our League & a long standing player for Bushbury in the CDCL, plus a member of Walsall Kipping. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and his many friends in the chess world.


31.8.22 Mercia - Change of Venue

Mercia have now returned to their old venue - the Ex-Servicemen's Club, The Walk, Sedgley DY3 1PN. Their club night remains on Tuesdays from 7pm.


22.8.22 New Season Starts

The 2022-2023 season is now underway with Rushall hosting a double-header versus Bushbury & Norton Canes. All fixtures, results, standings etc can again be found on along with historic results from our 2021 & 2022 seasons. 


2.8.22 Individual Trophy Tournaments

Entries are now being requested for the Robert Ward Trophy & Dolan Trophy competitions. These are our individual ECF rated competitions which are played across each season. They are open to players who are members of clubs who are participating in the league in 2022-2023, with the Robert Ward Trophy open to all players & the Dolan Trophy open to players with a maximum rating on 1.9.22 of 1450 ECF or who are unrated. It is expected that each player will play a minimum of 2 & a maximum of 4 or 5 rounds on an alternating home & away basis where possible. The draws will be made shortly after the ratings are issued on 1.9.22, so entries will need to be received by then to Please use the same e-mail address if you would like any further information.


6.7.22 Fixtures Meeting

All league fixtures have been agreed between teams & loaded onto the ECF LMS site


4.7.22 Chase Trophy Draw

The draw was made independently this evening & the ties (to be played before 31.1.23) are:

Tamworth v Rushall & Sutton Coldfield v Rugeley 


17.6.22 Wolverhampton Venue 

With effect from next week Wolverhampton will move back to the West End Working Men's Club at 71-73 Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW.


7.6.22 AGM

The AGM was very well attended & extremely productive. It was good to get together again with so many of our regular attendees & to welcome several new ones including representatives from our latest members Mercia & Walsall Kipping. In due course, Minutes will be sent out to all member clubs & the website updated in readiness for the 2022-2023 season.

The Fixtures Meeting has been arranged for Tuesday 5th July at the Bridgtown Social Club (7.30pm in the darts bar).


26.5.22 Season End

Our 2021-2022 season is now complete following last night’s final Division 2 game between Oscott & Wolverhampton. Splitting the league season into 2 halves has been very successful and has meant that 5 different clubs have won league honours. The number of teams participating post lockdown has increased and more clubs are showing an interest in joining us next season. In total, around 150 or so players have participated across our 4 Divisions, the Chase Trophy & our Individual Tournaments. Every game played has been logged on to the ECF League Management System with player ratings updated automatically each week & plenty of individual stats available on


Our 2022 AGM is on Tuesday 7th June at The Bridgtown Social Club from 7.30pm when representatives from each club will have the opportunity to discuss how they feel the league can continue to flourish.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to a very enjoyable season, especially the club captains & secretaries whose support has helped the league run so smoothly.


19.5.22 Divisions 1 & 3

Congratulations to Wolverhampton & Stafford who have won Divisions 1 & 3 respectively. Wolverhampton have won Division 1 with a game to spare. They become the 7th different club to be League Champions in the league's history & have done so this year with the same 4 players in each game played. On the same night Stafford secured the draw they needed in the final match of the Division 3 season against Tamworth to retain their title by the narrowest of margins - a +3 board count compared to Tamworth's +2 with points level. 


16.5.22 Division 2

As ever, the battle to win our very competitive Division 2 was extremely close with everything resting on the penultimate game of the season. Rushall needed a draw for the title while Rugeley needed to win. It was Rushall who came out on top with a narrow victory & therefore congratulations to them as they win the Division for the first time since 2017-2018.


3.5.22 Robert Ward Plate Final

The replay between Chris Cox & Rory Melough was also drawn tonight. Rules therefore state that a one-off blitz game decides the winner & Chris came away with the victory. Congratulations to him & well played to both players for what sounds like a tremendous battle.


25.4.22 Dolan Trophy Final

Well done to Kevin Brooks who defeated Stephen Smithson in the Final of the Dolan Trophy (our individual competition for players who were either unrated or rated under 1450 at the start of the season). Stephen states that Kevin won deep into the endgame with both players very low on time & deserved his win. Thank you to all of the players who entered.

As a reminder - all CDCL league, cup & individual games can be found on


20.4.22 Robert Ward Trophy Final

David Gardiner defeated Steve Whatmore in tonight's Final to again win the Robert Ward Trophy. Congratulations to David who thoroughly deserved his victory & thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition.


