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Club nights Thursday evenings

At St Stephen’s Church Hall, St Stephen's Street Worcester WR3 7HS from 7:30pm

Link for location. Club contacts and further information here
Please note that players under the age of 18 are welcome to play, but should be accompanied by parents or a responsible adult.



Ray Collett
Ray, Hon Secretary

Upcoming

Competition titles in green are links to further information or the event organiser
  • Thu 29 Feb 2024. Rooks play Redditch at home in the Challengers League
  • Thu 7 Mar 2024. Worcester Bishops play Longbridge away in the District League.
  • Fri-Sun 26-28 Apr 2024. Bristol Chess Congress at Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR. Open (FIDÉ rated), Boniface (u1900), and Foundation (u1600) tournaments, time control 90 min + 30 sec, half-point byes available in rounds 1-4. Car travellers please note Bristol centre has a low emission zone.
  • Sat-Mon, 25-27 May 2024. Cotswold Congress at The King’s School Gloucester.

Latest league results

28 Feb 2024. Worcester City travelled to play Redditch away for their penultimat match of the season and won 3-2. Boards 1 to 4 drew and captain Rob Sutton was the only player to achieve a win. Board 2 2 saw a complex game with both players short of time finishing as a draw , both players having a rook and two pawns on the same side of the board.
22 Feb 2024. Worcester Knights drew the first leg of their home fixture against Stourbridge, but were outplayed in the second leg. Scott Oxtoby won both his games.

Worcester win online team battle against Ukmergé

21 Feb 2024. Worcester City is twinned with Ukmerge in Lithuania and both cities have well established chess clubs. The play online matches as part of the Twinning programme. The chess club at Ukmerge is called Juodasis Rikis – The Black Bishop.  In the first online match last summer, Ukmerge defeated Worcester 42-28. The two teams met again and Worcester emerged victorious winning by 54 points to Ukmerge’s 42. The format of both matches was a team battle and the playing session was one hour. Unlike an ordinary chess match where players have one game only, in a team battle each player can have as many games as possible within the hour the ‘arena’ is open.  Pairing of players was performed online by the chess server. The time control was 7+3. The fast play leads to plenty of upsets. Fifty eight games were played and the ferocity of play resulted in only two drawn games.  Worcester’s highest scoring player was club president Rob Sutton 12 points followed by Joe Rastall on 10 and new player Dorin Luca with 8 points. You can play through an example of Rob’s winning ways by visiting https://lichess.org/Vt8F0CyZ a miniature that ends in a pretty mate. Full results and a link to the team battle on lichess.

President wins blitz championship

1 Feb 2024. Well over a hundred games were played in the club’s annual blitz tournament. There were two preliminary 7-round all-play-all tournaments to determine the semi-finalists. Group A was won by Stephen Mellor with 7 points well clear of new member Dorin Luca on 5½ points and Ray Collett on 5 points. Rob Sutton won the group B tournament with 6½ points. Ed Osbourn was second on 6 points and Scott Oxtoby third on 5 points. In the semi-finals Mellor beat Osbourn and Sutton beat Luca. The first game of the final ended in a draw, but in the second, Sutton prevailed to become the 2024 Blitz champion. Best performing of new players was Alfie Brazier who scored 1½ points in group B.

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Knights win against Kidderminster: City lose to Halesowen

29 Jan 2024. Although fielding the highest rating team this season, the City team went down 1-4 in their away match against Halesowen in the Championship League. See match card.
26 Jan 2024. Chris Lee’s Knights team now lead the Rapidplay League . In the home fixture, Worcester won the first leg and drew the second. Both Chris and Rob Sutton won both their games. See match cards.

Club members steer online county teams to victory

23 Jan 2024. Seven members played for the Worcestershire Wolfpack teams in the opening round of the 4NCL online season 9. Ed Higgs was promoted to the A team because of his excellent results before Christmas and drew his game. Team B with four City club team players won their match against Shropshire & Friends 4 - 0. The Cadets team also won. See the County website for full details.

Worcester players at Lincoln match

20 Jan 2024. Five Worcester players travelled to East Groscote, Lincs to play in the u1650 county fixture against Lincolnshire. David Cleak and Simon Berry won their games, but the team lost 9½-6½. See score card.

Member's win at Shropshire congress

14 Jan 2024. Joe Rastall won the Major Tournament at the Telford five-round weekend congress outrfight with 4½ points from his five games. Aiden Griffiths was placed 3rd-7th with 3½ points in the Minor tournament. See congress result details.

Poor league results at start of year

12 Jan 2024. The Rooks team went down 1½-2½ in their away Challengers League fixture with Malvern. Team captain Scott Oxtoby was the only Worcester player to win. See score card.
10 Jan 2024. The Bishops team lost 1½-2½ in the away match at Redditch in the District League. Team captain Aiden Griffiths was the only Worcester player to win. See score card.

Rastall and Sutton lead club tournaments

4 Jan 2024. After the first games in 2024, Joe Rastall leads in the race for the club championship trailed by Scott Oxtoby and Aiden Griffiths, each on 1 point. In the rapidplay championship, Rob Sutton is on a streak and has already scored 5½ points and is trailed by Chris Lee on 2½ and Joe Rastall on 2 points.

Christmas Chess variants at The Dice-Box

21 Dec 2023. The Christmas Variants evening was hosted by The Dice Box in the city centre.

Christmas variant chess at The Dice Box WorcesterChristmas Variant Chess at The Dice Box Worcester

Worcester lose to Redditch

7 Dec 2023.The Rooks team suffered their first defeat of the season losing to Redditch. See score card.
30 Nov 2023. Worcester City fielded a new player Keith Sorrell, who drew his game on board 5 in the match against Redditch in the Championship League. See score card.

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