Worcestershire Chess Association currently organises three teams in the Midland Counties Chess Union (MCCU), an online couty team in the ECF counties competition, and a correspondence team in the County and District Corrspondence Championships. If you would like to be considered for team selection please contact General Secretary Paul Sharratt or the relevant captain.
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Online County chess
Worcesteshire field a team in the Open section of the ECF online 12-board competition in group 2B. For last season's results see online county matches.
18 Jul. Worcestershire score first win beating Somerset 8-4 in round 3. All will depend on round 4.
4 Jul. Worcestershire lost to Cumbria. Just a single point, but without a win next round Worcestershire will not progress. Improvement in the score gives hope.
20 Jun. The county team lost to Shropshire in round 1.
6 Jun, Worcestershire lost to Gloucestershire in the preliminary (familiarisation) match for the ECF online counties championship.
Worcestershire play in Division 3 of the Counties and District Correspondence Chess Championship for the Butler-Thomas trophy by web server in an eight board match where each player has two games with colours reversed with the same opponent. Match pairings and results. The current competition finishes at the end of November. If you are interested in playing correspondence chess next season, please contact team captain Jim Keene.
Worcestershire u140 team at England Final in Kettering. Pictures from Stephen Forbes
County First team
Captain Stephen Woodhouse (Greenlands, Tel Birmingham 445 6167), Vice-captain Kevin Hurney (Greenlands, Tel 07989 322 237).
Worcestershire were joint Midlands county team champions in 2017 and have been Midlands champions five times previously. Having a small population base, Worcestershire have never won the national team title and will enter the Minor Counties competition if successful in the Midlands. Matches have sixteen boards and are usually played on Saturday afternoons with a five hour playing session. Worcestershire play four other teams: Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire once.
The team has four matches.
- Sat 1 Dec Lincolnshire at Frolesworth, Leics. Lost 6½-9½. Geoff Marchant (Malvern), Lee Davis (Malvern), Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Halesowen) amd new cap Mihai Zbircea (Redditch) won their games. Skipper Stephen Woodhouse was especially impressed with Finlay’s win. New caps IM Lawrence Cooper (board 1) and Hossam Aboushady (Stourbridge, board 15) drew their games.
- Sat 19 Jan Warwickshire, home match at Greenlands Social Club, Longbridge, Birmingham. Lost 6-10. Pavel Besedin (South Birmingham), John Edge (Halesowen), and Stephen Mellor (Worcester) won their games.
- Sat 2 Feb Nottinghamshire, away match at Bramcote, Nottingham. Lost 7-9 WGM Katarzyna Toma (Evesham), on board 2 and making her first appearance for Worcestershire, and Brian Turner (Malvern) won their games.
- Sat 23 Mar Leicestershire, away match at Sharnford. Worcestershire won 9-7 getting points on the table after a poor season
Worcestershire u140 team
Captain Tony Shaw (Worcester), vice-captain Sam Bradley (Stourbridge).
Worcestershire won the national team championship in 2016. The team has been Midlands champions three times, most recently in 2016 and has progressed into the national stages most years since the competition was inaugurated. Matches have sixteen boards and are usually played on Saturday afternoons with a four hour playing session. Worcestershire play six other teams: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, and Warwickshire once. If you would like to be considered for selection, please contact Tony Shaw.
- Sat 13 July. National final at Kettering Conference and Leisure Centre, Northants. Worcestershire lost to Yorkshire 9½ - 6½. Harry Evans (Redditch), Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), Matthew Holmes (Worcester), and Steve Alcock (Greenlands) won their games. Not for the first time, John Hesketh (Worcester) stepped in at very short notice to take the place of a player who was ill. The giant-killing scenario was not to be. Facing a county with a population ten times greater than Worcestershire and out-graded on most boards, Yorkshire took an early lead and maintained it till the end. Many thanks to captain Tony Shaw and vice-captain Sam Bradley for their leadership and organisation. Congratulations to Harry Evans who achieved 7½ points from his eight games in the campaign and my money is on Harry graduating to the first team with a much higher grade.
- Sat 8 June. National semi-final. Worcestershire beat Essex 9 - 7at Thornborough Village Hall near Milton Keynes, Bucks. David Spowart (Kidderminster), Harry Evans (Redditch), Peter Seeley (Greenlands), John Varilone (Kidderminster), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich), Steve Alcock (Greenlands), and Terry Radford (Droitwich) won their games.
- Sat 18 May. The Quarter Final national stage match. Worcestershire beat Hertfordshire 10 - 6 at Braunstone Village Hall, between Rugby and Daventry NN1 7HW. After a dramatic misunderstanding of the rules when Herts claimed two of our players were ineligible, the match got underway. David Spowart (Kidderminster), Harry Evans (Redditch), Eric Horwill (Stourbridge), Ian Truscott (Greenlands), Giles Stanton (Redditch), David Cleak and Terry Radford (both Droitwich) won their games. Full results are on the MCCU website.
