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The Boys are Back in Town

Yesterday was fun. I was in Shropshire, along with Richard Archer to watch Shropshire beat Derbyshire at the Scout Hut in Shifnal. It was wonderful to see people like Andy Tunks and David Everington again. A few of us went out for a meal after the match and I attach a photograph of that (rare) occasion. Of course many of you will know the characters but, clockwise from the left, there's me (in the orange jersey) Richard Archer, Trevor Brotherton, Colin Roberts and Glyn Pugh. All except Colin (bless him) played in that formidable Coddon team of the nineties.
We are all older and portlier but still loving our royal game. I miss the Shropshire chess scene very much. - Carl Portman 17/10/2010
More Congress Success Stories
Scarborough congress results from the weekend include a major Shropshire success. Our very own John Bashall (pic left) walked off with the £500 1st prize in the Major (U171) with 5/5 (and a remarkable tournament grading score of 208!). Francis Best won the Major last year so that makes it two in a row for Shropshire, and this year his son Matthew Best was joint 3rd in Foundation section (U106) with 4/5.
Also at Birmingham Rapidplay on Sunday there were about ten Shropshire players. Among the prizewinners were Vikas Sharma who was joint third in Open with 4/6, Steve Rooney joint second in Major (U175) with 4.5/6, and Richard Szwajkun joint third in Minor with 4.5/6. - Steve Rooney 26/10/2010
 
How to beat an International Master
Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Andrew Martin coaching and simul. The event was very successful with some high quality tuition for county juniors in the morning, followed by a 19-board simul in the afternoon.
Andrew Martin won the simul 17.5-1.5 after more than three hours play. Peter Kitchen from Shrewsbury was the sole winner and Coddon's Andy Tunks got the draw. A great performance by both and other honourable mentions should go to Matthew Best who won an exchange and a few pawns but eventually succumbed to Andrew's desperate mating attack; and eight year old Heath Pearson who battled on for the whole session and was one of the last to finish. - Steve Rooney 12/06/2010
Oswestry B - Division 3 Champions 2009-10
Pictured are some of the successful Oswestry players who have taken the Division 3 title. Left to right Ron Thomson, Steve Tulett, Alf Evans, Keith Grice, Graham Ives, and Gareth Hampson. Euan Stevenson and John Smith were not available for this photocall.
Deep in thought - Telepost's John Bashall who was 1st= in the under 150 section of the Torbay Congress 22/11/09 with 4.5/5.
Pic courtesy Shropshire Star
Shrewsbury Venue Change
Our meeting room at Shelton Hospital has changed.  We are now in the Shropshire Suite (IT Training Rooms).  This applies to all Shrewsbury teams, including the juniors.  Our club night is still Fridays. Francis Best
 
2007-08 Role of Honour
Div 1 Champions = Telepost A................... Runners Up = Church Stretton A
Div 2 Champions = Telepost B................... Runners Up = Oswestry...............
Div 3 Champions = Shifnal Telford C.........Runners Up = Shrewsbury C ......
Cox Trophy Winners = Telepost A.............Runners Up = Shifnal Telford A .
Minor KO Winners = Shrewsbury B...........Runners Up = Newport B............

The 2008 County Individual Champions
Trevor Brotherton & Jamie Hopkins share the title
Best holiday in Yorkshire
Francis Best (left - Shrewsbury A) seems to be enjoying his holiday in Yorkshire - he was equal first in the Major at the Scarborough congress at the weekend with 4.5/5.
Seen here collecting his £300 cheque
- pic courtesy Paul Broderick 25/10/09
Athar Mehmood (below)
Shropshire's Athar Mehmood, who was under-14 champion at the 2009 Staffordshire junior chess congress, with his cup.
Picture: Finlays Photography
Find the winning combination

Black to play and win.

This position occurred in the game between Iain Wilson (Shifnal Telford A) and Keith Tabner (Telepost A) with black to play.
"Over the board I felt that there must be a mate here somewhere - all of the black pieces are poised to attack the white king - but I couldn't find it. Eventually I played Qxg3 and offered the draw which clinched the match for Telepost. Can you do better? Keith Tabner
Show me how
Nigel Ferrington - County Individual Champion

Congratulations to the 2009 County Champion Nigel Ferrington who will have his name on the Ernest Groome Trophy for a fifth time. He is pictured in the final round securing the draw he needed against Simon Hughes to clinch the title with 5.5 points from 7 rounds.

In a close and exciting competition Richard Bryant, who scored a brilliant 17 move win against Nigel in round 6, and Nick Rutter, who defeated reigning champion Trevor Brotherton in the last round, also finished on 5.5 points but have to settle for 2nd and 3rd places on sum of progressive scores.

Grading prizes are awarded to Toby Neal (U140), John Westhead (U120), George Viszokai (U100), and Dave Lovegrove (U80).
Simultaneous Display at Coddon Chess Club
International Master Lawrence Cooper makes a move against organiser Andy Tunks during the simultaneous display at Codden Chess Club on 9 th September 2009.

