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Published 10 October 2020

West Midlands Area Online League Summer 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 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.

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 Spring 2020 season results

Worcester 1 in Division 1

WMA Online Rapidplay League Division 1 Summer 2020
Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Points*
Sutton Coldfield 1 14 9 3 2 34½ 21½ 26
Solihull 1 14 6 3 5 29 25 19
Greenlands 1 14 5 5 4 27½ 28½ 18
Redditch 14 6 3 5 27½ 28½ 18
South Birmingham 2 14 6 2 6 26½ 29½ 17
South Birmingham 1 14 5 2 7 26½ 29½ 13
Worcester 1 14 3 5 6 25 29 13
Warwick University Alumni 14 3 3 8 25½ 30½ 11
*Teams receive 2 match points for each won 4-board match, and an extra 1 point for
an aggregate win for two matches played on the same evening. A draw in a 4-board match
gains 1 match point.
Date Team Aggregate
score
Team Match
points
Thu 13 Aug Worcester 1 4½ - 3½ Warwick Univ Alumni 4
Thu 20 Aug Sutton Coldfield 1 5 - 3 Worcester 1 1
Thu 27 Aug Worcester 1 3 - 5 South Birmingham 2 1
Thu 10 Sep Worcester 1 2½ - 5½ Greenlands 1 0
Thu 17 Sep Redditch 1½ - 6½ Worcester 1 5
Thu 24 Sep Worcester 1 2½ - 3½ Solihull 1 1
Thu 1 Oct South Birmingham 1 5 - 3 Worcester 1 1

8 Oct. Worcester 1 were not playing, but the matches were important because the bottom team could be relegated. In the end, Warwick University Alumni and South Birmingham 1 neutralised each other and Worcester were not bottom.
1 Oct. Worcester lost the first half of the fixture badly, but fought back to achieve a draw in the second half and take away a match point from the evening. SB1’s team featured a grade 200 player on board 4 and Stephen Mellor emerged with an even score against a player graded nearly 50 points higher.
24 Sep. Worcester drew in the first half against Solihull 1, but lost in the second to garner a single match point. Both teams defaulted board 4.
17 Sep. Worcester's best night so far in the Summer season with two wins and five match points against Redditch. Stephen Mellor and Peter Kitson both scored double victories. Worcester 1 are mid-table, but Worcester 2 are near the bottom of Division 2.
10 Sep. Worcester lost to Greenlands led by GM Keith Arkell. Stephen Mellor retained his plus score by winning one game and drawing the other against Kevin Hurney.
27 Aug. Worcester drew the first match of the night, but lost the second against the strong SB team
20 Aug. Worcester 1 scored only one match point after losing the first match and drawing the second. Peter Kitson played on board four being new to the WMA online format. In fact these wins were against a former Worcestershire Open winner.
13 Aug. Worcester 1 won one and drew one match against Warwick University Alumni. Stephen Mellor won both of his games.
8 Aug. South Birmingham 2 were promoted and join Division 1.

