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Shock withdrawal of Longbridge 1 from Division 1

30 Dec, 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.

 

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