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Last updated 14 April 2022

League News: Redditch top Div 1, Longbridge Div 2

6 Apr. Halesowen had to withdraw from the competition because their venue is being refurbished. The controller has ruled that games in completed matches will be rated, but match results are void for division 1.
23 Mar. Longbridge 2 make ceratin of winning Division 2 with an away win against nearest rivals Kidderminster 2.

9 Feb. Owing to the withdrawal of Longbridge 1 with fewer that half of their fixtures completed, the team was removed from the Division 1 table and the result of the one match played were excluded from Division 1. Games played in that match will be rated.

30 Dec Steve Crees reports. Longbridge have had to withdraw their team from Division 1 because of unforeseen circumstances.

1 Dec. Redditch have new venue at Alvechurch and Hopwood Cricket Club.

28 Oct. Redditch may have to use a temporary venue while the Alvechurch Sports & Social Club is refurbished.

30 Sep. At Worcester’s EGM it was agreed to invite Droitwich players to contribute to its league teams and that Worcester’s Division 2 team would be called "Worcester & Droitwich", captained by Ray Collett and normally playing its home matches at Worcester.

22 Sep. League teams square up. Division 1 comprises five teams: Halesowen, Kidderminster, Longbridge, Malvern, Redditch and Worcester City. Division 2 has 5 teams: Kidderminster, Longbridge, Redditch, Stourbridge and Worcester City.

16 Sep. The league’s Inaugural League match in memory of Nick Harris featured teams led by captains from Worcester City and Stourbridge, the two clubs Nick has played with in recent seasons. The visiting team, Stourbridge All Stars, beat Worcester All Stars 3-2.

14 Sep. Temporary joint league formed. General meetings of Worcestershire CA and Worcester & District Chess League agreed to form a temporary joint league for the 2021-2 season because many players are reluctant to travel to matches while the Covid-19 epidemic was still raging. The officials of the temporary joint league are Paul Sharratt (General secretary, grading officer, safeguarding lead). A panel for resolving disputes was appointed: Secretary W&DCL, Andrew Farthing; President WCA, Ray Collett; Brian Turner and Stephen Woodhouse.

 

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2021-2 Division 1 Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Redditch 1 6 5 0 1 17½ 12½ 10
Worcester City 6 3 0 3 15 15 6
Kidderminster 1 6 1 2 3 14½ 15½ 4
Malvern 6 1 2 3 13 17 4
Halesowen entered and played 4 matches, but thier venue became unavailable because of refurbishment and they had to withdarw from the competition on 6 April. See results below Division 1 matches.
Longbridge 1 entered and played one match before having to withdraw. Games were rated, but having completed fewer than half of their fixtures the match result was excluded from the table above. See results in that match below other matches played in Division 1.

 

 

Division 1 News

6 Apr. Halesowen have to shut up shop because their venue is being refurbished and have withdrawn from their remaining matches. The controller ruled that games in Halesowen’s completed matches would be rated, but match results should not be included in the Division 1 table.

31 Mar. Worcester City beat Malvern in Div 1.

16 Mar. Kidderminster and Malvern draw their match.

3 Mar. Redditch extend their lead with an away win against Worcester to make certain of the 2021-2 league title.

1 Mar. Malvern are on a roll with an away win against Halesowen to edge above Worcester.

18 Feb. Malvern gain their first match victory with a win against Worcester.

16 Feb. Redditch go further ahead with a win against Kidderminster

8 Feb. Redditch go into sole lead with a convincing win playing away at Halesowen.

2 Feb. Kidderminster get a home win against Halesowen.

28 Jan. Malvern got their first match pont of the season with a home draw against Kidderminster.

12 Jan. Redditch, at home, beat Malvern to nudge Worcester from the top of the table.

6 Jan. Worcester start the new year with a home win against Kidderminster

30 Dec. Longbridge 1 withdrew from the Division 1.

21 Dec. Halesowen and Worcester postpone their pre-Christmas match.

15 Dec. Kidderminster score their first win beating Redditch at home.

1 Dec. Kidderminster has also postponed its next match.

24 Nov. Malvern have had to postpone their pre-Christmas fixtures.

18 Nov. Worcester, at home beat Longbridge.

12 Nov. Redditch beat Malvern to stride ahead of Worcester.

9 Nov. Halesowen beat Kidderminster

3 Nov. Worcester get their first win of the season at Kidderminster

20 Oct. In the first Division 1 match of the season, Redditch beat Worcester.

 

