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Last updated 1 December 2022

Match results 2022-3 season

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Wheatley
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4NCL Online
Div 5
Wolfpack
Worcestershire
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City team news and results

30 Nov. City beat Kidderminster away. Team captain Rob Sutton writes: "A great result, a 3-2 win! After Tony’s pressure on Dave’s king eventually gave us the point to dent Kiddy’s two-point opening salvo, I had enough craft to push my Q vs 2R and pawns endgame into a victory and as we neared 10:30pm Peter’s knight and four pawns overcame Joe’s stubborn Bishop and lone pawn. We were out-graded on every board and across the team averaged 1772 vs 1836".
19 Oct. City lose away match against Redditch. The team were saved from defaulting by Scott who filled in at very short notice, but was soon overwhelmed by his experienced opponent. The match score was evened by Stephen’s win on board 1. Positions on the remaining boards looked promising: Peter on board 2 was at a disadvantage, Ray had excellent position and was a pawn to the good and Rob was pressing a wing attack against this opponent. On board 3, however, Ray’s opponent got activity and was able to win back a pawn to leave an equal position, Rob on board 4 was unable to crash through and Peter’s position deteriorated on board 2.
6 Oct. City team draw with Longbridge. In the first o-t-b match of the season, City drew. Mellor held his own on board 1, but Kiton on board 2 misjudged a blocked position and his King was ensnared. Collett lost a piece in the early middle game, but victories by Shaw and captain Sutton evened the score.
1 Oct. First match on 6 Oct. Six teams entered and the other teams are: Halesowen, Redditch, Kidderminster, Longbridge, and Malvern. There are ten matches, each team playing the others home and away.
18 Sep Five teams entered: Halesowen, Kidderminster, Longbridge, Malvern, and Worcester.

Worcestershire Championship League
Worcester City Captain: Rob Sutton
For detailed match results, click on the score in the results column.

Date Home team score Away team Standing
Thu 6 Oct Worcester City 2½ - 2½ Longbridge 1st-2nd/6
Wed 19 Oct Redditch 3 - 2 Worcester City 3rd
Wed 30 Nov Kidderminster 2 - 3 Worcester City 3rd
Thu 5 Jan Worcester City   Malvern  
Thu 12 Jan Worcester City   Kidderminster  
Thu 9 Feb Worcester City   Redditch  
Fri 3 Mar Malvern   Worcester City  
Tue 7 Mar Halesowen   Worcester City  
Thu 6 Apr Longbridge   Worcester City  
Thu 13 Apr Worcester City   Halesowen  
 
Worcester City
Worcestershire Championship League
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Board Kidderminster score Worcester City
1 Friar, Joe 0 - 1 Kitson, Peter
2 Wrench, John 1 - 0 Collett, Ray
3 Spowart, David 0 - 1 Shaw, Tony
4 Riley, Mark 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob
4 Varilone, John 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold
  Totals 2 - 3  
Played 30 Nov. Cumulative MP=3, GP=7½, Place 3rd/6
Board Redditch score Worcester City
1 Hosken, Nigel 0 - 1 Mellor, Stephen
2 Lambourne, Dan 1 - 0 Kitson, Peter
3 Evans, Harry ½ - ½ Collett, Ray
4 Towers, Nigel ½ - ½ Sutton, Rob
5 Cox, Glen 1 - 0 Oxtoby, Scott
  Totals 3 - 2 Played 19 Oct
Cumulative MP=1, GP=4½, Place 3rd/6
Board Worcester City score Longbridge
1 Mellor, Stephen ½ - ½ Kevin Hurney
2 Kitson, Peter 0 - 1 Stephen Woodhouse
3 Collett Ray 0 - 1 Gavin Cartwright
4 Shaw, Tony 1 - 0 Phil Maddocks
5 Sutton, Rob 1 - 0 Sam Bentham
  Totals 2½ - 2½ Played 6 Oct
Cumulative MP=1, GP=2½, Standing 1st-2nd/6

