Next to be held in May, 2019. Details not yet finalised.
In 2018 the 'Open' tournament was won by Henrik Stepanyan of Sutton Coldfield club with 5 out of 6.
The 2018 'Challengers' Tourney (for players graded under 136) was won jointly by John Freeman of Shirley and Wythall, Florin Valea of Warley Quinborne, and Giles Stanton from Redditch. They all scored 4 1/2 out of 6.
Mike Walker (1938 - 2015) was an enthusiastic and committed member of Mutual Circle chess club for 40 years. He served as club secretary and as a team captain for much of this period. He always had a friendly word for other players and was ready to help out with any and all tasks that benefited the club and its members - whether this involved setting up the boards, providing lifts, encouraging and instructing novices, organising internal tournaments, or just turning up for club nights on cold and rainy evenings!
Mike was also very active in the Birmingham & District Chess League, serving as President (1995-96), Honorary General Secretary (2008-13), Chairperson of the Rules Committee for some 30 years, and as a valued member of various sub-committees. He occasionally represented the BDCL at English Chess Federation meetings. He had trained as a chess arbiter, and helped run several weekend chess congresses. Chess was one of his passions, alongside applied mathematics, skiing, and West Ham Football Club!
We miss him.