19.4.22 Chase Trophy Final

After a 2-2 draw between Rugeley & Rushall tie-breakers were needed to decide the winner of the Chase Trophy. With Rushall winning on board 3, Rugeley winning on board 4 & boards 1 & 2 drawn, Rushall are the 2021-2022 winners due to board count (adding up the board numbers of the winning players with the lowest score winning the match) by a score of 3 versus 4. Congratulations to Rushall & well played to Rugeley for making it a very competitive match..


13.4.22 Robert Ward Plate Final

The Final between Rory Melough & Chris Cox was drawn last night so a replay will be arranged in due course.


31.3.22 AGM Date

Our first AGM since 2019 has been arranged for Tuesday 7th June at the Bridgtown Social Club starting 7.30pm.  We hope to see representatives from every club there & welcome any agenda proposals that clubs may have by 30th April.


22.3.22 Division 4

Congratulations to Lichfield's A team on winning Division 4. It has been wonderful to see players from Lichfield & Rushall have the opportunity to gain some invaluable OBT experience in our newly set up Division, with several using it as a stepping stone to go on to play at higher levels. 


18.2.22 Chase Trophy

A very close semi-final between Wolverhampton & Rugeley last night went down to tie-breakers after a 2-2 draw. With each team securing 2 wins the first tie-breaker was also level with board count totalling 5-5 (Wolverhampton won on boards 1 & 4 while Rugeley won on boards 2 & 3). The 2nd tie-breaker removes the result of the boards in order from lowest upwards until a winner is found - so after eliminating the board 4 result Rugeley were the victors. Congratulations to them & commiserations to Wolverhampton after pushing them so close.

Rugeley will host Rushall in the 2021-2022 Chase Trophy Final.


19.1.22 EGM & Fixtures Meeting

9 of our 10 clubs were represented at a very productive meeting yesterday. The unrated player rule was discussed & clarified, then all proposals for the Spring 2022 Season Division set up were approved unanimously. Trophies were presented to the Division winners from the Autumn 2021 Season & the Chase Trophy draw was made. Minutes will follow to all clubs in due course.

Subsequently, 2022 fixture dates were agreed & with the unrepresented club arranging their fixtures promptly via email today, all have now been loaded onto the website.


13.1.22 Spring 2022 Season

We have a total of 10 clubs entering 22 teams across our 4 Divisions - our highest number of teams for several years. Each team will play all of their fixtures before the end of May. Subject to the Division set up being confirmed by the clubs, the match dates will be agreed in our Fixtures Meeting next Tuesday & will be loaded onto the ECF LMS site shortly afterwards. We will also make the draw for the Chase Trophy during the meeting.

All results/standings etc relating to the Autumn 2021 Season have now been archived in the Previous Seasons section of our ECF LMS site.


5.1.22 Robert Ward Trophy & Plate Competitions

The semi final line ups for both competitions are now set & can be found on the Cannock & District Chess League link on along with the Dolan Trophy fixtures. 


5.1.22 Autumn 2021 Season

The Season has now finished with the final game played last night. Thank you to everyone who has participated & helped make it so successful. Our Fixtures Meeting for the Spring 2022 Season is on Tuesday 18th January. League tables/results/individual performances etc can be seen on the Cannock & District Chess League link on  


20.12.21 Division 2

An extremely close finish to the Division 2 season has resulted in Lichfield B, Oscott & Rugeley tied on 8 points at the top of the table – so we go to tie-breakers to decide the winners. The head-to-head games between the three teams were Oscott 2-2 Rugeley, Rugeley 0.5-3.5 Lichfield B & Oscott 3-1 Lichfield B - so Oscott have 3 points, Lichfield B 2 points & Rugeley 1 point. Oscott are therefore the Division 2 Champions for the 2021 season. Congratulations to them & everyone involved.


10.12.21 Division 1

In the penultimate game of the Division 1 season Lichfield B hosted Tamworth last night needing to win to take the title, while a draw was enough for Tamworth. After an extremely hard fought match Lichfield B came out on top by the narrowest of margins - 2.5-1.5. Congratulations to everyone involved on the B side of Lichfield's teams & commiserations to Tamworth who ran them so close. Thank you also to the powers that be at Lichfield for supporting the League by entering & organising so many teams across all of our Divisions.

Every one of the 5 teams who competed in Division 1 has combined to make this the most competitive & interesting season for a number of years with 7 of the 9 games played so far finishing 2-2 or 2.5-1.5. With a higher rated top Division it's been wonderful to see so many of the best local players competing along side their club colleagues. Congratulations to all of the players/selectors/captains involved in making this such a successful Division 1 season. Hopefully we'll have more of the same in 2022.


