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Worcestershire chess teams

Last updated 15 May 2022

County teams

Worcestershire Chess Association currently has two teams in the Midland Counties Chess Union (MCCU) and Paul Sharratt is acting captain for both teams. The county also has two correspondence chess teams. There is an eight-board correspondence team in the County and District Correspondence Championships and a four-board team in the international States and Regions tournament. Stephen Woodhouse is captain of the States and Regions team and Jim Keene is captain of the Counties and Districts team. If you would like to be considered for team selection please contact General Secretary Paul Sharratt or the relevant captain.

County First team

Captain Stephen Woodhouse (Greenlands). Stephen was taken ill during the season and Paul Sharratt organised teams for two matches. Worcestershire lost to Cambridgeshire at the neutral venue in Dunchurch Village Hall, Rugby 14 May. 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 two other teams: Shropshire, and Warwickshire once.

Worcestershire under-1650 team

Acting Captain: Paul Sharratt (Stourbridge, Tel 07515688 795)

Consequent to the change from grades to ratings, Worcestershire entered a team in the u1650 - equivalent to about u127 grade - Midlands competition and decided against entering a third team because many players are reluctant to travel to distant venues during the Covid epidemic.


Midlands Counties Team Championship 2021-2
Date Home team Score Away team

Sat 19 Mar

1:30pm at Wall Heath Community Centre DY6 0JT

Worcestershire   Warwickshire
Potsponed, date awaited Shropshire   Worcestershire
Midlands u1650 Counties Team Championship 2021-2
Date Home team Score Away team

Sun 14 Nov

Warwickshire won on board count, both teams will go forward into the national finals.

Warwickshire 8 - 8 Worcestershire


Click for archived over-the-board county match results.

Correspondence chess

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.


Worcestershire play in the States and Regions tournament in Division 4. The season is nearly complete for this team and if you would like to play many correspondence games at once in the next season, please contact team captain Stephen Woodhouse.


Click for historical and archived results of county correspondence matches.