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County news in 2019-20 season

Last updated 5 November 2020

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Worcestershire are national Minor Counties Champions!

22 Aug. Worcestershire beat Somerset 6½-5½ in the 2020 final for the Minor Counties Online championship. This match was tougher for Worcestershire than the previous encounter in the group stage. On board 1 Kevin Hurney again faced IM Jack Rudd playing at lightning speed. This time Kevin secured a draw. Somerset scored heavily on the top boards, but the Worcestershire lower boards were again the engine for success. Worcestershire players with wins were: Julie Wilson and Hossam Aboushady (both Stourbridge), Tony Shaw and Matthew Holmes (both Worcester). See full results.

 

8 Aug. Worcestershire beat Berkshire in National semi-final. In the Minor Counties Open competitionworcestershire won 7-5 in a match of two halves. Berkshire dominated in the upper boards and Worcestershire won all the games on boards 8 to 12. Worcestershire winners included four players from Worcester City: Ray Collett, Robin Hayles, Tony Shaw, and Matthew Holmes with Hossam Aboushady (Stourbridge) and Ian Ellis (Greenlands) being the others to score for the county. See full results.

 

7 Aug. West Midlands Area League Summer Season starts on 13 August. Three Worcestershire club teams play in Division 1: Greenlands; Redditch; and Worcester 1. The other first division teams are Solihull 1, South Birmingham 1 and 2, and Sutton Coldfield 1. Ten teams play in Division 2: Greenlands 2, Kidderminster, Stourbridge and Worcester 2 from WCA who play Coventry Chess, Isle of Wight, Lichfield, Mutual Circle, Sutton Coldfield 2, and Solihull 2. Worcester 1 are in action on the first night in Division 1. The first night sees all four Worcestershire teams play in Division 2. Full fixture lists are available from the ECF League Management System.

 

3 Aug. Worcestershire go through to the finals for the Minor Counties Open. Worcestershire were pipped on tie-break by Shropshire who were held to a 6-6 draw by Hampshire, for the runners-up position in Open Division 2B of the ECF Counties Online competition. In spite of this, Worcestershire go through to the knock-out stage of the Open team Minor Counties competition. Worcestershire play Berkshire on Saturday 8 August at 6:30pm.

 

25 Jul. Worcestershire beat Hampshire 8½-3½. All four of Worcester City’s players in the team - Ray Collett, Robin Hayles, Tony Shaw, and Matthew Holmes scored wins - as did Kevin Hurney (Greenlands), Nigel Towers (Redditch), Russell Scott (Redditch) and Ian Ellis (Greenlands). Shropshire were held to a draw by Somerset and have the same number of match points as Worcestershire, so unless they lose against bottom-of-table Hampshire in their match next weekend Worcestershire won’t get to the finals.

 

25 Jul. WGM Katarzyna Toma picked for English Olympiad squad. Katarzyna (Evesham) is in the reserves for the Online Olympiad. Teams have six players of which at least three are female and two are juniors. England start their campaign on 1 August and you can watch play chess.com.

 

23 Jul. Alex Holowczak appointed Chief FIDÉ Arbiter for Online Olympiad. The FIDÉ over-the-board Olympiad scheduled for August was replaced by an Online Olympiad starting 25 July. Alex (Oldbury) heads a team of fourteen Arbiters for this tournament.

 

18 Jul. Worcestershire scored its first online win beating Somerset 8-4. Harry Evans (Redditch), Nigel Towers (Redditch), Stephen Woodhouse (Greenlands), Scott Russell (Redditch), Hossam Aboushady (Stourbridge), Robin Hayles (Worcester) and Matthew Holmes (Worcester) won their games. This win makes it possible for the team to progress to the KO stages of the competition. See full results.

 

4 Jul. Worcestershire lose to Cumbria. Although Worcestershire players have faced those from Cumbria in corresepondence chess, it’s possible that these two counties have never met in over-the-board play. Worcestershire again was unable to recruit many leading players and the team welcomed Kevin Hurney (Greenlands) to play on board 1. The match was played over 14 boards and Cumbria gained victory by a single point. Congratulations to Harry Evans (Redditch), Nigel Towers (Redditch), Hossam Aboushady (Stourbridge), Scot Russell (Redditch) and Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich) who won their games. There are now links to the game scores at chess.com for each game. See full results.

 

23 Jun. South Birmingham and Warwick University get first online league honours. Worcestershire teams occupied the bottom three places in Division 1 and Stourbridge 1 was the most successful Worcestershire team in Division 2, finishing mid-table. Division 1 was contested by eight teams. Winners South Birmingham 1 had 19 match points. Worcestershire teams occupied the 5th, 6th, and 7th places: Redditch (9 match points), Worcester 1 (7 match points) and and Greenlands (6 match points) respectively. Division 2 was contested by ten teams and won Warwick University with 22 match points. Stourbridge 1 was the most successful Worcestershire team and placed 4th with 22 match points. Stourbridge 2 were 6th on 21 match points and Worcester 2 were 9th on 13 match points. See full Worcestershire teams’ results for the Spring 2020 season.

