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Published 16 July 2020

West Midlands Area Online League Spring 2020

Worcester City club entered two teams, one in each division of the West Midlands Area Online League when it was formed in April. Rob Sutton took the captaincy after the first two matches. At each event there were 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. Time control in the league was 15 minutes plus 10 seconds from move 1.

For these matches Droitwich joined forces with Worcester City with Arnold Kirkland and David Cleak playing useful roles mostly in the Division 2 team.

Worcester 1 in Division 1

WMA Online Rapidplay League Division 1 Spring 2020
Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Points
South Birmingham 1 12 7 5 0 32 16 19
Sutton Coldfield 1 12 7 4 1 29½ 16½ 18
Solihull 1 12 7 0 3 27½ 18½ 16
Rugby 12 2 5 5 21½ 26½ 9
Redditch 12 3 3 6 18½ 29½ 9
Worcester 1 12 2 3 7 19 29 7
Greenlands 12 2 2 8 16 28 6

30 Apr. Worcester 1 drew one and lost one against Rugby.
7 May. Redditch won one and drew one against Worcester 1 who were a player down due to an IT glitch.
14 May. Worcester lost both matches against Sutton Coldfield.
21 May. Worcester lost both matches against Solihull.
28 May. Worcester drew one and lost one against Sutton Coldfield.
4 Jun. Worcester beat Greenlands in both matches.

Board Colour Rugby Thu 30th Apr 2020 Worcester 1
1 B Vishwanath Natraj, Ganesh 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob
2 W Badley, Christopher 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen D
3 B Riley, David 1 - 0 Cleak, David
4 W Malka, Nigel ½ - ½ Osbourn, Ed
2½ - 1½
5 W Vishwanath Natraj, Ganesh 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob
6 B Badley, Christopher 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen D
7 W Riley, David 1 - 0 Cleak, David
8 B Malka, Nigel 0 - 1 Osbourn, Ed
2 - 0
Board Colour Worcester 1 Thu 7th May 2020 Redditch
1 W Holmes, Matthew A 0 - 1 Morales, Miles
2 B Mellor, Stephen D 1 - 0 Towers, Nigel S
3 W Sutton, Rob ½ - ½ Smith, David
4 B Default 0 - 1 Not Named
1½ - 2½
5 B Holmes, Matthew A 0 - 1 Morales, Miles
6 W Mellor, Stephen D 1 - 0 Towers, Nigel S
7 B Sutton, Rob 1 - 0 Smith, David
8 W Default 0 - 1 Not Named
2 - 2
Board Colour South Birmingham 1 Thu 14th May 2020 Worcester 1
1 B Pitcher, John 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob
2 W Dighton, Simon 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold G
3 B Walsh, Marcus 1 - 0 Collett, Ray A
4 W Hazelhurst, Cory 1 - 0 Vernon, Colin G
4 - 0
1 W Pitcher, John 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob
2 B Dighton, Simon 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold G
3 W Walsh, Marcus ½ - ½ Collett, Ray A
4 B Hazelhurst, Cory 1 - 0 Vernon, Colin G
3½ - ½
Board Colour Solihull 1 Thu 21st May 2020 Worcester 1
1 W McCumiskey, Andrew P 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen D
2 B Summerfield, Julian H 1 - 0 Holmes, Matthew A
3 W Gibbon, Eric 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob
4 B Joy, Praveen 1 - 0 Collett, Ray A
3 - 1
1 B McCumiskey, Andrew P 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen D
2 W Summerfield, Julian H ½ - ½ Holmes, Matthew A
3 B Gibbon, Eric 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob
4 W Joy, Praveen 1 - 0 Collett, Ray A
3½ - ½
Board Colour Worcester 1 Thu 28th May 2020 Sutton Coldfield 1
1 B Mellor, Stephen D 0 - 1 Stepanyan, Henrik
2 W Holmes, Matthew A ½ - ½ Owen, Neil J
3 B Sutton, Rob 1 - 0 Soszynski, Marek J
4 W Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Mesesan, Mircea-Marius
2 - 2
1 W Mellor, Stephen D 1 - 0 Stepanyan, Henrik
2 B Holmes, Matthew A 0 - 1 Owen, Neil J
3 W Sutton, Rob 1 - 0 Soszynski, Marek J
4 B Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Mesesan, Mircea-Marius
2 - 2
Board Colour Greenlands Thu 4th Jun 2020 Worcester 1
1 B Stern, Robert C ½ - ½ Mellor, Stephen D
2 W Woodhouse, Stephen V 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew A
3 B Dance, Joseph 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob
4 W Truscott, Ian M 0 - 1 Collett, Ray A
½ - 3½
1 W Stern, Robert C 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen D
2 B Woodhouse, Stephen V 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew A
3 W Dance, Joseph 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob
4 B Truscott, Ian M 0 - 1 Collett, Ray A
1 - 3

