• Next chess events. Words in green are hyperlinks to pdf entry form, congress website, or contact's e-mail.
  • Volunteers required for Chess in Schools & Communities please contact John Wrench West Midlands organiser.
  • Fri 13 to Sun 15 Jul. 4NCL Walsall FIDE-rated congress at Holiday Inn Birmingham-Walsall, WS2 0BS. Open. u2000 FIDE(ECF u175), and u135 tournaments.
  • Jul 27 to 5 Aug. British Chess Championships at Hull City Hall, Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull HU1 3RQ. Weekend, junior and graded tournaments.

Worcestershire under 140 team in national semi-final

21 May. Alistair Macnaughton is new Worcester City Champion.
19 May. Worcestershire beat Hampshire. Worcestershire won 11½-4½ in a national quarter final under 140 match at Watchfield, Wilts. Winning Worcestershire players were Eric Horwill (Stourbridge), David Spowart (Halesowen), Giles Stanton (Redditch), Paul Furniss (Greenlands), kevin Day (Kidderminster), Harry Evans (Kidderminster), Joe Bombardini (Stourbridge), David Cleak (Droitwich), and Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich).
15 May, John Wrench reports. Kidderminster win Pittaway Cup. In the Wolverhampton & District league final Kidderminster beat Wolverhampton 6¼-4. In the Wolverhampton League, Kidderminster A gained promotion back into Division 1, and Kidderminster B avoided relegation by winning their last match of the season.

12 May. Worcestershire lose to Devon. In the Minor Counties national quarter final played at Banwell near Weston-super-Mare Somerset, Worcestershire lost 6½-9½. Kevin Hurney (Greenlands), Peter Kitson (Worcester), John Wrench (Kidderminster) and Ben Fuller (Worcester) won their games. John's win culminated in a splendid queen sacrifice for a winning king-side attack.
3 May, Laurence Wheatley reports. Shirley & Wythall win KO Cup for second time. In a hard fought match Shirley overcame a small handicap winning over-the-board 3½-1½ and 3.0-1.8 on handicap.
23 Apr. Halesowen A League Champions. Halesowen A have completed their fixtures in Division 1 of the League winning their last adjourned game to draw their final fixture against Worcester. They completed the season without losing a match and eased off only in the last two matches when they conceded draws to Olton and Worcester City.
20 Apr. Andrew McCumiskey reports. Two Worcestershire teams gain promotion to Division 1 in the Wolverhampton & District League. Stourbridge are Division 2 champions three points ahead of runners-up Kidderminster A are runners-up. Both are promoted.

20 Apr. Team KO final agreed for 3 May. The finalists Redditch and Shirley & Wythall, have agreed to play at Wythall on Thursday 3 May.

16 Apr, Dan Lambourne reports. Redditch gain promotion to Div 1 in the Birmingham League.
11 Apr, Dan Lambourne reports. Stourbridge win the Terrill Cup in the Birmingham League

8 Apr, Dan Lambourne reports. Redditch win Intermediate Plate National Club title. Redditch tied on 5 points with Telford, but lost out on the tie-break for the Intermediate Championship.

7 Apr Alex Holowczak reports, Worcestershire Junior champion wins Warks Junior tournament. Talented 10-year-old Warwickshire youngster Manvith Sandhu from Hallfield School, Birmingham was first on 4½ points in the A tournament for players graded over 75. Over fifty players took part.


For older news items, use the "Worcs Chess News" menu button on the left.

Worcestershire chess leagues

The leagues associated with Worcestershire are below:

  • Worcestershire Chess League. The league is an integral part of the association and has two divisions. Use the "League" menu button on the left for more.
  • Worcester & District Chess League. The district league was founded in 1932. Although it is independant of the county association, honorary secretary and treasurers are shared with the county association.
  • Dudley & District League. This league operates in the north of the old county within Dudley, south Staffordshire and south Birmingham.
  • Birmingham & District League. One of the oldest and largest chess leagues in England straddling Staffordshire and Warwickshire as well as Worcestershire.


Worcestershire chess in brief

Chess Clubs. Use the menu button on the left for more Information about nearby and affiliated clubs.

Worcestershire Teams. Worcestershire have two teams in the Midlands Counties Championships and one correspondence team. You can play for Worcestershire if you: were born in the county; are currently resident in the county; you are attending full-time education in the county; you are a member of a chess club affiliated to the county. Use the Open or Under-120 Team menu buttons on the left for more information about over-the-board county play and the "Corres Chess" button for correspondence chess.

Juniors. The Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy is sponsored by King's School Worcester and meets Saturday mornings at the school. The county also organises the Worcestershire Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge. Use the "Juniors" menu button on the left for more information.

County individual champion. The current champion is Kevin Hurney (South Birmingham). A list of previous champions is here.

The Woodcock Prize. This is awarded at the annual meeting to the winner of the most enterprising game.

Several Worcester Open Chess Congresses have been organised in recent years. It is not cureently planned to run an open congress, but a closed congress to determine the next county champion was run in 2017. Use the "Congress" menu button on the left for more.

About Worcestershire Chess Association and contacts. Ray Collett is General Secretary and Paul Sharratt is the lead for safeguarding. Use the "About" button on the left hand side menu for contacts.


Menu and links

Links. For websites of local, regional and national chess organisations.

Contacts and more information about Worcestershire Chess Association. Use the "About" menu button on the left for more information.