A friendly club for all standards, based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and online 

Special notice: due to the pandemic, the club is closed for OTB chess until further notice.


We meet on Monday evenings at The Telepost Club, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6BT, where we are fortunate to have the use of a pleasant clubhouse with a licensed bar. New members are always welcome of whatever standard, from beginner to experienced player. We currently have over 25 members and we run five teams in the Shropshire Chess League, with opportunities to play friendly social chess, to compete in various club and county competitions, or just to watch and enjoy some interesting games.

We also have a number of online activities, mainly based around our Lichess team, Telepost Dark Knights. Here you will find club competitions, friendlies against other clubs and social chess. We participate in national competitions and club members play for Shropshire in the 4NCL and ECF Counties competitions.

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Game of the week

Missing that post-game chat and analysis? Follow Rob Nield's new game of the week on YouTube, and join in with the analysis on Lichess:

Game 5 - Steve Sweeney v Andrew Jones, Shropshire League 3
YouTube analysis
Lichess study
Game 4 - Kate Walker v Steve Tarr, Shropshire Individual
YouTube analysis
Lichess study
Game 3 - Mark Nightall v Richard Archer, Telepost Winter Swiss
YouTube analysis
Lichess study
Game 2 - Rob Nield v Mark Smith, Shropshire League 2:
YouTube analysis
Lichess study
Game 1 - Nat Paul v Nick Rutter, Shropshire Individual:
YouTube analysis
Lichess study

Coming Up

OTB fixtures all postponed until further notice
  • Thursday 6 January

    Five Counties, Malpas v Telepost, 1930, lichess

  • Week beginning Monday 3 January

    Shropshire Online League Div 2, Telepost C v Telford A, Telepost D v Shrewsbury C, matches as arranged, lichess

  • Friday 14 January

    Deadline for round two of County Minor Individual

  • Week beginning Monday 17 January

    Shropshire Online League Div 2, Telford A v Telepost D, Telepost B v Telepost C, matches as arranged, lichess

  • Week beginning Monday 24 January

    Shropshire Online League Div 1, Telepost A v Oswestry A, matches as arranged, lichess

  • Week beginning Monday 31 January

    Shropshire Online League Div 2, Telepost D v Telepost B, matches as arranged, lichess


    Club Championships 21/22 Schedule

    Online matches calendar

  • Recent Results

  • Shropshire League Div 1

    Shrewsbury A 3 - 2 Telepost A

  • Shropshire League Div 2

    Telepost B 2.5 - 2.5 Telepost D
    Telepost B 4 - 1 Telepost C

  • Shropshire League Div 3

    Newport C 2.5 - 1.5 Telepost E

  • Shropshire Online League Div 1

    Telepost A 1.5 - 2.5 Shrewsbury A

  • Shropshire Online League Div 2

    Telepost B 1 - 2 Telepost C

    Telford A 0.5 - 2.5 Telepost D

  • Five Counties Online League 

    Telepost 3 - 2 Surbiton Juniors

  • Latest News


    Fred and Alex lead the line in online wins

    In a busy online week, the first ever virtual club derby, between Telepost B and Telepost C in the Shropshire Online Division 2, produced an upset, with the C team taking the match 2-1 thanks to wins for Fred Bench and John Casewell. Fred showed real patience and some impressive endgame play in his 42-move French Defence victory over John Westhead, while John had to defend resolutely before pouncing on a late error against James Holyhead. For the B team, Nick Holmes set himself the task of getting his opponent Speedy Shane Sweeney out of his incremental time but only just succeeded, with Shane still having 44 minutes and 43 seconds of his allotted 45 minutes left despite it being a 43-move game!

    Fred, in high demand amongst captains, followed up the next day with a nine-move King's Gambit win against the highly experienced Roger Brown of Telford which set up Telepost D's 2.5-0.5 victory against Telford A. The match also saw the online debut of Alex Brims, whose knight fork on queen and rook secured a fine win against Tim Skidmore, whilst captain Dennis Bonner unsurprisingly went the full distance on the clock in a gruelling 67-move draw against Telford's Richard Thompson.

    In the Five Counties, Telepost secured their second win of a tough season, 3-2 against Surbiton Juniors. Surbiton fielded three players who were notionally ungraded, but their standard was high, with Matthew Clark's board one opponent rated 2075 on lichess. Matthew held for a draw with an Evans Gambit opening after a very quick loss for James Holyhead on board four was balanced by a moderately quick win for Nick Holmes on three. John Casewell's patient point on board five set up a win that was secured by captain John Westhead's tense draw on board two. The victory lifted the team to the giddy heights of third bottom, with just the runaway league leaders left to play.

    The online leg of the Club Championships has reached the end of the fourth round. Matthew Clark leads Rob Nield and Nick Holmes by half a point in the all-play-all format which has three rounds left to play. The eventual winner is scheduled to play the winner of the OTB leg of the competition and there is hope that OTB, suspended since mid-December because of Omicron, may soon resume - Shropshire Chess Association officials and club secretaries are meeting this Wednesday to discuss a possible restart. Please let Dennis know if you have views on this that you would like represented.

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