 

20 Jun. Worcestershire lose to Shropshire online. In the first match proper in ECF Online Counties Championship Open Division 2B, the county lost 7½ - 4½. Matthew Holmes (Worcester) had the only winning game. Click for full score.

 

Worcestershire trounced online by Gloucestershire

7 Jun. This match was played as a preliminary match in thge ECF online county competition so that players could familiarise themselves with online play. Worcestershire was soundly beated 3½-8½. Julie Wilson (Stourbridge) was the only winner, Nigel Towers (Redditch) scoring a useful draw against a much higher graded opponent. For detailed results, see here.

 

Worcestershire register for online county chess

28 May. Stephen Woodhouse has created an "ECF Worcestershire club" on chess.com and the county will enter a team in the ECF online counties championship to be played on Saturdays in June and July. To play for Worcestershire, players will have to have a free or paid registration with chess.com and send an email to Stephen Woodhouse so he can send you instructions on how to join the ECF Worcestershire club. Play starts at 6:30pm on Saturdays and uses a time control of 60 minutes plus 15 seconds increment from move 1.

 

ECF appoints Nigel Towers Manager of online chess

26 May. Not content with spearheading Worcestershire’s transition to online chess, Nigel Towers (Redditch) has accepted English Chess Federation’s appointment to manage online competitions for England.

 

Worcestershire teams play first online league matches
23 Apr. Four county teams were in action. In Division 2 the two Stourbridge teams played each other and Worcester 2 drew one of its two matches.

 

County teams play in West Midlands Area on-line quickplay league

14 Apr. Greenlands, Redditch, Stourbridge, and Worcester clubs are fielding teams, which held its first practice matches to check that players could use the chess.com platform and captains deal with the IT administration. John Wrench’s Isle of Wight team has also joined the fray. Other clubs with teams are: Coventry Chess, Mutual Circle, Rugby, South Birmingham, Solihull, and Sutton Coldfield, and Warwick University.

 

West Midlands Area Spring Online League proposed

10 Apr. Players agreed to play a pair of 4-board matches each evening using a 15 minutes + 10 second increment on the chess.com platform.

7 Apr. Nigel Towers (Redditch) along with other players from neighbouring leagues has asked for expressions of interest in playing quick play matches online.

 

2019-20 League season void or to be continued into 2021

16 Mar. It was agreed that there would be no league champion team or Division 2 winner because an insufficient proportion of fixtures had been completed. Worcester and District Chess League and Dudley and District leagues have come to similar decisions. All completed game results will be submitted for grading. The secretary is consulting clubs about how to substitute for postponed association business meetings.

 

OTB games suspended in WCA and Worc&DCL

14 Mar. After consultation with other senior officers of the Association and the District Chess League, General Secretary Paul Sharratt has issued the following statement suspending league activities to club secretaries on 14 March 2020. "Dear Officers and Club Secretaries, In the light of the current Coronavirus pandemic and advice from the English Chess Federation, the officers of Worcestershire Chess Association and the Worcester and District League have decided to suspend all activities in relation to both leagues (including individual competitions) with immediate effect and until further notice. If clubs decide to proceed with fixtures already arranged, any results will not be included in the league structure; and any games played in such circumstances will only be submitted for grading on receipt of requests to that effect from the Secretaries of both participating clubs, as separate submissions on behalf of those clubs. I am sure that you will understand the rationale for this decision; the well-being of our members and their families, and the wider community, must be our prime concern at this time. We look forward to resuming normal activity in better times. Best wishes - Paul Sharratt (General Secretary)".

 

First results in KO competition for the Wheatley Cup.

14 Jan. A man down, Droitwich pulled of a good away win against Redditch.

3 Jan. Greenlands found themselves too over-streched to play and conceded to Kidderminster while Shirley got revenge for last year’s loss to Worcester by beating them thoroughly.

 

County League standings

2 Jan. All teams had match points on the Division 1 table at the start of 2020, and so far teams are evenly matched. In Division 2 only Kidderminster A is off the pace and we are in for an exciting second half of the season.

 

Worcestershire Juniors storm Warwickshire
1 Dec. The Warwickshire Under-12 Junior champions were Manvith Sandhu (Halesowen) and Silas Bowcott-Terry who both scored 6 points from their seven-round rapidplay event. The tournament was held at Kenilworth and organised by Alex Holowczak.

