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League tables and fixtures 2023-4

General league news

First league fixtures in 2023-4 season

3 Jan 2024. Two matches in the first encounters of the New Year in the Championsip and Rapidplay Leagues.

7 Sep 2023. Stourbridge in the Challengers League and Worcester in the District League had the first match wins of the season.

League team competitions

5 Sep 2023. The controller considers that pleminary ratings, P category, are unreliable and an estimated rating for league play should be agreed by secretaries with the controller for Worcestershire League play in the 2023-4 season for players on rating-limited boards. The controller has also written to captains: "Please note also, in respect of using players out of strict descending order of rating in matches, a tolerance of 75 rating points is the acceptable limit."

1 Sep 2023. The Championship League hss the same teams as last year. Kidderminster have dropped out of the Challengers League and put a team in the District League instead. The Rapidplay league has one extra entry from Longbridge. Longbridge and Worcester play the 45+30 time contol at home matches in the Championship League and Longbridge starts home matches at 7:15pm..

19 July 2023. The annual meeting of the association decided to continue the structure for the leagues used for the 2022-3 season. The ad hoc agreement by captains last season to restrict the District League to players rated below 1650 was formalised and carried into the new season.

 

 

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19 Feb 2024. Kidderminster beat Halesowen halting their surge and putting Kidderminster into third place.

15 Feb 2024. Longbridge stumbled in their pursuit of Malvern. They drew at home with bottom-of-table Worcester.

31 Jan 2024. Longbridge continued their 100% match record, beating Kidderminster.

29 Jan 2024. Although Worcester fielded its highest rated team this season, they went down to Halesowen who go one place up in the table above Kidderminster.

24 Jan 2024. Longbridge smash Redditch in their away fixture to jump to second place in the table. The two leaders have yet to play and the league title may well depend on the result of the last championship match this season

17 Jan 2024. Malvern beat Halesowen away to re-confirm Malvern’s position at the top of the table.

3 Jan 2024. In the first match of the new year, Halesowen beat Redditch

20 Dec2023. Redditch drew with Kiddermister leaving team positions in the table unchanged.

6 Dec 2023. Malvern beat Kidderminster putting them further ahead in the title race.

30 Nov 2023. Worcester went down at home playing Redditch putting Redditch third in the league table.

26 Nov 2023. Malvern beat Redditch and Mlavern put distance between themselves and second-placed Kidderminster.

15 Nov 2023. Halesowen suffered a second defeat, this time at the hands of Kidderminster who leap up to second place i the table.

2 Nov 2023. Worcester scored their first match point in a home draw with Malvern.

26 Oct 2023. Malvern had a convincing away victory against Kidderminster

19 Oct 2023. Two matches tonight. Halesowen travelled to Worcester and won a hard fought match. Meanwhie Longbridge, in a home match, defeated Kidderminster.

11 Oct 2023. Kidderminster score a home win against Worcester

13 Sep 2023. First match results in a victory for Redditch.

5 Sep 2023. The controller considers that August 2023 P category ratings (preliminary) are unreliable and an estimated rating for WCA league events will be agreed with captains and secretaries for such players. Where a player has a reliable standard rapid otb rating, the estimated value for Worcestershire Champiuonship League play will be set to the rapid play rating. The controller has also written to captains: "Please note also, in respect of using players out of strict descending order of rating in matches, a tolerance of 75 rating points is the acceptable limit."

1 Sep 2023. The same teams as last season compete. Most fixtures start at 7:30pm, but please note that Longbridge home matches start at 7:15pm and Worcester’s home games will use the shorter playing session.

19 Jul 2023. Teams have five boards and the time control is 60 min + 30sec or 45 min + 30 sec if a there is a shorter period of play requested by the home club. Teams play home and away.

