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Updated 15 January 2021

West Midlands Area Online League Autumn 2020

Worcester entered two teams, one in each division of the league. In these matches Droitwich joins forces with Worcester City with Arnold Kirkland and David Cleak playing. At each event there are two four-board matches played on the same night using the chess.com platform. That platform determined the team order based on games played by the players using chess.com. Players had two rapidplay games against the same opponent with colours reversed. Worcester city matches are usually played Thursday evenings starting at 8pm.

The winning team in each 4-board match scores 2 match points and 1 point for a draw. The team with the highest aggregate score of the night receives an additional point.Time control in the league is 15 minutes plus 10 seconds from move 1.

You can join the Worcester City Online club at chess.com as a basic member free of charge and email Rob Sutton you would like to play.

Link for Summer 2020 season results
Link for Spring 2020 season results

Worcester 1 in Division 1

WMA Online Rapidplay League Division 1 Autumn 2020 (at 8 January 12:30h)
Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Match Points
Longbridge 1 12 7 1 4 34 23 +9 22
Worcester 1 12 8 1 3 28 20 +8 21
Solihull 1 10 5 4 1 23 17 +6 18
Redditch 10 6 1 3 24 16 +8 17
Hereford 10 0 0 10 30½ -21 1
Sutton Coldfield 1 (withdrew) 6 0 1 5 7 17 -10 0
Start
Time
Date Home Team Aggregate
score
Away Team Match
points
8:00pm Thu 12 Nov Hereford 2½ - 5½ Worcester 1 5
8:00pm Thu 26 Nov Sutton Coldfield 1 2 - 6 Worcester 1 5
8:00pm Thu 3 Dec Worcester 1 3½ - 4½ Solihull 1 1
8:00pm Thu 10 Dec Longbridge 1 2 - 6 Worcester 1 5
8:00pm Thu 17 Dec Worcester 1 5 - 3 Hereford 5
8:00pm Thu 7 Jan Solihull 1 6 - 2 Worcester 1 0
8:00pm Thu 14 Jan Worcester 1 3½ - 5½ Longbridge 1 1
8:00pm Thu 21 Jan Redditch   Worcester 1  
8:00pm Thu 4 Feb Worcester 1   Redditch  
Other teams’ fixtures and results from LMS

14 Jan. Worcester were again a player short and the reserve was not able to login quickly enough to take his place on the board. The team salavaged on match point in the first leg of the encounter when Collett benefitted from a knight fork late in what was otherwise a completely lost position.
7 Jan. Worcester crashed to defeat in the first match of the New Year, but hold on to their top of the table position. A poor internet connection for Worcester’s intended board 1 meant he could not logon.
17 Dec. Worcester beat bottom of the table Hereford, but not decisively.
11 Dec. Worcester had clear wins in both matches against a three-man Longbridge team defaulting on board 4. Peter Kitson won both his games.
3 Dec. In a tough match, Worcester had to concede to the strong Solihull team and relinquish top of the table spot. Peter Kitson was the most successful team member.
26 Nov. Worcester had an easy win against Sutton because they had 2 players only. Stephen Mellor won both his games.
19 Nov. ches.com website crashed and the match is to be played after 14 Jan.
12 Nov. Worcester win their first match against new team Hereford.
9 Nov. Draft fixture lists published by WMA. In the new season Hereford join Division 1. South Birmingham and Warwick University Alumni go down to Division 2. Compard with Summer 2020, there are now two double matches between teams in Division 1. The league tie-break rule has been revised so that if teams remain equal on match points and game points, points difference, or failing that teams’ head-to-head result will count. Playing strength is now estimated by four-figure ratings, taking over from the old three digit ECF grades. The first figure is the ECF standard play rating for a player and I believe the second is a rapidplay rating.

