Monday, 28 January 2019

RCC at CDCL Centenary Rapidplay

On Sunday 27th January several Rugby Chess Club players travelled to Coventry to play in the Coventry and District Chess League (CDCL) Centenary Rapidplay.

Six games saw our ten RCC players (Simon Turner, Patrick Reid, Paul Colburn, James (Jamie) Kearney, John Hall, Steve Walley, Dave Riley, Petar Dimitrov, Chris Badley and Jonty Male) pitted against some strong opponents.

The competition attracted over 100 players (a wonderful target for the CDCL organisers to reach at the start of its 100th year).

High points for RCC  included a game against GM Mark Hebden by James pictured above. In terms of final results in the Open category Patrick won 4 games to finish 9th and win the u185 prize, slightly ahead of fellow Rugby A team players Simon Turner (11th with 3.5 points) and Paul Colburn (3 points). James finished 28th with 2 points (win and two draws) gained against much higher rated opponents.

We did not expect any of our players to be in the Major section (110-145 rated) but Petar Dimitrov found himself entered into this section in error and acquitted himself well, finishing 25th (2 points). As usual he was playing fast games - his win against his last opponent with 15 mins still on the clock.

Five players entered the Minor section, including junior Jonathan (Jonty) Male. For most this was their very first chess tournament. David Riley performed strongly - four wins (finishing 12th). John Hall also had a good day with 3.5 points (including 3 draws so only one game lost). Steve Walley and Chris Badley both won 2 points and Jonathan 1 point - with both Chris and Steve playing and winning against Jonathan there was an element of Good News: Bad News in some of these results.

Several of the our players are caught in action below.  An enjoyable contest. Congratulations to the league and many thanks to Hok Chui the organiser and others on the CDCL team who made this happen.  (Tournament results are at


Friday, 11 January 2019

Register and play in the CDCL Centenary Rapidplay - 27th January 2019

The 2019/20 season will mark the 100th anniversary of the Coventry and District Chess League.
The league are organising a 100th anniversary Rapidplay event on Sunday 27th January in Coventry as part of its celebrations. Rugby as one of the clubs competing in CDCL will be sending some of its players so look out for us there.

You can find out more by clicking on the natty Centenary CDCL logo below.
(Includes links to online entry form).  Please spread the word.

CDCL Centenary logo