Worcestershire Chess Association

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Online chess for Worcestershire players

Updated 23 September 2021

West Midlands Area League

The league was formed in response to the Covid-19 epidemic when players were not able to play in person. The major promotors of the online league were Nigel Towers (Redditch), Stephen Woodhouse (Greenlands) and Rob Sutton (Worcester). Matches were played on the chess.com platform between 4-board teams using a rapidplay time control of 5 minutes plus 10 seconds increment from move 1.


Worcestershire team's results in WMA Spring 2021 season

Worcestershire team's results in WMA Autumn 2020 season

Worcestershire team's results in WMA Summer 2020 season

Worcestershire teams’ results in WMA Spring 2020 Season


Worcestershire players are encouraged to play online in this league, which has been supported by the association. The league is organised by three Worcestershire players and their website is hosted by the association: see menu top right. Several Worcestershire clubs played in the first Spring 2020 season and more joined for the second season, Summer 2020. The following Worcestershire clubs have teams in the WMA online league. Division 1 includes Longbridge 1, Redditch, Worcester 1; and in Division 2, there are Longbridge 2, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, and Worcester 2. See WMA web pages for full results.


WMA League has 4-board teams that use the chess.com platform. Currently, each player has a pair of games against the same opponent on the same evening using a time control of 15 minutes plus 10 second increments. The chess.com platform is free to use for a basic member.


If your club does not have a team please ask your club secretary to join the league next season.

MCCU online county team competitions

Worcestershire entered teams in both the open and the u1825 competitions. Worcestershire faced Greater Manchester and Shropshire in the open tournament and Greater Manchester for the u1825 Midlands title. The MCCU decided to use the lichess platform after a trial friendly match was played against Manchester. Worcestershire beat Shropshire to finish runners-up in the open competition, but lost all three matches against Manchester. See MCCU online matches 2020 for full results.

Worcestershire in ECF 2020 Counties Online Championships

Worcestershire entered the Open competition and were placed in group 2B where the team came third and progressed to the final of the Minor Counties Online Championship. Worcestershire play Somerset for the championship on 22 August. See online 2020 county team results.

Worcestershire trial lichess platform for MCCU online county matches

Worcestershire lost narrowly to Greater Manchester in a friendly match to trial the lichess.org platform.

Worcestershire online clubs







Shirley & Wythall


Worcester City

ECF Worcestershire (for ECF online county matches)


ECF members’ events

ECF members can sign up to receive Nigel Towers’ weekly e-mail notifications for all ECF on-line events. In addition to the weekly rapidplay and Blitz tournaments listed below, the newsletter gives results of online international events such as the ongoing FIDÉ Olympiad, the chess.com Nations League in which at least three Worcesterhire players are team members, the lichess.org August Nations League. You can see commentary from GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan on the finals of the ECF Counties online championships on 22 August. The final round of the under-100 inter-regional competition is on 22 August. WIM Jovanka Houska runs the English Women’s club events at lichess.org. Alex Holowczak (Oldbury) organises the online English Junior team events at lichess.org including international team matches.

Fair play and safeguarding policies online

All players on line should read these two ECF policies, which are used by Worcestershire Chess Association, and ensure they are followed. Team captains in WMA and ECF events should draw team players’ attention to these policies.

ECF Fair Play and Anti-cheating Rules for online chess

Online Chess Code of Conduct is the Appendix at the end of the ECF Safeguarding Children Policy

Worcestershire play online county matches

Stephen Woodhouse 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 must have to have a free or paid registration with chess.com, and be an ECF bronze, silver or platinum member (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. See detailed results of online county matches.

Online league launched in response to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic originated in China probably in the last part of 2019. The spread of this respiratory infection was declared a global health emergency late in January 2020 and the first UK cases were detected late in January. In February more and more case were reported in England and hospital intensive care capacity was full leading to calls for the Government to take action in early March. Several clubs had already closed their doors by the second week in March and WCA suspended all play in the Worcestershire League on 14 March. A week later the UK Government imposed a 'lockdown' prohibiting all but essentail travel. Nigel Towers (Redditch) took up the challenge to get members playing online and his work was endorsed by WCA in early April. Although Nigel was not able to replicate the missing over-the-board league, he widened the net by asking clubs in neighbouring leagues to participate. The first 'practice' matches using a board board team playing two rapidplay games with the same opponent were played in mid-April and the first league matches on 30 April. There were sufficient team entries that the league was run in with two divisions.


Greenlands, Redditch, Stourbridge, and Worcester City played in the first online Spring 2020 league. Worcester city players were joined by members from Droitwich and the league itself included an off-shore guest, the Isle of Wight Chess Club organised by former Worcestershire team captain John Wrench. See first season results in West Midlands Online Rapidplay league.


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