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Liverpool 1 are Merseyside First Division Champions

So at last it is mission accomplished!
Liverpool chess club are once again Merseyside first division league champions for the first time in 38 years (1985)!!!!!
Last night Liverpool 1 won at home to Wallasey A by a score of 5.5 – 1.5 to ensure we are mathematically certain of this years title.
Liverpool 1 (5.5-1.5) Wallasey A
1 Gary Quillan 1-0 Phil Davies
2 Roger Williamson 0.5-0.5 Mike Coffey
3 Colin Horton 1-0 Rich Kelly
4 Mike Griffin 0.5-0.5 Ron Harrison
5 Marek Korsinkij 1-0 Phil Brine
6 Jack Erskine-Periera 1-0 Tony Roberts
7 Barbara Novak 0.5-0.5 Stu Smiley
All players unbeaten for this final game made it more special for all with key performances from all players listed above plus the always smiling Jamie Kumar who have been the key players for the Liverpool 1st team this year. With a very special mention for the shining star young Marek Korsinkij who has won 9 from 9 at the top level so far this season against some top opponents!
I will add the match captains report here shortly to summarise the details of the winning match. Watch this space!
So many fantastic results from so many players this season with only one shock blip, losing one game to Liverpool 2 who nearly derailed the L1 train meaning the team had to dig in again against main rivals Atticus 2 in a crucial and very tough away match just a few games ago. But victory over Atticus ensured we were back in pole position.
10 years ago with Liverpool languishing for many years with just one team mid table every year in Merseyside Division 2 and only 9 players, it was decided we needed to bring the club back to life and seek out the past glory years of this wonderful club.
Things started slowly creating a website and facebook page but even then a few venue changes over a couple of years cause further delay and difficulty attracting new players.
Then we settled again and started a junior club from scratch which has proved the real life line for the clubs progress, then twitter, instagram a second team, then a third and so on and the numbers started to crank up until here we are today with 7 teams and we could probably run 10 teams plus 30-40 juniors at the club every week and the good old days are back at last!
Even Covid tried its best to stop us when Merseyside clubs decided to cut short our season and annul the inevitable in 2019 one game away from becoming division 1 champions but it only stalled our drive and determination to ensure we “officially” get back to top spot.
Great feeling to win the first division at last and still in with a chance of the double in the John Ripley Cup Final against rivals Atticus at Metrocola on Tuesday 9th May! Liverpool havent won the John Ripley cup since 1971, 52 years ago!
Celebrations at the bar late last night saw the first team sticking around a little longer than usual reflecting on the night and some blitz games with a few drinks. A wonderful evening and hopefully the first of many celebrations
Congratulations Liverpool 1 and a huge thank you to ALL the players who have played for the Liverpool first team and all Liverpool chess club teams this season and previous seasons and made it the very special thriving community it now is!

First night at New Venue and Liverpool 1 close in on title!

Liverpool chess club had their first evening at their fantastic new venue “Metrocola” last night which was booming with chess players and Football fans watching Liverpool v Carlo Ancelotti, what a great atmosphere plus pizza, chicken wings and Nachos galore! Every table in the bar area was full

To top it off Liverpool 1 had a crucial match against Atticus 1 and won convincingly in the end although the match was a closer affair than the scoreline suggests!

Liverpool 1 (5.5-1.5) Atticus 1
1 Gary Quillan 1
2 Roger Williamson 0.5
3 Colin Horton 0.5
4 Marek  Korsinskij 1
5 Jack Erskine 1
6 Jamie Kumar 0.5
7 Barbara Novak 1

MCA Div 1 League Table


Report to follow

This win puts Liverpool 1 on the brink of officially winning the Merseyside Division 1  title for the first time since 1985!

Two games to go against bottom 2 teams and just one win will secure the Silver Rook Trophy!

Club players were amazed at the vibrancy of the new venue which promises to be warmly welcomed by club members and away teams too!

Juniors back on at 6pm next week upstairs

Liverpool 7 lost last night away to Atticus 4 by a score of 5-1  

Shay Hanlon won again on board 1 but defeats for Jake, Joshvir, Thomas, Magda and Joe on s tough away night.

Liverpool 6 away tonight to Aigburth and L3 away to Wallasey on Thursday

Great night and looking forward to next week at new home!

Lpool 1 v Atticus 1 match
First match at new Metrocola venue

Thanks to Metrocola management Ashley, Bryony, Rosie and Rob for making us all so welcome!


“MetroCola” on Leece Street, L1 2TR

Liverpool chess club have now changed venue with immediate effect.
New venue:

Metrocola (Hannahs bar)
2 Leece St, Liverpool L1 2TR
Next door to St Lukes bombed out church on hardman street

All matches will remain on Tuesdays starting from Tuesday 21st Feb and juniors will continue from 28th Feb

Room upstairs for matches and chess boards can be taken downstairs for casual chess

All chess equiptment is now in match room

Venue seems perfect!

