Shropshire Chess

County Individual Champion 2013 Jamie Hopkins.
"There was an exciting finish to this year's Shropshire Individual with 4 players having a chance of the title. Trevor Brotherton was half a point ahead of Nick Rutter, Jamie Hopkins and Richard Bryant. The final games were played at the same time at Shrewsbury Chess Club. Nick won a tense game against Trevor and then had to wait for the Jamie/Richard game to finish. Jamie had the advantage in his game and won a queen and pawns end-game to take the trophy on tie break. " - Nick Rutter

Shrewsbury Town Champion 2013
Nigel Ferrington becomes the first player to successfully defend his title as Shrewsbury Town Champion. His perfect score of 5 / 5 includes wins over both previous title holders Jamie Hopkins and David Everington. Phil Zabrocki and Francis Best finish 2nd and 3rd on 4 / 5.
Ivor Salter and Keith Tabner share the U140 title on 3 / 5, with Kate Walker taking the U100 crown also with an impressive 3 / 5
. - Keith Tabner
National U140 Champions 2013
Captain Roger Brown with the winners trophy is joined by his team members following Shropshire's 9-7 victory over Kent in the ECF National U140 championship final held in Warwick 13/07/2013
2013 Division 1 Champions and Cox Trophy Winners - Newport A
Congratulations to Newport A on completing the 2013 league and cup double.
A convincing 3.5 - 0.5 win in the Cox Trophy final left their rivals Telepost A as runners up in both tournaments.
l to r: Tony Holdford, Nathaniel Paul, Nick Rutter and Tom Pym.
Gavin Cooper missed the photo shoot.
Oswestry A - Division 3 Champions 2013
Left to Right - John Davies, Euan Stevenson, Keith Grice, Graham Ives, Ashley Peile, Jon Smith, Ron Thomson.
Also played but not in picture - Keith Bacon, Richard Evans, Peter Fisher, Gary Slegg and Steve Tulett
- pic courtesy Graham Ives
2010-11 Role of Honour
Div 1 Champions = Shrewsbury A.................. Runners Up = Newport A............
Div 2 Champions = Church Stretton A........... Runners Up = Ludlow A..............
Div 3 Champions = Coddon C ..................Runners Up = Wellington B ...........
Cox / Rapidplay Winners = Priorslee Lions A ....Runners Up = Shifnal Telford A .....
Minor KO Winners = Shifnal Telford B...Runners Up = Priorslee Lions B..............
The 2011 County Individual Champion - Nick Rutter
2011 Shrewsbury Town Champion - David Everington
Cox Trophy Finalists 2012
Winners - Church Stretton A - Runners up - Newport A
Tiago Faustino, Steve Rooney, Karl Wakefield, Trevor Brotherton, Chris Lewis, Gavin Cooper, Nick Rutter, and Nathanael Paul.
Pic courtesy Vinny Crean
Ironbridge World Heritage Day

Shropshire chess players took on members of the public in a fun chess challenge at the Ironbridge world heritage day. (Saturday 22nd Sept 2012) Gary White, Glyn Pugh, and Toby Neal set up a "Beat a Shropshire Chess Player" stall at the market along The Wharfage and threw down the gauntlet to passing members of the public.
Neal said: "The organisers had offered the chess community a free pitch and we thought it was an opportunity to raise the profile of Shropshire chess that was too good to miss.
"Gary did a great job coming up with some very professional signs and chess puzzles, and also brought along a giant set. It was a great success which generated a lot of interest, and the eight hours flew by.
"We did wonder whether we would end up playing each other, but we had plenty of takers to keep us busy right up to the close of play. Some people, including children, really got the bug and kept coming back for more. Others crowded round to watch the games, or stood round looking at the big display set, on which we had set up a chess problem.
"There were some really competitive games, usually against people who said they 'hadn't played for ages'. We weren't sure whether to take chess clocks, but in the event found that children in particular were attracted to the idea that we had only five minutes to make all our moves, and they quickly picked up how to use them.
"We gave certificates - another of Gary's masterstrokes - to members of the public who got a result against us. I don't think Glyn gave any out, but I did!
"Francis Best and Peter and Vinny Crean popped along to join the fun for a while, while Colin Mace took the opportunity to do battle with us while passing."Whether it will have inspired anybody to get involved in a local club, we can't tell, although some folk did take away details, but even if not, it was very worthwhile as a public relations exercise for Shropshire chess."

Toby Neal 22/09/2012
Shropshire Blitz Chess
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Shrewsbury Town Championships
Summer 2012
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Controller Keith Tabner
The Nigel Short Events
Report, picture gallery and games from this hugely successful Shropshire event featuring grand master Nigel Short, and CJ de Mooi on 16th October 2011.
Shropshire Team Rapidplay
Winners 2012

