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I will use this page to give information or just comments… if I remember I will change the Button date at each update.


Hello everyone, as you should know by now we have a new BDCL Records Secretary Terence Benson. Terence who is also the Ward End Social Chess Club Secretary, Stepped into the breach at the AGM as yours Truly stepped out, Please do your best to support Terry by ensuring he receives all the necessary information needed to either report Match Results or Change fixtures, At the August MCM, I was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Hon Gen Sec, I shall continue to be the on-line Bulletin editor on this BDCL site. Richard is still the BDCL Web Master and will be happy to post all chess related news.


Individual Tournament

Also following a vote by an overwhelming majority at the August MCM, the format of the BDCL Individual Tournaments have now changed,

Starting this season it has now been decided that five of the six Divisional Tournaments will have grade Band Limits.

The change does not prevent players playing in higher Bands as previously should they wish more of a challenge. Individual remains unchanged as an Open band. In bands , , & no ones is more than 20 grading Pts above your grade unless you have chosen to play in a higher band, or if your grade is less than 60 grading Pts in band .


19.  Individual Tournament Arrangements

19.1 There shall be a separate Individual Tournament of six banded sections open to anyone eligible for ordinary League play on 1st October. Any player may enter either the banded section he/she qualifies for or; provided the Tournament sub-Committee has a place available for him/her; any higher band. The banded sections shall be determined by players' grading as follows:

Individual Band Open

Individual Band 160 max

Individual Band 140 max

Individual Band 120 max

Individual Band 100 max

Individual Band 80 max

Eligibility will be determined using the following priority:

1. ECF July Standard play Grade

2. ECF July Rapid play Grade

3. FIDE July Standard play Rating (converted using the formula: (FIDE-700)/7.5)

4. BDCL Assigned Grade

Ungraded players must give details of estimated playing strength. Ungraded players who cannot demonstrate a playing strength appropriate for their section will be allocated to Individual One.

Contact your Club Secretary or Individual Chairman Tim lane to enter


Message from Terence Record Secretary

Hi All,

Match Reporting using LMS

There are three ways of notifying the league of the match result!

1) By entering the result online using the ECF LMS web site! (Preferred)

2) Email the Records Secretary with the completed Ecard attached!

3) Post the Match card to the Records Secretary!

Remember both Home and Away teams must report the match result within 5 days of the match!

The quickest and easiest way of doing this is to enter your result online by logging into LMS!

By using LMS there is no requirement to email or post the match card to the Records Secretary! But you must keep the match cards safe until the AGM!

There are many of you who have logins for LMS but are not using them to report your match results?

If anyone has difficulties using the system please contact me and I’m sure we will be able to get you reporting your results online in no time!

If you are still reporting your results by email or post but would prefer to report them online and do not have a login ID. Please send me an email requesting an LMS user id. Don’t forget to include your Full Name, email address and club! I will then set you up as a owner for your club, which will allow you to enter your results online!


Advantages of reporting you results via LMS

Reporting your results only takes a few minutes and your done!

No typing of Match date, Team names, Players names, Scores or Match result! You only have to select the players and scores from the drop down lists and click the ‘Submit Match Result’ button and your done!

If the match has already been reported by your opponents then all you have to do is verify the result by clicking on the verify tab!

If you have access to a smart phone that can access the internet you can report the result straight after the match!

The League Tables are updated instantly on LMS!

No typing out of Ecards and emails

No postage costs and looking for a post box or forgetting to post the match card!

Plus the results are reported on the Records page of the BDCL web site a lot faster!


Disadvantages of reporting your results vis LMS!

You will need to have access to the internet!

The only reason not to report your results by LMS is if you don’t have access to the internet! But I’m sure someone else in your club will have access!


Please contact me if you have any questions or need help in using LMS

Details in the BDCL Hand Book


Thank you
Terry Benson

BDCL Records Secretary



At the April 30th MCM votes were overwhelmingly in favour of abolishing the first time control in one session matches. Time control is now all moves in 90mins for Quick-play or all moves in 80mis + 10 seconds a move throughout for Incremental, No more Adjusting the Clocks after 30 moves. Two Session Matches (Adjournments) are unchanged



St Georges unable to field six eligible players have been demoted from six board Division to four board Division ❻


BDCL Winners 2017-18


9th Time

Sutton Coldfield

1946/47  1956/57  1958/59  1959/60  1962/63  1974/75  1978/79   2015/16  2017/18

Runner up: - South Birmingham-A

Individual Champion

Andy Southall 7˝ ( Warley Quinborne )

1993/94  1994/95  1995/96  1996/97  1997/98  2009/2010  2016/17


Runners up: - I.Emery (Warley Quinborne)


Congratulations Sutton Coldfield BDCL League Champions

This is Suttons 9th Division title which takes them level with Kynoch, one behind Birmingham and three behind Bohemians 12.

South Birmingham-A won the play off for second against Solihull who will feel they let the title slip away in the final three games.

Andy Southall is Indy Champion. Andy now has 7 wins and a shared = 7˝ this was his 14th Indy final and Edges past Johns 7

Who will be first to catch B.H.Wood’s record of 8 Indy wins


❷ Champions

3rd Time


1900/01  1976/77  2017/18

Runners up: - Wolverhampton

Individual Champion

Keith Ingram ( Shirley Wythall )

2005/06  2011/12  2012/13  2016/17  2017/18

Runner up: - T.A.Lane (South Birmingham)


Redditch wins Playoff for Division Championship it’s the 3rd time they’ve won this …117 years after the 1st time.

