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 2 - 3 Maddocks B
Shropshire League Div 2
Telepost C 1.5 - 3.5 Newport B
Telepost D 0.5 - 4.5 Telepost C
Newport B 3 - 2 Telepost E
Shropshire Online League Div 1
Oswestry A 4 - 0 Telepost A
4NCL Online Season 6
Lenzie Basilisks 3 - 1 Telepost Dark Knights 1
Worcester Wolfpack 2 4 - 0 Telepost Dark Knights 2
The last couple of weeks has featured rapid action for Telepost teams in the form of the Shropshire Rapidplay Leagues, with two of our teams topping their divisions. The leagues, which feature teams of four players and a time control of 20 minutes per player, are played over a number of match nights throughout the season, with each team hosting one night and those attending playing three matches each.
In Division Two, which is restricted to players with a rapid rating under 1640, Telepost hosted the latest evening and Telepost B scored three wins out of three to move nine points clear at the top of the table and needing two more match points to secure the title. Kate Walker on board two excels at this format and has a 100% record, backed up by Graham Shepherd and James Holyhead on 75% and 79%. Graham, on board one, had to survive a scare in the final match against Telepost C, when C team captain Steve Wilson had a winning position but ran out of time. The C team also did well on the night, with two draws against higher rated teams.
The A team travelled to Maddocks for their second Division One match night and came away with two wins and a loss to Maddocks A, with whom they are now joint top of the division. The division has always been hotly contested by the county's strongest players, and this season looks like continuing that trend. Telepost's Phil Zabrocki is in his element in this competition and is unbeaten with five wins and a draw, while Nigel Ferrington on top board has 5/6 and new recruit David Hodge 4.5/6. The team return to Maddocks in March for a rematch of the top of the table clash.
In the standardplay league, Telepost C temporarily moved back to joint top of Division Two with a 4.5-0.5 derby win over Telepost D, before Telford A regained a two point lead at the top with a win in their own derby match against Telford B. The C team's win was far closer than the scoreline might suggest with Jack Gough on board one and Martin Ayres on board five both reaching strong positions that they were unable to convert. Alex Brims prevented the whitewash with a fine draw against James Holyhead. Telepost E, meanwhile, travelled to Newport B and came close to an upset with a 3-2 loss that featured a first league win for Graham Humphreys on board five.
Holyhead is the sole leader of the Shropshire Minor Individual...