 

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Championship 2022-3 Challengers’ 2022-3 Worcester & District 2022-3 Rapidplay
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Worcestershire
Chess

Rooks news and results

27 Oct. In the first match the Rooks lost to Longbridge. Arnold Kirkland was Worcester’s winner.
18 Sep. Six teams entered: Kidderminster, Longbridge, Malvern, Redditch, Stourbridge and Worcester

Worcestershire Challengers’ League
For detailed match results, click on the score in the results column.
Date Home team score Away team Standing
Thu 27 Oct Longbridge 2½ - 1½ Worcester Rooks 4th/6
Wed 9 Nov Kidderminster 2 - 2 Worcester Rooks 3rd/6
Wed 23 Nov Stourbridge 3 - 1 Worcester Rooks 5th/6
Thu 15 Dec Worcester Rooks   Malvern  
Wed 21 Dec Redditch   Worcester Rooks  
Thu 12 Jan Worcester Rooks   Longbridge  
Fri 27 Jan Malvern   Worcester Rooks  
Thu 2 Feb Worcester Rooks   Kidderiminster  
Thu 2 Mar Worcester Rooks   Stourbridge  
Thu 16 Mar Worcester Rooks   Redditch  
In this league, players on boards 2, 3 and 4 must be rated below 1850. A player rated above 1850 may play on board 1 only.
Worcester Rooks Captain Chris Lee
Worcestershire Challengers’ League
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Board Stourbridge score Worcester Rooks
1 Wilson, Julie 0 - 1 Kirkland, Arnold
2 Conway-Lees, Joe 1 - 0 Cleak, David
3 Horwill, Eric 1 - 0 Flynn, Seamus
4 Evans, Christopher 1 - 0 Lee, Chris
  Totals 3 - 1  
Played 23 Nov. Cumulative MP=1, GP=4½, Place 5th/6
Board Kidderminster score Worcester Rooks
1 Varilone, John 0 - 1 Collett, Ray
2 Kitchen, Michael 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold
3 Thomas, Paul 0 - 1 Lee, Chris
4 Pountney, Terry 1 - 0 Griffiths, Aiden
  Totals 2 - 2  
Played 9 Nov. Cumulative MP=1, GP=3½, Place 3rd/6
Board Worcester Rooks score Longbridge
1 Rob Sutton 0 - 1 Stephen Woodhouse
2 Andy Gilhooly 0 - 1 Phil Maddocks
3 Arnold Kirkland 1 - 0 Robert Davies
4 David Cleak ½ - ½ Ian Truscott
  Totals 1½ - 2½  
Played Cumulative MP=0, GP=1½, Standing 4/6

 

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Championship 2022-3 Challengers’ 2022-3 Worcester & District 2022-3 Rapidplay
2022-3
Wheatley
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4NCL Online
Div 5
Worcestershire
Chess

Bishops news and results

2 Nov. Clean sweep at Redditch. In their first outing the bishops had a 4-0 victory, a notable coup for newly appointed team captain, Scott Oxtoby.
18 Sep. Three teams entered: Longbridge, Redditch, and Worcester

Worcester & District League
For detailed match results, click on the score in the results column.
Date Home team score Away team Standing
Wed 2 Nov Redditch 0 - 4 Worcester Bishops 1st/3
Thu 8 Dec Longbridge   Worcester Bishops  
Thu 16 Feb Worcester Bishops   Longbridge  
Thu 20 Apr Worcester Bishops   Redditch  
In this league, the three clubs competing have agreed that all players should be rated below 1650.
Worcester Bishops Captain: Scott Oxtoby
Worcester & District League
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Board Redditch score Worcester Rooks
1 Clack, Ian 0 - 1 Kirkland, Arnold
2 Reed, Antonia (Toni) 0 - 1 Cleak, David
3 Rimmington, Anthony 0 - 1 Oxtoby, Scott
4 Crane, Mark 0 - 1 Berry, Simon
  Totals 0 - 4  
Played Cumulative MP=2, GP=4, Standing 1st/3

