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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.
Do you know where you’re going?
A few changes to club venues have been taking place
recently so in case you have missed it here is what I know
Boldmere have moved and now play at Oscott Social Club &
Institute, 239 Witton Lodge Road, (corner with Turfpits Lane), Birmingham B23
5LX. The Club room is upstairs in a
good size room with a lift if needed.
From the City centre take A34 to Perry Barr…A453
…Boars Head…..College Rd, turn right immediately after Perry Common Rd lights
into Witton Lodge Rd, the car park entrance is in Turfpits Lane.
By bus № 7 from Livery Street B'ham City centre
to outside the club. I shall not miss looking at the dreary sights from the
Aston Expressway waiting for the traffic jam to clear because of some M6 hold
As in many case with the new venue comes a new name, Oscott Chess Club, something West Birmingham, Lozells, North Birmingham
Kingstanding, Boldmere are used to.
Rushall have also moved and now play from St. Francis'
Catholic Social Club, 20 Mill Rd, (corner with Broad Lane) Shelfield WS4 1RH.
Several ways from Birmingham City Centre, A38, M6 J9 or J10 to Walsall Ring
road then A461 through Rushall to Mill Rd traffic lights turn left club will be
on the right. Personally I will take From the City centre A34 to Perry
Barr…A453 …Boars Head, Aldridge Rd past the Kynoch venue over the Beacon B4154 joining
the A461 at Rushall, this misses out any
problems with the Motorway and all the lights and cameras around the Walsall
Warley Quinborne are Now using the Stag & Horseshoes on a Monday for Open & 560
Matches and on a Thursday for 400 Matches,
Stag & Three Horseshoes, Halesowen Road, (corner with Kent Rd)
Birmingham B62 9BB.
The traffic Island in the Picture Below is at the top of Mucklows Hill…
Halesowen Rd to the right is a continuation of the Hagley Rd from Quinton. .…….If unsure Check with Warley Quinborne Club Secretary
become League Champions for the Second time in their history after a nervous
wait., Solihull were looking to be in the right place at the start of February
out in front and the only 100% record left in the division, having strengthened
the Squad with some big hitters the title was looking theirs to lose. Six weeks
later Solihull had finished and defeats, away at SB1A and home to Olton had
lost their unassailable lead, Walsall (Rock Steady) Kipping now could overhaul
them if they could win the last three Matches and after two wins it all came
down to the last match at
home to SB1A. Unfortunately for WsK playing the last game against the team that
has finished in one of the top two places fourteen of the last eighteen seasons
is not ideal; however they now have a chance for revenge in the Runners up Play
off Match. At the Bottom WQ, Red, Wtn and Lch have looked in trouble all
season, Wolverhampton got out of it after a raid into the January transfer
market and wins for WQ against Olton & Red and a draw Vs Wtn will send
Redditch & Lichfield down.
John Edge won his Eighth
Individual ❶ title and
now has the record most wins, well done that man.
BDCL Division ❶
Runner up: - South Birmingham / Walsall
Individual Band ❶
Edge ( Halesowen ) 1990/91
2001/02 2003/04 2004/05
up: - Mohammed N A Chowdhury (Westminster)
in recent years has been the tightest one, that’s to say there is usually only
a few points between third from top and third from bottom, Lichfield hit the
ground running and after playing nine fixtures before Christmas sat at the top
for large parts of the season, Solihull, Shirley Wythall, West Bromwich and
South Birmingham A made up the chasing Pack with the latter (SB2A) ending up as
champions with W7 D4 L0. WQ and SC occupied the bottom two places most of the
season with SB2B and Halesowen the teams to catch, Warley Quinborne are
relegated with South Birmingham 2B, while Sutton Coldfield avoided a relegation
play off after a Rules Committee hearing on Board order in Match 262.
Indy ❷ was
won by John Mildenhall who has won Indy ❷ four times previously.
Division ❷ Champions
SOUTH BIRMINGHAM A 1988/89
Runner up: - Lichfield
Individual Band ❷ 160 Max Champion
John Mildenhall ( Sutton Coldfield
1990/91 2001/02 2015/16
up: - Jonathan Dale (Shirley
who finished third last season, won
Division ❸ for the Eighth time
losing just 1 match, joining them in Div 2 next season,
are either Olton A or Mercia who will battle it out in a play off. At the
bottom Boldmere are relegated with Sutton Coldfield. Indy ❸ was won by Terry
Walker who has won Indy ❸ previously.
Division ❸ Champions
UNIVERSITY BIRMINGHAM 1923/24 1949/50 1965/66 1974/75
1975/76 1984/85 1992/93
Runner up: - Olton A
Individual Band ❸ 140 Max Champion
Walker ( South Birmingham ) 1997/98 2018/19
up: - Simon A Killarney (South
by Redditch who becomes the 37th 100% Team of all time. Joining them
in Promotion will be Shirley Wythall who won the last game to avoid a play off
with Greenlands. At the Bottom going down are Bushbury and Warley Quinborne.
