History

(Note that Club founder BH Wood has his own Roll of Honour sub-page.)

Sutton YMCA was affiliated to the Birmingham & District Chess League in 1937 and have played in that League ever since. We became Sutton Coldfield in 1939.

Prior to our present venue, Minworth Social Club, we played at the Erdington Club, Jaguar Social Club, Erdington Conservative Club (for nearly nine years), Sutton Coldfield British Legion, Veseyan Sports Club, Boldmere Middle School, and others before that.

Over fifteen consecutive seasons, 1956 to 1971, we fielded a minimum of five teams in the Birmingham League. We have been Division 1 Champions 8 times, and have won the Terrill Trophy 8 times; the latter is a record.

We have played in the Cannock & District Chess League continuously since 2005. In 2015 we were Champions of both Division 1 and Division 2, and in 2016 we retained the Division 1 Championship.

This century 4 of our juniors have been British Champions in various age groups: Sabrina Chevannes, Henrik Stepanyan, Astghik Stepanyan, and Chirag Guha.

Also this century, more titled players have given simultaneous displays at our Club than at any other Midlands club: Lawrence Cooper, Robert Bellin, and Thomas Rendle - all of them International Masters at the time.

In 2015 the Club won the ECF National Club Championship Open section, as well as the Intermediate and Minor sections. We last won the National Club Championship in the 1960-1961 season.

In 2016 the Club retained the National Club Championship, and won the Birmingham League Championship for the first time in thirty-seven years.

18-Apr-2016

To be updated with several more significant and record-making successes since 2016.

Secretaries & Venues

As our Chess Club does not have any historic records of its own, the following details are almost entirely from the entries in the Birmingham and District Chess League handbooks as represented on the Past Seasons page of the Birmingham League. Note that the table does not take into account changes mid-season or out of season, or alternate/multiple venues.

Sutton Coldfield Chess Club in the Birmingham League
Season Secretary Venue
1937-38 BH Wood
YMCA, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1938-39 BH Wood
YMCA, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
Second World War
1945-46 Arthur Utton Church House, 15 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield
1946-47 Arthur Utton
Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1947-48 Arthur Utton Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield 
1948-49 FA Evers
Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1949-50 FA Evers
Park Gate Restaurant, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield
1950-51 FA Evers
Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1951-52 FA Evers Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1952-53 FA Evers Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1953-54 BH Wood Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1954-55 BH Wood Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1955-56 BH Wood Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1956-57 BH Wood Brown Owl Café, Parade, Town Centre, Sutton Coldfield
1957-58 BH Wood Park Gate Restaurant, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield
1958-59 BH Wood Park Gate Restaurant, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield
1959-60 BH Wood Park Gate Restaurant, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield
1960-61 BH Wood
Park Gate Restaurant, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield
1961-62 BH Wood Church House, 15 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield
1962-63 BH Wood Church House, 15 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield
1963-64 BH Wood Church House, 15 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield
1964-65 BH Wood Goldieslie Club, Goldieslie Road, Wylde Green
1965-66 RA Humphries Goldieslie Club, Goldieslie Road, Wylde Green
1966-67 RA Humphries Goldieslie Club, Goldieslie Road, Wylde Green
1967-68 RA Humphries Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1968-69 RJ Hancox Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1969-70 KJ Thompson Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1970-71 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1971-72 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1972-73 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1973-74 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1974-75 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1975-76 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1976-77 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1977-78 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere 
1978-79 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1979-80 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1980-81 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1981-82 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1982-83 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1983-84 L Arculus Boldmere High School, Cofield Rd, Boldmere
1984-85 I McLaughlin Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1985-86 I McLaughlin Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1986-87 I McLaughlin Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1987-88 I McLaughlin Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1988-89 D Watson Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1989-90 D Watson Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1990-91 D Watson Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1991-92 D Watson Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1992-93 A Pawley Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1993-94 A Pawley
Veseyians Sports & Social Club, Little Hardwick Street, Sutton Coldfield,WS9 0SQ
1994-95 A Pawley Royal British Legion, 6 Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield B75 7AL
1995-96 C McKeon Royal British Legion, 6 Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield B75 7AL
1996-97 R Lee Royal British Legion, 6 Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield B75 7AL
1997-98 R Lee Royal British Legion, 6 Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield B75 7AL
1998-99 R Lee Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
1999-00 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2000-01 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2001-02 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2002-03 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2003-04 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2004-05 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2005-06 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2006-07 Larry Hayden Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Rd, Birmingham B24 9HU
2007-08 Larry Hayden Jaguar Sports & Social Club, Gate 3, Chester Rd, Birmingham B35 7RA
2008-09 Larry Hayden Jaguar Sports & Social Club, Gate 3, Chester Rd, Birmingham B35 7RA
2009-10 Larry Hayden Jaguar Sports & Social Club, Gate 3, Chester Rd, Birmingham B35 7RA
2010-11 Larry Hayden Jaguar Sports & Social Club, Gate 3, Chester Rd, Birmingham B35 7RA
2011-12 Larry Hayden Jaguar Sports & Social Club, Gate 3, Chester Rd, Birmingham B35 7RA
2012-13 Larry Hayden Jaguar Sports & Social Club, Gate 3, Chester Rd, Birmingham B35 7RA
2013-14 Keith Escott The Erdington Club, 33 Sutton New Rd, Birmingham B23 6TD
2014-15 Keith Escott Minworth Lodge, 39 Robinsons Way, Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB
2015-16 Keith Escott Minworth Lodge, 39 Robinsons Way, Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB
2016-17 Keith Escott Minworth Lodge, 39 Robinsons Way, Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB
2017-18 Keith Escott
Minworth Lodge, 39 Robinsons Way, Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB
2018-19 Keith Escott Minworth Lodge, 39 Robinsons Way, Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB
2019-20 Keith Escott Minworth Lodge, 39 Robinsons Way, Sutton Coldfield B76 9BB
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