Champions Telepost A proudly display the brand new trophy. 20/05/2012
l to r - John Bashall, Nigel Ferrington, Noel Kiffin, Phil Zabrocki, and guest star William Bates.
The Nigel Short Shropshire Event
Report, picture gallery and games from this hugely successful event featuring grand master Nigel Short, and CJ de Mooi.
On Sunday 16/10/11 Jamie Hopkins held former world chess championship challenger Nigel Short  - who is Britain's number two and still in the top 50 players in the world - to a comfortable draw during a simultaneous display. Short also awarded Hopkins the best game prize for his effort.
Hopkins wasn't the only player with something to celebrate - Telepost's Nigel Ferrington also drew with Short and at one stage looked to be on top in his game. But that was as good as it got for those challenging Short in Sunday's simultaneous display - all other 32 players lost. The event (pic above), which was superbly organised by Shropshire Chess Association president Francis Best, also featured lectures by Mr Short on some of his recent games and an appearance by Eggheads star CJ de Mooi.
Gary White (pic left) conquered the Isle of Man in a lucrative trip to the Manx congress which led to him bringing home £400 in plunder.The Priorslee Lions player was outright winner in the Isle of Man congress U145, with a score of 4.5 out of six - he scored three wins, and three draws.
Gary is now planning another overseas chess trip to Gibraltar at the end of January.
Player of the tournament John Tunks with his trophy.

Shifnal & Telford B are the 2011 winners of the Minor Knockout after beating Priorslee Lions B on a tiebreak in the final.
Competition organiser Jon Smith said: "I had mentioned to a few people about having a player of the tournament award, and to that end I had a small trophy made and engraved with the name of John Tunks. "Although on the losing side in the final he was the only player to win four out of four games, and three of them against higher rated opponents."
Nick Rutter - County Individual Champion 2011
Nick Rutter (pic above) has retained the E Groome Trophy to become Shropshire Individual Champion for the eighth time in a twenty-two year period of dominance since his first title in 1989.
It was appropriate that he clinched the title with a round 7 win against David Everington, himself a prolific performer in this event since his first win in 1965. Between them they have now won the county's premier individual title an extraordinary seventeen times!
Runner up was Trevor Brotherton, with grading prizes for Andy Tunks, Marvin Carbin, and Derrick Powell.
Shrewsbury Town Champion 2011

David Everington has added a new title to his long and impressive chess cv, finishing a full point ahead of his nearest rivals, last year's winner Jamie Hopkins and Nigel Ferrington.
The summer tournament, brainchild of organiser Keith Tabner and now in its second year, is a five round Swiss event for members of the town's chess clubs.
U140 champion is James Kingston whilst John Casewell retains his U100 title for a second year.
Rapidplay Trophy Summer 2011 - Won by Priorslee Lions A Team

Priorslee Lions gobbled up the opposition to gain a roaring success in the new Rapidplay Trophy competition involving chess clubs from across Shropshire. 18/05/2011

The photo shows the team of Nathanael Paul, Glyn Pugh, Jim O'Neil, Andy Tunks and William Bates

UK Chess Challenge
Shropshire Winners at Megafinal

A trip down the A49 to the Megafinal in Hereford saw Shropshire juniors return with four trophies and a number of qualifiers for the next stage of the UK Chess Challenge.

Six Shropshire juniors won their sections to be declared Supremos and qualify for the Northern Gigafinal that takes place in July. Two Shropshire junior academy members - Heath Pearson and Francis Rooney - won all their games at the Megafinal. Ten-year old Heath swept aside all opposition in his section to take the Supremo slot, and Francis Rooney won all six of his games in the tough combined section for 14-18 year-olds and was under 16 Supremo. - Steve Rooney 08/05/2011

Photo left - back L-R: James Sloan, U17 boys Supremo; Matthew Best, U15 boys Supremo; Francis Rooney, U16 boys Supremo; and front: Heath Pearson, U10 boys Supremo

Division 2 Champions 2010-11 - Church Stretton A

Church Stretton team at final Division two match - Church Stretton v Shrewsbury B - played at Telepost 29 April 2011.

Pictured left to right:Tom Williamson, Francis Rooney, Chris Pimm-Jones, Steve Rooney and Karl Wakefield. Not pictured are the seven other players who have played a key part in Church Stretton's division two-topping side: Graham Shepherd, Gerald Link, Adrian Thorpe, Eric Elwell, David Williams, Dean Pinnington and Gordon Lyons. - Steve Rooney
Division 1 Champions 2010-11 - Shrewsbury A
Jon Parrott, Jamie Hopkins, Francis Best, Peter Kitchen, David Everington - ( pic courtesy Peter Crean )
Milestone for John Parrott

Keith - I thought you might like this picture (left) for the website. It
shows the moment when John Parrott beat Marvin Carbin to put Shrewsbury 2-1 up in last night's match. The extra significance was that by this win John achieved a (possibly) unprecedented score of 100% over the league season with 14 points from 14 games. In the background Mark Smith is looking distraught as Monro Morrison opens up his K-position to win the game, despite being two exchanges down! The venue was The Nedge Tavern as Coddon's new venue is available on Mondays and Shrewsbury couln't get a team up for that day. Shrewsbury won 3-2 in the end.
David Everington 14/04/2011
2009-10 Role of Honour
Div 1 Champions = Telepost A.................. Runners Up = Shrewsbury A............
Div 2 Champions = Telepost B.................. Runners Up = Coddon B.....................
Div 3 Champions = Oswestry B.................Runners Up = Shifnal Telford D .......
Cox Trophy Winners = Telepost A............Runners Up = Wellington A..............
Minor KO Winners = ..................................Runners Up = ................................
The 2010 County Individual Champion -Nick Rutter