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Club nights Thursday evenings

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

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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


Competition titles in green are links to further information or the event organiser
  • Sat-Mon, 25-27 May. Cotswold Congress at The King’s School, Pitt Street, Gloucester GL1 2BG. Open, Major (u1850), Minor (u1635), 6 rounds, half point byes in rounds 1-5, time control 90 min + 30 sec.
  • Sun 2 Jun. Worcestershire Megafinal UK Chess Challenge for Juniors at Malvern College, College Road, Malvern WR14 3DF, 11am start for round 1. Six rounds, time control 15 min + 10 sec.
  • Sat & Sun 13 & 14 July. Worcestershire Closed Congress at The King’s School Worcester. Four round Swiss tournament, one section and trophies for Individual, Women’s, Veteran (+65), Senior (+50), Junior (U18), and Minor (u1650), champions.Time control 75 min + 30 seconds increment. Electronic entry form available soon.

Joe Rastall double club champion

23 May 2024. Jo Rastall and Scott Oxtoby played standardplay club championship final at the club HQ St Stephen’s Church Hall. Scott playing black used a Sicilian Defence and Joe responded with the closed variation and advanced his king side pawns. To generate counterplay, Scott made an ill-judged central pawn advance only to find the exchanges unleashed the power of white’s fianchettoed bishop and he lost material and had to concede the game.
15 May 2024. Joe won his Rapidplay semi-final against Chris Lee while Ed Higgs and Rob Sutton were still in battle in the other keenly contested semi-final. Rob eventually won. After a short pause to gain breath, Rob and Joe played the final. It was an even game for long time and they entered a R+P ending where Rob was a pawn down, but had an advancing outside passed pawn. Joe won more pawns and manoevred his king in front of his pawns where it was impossible for Rob to check and promote his pawn.

2024 rapidplay Champion

Ed Higgs wins Ball Cup

8 May 2024. The final of the Ball Cup competition was played at the club between John Varilone (Kiddernister) and Ed Higgs. Ed gained a pawn, but chances were evenly balanced until Ed made a central pawn advance to get a passed pawn. Pieces were exchanged leading to a major piece ending. John had play along the f-file attacking Ed’s king position. Getting short of time, both players were using their increments in a complex position when John allowed Ed’s rook to invade the seventh rank and force the win of a second pawn. After an exchange of a pair of rooks and the queens, it was purely a matter of time and technique before John had to concede.

Worcester lose to Redditch in Wheatley Cup final

1 May 2024. Chris Lee took his team to Redditch for the 2024 final of this handicap competition. Redditch turned out a much higher rated team and had to win by 3½ points. This they did and only Chris was able to escape with a draw. See full result.

April results for city teams

25 Apr 2024. Worcester City beat Longbridge in the final Championship fixture of their campaign. This result powered Worcester to mid-table after languishing at the bottom for most of the season. See match card.
18 Apr 2024. Worcester Knights lost heavily at home to Longbridge in the Rapidplay League. Only Rob Sutton was able to finish the night without being in deficit. See score card.
17 Apr 2024. Worcester Rooks won their away Challengers fixture against Redditch. Phil Austin, Tony Shaw and Aiden Griffiths won their games. See score card.
11 Apr 2024. Kidderminster brought an under-strength team to Worcester for the Championship fixture. Worcester won 4½-½. This was the City team’s first win since October when the team beat Kiddrminster away. Stephen Mellor, Ed Osbourn and Joe Rastall won their games. See score card.
4 Apr 2024. Three of the games in this Challengers League home fixture were drawn and Joe Rastall was the only player to win. That win secured the match points. See score card.

Club Championship and Rapidplay finals

28 Mar 2024. A further two rapidplay games were played and the finalists have been named. Championship - a Qualifier match between Scott Oxtoby and Aiden Griffiths scheduled for 9 May the winner of which plays Joe Rastall for the club championship on 23 May. Rapidplay Championship - Ed Higgs plays Rob Sutton in the first semi-final and the second semi-final will be played on 16 May between Joe Rastall and Chris Lee.. The winners will play off for the Rapidplay Championship on the same night.

Knights draw penultimate fixture of their season

27 Mar 2024. The penultimate fixure with Kidderminster away was drawn with identical results in both legs. Rob Sutton and Dorin Luca won both games. See score card.

Bishops win final match of their campaign

21 Mar 2024. Worcester Bishops beat soon-to-be-crowned District League champions Kidderminster in their last match of the season. Chris Lee played a queen sacrifice in the late middlegame to get a knight ending where his pawns could be promoted. See score card.

Worcester players help county teams in online 4NCL matches

19 Mar 2024. In round 5, Peter Kitson and Ed Higgs won their games for Worcester Wolfpack A; Ray Collett won for Worcestershire Wolfpack B; and Dorin Luc and Phil Austin won in the Cadets team. See details with links to games.
5 Mar 2024. In round 4, Peter Kitson and Ed Higgs won their games for Worcestershire Wolfpack A; Dorin Luca won his game for Worcestershire Wolfpack B. See details with links to games.

Worcester players at Hereford simultaneous

Worcester player beats GM

13 Mar 2024. Three club members travelled to Hereford to take on GM Keith Arkell. Scott proved a winner defeating the former English Champion in 27 moves. Aiden and Joe lost their games.Keith is third from left in the picture.

Worcester book a place in the Wheatley Cup final

11 Mar 2024. Chris Lee's team journeyed to Wythall to play Shirley & Wythall in a semi-final in this team handicap competition. Chris was the only Worcester player to win. With the over-the-board score being 2-2, Worcester with the lower rated players go forward to the final against Redditch or Kidderminster. See score card.


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