Our online activities began during the pandemic and have continued as over-the-board chess resumed.

Telepost Dark Knights

Telepost Dark Knights is intended as a place for social chess, friendlies against other clubs, and club tournaments. It is based on, which is the platform used for the Shropshire League 2020-21 season, 4NCL Online, ECF County Online and other tournaments.

In 2020, we played our traditional pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury Light Squares (Shrewsbury Chess Club) as the Dark Knights, and held two club competitions - a Winter 20 Individual Swiss competition held over six rounds, and a Chess Ladder in which each month players challenge a player above them in the ladder, in an attempt to reach the top of the ladder and become the White Knight. The Lighter Knights Individual, held in Spring 2021 was a round-robin of two divisions with inter-division finals.

Post-pandemic, the Winter 21/22 Online Individual ran in tandem with the over-the-board club championship - details here.

TDK is also a place to arrange social chess amongst club members. John Casewell is the Dark Knights co-ordinator.

If you would like to join the Dark Knights:
  • Create a Lichess account if you don’t already have one.
  • Let John Casewell or Nick Holmes know your Lichess username so we know who’s asking to come in!
  • In Lichess, log in, go to Community, then Teams, then All teams
  • Use search box on top right of that page to search for Telepost Dark Knights.
  • Once Telepost Dark Knights appears, hit return to go to that page, then click on Join.

  • Lichess makes it very easy to spectate a particular game and Kate Walker has created a calendar of online matches taking place "in" Shropshire. So, if you fancy watching Shropshire's answer to the Magnus Carlsen Tour, plan your viewing on our online matches calendar. Contact Kate to add a game to the calendar.

    4NCL Online Season 6

    Telepost Dark Knights are entering the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) for the first time in autumn 2022. We have a squad of players forming two teams in Division 5. Matches are played on Tuesday evenings on Lichess with a 45/15 time control. Anyone interested in joining the squad should contact Matthew Clark.

    4NCL A Team captain - Matthew Clark
    4NCL B Team captain - John Casewell

    Season six match dates:
    13 Sept, 27 Sept, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec.

    Link to 4NCL website.

    Current Tournament:


    This is a four-round Swiss to find the Telepost Online Summer Champion 2022.

    Controller - John Casewell.

    Grading used - ECF standard online grades for May 2022.

    Time control - 45 minutes plus 15 seconds per move.

    Schedule - one round per month with the final round in September.

    Match arrangements - the white player should organise the game. Two points for a win, one for a draw.


    Last update: 24 September

    Rob Nield
    1778 4 4 0 0 8
    John Casewell
    1326 4 2 1 1 5
    Matthew Clark
    1740 3 2 1 0 4
    Matt Ryan
    1725 4 2 2 0 4
    Alex Brims
    1597 3 1 1 1 3
    John Westhead 1558 4 1 2 1 3
    Jack Gough UG 4 1 1 2 3
    Nick Holmes 1534 4 0 4 0 0


    Round Four - matches to be played by 30 September

    W Matt Ryan 0-1 Rob Nield
    W Matthew Clark 0-0 Alex Brims
    W John Casewell 1-0 Jack Gough
    W John Westhead 1-0 Nick Holmes

    Round Three

    W Rob Nield 1-0 Matthew Clark
    W John Casewell 0.5-0.5 Alex Brims
    W Matt Ryan 1-0 John Westhead
    W Jack Gough 1-0 Nick Holmes

    Round Two

    W Alex Brims 0-1 Rob Nield
    W Matthew Clark 1-0 John Casewell
    W Nick Holmes 0-1 Matt Ryan
    W John Westhead 0.5-0.5 Jack Gough

    Round One

    W Rob Nield 1-0 John Westhead
    W Nick Holmes 0-1 Matthew Clark
    W Matt Ryan 0-1 John Casewell
    W Jack Gough 0-1 Alex Brims

    Online Tournament Archive

    Results of our online competitions, both on and Lichess, can be found on the link below.

    Online Tournament Archive

    Dark Knights Lichess Homepage

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