Worcester 2 in Division 2

WMA Online Rapidplay League Division 2 Spring 2020
Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Warwick University 18 13 2 3 48 24 36
South Birmingham 2 18 12 1 5 44 26 31
Isle of Wight 18 9 4 5 39½ 32½ 26
Stourbridge 1 18 7 6 5 35½ 34½ 22
Coventry Chess 18 7 4 7 37 35 21
Stourbridge 2 18 7 3 8 32½ 37½ 21
Mutual Circle 18 6 2 10 32 40 19
Sutton Coldfield 2 18 5 6 7 34½ 35½ 15
Worcester 2 18 4 3 11 30 42 13
Solihull 2 18 2 5 11 23 49 11

23 Apr. Worcester 2 drew one and lost one against Warwick University.
30 Apr. Worcester 2 lost both matches against Mutual Circle.
7 May. Worcester 2 drew one and lost one against Isle of Wight.
14 May. Worcester lost both its matches against Stourbridge.
21 May. Worcester 2 beat Coventry Chess in both matches.
4 Jun. Worcester 2 drew one match and lost the other against Stourbridge in spite of our opponents being a player down.
25 Jun. Worcester 2 came off worse against Sutton Coldfield 2. There were only three boards because the chess.com platform did not allow one of the Solihull players to join the match.
18 Jun. Worcester 2 fared badly against a strong South Birmingham 2 team losing both matches.
11 Jun. Worcester lost both against Solihull and Sourbridge 2 lost both matches against Warwick University.