2021-2 Fixtures Division 1

Fixtures start 7:30pm. Scores in the results column link to full match card. Owing to unforseen circumstances, Longbridge 1 withdrew from the division after playing a single match, the result of which is not counted in the league table. Games played in the match against Worcester were rated. Halesowen also had to withdraw, but late in the season because their venue was being refurbished. Games played in matches with this team were rated, but the match results are not included in the Division 1 table.

2021 Dates Division 1 Fixtures Result
Wed 20 Oct Redditch 1 - Worcester City 3½ - 1½
Wed 3 Nov Kiddermister 1 - Worcester City 2 - 3
Fri 12 Nov Malvern - Redditch 1 2 - 3
Thu 18 Nov Worcester City - Longbridge 1 X 3 - 2
Wed 15 Dec Kiddermister 1 - Redditch 1 4 - 1
2022 Dates    
Thu 6 Jan Longbridge 1 - Redditch 1 X
Thu 6 Jan Worcester City - Kidderminster 1 3 - 2
Wed 12 Jan Redditch 1 - Malvern 3½ - 1½
Fri 28 Jan Malvern - Kidderminster 1 2½ - 2½
Thu 3 Feb Longbridge 1 - Worcester City X
Tue 8 Feb Halesowen - Redditch 1 X 1 - 4
Wed 16 Feb Redditch 1 - Kidderminster 1 3½ - 1½
Fri 18 Feb Malvern - Worcester City 3 - 2
Wed 23 Feb Redditch 1 - Longbridge 1 X
Tue 1 Mar Halesowen - Malvern X 1½ - 3½
Thu 3 Mar Worcester City - Redditch 1 2 - 3
Fri 11 Mar Malvern - Longbridge 1 X
Tue 15 Mar Halesowen - Longbridge 1 X
Wed 16 Mar Kidderminster 1 - Malvern 2½ - 2½
Thu 31 Mar Worcester City - Malvern 3½ - 1½
Thu 7 Apr Worcester City - Halesowen X
Thu 7 Apr Longbridge 1 - Malvern X
Thu 14 Apr Longbridge 1 - Halesowen X
Fri 15 Apr Easter  
Thu 21 Apr Longbridge 1 - Kidderminster 1 X
Fri 22 Apr Malvern - Halesowen X
Wed 27 Apr Kidderminster 1 - Longbridge 1 X
Wed 27 Apr Redditch 1 - Halesowen X
Tue 10 May Halesowen - Worcester City X
  Rated matches  
Tue 9 Nov ‡ Halesowen - Kidderminster 1 3 - 2
Thu 18 Nov † Worcester City - Longbridge 1 3 - 2
Wed 2 Feb ‡ Kidderminster 1 - Halesowen 3½ - 1½
Tue 8 Feb ‡ Halesowen - Redditch 1 1 - 4
Tue 1 Mar ‡ Halesowen - Malvern 1½ - 3½
† Longbridge 1 had to withdraw after playing this match
‡ Halesowen had to withdraw late in the season because their venue was being refurbished.