 

Worcestershire u140 demolish Derbyshire
22 Nov. Eleven Worcestershire players won their games played at Alvechurch: Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), David Waud (Kidderminster); Jon Asbury (Olton); Tony Shaw (Worcester); Eric Horwill (Stourbridge); Ian Truscott (Greenlands); Giles Stanton (Redditch); Matthew Holmes (Worcester); Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich); Jeremy Humphries (Stourbridge); and Terry Radford (Droitwich). For full details, see MCCU website.

 

2019 County Junior Champions
17 Nov. Joshua Clarke (King’s School, Worcester/Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy) is the 2019 junior champion. He was unbeated in the five-round tournament. Dillan Duke (Hereford/Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy) was runner up on tie-break from Sasha Eaton (Alvechurch Middle School). The Worcestershire Girls Champion is Michele Zhu (King’s Hawford School, Worcester). Worcester News published a report with names winners of under-13, under-11 under-9 and under-7 trophies.

 

Worcestershire u100 beat Nottinghamshire Juniors.

9 Nov. Congratulations to Steve Crees and Stephen and Monty Woodhouse for steering the new team to a handsome 10-2 victory. Monty (King Edward School, Edgbaston) won his game on board 1 and was supported by wins from Terry Pountney (Kidderminster); Richard Collett (Greenlands); Paul Thomas (Kidderminster); Andy Tipper, Tom Sherwood, Matt Rowe, Yunyeong Jung (all Greenlands) and Joyce Evans (Halesowen). For details see the MCCU website.

 

Worcestershire u140 beat Nottinghamshire

2 Nov. In the home match played at Alvechurch, Worcestershire won 12-4. Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), Ian Ellis (Greenlands), Tony Shaw (Worcester), Eric Horwill (Stourbridge), Matthew Holmes (Worcester), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich) won their games over-the-board while Mike Kitchen (Kidderminster), Steve Alcock (Stourbridge), Terry Pountney (Kidderminster) and Terry Radford (Droitwich) won by default. For details see the MCCU website.

 

Worcestershire u120 lose to Staffs

26 Oct. Worcestershire, playing away in their first match of the season, were beaten by Staffordshire 4½ - 7½. Simon Berry (Worcester), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich), and Tom Sherwood (Greenlands) won their games. For details see the MCCU website.

 

Worcestershire lose to Warwickshire in the Midlands Championship

19 Sep. Worcestershire lost 7-9 in their away fixture at Moseley, Birmingham. Neither team included their highest graded players, but Worcestershire were badly outgraded on the lower boards where Warwickshire drove home their advantage. Nic Fallowfield (Shirley & Wythall), Dustin Bowcott (Halesowen), Ian Clarke (Malvern), and Harry Evans (Redditch) won their games. The county fielded two junior players on the lower boards: Silas Bowcott Terry and Monty Woodhouse who despite putting up strong fights went down to much higher graded opponents. See full results on the MCCU website.

 

Worcestershire u140 beat Staffs

12 Sep. Worcestershire in their away fixtureagainst Staffordshire at Bilston had a comfortable 12-4 win. David Waud (kidderminster), Tony Shaw (Worcester), Ian Truscott (Greenlands), Matthew Holmes (Worcester), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich), Richard Wilkinson (Stourbridge), Terry Pountney (Kidderminster), and Terry Radford (Droitwich) won their games. See full results on the MCCU website.

New book from Alan Ruffle, Worcestershire player and chess coach

7 Sep. Alan has published a new book The Chess Scene. It is "A light-hearted look at the way the game of chess is played and organised... [It provides]... a streamlined approach to improving the play of a new and enthusiastic novice chess player". Alan formerly played over-the-board for Worcestershire and now plays in the Worcestershire correspondence team. The book is available from the author price £14.99 via Paypal or from Amazon.

 

Worcester & District Annual meeting

5 Sep. The league decided to follow the example of the County League and move to digital time control. The District League has seven teams in Division 1 and eight play in Division 2. Both divisions play a single round.

 

County Association and League news

22 Aug. The Executive confirmed Worcestershire would field four MCCU county teams in the new season: Minor Counties, u140, u120 and u100. Contact Stephen Woodhouse if you want to be selected to play for the county in Saturday afternoon matches. Four teams enter Division 1 and play a double round tournament. Six teams play a single round in Division 2.

 

Navigation on this page. Matches are in chronological order.
  Division 1 Division 2 KO Cup  

Covid voids 2019-20 season

 

16 Mar. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was agreed that season would be declared void and no league championship team or winner of Division 2 because an insufficient proportion of fixtures had been completed. Games in completed matches were sent for grading.