"The event was hit by the England v Croatia match on TV, however, we still had a very enjoyable night. Glyn Pugh introduced everyone to Lawrence who played ten boards. The two juniors Athar Mehmood and Nathanael Paul both played exceptionally well and put up strong resistance but both lost out in the end. There were two draws on the night:
Glyn Pugh (Coddon) and David Pritchard (Walsall Kipping)."- Andy Tunks
Shrewsbury's winning Cox Trophy lineup:- Ian Davies, Francis Best, Peter Kitchen, David Everington, and Daniel Lockett. - pic courtesy Peter Crean Shrewsbury A - 2009 Cox Trophy Winners
Shrewsbury, as clear underdogs in this match, pulled off a surprise win against a Telepost B side which included their A-team's highly graded top two boards.   Board 1 Nigel Ferrington was surprised to be  facing a Stonewall Dutch Defence and lost a pawn early on and never really got back into the game.  On two, Francis Best launched a fierce attack against Richard Bryant's Sicilian Defence and came agonisingly close to a  win but agreed to a draw when his clock ran down to just a couple of minutes.  Dan Lockett's favourite Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez netted the point against Peter Crean but only after some intricate manouvering after he won Q for a R.   Ian Davies struggled with material down but kept plugging away and gained the draw when both clocks were close to running down. - David Everington
Shifnal and Telford clinch title

This is the scene prior to the crucial Shifnal Telford v Coddon match 08/04/09. On Bd 5 captain Iain Wilson prepares to face Nathanael Paul. Team mates Colin Roberts, David Gostelow and John Footner are also ready for action - whilst top Bd Trevor Brotherton will, as is traditional, arrive a few minutes late.

The result - 3.5 - 1.5 to Shifnal Telford - was enough to secure the league championship by just 1 point from reigning champions Telepost.

We salute the new champions
Wellington A and Coddon B top the 2008-09 tables
Shifnal Telford D finish runners up to champions Coddon B in division 3 - they can be seen in the background of the above pic as they go head to head. In Division 2 Wellington A are champions and will be joined in division 1 next season by Shifnal Telford B.

Shropshire junior Peter Mellor (pictured right) has scored a magnificent success in the Nottingham Congress, winning the top junior prize in the section for players with a grading of under 100. Mellor, who plays on board one for the county junior team, scored 3.5 points out of a possible five.
pic courtesy Shropshire Star

Shropshire success in Rhyl Congress
At the June 09 Rhyl chess congress Telepost captain Richard Bryant entered the Open against a strong field including 3 guys who qualified and played in the British Championships this year.
The result was spectacular even by his high standards. First equal 4/5 (tied with a player graded 191) with won 3 drew 2 lost 0 having played all the top players.  His tournament grading score was a staggering 215! Easily his lifetime best performance. With Athar Mehmood taking the best junior award in the U100 section this was a resounding Shropshire success story.
Bryant tops the leader board

Richard Bryant regularly takes time out from his duties as Telepost captain to compete with great success in weekend congresses up and down the country. His February tournament record includes Kidlington 1st= in the U170 with 4.5/5.... followed the very next weekend at Solhull with 1st place 5/5 in the U160.
He currently tops the ECF Grand Prix U175 leader board with 665 points, well clear of his nearest rival on 516 points.
Wrekin Congress 3-4 January 2009

Pictured left - Ieuan Fenton of Oswestry Chess Club who was outright winner of the Major (U150) section with an impressive 4.5 / 5.
(pic courtesy of Paul Broderick)
Newport's Athar Mehmood achieved the only perfect score with an unassailable 5 / 5 to win the Minor (U99) section.
However Russell James of South Birmingham denied Shropshire the clean sweep by taking the Premier title with 4 / 5.
Wrekin Congress Report

New Shropshire Club Websites
Newport Chess Club and Church Stretton Chess Club both now have their own websites.
Social chess at Condover
Following a three month trial period last year, a new club for social chess has been formed at Condover.
The club meets once a fortnight at the village social club on a Monday from 8.00pm onwards.The intention is to run from October through to the end of March.
The next two sessions are on 26 January and 9 February 2009. Anyone interested in coming along will be made most welcome. Any enquires contact me on 01743 871172 - John Casewell
Market Drayton Fixtures Cancelled
Yes, it is true that we've folded.  There were just four of us this season, so it's not really possible to continue. I'm 75 now, so perhaps it's time to stop - I lose my concentration round about 9 o'clock, often when I have a won game.  However, I've joined the Popular Chess Correspondence Club, shall play against my computer and perhaps on the Internet. I still lead a University of the Third Age group, but that's social chess and not a very demanding standard. I hope to get a lift to the Wrekin Congress, so perhaps will see you all there.
    Best wishes- Ray Thomas
 
The 2008 County Individual Champions
Trevor Brotherton and Jamie Hopkins tie for the title.

Shropshire's Rising Young Star
Athar Mehmood qualified from his school THE OLD HALL SCHOOL WELLINGTON to take part in the British Land UK Chess Challenge 2008.
Unbeaten school champion for last three years, Athar took part in the MEGAFINAL scoring 6/6  to receive "SUPREMO" title and trophy. Last Sunday, 6th July 2008 he took part in the NORTHERN GIGAFINAL for the last 2,500 out of an original entry of 73,000 players.
The tournament took place at the University of Manchester. Athar became the first Shropshire Under 11 Junior to score 6/6 and receive the "ULTIMO" title, £100 and other prizes.
The final tournament, the "TERAFINAL", will take place in Sheffield on 16th & 17th August with a top prize of £ 2,000 and only around 60 players left out of the original 73,000.
Athar is the Shropshire Junior Champion U10 and U11.On the basis of his performance in tournaments around the country over recent months, and on the recommendation of local chess organizers, he attended the Trials for the England Under 11 Chess team for 2008 and was selected this year and last to join the National Chess Junior Squad in London.
Athar has 20 trophies, medals and others prizes so far. He is a member of Newport Chess Club and plays as Junior Board One.- info courtesy of Athar's mum, Irene.
Shifnal Telford C win Neal Allen Trophy
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Congratulations to Shifnal Telford C on winning the 2007-08 Division 3 title.

Pictured at the Shropshire Chess AGM, Roger Brown collects the Neal Allen Trophy on behalf of the team from SCA President Iain Wilson.

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