Shrewsbury Town Championships

The Shrewsbury Town Championship Cup

Tournament controller – Paul Billington – or 07849 203603

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 – 9 May 2022 (NH)

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

Matthew Clark1844110001
Stephen Priestley (Casimir71)1621110001
James Holyhead1510110001
Nigel Ferrington2194000000
Nathanael Paul2142100100
Peter Kitchen1872000000
Mark Smith1813000000
Daniel Lockett1727000000
Rob Nield1698000000
John Westhead1664000000
Kate Walker1653000000
Fred Bench1634000000
Ivor Salter (Mr_Ivor)1550000000
Paul Billington1536000000
Nick Holmes1483000000
Anthony Purser (Charantony)1424100100
Richard Vernon1364000000
John Casewell (SalopianBlade43)1316000000
Alex Brims1315000000
Jack GoughUG000000
Matthew RyanUG000000
Thomas KeeganUG000000
Yana SmartUG100100
Graham HumphreysUG000000

Round One

Please play your match by May 31st. For player contact information, refer to Paul’s email. Please let Kate Walker know the date and time of your match for the online calendar, and email the result to Paul Billington – (

Nigel Ferrington0-0Paul Billington
James Holyhead1-0Nat Paul
Peter Kitchen0-0Nick Holmes
Anthony Purser0-1Matthew Clark
Mark Smith0-0Richard Vernon
John Casewell0-0Daniel Lockett
Rob Nield0-0Alex Brims
Jack Gough0-0John Westhead
Kate Walker0-0Matthew Ryan
Thomas Keegan0-0Fred Bench
Stephen Priestley1-0Yana Smart
Graham Humphreys0-0Ivor 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