 

14 Mar. OTB games suspended in WCA and Worc&DCL. After consultation with other senior officers of the Association and the District Chess League, General Secretary Paul Sharrat has issued the following statement suspending league activities. "Dear Officers and Club Secretaries, In the light of the current Coronavirus pandemic and advice from the English Chess Federation, the officers of Worcestershire Chess Association and the Worcester and District League have decided to suspend all activities in relation to both leagues (including individual competitions) with immediate effect and until further notice. If clubs decide to proceed with fixtures already arranged, any results will not be included in the league structure; and any games played in such circumstances will only be submitted for grading on receipt of requests to that effect from the Secretaries of both participating clubs, as separate submissions on behalf of those clubs. I am sure that you will understand the rationale for this decision; the well-being of our members and their families, and the wider community, must be our prime concern at this time. We look forward to resuming normal activity in better times. Best wishes - Paul Sharratt (General Secretary)"

Division 1: Halesowen ahead in race but season void because of Covid-19 lockdown

2019-20 Division 1 Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Halesowen 5 3 0 2 18½ 11½ 6
Olton 4 2 1 1 12 12 5
Worcester City 4 2 0 2 10½ 13½ 4
Malvern 5 1 1 3 13 17 3
Notes: * includes match won by default; includes conceded match.

2019-20 Fixtures Division 1

2018
2019 Dates Division 1 FixturesResult
Fri 1 Nov Malvern - Olton 3 - 3
Thu 7 Nov Worcester City - Olton 2 - 4
Thu 21 Nov Worcester City - Halesowen 3½ - 2½
Fri 29 Nov Malvern - Halesowen 2 - 4
2020 Dates    
Tue 7 Jan Olton - Malvern at Greenlands 1½ - 4½
Thu 16 Jan Worcester City - Malvern 4 - 2
Tue 25 Feb Halesowen - Olton 2½ - 3½
Tue 3 Mar Halesowen - Worcester City 5 - 1
Tue 10 Mar Halesowen - Malvern 4½ - 1½
Olton - Halesowen, Malvern - Worcester City, and Olton - Worcester City not played because of Covid-19 ‘lockdown’.

 

10 Mar. Halesowen win again, this time aginst Malvern, to go into the lead.

3 Mar. Halesowen beat Worcester to draw level and are within one point of catching Olton.

25 Feb. Olton go to the head of the table by beating Halesowen.

16 Jan. Worcester start 2020 well with a win against leaders Malvern, displacing them from the top.

8 Jan. Malvern celebrate the New Year with a good win against Olton and go into the top spot.

29 Nov. Halesowen beat Malvern making for an interesting tussle in the New Year.

21 Nov. Worcester narrowly beat Halesowen.

7 Nov. Olton playing away beat Worcester to go to the top of the table.

1 Nov. At last! The first match result is in. Malvern and Olton draw.

1 Sep. No matches yet. The first one was due is 3 October, but was postponed.

22 Aug. Four teams only this season playing home and away. Halesowen have downsized to a single team in Div 1 and Kidderminster have taken relegation.

30 Jun, Andrew Farthing reports. Changes to league time controls approved at Annual meeting. After a long debate, new time controls were passed by a large majority. The proposal from Malvern was accepted: 60 minutes plus a 30-second increment per move from the outset, with a back-up available of a simple 90 minutes per player for the entire game (no intermediate time control) where digital clocks are unavailable. The 2019 league champions were Malvern and Halesowen C won Division 2 of the County League last season .

Detailed match results in Worcestershire League 2019-20

Division 1

Board Home team: Malvern Score Away team: Olton

1

2

3

4

5

6

Lee Davis

Geoff Marchant

Brian Turner

Ian Clarke

Geoffrey Herbert

Matthew Jordan

0 - 1

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

1 - 0

Phillip Holt

Alan Lloyd

Mark Cundy

Rob Reynolds

Rob Wallman

John Asbury

   

3 - 3

Div 1 match played on 1 Nov

Board Home team: Worcester City Score Away team: Olton

1

2

3

4

5

6

Steve Mellor (b)

Nick Harris

Ray Collett

Phil Austin

Robin Hayles

Tony Shaw

1 - 0

½ - ½

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

½ - ½

Phil Holt (w)
Alan Lloyd

Mark Cundy

Richard Smith

Rob Wallman

Ken Allen

 

Totals

2 - 4

Division 1 match played 7 Nov

Board Home team: Worcester City Score Away team: Halesowen

1

2

3

4

5

6

Ed Osbourn (b)

Stephen Mellor

Ray Collett

Phil Austin

Robin Hayles

Tony Shaw

½ - ½

1 - 0

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

1 - 0

Finlay Bowcott-Terry (w)

Stewart Fishburne

John Edge

Dustin Bowcott

Mike Hadley

Silas Bowcott-Terry

 

Totals

3½ - 2½

Division 1 match played 21 Nov

Board Home team: Malvern Score Away team: Halesowen

1

2

3

4

5

6

Lee Davis

Geoff Marchant

Leigh Canham

Brian Turner

Ian Clarke

Geoffrey Herbert

0 - 1

0 - 1

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

Finlay Bowcott-Terry

Stewart Fishburne

John Edge

Dustin Bowcott

Mike Hadley

Paul Evans

 