Runners up Wolverhampton return to Div 1 next term at the first attempt.

Keith Ingram won his 1st Indy Trophy 1974/75 43 years ago he now has a 5th Indy to go with the 4 Indy titles.  


❸ Champions

8th Time

Mutual Circle-A

1926/27  1929/30  1936/37  1950/51  1960/61  1989/90  2015/16  2017/18

Runners up: - Warley Quinborne


Rob Marks ( Sutton Coldfield )


Runner up: - Rob Bicknell (Redditch)


Mutual Circle-A wins the Title for record 8th time and return at first attempt to Div 2

Warley Quinborne also returns at first attempt to Div 2

Rob Marks wins Indyto go with his Indy 5



2nd Time


2010/11  2017/18

Runners up: - Rushall


Mohammed Chowdhury ( Westminster )


Runner up D.Smith (Redditch)


Westminster win the Div title, only dropping 1 Point on the way

 Rushall are the runners up and will join them in Div 3 next season.

Mohammed Chowdhury also of Westminster wins Indy to make it a Treble winning season.

Division Champions, Trophy Winners, Indy Winners... Excellent


❺ Champions

3rd Time


1989/1990  2002/03  2017/18

Runners up: - Mercia


Chris East ( Sutton Coldfield )


Runner up: - B.Dixon (Boldmere)


Greenlands pip Title rivals to Top Spot and become Champions in a tight race.

Mercia who survived a relegation playoff last season takes second spot as Kynoch-A gets stuck in the Dicen in their last game.

Chris East keeps Sutton at the top of the Indy All time tables with another Indy Win


❻ Champions

University Birmingham

1989/90  2016/17

Runners up: -Coleshill-A

Individual Champion

Scott Leadbetter ( University Birmingham )


Runner up: - J.Kadar


University Birmingham wins the title winning every game to become the 39th BDCL100% Champions

Coleshill-A gained 2nd spot and also progress to Div 5

Scott Leadbetter also of University wins Indy against resident finalist Joe Kadar.

Keep going Joe it will come.


TERRILL Trophy Winners

3rd Time


1969/70  1990/91  2017/18

Runners up West Bromwich-1


Stourbridge-2 makes it into the Terrill’s winner’s column after being in the final 5 times in the last seven years.


HOMER Plate Winners

5th Time

Warley Quinborne-1

1997/98  2004/05  2009/10  2010/11  2017/18

Runners up Redditch-2


Warley Quinborne-1 over come the handicap to win the Homer Plate against a strong Redditch-2


TOWNSHEND Trophy Winners

2nd Time


2010/11  2017/18

Runners up Rushall-4


Westminster-4 win Townshend for the 2nd time after beating last years winners Rushall-4


BARRINGTON Plate Winners

3rd Time


1996/97  2002/03  2017/18

Runners up Redditch-4


Olton-5 overcomes the Underdog tag to beat Redditch-4 to win the Barrington Plate for the 3rd time.


2017-18 120 years later

Teams Captain (or delegated person) can now report match results directly online Using web pages provided by the ECF League Management System (LMS). In order to do this the club needs to send ME the name and Email address of the Teams Captain (or delegated person), this will be passed on to the site administrator who will grant access. To avoid errors I suggest a delegated person is in possession of the Match Card or has a reliable copy. Once you have logged on to the site, select BDCL, Click the event on the left in which the match appears, Scroll down to find the Match and click on the Result. Enter details from drop down list, then Submit Match Result, If your opposition have already submitted the result, Click the Verify Tab. You do not record the Game Finish type on-line …This must be on the Retained Match Card in case of dispute. Note the LMS Tables can be periodically behind the BDCL ones if on-line reporting is not the option used. This tends to happen when I receive results from a team and then wait to see if their opponents use the site, The LMS site is for teams to use, not another for the Records secretary, so if you can Please use it and remember to click the verify button if the results are there already.


F Grades

The scrutiny Committee would like it known that F grades (but not the data underlying them) will be disregarded.

This due to the narrow band of games giving a distorted measure of strength

From the ECF site……….

The introduction of a new F Category based on only 5 games (so one congress suffices). This has made it easier for new players to get a grade, and has increased the number of players with published grades by nearly 2000. However, F grades are not treated as "real" for the purpose of future calculation. They are treated in the same way as juniors' grades. They are also (unlike juniors' grades) omitted from "Top Players" lists and rankings.



Ecard Reminder Do's and Don'ts

Rule 9.5 it is now a requirement to record each game's Time limits on the Match Card.

This can be done in the right hand column now marked Finish / Date.

Incremental, Quickplay & Adjournments. The captains shall indicate on the card the nature of the time limit utilised

in each individual game before the commencement of the match.

Write 'I' against boards Playing Incremental; write 'Q' against boards Playing Quickplay,

If Adjournments are chosen leave blank until either the games are Adjourned or finished,

If adjourned then resumption date within 21 days must be given as before, if Finished then write 'A'

Do mark the relevant holders of any sealed move; do mark the relevant Home or Away Box,

 (To download Ecards click on the bishop Tab then the E Match Cards Tab)

remember these Ecards are used in conjunction with the Match card when a dispute arises




ECF x 7.5 + 700 = FIDE
(FIDE - 700) / 7.5 = ECF



ECF x 8 + 700 = USCF
(USCF - 700) / 8 = ECF




Please report errors so we can correct them. Thank you.