Worcestershire Chess Association

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Last updated 25 July 2020

County & District Correspondence chess competition

Worcestershire currently have one correspondence team currently playing in Division 3 of the County & District Correspondence Chess competition. Since 2012, the event has been run on a server maintained by the International Correspondence Chess Federation and this organisation hosts a complete archive of league tables, players’ scores, and game scores for this English team competition since 2012.

 

Worcestershire has competed in the C&DCC competition since it was started in 1922. During the inter-war years correspondence play was favoured by players with disabilities and by strong players living in remote areas. Some women also preferred to play at a distance because they disliked the smoke and male banter found in many clubs. The costs of postage tended to restrict participation to players who were at least moderately well-off and for these players there was a reliable UK postal system to support them. From the start, C&DCC competitions were organised as "jamboree" events where players of each team have opponents in each of the other teams. There was just a single division with up to thirty teams participating up to 1955 and players had one game only. Thereafter the competition was split into divisions, but one game only was still played possibly until 2011 when the competition was transferred to play by web-server hosted by the International Federation for Correspondence Chess. In the new format players have two games with colours reversed against the same opponent.

 

For some years before this change there had been attempts to move players from postal play to communicating moves my e-mail. The progress towards electronic communication was caused by increases in postal charges, which had caused a pronounced fall in participation from the 1950s. The WCA minutes reported that captains were finding difficulties in recruiting teams because of players’ costs in 1968 and 1971. The lengthy postal strikes in 1971 and 1988 also put off many players using the postal format.

MCCU team postal competition

Worcestershire routinely entered a team in the Midland Counties Chess Union competition from1960 until the regional competition fizzled out about 2005. Like the national competition there was a single game only between opponents until 1983. Initially teams played 16 boards but was increased to 20 in the early 1970s until the marked reduction in the numbers of correspondence players led to teams of ten by 1979.

Worcestershire Friendly matches

Worcestershire has played a number of friendly matches, but none since 1977. The earliest recorded county matches had fifty boards and were played against Warwickshire in the early part of the 1920s when Worcestershire lost against its much larger neighbour. During the 1940s and 1950s there were matches against The Braille Correspondence Chess Association, Cornwall, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and Surrey. There was a long series of matches against Lancashire starting 1959 with the last definite record of a match in 1971.

Worcestershire Correspondence honours

Worcestershire is one of few English counties in which a world chess champion was an active member of its association. Reg Bonham (1906-1984) attended Worcester College for the Blind (now RNIB Worcester College) as a pupil and returned as a teacher finishing his career as its head teacher. He was a strong over-the-board player and pre-eminent in correspondence chess. He was a prime mover in the formation of the International Braille Chess Association in 1951 and was its president until 1974. He was World Correspondence Chess champion in 1958 and won the International Braille Chess Association Correspondence World Championships six times between 1955 and 1963. Worcestershire teams have won national competitions. In 1979 Worcestershire II won the Brown-Pond trophy in Division 3 of the C&DCC tournament. In 1986 Worcestershire topped Division 2 winning the Sinclair trophy and most recently in 2004 the second team won Division 3 for the second time. In the days before everyone had a telephone let alone the internet, correspondence team captains will have had to be very organised to ensure scores were reported. The longest recorded term of office held by a Worcester CA "conductor for correspondence chess" was twenty years by RG (Graham) Bird for twenty years 1959-1979. Records are incomplete for the pre-war years, but it is likely that RE Jeffes also held the position for many years.

Sources for records

Worcestershire Chess Association has been fortunate in choice of officers and records of overall match results and team scores of some matches are available back to the late 1920s. Gaps in recent records have mostly been filled by using records generously copied for Worcestershire CA by John Knee (1974 to 2008) and Maurice Bissell (1989 to 1994). One mystery yet to be resolved is results for the 1993-4 C&DCC season for which the web editor has two different versions and another is whether the ECF Year Book is in error in not listing Worcestershire as winning the Brown-Pond trophy in 1977. Meanwhile any player who has team lists for any of the matches missing from these web pages, please contact Ray Collett.