Totals

2 - 4

Division 1 match played 29 Nov

Board Home team: Olton Score Away team: Malvern

1

2

3

4

5

6

Phil Holt

Alan Lloyd

Mark Cundy

Robert Wallman

Ken Allen

Jon Asbury

0 - 1

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

0 - 1

Lee Davis

Geoff Marchant

Leigh Canham

Brian Turner

Ian Clarke

Geoffrey Herbert

 

Totals

1½ - 4½

Division 1 match played 8 Jan

Board Home team: Worcester City Score Away team: Malvern

1

2

3

4

5

6

Ed Osbourn (b)

Stephen Mellor

Ray Collett

Robin Hayles

Tony Shaw

Matthew Holmes

½ - ½

1 - 0

1- 0

0 - 1

½ - ½

1 - 0

Lee Davis (w)

Leigh Canham

Brian Turner

Ian Clarke

Geoffrey Herbert

Matthew Jordan

 

Totals

4 - 2

Division 1 match played 16 Jan

Board Home team: Halesowen Score Away team: Olton

1

2

3

4

5

6

Finlay Bowcott-Terry

Stewart Fishburne

Manvith Sandhu

Mike Hadley

Adrian Priest

Mark Bethel

1 - 0

0 - 1

½ - ½

½ - ½

0 - 1

½ - ½

Alan Lloyd

Mark Cundy

Richard Smith

Robert Wallman

Gary Hope

Ken Allen

 

Totals

2½ - 3½

Division 1 match played 25 Feb

Board Home team: Halesowen Score Away team: Worcester City

1

2

3

4

5

6

Finlay Bowcott-Terry

Stewart Fishburne

Manvith Sandhu

Dustin Bowcott

Mike Hadley

Paul Evans

1 - 0

½ - ½

½ - ½

1 - 0

1 - 0

1 - 0

Stephen Mellor

Ed Osbourn

Ray Collett

Phil Austin

Tony Shaw

Matthew Holmes

 

Totals

5 - 1

Division 1 match played 3 Mar

Board Home team: Halesowen Score Away team: Malvern

1

2

3

4

5

6

Finlay Bowcott-Terry
Stewart Fishburne
John Edge
Manvith Sandhu

Dustin Bowcott

Mike Hadley

1 - 0

½ - ½

1 - 0

½ - ½

½ - ½

1 - 0

Geoff Marchant

Brian Turner

Geoffrey herbert

John Chester

John Knee

Michael Butcher

 

Totals

4½ - 1½

Division 1 match played 10 Mar

 

Navigation on this page. Matches are in chronological order.
  Division 1 Division 2 KO Cup  

Division 2: 2019-20

Close finish knocked out by Covid. Kidderminster B were ahead by a whisker when lockdown imposed.

2019-20 Division 2 Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Kidderminster B 8 5 1 2 20½ 19½ 11
Halesowen 7* 4* 2 1 23* 12 10*
Kidderminster A 9 3 2 4 22½ 22½ 8
Droitwich 7 2 3 2 20 15 7
Stourbridge 6 3 0 3 16 14 6
Greenlands 7 1 2 4* 11½ 23½* 4

Notes: * includes defaulted match

2019-20 Fixtures Division 2

2019 Dates Division 2 Fixture Result
10 Sep Halesowen - Kidderminster B 4 - 1
18 Sep Kidderminster A - Kidderminster B 1½ - 3½
30 Sep Kidderminster A - Greenlands 2½ - 2½
1 Oct Halesowen - Stourbridge 2 - 3
16 Oct Droitwich - Greenlands 2½ - 2½
23 Oct Stourbridge - Greenlands 2 - 3
28 Oct Kidderminster A - Droitwich 2½ - 2½
18 Nov Kidderminster B - Kidderminster A 3 - 2
20 Nov Droitwich - Stourbridge 3½ - 1½
27 Nov Kidderminster A - Stourbridge 2 - 3
3 Dec Greenlands - Kidderminster B 2 - 3
11 Dec Droitwich - Halesowen 2½ - 2½
16 Dec Kidderminster A - Halesowen 2 - 3
2020 Dates    
13 Jan Kidderminster B - Halesowen 2½ - 2½
21 Jan Greenlands - Droitwich 0 - 5
27 Jan Kidderminster B - Stourbridge 1½ - 3½
4 Feb Greenlands - Kidderminster A 1½ - 3½
12 Feb Kidderminster B - Greenlands 3 - 2
19 Feb Droitwich - Kidderminster A 2 - 3
26 Feb Stourbridge - Halesowen 1 - 4
4 Mar Droitwich - Kidderminster B 2 - 3
4 Mar Stourbridge - Kidderminster A 1½ - 3½

Notes: Kidderminster B - Droitwich, Greenlands - Stourbridge, Halesowen - Kidderminster A, Halesowen - Greenlands, Stourbridge - Droitwich, Greenlands - Halesowen, Halesowen - Droitwich, and Stourbridge - Kidderminster B fixtures were not played because of the Covid-19 emergency lockdown.

