Winter Venue (Sep to May). Picture shows the entry to the church precincts from St Stephen's Street and the covered way to the main door of the church hall between the trees towards the left. St Stephen's Church Hall, St Stephen's Street Worcester WR3 7HS. For location map, click here
Players in the King's Head during the summer
President and Hon Secretary
Venue and Next Meeting Night
Next meeting is on Thursday 9 May because the hall is being used as a polling station on 2 May. In the Winter months starting 6 September 2012, we meet on Thursdays at St Stephen's Church Hall, St Stephen's Street, Worcester WR3 7HS. During the Summer months (June, July and August) we meet on Thursdays upstairs at The King's Head, 67 Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU starting at 7:30pm. If you would like to join us for a game, please telephone 01905 454754, 01905 421859, or 01905 358949. See you there!
Click on the congress name for more details, entry form or organisers's contact
Sat 25 to Mon 27 May. Cotswold Congress. St Edward's School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8EY. Three 6-round tournaments: Open, Major (u160) and Minor (u120) tournaments.
11 May. Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy UK Chess Challenge tournament at King's School Worcester. Seven rounds junior quickplay 10am to about 3:30pm.
Sat 6 July. Bloxwich Rapidplay Congress In support of Guide Dogs for the Blind at Old Hall Special school, Bentley Road, Walsall WS2 7LU. Open, Major, Minor, details TBA.
Sat 13 & Sun 14 Apr. Staffordshire Chess Congress at Bloxwich, Walsall. Open, Major (u160), and Minor (u120) tournaments.
Sat 11 May. Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy qualifying competition for Worcestershire Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge the next weekend.
Sun 19 May. Worcestershire Megafinal. Junior tournament for qualifiers from school or junior clubs at University of Worcester. Prizes for best boy and girls in each school year and qualifying for the Northern Gigafinal where top prizes are £200 for each best boy and girl.
Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul. Worcestershire Open Chess Congress at Worcester Universitty. Open, U160, u135 and u115 tournaments to support Leukaemia CARE
City club championship semi-final results
25 Apr. At the end of the preliminary stage of the competition the results were: Nick Harris 3 points; Ray Collett 2 points; Colin Vernon and David Roberts 1 point and these players go into the knock-out stages. In semi finals, both players with the white pieces won: David Roberts beat Colin Vernon and Ray Collett beat Nick Harris. The final will probably be played 16 May.
Worcester Bishops are District League champions
17 Apr. Worcester Bishops completed their fixtures in the Worcester & District League the night before, losing to bottom-markers Redditch 1½ - 2½. The Bishop's only winner was David Roberts, whose result brings the trophy to Worcester City club for the first time since 1987. Frantic consultations between the Competitions Secretary and the Malvern Club's secretary were necessary before it could be agreed that Worcester Bishops had won the District championship on tie-break. In the end Worcester Bishops was decalared the winning team having 15 match points, the same as Malvern, but the Bishops' players had achieved one more decisive victory than Malvbern - 18 compared with 17. Steve Mellor played in only four matches and won all of them. Three other team players completed the season without a loss in Division 1 of the the league: Nick Harris 6/8; Peter Kitson 5½/9; and Ray Collett 1½/2.
Members give £200 to Cancer Research UK
12 Apr. Andrew Farthing reports members' contributions reached £200 for sets and books from the estate of John Clark. John's daughter has told Andrew that she is delighted to know that not only had her father's books and sets found new homes, but also that such a sizable donation had been achieved.
Bishops team so near to District title
11 Apr. Worcester Bishops drew 2 - 2 with Kidderminster Pawns in the home Worcester & District Division 1 fixture. Worcester Bishops now equal top-placed Malvern's score of 15 match points and 25 game points. Malvern have completed their fixtures and the title will depend on the Bishop's final match of the season away at Redditch next week.
Andrew Farthing wins grading prize in the West of England Congress
1 Apr. Andrew scored 4½ points in the under-170 tournament to win the u149 prize and a tournament grade of over 170. Last month Andrew just missed in winning the Intermediate tournament at Hereford and his latest result confirms his improving form.
City players' new grades out
8 Feb. Pavel Besedin has broken the 200 barrier and goes up to 204, Steve Mellor is 179, Peter Kitson 175, Nick Harris 169, new member David Roberts is on 158, Jim Keene 152, Andrew Farthing 143, Ray Collett 141, Phil Smith 117, Roger Yates 108, Rob Sutton 106, Pat Greenow 88 and Colin Vernon 72.