 

Season Competition Team, Captain Result Scores
2019-20 C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas Worcs, Jim Keene in progress in progress
2018-9 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair Worcs, Jim Keene 3½/16 pts 8th/8, relegated
2017-8 C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
10/16 pts
6½/16 pts
2nd/11, promoted
6th/11
2016-7 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B
, Jim Keene
4½/16 pts
9/16 pts
9th/10, relegated
4th/9
2015-6 C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
11½/16 pts
5½/16 pts
2nd/11
9th/11
2014-5 C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
C&DCC Div 3 Butler Thomas
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
6½/16 pts
7/16 pts
9th/10
6th/10
2013-4 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
4½/16 pts
2/16 pts
16th=/20 relegated
20th/20 relegated
2012-3 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
4/20 pts
5½/16 pts
10th/10 relegated
8th/12
2011-2 no C&DCC competitions      
2010-1 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
no record partial results
only
2009-10 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
7/22 pts
3½/10
5th/5
4th/5
2008-9 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
no record no record
2007-8 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 3B Brown Pond
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
7/22 pts
2½/10 pts
5th/5, relegated
6-7th/8
2006-7
note 13
C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 3B Brown Pond
MCCU
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Tony West
Worcs C, Dave Bissell
11/22 pts
5/?10 pts
may not have run
3rd/5
8th/10
no record
2005-6
note 20
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
MCCU
Worcs A, Jim Keene
Worcs B, Jim Keene
Worcs C, Dave Bissell
6½/26 pts
6/16 pts
no record
12th/12
4th/4
no record
2004-5 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU (note 17)
Worcs A
Worcs B, Tony West
Worcs C, Dave Bissell
9/? pts
6/? pts
no report
11th/12
4th/4
no record
2003-4 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
MCCU Corres Ch
Worcs A, Gray
Worcs B, Gray
Worcs C, Dave Bissell
10/16 pts
6½/10 pts at May
9 pts/18 u7 to Apr
7th at May
1st
partial
2002-3 C&DCC Div 1 Ward Higgs
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
MCCU Corres (c)
Worcs A
Worcs B
Worcs C, David Bissell
11½/26
6½/16
11/32 pts
7-8th/14
4th/5
5th/6
2001-2
Note 16
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
Worcs I
Worcs II
12/26 pts
10/16 pts
9th/14
2nd/6
2000-1 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
Worcs I
Worcs II
8½/26 pts
9/16 pts
14th/14
2-4th/9
1999-2000 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
Worcs I
Worcs II
11/26 pts
7/16 pts
12th/14
5th/6
1998-9 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
Worcs I
Worcs II
12½/26 pts
9½20 pts
8th/14
4th/5
1997-8
note 7
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
Worcs I
Worcs II Capts not stated in minutes
12½/26 pts
9/20 pts
7th/14
4-5th/8
1996-7 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
13/28 pts
8½/20
11-12th/15
5th/8
1995-6 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU Div ?
Worcs, Charles Gray
Worcs, Charles Gray
Worcs, Eric Myers
13/30 pts
10½/20 pts
8/? pts
10-11th/16
5th/9
no report Sep
1994-5 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU (c)
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Eric Myers
12½/30 pts
7/20 pts
8/16 pts
12-13th/16
10th/12
9th/9
1993-4 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
14/30 pts
11/20 pts
9½/32 pts
9th/16
6th/14
7th/8
1992-3 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div ? Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
14/30 pts