 

12 Mar. Greenlands did not play their match against Halesowen because of Covid.

4 Mar. A good night for Kidderminster! Their A team beat Stourbridge and Kidderminster B go further into the lead with an away win against Droitwich

26 Feb. Halesowen beat Stourbridge and go into second position.

19 Feb. Droitwich lose their first match of the season against bottom-of-the-table Kidderminster A.

13 Feb. Kidderminster B go top with a win over Greenlands, but Droitwich have 2 matches in hand.

4 Feb. Kidderminster A, a man down, beat Greenlands

27 Jan. Stourbridge have a win against Kidderminster B
21 Jan. Droitwich top the Division with their first 5-0 league victory for a couple of years with a win against Greenlands

13 Jan. Kidderminster B and Halesowen draw in the fist 2020 Div 2 match

16 Dec. Halesowen beat Kidderminster A and leap up the table, but Stourbridge lead into the new year.

11 Dec. Halesowen draw their away match with Droitwich.

3 Dec. Kidderminster B win against Greenlands

27 Nov. Stourbridge go to the head of the table with a win against Kidderminster A.

20 Nov. Droitwich beat Stourbridge to go top of the table.

28 Oct. Droitwich, a man down, hold Kidderminster A to a draw. The high proportion of drawn matches suggests a tight contest this season.

16 Oct. Droitwich and Stourbridge draw.

1 Oct. Stourbridge beat Halesowen

30 Sep. Kidderminster A draws with Greenlands.

18 Sep. Kidderminster B beats the A team.

10 Sep. First result is in. Halesowen beat Kidderminster B.

22 Aug. Six teams compete playing each other home and away. Kidderminster is the only club with two teams in Div 2.

Division 2

Board Home team: Halesowen Score Away team: Kidderminster B

1

2

3

4

5

Adrian Priest

Paul Evans

Don Curry

Dave Etheridge

A (Tony) Taylor

½ - ½

1 - 0

½ - ½

1 - 0

1 - 0

John Whitehead

Mike Kitchen

Clive Billinge

Terry Pountney
Paul Thomas

 

Totals

4 - 1

Div 2 match played 10 Sep

Board Home team: Kidderminster A Score Away team: Kidderminster B

1

2

3

4

5

Maurice Bissell

Dave Spowart

David Waud

Katherine Nimmo

Cameron Henry

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

0 - 1

Mark Riley

John Varilone

John Whitehead

Clive Billinge

Paul Thomas

 

Totals

1½ - 3½

Div 2 match played 18 Sep

Board Home team: Halesowen Score Away team: Stourbridge

1

2

3

4

5

Dustin Bowcott

Paul Evans

Don Curry

Pete Banks

Silas Bowcott-Terry

½ - ½

0 - 1

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

Dave Scriven

Hossam Aboushady

Paul Sharratt

Colin Woodall

Steve Alcock

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 1 Oct

Board Home team: Kidderminster A Score Away team: Greenlands

1

2

3

4

5

Jim O’Dell

Dave Spowart

David Waud

John Gittus

Cameron Henry

0 - 1

1 - 0

½ - ½

1 - 0

0 - 1

Kevin Hurney

Phil Maddocks

Ian Truscott

Richard Collett

David Purnell

 

Totals

2½ - 2½

Division 2 match played 30 Sep

Board Home team: Droitwich Score Away team: Greenlands

1

2

3

4

5

Ray Collett

David Cleak

Arnold Kirkland

Tom Parkes

Eugene Byrne

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

1 - 0

Stephen Woodhouse

Paul Furniss

Richard Collett

Brian Allsop

Geoff Harris

 

Totals

2½ - 2½

Division 2 match played 16 Oct

Board Home team: Stourbridge Score Away team: Greenlands

1

2

3

4

5

Hossam Aboushady

Paul Sharratt

Julie Wilson

Colin Woodall

Steve Alcock

0 - 1

0 - 1

1 - 0

1 - 0

0 - 1

Kevin Hurney

Phil Maddocks

Richard Collett

Brian Allsop

Yunyeong Jung

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 23 Oct

Board Home team: Kidderminster A Score Away team: Droitwich

1

2

3

4

5

Maurice Bissell
Remi Harris
John Gittus
Luke Bishop

Catherine Nimmo

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

1 - 0

Ray Collett
Arnold Kirkland
Eugene Byrne
Terry Radford
default

 

