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Updated 13 January 2021

Older 2020-21 season News

Worcester player only one to win against Greater Manchester

31 Oct. Matthew Holmes was the only county player to win his game in the MCCU online county team championship. Worcestershire lost 2½-12½. Club members Ray Collett, Tony Shaw and Robin Hyles played, but they all lost.

City club's first online Blitz winner is Stephen Mellor

22 Oct. With six players ready to play, it was disappointing that chess.com wouldn't allow the five round all-play-all format that we wanted, defaulting to just three rounds instead. Some connectivity difficulties with the participants also curtailed our plans. However, well-done Stephen for winning his three games and taking the 1st place medal.

Worcester players go down in county defeat

10 Oct. Worcester City provided three players for Worcestershire’s u1825 match against Greater Manchester: Tony Shaw, Robin Hayles, and Matthew Holmes. The team lost heavily and Matthew was the only player to escape with a draw.

Worcester teams spared last positions in tables

8 Oct. Worcester 2 redeemed itself from the heavy defeat last week withan aggregate win against Greenlands 2, lifting them out of the bottom position. Worcester 2 finished 9th just ahead of Solihull 2, a repeat of the Spring League standings. Worcester 1 were also spared the bottom place, but in Division 1, because the teams sharing the lower order drew. Special mention for Simon, scoring 8½ points from his 14 games.
1 Oct. Another poor night in the West Midlands Area League for Worcester’s teams. The first team lost to South Birmingham first team and must sit out the final round of the league to see whether other teams’ results mean relegation. Worcester’s chances are a little better because last week’s match netted one match point for a draw on the second half of the fixture. Worcester 2 were all but wiped out by Coventry with only David Cleak able to get a draw in the second half of the fixture.
24 Sep. A poor night for Worcester. Both teams took only a single match point from their matches. The first team lost to Solihull in a three-board fixture. The second team also drew the first and lost the second half of the fixture. Worcester 1 are mid-table and Worcester 2 languish at the foot of Division 2.
17 Sep. A good win for the first team against Redditch. Stephen Mellor and Peter Kitson each scored 2 points. Worcester 2 played Kidderminster winning the first match, but losing the second.
15 Sep. Worcester 2 lost 2-6 to the new Lichfield team who now lead Division 2.
10 Sep. Both City teams lost heavily. In Division 1 the first team lost to Greenlands led by GM Keith Arkell. In Division 2, Sutton Coldfield nearly annhilated Worcester 2 with only Simon Berry and Colin Vernon able to get draws in one of their two games.
3 Sep. It was a rest evening for the first team. Worcester 2 faced a strong Stourbridge team and lost both matches. On board 2 Ray Collett was the only Worcester player to finish with a plus score.
27 Aug. In Division 2, Worcester 2 drew the first match and then went on the win the second against Mutual Circle. In Division 1, Worcester 1 took on the strong South Birmingham first team. The first match was a draw, but the second was lost.

Worcester City players get County over the line in national final

22 Aug. Worcestershire had squeezed into the knock-out stages of the ECF Minor Counties Championships Online having lost their first three matches in the group stage. The final was a hard-fought match against Somerset led by IM Jack Rudd. City club players on lower boards made up for the relatively weaker top order on this match. Ray Collett's late draw from a very bad position took Worcestershire over the line to gain its first online national championship. Tony Shaw and Matthew Holmes won their games and Robin Hayles drew.

WMA league surprise for Worcester 2

20 Aug. Worcester players had all “sat down” for their match against new comers Lichfield. We watched the time count down to zero for the start of the match... and nothing happened ...for about 30 seconds and suddenly up pops a message from chess.com stating the match had been cancelled. Captains are trying to find out what happened and it seems likely that the match will be re-scheduled. In Division 1, Worcester faced the strong Sutton Coldfield team. Worcester's number 1 player Peter Kitson was able to play for the first time online and won both his games.
13 Aug. Worcester 1 played newly promoted Warwick University Alumni winning the first match and drawing the second in Division 1. Meanwhile Worcester 2 drew the first match, but lost the second against John Wrench’s strong Isle of Wight team. Both fixtures were played in the opening round of the West Midlands Area League Summer season. Stephen Mellor won both his games on board 2 for the first team and David Cleak both his games on board 3 for the second team.

Third round results in WMA

27 Aug. In Division 2, Worcester 2 drew the first match and then went on the win the second against Mutual Circle. In Division 1, Worcester 1 took on the strong South Birmingham first team. The first match was a draw, but the second was lost.

Worcester City players get County over the line in national final

22 Aug. Worcestershire had squeezed into the knock-out stages of the ECF Minor Counties Championships Online having lost their first three matches in the group stage. The final was a hard-fought match against Somerset led by IM Jack Rudd. City club players on lower boards made up for the relatively weaker top order on this match. Ray Collett's late draw from a very bad position took Worcestershire over the line to gain its first online national championship. Tony Shaw and Matthew Holmes won their games and Robin Hayles drew.

WMA league surprise for Worcester 2

20 Aug. Worcester players had all “sat down” for their match against new comers Lichfield. We watched the time count down to zero for the start of the match... and nothing happened ...for about 30 seconds and suddenly up pops a message from chess.com stating the match had been cancelled. Captains are trying to find out what happened and it seems likely that the match will be re-scheduled. In Division 1, Worcester faced the strong Sutton Coldfield team. Worcester's number 1 player Peter Kitson was able to play for the first time online and won both his games.
13 Aug. Worcester 1 played newly promoted Warwick University Alumni winning the first match and drawing the second in Division 1. Meanwhile Worcester 2 drew the first match, but lost the second against John Wrench’s strong Isle of Wight team. Both fixtures were played in the opening round of the West Midlands Area League Summer season. Stephen Mellor won both his games on board 2 for the first team and David Cleak both his games on board 3 for the second team.

Worcester players forge win for county in national semi-final

8 Aug. Worcestershire beat Berkshire 7-5 in the ECF Minor Counties Online championship. Club players Ray Collett, Robin Hayles, Tony Shaw, and Matthew Holmes won their games.

 

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