11½/20 pts
2½/10 pts to Apr
9-11th/16
7th/15
no record
1991-2 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 4 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
15½/30 pts
9/20 pts
15/32 pts
?/16
?/16
6th/9
1990-1 C&DCC Div 1 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
18½/30 pts
9½/20 pts
15 pts +1adj to Jul
2nd/16
7-8th/12
4th/9 at Jul
1989-90 C&DCC Div ?Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Brown-Pond
MCCU (c)
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
17/30 pts pts
9½/20 pts
14½ pts
4th=/16
9th/16
6-7th/9
1988-9 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, Charles Gray
Worcs 2, Charles Gray
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
14½/30 pts
9/20 pts
9/20 pts
9th/16
10-11th/16
9th/9
1987-8 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 4 Brown Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, Alan Copeman
Worcs 2, Alan E Copeman
Worcs, Alan Ruffle
10/30 pts
10½/20 pts
15/32 pts
15th/16 relegated
4-5th/10
5th
1986-7 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, E Alan Copeman
Worcs 2, E Alan Copeman
Worcs, WW (Bill) Watson
15/30 pts
4½/20 pts
19½ pts
9th/16
11th/12 relegated
2nd
1985-6 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, E Alan Copeman
Worcs 2, E Alan Copeman
Worcs, WW (Bill) Watson
20½/30 pts
11½/20 pts
20½/? pts
1st/16 promoted
4th/16
3rd/8
1984-5 C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Butler Thomas
MCCU
Worcs 1, E Alan Copeman
Worcs 2, E Alan Copeman
Worcs, WW (Bill) Watson
16½/30 pts pts
12½/20 pts
15/? pts
5-7th/16
2nd/12 promoted
5-6th/8
1983-4
note 12
C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 4 Butler Thomas
MCCU
Friendly vs Sussex
Worcs, E Alan Copeman
Worcs, E Alan Copeman
Worcs, WW (Bill) Watson
Worcs, E Alan Copeman
15½/30 pts
10/20 pts
14/23 pts to Apr
12 boards no score
7th/16
7th/11
?/7 teams
.
1982-3
note 11
C&DCC Div 2 Sinclair
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs 1, E Alan Copeman
Worcs 2, E Alan Copeman
Worcs, Derek Digger
20½/30 pts
7½/20 pts
1½/8 + 3 adj + u5 to May
3rd/16
15-16th/16 relegated
in progress
1981-2 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs, K Morgan
Worcs, K Morgan
Worcstershire, Derek Digger
11 pts
9½ pts
3½/16 pts
15-16th/16 relegated
8th/16
not stated
1980-1
note 10
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Ponds
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, ER Cox
15/30 pts
13/20 pts
"half-way in the table"/16
2nd/15
1979-80
note 9
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
Worcs, L Heathcock
Worcs, ER Cox
15 pts
13 pts
7th
2nd
1978-9
note 8
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Worcs, R Graham Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
13/30 pts
15½/20 pts
no record
12th/16
1st
no record
1977-8 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, FR Dollin
12½/30 pts pts
12/20 pts
8½ pts
match not started
12th/16
3rd/13
3rd
.
1976-7
note 15
C&DCC Div 1Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, FR Dollin
16/30 pts
13/20 pts
8 pts
8 - 6 +4adj to Apr
5th/16
1st/12 (j)
3rd
.
1975-6 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire II
Worcs I, RG Bird
Worcs II, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, FR Dollin
15/30 pts
11½/20 pts
6½/16 pts
17½ - 21½
not stated
3rd/10
"bottom"
lost
1974-5
note 14
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs I, RG Bird
Worcs II, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, FR Dollin
13½/30 pts
12½/20 pts
4 pts + 3 adj
12 - 10 at Sept (2 adj)
11-12th/16
5th/16
"bottom"
.
1973-4
note 22
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs I, RG Bird
Worcs II, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, ER Cox