Totals

2½ - 2½

Division 2 match played 28 Oct

Board Home team: Kidderminster B Score Away team: Kidderminster A

1

2

3

4

5

John Varilone

Alan Preece

John Whitehead

Clive Billinge

Paul Thomas

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

1 - 0

Jim O’Dell

Dave Close

Remi Harris

John Gittus

Cameron Henry

 

Totals

3 - 2

Division 2 match played 18 Nov

Board Home team: Droitwich Score Away team: Stourbridge

1

2

3

4

5

Ray Collett

David Cleak

Arnold Kirkland

Eugene Byrne

Terry Radford

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

1 - 0

1 - 0

Hossam Aboushady

Julie Wilson

Colin Woodall

Steve Alcock

Trevor Tennant

 

Totals

3½ - 1½

Division 2 match played 20 Nov

Board Home team: Kidderminster A Score Away team: Stourbridge

1

2

3

4

5

Jim O’Dell

Dave Spowart

Remi Harris

John Gittus

Catherine Nimmo

1 - 0

½ - ½

0 - 1

½ - ½

0 - 1

Hossam Aboushady

Christopher Evans

Paul Sharratt

Richard Wilkinson

Steve Alcock

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 27 Nov

Board Home team: Greenlands Score Away team: Kidderminster B

1

2

3

4

5

Stan Grayland

Richard Collett

Brian Allsop

Andy Tipper

Tom Sherwood

1 - 0

0 - 1

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

John Varilone

John Whitehead

Clive Billinge

Terry Pountney

Paul Thomas

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 3 Dec

Board Home team: Droitwich Score Away team:Halesowen B

1

2

3

4

5

Ray Collett

David Cleak

Arnold Kirkland

Eugene Byrne

Terry Radford

½ - ½

½ - ½

0 - 1

½ - ½

1 - 0

Mike Hadley

A (Tony) Stokes

Peter Banks

A (Tony) Taylor

Dave Etheridge

 

Totals

2½ - 2½

Division 2 match played 11 Dec

Board Home team: Kidderminster A Score Away team: Halesowen

1

2

3

4

5

Dan Lambourne

Jim O’Dell

Dave Spowart

John Gittus

Cameron Henry

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

½ - ½

0 - 1

Mike Hadley

Paul Evans ‡

Peter Banks

A (Tony) Taylor

Dave Etheridge

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 16 Dec

Board Home team: Kidderminster B Score Away team: Halesowen

1

2

3

4

5

John Varilone

Alan Preece

John Whitehead

Clive Billinge

Paul Thomas

0 - 1*

½ - ½*

1 - 0

½ - ½

½ - ½

Mike Hadley

Paul Evans

Don Curry

Pete Banks

Dave Etheridge

 

Totals

2½ - 2½

Division 2 match played 13 Jan

Board Home team: Greenlands Score Away team: Droitwich

1

2

3

4

5

Brian Allsop
Paul (Spike) Bignall
Andy Tipper
David Purnell
Geoff Harris

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

Ray Collett
David Cleak
Arnold Kirkland
Eugene Byrne
Tom Parkes*

 

Totals

0 - 5

Division 2 match played 21 Jan

Board Home team: Kidderminster B Score Away team: Stourbridge

1

2

3

4

5

John Varilone

Alan Preece

John Whitehead

Clive Billinge

Terry Pountney

0 - 1

1 - 0

0 - 1

0 - 1

½ - ½

Dave Scriven

Chris Evans

Paul Sharratt

Eric Horwill

Richard Wilkinson

 

Totals

1½ - 3½

Division 2 match played 27 Jan

Board Home team: Greenlands Score Away team: Kidderminster A

1

2

3

4

5

Joe Dance

Andy Tipper

Brian Allsop

Tom Sherwood

Richard Collett

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

½ - ½

1 - 0

Dan Lambourne

Jim O’Dell
David Spowart

Remi Harris

def

 

Totals

1½ - 3½

Division 2 match played 4 Feb

Board Home team: Kidderminster B Score Away team: Greenlands

1

2

3

4

5

John Varilone

Alan Preece

John Whitehead

Terry Pountney

Paul Thomas

½ - ½

1 - 0

1- 0

0 - 1

½ - ½

Phil Maddocks

Brian Allsop

Richard Collett

Matt Rowe

David Purnell

 

Totals

3 - 2

Division 2 match played 12 Feb

Board Home team: Droitwich Score Away team: Kidderminster A

1

2

3

4

5

Ray Collett

Arnold Kirkland

David Cleak

Eugene Byrne

Tom Parkes

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

1 - 0

1 - 0

Jim O’Dell

Dave Spowart

David Waud

Cameron Henry

Lorraine Henry

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 19 Feb

Board Home team: Stourbridge Score Away team: Halesowen

1

2

3

4

5

Julie Wilson

Eric Horwill

Richard Wilkinson

Jeremy Humphries

Colin Woodhall

0 - 1

½ - ½

0 - 1

0 - 1

½ - ½

Dustin Bowcott

Mike hadley

Paul Evans

Peter Banks

Silas Bowcott-Terry

 

