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Last updated 23 July 2022

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Worcestershire juniors in online team battle

6 Jun, Simon Berry reports. Although short on players, Worcestershire Squad finished third in Division 2 ahead of Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Surrey, and a team from Nottinghamshire.

County players at Cotwold Congress

4 Jun. Lee Davis (Malvern) was the leading scorer from Worcestershire in the Open (4/6) with Philip Holt (Olton) on 2½ and George Charman (Malvern), and Former Junior Academy player 15 year old Dillan Duke, excelled by finishing with 3 points and a tournament performance rating of 2053. Definitely a player to watch for the future. In the Major tournament, Trevor Holt (Olton) shared first prize and club mate Chris Pett scored 1½ points. Jon Asbury (Shirley & Wythall, 3/5 and Colin Vernon (Worcester 2½/5) played in the Minor. Andrew Farthing assisted with this three-day event played at Gloucester and ran a charity chess bookstall that raised over £600 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Phil Austin new Worcester speed champ

26 May. Worcester City club held a well-attended Blitz tournament (3 min + 2 sec). Two groups played in the preliminary stage to qualify four semifinalists: Group A; Phil Austin and Stephen Mellor 6/7 and Group B; Ed Osbourne 7/7 and Rob Sutton 6/7. The finalists were Phil and Stephen with Phil winning out from a tough game when Stephen lost on time in the ending.

Joe Friar wins Kidderminster Buzzer tournament

25 May. Joe (8½ points) finished a point clear of John Whitehead (7½), John Wrench, Mark Riley and Richard Wilkinson (7).

Kidderminster Library plays board games on Saturday

24 May, John Wrench reports. Kidderminster Library offers FREE Board Games Sessions, including chess every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm. The library is in Market Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AB.

Worcestershire lose to Cambridgeshire in the quarter finals

14 May. Worcestershire lost to Cambridgeshire 6½-5½ at the neutral venue in Dunchurch Village Hall, Rugby in the Minor Counties competition. See county team results.

Joint League meeting Thursday 9 June

4 May, Paul Sharratt reports. Andrew Farthing (sec Worc & Dist League) and Worcestershire Chess Association have arranged a meeting of club secretaries and captains on Thursdayy evening 9 June at Worcester to review the operation of the joint league set up in response to the Covid crisis. Please contact Paul or Andrew if you would like issues raised.

Final league fixtures completed

13 Apr. Redditch 2 beat Stourbridge in the final match of the league season. Redditch are league champions with Worcester City runners-up in a much depleted field for Division 1. Longbridge are Division 2 champions and runners-up are Redditch 2.

League champions Redditch confirmed

6 Apr. Halesowen had to withdraw from the Division 1 competitions because thir venue was unavailable and there were too few dates to complete their fixtures. Games in their matches will be rated, but match results will not be counted in the Division 1 table. Worcester City were runners-up.

Worcestershire Squad promoted to Division 1

31 Mar. Worcestershire Juniors were promoted to Division 1 of the online team competition. Congratulations to the team especially county junior players Eric Gregory and Cameron Henry and team managers Nigel Towers and Simon Berry.

Longbridge 2 clinch Division 2

23 Mar. Longbridge 2 defeated Kidderminster 2 their nearest rivals to make sure of winning Division 2 and receiving an offer of promotion next season.

County lose to Warwickshire at Wall Heath

19 Mar. The county was out-rated, but the final score was no disgrace 6½-9½. Worcestershire’s winners were Brian Turner (Malvern) and Ray Collett (Worcester). See match card. TIn spite of the loss, Worcestershire will probably be invited to play in the national stages. The date for the quarter finals is Sat 14 May. Please contact Paul Sharratt if you would like to play.

Worcestershire correspondence team ends mid-table in international tournament

13 Mar, Stephen Woodhouse reports. Worcestershire finished sixth in Division 4 for the international States and Regions team tournament played on the International Correspondence Chess Federation server. Board 1 Stan Grayland was the team’s highest scorer. Stephen Woodhouse was team captain and the other members of the team were Brian Turner and Matthew Jordan.

