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Worcestershire Chess News

County teams play in West Midlands Area on-line quickplay league

23 Apr. Greenlands, Redditch, Stourbridge, and Worcester clubs are fielding teams in this “pop-up” league and first results are in. John Wrench’s Isle of Wight has also joined the fray.


2019-20 League season void

16 Mar. It was agreed that there would be no league champion team or Division 2 winner because an insufficient proportion of fixtures had been completed. Worcester and District Chess League and Dudley and District leagues have come to similar decisions. All completed game results will be submitted for grading. The secretary is consulting clubs about how to substitute for postponed association business meetings


OTB games suspended in WCA and Worc&DCL

14 Mar. After consultation with other senior officers of the Association and the District Chess League, General Secretary Paul Sharrat has issued the following statement suspending league activities to club secretaries on 14 March 2020. "Dear Officers and Club Secretaries, In the light of the current Coronavirus pandemic and advice from the English Chess Federation, the officers of Worcestershire Chess Association and the Worcester and District League have decided to suspend all activities in relation to both leagues (including individual competitions) with immediate effect and until further notice. If clubs decide to proceed with fixtures already arranged, any results will not be included in the league structure; and any games played in such circumstances will only be submitted for grading on receipt of requests to that effect from the Secretaries of both participating clubs, as separate submissions on behalf of those clubs. I am sure that you will understand the rationale for this decision; the well-being of our members and their families, and the wider community, must be our prime concern at this time. We look forward to resuming normal activity in better times. Best wishes - Paul Sharratt (General Secretary)".


Association meeting dates

12 Mar. The secretary has released planned dates for association business meetings, all of which are at Amphlett House, Droitwich: Executive Monday 18 May; AGM Tuesday 16 June; and Executive and fixtures meeting on Monday 17 August. It is possible that the dates of one or all of these meetings will have to be canvcelled or altered because of the developing situation in relation to Coronavirus.


First results in KO competition for the Wheatley Cup.

14 Jan. A man down, Droitwich pulled of a good away win against Redditch.

3 Jan. Greenlands found themselves too over-streched to play and conceded to Kidderminster. While Shirley got revenge for last year’s loss to Worcester by beating them thoroughly.


County League standings

2 Jan. All teams had match points on the Division 1 table at the start of 2020, and so far teams are evenly matched. In Division 2 only Kidderminster A is off the pace and we are in for an exciting second half of the season.


Worcestershire Juniors storm Warwickshire
1 Dec. The Warwickshire Under-12 Junior champions were Manvith Sandhu (Halesowen) and Silas Bowcott-Terry who both scored 6 points from their seven-round rapidplay event. The tournament was held at Kenilworth and organised by Alex Holowczak.


Worcestershire u140 demolish Derbyshire
22 Nov. Eleven Worcestershire players won their games played at Alvechurch: Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), David Waud (Kidderminster); Jon Asbury (Olton); Tony Shaw (Worcester); Eric Horwill (Stourbridge); Ian Truscott (Greenlands); Giles Stanton (Redditch); Matthew Holmes (Worcester); Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich); Jeremy Humphries (Stourbridge); and Terry Radford (Droitwich). For full details, see MCCU website.


2019 County Junior Champions
17 Nov. Joshua Clarke (King’s School, Worcester/Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy) is the 2019 junior champion. He was unbeated in the five-round tournament. Dillan Duke (Hereford/Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy) was runner up on tie-break from Sasha Eaton (Alvechurch Middle School). The Worcestershire Girls Champion is Michele Zhu (King’s Hawford School, Worcester). Worcester News published a report with names winners of under-13, under-11 under-9 and under-7 trophies.


Worcestershire u100 beat Nottinghamshire Juniors.

9 Nov. Congratulations to Steve Crees and Stephen and Monty Woodhouse for steering the new team to a handsome 10-2 victory. Monty (King Edward School, Edgbaston) won his game on board 1 and was supported by wins from Terry Pountney (Kidderminster); Richard Collett (Greenlands); Paul Thomas (Kidderminster); Andy Tipper, Tom Sherwood, Matt Rowe, Yunyeong Jung (all Greenlands) and Joyce Evans (Halesowen). For details see the MCCU website.


Worcestershire u140 beat Nottinghamshire

2 Nov. In the home match played at Alvechurch, Worcestershire won 12-4. Sam Bradley (Stourbridge), Ian Ellis (Greenlands), Tony Shaw (Worcester), Eric Horwill (Stourbridge), Matthew Holmes (Worcester), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich) won their games over-the-board while Mike Kitchen (Kidderminster), Steve Alcock (Stourbridge), Terry Pountney (Kidderminster) and Terry Radford (Droitwich) won by default. For details see the MCCU website.


Worcestershire u120 lose to Staffs

26 Oct. Worcestershire, playing away in their first match of the season, were beaten by Staffordshire 4½ - 7½. Simon Berry (Worcester), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich), and Tom Sherwood (Greenlands) won their games. For details see the MCCU website.


Worcestershire lose to Warwickshire in the Midlands Championship

19 Sep. Worcestershire lost 7-9 in their away fixture at Moseley, Birmingham. Neither team included their highest graded players, but Worcestershire were badly outgraded on the lower boards where Warwickshire drove home their advantage. Nic Fallowfield (Shirley & Wythall), Dustin Bowcott (Halesowen), Ian Clarke (Malvern), and Harry Evans (Redditch) won their games. The county fielded two junior players on the lower boards: Silas Bowcott Terry and Monty Woodhouse who despite putting up strong fights went down to much higher graded opponents. See full results on the MCCU website.


Worcestershire u140 beat Staffs

12 Sep. Worcestershire in their away fixtureagainst Staffordshire at Bilston had a comfortable 12-4 win. David Waud (kidderminster), Tony Shaw (Worcester), Ian Truscott (Greenlands), Matthew Holmes (Worcester), Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich), Richard Wilkinson (Stourbridge), Terry Pountney (Kidderminster), and Terry Radford (Droitwich) won their games. See full results on the MCCU website. older news