In non-pandemic times 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.
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
Game 4 - Kate Walker v Steve Tarr, Shropshire Individual
Game 3 - Mark Nightall v Richard Archer, Telepost Winter Swiss
Game 2 - Rob Nield v Mark Smith, Shropshire League 2:
Game 1 - Nat Paul v Nick Rutter, Shropshire Individual:
Lighter Knights Individual Round Five, times as individually arranged
Shropshire League Division 1, Maddocks A v Telepost a, 1930, lichess
Lighter Knights Individual Round Six, times as individually arranged
Shropshire Rapidplay League Arena 5, 1930, lichess
Shropshire League Division 2, Telford A v Telepost B, 1930, lichess
Telepost C v Oswestry B, 1930, lichess
Shropshire League Division 1, Newport A v Telepost A, 1930, lichess
Lighter Knights Individual Round Seven, times as individually arranged
Maddocks A 1 - Telepost A 3
Telepost B 1 - Oswestry B 2
Telepost C 0.5 - Wellington A 2.5
Shrewsbury C 3 - Telepost D 0
Telepost E 0 - Oswestry C 3
Telepost A 5 - Staines and Runnymede 1
Malpas and Friends B 5.5 - Telepost B 0.5
Congratulations to Telepost A - Shropshire League Division 1 Champions 2021 - full report to follow
Ups, downs and on the brink
With two weeks left in the Shropshire League season, there are marked contrasts in the fate of Telepost's five teams. Telepost A are on the brink of securing their first Division 1 title since 2014 after a win against perennial rivals Newport A - see the full story in Toby Neal's Shropshire Star report. A positive result against Maddocks A on Monday 17 May will see them home.
On the up are Telepost D who finished second in Division 3, with the title taken by a Shrewsbury C squad featuring players normally seen in divisions one and two. Telepost E took the wooden spoon in the division.
Division Two has proved a tough gig - with one round of matches left to play, Telepost are rooted to the bottom, still fighting for an elusive first positive result, with Telepost B second bottom and unable to catch the team above.
Telepost B's hopes of second spot in Division Two of the Five Counties were dashed...