 

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Championship 2022-3 Challengers’ 2022-3 Worcester & District 2022-3 Rapidplay
2022-3
Wheatley
Cup
4NCL Online
Div 5
Worcestershire
Chess

Knights news and results

1 Oct. First match away on 10 Nov. At the end of the first leg of the match, Worcester Knights appeared to be on the ropes. The team rallied and edged a win in the second leg.
18 Sep. Four teams entered: Longbridge, Redditch, Stourbridge and Worcester
23 Aug. Worcestershire Chess Association agreed to establish a rapidplay league at its annual meeting.

Rapidplay League
For detailed match results, click on the score in the results column.
Date Home team score 1 score 2 Away team Standing
Thu 10 Nov Worcester Knights 0 - 4 2½ - 1½ Redditch 3rd
Wed 16 Nov Kidderminster 2 - 2 2 - 2 Worcester Knights 2nd
Wed 8 Feb Stourbridge     Worcester Knights  
Thu 23 Feb Worcester Knights     Kidderminster  
Thu 23 Mar Worcester Knights     Stourbridge  
Wed 26 Apr Redditch     Worcester Knights  
In this league, players on boards 2, 3 and 4 must be rated below 1850. A player rated above 1850 may play on board 1 only. At each fixture, each player has two games, the second with colours reversed. The fixture’s results are scored as two matches.
Worcester Knights Captain: Andy Gilhooly
Rapidplay League
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not counting to league results and shown in paretheses.
Board Kidderminster score Worcester Knights
1 Varilone, John 1 - 0 Sutton, Rob
2 Eaton, Alex 1 - 0 Oxtoby, Scott
3 Grala, Tomasz 0 - 1 Lee, Chris
4 Henry, Cameron 0 - 1 Gilhooly, Andy
5 Pountney, Terry (0 - 1) Griffiths, Aiden
  Totals 2 - 2  
Board   score  
1 Varilone, John ½ - ½ Sutton, Rob
2 Eaton, Alex 1 - 0 Oxtoby, Scott
3 Grala, Tomasz 0 - 1 Lee, Chris
4 Henry, Cameron ½ - ½ Gilhooly, Andy
5 Pountney, Terry (0 - 1) Griffiths, Aiden
  Totals 2 - 2  
Played 16 Nov. Cumulative MP=1, GP=4½, Place 2nd/4
Board Worcester Knights score Redditch
1 Sutton, Rob 0 - 1 Towers, Nigel
2 Griffiths, Aiden 0 - 1 Zbircea, Mihai
3 Berry, Simon 0 - 1 Smith, David
4 Hesketh, John 0 - 1 Steward, Jamie
  Totals 0 - 4  
Board   score  
1 Sutton, Rob 1 - 0 Towers, Nigel
2 Griffiths, Aiden ½ - ½ Zbircea, Mihai
3 Berry, Simon 0 - 1 Smith, David
4 Hesketh, John 1 - 0 Steward, Jamie
  Totals 2½ - 1½  
Played 10 Nov. Cumulative MP=1, GP=2½, Standing 3rd/4

 

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Championship 2022-3 Challengers’
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2022-3
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Worcestershire
Chess

Wheatley Cup team news and results

25 Sep. Worcester has suggested that the final for the Cup is played near the end of the season and Redditch have suggested that they will be prepared to play at Worcester because their venue will not be available in May.
18 Sep. Only two clubs entered: Redditch and Worcester. These teams will play a final.