Championship League Table 2023-4

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Malvern 6 5 1 0 18½ 11½ 11
Longbridge 5 4 1 0 17 8 9
Kidderminster 9 3 1 5 20½ 24½ 7
Halesowen 7 3 0 4 18½ 16½ 6
Redditch 7 2 1 4 14½ 20½ 5
Worcester City 6 0 2 4 11 19 2
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Championship League Fixtures

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Dates Home team Score Away team
Wed 13th Sep 2023 Kidderminster 2 - 3 Redditch
Wed 11th Oct 2023 Kidderminster 3½ - 1½ Worcester City
Thu 12th Oct 2023 Longbridge 3½ - 1½ Redditch
Thu 19th Oct 2023 Longbridge 3 - 2 Kidderminster
Thu 19th Oct 2023 Worcester City 2 - 3 Halesowen
Wed 25th Oct 2023 Kidderminster 1 - 4 Malvern
Thu 2nd Nov 2023 Worcester City 2½ - 2½ Malvern
Fri 10th Nov 2023 Malvern 3 - 2 Halesowen
Wed 15th Nov 2023 Kidderminster 3 - 2 Halesowen
Fri 24th Nov 2023 Malvern 3 - 2 Redditch
Thu 30th Nov 2023 Worcester City 1½ - 3½ Redditch
Fri 8th Dec 2023 Malvern 3 - 2 Kidderminster
Wed 20th Dec 2023 Redditch 2½ - 2½ Kidderminster
Wed 3rd Jan 2024 Redditch 1½ - 3½ Halesowen
Mon 15th Jan 2024 Halesowen 2 - 3 Malvern
Wed 24th Jan 2024 Redditch ½ - 4½ Longbridge
Mon 29th Jan 2024 Halesowen 4 - 1 Worcester City
Wed 31st Jan 2024 Kidderminster 1½ - 3½ Longbridge
Thu 15th Feb 2024 Longbridge 2½ - 2½ Worcester City
Mon 19th Feb 2024 Halesowen 2 - 3 Kidderminster
Fri 23rd Feb 2024 Malvern   Longbridge
Wed 28th Feb 2024 Redditch   Worcester City
Thu 29th Feb 2024 Longbridge   Halesowen
Fri 8th Mar 2024 Malvern   Worcester City
Wed 10th Apr 2024 Redditch   Malvern
Thu 11th Apr 2024 Worcester City   Kidderminster
Mon 22nd Apr 2024 Halesowen   Longbridge
Thu 25th Apr 2024 Worcester City   Longbridge
Mon 29th Apr 2024 Halesowen   Redditch
Thu 2nd May 2024 Longbridge   Malvern
Club secretaries and team captains. Halesowen, capt John Edge; Kidderminster, capt Joe Friar; Longbridge, capt Stephen Woodhouse; Malvern, capt Brian Turner; Redditch, capt Dan Lambourne; Worcester, capt Rob Sutton.

 

 

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9 Feb 2024. Malvern confirm their lead of the division with a smashing win over a three-board Redditch team.

31 Jan 2024. Malvern beat Strourbridge and go to the top of the table to displace Longbridge.

13 Jan 2024. Malvern beat Worcester to take Malvern off the bottom of the table.

10 Jan 2024. Redditch and Longbridge drew and Longbridge head the table on game points.

14 Dec 2023. Longbridge and Malvern drew their match

7 Dec 2023. Playing away, Redditch beat leaders Worcester Rooks.

2 Nov 2023. Longbridge beat Redditch and jump to second place.

28 Sep 2023. Worcester Rook achieved their second victory, this time away, at Longbridge.

21 Sep 2023. Worcester Rooks under new captaion Scott Oxtoby beat Stourbridge.

7 Sep 2023. In the first match, Stourbridge beat Longbridge.

5 Sep 2023. The controller considers that August 2023 P category ratings (preliminary) are unreliable and an estimated rating for WCA league events will be agreed with captains and secretaries. Where a player has a reliable standard rapid otb rating, the estimated value for Worcestershire Champiuonship League play will be set to the rapid play rating. The controller has also written to captains: "Please note also, in respect of using players out of strict descending order of rating in matches, a tolerance of 75 rating points is the acceptable limit."

