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
Shropshire Rapidplay League Div 1, Match Night 6, 1930, Telepost
Shropshire Online League Div 2, Oswestry C v Telepost B, Newport Juniors v Telepost C, Newport A v Telepost D, matches as arranged, lichess
Deadline for round seven of Shropshire Minor Individual
Shropshire Online League Div 2, Telepost C v Oswestry C, Telepost D v Newport Juniors, Telepost B v Shrewsbury B, matches as arranged, lichess
Deadline for round two of Shrewsbury Town Championships
Telepost B have secured second spot in Division Two of the Shropshire League by following up their upset win over champions Maddocks B with a hard-fought draw against Telford A. Graham Shepherd, Vinnie Crean and acting captain Steve Kempsell all drew before Kate Walker secured the match draw with a win on top board against Richard Parry. Though Kate was the exchange down she had a 50-minute time advantage in a double-edged endgame in which Parry eventually succumbed to the clock. That left James Holyhead fighting for the match win and a theoretical chance to keep a title chase alive. James had a strong attack corralling Richard Thompson's king but the Telford player had threats of his own and managed to promote a passed pawn for victory.
Any hopes of the Bs taking the division title would have depended on Telepost C beating Maddocks C in their final match of the season, later this week. However, the C team played their part by previously beating Telford A in a fixture that featured Trevor Brotherton's first appearance of the season and John Westhead bringing home the points with calm endgame play under time pressure - repeating a similar performance he had made for the B team against Maddocks earlier the same week.
In what turned out to be the most successful week all season for the club, Telepost E broke their points duck in Division Three with a fine win away to Maddocks C. The 2.5-1.5 victory came courtesy of a trio of new players - Thomas Keegan lost a rook early on but fought back to draw with Ian Jamieson, Matt Ryan beat Maddocks captain Mike Reynolds and Jack Gough's Czech defence was successful against John Hill. Captain Martin Ayres lost to Mark Billington but is to be congratulated for guiding the team to its first win. Ironically, they doubled their points tally this week without lifting a pawn when Newport defaulted their match.
Yana Smart has continued Telepost's radio presence with an interview this week on BBC Radio Shropshire. Her interview with Jim Hawkins covers how she got into chess, women's representation in the game and the social chess for women sessions that she is promoting at the Nerdy Cafe. You can listen to the interview here for the next month, starting at 2.47.23.
Telepost Dark Knight's co-ordinator John Casewell is surveying interest in a summer online club competition - please let John know by May 30 if you are interested in playing.
Finally, in congress action, Shane Sweeney scored 3.5/7 in the Minor section of the Crewe Rapidplay, James Holyhead 2/5 in the U1900 of the Mill Hill FIDE, and Kate Walker 2.5/5 in the U1700 of the same congress.