Brewood Chess Circle

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Foundation of the club and honours

Players have been meeting at Brewood Chess Circle since the club was founded in 1980. 

 

The club has competed in the following competitions in the stated years: 

 

  • Wolverhampton League continuously since the 1981-1982 season. 
  • Cannock League in the 1999-2000 season and continuously since the 2003-2004 season. 
  • Dudley League from the 2012-2013 season for three years until the end of the 2014-2015 season.  
  • The Shropshire Rapid Play League continuously since the 2014-2015 season.  

 

Since 1980 during our history we have won 15 team trophies.  Individual players from the club have won 2 individual trophies. 



Team Honours

Wolverhampton Division 3:  1989-90,

Wolverhampton Division 4:  1982-83, 

Wolverhampton Division 5:  1990-91, 

 

Wolverhampton League Lightning Tournament:  Minor Section:  1996-97, 1999-00, 

 

Wolverhampton League Humphreys Trophy:  2009-10

 

Wolverhampton Summer League Division 2:  1985

Wolverhampton Summer League Division 3:  1984, 1988, 2007,

Wolverhampton Summer League Division 3 North:  1998, 2003,

Wolverhampton Summer League Division 3 South:   1999, 2005,

 

Dudley League Division 3:  2012-13,

 

The club is hopeful of adding more honours in future years. 



Individual honours

Bidgood Cup 1992-1993 won by David Buckley. 

 

Robert Ward - Plate section 2013-2014 won by John Fenby. 



League Archieve season by season

We are hoping to eventually have the statistical breakdown of all the club's teams for each season. 

 

In all cases the information below is subject to mistakes. 

Winter League competitions

The Wolverhampton Chess League is a promotion and relegation league.  Therefore for the Brewood A team, Brewood B team and the Brewood C team in the Wolverhampton Chess League it is easier to track the progress of the teams as they are the same team from the club. 

The Cannock Chess League and the Dudley Chess League are not promotion and relegation leagues. Therefore whatever has happened in the previous season does not affect the team or the division entered for the next season. 

The Shropshire Chess Rapid Play League is also a promotion and relegation league.  Therefore for the Brewood Rapid Play A team and the Brewood Rapid Play B team in the Shropshire Chess Rapid Play League it is easier to track the progress of the teams as they are the same team from the club.

 

 Year

Wolverhampton League A team

Wolverhampton League B team
Wolverhampton League C team
Cannock League Division 2
Cannock League Division 3
Dudley League Division 3
Shropshire Rapid Play League A team Shropshire Rapid Play League B team
1980-81
        
1981-82        
1982-83        
1983-84        
1984-85        
1985-86        
1986-87        
1987-88        
1988-89        
1989-90        
1990-91        
1991-92        
1992-93        
1993-94        
1994-95        
1995-96        
1996-97        
1997-98        
1998-99        
1999-00    5th    
2000-01        
2001-02        
2002-03Division 2 6th
Division 3 7th
 Division 4 5th
     
2003-04 Division 2 4th
 Division 3 5th
  2nd
   
2004-05 Division 2 5th
 Division 3 6th
 2nd
 4th   
2005-06 Division 2 7th
Division 3 7th
 5th
 4th   
2006-07 Division 2 7th
 Division 3 5th
   3rd   
2007-08 Division 2 8th
 Division 3 7th Relegated
   2nd   
2008-09 Division 2 4th
 Division 4 2nd Promoted
   6th   
2009-10 Division 2 9th
 Division 3 6th Relegated
   5th   
2010-11 Division 2 11th Relegated Division 4 2nd Promoted
   3rd    
2011-12 Division 3 3rd
 Division 3 6th
   2nd   
 2012-13 Division 3 2nd Promoted
 Division 3 6th
   7th 1st Champions
  
 2013-14 Division 2 6th
 Division 3 5th
   3rd7th
  
 2014-15 Division 2 5th
 Division 3 5th
   7th 3rdDivision 2 2nd Promoted
 
 2015-16 Division 2 3rd
 Division 3 7th Relegated
   2nd  Division 1 4th
Division 2 5th
 2016-17 Division 2 9th
 Division 4 4th
   8th  Division 1 5th Relegated
 
 2017-18        



Winter Cup competitions

 YearPittaway Cup
Humphrey's Trophy
Chase Trophy
 1980-81   
 1981-82   
 1982-83 1st round
  
 1983-84   
 1984-85 1st round
  
 1985-86   
 1986-87   
 1987-88 1st round
  
 1988-89 Semi-Finals  
 1989-90 Quarter-Finals  
 1990-91   
 1991-92   
 1992-93 1st round
  
 1993-94   
 1994-95 1st round
  
 1995-96   
 1996-97 1st round
  
 1997-98 1st round
  
1998-99
   
 1999-00   
 2000-01 Semi-Finals  
 2001-02 Semi-Finals  
 2002-03   
 2003-04   
 2004-05   
 2005-06  Quarter-Finals 
 2006-07   
 2007-08  Quarter-Finals 
 2008-09   
 2009-10  Winners 
 2010-11  Quarter-Finals 
 2011-12  Quarter-Finals 
 2012-13  Quarter-Finals 
 2013-14   
 2014-15  Quarter-Finals 
 2015-16  Finalist Finalist
 2016-17  Finalist Semi-Finals
 2017-18   


 

Wolverhampton Chess Summer League

The Wolverhampton Chess Summer League is not a promotion and relegation league.  Therefore whatever has happened in the previous season does not affect the team or the division entered for the next season. 

 

There have been various formats of the summer league division three over the years.  Division Three has either being a single division three with no division three north or division three south, or has being split into a division three north and a division three south with no single division three.  