1 Sep 2023. Five teams compete, Kidderminster having dropped out for this season: Longbridge, Malvern, Redditch, Sourbridge and Worcester. Most fixtures start at 7:30pm, but please note that Longbridge home matches start at 7:15pm. Teams play each other home and away. Worcester’s home matches will use the shorter playing session.

19 Jul 2023. The annual meeting agreed to continue last season’s rating restriction on board 1 on which players shall be rated below 1850 in the Challengers' League. A player of any rating may play on board 1. Teams have four boards and the time control is 45 min + 30sec or 60 min + 30 sec with duration of the session deterimed by the home club.

Challengers' League table 2023-4

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Malvern 2 4 3 1 0 11½ 4½ 7
Longbridge 2 5 1 2 2 10 10 4
Worcester Rooks 4 2 0 2 9 7 4
Redditch 2 4 1 1 2 10½ 3
Stourbridge 1 3 1 0 2 4 8 2

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Challengers' League fixtures 2023-4

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Dates Home team Score Away team
Thu 7th Sep 2023 Longbridge 2 1½ - 2½ Stourbridge 1
Wed 20th Sep 2023 Redditch 2   Stourbridge 1
Thu 21st Sep 2023 Worcester Rooks 3½ - ½ Stourbridge 1
Thu 28th Sep 2023 Longbridge 2 1½ - 2½ Worcester Rooks
Thu 2nd Nov 2023 Longbridge 2 3 - 1 Redditch 2
Thu 7th Dec 2023 Worcester Rooks 1½ - 2½ Redditch 2
Thu 14th Dec 2023 Longbridge 2 2 - 2 Malvern 2
Wed 10th Jan 2024 Redditch 2 2 - 2 Longbridge 2
Fri 12th Jan 2024 Malvern 2 2½ - 1½ Worcester Rooks
Wed 31st Jan 2024 Stourbridge 1 1 - 3 Malvern 2
Fri 9th Feb 2024 Malvern 2 4 - 0 Redditch 2
Thu 29th Feb 2024 Worcester Rooks   Malvern 2
Fri 15th Mar 2024 Malvern 2   Longbridge 2
Fri 22nd Mar 2024 Malvern 2   Stourbridge 1
Wed 3rd Apr 2024 Redditch 2   Malvern 2
Thu 4th Apr 2024 Worcester Rooks   Longbridge 2
Wed 17th Apr 2024 Redditch 2   Worcester Rooks
Wed 24th Apr 2024 Stourbridge 1   Redditch 2
Wed 8th May 2024 Stourbridge 1   Longbridge 2
Wed 22nd May 2024 Stourbridge 1 NEW Worcester Rooks
       

Secretaries and team captains. Kidderminster, secy David Waud, capt Terry Pountney; Longbridge, secy & capt Steve Crees; Malvern, secy Brian Turner, capt John Knee (tel 01684 565 378); Redditch, secy Dan Lambourne, capt David Smith; Worcester secy, Ray Collett (tel 01905 454 754), capt Scott Oxtoby.

 

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Worcester & District League

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10 Jan 2024. Redditch beat Worcester Bishops in the first match of District League in 2024 to move above their opponents into second position in the table.

20 Dec 2023. Kidderminster whitewashed Redditch, putting the Kidderminster team. Worcester Bishops still have a mathematical chance to overtale Kidderminster, but the odds for Kiddrminster winning the league must be high. Kidderminster need only one more win to clinch the title.

23 Nov 2023. Longbridge drew at home with Redditch.

22 Nov 2023. Kidderminster, in a home match, thrashed Worcester Bishops but team positions remain the same.

26 Oct 2023. Redditch and Worcester drew their match and Kidderminster remain in the lead.

19 Oct 2023. Kidderminster notch up another win, this time playing away against Longbridge to go top of the table.

10 Sep 2023. Kidderminster beat Redditch and at the end of the evening all teams have played one match and Worcester Bishops lead by a nose.