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Wolfpack news and results

22 Nov. Worcester beat Barnet Knights D. Worcester achieved a convincing win against Barnet’s youthful team, but the initial prospects were poor. Robin and his opponent set off at a brisk pace and during the process Stephen won a pawn in the early middle game and obtained a pin on the back rank to net a further pawn and there was no reply to a steam roller of queen flank pawns in the ensuing minor piece ending. Robin overlooked double attack that lost him a piece. The pace did not slacken and eventually Robin’s opponent returned the favour and a draw was agreed in an equal R+P ending. Tony’s game was equal all the way to a double rook ending when his opponent did not see the best defence and lost a pawn and then failed take advantage of an inaccuracy before resigning in a position where he was two pawns down, but with plenty of scope for either player to go wrong in fast play. Colin won a piece in the opening, but returned it a few moves later. In the queenless middle game Colin won overwhelming material witha discovered attack.
8 Nov. Worcester lose hard-fought battle against Farnham B. Arnold had to step in at short notice because Phil's internet was dodgy. Stephen got shunted into an unfamiliar French by his young opponent and had to drop a piece. Tony had a balanced game until his opponent's knight jumped all over his position and was lucky to escape with a draw. Rob played a Petrov and was a pawn down in the middle game, but his opponent lost his way in the ending and Rob got a deserved win, the last game to finish. Arnold was out-played in a tough middle game but had some chances of winning on time, but fell to a fork in a poor position under acute time pressure.
25 Oct. Worcester beat Lerryn Clowns. 25 Oct. Worcester played a Cornish team Lerryn Clowns. Board one was drawish throughout and on board 4 Vernon allowed his queen to be trapped early in the middlegame. Rob Sutton in his first appearance for the team played a slid game and won the R+P ending. Tony Shaw was the star player. Playing slowly he was 15 minutes down with a poor middlegame position before his counter offensive began. Tony steadily outplayed his opponent and was a pawn up and had an active rook in a R+P ending, which he won in style making the final score 2½-1½.
11 Oct. Worcester beat Farnham C. Captain Collett spent the afternoon finding a fourth player for the team and Phil Austin stepped in at short notice. In the end the effort was not essential because Farnham had a default when the team lists were published. Worcester players claimed easy wins and scored a 4-0 victory.
27 Sep. Wolfpack swallowed by Charlton Cobras. A disappointing night with the team losing 4-0 against Charlton Cobras C. Stephen obtained a promising middlgame on board 1 with pressure against a backward c-pawn, but an injudicious knight move allowed his opponent to win a key central pawn and free his game. Black exchanged to a R+P ending that offered chances of a draw and an inaccurate further exchange to a K+P ending made a draw more probable. In the end, Stephen's opponent promoted a pawn first and competently navigated the Q+K vs K+P on the seventh forcing mate. On board 2 Robin, playing black, missed an early chance to get a knight on e6 in a Sicilian Defence. His opponent won a pawn after an inaccuracy in the middlegame, but lost it from a blunder a few moves later. In a complex Q+R ending white gained a further pawn and exposed Robin's king to relentless checks that led to mate or loss of the queen. Colin played the white side of the Sicilian Defence and launched a king side attack. White overlooked a black central pawn grab and black’s pawns sprung into action forcing material gains. On board 4, Arnold held out the longest. Playing his trademark Philidor Defence. In a queenlass middle game black allowed a knight to become stranded on the edge of the board and white’s rampant bishops controlled the board. White then won a piece, but failed to see Arnold could regain it to reach an equal R+P ending. In quick play there were mistakes on both sides putting Arnold a pawn down and a draw was possible with both players having unstoppable advanced pawns and Arnold’s king nearer the remaining pawn. Unfortunately with little time left, his opponent promoted first and won Arnold’s rook.
13 Sep. Wolfpack beat Watford Juniors. In the first round of 4NCL Online, Worcester Wolfpack beat Watford Juniors B 4-0. Manager Ray played the club’s new signing Stephen Woodhouse on board 1 Other members of the team were: Robin Hayles, Tony Shaw and Colin Vernon. Tony had the toughest game. He mishandled the middle game resulting from a Queen’s Pawn Opening and lost a pawn. His opponent played some suboptimal moves allowing Tony to equalise and then win the exchange before cementing his victory.