Totals

1 - 4

Division 2 match played 26 Feb

Board Home team: Droitwich Score Away team: Kidderminster B

1

2

3

4

5

Ray Collett

David Cleak

Arnold Kirkland

Eugene Byrne

Tom Parkes

1 - 0

0 - 1

0 - 1

½ - ½

½ - ½

John Varilone
Alan Preece

John Whitehead

Clive Billinge

Paul Thomas

 

Totals

2 - 3

Division 2 match played 4 Mar

Board Home team: Stourbridge Score Away team: Kidderminster A

1

2

3

4

5

Sam Bradley

Eric Horwill

Richard Wilkinson

Steve Alcock

Colin Woodall

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

0 - 1

0 - 1

Dave Spowart

Maurice Bissell

David Waud

Dave Close

Remi Harris

 

Totals

1½ - 3½

Division 2 match played 4 Mar

 

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KO Cup

2019-20 Quarter finals 2019-20 Semi-finals 2019-20 Final
(A) Worcester 2.4 - 5.0 Shirley & Wythall (E) Droitwich - Shirley & Wythall

winner F - winner E

(B) Redditch 3.0 -3.2 Droitwich
(C) Malvern - Mercia. Mercia withdrew (F) Malvern- Kidderminster
(D) Greenlands 0 - 5 ( def) Kidderminster

 

15 Feb. Mercia had to withdraw from the competition and Malvern play a semi-final against Kidderminster.

4 Jan. Greenlands reluctantly decided they had to concede against Kidderminster.

2 Jan. First result in: a crushing win for Wythall against Worcester in revenge for last season's result.

2 Dec. The draw for the tournament is published and clubs asked to complete the quarter final matches before the end of February.

10 Sep. Redditch and Shirley & Wythall has also confirmed their entries.

22 Aug. Droitwich, Greenlands, Kiderminster, Malvern, Mercia, Worcester have already entered. Further entries are expected

 

  Quarter-final
Board Grades Home team: Worcester Results Away team: Shirley & Wythall Grades

1

2

3

4

5

Sum

155

115

114

112

76

572

Philip Austin

Simon Berry

Matthew Holmes

William Kemp

John Hesketh

Handicap

0.0 - 1.0

0.0 - 1.0

0.0 - 1.0

0.0 - 1.0

0.0 - 1.0

2.4 - 0.0

Jeremy Fallowfield

Jon Asbury

Frank Jimenez

Arnold Peace

Roger Ball

 

197

131

131

123

112

694

 

 

2.4 - 5.0

KO match played 2 Jan at Worcester

Reported by Arnold Peace and Simon Berry. Witha team led by the county champion, Shirley’s win over-the-boards was more or less assured beacuse they outgraded Worcester; but, they had to win 4-1 or better. Board 5 saw an early finish while other games had only just enetered the middlegame. The next game to complete wa board 3 where Jimenez mated his opponent with rooks on the back ranks. Shortly after, Arnold Peace obtained a big advantage of the exchange and an advanced passed pawn and converted. Worcester’s team captain, Simon Berry put up stiff resistance but was unable to withstand queen-side pressure and succumbed to Asbury’s knight fork. Philip Austin was the last to surrender putting up stiff resistance after Fallowfield won a pawn and players simplified to a king and pawn ending.

 

4 Jan. Quarter-final Greenlands - Kidderminster fixture not played. Greenlands conceded.

 

  Quarter-final
Board Grades Home team: Redditch Results Away team: Droitwich Grades

1

2

3

4

5

Sum

157

153

129

119

-

558

Harry Evans

Minai Zbircea

Rob Bricknell

Jamie Steward

Mark Crane

Handicap

1.0 - 0.0

1.0 - 0.0

0.0 - 1.0

0.0 - 1.0

1.0 - 0.0

0.0 - 1.2

Ray Collett

David Cleak

Arnold Kirkland

Eugene Byrne

def

 

159

121

114

87

-

481

 

 

3.0 - 3.2

KO match played 14 Jan at Alvechurch Social Club

Reported by Ray Collett. With an unavoidable default, the handicap was based on the four boards played and adjusted to 80% of its value so that Redditch had to score 2½ points over the boards played. Board 3 finished first when Kirkland won a piece, but Zbircea restored Redditch’s fortunes by squeezing his opponent’s position to win material. At thi stage, Evans had won a pawn, but Collett had good drawing possibilities and board 4 looked even. Board 1 simplified to a double rook and pawn ending with Collett having an outside passed pawn, but blundered by failing to counter Evans’s mating net. Byrne played on in an equal ending and finally netted his point.

 

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