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 30 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 county online league matches, 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.
Shropshire League Div 1
Maddocks A 3 - 2 Telepost A
Shropshire League Div 2
Telepost B 2.5 - 2.5 Telford A
Maddocks B 2.5 - 2.5 Telepost C
Telepost D 1 - 4 Telepost B
Shropshire League Div 3
Telepost E 0 - 4 Telford B
Maddocks C 1.5 - Telepost E 2.5
Shropshie Online League Div 1
Shrewsbury A 4 - 0 Telepost A
Shropshire Online League Div 2
Telepost B 2 - 1 Telepost D
Telepost C 1 - 2 Newport A
Telepost D 0.5 - 2.5 Telepost C
Club nights continue on Mondays throughout the summer, apart from the bank holiday.
Shropshire Chess Association AGM, 7.30pm, Maddocks Chess Club, Oakengates
The Telepost AGM will take place on 5 September, 7.30pm at the clubhouse. Dennis will be issuing the agenda and inviting proposals from members. Steve Wilson's rapidplay night will now be on 12 September - entries to Steve by 11 September.
Club nights have remained busy since the end of the league season and a couple of special events have now been added to enliven the summer.
On 22 August there will be a Banter Blitz and Buzzer Chess evening. Banter Blitz is "hustler" style chess where you aim to put your opponent off in 3 minute games, with the added complication of an "hour glass" time control in which the time that you take on each move is added to your opponent's time. In Buzzer Chess, which is played without clocks, everyone has to move when the buzzer sounds. Organiser Paul Billington is offering a prize of beers to the overall winner on the night - the formats promise a lot of fun, if not mayhem, and level up the chances of players of different strengths.
5 September sees a five-round rapidplay Swiss with handicapped timing - the stronger players get a shorter time. 7.30pm start, entries to the organiser, Steve Wilson, by 4 September.
The Shrewsbury Town Championships have reached the end of round three and are shaping up for a very close finish. Telepost's Rob Nield is on maximum points in joint top place, with Matthew Clark half a point behind in joint third. Nigel Ferrington, Kate Walker and James Holyhead are also well placed on two points. Rob and Matthew also share top spot in the Telepost Online Summer Swiss and meet in the third round.
The Shropshire Chess AGM has been rescheduled to this Thursday, 4 August, 7.30pm at Maddocks. The final agenda is available here, and all club members are welcome to attend. There is also the option to attend via Zoom - email Matthew Clark if you would like to be added to the Zoom invitation list. Alongside presentation of trophies for last season, the future of the online league and the number of divisions in the OTB league are the main topics for debate.