Board Grade South Birmingham 1   Worcester 1 Grade
1 220r Pitcher, John 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen 181
2 180r Hazelhurst, Cory 1 - 0 Holmes, Matthew 144r
3 171 Walsh, Marcus 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter 179
4 201 Larsen, Pelle 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob 122
Result 3 - 1  
5 220r Pitcher, John 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen 181
6 180r Hazelhurst, Cory 1 - 0 Holmes, Matthew 144r
7 171 Walsh, Marcus 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter 179
8 201 Larsen, Pelle 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob 122
Result 2 - 2
Board Grade Worcester 1 24 Sep Solihull 1 Grade
1 144r Holmes, Matthew ½ - ½ McCumiskey, Andrew 192
2 179 Kitson, Peter 1 - 0 Summerfield, Julian 153
3 122 Sutton, Rob 0 - 1 Gibbon, Eric ug
4 - default 0 - 0 default -
    Result 1½ - 1½    
1 144r Holmes, Matthew 0 - 1 McCumiskey, Andrew 192
2 179 Kitson, Peter 1 - 0 Summerfield, Julian 153
3 122 Sutton, Rob 0 - 1 Gibbon, Eric ug
4 - default 0 - 0 default -
    Result 1 - 2    
Board Grade Redditch Thu 17 Sep Worcester 1 Grade
1 165r Evans, Harry 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen 181
2 149r Towers, Nigel ½ - ½ Holmes, Matthew 144r
3 110r Stanton, Giles 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter 179
4 126r Russell, Scott 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob 122
1½ - 2½
5 165r Evans, Harry 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen 181
6 149r Towers, Nigel 0 - 1 Holmes, Matthew 144r
7 110r Stanton, Giles 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter 179
8 126r Russell, Scott 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob 122
0 - 4
Board Grade Worcester 1 Thu 10 Sep Greenlands 1 Grade
1 144r Holmes, Matthew 0 - 1 Arkell, Keith 236r
2 181 Mellor, Stephen ½ - ½ Hurney, Kevin 180r
3 179 Kitson, Peter ½ - ½ Stern, Robert 160r
4 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Woodhouse, Stephen 159
1 - 3
5 144r Holmes, Matthew 0 - 1 Arkell, Keith 236r
6 181 Mellor, Stephen 1 - 0 Hurney, Kevin 180r
7 179 Kitson, Peter ½ - ½ Stern, Robert 160r
8 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Woodhouse, Stephen 159
1½ - 2½
Board Grade Worcester 1 Thu 27 Aug South Birmingham 1  
1 145r Holmes, Matthew 1 - 0 Kasafir, Nathanael ug
2 181 Kitson, Peter ½ - ½ Lane, Tim 162r
3 118 Kirkland , Arnold 0 - 1 Dicen, Elis 134r
4 138 Hayles, Robin ½ - ½ Clarke, Neil 158r
2 - 2
5 145r Holmes, Matthew ½ - ½ Kasafir, Nathanael ug
6 181 Kitson, Peter ½ - ½ Lane, Tim 162r
7 118 Kirkland , Arnold 0 - 1 Dicen, Elis 134r
8 138 Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Clarke, Neil 158r
1 - 3
Board Colour Sutton Coldfield Thu 20 Aug Worcester 1  
1 224r Stepanyan, Henrik 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen D 181
2 186r Mesesan, Mircea-Marius 1 - 0 Holmes, Matthew 144r
3 167 Owen, Neil J 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob 122
4 160r Soszynski, Marek J 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter 179
3 - 1
1 224r Stepanyan, Henrik 1 - 0 Mellor, Stephen D 181
2 186r Mesesan, Mircea-Marius ½ - ½ Holmes, Matthew 144r
3 167 Owen, Neil J ½ - ½ Sutton, Rob 122
4 160r Soszynski, Marek J 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter 179
2 - 2
Board Colour Worcester 1 Thu 13 Aug 2020 Warwick Univ Alumni  
1 144r Holmes, Matthew ½ - ½ Goodall, Jasper 116r
2 181 Mellor, Stephen D 1 - 0 Munns, James 152
3 118 Kirkland, Arnold 1 - 0 Coldwell, Matthew 112
4 138 Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Foster, Sam 99r
2½ - 1½
1 144r Holmes, Matthew 0 - 1 Goodall, Jasper 116r
2 181 Mellor, Stephen D 1 - 0 Munns, James 152
3 118 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Coldwell, Matthew 112
4 138 Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Foster, Sam 99r
2 - 2

Worcester 2 in Division 2

WMA Division 2 Summer 2020
Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Coventry Chess 18 11 3 4 45½ 26½ 31
Isle of Wight 18 10 4 4 42½ 29½ 31
Sutton Coldfield 2 18 9 6 3 46½ 25½ 30
Lichfield* 18 8 4 6 39 33 24
Kidderminster 18 8 3 7 37 35 23
Greenlands 2* 18 7 4 7 38½ 33½ 21
Stourbridge 18 6 4 8 33 39 21
Mutual Circle 18 5 6 7 37 35 18
Worcester 2 18 3 3 12 25 47 11
Solihull 2 18 4 1 13 16 56 11
*Teams receive 2 match points for each won 4-board match, and an extra 1 point for
an aggregate win for two matches played on the same evening. A draw in a 4-board match
gains 1 match point.
Date Time Home Team Result Away Team Match points
Thu 13th Aug 2020 20:00 Isle of Wight 5 - 3 Worcester 2 1
Thu 27th Aug 2020 20:00 Mutual Circle 3½ - 4½ Worcester 2 4
Thu 3rd Sep 2020 20:00 Worcester 2 2½ - 5½ Stourbridge 0
Thu 10th Sep 2020 20:00 Sutton Coldfield 2 7 - 1 Worcester 2 0
Tue 15 Sep 2020 20:00 Worcester 2 2 - 6 Lichfield 0
Thu 17th Sep 2020 20:00 Worcester 2 3½ - 4½ Kidderminster 2
Thu 24th Sep 2020 20:00 Worcester 2 3½ - 4½ Solihull 2 1
Thu 1st Oct 2020 20:00 Coventry Chess 7½ - ½ Worcester 2 0
Thu 8th Oct 2020 20:00 Worcester 2 4½ - 3½ Greenlands 2 3

