Sunday, 22 March 2020

Chess and COVID-19

The Rugby Workers Club has closed its doors in line with the governmental recommendations for tackling Covid-19. Both leagues in which we compete had already cancelled further matches and the league AGM arrangements are on standby until we know more. Other clubs (including Coventry Chess Club - which was due to start its summer tournament at end of March) are closed for now.

For juniors the news about the 2020 UK Chess Challenge is that this will now no longer happen in May and is likely to happen (at earliest) in September. You can find out more and sign up for email alerts on the deLancey website (LINK).

These are vary uncertain times and I hope that every one of our members, their families, members of other clubs and Rugby Workers Club staff and members can stay healthy. I will keep in touch by email when there is any news and hope that we might find some amusement in online chess until we can meet in person again.

Rugby Chess Club cancelled our last meeting (16th March) and you should assume that unless you hear otherwise via the Rugby Chess email list, meetings in April and May will not now go ahead. Hope to see you again soon and STAY SAFE PLEASE.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Warwickshire Congress 2020

The Warwickshire Congress is being held on 21st – 23rd February 2020.

Venue: Citrus Hotel Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry.

Open, U1975, U140 and U110 sections.

Free entry for first 20 female entries.

Entry form and online entry through

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Graham Lightfoot - RIP

Very sad news. On Wednesday 4th December 2019, past Secretary of Rugby Chess Club Graham Lightfoot died. Graham was club secretary from about 1968 to 1999 and made a big impression in taking forward competitive chess in this club during that time. His most remarkable achievement was to steer the club to a win against Cambridge and then Oxford Universities in 1982 making RCC national club champions.

The team included two young men who went on to become chess grandmasters (Mark Hebden and Keith Arkell) and also included current Club President Bob Wildig. Graham accompanied the team when they went to the USSR to represent English chess the following year. Ben Gaff (Leamington League Chair) writing about the 100 year history of the Coventry & District Chess League recently (Dec 2019, Chess magazine) described this as perhaps the most stunning achievement in the league's history.

This was at a time when soviet chess was a very serious business and the match against Moscow Chess Club was a huge event. Graham is pictured at this event (seated right) with a decidedly serious expression.

Graham's family have extended an invitation to his funeral and wake - an opportunity to celebrate Graham's life. This will be on Monday 23rd December at 2pm at Rainsbrook Cemetery (Avon Room) & Crematorium and afterwards at The Railway Club (which was where RCC used to meet). 

Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Graham for the Alzheimer's Society may be sent to Walton & Taylor Funeral Directors,
16 Railway Terrace Rugby, CV21 3EW, telephone 01788 543008.

Please email the club if you need directions or further information.  (Obituary in Rugby Advertiser where you can leave online comments is here).

Saturday, 5 October 2019

End of pre-season results - thanks for taking part

Malcolm sends this report on the final two rounds of the 2nd RCC pre-season tournamet. As you can see newcomer Francis emerged as a clear winner.

Thank you to all who took part, and especially Malcolm for running the contest. We trust you all enjoyed the evet and that it may have helped limber you up for the coming season. Malcolm reckons it had had that effect for him, he started with a win and two draws in the first 3 Leamington League matches.


This round started with Francis just ahead of Chris Badley, Mike Johnson & Simon Turner, with six players a further point back, waiting to pounce.

Francis played Chris, and continued his serene progress. Neither Simon nor Jim were able to join us, so Malcolm was re-paired with Mike Johnson, and was pleased to break his duck when his pawns managed to invade Mike's posititon.

Ganesh beat Petar, Dave beat John, Nicola beat Chris P and Vassily will have been pleased to follow up his win against Malcolm with a draw against Bob.

This gave Francis the luxury of knowing he'd won the Tournament with a round to spare. Nevertheless, he kept his run going with a win against Mike, our visitor from Coventry, who we'd been pleased to welcome. Ganesh beat Nicola, and Chris B beat Vassily to join Simon equal 2nd behind Francis on 4 points.

John beat Petar, Bob beat Dave, and Malcolm beat Chris P giving the final table, LINK.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Pre-Season Tournament kicks off

Malcolm Harding has organised a pre-season tournament for the club for the second year. This takes place on 2nd, 9th and 23rd September. We have 15 contestants and were really pleased to welcome three new club members: Ganesh, Francis and Vasilly. We also had a visiting competitor - Mike Johnson - CDCL President and LDCL Secretary.

In the lead on this first evening, after two games, are Mike Johnson and Chris Badley. Well done and we look forward to some more interesting and friendly games on 9th and 23rd. Good luck to all players for the next four matches.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Bob Wildig Summer Simul: Action shots!

Bob Wildig agreed to do a simul against club members at our 5th August meeting and here are some shots of the action. We were able to field 10 opponents, including newest club member Dan. Chris, Phill and Martin were observers.

First to fall was Brian, who looked remarkably happy - great to see him at chess again after a break. Second to be knocked out was John who was followed by the only win of the evening or black - Nigel. Great work.

Jamie, Dan and Dave all lost and Petar and Stephen accepted draws. This left Chris (who lost) and Simon who acheived a draw - with many spectators watching by that stage. There were some surprises here as Bob points out: 'I was surprised when I beat Jamie who I would struggle to beat in a normal game. I think Jamie was being very adventurous and nearly broke through anyway!  It was a very interesting game just like the one I played against Simon next to it.'

Bob has agreed to do this again and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves, so perhaps a summer simul can be a regular part of our calendar. (Next meeting is 19 August).

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Pre-Season Tournament (2nd, 9th and 23rd September)

Malcolm Harding is again running a pre-season tournament at the club over three Monday evenings in September. We expect to be in the ballroom so plenty of space to invite other chess clubs along (our opponents in the Coventry (CDCL) and Leamington (LDCL) leagues). The basic informaion is given below. This page (Link) gives Malcolm's contact details and contains further information, including about requesting byes if you cannot attend some dates. So don't be deterred if you can't make it to every meeting.

Six-round Swiss Tournament
Rapid-play – all moves in 30 minutes for each player
There will be two rounds on each Monday, starting at 7.45pm & 9pm.
Please arrive by 7.30pm.

The Rugby Workers Club, 32 Oliver Street, Rugby CV21 2ET., ballroom (see location info).

Clocks will be used but notation of the game is optional.

Not graded but there is a trophy!!

Entries should be made to Malcolm Harding before 7.30pm on Monday 2nd September. (There is also provision for late entries).