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Published 15 May 2022

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Summary

Over-the-board chess had been severely impacted by the covid epidemic and change to new ratings boundaries meant that the MCCU entries were greatly reduced. Worcestershire entered two teams rather than four in the last season of play. Worcestershire played in the Open and the Under-1650 competitions with one matche each in the Open and the u1650, both against Warwickshire. The u1650 match score was 8-8, but the county lost on board count. The match for the Midland County Team championship was lost by a 6½-9½ margin. The teams were captained by Paul Sharratt who led the u1650 team as a non-playing captain. Both teams will have the opportunity to play in the national stages.

First team in national quarter final match

14 May. Worcestershire lost to Cambridgeshire at the neutral venue in Dunchurch Village Hall, Rugby.

Players in the quarter final match

There were two early draws, but after four hours play, Worcestershire were 2 points down and it looked as if Worcestershire would go down by a significant margin. An hour later, fortunes looked brighter for Worcestershire when Lee Davis' opponent lost on time and Ray Collett won a Q+Pawns ending making the scores level with one game in play on board 2. This exciting contest finally ended 6½ - 5½ in favour of our opponents. The match was at 5½ each with one game to finish, board count even and bottom board elimination in our favour, but the desired draw in the final game was not to be, despite a tremendous effort from Joe Friar against a very strong opponent for over 5 hours.

 

Board Grade Cambrigeshire Score Worcestershire Grade
1 2214 Chris Davidson 1 - 0 Kevin Hurney 2081
2 2191 Laim Varnam 1 - 0 Joseph Friar 2068
3 1973 Philip Fallon 0 - 1 Lee Davis 2039
4 1961 Oliver Lenton 0 - 1 Dan Lambourne 2006
5 1947 Norman Hutchinson 1 - 0 John Wrench 1957
6 1944 Paul McMahon ½ - ½ Ian Clarke 1928
7 1942 Aarnavh Trivedi 1 - 0 Harry Evans 1889
8 1918 Ray Ilett 0 - 1 Ray Collett 1872
9 1882 Francis Bowers ½ - ½ Nigel Towers 1864
10 1840 John Daugman 0 - 1 Gavin Cartwright 1833
11 1821 Neil Greenwood ½ - ½ Paul Sharratt 1793
12 1814 Sam Caraway 1 - 0 Eric Horwill 1742
    Result 6½ - 5½    

 

Nominated for county national stages

21 Apr. After consultation with the controller, other team captains, and players it was decided to withdraw the u1650 team from the national stages. The risk of covid infection was still deterring members from playing or travelling in shared cars.

25 Mar. Worcestershire accepted nominations from the MCCU to compete in the national stages for both teams.

Teams playing in MCCU team Championships

 

Date Midlands Minor Counties Championship 2021-2 Result
19 Mar Worcestershire - Warwickshire
at Wall Heath Community Centre
6½ - 9½
Date Midlands u1650 Counties Championship 2021-2 Result
14 Nov Warwickshire - Worcestershire
at Foundation House, Stratford-upon-Avon
8* - 8
* Worcestershire lost on board count

 

1 Sep. Three teams entered Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, but Shropshire later withdrew from the competition for the Midlands championship. Worcestershire and Warwickshire were the only entries for the u1650 championship.

Worcestershire first team

19 Mar. After a postponement of the arranged date before Christmas, the match finally took place on 19 March at a new venue: Wall Heath Community Hall.

 

Board Rating  ID Rating Worcestershire Score Score Warwickshire Rating ID Rating
1 129898H 2070 Hurney, Kevin ½ ½ Stepanyan, Henrik 264373L 2290
2 110076C 2069 Edge, John 0 1 Besedin, Pavel 287190H 2137
3 109427A 2050 Davis, Lee ½ ½ Mesasan, Mircea 326328K 2015
4 259447L 2000 Lambourne, Dan ½ ½ Cundy, Mark 109211L 1960
5 127123E 1974 Wrench, John ½ ½ Green, Anthony 157077J 1950
6 120670K 1971 Turner, Brian 1 0 Ali, Golam 257493H 1940
7 165392B 1855 Towers, Nigel ½ ½ Escott, Keith 110278D 1897
8 108621C 1845 Collett, Ray 1 0 Ralph, Sean 310592B 1861
9 - - default 0 1 Hope, Gary 183305E 1860
10 319118H 1810 Russell, Scott 0 1 Kasafir, Nathanael 104338K 1839
11 105816C 1795 Aris, Roger ½ ½ Thomas, Keith 120270E 1771
12 118792C 1777 Sharratt, Paul ½ ½ Biddle, Mike 106714L 1750
13 248737J 1755 Shaw, Tony ½ ½ Spillane, Kevin 302978F 1670
14 113026C 1753 Horwill, Eric ½ ½ Czopek, Wojciech 314083A 1726
15 104355K 1552 Lappin, Kieran 0 1 Vadyanthan, Adithya awaited 1583
16 310843A 1133 Henry, Cameron 0 1 Vadyanthan, Sathya awaited 1280
      Totals      

Worcestershire under-1650 team

14 Nov. This was the first MCCU county match of the season for the Midlands Under-1650 Championship. IT was acracking match ending 6-6, but Warwickshire came out on top on board count.

1 Sep. Only two teams entered Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The teams play for the MCCU under-1650 title.

 

Warwickshire - Worcestershire

Played on Sunday 14 November 2021 at Foundation House, Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwickshire won on board count.

 

Board ECF Code Grade Warwickshire Score Worcestershire Grade ECF Code
1   1593 Stiff, Peter 1 - 0 Varilone, John F 1638  
2   0000 Reynolds, Daniel 0 - 1 Kirkland, Arnold G 1623  
3   1563 Watson, Roy G 1 - 0 Lappin, Kieran A 1570  
4   0000 Harrison, Oliver 1 - 0 Cleak, David 1525  
5   1488 Wood, Penny A 0 - 1 Alcock, Steve 1510  
6   1465 Bennett, Philip 1 - 0 Kitchen, Michael J 1495  
7   1443 Knee, Barry 1 - 0 Berry, Simon 1488  
8   0000 Brown, Stephanie 0 - 1 Mitchell, Joel 1443  
9   1270 Simpson, Richard ½ - ½ Tipper, Andy 1413  
10   1188 Payne, Simon L 0 - 1 Rowe, Matthew 1405  
11   1135 Blissitt, Geoffry G ½ - ½ Pountney, Terrance 1405  
12   0000 Wheeler, Michael 0 - 1 Pender, Luke 0000  
      Result 6 - 6      

 

 

 

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