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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 do not attend if you or a member of your household has symptoms of flu or covid.

Ray Collett
Ray, Hon Secretary


Competition titles in green are links to further information or the event organiser
  • Thu 2 Feb. Worcester Rooks play Kidderminster at home in the Challengers' League
  • Wed 8 Feb. Worcester Knights play Stourbridge away in the Rapidplay League.
  • Thu 9 Feb. Worcester City play Redditch at home in the Championship League.
  • Thu 16 Feb. Worcester Bishops play Longbridge at home in the District League
  • Sat 27 to Mon 29 May. Cotswold Chess Congress at King’s School, Gloucester GL1 2DP. Major, Major (u1860) and Minor (u1635) tournaments, 6 rounds, 75 min + 30 sec increment time control.

Latest League results

17 Jan. Worcester Rooks drew against Malvern in the Challengers League. See score-card.
12 Jan. A busy night at the club with two matches and social games in play. The City team ran out 3-2 victors against Kidderminster. The first game of the match to finish was captain Rob Sutton, who benefitted from a knight fork early in the middle game. The other games were drawn, but not without interest. The last game to fionish was on board 1 and attracted several spectators. Stephen Mellor and Joseph Friar, with little time left on the clock had a difficult B+N vs R ending. The Worcester Rooks team was less successful losing 1-3 to Longbridge. Worcester's sole winner was new member Joe Rastall playing on board 1. See score-cards.

Club’s newest member scores in Shropshire congress

8 Jan 2023. Joe Rastall celebrated the New Year in fine style scoring 4 points in the Intermediate tournament at Telford and sharing second place with three other players.

Poor league start to New Year

5 Jan 2023. In the first league match of the new Year, City crashed to Malvern 1-4. Only Stephen Mellor and captain Rob Sutton were able to draw.

Christmas variants

Christmas Variants 23 Dec. Members and family enjoyed mulled apple juice, chocolates and chess variants all selected by Rob Sutton at the club's traditional pre-Christmas meeting. Variants included Pocket Knight where each player can add an extra knight on any vacant square once in the game. On one board, instead of knights, players had the fairy piece known as giraffe.

Rooks have a bad patch

22 Dec 2022. The team travelled to Redditch for the final club team match of 2022 taking Stephen Mellor to play on board 1. Redditch also turned out their best player Daniel. Lambourne and the home team won 3-1. See score-card.
15 Dec. The team lost 1-3 against a youthful Malvern team. Colin Vernon was the only Worcester player to win. See score-card.

Bishops team again victorious

8 Dec. Scott led his team to another away victory. Arnold and Scott won their games fairly cleanly whilst David fell victim to the Polish opening (1.b4), something he had not prepared for under the presumption that no one would be silly enough to try it. Though as he himself noted, given the result perhaps it was the right opening choice after all. Séamus meanwhile had the last game to finish where he had queen and pawn against for a rook, knight and bishop. Despite this material disadvantage he had big initiative and choose to accept a draw offer from his opponent winning the match on the spot. See score-card.

Wolfpack finish tenth in 4NCL Division 5

6 Dec. In the last match of season 6, Worcester Wolfpack faced Dundee City E team. Players were evenly matched on form, and the two top boards ended in draws. On board 3, Worcester mishandled the opening and was under increasing pressure with his king caught in the centre before eventually resigning when faced with mate. Colin on Biard 5 achieved an equal middlegame position, and knowing the result on board 3, turned down the offer of a draw, but his attempt to square the match was unsuccessful. See score-card.

Worcester beat Kidderminster

30 Nov. Worcester unexpectedly beat Kidderminster playing away in the Championship League. See score-card.

Worcester players in county match

26 Nov. Four City club members played for Worcestershire under-1650 team in the match against Staffordshire at St Stephen’s Church Hall. Althought Staffs ran out winners 7½-5½, David Cleak (board 4) and Scott Oxtoby (Board 6, pictured) won their games. Aiden Griffiths and Colin Vernon also played. See score-card.


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