Board Colour Worcester 2 Thu 23 Apr 2020 Warwick University
1 B Holmes, Matthew A 1 - 0 Munns, James
2 W Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Goodall, Jaspar
3 B Vernon, Colin G 0 - 1 Coldwell, Matthew
4 W Berry, Simon 0 - 1 Huffer, Jack
1 - 3
5 W Holmes, Matthew A 1 - 0 Munns, James
6 B Kirkland, Arnold G ½ - ½ Goodall, Jaspar
7 W Vernon, Colin G 0 - 1 Coldwell, Matthew
8 B Berry, Simon ½ - ½ Huffer, Jack
2 - 2
Board Colour Mutual Circle Thu 30 Apr 2020 Worcester 2
1 W Wells, Phil 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew A
2 B Evans, Christopher J 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold G
3 W Singhal, Sumeet 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
4 B Ishaq, Wahhaab ½ - ½ Vernon, Colin G
2½ - 1½
5 B Wells, Phil 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew A
6 W Evans, Christopher J ½ - ½ Kirkland, Arnold G
7 B Singhal, Sumeet 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
8 W Ishaq, Wahhaab 1 - 0 Vernon, Colin G
2½ - 1½
Board Colour Worcester 2 Thu 7 May 2020 Isle of Wight
1 B Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Williams, AD (Tony)
2 W Cleak, David 1 - 0 Clark, Seth
3 B Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Stritton, Louis (Sandy)
4 W Berry, Simon 0 - 1 Pither, N
1 - 3
1 W Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Williams, AD (Tony)
2 B Cleak, David 1 - 0 Clark, Seth
3 W Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Stritton, Louis (Sandy)
4 B Berry, Simon 1 - 0 Pither, N
2 - 2
Board Colour Stourbridge 1 Thu 14 May 2020 Worcester 2
1 B Humphries, Jeremy ½ - ½ Cleak, David
2 W Scriven, David 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
3 B Foxall, John ½ - ½ Hayles, Robin
4 W Seeley, Peter 1 - 0 Duke, Dillan
3 - 1
1 W Humphries, Jeremy ½ - ½ Cleak, David
2 B Scriven, David 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
3 W Foxall, John 1 - 0 Hayles, Robin
4 B Seeley, Peter 0 - 1 Duke, Dillan
2½ - 1½
Board Colour Worcester 2 Thu 21 May 2020 Coventry Chess
1 B Kirkland, Arnold G ½ - ½ Johnson, Mike J
2 W Cleak, David 0 - 1 Goodwin, Ed H
3 B Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Sanchez, Margarita
4 W Duke, Dillan 1 - 0 Weaver, Simon
2½ - 1½
1 W Kirkland, Arnold G 0 - 1 Johnson, Mike J
2 B Cleak, David 1 - 0 Goodwin, Ed H
3 W Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Sanchez, Margarita
4 B Duke, Dillan 1 - 0 Weaver, Simon
3 - 1
Board Colour Stourbridge 2 Thu 4 Jun 2020 Worcester 2
1 B Fallowfield, Nicholas 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold G
2 W Wilson, Julie C 1 - 0 Cleak, David
3 B Woodall, Colin 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
4 W Default 0(def) - 1 Duke, Dillan
3 - 1
1 W Fallowfield, Nicholas 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold G
2 B Wilson, Julie C 1 - 0 Cleak, David
3 W Woodall, Colin 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
4 B Default 0(def) - 1 Duke, Dillan
3 - 1
Board Colour Worcester 2 Thu 11 Jun 2020 Solihull 2
1 W Kirkland, Arnold G 1 - 0 Byrne, Nigel
2 B Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Mitchell, George
3 W Berry, Simon 0 - 1 Green, John
4 B Duke, Dillan 1 - 0 Default
3 - 1
1 B Kirkland, Arnold G ½ - ½ Byrne, Nigel
2 W Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Mitchell, George
3 B Berry, Simon 1 - 0 Green, John
4 W Duke, Dillan 1 - 0 Default
3½ - ½
Board Colour South Birmingham 2 Thu 18 Jun 2020 Worcester 2
1 B Kasafir, Nathanael ½ - ½ Hayles, Robin
2 W Lane, Tim A 1 - 0 Cleak, David
3 B Little, Matthew 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
4 W Nalabotu, Viswamedha 1 - 0 Duke, Dillan
3½ - ½
1 W Kasafir, Nathanael 1 - 0 Hayles, Robin
2 B Lane, Tim A 1 - 0 Cleak, David
3 W Little, Matthew 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
4 B Nalabotu, Viswamedha 0 - 1 Duke, Dillan
3 - 1
Board Colour Sutton Coldfield 2 Thu 25 Jun 2020 Worcester 2
1 W Mildenhall, John 1 - 0 Hayles, Robin
2 B Czopek, J Wojciech 1 - 0 Collett, Ray A
3 W Oliver, Peter J R 0 - 1 Cleak, David
4 B Marks, Robert 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
3 - 1
1 B Mildenhall, John 1 - 0 Hayles, Robin
2 W Czopek, J Wojciech 0 - 1 Collett, Ray A
3 B Oliver, Peter J R 1 - 0 Cleak, David
4 W Marks, Robert 1 - 0 Berry, Simon
3 - 1

 

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