WMA Autumn Season 2020
Board Rating Solihull 1 7 Jan Worcester 1 Rating
1 2150/ - McCumiskey, Andrew 1 - 0 Holmes, Matthew 1782/1780
2 1787/1848 Summerfield, Julian 0 - 1 Collett, Ray 1737/1848
3 - / - Hutado, Philip 1 - 0 Vernon, Colin 1359/1338
4 - /1953 Eric Gibbon 1 - 0 default -
      3 - 1    
1 2150/ - McCumiskey, Andrew 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew 1782/1780
2 1787/1848 Summerfield, Julian 1 - 0 Collett, Ray 1737/1848
3 - / - Hutado, Philip 1 - 0 Vernon, Colin 1359/1338
4 - /1953 Eric Gibbon 1 - 0 default -
      3 - 1    
Board Rating Longbridge 1 10 Dec Worcester 1 Rating
1 1870/ - Small, Edward 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter - / -
2 1770/1945 Woodhouse, Stephen 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew 1782/1780
3 1876/1945 Walsh, Marcus 1 - 0 Gardner, Matthew - / -
4 - default 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 1680/1683
Result 1 - 3
5 1870/ - Small, Edward 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter - / -
6 1770/1945 Woodhouse, Stephen ½ - ½ Holmes, Matthew 1782/1780
7 1876/1945 Walsh, Marcus ½ - ½ Gardner, Matthew - / -
8 - default 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 1680/1683
Result  
Board Rating Worcester 1 3 Dec Solihull 1 Rating
1 2082/ - Mellor, Stephen D 1 - 0 McCumiskey, Andrew 2150/ -
2 - / - Kitson, Peter 1 - 0 Summerfield, Julian 1787/ -
3 1782/ - Holmes,Matthew A 0 - 1 Gibbon, Eric - / -
4 1680/ - Sutton, Rob 0 - 1 Hurtado, Philip - / -
Result 2 - 2
5 2082/ - Mellor, Stephen D 0 - 1 McCumiskey, Andrew 2150/ -
6 - / - Kitson, Peter ½ - ½ Summerfield, Julian 1787/ -
7 1782/ - Holmes,Matthew A 1 - 0 Gibbon, Eric - / -
8 1680/ - Sutton, Rob 0 - 1 Hurtado, Philip - / -
Result 1½ - 2½
Board Rating Sutton Coldfield 1 26 Nov Worcester 1  
1 1926/2065 Owen, Neil 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen - /2133
2 1774/2095 Mesesan, Mircea-Marius 1 - 0 Kitson, Peter - / -
3 - Default 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew 1810/1780
4 - Default 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 1694/1683
Result 1 - 3
5 1926/2065 Owen, Neil 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen - /2133
6 1774/2095 Mesesan, Mircea-Marius 1 - 0 Kitson, Peter - / -
7 - Default 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew 1810/1780
8 - Default 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 1694/1683
Result 1 - 3
Board Rating Hereford 12 Nov Worcester 1 Rating
1 - / - Marchant, Geoff 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen D - /2133
2 1449/1458 Duke, Dillon 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter - / -
3 - / - Turner, Brian 1 - 0 Holmes,Matthew A 1810/1780
4 - / - Hancock, David 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 1694/1683
Result 1- 3  
5 - / - Marchant, Geoff 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen D 1600/2133
6 1449/1458 Duke, Dillon 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter - / -
7 - / - Turner, Brian ½ - ½ Holmes,Matthew A 1810/1780
8 - / - Hancock, David 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 1694/1683
Result 1½ - 2½

Worcester 2 in Division 2

WMA Division 2 Autumn Season 2020
Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Match Points
Mutual Circle 12 7 4 1 26½ 21½ 5 23
Lichfield 12 6 3 3 28½ 19½ 9 20
Warwick Univ Alumni 10 6 2 2 26½ 13½ 13 18
South Birmingham 12 5 4 3 27 21 6 17
Kidderminster 12 6 1 5 26½ 21½ 5 16
Stourbridge 10 6 1 3 20 20 0 16
Isle of Wight 10 3 3 4 20 20 0 12
Longbridge 2 10 3 1 6 16 24 -8 8
Solihull 2 10 1 4 7 17 23 -6 7
Worcester 2 14 2 2 8 20 36 -16 6
Sutton Coldfield 2 10 1 3 6 13½ 26½ -13 6
Date Start
Time
Home Team Aggregate
score
Away Team Match points
Thu 12th Nov 2020 8:00pm Mutual Circle 5½ - 2½ Worcester 2 0
Thu 26th Nov 2020 8:00pm Worcester 2 4 - 4 Longbridge 2 2
Thu 3rd Dec 2020 8:00pm Isle of Wight 4½ - 3½ Worcester 2 2
Thu 10th Dec 2020 8:00pm Worcester 2 3 - 5 Kidderminster 1
Thu 17th Dec 2020 8:00pm Lichfield 6 - 2 Worcester 2 0
Thu 7th Jan 2021 8:00pm Worcester 2 3½ - 4½ Stourbridge 1
Thu 14th Jan 2021 8:00pm South Birmingham 6½ - 1½ Worcester 2 0
Thu 21st Jan 2021 8:00pm Worcester 2   Sutton Coldfield 2  
Thu 4 Feb 2021 8:00pm Worcester 2   Solihull 2  
Thu 11 Feb 2021 8:00pm Warwick Univ Alumni   Worcester 2  
Other teams’ fixtures and results from LMS

14 Jan. On bord 1 Colin faced an opponent over 600 rating points higher and duly lost. Only Simon Berry was able to win a game.
7 Jan. A slight improvement from the last match because the team took away a match point for the first leg of the fixture and this lifts the team just off the bottom of the table. Robin Hayles was the only player to win both games.
17 Dec. Ray Collett was the only player to score points winning both his games. This loss means the team is firmly lodged at the bottom of the table for the start of the New Year. The team was joined by Matt Gardner, who faced a much higher rated opponent.
10 Dec. Worcester 2 drew the first match, but lost the second against Kidderminster. Simon Berry was the most successful player getting a win and a draw against one of his protéges.
3 Dec. Worcester 2 won one match and lost the other to accrue 2 match points. Simon Berry was the only Worcester player not to lose a game.
27 Nov. Worcester 2 drew with Longbridge 2, one match apiece. Robin Hayles won both his games.
12 Nov. Worcester 2 lost to Mutual Circle in the first round.
9 Nov. WMA published the draft fixture list. Coventry, having formed their own online league have decided not to defend their Division 2 champons title and have left WMA. There are other changes from last season. Warwick University and South Birmingham drop down from Division 1. The league tie-break rule has been revised so that if teams remain equal on match points and game points, points difference, or failing that teams’ head-to-head result will count. Playing strength is now estimated by four-figure ratings, taking over from the old three digit ECF grades. The first figure is the ECF standard play rating for a player and I believe the second is a rapidplay rating.

