Shrewsbury Town Championships

The Shrewsbury Town Championship Cup

Tournament controller – Paul Billington – or 07849 203603

Congratulations to Nigel Ferrington – 2022 Shrewsbury Town Champion

Summer 2022 Championship

This is a five round Swiss tournament for the titles Shrewsbury Town Champion (overall winner), Shrewsbury Town U1700 Champion (highest score by a player graded under 1700), and Shrewsbury Town U1400 Champion. 

This year’s championship will return to the traditional over-the-board format, which can be played at any venue with the necessary arrangements and facilities. However, if you still wish to play but can only play online please let me know.

The person listed first in the pairing is white and will have responsibility for contacting their opponent to arrange the game, however the person playing black is the home player and can ask for the game to be played at their own club. The time format will be 1 hour 25 minutes with 10 second increments. Send me the result ASAP by email to or ring or text me on 07849 203603.

To be eligible you must be a member of one of the town’s chess clubs and of the ECF. Entry is free and games played count toward your ECF rating.

The tournament will run from May until September.  I will publish each round by e-mail and on this page. The overall winner will be the person with the highest number of points at the end of the 5th round, however players who have the most points with an ECF rating under 1700 and under 1400 at the end of September will also be honoured on the Shropshire Chess webpage. In the event of there being two people on the same points at the end of September there will be a tie-break game in early October.

 Good luck to all and feel free to contact me at any time. – Paul Billington – (

Summer 2022 table and fixtures

Last update – 25 October 2022 (NH)

Grades are April ECF OTB, where available, or April ECF online. Players in italics are online players

Nigel Ferrington2194650105
Matthew Clark1844633004.5
Daniel Lockett1727641104.5
Stephen Priestley (Casimir71) 2022 U1700 champion1621632104
Peter Kitchen1872531103.5
Rob Nield1698531103.5
Alex Brims – 2022 U1400 champion1315531103.5
Kate Walker1653530203
John Westhead1664521202.5
Ivor Salter (Mr_Ivor)1550521202.5
Jack GoughUG521202.5
James Holyhead1510520302
Richard Vernon1364520302
Nick Holmes1483511301.5
Anthony Purser (Charantony)1424411201.5
Fred Bench1634310201
Thomas KeeganUG410301
Matthew RyanUG310201
John Casewell (SalopianBlade43)1316501400.5
Graham HumphreysUG300300
Mark Smith (withdrawn)1813110001
Paul Billington (withdrawn)1536201100.5
Nathanael Paul (withdrawn)2142100100
Yana Smart (withdrawn)UG100100

Tie break round one

Matches to be played as soon as practicable. If there are two winners, they will play each other in a second round of tie break. If both matches are drawn, they will be replayed with reverse colours.

Nigel Ferrington1-0Stephen Priestley
Matthew Clark0.5-0.5Daniel Lockett

Round Five

Please play your match by September 30th. For player contact information, refer to Paul’s email. Please email the result to Paul Billington – (

Matthew Clark0.5-0.5Stephen Priestley
Rob Nield0-1Nigel Ferrington
Peter Kitchen1-0Ivor Salter
John Westhead0-1Alex Brims
Daniel Lockett1-0Richard Vernon
Kate Walker1-0James Holyhead
Jack Gough1-0Nick Holmes
Antony Purser0-0Fred Bench
Thomas Keegan0-0Graham Humphreys
Matthew Ryan1-0John Casewell

Round Four

Stephen Priestley0.5-0.5Rob Nield
Matthew Clark1-0Kate Walker
Nigel Ferrington1-0Peter Kitchen
Daniel Lockett1-0James Holyhead
Antony Purser0-1John Westhead
Ivor Salter1-0Jack Gough
Richard Vernon1-defThomas Keegan
Alex Brims1-0John Casewell
Nick Holmes1-0Graham Humphreys
Fred Bench0-0Matthew Ryan

Round Three

Peter Kitchen0.5-0.5Matthew Clark
Kate Walker0-1Daniel Lockett
John Casewell0-1Stephen Priestley
Nigel Ferrington1-0Fred Bench
James Holyhead0-1Rob Nield
John Westhead0.5-0.5Ivor Salter
Antony Purser1-0Nick Holmes
Thomas Keegan0-1Alex Brims
Jack Gough1-0Richard Vernon
Graham Humphreys0-0Matthew Ryan

Round Two

Matthew Clark1-0Nigel Ferrington
Daniel Lockett0-1Peter Kitchen
Rob Nield1-defMark Smith
John Westhead0-1Stephen Priestley
Ivor Salter0-1Kate Walker
Fred Bench0-1James Holyhead
Alex Brims0.5-0.5Jack Gough
Matthew Ryandef-1Thomas Keegan
Paul Billington0.5-0.5 (agreed)Anthony Purser
Nick Holmes0.5-0.5John Casewell
Richard Vernon1-0Graham Humphreys

Round One

Nigel Ferrington1-0Paul Billington
James Holyhead1-0Nat Paul
Peter Kitchen1-0Nick Holmes
Anthony Purser0-1Matthew Clark
Mark Smith1-0Richard Vernon
John Casewell0-1Daniel Lockett
Rob Nield1-0Alex Brims
Jack Gough0-1John Westhead
Kate Walker1-0Matthew Ryan
Thomas Keegan0-1Fred Bench
Stephen Priestley1-0Yana Smart
Graham Humphreys0-1Ivor Salter

Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

Shrewsbury Town Champion – Nathanael Paul

U1700 Champion – Stephen Priestley

U1400 Champion – Martin Ayres

Champions Roll of Honour

2021Nathanael PaulStephen PriestleyMartin Ayres
2020Not held due to covid
2019J Hopkins / T BrothertonJohn WestheadJames Birch
2018J Hopkins / P Kitchen / D Everington John Westhead Nick Holmes 
2017Trevor Brotherton Steve Kempsell Shane Sweeney 
2016Nigel Ferrington Peter Kitchen 
2015Nigel Ferrington Steve Kempsell Nick Holmes 
2014Trevor Brotherton Keith Tabner Nick Holmes 
2013Nigel Ferrington Ivor Salter / Keith Tabner Kate Walker 
2012Nigel Ferrington Ian Davies Shane Sweeney 
2011David Everington Ivor Salter John Casewell
2010Jamie Hopkins Keith Tabner John Casewell 

Results archive