Being the smallest division it offered the least amount of chess but had the
Indy ❹ final was won by
Kevin Spillane of Boldmere.
Division ❹ 100% Champions
Runner up: - Shirley
Individual Band ❹ 120 Max Champion
Kevin J Spillane ( Boldmere ) 2018/19
up: - Paul Barrett (Coleshill)
Last Seasons Promoted Team
Coleshill are this Seasons Division ❺ Champions with 21pts out of
a possible 24pts. Solihull pips Shirley Wythall to take the second promotion
the bottom Mutual Circle and Kynoch B should be Relegated, I say should as they
weren’t when they both finished bottom two seasons ago.
5 was won by Joe Kadar who had been in a final the previous three seasons.
Division ❺ Champions
Runner up: - Solihull
Individual Band ❺ 100 Max Champion
Kadar ( South Birmingham ) 2018/19
up: - John B Lewis (Warley Quinborne)
George's are the champions of Division
❻ however they only found themselves in this Division due to not having
Six Players for Division four. It remains to be seen how the Match Committee
deal with Saint
George’s if they continue next season. Redditch finished in a close 2nd
place and gets promoted to cap of a good season for the club. Wooden Spoon this
season is awarded to Westminster B. Indy ❻
was won by Tom Vanes of Coleshill
Division ❻ Champions
Saint George's 1999/00 2005/06
Runner up: - Redditch
Individual Band ❻ 80 Max Champion
Tom Vanes ( Coleshill ) 2018/19
up: - Matt Smith (South
Birmingham wins the Terrill Trophy for the 10th time
3 put up a good show and it was a lot closer than the score suggests.
SOUTH BIRMINGHAM 1A 1985/85
2002/03 2005/06 2007/08
2011/12 2012/13 2014/15
2015/16 2016/17 2018/19
up: - Westminster-3
Boldmere 2 win the Homer
Trophy against local rivals Sutton Coldfield
HOMER Trophy Winners
BOLDMERE 2 2011/12
up: - Sutton
Redditch 4 wins the Townshend to complete a League and cup double
REDDITCH 4 2011/12 2018/19
up: - Coleshill-5
Greenlands 4 beat Shirley Wythall 5 in a one sided affair
GREENLANDS 4 2014/15
up: - Shirley Wythall-5
All Club Honours can be fond at
the first half of this 2018-19 season the most notable fact is the rise in
Defaults that have occurred, 87 Boards across 6 Divisions have been defaulted,
and if you add the 44 Defaulted boards after two rounds of the Trophy a Total
of 131 BDCL Boards of chess have not taken Place, Division Four currently has
lost 23, which is surprising as this division already has the least amount of
games on offer following the re-positioning of the Saint George team due to a
player Shortage. Let’s hope the Second half improves and we do not exceed the
170 Seasons average if there is such a thing. Currently there are two Board
Disputes which are being investigated, one in Div 4 and one in Div 5 which all
I can say is one is over moves made and the other is over notation. Tables… should anyone want to look/Print all
the BDCL tables together, they are on the Finish page, should print on a single
A4 page in Landscape orientation. This years new format in the Individual
Tournaments seem to have proved popular with the Majority, as the 73 players
entered is the highest for several years, the next highest I have found was 59
Players in the 2009-10 season. Finally for now at the MCM John Green of
Solihull is suggesting a league to offer more chess for players around 90
grading Pts and below, Teams will consist of Three players, this league will
not impact on your current BDCL status. Any clubs / players interested contact
the Solihull Secretary.
New year all,
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.
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 ❶ remains
unchanged as an Open band. In bands ❷, ❸, ❹ & ❺ 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 ❻.
19. Individual Tournament Arrangements
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 ❶ Open
Individual Band ❷
Individual Band ❸
Individual Band ❹
Individual Band ❺
Individual Band ❻
will be determined using the following priority:
July Standard play Grade
July Rapid play Grade
July Standard play Rating (converted using the
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
Match Reporting using LMS
There are three ways of notifying the league of the match
1) By entering the result online using the ECF LMS web
2) Email the Records Secretary with the completed Ecard
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
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
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
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
Please contact me if you have any questions or need help in
Details in the BDCL Hand Book
BDCL Records Secretary
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
120 years later
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.
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
Ecard Reminder Do's and
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
individual game before the commencement of the match.
against boards Playing Incremental; write 'Q'
against boards Playing Quickplay,
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,
download Ecards click on the bishop Tab then the E Match Cards Tab)
these Ecards are used in conjunction with the Match card when a dispute arises
BETWEEN FIDE and ECF Grading
7.5 + 700 = FIDE
(FIDE - 700) / 7.5 = ECF
BETWEEN USCF and ECF Grading
8 + 700 = USCF
(USCF - 700) / 8 = ECF
report errors so we can correct them. Thank you.