The Worcestershire League has two divisions and a team handicap knock-out competition. The Division 1 trophy is the Bonham Rose Bowl - Reg Bonham was a noted blind player and head of Worcester College for the Blind. The league championship was inaugurated after the First World War and Worcester City were the first league Champions in 1921. The Division 2 trophy is an unusual chess box and small in-laid board donated by Lord Cobham as a challenge trophy for working men’s clubs in 1895, but has been used for the Division 2 champions since 1922. There is also a team handicap knock out competition for the Wheatley Memorial Cup inaugurated in 2004.
The League Secretary and Grading Officer is Paul Sharratt (Stourbridge). Division 1 matches are for 6 boards and Division 2 and Knock Out Cup matches are for 5 board teams. Membership of the League is open to clubs affiliated to Worcestershire Chess Association based on the pre-1974 boundaries of Worcestershire, which included Dudley, Warley, Halesowen, and Stourbridge, and other clubs approved by Worcestershire Chess Association Executive Committee.
League matches are played during the chess season, September to April. Division 1 matches are played over 6 boards and Division 2 matches over 5. All games in Divisions 1 and 2 are graded. The first playing session should be 3 hours with the first time control at 42 moves. If the game has not been completed at the end of the first session, players may agree a result, go to adjudication or play on at a second session of at least 2 hours with a second time control at move 70 (see League Rules for further details). Clubs are responsible for any fees for players who are not ECF members.
The Knock Out Cup Controller is Laurence Wheatley (Greenlands) and Competition Secretary is Ray Collett (Worcester). The competition is a handicap five-board team knockout event where higher graded teams must score more to win.
Club Secretaries should notify the County Association's General Secretary, Paul Sharratt, of their club's intentions to compete prior to the August Executive Meeting of the County Association. Clubs not already affiliated to Worcestershire may apply for membership of Worcestershire Chess Association and admission to the league (affiliation £5 p.a.). League entry fees are fixed at the Worcestershire Chess Association AGM and the 2018-9 season entry fee is £19 per team. Fixtures are arranged at the meeting immediately following the Association's Executive meeting in August.
In 2018, six teams entered Division 1: Halesowen A, Halesowen B, Kidderminster A, Malvern, Olton, Worcester City. Division 2 has five teams: Droitwich, Greenlands, Halesowen C, Kidderminster B, and Stourbridge. In both divisions teams play each other at home and away. The following teams compete for the KO cup: Droitwich, Greenlands, Malvern, Mercia, Kidderminster, Redditch, Shirley & Wythall, Worcester