Liverpool Internal Tournaments 2022/23 Underway

The famous Liverpool Table and A,B,C internal tournaments got underway for this season last night

Table Tournament:

Mike Griffin 0-1 Marek Korsinkij

A Tournament:

Pete Mellor 1-0 Rob Steele

B Tournament:

Ian Nicholson 1-0 Brian Corner

C Tournament:

Nehm Radia 1-0 Eric Tinsley

Jack Austen 1-0 Josh Askey

Robert Thomas 1-0 Paul Jesse

Magda Hamblett 0-1 Pranav Golatkar

28 Sept 22 – Liverpool 1 and Liverpool 4 win again!

Liverpool chess club had 2 league matches last night with Liverpool 4 at home to Atticus 3 in Division 3 and Liverpool 1 away at Hoylake 1 in Division 1

Merseyside League tables 2022


The casual junior and adult clubs were bursting at the seams with more people than seats available leaving some people playing standing up, great to see!

Both Liverpool teams managed to get strong wins

Hoylake 1-6 Liverpool 1

Gary Quillan 1

Roger Williamson 1

Colin Horton 0.5

Jack Erskine 1

Marek Korsinskij 1

Jamie Kumar 0.5

Barbara Novak 1

Great win for Liverpool 1 who top division 1 with a big home match v Atticus 2 next

No detailed match report but some details may follow.

Club overflowing with players

Liverpool 4 (5.5-1.5) Atticus 3

Nik Korsinkij 0.5

Fred Lang 1

Alex Gredley 1

Isaac Leafe 1

Keeghan McGarry 0

Vlad Gorchev 1

Issac won very early on in his game and newcomer Vlad also found a quick win (game attached)

Keeghan was level all the way through but a blunder in the endgame cost him the game.

Young Nik had a tough game on top board but matched his opponent throughout for a good draw.

Fred and Alex had advantages which they msintained to grab convicing wins

Great result for Liverpool 4 who sit top of Division 3

The club just keeps getting busier than ever which is great but becoming a challenge to manage too

Nice problem to have!

Well done both teams!

Merseyside Junior Chess Congress – Sat 26th March 2022

Merseyside Junior Chess Rapidplay Congress

Link to Register

Saturday 26th March 2022

Merchant Taylors Boys School – (William’s Hall)
Liverpool Road
L23 0QP

Registration: 9.30am
Start time: 10am
End Time 3.30pm

5 rounds of chess starting at 10am


Under 9’s (Y3/Y4)

Under 11’s (Y5/Y6)

Under 13’s (Y7/Y8)

Under 15’s (Y9/Y10)

15 and Over (Y11 and above)

£5 Entrance Fee per child


Arrival/Registration on the day at 9.30

Snacks/drinks available

Parents may stay with Children were necessary but it is preferred that older juniors who are part of a school or team stay with their nominated TEAM manager.

Parking is very limited: Drop off parking/pickup space only.

Queries to:
Jim Gallagher
07789 924983

17th August – Frank Ryan Billy Cooper Blitz evening!

This Tuesday 17th August at 7.30pm we will be running the annual Frank Ryan and Billy Cooper Memorial Liverpool Blitz Handicap evening.
This is open to all new and existing member of Liverpool Chess club and is expected to finish about 9.45pm. The club trophy will be issued to the winner and their name engraved on the base, they will hold onto the cup for 12 months.
Previous winners include:
Piotr Lipka
Tim Miles
Nick Hawkins
Players will get time allocated to them based on their own and their opponents ECF Rapid grade or FIDE/other grade available. If no grade exists then a grade will be estimated for each individual based on our knowledge of your ability.
Players time will be allocated based on difference between grades as follows:
0-19 grade difference – 7 mins each
20-39 – 8 mins v 6 mins
40-59 – 9 mins v 5 mins
60-79 – 10 mins v 4 mins
80+ – 11 mins v 3 mins
Juniors and new members are welcome to join in casual chess will also be available for those not wanting to participate.

Tim Miles wins the 2018 Blitz event
Tim Miles wins the 2018 Blitz event

Liverpool Juniors reopen on Tuesday 20th July at 6pm

Hi all
Liverpool junior chess sessions will open against the Vines from this Tuesday 20th July at 6pm
If you can drag yourself away from the heatwave we will be there anyway.
Covid restrictions will be apparently reduced by then but we still encourage people to wear masks but this is voluntary of course!
See some of you there!

Any questions let me know.


Jim Gallagher
President of Liverpool Chess Club
Twitter: @liverpool_chess
Instagram: liverpoolchessclub