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.
.
.

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.
.
Won
1972-3
note 21
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs I RG Bird
Worcs II RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, ER Cox
no records
2nd
2nd
.
.
1971-2 C&DCC
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, ER Cox
.
"doing well"
+5 "doing badly"
no records
1970-1
note 5
C&DCC
C&DCC
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs I, RG Bird
.
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs, RG Bird
.
.
10pts
.
.
.
3rd
.
1969-70
note 4
C&DCC Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Brown-Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs I, RG Bird
Worcs II, RG Bird
Worcs, ER Cox
Worcs A, RG Bird
9/17 pts to May
5½/ 11 pts to May
6½/12 pts to Sep
6/9 pts to May
6th
2nd
4th
won 14½ - 13½
1968-9 C&DCC Div 1Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU (note 3)
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
6½/13 pts
6/9 pts
4/7 pts
5th
4th
2nd
1967-8 C&DCC Div 1Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire II
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
6/12 pts to May
3/4 pts to May
2/5
2½/9
3rd
4th
to May 1968
to May 1968
1966-7 C&DCC Div 1Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire II
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
5½/13 pts to May
1/5 pts to May
6/9 pts to May
10/12 pts to May
7th
12th
2nd
not stated
1965-6 C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
C&DCC Div 3 Brown-Pond
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire II
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
+4 =8 -4 to May
+5 =1 -3 to May
5+ 3= -1 to May
23 - 12
14½ pts, 8th/15
9½ pts, 11th/16
10½ pts, 1st/10
won
1964-5 CDCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
MCCU Div 1
MCCU Div 3
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
17 - 13
8½ - 5½ +2adj
8 pts
13½—13½
5th/16
.
14th/16
draw
1963-4 CDCC Div 2 Sinclair
MCCU Div 1
?MCCU Div 3
Friendly vs Lancashire II
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs
Worcstershire II, RG Bird
.
.
.
22½ - 26½
2nd
2nd
.
lost
1962-3
note 18
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
+2 =3 -3 to June
+0 =0 -2 to June
+13 =6 -14 to June
no record
no record
no record
1961-2
note 19
C&DCC Div 1 Ward-Higgs
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
+4 =3 -2 to June
+2 =1 -1 to June
25 - 16
8th/16
4th/ 8
won
1960-1 C&DCC Ward-Higgs
MCCU
Friendly vs Lancshire
Worcs, RE Jeffes (note 2)
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
.
9½ pts/16 (c)
14½ - 14½ (c)
.
2nd
drawn
1959-60 C&DCC Ward-Higgs
MCCU
Friendly vs Lincolnshire
Worcs, RE Jeffes
Worcs, RG Bird
Worcs, RG Bird
+8 =4 -8 u10
8½/16
4/7 u?
not recorded
3rd/6
to June 1960
1958-9 C&DCC Ward-Higgs
Friendly vs Lincolnshire A
Worcs, RE Jeffes
Worcs A RG Bird
+5 =3 -6 to May
20½ - 17½
7th
won
1957-8 C&DCC Div 2 (note 1)
Friendly vs Braille Corres CA II
Worcs, RE Jeffes
Worcs II
"not doing as well as
last year"
no records
1956-7 C&DCC Ward-Higgs
Friendly vs Lincolnshire II
Worcs, RE Jeffes
Worcstershire II
14½ - 8½ pts to June
9½ - 10½ pts to june
no records
1955-6 C&DCC
Friendly vs Staffordshire II
Worcs, RE Jeffes
Worcs II
(+7 =2 -4 to June) 17 pts final
14½ - 21½
10th/?
lost
1954-5
note 6
C&DCC Ward-Higgs
Friendly vs Braille Corres CA II
Worcs, RE Jeffes
Worcs, RE Jeffes
(+15 =9 -5) 19½ pts
17½ - 23½
5th/36
lost
1953-4 C&DCC Ward-Higgs
Friendly vs Staffordshire II
Worcs
Worcs II
20 pts, 15 bds
20½ - 20½
7th/?
drawn
1952-3 C&DCC
Friendly vs Braille Corres CA II
no record
Worcester II
no record
23½ - 15½
no record
won
1951-2 no information      
1950-1 C&DCC
Friendly vs Lancashire II
no record
Worcs II
no record
16½ - 31½
no record
lost
1949-50 C&DCC
Friendly Cornwall II
Friendly vs Braille Corres CA
Worcs
Worcs II
Worcs III
+14 =9 -7
12½ - 7½
8 - 8
6th/32
won
drawn
1948-9 C&DCC
Friendly vs Lancashire II
Worcs
Worcs II
7½/30 pts
8½ - 21½
6th/31
lost
1947-8 no information      
1946-7 C&DCC
Friendly vs Surrey
Friendly vs Staffordshire II
Worcs
Worcs
Worcs II
20/30 pts
15 - 15
9 - 11
3rd
drawn
lost
1945-6 C&DCC
Friendly vs Warwickshire
Worcs I
Worcs II
15/30 pts
21 - 29
16th
lost
1944-5 C&DCC
Friendly vs Lancashire
Worcs I
Worcs II
6½/20 pts
21½ - 18½
25th
won
1943-4 C&DCC Worcs 11½/20 pts 9th
1942-3 C&DCC Worcs 10½/20 pts 11th
1941-2 C&DCC Worcs 10/20 pts 11th
1940-1 C&DCC Worcs 14/20 pts 1-4th
On tie-break 4th
1939-40 C&DCC Worcs 12½/30 pts 5th
1938-9 C&DCC Worcs 12/30 pts 12th
1937-8 C&DCC Worcs 18½/30 pts 4th
1936-7 C&DCC Worcs 18½/30 pts 3rd
1935-6 C&DCC Worcs 20½/30 pts 3rd
1934-5 C&DCC Worcs 16/30 pts 7th
1933-4 C&DCC Worcs 15½/30 pts 13th
1932-3 C&DCC Worcs 17½/30 pts 6th
1931-2 C&DCC Worcs 17/30 pts 6th
1930-1 C&DCC Worcs 15½/30 pts 12th
1929-30 C&DCC Worcs 15/30 pts not recorded
1928-9 C&DCC Worcs 17/36 pts 12th
1927-8 C&DCC Worcs 13/30 pts 14th
1926-7 C&DCC Worcs 11/30 pts 15th
1925-6 C&DCC Worcs 14/30 pts 15th
1924-5 C&DCC Worcs 17/32 pts 6th
1923-4 C&DCC
Friendly vs Warwckshire
Worcs I
Worcs II
15/30 pts
21 - 32
8th
lost
1922-3 C&DCC
Friendly vs Warwckshire
Worcs I
Worcs II
17½/30 pts
23½ - 33½
3rd
lost
         