WMA Autumn Season 2020
Board Rating Worcester 2 7 Jan Stourbridge Rating
1 1673/ - Hayles, Robyn 0 - 1 Sharratt, Paul 1802/ -
2 1507/ - Kirkland, Arnold 1 - 0 Wilson, Julie 1705/ -
3 1561/ - Cleak, David ½ - ½ Foxall, John 1614/ -
4 - /1323 Berry, Simon ½ - ½ Humphries, Jeremy 1529/ -
    Result 2 - 2    
1 1673/ - Hayles, Robyn 0 - 1 Sharratt, Paul 1802/ -
2 1507/ - Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Wilson, Julie 1705/ -
3 1561/ - Cleak, David 1 - 0 Foxall, John 1614/ -
4 - /1323 Berry, Simon ½ - ½ Humphries, Jeremy 1529/ -
    Result 1½ - 2½  
Board Rating Lichfield 17 Dec Worcester 2 Rating
1 - / - Keaveney, John 1 - 0 Gardner, Matt - / -
2 1707/ - Hoare, Michael 0 - 1 Collett, Ray 1737/1848
3 - / - Willett, Peter 1 - 0 Hayles, Robin 1673/ -
4 1412/1465 Sawyer, Ray 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold 1507/ -
  Result 3 - 1    
5 - / - Keaveney, John 1 - 0 Gardner, Matt - / -
6 1707/ - Hoare, Michael 0 - 1 Collett, Ray 1737/1848
7 - / - Willett, Peter 1 - 0 Hayles, Robin 1673/ -
8 1412/1465 Sawyer, Ray 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold 1507/ -
  Result 3 - 1  
Board Rating Worcester 2 10 Dec Kidderminster Rating
1 1737/1848 Collett, Ray ½ - ½ O´Dell, James - / -
2 1673/ - Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Varilone, John - / 1608
3 1561/ - Cleake, David 1 - 0 Riley, Mark - / 1638
4 - /1323 Berry, Simon ½ - ½ Henry, Cameron - / -
Result 2 - 2
5 1737/1848 Collett, Ray 0 - 1 O´Dell, James - / -
6 1673/ - Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Varilone, John - / 1608
7 1561/ - Cleake, David 0 - 1 Riley, Mark - / 1638
8 - /1323 Berry, Simon 1 - 0 Henry, Cameron - / -
Result 1 - 3
Board Rating Isle of Wight 3 Dec Worcester 2 Rating
1 2016/ - Wrench, John ½ - ½ Collett, Ray 1737/ -
2 - / - Charalambous, Charles 0 - 1 Kirkland, Arnold 1507/ -
3 1634/ - Stevens, Phil 1 - 0 Cleak, David 1561/ -
4 1208/ - Boyalakuntia, Siva 0 - 1 Berry, Simon - / -
Result 1½ - 2½
5 2016/ - Wrench, John 1 - 0 Collett, Ray 1737/ -
6 - / - Charalambous, Charles 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold 1507/ -
7 1634/ - Stevens, Phil ½ - ½ Cleak, David 1561/ -
8 1208/ - Boyalakuntia, Siva ½ - ½ Berry, Simon - / -
Result 3 - 1
Board Rating Worcester 2 26 Nov Longbridge 2 Rating
1 - / - Gardner, Matt ½ - ½ Shaw, Steve - / -
2 1807/1846 Collett, Ray A 1 - 0 Whitten, AS - / -
3 1689/ - Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Rowe, Matthew 1252/ -
4 1533/ - Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Ellis, Ian 1687/ -
Result 2½ - 1½
5 - / - Gardner, Matt 0 - 1 Shaw, Steve - / -
6 1807/1846 Collett, Ray A ½ - ½ Whitten, AS - / -
7 1689/ - Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Rowe, Matthew 1252/ -
8 1533/ - Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Ellis, Ian 1687/ -
Result 1½ - 2½
Board Rating Mutual Circle 12 Nov Worcester 2 Rating
1 1637/1728 Wells, P 0 - 1 Gardener, Matthew - / -
2 1609/ - Ogeleye 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold 1533/ -
3 1577/1555 Leaper, Richard ½ - ½ Cleak, David - / -
4 1539/ - Singhal, Saket 1 - 0 Berry, Simon - /1323
Result 2½ - 1½  
1 1637/1728 Wells, P 0 - 1 Gardener, Matthew - / -
2 1609/ - Ogeleye 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold 1533/ -
3 1577/1555 Leaper, Richard 1 - 0 Cleak, David - / -
4 1539/ - Singhal, Saket 1 - 0 Berry, Simon - /1323
Result 3 - 1  

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