8 Oct. Worcester 2 redeemed itself from last week’s defeat by an aggregate win against Greenlands, the last match Greenlands played beforemorphing into Longbridge.
1 Oct. Worcester 2 were almost annhilated by Coventry Chess. Only David Cleak managed to get a draw in the second half of the fixture.
24 Sep. Against Solihull 2, fellow strugglers at the bottom of the table, Worcester 2 drew the first match, but lost the second.
17 Sep. Worcester won the first half, but lost the second and had a lower aggregate against Kidderminster. Tony Shaw was the best performer with 1½ points from his two games.
15 Sep. Simon Berry was the only Worcester player to score in the postponed match against Lichfield. Simon won both his games and Worcester 2 lost 2-6.
10 Sep. Only two players managed draws in one of their games against Sutton Coldfield: Simon Beryy in his second game and Colin Vernon in his first.
3 Sep. Ray Collett was the only player to end the night with a plus score against a strong Stourbridge team.
27 Aug. Lower boards scored well for Worcester to make the first match drawn and the second a win against Mutual Circle. Simon Berry and Colin Vernon won both their games.
20 Aug. We all “sat down” ... and nothing hapened for about half a minute .. then up pops a message from chess.com: "this match has been cancelled". Captains are trying to find what happened.
13 Aug. Worcester were outgraded and Collett missed a difficult chance to win in the second match.
8 Aug. Kidderminster and Lichfield joined Division 2 and Stourbridge downsized to a single team.