3.12.21 Division 3

Congratulations to Stafford on winning Division 3 following last night's results. So far, they have won all 4 of their games, losing on just 1 board in the process. Well done to everyone involved at the club.


19.11.21 Ray Dolan Award

Ray Dolan award

The Staffordshire Chess Association has awarded CDCL President Ray Dolan the highest Accolade they could - the Staffordshire Chess Association Sports Personality of the Year Award for 2021 following 25 Years on the Committee. Ray has taken on several roles within the Association including General Secretary twice, County Captain, Tournament Secretary & Correspondence Secretary.

He has also been heavily involved in the CDCL since it's inception, enthusiastically taking on roles such as President, Publicity & Promotions Officer & General Secretary; & was a key member of the Midland Counties Chess Union for 24 years, while still finding time to run the Bloxwich Junior Chess Academy for 11 years. Congratulations Ray!


2.11.21 Individual Trophy Draws

The draws for the Robert Ward Trophy & Dolan Trophy have been made & can be seen on the Cannock & District Chess League link on  


31.10.21 Wolverhampton

New venue - Clarendon Hotel, 38 Chapel Ash, WV3 0TN. Parking in Brewery Road. Match times now 7.15pm. 


26.10.21 Fixtures Meeting for 2022 Season

This will be held at the Bridgtown Social Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday January 18th 2022. We will also hold an EGM on the same evening if it is necessary. All clubs will be asked to attend so that fixtures can be arranged for the 2022 season which will run from January until May 2022.


21.10.21 Dolan Trophy Final

Congratulations to Stephen Smithson from Lichfield for defeating Kieran Mills in the Dolan Trophy Final for 2019-2020.


10.10.21 Individual Trophy entries

Entries are now invited from any affiliated CDCL club players for the Robert Ward Trophy (no grading limit) & Dolan Trophy (under 1450 grade as at 1.9.21) for 2021-2022. The cut-off date for entries is 31.10.21 with the first round games to be played by 31.12.21. The competitions are run on a knock-out basis with the number of rounds dependent upon the number of entries received. Please email to enter or for further information.


23.9.21 Robert Ward Plate Final

Congratulations to Richard Bailey who defeated Paul Barrett yesterday to win the Robert Ward Plate Final for 2019-2020. Thank you to everyone who entered & we hope to get our Individual Competitions up & running for 2021-2022 once the Leagues are well underway.


14.9.21 EGM

We had a healthy attendance at the EGM where several matters were agreed upon. For the 2019-2020 season each attending club was given a vote & Division 3 Champions were Rugeley, while Oscott & Rugeley shared the Division 2 Title. The set up of the Autumn 2021 season was agreed as proposed & games will start shortly across all 3 Divisions, with 11 clubs & 19 teams competing.


30.8.21 EGM details 

The EGM has been booked in the small bar in the Bridgtown Social Club on Tuesday 14.9.21 at 7.30pm. It will be followed by a Fixtures Meeting immediately afterwards for our Autumn 2021 season. I'm pleased to confirm that we have at least 5 team entries in each of our 3 Divisions so we hope to have a very competitive season across the league.


24.8.21 Proposed League structure in Autumn 2021

Due to several requests from member clubs we intend to add an extra higher rated Division in Autumn 2021. Our previous proposals were for 2 Divisions with 6500 ECF & 5800 ECF limits, but now we'll also have a 7200 ECF limit Division as well - all subject to approval at our EGM on 14.9.21. We have asked for entries for all 3 Divisions to be emailed to the Records Secretary by the end of August. Thank you to those clubs who have already confirmed their intensions.

Details of the EGM will be shared with everyone shortly.


13.8.21  Update from 2019-2020 season

ROBERT WARD TROPHY – FINAL – David Gardiner v Nigel Byrne

Sadly, Nigel passed away in September 2020. David has kindly agreed that both players will be declared as joint winners in tribute to Nigel.

ROBERT WARD PLATE - FINAL – Paul Barrett v Richard Bailey (arranged for 22.9.21)


DOLAN TROPHY - FINAL – Kieran Mills v Stephen Smithson (arranged for 20.10.21)


As some clubs are unable to reopen we cannot complete Divisions 2 & 3. A decision will be made on how to recognise this in our EGM in September - details to follow. 

Players were asked if they wished to complete their games in the Robert Ward Plate & Dolan Trophy before the end of 2021.

Sutton Coldfield & Tamworth qualified for the Chase Trophy Final & have agreed to share the Trophy.

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