Notes
note 1 EC minutes 9 Oct 1958. "The disqualification of R.W. Bonham in the Ward-Higgs competition, for lack of a B.C.F. Registration scheme qualification, had resulted in Worcs being placed in the new Second Division. ... the meeting agreed with acclamation the call to win Division II and secure promotion". A later minute reports that the MCCU had created a corres competition, but Worcs decided not to enter this [1958-9] year.(b)
note 2 AGM held 18 May 1968 noted that RE Jeffes was no longer listed as a vice-president having died presumably beween then and the previous AGM. (b)
note 3 EC held 2 October 1968 stated Mr Bird was experiencing difficulties in recruiting because of increase in price of postage to 5p, and he recommended withdrawal from MCCU, but the EC wrote asking him to continue that team. It also congratulated Mr Bird on his appointment as general conductor for the C&DCC competitions. (b)
note 4 EC held 29 Sep 1970 congratuted RW Bonham on his MBE award. The EC meeting held 22 May 1971 heard the MCCU was considering raising team size to 20 boards. (b)
note 5 EC held 18 May 1971 stated Mr Bird will soon be moving from Worc and he feared increased postal charges will make it difficult to find players. At the AGM on 22 May1971 it was noted that the postal strike meant there were few results.(b)
note 6 AGM held 11 June 1955. EC agreed to support proposal from Bedfordshire that Ward-Higgs competition should be split into two divisions. (b)
note 7 Secretary's annual report stated Ward-Higgs competition in 1997-8 would have fewer teams and each team fewer players (b)
note 8 EC held 23 Apr 1979 decided to discontinue attempts to organise a Lancs friendly match initiated in Apr 1978. (b)
note 9 EC held 19 Sep reported RG Bird had resigned at end of 1978-9 season and the AGM held 17 May 1980 recorded a tribute to him for 20 years as C&DCC captain and that PJ Oakley won the best corres game prize in C&DCC. There was no MCCU correspondence team in 1979-80. (b)
note 10 EC held 9 April 1981 and AGM held 16 May 1981 stated there was no MCCU team and the EC held on 9 April 1980 heard that the MCCU tournament "had not got off the ground". (b)
note 11 AGM held 21 May 1983 notes RW Bonham had been awarded the Golden Needle by the International Braille Chess Association (b)
note 12 EC held 27 September 1983 heard that players in the MCCU match would have pair of games rather than a single game. EC held 26 April 1984 reported that RW Bonham had died.(b)
note 13 Minutes of the AGM of MCCU held on 24 June 2007 stated that there had been no communication with the competition's controller and the team competition had not run in 2006-7. The same minutes stated that a volunteer had been found to run 2007-8 correspondence events for the MCCU. (b)
note 14
Controller Avison wrote that GF Harris (Worcs) was awarded the best game prize in Division 1.(b). At the EC held on 18 September 1974, it was stated that Lancashire wanted to reduce the number of boards for the annual friendly from over 60 match to 40 and heard that ER Cox had taken responsibility for running the MCCU correspondence tournament. "Mr Widdows [was congratulated] on his victory over PC Gibbs in a correspondence game. Mr Widdows had stepped in at the last minute to take top board in the Vale Men team and had beaten his illustrious opponent in a remarkable game". At an EC held on 23 April 1975, "Mr Dollin ... asked members to considerthe whole question of postal chess in view of the great rise in postal charges" and it was suggested players should have two, rather than a single game againsttheir opponent. At the EC held 17 September 1975, Hagley were congratulated for winning the Division II Postal Chess League.
note 15 The ECF Year Book listed Wiltshire as winners in 1977, but the score sheet from John Knee - presumably sent by the RG Bird to his team - states 1st. The following year the captain reported that the team had failed to retain the trophy. (b)
note 16 Jeff Heath (Redditch) scored 4/9 and was placed 6th/10 in the MCCUCounties Correspondence Individual Championship (c)
note 17 MCCU Middlegame reported that consultation about email rules had not taken place and the AGM suggested the BCF rules be adopted for union cometitions. Vol 1 issue 20 (Jan 2006) reported there was no individual competition "last year" and implies no team tournament since it it was not listed as an MCCU activity. (c)
note 18 Report from the captain noted that there were 80 Worcestershire players in all three matches (c)
note 19 Report from the captain noted that there were 72 Worcestershire players in all three matches (c)
note 20 John Philpott’s blog stated that the Butler Thomas competition was reintroduced in 2005-6 as an experimental ten-board competition by e-mail, while the sister Brown Pond ten-board competition was played by post.
note 21 An EC meeting held 11 April 1973 reported the MCCU team tournament had four entries only and had started late. There were10 more boards than before in the friendly match against Lancashire and there were plans to organise a correspondence match for junior players.
note 22 The AGM held on 27 April 1974 heard that 67 boards were being played in the match against Lancashire.
   
Sources
a BCF and ECF Yearbooks
b WCA handwritten team lists, typescript records, and minutes of business meetings.
c MCCU archived Newsletters and results supplements from MCCU website.
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