 

Whenever division three has being split north and south Brewood's geographical location has meant we have usually entered division three north, although in 2005 we entered both division three north and division three south. 

 

With the various formats of the Wolverhampton Chess Summer League over the years there was no easy way to show the data so I took the option of spliting the data into four different sections to show all the various divisions of the leagues over the years. 

YearDivision Two Division Three Division Three North Division Three South
2004  4th  
2005  6th 1st Champions
2006 5th   
2007 1st Champions   
2008  2nd 
2009  3rd 
2010 2nd   
20114th   
2012  3rd  
2013  3rd  
2014  3rd 

 

 

Brewood Chess Circle Championship

The club championship has been part of the club since it was founded in 1980.  Below is a list of club champions for every year starting with the 1980-1981 championship, the first year the championship was run. 

The first name after a year is the winner of the club championship for that season, the following name is the runner up.  If there is more than one name in the runners up column they are joint runners up. 

YearClub Champion Club Runner(s) up
1980-81Stuart Walker
Riley Stokes
1981-82Stuart WalkerLeo Austrums
1982-83Derek ThomasStuart Walker
1983-84Alan SmithStuart Walker
1984-85Rod EllittsGordon Luck
1985-86John StaniforthDoug Burgoyne
1986-87Gordon LuckAlbert Tipton
1987-88Gordon LuckMark Russell
1988-89Mark RussellMike Baldini
1989-90Gordon LuckMark Russell and David Buckley
1990-91Mike BaldiniGordon Luck
1991-92Mark RussellGordon Luck
1992-93Gordon LuckMark Russell
1993-94Peter SquiresMike Baldini
1994-95Mark RussellGeoff Hancock
1995-96Gordon LuckDerek Laight
1996-97Derek LaightPeter Crozet
1997-98Bryan HallDerek Laight and Gordon Luck
1998-99Chris BuxtonGeoff Hancock
1999-00Bryan HallPeter Allan and David Buckley
2000-01Derek LaightRoger Fletcher and Chris Buxton
2001-02Derek LaightDavid Buckley, Bryan Hall and Peter Allan
2002-03Derek LaightRoger Grainger and John Fenby
2003-04Derek LaightStephen Bird
2004-05Derek LaightPaul O'Donoghue
2005-06  
2006-07  
2007-08  
2008-09  
2009-10  
2010-11  
2011-12  
 2012-13  
 2013-14  
 2014-15  
 2015-16  
 2016-17  
 2017-18  

Seasons 2005-2006 onwards will be updated soon.  

 

The table below shows the name of the person, the amount of times they have been club champion, and the amount of times they have been runner up.  If they have won the championship in the past the table on the right shows the last time they have won the championship. 

 

Names are listed in order of the most championships won, and if there is more than one person with an equal amount of championship wins, they are then listed by number of times they have finished as runners up. 


NameBrewood Chess Club Championships Brewood Chess Club Championship Runners up Last win
Derek Leight
622004-05
Gordon Luck54
1995-96
Mark Russell
33
1994-95
Stuart Walker22
1981-82
Bryan Hall
21
1999-00
Mike Baldini121990-91
Chris Buxton11
1998-99
Derek Thomas
101982-83
Alan Smith101983-84
Rod Ellitts 10

1984-85

John Staniforth
1
0
1985-86
Peter Squires
10
1993-94
David Buckley
0
3
 
Peter Allen0
2
 
Geoff Hancock02
 
Riley Stokes0
1
 
Leo Austrums0
1
 
Doug Burgoyne0
1
 
Albert Tipton01 
Peter Crozet01 
Roger Fletcher01 
Roger Grainger01 
John Fenby0
1
 
Stephen Bird01
 
Paul O'Donoghue 01 

Club Newsletters

Here are the club newsletters which are written by Andrew Davies. 

There are quite a few gaps in this table.  A newsletter has not being produced for each month and at the moment only a few newsletters have been added onto the website.  Nevertheless it is the aim to eventually have all the monthly newsletters that have ever been produced added onto the website as it helps give the website and the club a sense of history. 

 JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay June July August September October November December
1980            
1981            
1982            
1983            
1984            
1985            
1986            
1987            
1988            
1989            
1990            
1991            
1992            
1993            
1994            
1995            
1996            
1997            
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011            
2012            
2013            
2014January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014         
2015            
2016            
2017            


 

AGM minutes

We are hopeful of adding all of the AGM minutes from 1980 onwards.  As is also the case with the adding of the clubs newsletters this will help give the club and the website a sense of history. 

 


          
1980s          
1990s          
2000s          
2010s          

This will rely on finding the original documents which are likely to be handwritten paper copies and in all likeihood these are unlikely to be found.  Even if the documents are found it will then rely on the paper copies being transfered onto a suitable format for the website. 



Sources used

Thanks to Andrew Davies (also from Brewood Chess Circle) as the majority of this information has come from the old Staffordshire Chess Association Website which he was the webmaster of. 

 

It has the League tables for: 


  • The Wolverhampton League since 2002-03,
  • The Cannock League since 1999-00,
  • The Wolverhampton Summer League since 2004 (apart from 2010.) 


The 2010 Summer League information came from the old Wolverhampton Chess League website.  

 

As websites are updated it can be easy to lose archived material, and this has not happened in this case.  The league tables mentioned are all still viewable on the old Staffordshire Chess Association website now.  It is thanks to Andrew Davies who kept the league tables on the old Staffordshire Chess Association website that there is already this much information available.  


New updates will happen, as and when new information becomes available, assuming it is available.  Being realistic it has been easier to get archives from the more recent history of the club, as websites became more widely used but the older history of the club will be more difficult especially as they are more likely to be on paper rather than typed up on a computer. 

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