Redditch 1 will be league champions

3 Mar. Redditch 1 defeated Worcester City to make certain of the league title. See detailed results using the league tab above.

Shock withdrawal of Longbridge 1 from Division 1

30 Dec 2021, Steve Crees reports. Unforeseen circumstances and a shortage of players with own transport has meant that club regretfully has to pull out of Division 1. The Division 2 team will continue.

GM Keith Arkell wins ECF online Senior Blitz GP

27 Nov, Nigel Towers reports. Keith scored 143 points from his best six tournaments. There were nine rounds in total.

County player in Welsh European team in Solvenia

12-21 Nov. Lee Davis (Malvern and Hereford) represented Wales, playing on boards 3 or 4 in the European Team Championships in Catez, Slovenia.

Worcs u1650 lose out on board count to Warks

14 Nov. The first MCCU county match of the season ended in a 6 - 6 scoreline, but won on board 1 and won on tie-break. County players who won their games were: Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich, Bd 2), Steve Alcock (Stourbridge, Bd 5), Joel Mitchell (Longbridge, Bd 8), Matthew Rowe (Longbridge, Bd 10). See match details.

County players win in Birmingham

17 Nov. Joe Friar (Kidderminster) was first in the Major (u2000) Birmingham rapidplay on 5½/7 with Dustin Bowcott (Halesowen) half a point behind. Kidderminster players John Varilone and Mark Riley were mid-way in the Intermediate tournament on 3½/7.

2021-2 league season starts, but Dudley postpones resumption until next year

31 Oct, John Fahy reports. Dudley & District Chess League has decided not to play this season. Consultation with clubs showed that they had already taken on sufficient commitments with other leagues to satisfy reduced demand for otb chess during the Covid epidemic.

28 Oct. Division 2 first results. Stourbridge beat Longbridge and the new Worcester and Droitwich team drew with Kidderminster.

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

26 Oct. Worcestershire Chess League match results should now be entered on ECF League management website. Please notify Paul Sharratt and Ray Collett that your result has been posted and report any difficulties using LMS to Ray Collett.

17 Oct. Karazyna Toma, who played board 1 for Worcestershire, was second in the British Women's Championship. The event was won by Harriet Hunt.

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.

22 Sep. Division 1 will comprise: Halesowen, Kidderminster, Longbridge, Malvern, Redditch and Worcester City; Division 2 Kidderminster,Longbridge, Redditch, Stourbridge and Worcester City. A double round has been proposed for both divisions.

Nick harris Memorial match 16 Sep 2021 Match in progress at Worcester on September 16th with players taking precautions against Covid-19

16 Sep. Nick Harris Memorial Match Two ‘All Stars’ teams competed in the inaugural match of the 2021-2 league season at Worcester in memory of Nick Harris. Stourbridge, the visiting team strengthened with players from Kidderminster and Malvern, emerged victorious 3-2. Players used the new slightly faster time control 50 minutes plus 20 seconds increment adopted by the league. This led to some very brisk finishes and disasters with players yet to adapt to the new time control. A total of over £200 was collected for St Richard’s Hospice in Nick’s memory. See full results of match. Read more about Nick’s achievements as a player and author.

John Wrench on BBC Hereford & Worcester

9 Sep. Listen to chess interview on Malcolm Boyden's programme on BBC Sounds.

New joint league for 2021-2 season

7 Sep. An Extraordinary General Meeting of members at Droitwich extended for a further year the terms of current officers of the association. Later the same evening at a joint meeting, the county association and the district league agreed temporarily to run a joint league with five-board teams in Division 1 and four-board teams in Division 2. Players rated below 1850 will be eligible to play in both divisions. A second division team may not field more than one player rated over 1850 in a second division match and that player must play top board. A slightly faster time control was agreed to allow time for sanitising at the end of a match and players, except those with medical exemption, will be required to use face-covering, mask or visor when playing league chess in the 2021-2 season.

Longbridge Chess Club established

25 Aug 2021. After losing their previous venue, the southern Birmingham club has relocated to the opposite side of the the road at the Austin Sports & Social Club. See more about the new club.


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