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  • Fri-Sun 21-23 Feb. Warwickshire Open Chess Championships at Citrus Hotel, London Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3DY. Five-rounds, Open FIDÉ, u1975 FIDÉ tournaments, u140 and u110 tournaments.
  • Sat & Sun 18 & 19 Apr. Staffordshire Congress at Ryecroft Community Hub 28 New Forest Road off Dartmouth Avenue, Walsall WS3 1TR. Five rounds and half-point byes available in rounds 1-4.
  • Sun 3 May. Worcestershire Megafinal for juniors.
  • Sat-Mon 23-25 May. Cotswold Chess Congress at The King’s School, Gloucester. Six round Open, Major (u155); and Minor (u125) tournaments. Half point byes available rounds 1-5.

Worcestershire Chess News


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.


New book from Alan Ruffle, Worcestershire player and chess coach

7 Sep. Alan has published a new book The Chess Scene. It is "A light-hearted look at the way the game of chess is played and organised... [It provides]... a streamlined approach to improving the play of a new and enthusiastic novice chess player". Alan formerly played over-the-board for Worcestershire and now plays in the Worcestershire correspondence team. The book is available from the author price £14.99 via Paypal or from Amazon.


Worcester & District Annual meeting

5 Sep. The league decided to follow the example of the County League and move to digital time control. The District League has seven teams in Division 1 and eight play in Division 2. Both divisions play a single round.


County Association and League news

26 Aug. League fixtures list sent to team captains and club secretaries.

22 Aug. The Executive confirmed Worcestershire would field four MCCU county teams in the new season: Minor Counties, u140, u120 and u100. Contact Stephen Woodhouse if you want to be selected to play for the county in Saturday afternoon matches. Four teams enter Division 1 and play a double round tournament. Six teams play a single round in Division 2.


Jeremy does a Blitz follow-up

21 Aug. The county champion wasted no time in demonstrating his dominance. In the Brian Dudley Memorial Blitz, Jeremy won all seven games finishing two points ahead of Zibi Koncki (Stourbridge) and David Anderton (Walsall). The u150 prize was won by Ray Hall (Warley), the u120 prize by Pete Banks (Halesowen), and the junior tournament was won by Calum Glendenning. The event attracted 34 players. Full results are on the Stourbridge website. older news