7 Sep 2023. Worcester make a good start to defend their title with a win against Longbridge.

5 Sep 2023. The controller has confirmed that August 2023 P category ratings (preliminary) are unreliable and an estimated rating for WCA league events will be agreed with captains and secretaries. Where a player has a reliable rapidplay otb rating, the estimated value for Worcestershire Championship League play will be set to the rapid play rating. The controller has also written to captains: "Please note also, in respect of using players out of strict descending order of rating in matches, a tolerance of 75 rating points is the acceptable limit."

1 Sep 2023. Four teams entered: Kidderminster, Longbridge, Redditch and Worcester. Teams play each other home and away with most starting at 7:30 pm. Longbridge home fixtures start at 7:15 pm.

19 Jul 2023. The annual meeting confirmed that last season's informal agreement by captains will be continued into 2023-4 season and the rules were amended. All players must have a reliable standardplay rating below 1650 in the ECF August 2023 rating list or an assigned estimated rating for WCA league play below 1650. Teams have 4 players and the time control is 45 min + 30 sec.

Worcester & District League table 2023-4

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Kidderminster 2 4 4 0 0 13 3 8
Redditch 3 5 0 2 2 8 12 4
Worcester Bishops 4 1 1 2 7 9 3
Longbridge 3 3 0 0 2 4 8 1

Team captains. Longbridge, Steve Crees; Redditch, Giles Stanton; Worcester, Aiden Griffiths/Andy Gilhooly.

Worcester & District League fixtures 2023-4

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Dates Home team Result Away team
Thu 7th Sep 2023 Worcester Bishops 3 - 1 Longbridge 3
Wed 13th Sep 2023 Kidderminster 2 2½ - 1½ Redditch 3
Thu 19th Oct 2023 Longbridge 3 1 - 3 Kidderminster 2
Thu 26th Oct 2023 Worcester Bishops 2 - 2 Redditch 3
Wed 22nd Nov 2023 Kidderminster 2 3½ - ½ Worcester Bishops
Thu 23rd Nov 2023 Longbridge 3 2 - 2 Redditch 3
Wed 20th Dec 2023 Redditch 3 0 - 4 Kidderminster 2
Wed 10th Jan 2024 Redditch 3 2½ - 1½ Worcester Bishops
Thu 7th Mar 2024 Longbridge 3   Worcester Bishops
Wed 13th Mar 2024 Kidderminster 2   Longbridge 3
Thu 21st Mar 2024 Worcester Bishops   Kidderminster 2
Wed 10th Apr 2024 Redditch 3   Longbridge 3
       

 

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Worcestershire Rapidplay League

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8 Feb 2024. Longbridge thrashed Stourbridge and go to the top of the table, displacing Worcester Knights.

25 Jan 2024. Worcester Knights won the first leg easily, but Kidderminster fought back to draw the second leg. Worcester displace Longbridge from the head of the table. The match on 7 March looks crucial for both Longbridge and Worcester.

3 Jan 2024. Redditch and Longbridge won a match each in their New Year fixture. Longbridge now head the table, a match point ahead of Worcester Knights.

28 Nov 2023. Stourbridge and Kidderminster met with both teams winning one match, but Kidderminster had the larger aggregate.

16 Nov 2023. Worcester Knights, playing away, had an emphatic win against Stourbridge to displace Longbridge from the top of the table.

5 Oct 2023. Worcester Knights drew the first leg and won the second against Redditch.

21 Sep 2023. Longbridge drew with Kidderminster.

14 Sep 2023. In the first rapidplay match Longbridge beat Worcester.

5 Sep 2023. The controller has confirmed that August 2023 P category ratings (preliminary) are unreliable and an estimated rating for WCA league events will be agreed with captains and secretaries. Where a player does not have a reliable rapid otb rating, the estimated value for Worcestershire Championship League play will be set to the standard play rating. The controller has also written to captains: "Please note also, in respect of using players out of strict descending order of rating in matches, a tolerance of 75 rating points is the acceptable limit."