Worcester Wolfpack Captain: Ray Collett
4NCL Online Season 6 Division 5 Sep to December 2022
For detailed match results, click on the score in the results column.
Date Home team score Away team Standing
Tue 13 Sep Watford Juniors B 0 - 4 Wolfpack 5th/34
Tue 27 Sep Wolfpack 0 - 4 Charlton Cobras C 19th/34
Tue 11 Oct Farnham C 0 - 4 Wolfpack 7th/34
Tue 25 Oct Wolfpack 2½ - 1½ Lerryn Clowns 5th/34
Tue 8 Nov Farnham B 2½ - 1½ Wolfpack 9th/34
Tue 22 Nov Wolfpack 3½ - ½ Barnet Knights D 6th/34
Tue 6 Dec *        
The event is a seven round team Swiss Tournament with Dutch pairing. *The draw for each round is made at 6:30pm on the day of the match.
Worcester Wolfpack in 4NCL Online season 6 Division 5
September to December 2022
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Board Worcester Wolfpack score Barnet Knights D
1 Woodhouse, Stephen 1 - 0 Rasalingam, Rishi
2 Hayles, Robin ½ - ½ Scheffel, Charlie
3 Shaw, Tony 1 - 0 Pochalwar, Siddhant
4 Vernon, Colin 1 - 0 Rowland, Benjamin
  Totals 3½ - ½  
Played 22 Nov. Cumulative MP=8, GP=15½, Place 6th/34
Board Farnham B score Worcester Wolfpack
1 Kumar, Soham 1 - 0 Woodhouse, Stephen
2 Amos, Michael ½ - ½ Shaw, Tony
3 Cooper, Malcolm 0 - 1 Sutton, Rob
4 Frostick, Helen 1 - 0 Kirkland, Arnold
  Totals 2½ - 1½  
Played 8 Nov. Cumulative MP=6, GP=12, Place 9th/34
Board Worcester Wolfpack score Lerryn Clowns
1 Stephen Woodhouse ½ - ½ Barry Childs
2 Tony Shaw 1 - 0 Simon Jenkins
3 Rob Sutton 1 - 0 Andy Young
4 Colin Vernon 0 - 1 Mark Reid
  Totals 2½ - 1½  
Played 25 Oct. Cumulative MP=6, GP=10½, Place 5th/34
Board Farnham C score Worcester Wolfpack
1 Oliver Warnock 0 - 1 Stephen Woodhouse
2 Tony Franklin 0 - 1 Ray Collett
3 Katherine Amos 0 - 1 Philip Austin
4 def 0 - 1 Arnold Kirkland
  Totals 0 - 4 Played 11 Oct
Played 6 Oct. Cumulative MP=4, GP=8, Place 7th/34
Board Worcester Wolfpack score Charlton Cobras C
1 Stephen Woodhouse 0 - 1 Oleg Verbytski
2 Robin Hayles 0 - 1 Ayush Penumarthy
3 Colin Vernon 0 - 1 Humphrey C N Jones
4 Arnold Kirkland 0 - 1 Laurie B Roberts
  Totals 0 - 4 Played 27 Sep
Played 27 Sep. Cumulative MP=2, GP=4, Place 19th/34
Board Worcester Wolfpack score Watford Juniors B
1 Stephen Woodhouse 1 - 0 Maya Saujani
2 Tony Shaw 1 - 0 Ananya Patel
3 Robin Hayles 1 - 0 Aashna Patel
4 Colin Vernon 1 - 0 Advait Tripathi
  Totals 4 - 0 Played 13 Sep
Played 13 Sep. Cumulative MP=2, GP=4, Place 5th/34

 

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Championship 2022-3 Challengers’
2022-3
Worcester & District 2022-3 Rapidplay
2022-3
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Div 5
Worcestershire
Chess

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