Board Colour        
1 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Woodhouse, Stephen 159
2 135 Hayles, Robin ½ - ½ Dance, Joseph 97
3 110 Cleak, David 0 - 1 Crees, Steve 132
4 83r Berry Simon 1 - 0 Bignall, Paul 105
Result 1½ - 2½  
1 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Woodhouse, Stephen 159
2 135 Hayles, Robin 1 - 0 Dance, Joseph 97
3 110 Cleak, David 1 - 0 Crees, Steve 132
4 83r Berry Simon 1 - 0 Bignall, Paul 105
Result 3 - 1  
Board Grade Coventry Chess 1 Oct Worcester 2 Grade
1 148r  Cotterill, Sam 1 - 0  Kirkland, Arnold G 123
2 120r  Scaife, Warrick 1 - 0  Shaw, Tony 126r
3 117r  Johnson, Mike J 1 - 0  Cleak, David 110
4 103r  Weaver, Simon 1 - 0  Berry, Simon 83r
4 - 0
1 148r  Cotterill, Sam 1 - 0  Kirkland, Arnold G 123
2 120r  Scaife, Warrick 1 - 0  Shaw, Tony 126r
3 117r  Johnson, Mike J ½ - ½  Cleak, David 110
4 103r  Weaver, Simon 1 - 0  Berry, Simon 83r
3½ - ½
Board Colour Worcester 2 24 Sep Solihull 2  
1 123 Kirkland, Arnold ½ - ½ Byrne, Nigel 142r
2 153r Collett, Ray ½ - ½ Joy, Praveen 125r
3 126r Shaw, Tony 1 - 0 Mitchell, George 88r
4 93 Vernon, Colin 0 - 1 Green, John 106r
    Result 2 - 2    
1 123 Kirkland, Arnold ½ - ½ Byrne, Nigel 142r
2 153r Collett, Ray 0 - 1 Joy, Praveen 125r
3 126r Shaw, Tony 1 - 0 Mitchell, George 88r
4 93 Vernon, Colin 0 - 1 Green, John 106r
    Result 1½ - 2½    
Board Grade Worcester 2 17 Sep Kidderminster Grade
1 153r Collett, Ray 1 - 0 Riley, Mark 125
2 126r Shaw, Tony ½ - ½ Close, Dave 133
3 83r Berry, Simon ½ - ½ Billinge, Clive 103
4 93 Vernon, Colin ½ - ½ Cameron, Henry 70
2½ - 1½  
1 153r Collett, Ray 0 - 1 Riley, Mark 125
2 126r Shaw, Tony 0 - 1 Close, Dave 133
3 83r Berry, Simon ½ - ½ Billinge, Clive 103
4 93 Vernon, Colin ½ - ½ Cameron, Henry 70
1 - 3
Board Grade Worcester 2 Tue 15 Sep Lichfield Grade
1 153r Collett, Ray 0 - 1 Nevett-Farman, Benjamin 165r
2 126r Shaw Tony 0 - 1 Green, Anthony 173
3 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Willett, Peter 146
4 83r Berry, Simon 1 - 0 Skinner, Samuel 63
1 - 3
1 153r Collett, Ray 0 - 1 Nevett-Farman, Benjamin 165r
2 126r Shaw Tony 0 - 1 Green, Anthony 173
3 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Willett, Peter 146
4 83r Berry, Simon 1 - 0 Skinner, Samuel 63
1 - 3
Board Colour Sutton Coldfield 2 Thu 10 Sep Worcester 2 Grade
1 127 Larry Hayden 1 - 0 Ray Collett 153r
2 83 Steve Mildenhall 1 - 0 Tony Shaw 126r
3 140 Rob Marks 1 - 0 Simon Berry 83r
4 135 Steve Edwards ½ - ½ Colin Vernon 93
3½ - ½
1 127 Larry Hayden 1 - 0 Ray Collett 153r
2 83 Steve Mildenhall 1 - 0 Tony Shaw 126r
3 140 Rob Marks ½ - ½ Simon Berry 83r
4 135 Steve Edwards 1 - 0 Colin Vernon 93
3½ - ½
Board Grade Worcester 2 Thu 3 Sep 2020 Stourbridge Grade
1 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Aboushady, Hossam 137
2 153r Collett, Ray ½ - ½ Foxall, John 135
3 135 Hayles, Robin 0 - 1 Wilson, Julie 150
4 93 Vernon, Colin ½ - ½ Humphries, Jeremy 114
1 - 3
5 123 Kirkland, Arnold 0 - 1 Aboushady, Hossam 137
6 153r Collett, Ray 1 - 0 Foxall, John 135
7 135 Hayles, Robin ½ - ½ Wilson, Julie 150
8 93 Vernon, Colin 0 - 1 Humphries, Jeremy 114
1½ - 2½
Board Grade Mutual Circle Thu 27 Aug 2020 Worcester 2 Grade
1 136 Evans, Chris 1 - 0 Collett, Ray 153r
2 ug Ogeleye, Oluwole 1 - 0 Shaw, Tony 126r
3 120 Singhal Saket 0 - 1 Berry, Simon 83r
4 70 Ishaq, Wahhaab 0 - 1 Vernon, Colin 93
2 - 2
1 136 Evans, Chris ½ - ½ Collett, Ray 153r
2 ug Ogeleye, Oluwole 1 - 0 Shaw, Tony 126r
3 120 Singhal Saket 0 - 1 Berry, Simon 83r
4 70 Ishaq, Wahhaab 0 - 1 Vernon, Colin 93
1½ - 2½
Board Grade Isle of Wight Thu 13 Aug 2020 Worcester 2 Grade
1 171 Wrench, John 1 - 0 Collett, Ray 153r
2 151 Williams, AD (Tony) 1 - 0 Shaw, Tony 126r
3 ug Warren, Peter 0 - 1 Cleak, David 110
4 103 Charalambous, Charles 0 - 1 Berry, Simon 83r
2 - 2
1 171 Wrench, John 1 - 0 Collett, Ray 153r
2 151 Williams, AD (Tony) 1 - 0 Shaw, Tony 126r
3 ug Warren, Peter 0 - 1 Cleak, David 110
4 103 Charalambous, Charles 1 - 0 Berry, Simon 83r
1 - 3

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