1 Sep 2023. Four teams entered: Kidderminster, Longbridge, Redditch and Worcester. Teams have fixtures with each other home and away (a total of 4 rapidplay matches). Most fixtures start at 7:30pm, but plaesenote that Logbridge home matches start at 7:15pm.

19 Jul 2023. Teams have four players. Players on boards 2, 3, and 4 must have an August 2023 rapidplay K category rating below 1850 or an approved estimated rating below that value. The time control is 20 min + 10 sec. The two matches of a fixture are played on the same night and scored separately with the away team having white on odd numbered boards in the first leg of the fixture.

Worcestershire Rapidplay League table 2023-4

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Match
Points
Longbridge 4 8 5 2 1 21 11 12
Worcester Knights 8 4 2 2 20 12 10
Kidderminster 3 6 1 3 2 11 13 5
Redditch 4 4 1 1 2 7 9 3
Stourbridge 2 6 1 0 5 5 19 2

Secretaries and team captains. Kidderminster, capt Dave Spowart; Redditch, capt,David Smith; Stourbridge capt Paul Sharratt; Worcester, capt Chris Lee.

Worcestershire Rapidplay League fixtures 2023-4

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2022 Dates Home team Score 1 Score 2 Away team
Thu 14th Sep 2023 Longbridge 4 3 - 1 3 - 1 Worcester Knights
Wed 20th Sep 2023 Kidderminster 3 2 - 2 2 - 2 Longbridge 4
Thu 5th Oct 2023 Worcester Knights 2 - 2 3½ - ½ Redditch 4
Wed 15th Nov 2023 Stourbridge 2 ½ - 3½ 1 - 3 Worcester Knights
Wed 29th Nov 2023 Stourbridge 2 2½ - 1½ ½ - 3½ Kidderminster 3
Wed 3rd Jan 2024 Redditch 4 1½ - 2½ 3 - 1 Longbridge 4
Thu 25th Jan 2024 Worcester Knights 4 - 0 2 - 2 Kidderminster 3
Thu 8th Feb 2024 Longbridge 4 4 - 0 3½ - ½ Stourbridge 2
Wed 21st Feb 2024 Kidderminster 3     Redditch 4
Thu 22nd Feb 2024 Worcester Knights     Stourbridge 2
Wed 6th Mar 2024 Stourbridge 2     Redditch 4
Thu 7th Mar 2024 Longbridge 4     Kidderminster 3
Wed 13th Mar 2024 Redditch 4     Worcester Knights
Wed 20th Mar 2024 Redditch 4     Kidderminster 3
Wed 27th Mar 2024 Kidderminster 3     Worcester Knights
Thu 28th Mar 2024 Longbridge 4     Redditch 4
Wed 10th Apr 2024 Stourbridge 2     Longbridge 4
Wed 17th Apr 2024 Redditch 4     Stourbridge 2
Thu 18th Apr 2024 Worcester Knights     Longbridge 4
Wed 15th May 2024 Kidderminster 3     Stourbridge 2
         

Notes: * Extra boards not counting for the leage were played as rated friendly games.

 

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19 Jul. Ray Collett was asked to invite teams to compete and act as controller for this tournament. This team handicap tournament has teams of four players who must have K or A category August 2023 standardplay ratings. The time control is 45 min + 30 sec.

Wheatley Cup 2023-4

Date Stage Home Team Score Away team
         
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15 July 2023. Worcestershire chess association agreed to incorporate and expand the summer team competitions formerly held between Longbridge and Redditch. Steve Crees (Longbridge) was appointed controller.

Summer Cups Competitions 2024

Open teams for the Towers Cup
Date Stage Home Team Score Away team
  Semi-final      
  Semi-final      
  Final      
Under-1650 teams for the Summer Cup
Date Stage Home Team Score Away team
  Semi-final      
  Semi-final      
  Final      
Secretaries and team captains. TBA

 

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