 

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Division 2: 2021-2

2021-2 Division 2 Table

Most fixtures start 7:30pm. Scores in the results column link to full match card

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Longbridge 2 8 5 2 1 19½ 12½ 12
Redditch 2 8 4 1 3 13½ 18½ 9
Kidderminster 2 8 2 3 3 17 15 7
Stourbridge 8 2 2 4 15½ 16½ 6
Worcester & Droitwich 8 2 2 4 14½ 17½ 6

 

Division 2 News

13 Apr. Redditch completed the division’s fixtures with a win against Stourbridge.

31 Mar. Longbridge beat Kidderminster at home further increasing their lead.

23 Mar. Redditch beat Worcester and Droitwich: Longbridge beat Kidderminster. Worcester and Droitwich have completed their fixtures with only two matches to complete the season. Longbridge cannot now be reached by Kidderminster, Stourbridge or Redditch

2 Mar. Kidderminster climb above Worcester & Droitwich and Stourbridge drawing with Redditch.

10 Feb. Worcester and Droitwich lost to Longbridge making Longbridge leaders of the pack.

9 Feb. Kidderminster drew with Stourbridge to make a four clubs on 6 points and a pile up at the top.

27 Jan. Longbridge beat Redditch and join Worcester & Droitwich at the top with 6 match points each, but Longbridge have a game in hand.

19 Jan. Worcester & Droitwich lost to a youthful Kidderminster team led by Joe Friar, while Stourbridge leap into second place with a draw against Longbridge. The Division 2 tussle is beginning to look very interesting with the top two teams having fewer board wins than losses or fewer match wins.

13 Jan. Bottom-of-table Redditch have a shock away win against division leaders Worcester. Redditch are now mid-table.

9 Dec. Worcester & Droitwich beat Stourbridge to confirm their top-of-the-table position.

8 Dec. Stourbridge beat Kidderminster to join Worc & Droit at the top of the table.

25 Nov. Kidderminster whitwashed Redditch while Longbridge drew with Worcester & Droitwich

17 Nov. Redditch beat Stourbridge.

10 Nov. Another evening with two fixtures. Longbridge beat Redditch and Worcester & Droitwich go top with an away win over Stourbridge.

28 Oct. Stourbridge beat Longbridge and Worcester & Droitwich drew with Kidderminster to start the season in Division 2.

28 Oct. Redditch may need to use alternative venues because of refurbishment of Alvechurch Sports & Social Club

2021-2 Fixtures Division 2

Scores in the results column link to full match card

2021 Dates Division 2 Fixture Result
Thu 28 Oct Longbridge 2 - Stourbridge 1 - 3
Thu 28 Oct Worcester & Droitwich - Kidderminster 2 2 - 2
Wed 10 Nov Redditch 2 - Longbridge 2 ½ - 3½
Wed 10 Nov Stourbridge - Worcester & Droitwich 1½ - 2½
Wed 17 Nov Stourbridge - Redditch 2 1½ - 2½
Wed 24 Nov Kidderminster 2 - Redditch 2 4 - 0
Thu 25 Nov Longbridge 2 - Worcester & Droitwich 2 - 2
Wed 8 Dec Stourbridge - Kidderminster 2 3 - 1
Thu 9 Dec Worcester & Droitwich - Stourbridge 2½ - 1½
2022 Dates    
Thu 13 Jan Worcester & Droitwich - Redditch 2 1½ - 2½
Wed 19 Jan Stourbridge - Longbridge 2 2 - 2
Wed 19 Jan Kidderminster 2 - Worcester & Droitwich 3 - 1
Thu 27 Jan Longbridge 2 - Redditch 2 3½ - ½
Wed 9 Feb Kidderminster 2 - Stourbridge 2 - 2
Thu 10 Feb Worcester & Droitwich - Longbridge 2 1½ - 2½
Wed 2 Mar Redditch 2 Kidderminster 2 2 - 2
Wed 23 Mar Redditch 2 - Worcester & Droitwich 2½ - 1½
Wed 23 Mar Kidderminster 2- Longbridge 2 1½ - 2½
Thu 31 Mar Longbridge 2 - Kidderminster 2 2½ - 1½
Wed 13 Apr Redditch 2 - Stourbridge 3 - 1
Fri 15 Apr Easter Friday  

 

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