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
Telepost A 3 - 2 Maddocks B
Telepost B 1 - 4 Newport A
Shropshire League Div 2
Telford B 1.5 - 3.5 Telepost C
Maddocks C 3 - 2 Telepost D
Telepost E 3 - 2 Telepost D
Shropshire Online League Div 1
Telepost A 1.5 - 2.5 Shrewsbury A
4NCL Online Season 6
Telepost Dark Knights 1 0.5 - 3.5 Farnham B
Breage Bruisers 3.5 - 0.5 Telepost Dark Knights 2
Telepost's new crop of talent have been making their mark in a series of upsets in county and internal competitions. First up were juniors Charlie Bethune and Sam Hollands who both got their first league wins as Telepost E reversed the rankings to win 3-2 against Telepost D in Shropshire League Division Two. In a high quality and close match, it was left to E captain Paul Billington to close out the win in a long and complicated game against Jack Gough. E leapfrogged D in the table as D search for their first points of the season.
Charlie and Sam took their form into a remarkable night in the Club Championship. Monday this week saw another bumper attendance of 31 players, eight of whom were involved in Club Champs matches. Sam, playing black, drew against the hugely experienced Graham Shepherd while Charlie went one better with a win against James Holyhead. Joining in with the upsets was Cesar Pileggi, playing black and drawing with Division One player Steve Kempsell in a marathon game in which he matched Steve's typically considered play.
That draw was clearly a fillip for Cesar as he continued two days later with a superb draw against ex-Shropshire Chess President Francis Best in Telepost's first match in the Shropshire Online league. Telepost, ably captained by Alex Brims, were heavily outrated as most of our top players are not playing in the online league this season, but Matthew Clark claimed his first ever win against Nat Paul on top board as Shrewsbury nicked the tie 2.5-1.5. Matthew's game featured a lovely counter attacking tactical sequence from the following position:
Nat Paul v Matthew Clark, Shropshire Online League 23/11/22, position after 20 g5
20 ..RxB sets up the pin with 21 RxR Ba6 followed up with an intensification of the pressure with 22 g3 Qc4.
In the OTB league Division One, Telepost A outrate Shrewsbury A...