- Sat 2 Mar Nottinghamshire, away match at Bramcote, Nottingham. Worcestershire won 9-7. Tony Shaw returned to helm to see his team forge to another victory. Harry Evans (Redditch), Sam Bradley (Halesowen), Phil Maybury (Warley), Jon Asbury (Halesowen), Giles Stanton (Redditch), and Steve Alcock (Stourbridge) won their games.
- Sat 9 Feb Derbyshire, away match at Allerton, Derby. Worcestershire drew 8-8. Sam Bradley's debut as acting captain saw the team safely into the national stages. Dave Spowart (Kidderminster), Harry Evans (Halesowen), Peter Seeley (Redditch), Matthew Holmes (Worcester), and Giles Stanton (Redditch) won their games. Michele Clack stepped up to play on board 15 at very short notice.
- Sat 26 Jan Lincolnshire, neutral venue at Rothley, Leics. Worcestershire won 10-6. Dave Spowart (Kidderminster), Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), Peter Seeley (Redditch), Matthew Holes (Worcester), Giles Stanton (Redditch), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich), and David Cleak (Droitwich) won their games.
- Sat 8 Dec Warwickshire, home match at Webheath, Redditch. Worcestershire won 11½-4½. Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), Dave Spowart (Halesowen), Harry Evans (Redditch), David Waud (Kidderminster), Ian Truscott (Greenlands), James O’Dell (Kidderminster), Phil Maybury (Warley Quinborne), Richard Wilkinson (Stourbridge), Jeremy Humphries (Stourbridge), and John Varilone (Kidderminster) won their games.
- Sat 24 Nov Staffordshire, home match at Worcester. Worcestershire won 9½-6½. Harry Evans (Redditch), David Waud (Kidderminster), John Varilone (Kidderminster), and David Cleak (Droitwich) won their games.
- Sat 27 Oct Leicestershire, away match. Worcestershire won 10½ - 5½. Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), Harry Evans (Redditch). David Waud (Kidderminster), Ian Truscott (Greenlands), David Cleak (Droitwich), and Steve Alcock (Stourbridge) won their games.
Worcestershire u120 team
Captain Monty Woodhouse (Greenlands & King Edward School, Edgbaston), Vice-captain TBA.
Worcestershire last won the Midlands competition in 2011, yet have been less successful in recent years and the last time the team progressed into the national stages was in 2012. New captain Monty is keen to restore the county's fortunes. Matches have twelve boards and are usually played on Saturday afternoons with a four hour playing session. Worcestershire plays five county teams: Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire once. If you would like to be considered for selection, please contact Monty Woodhouse.
- Sat 6 Oct Warwickshire, away match. Worcestershire lost 4 - 8. David Cleak (Droitwich), Steve Crees (Greenlands), and Richard Collett (Greenlands) won their games.
- Sat 3 Nov Nottinghamshire, away match. Worcestershire lost 7-5. Brian Allsop (Greenlands), Terry Pountney (Droitwich), and Richard Collett (Greenlands) won their games.
- Sat 17 Nov Derbyshire, home match. Worcestershire lost 4½-7½. Skipper Monty Woodhouse (K Edward’s Sch, Edgbaston), and Simon Berry (Worcester) were the only players to win.
- Sat 16 Feb Leicestershire, away match at Syston, Leics. Worcestershire lost 5-7. Greenlands’ players provided the only Worcestershire wins: Steve Crees (board 2), Andy Tipper (board 10) and David Purnell (board 12).
- Sat 23 Feb Staffordshire, home match at Greenlands Chess Club. Worcestershire drew 6-6. David Cleak (Droitwich), John Gittus (Kidderminster), Tony Talyor (Halesowen), and Simon Berry (Worcester) won their games and Richard Collett (Greenlands) gained his point by default. A good end to the season from previously unrewarded graft by our young captain Monty Woodhouse (Greenlands).
Worcestershire Correspondence teams
Update reported by Jim Keene 31 Oct. The start of the 2018-9 season has been delayed because of a problem with the web server.
The county fields a team in the County and District Correspondence Chess Championships Worcestershire captained by Jim Keene (Worcester). Last season Worcestershire A were runners-up in Division 3. The most recent honours for Worcestershire correspondence teams were in 1986 when Worcestershire won the Sinclair trophy and in 2004 when Worcestershire 2 won the Brown-Pond trophy. If you do not wish to travel or participate in time scrambles, correspondence chess may be the right choice for you. Games are played by web-server between October and August. Each team member plays two games against the same opponent. Correspondence competitions are played as a jamboree, so that your opponent may be from any of the other teams in the same division as your Worcestershire team. If you wish to be considered for team selection, please contact Jim Keene.