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  • Sat & Sun 19 & 20 Aug. Worcestershire Closed Chess Congress at The King's School, Castle Place, Worcester WR1 2NB. Five rounds with option of byes in rounds 1 to 4 to compete for Worcestershire individual titles: County Champion, Women's Champion, Minor Champion (u130), Veteran, Senior, Junior and best ungraded player.
  • Fri 25 to Sun 28 Aug. Steve Boniface Memorial Congress at Bristol. FIDE Open, Major and Minor tournaments at Bristol Grammar School BS8 1SR.
  • Tue 5 Sep. IM Robert Bellin explains minor piece play at Redditch Chess Club. The focus will be knights, but it will also include bishops and exemplar plans in unbalanced positions. Adults £8, juniors £5, start at 7:15pm. To reserve a place, contact Ian Clack.

Worcestershire chess news

13 Aug. GM Keith Arkell wins the MCCU@West Brom congress. Worcestershire and Halesowen GM Keith Arkell scored 4½ points from his five games. The decisive game was in round 4 when he beat Leicestershire's GM Mark Hebden. In the final round, a quick draw against FIDE master Peter Sowray secured first place. Other Worcestershire players in the Open were Malcolm Hunt (Halesowen) and Lee Davis (Malvern). Alan Ruffle played in the Major and three juniors who have won honours at Worcester - Arjun Pyda, Chandrahas Nalabotu, and Viswameda Nalabotu - scored well in the Minor tournament.

6 Aug, John Wrench reports. Bewdley 2017 Charity Chess Tournament. Joseph Friar retained the Mayor's Shield after another convincing performance with 5 wins and 1 draw. Twelve-year-old Finlay Boycott-Terry won the Jim Friar 'Highest Junior' Trophy scoring an amazing 5 out of 6 losing only to the winner. Runners-up were Dustin Boycott-Terry and James Friar with Dustin getting second place on tie-break. Rachael Moore on 3 points won the highest scoring woman's prize on tie-break from Catherine Nimmo. Jay Haycock won the highest ungraded player prize. The tournament was organised bu John Wrench and prizes sponsored by several local businesses. Prizes were presented by Bewdley Mayor, Councillor Anna Coleman and just under £300 was raised for St Anne's Church, Bewdley.

27 Jul, John Wrench reports. David Spowart wins Kidderminster Shuttle Shield. David emerged victorious in the largest field yet seen in this competition. David Spowart beat David Waud in the final and the losing semifinalists were Maurice Bissell and John Wrench. The trophy was first fought for in the 1950s and is for any players in the Wyre Forest area and members of Kidderminster Chess Club.

Kidderminster Shuttle Shield finalists

15 Jul. Droitwich Handicap Rapidplay. New member Ian McMillan took first prize on 16 points and David Cleak was second on 13 points at Droitwich's annual competition at Stoulton.

David Cleak (left) and Ian McMillan, winners of Droitwich 2017 handicap rapidplay at Stoulton.
Droitwich winners Michael Cleak (left) and Ian McMillan (right)
Summer Chess at Bewdley
Summer chess at Bewdley

11 Jul. John Wrench radio interview. John was interviewed on the Elliot & Toni show and you can hear him again at Toni McDonald sits in at 33 mins into the programme.

8 Jul. Bewdley Chess Club held their annual open air event in the centre of town. See them on Facebook.

4 Jul. Celebration of the Halesowen hoard. To cap a season that netted eight titles, Halesowen Club had a celebration dinner. See pics on the Halesowen website.

June, Liverpool CC website reports. James Friar wins Liverpool Chess Club's chess table. Previous winners of this 1892 table include Amos Burn.

10 Jun. Worcestershire teams knocked out of national finals. In the national semi-final for the Minor Counties Team championship at Derby, Worcestershire levelled the match score, but were unlucky to lose on board count and cannot now defend the title won last year. Meanwhile the under-120 team came off worst against Middlesex 5½-7½ at The Open University Milton Keynes.

9 Jun. James Friar wins Kidderminster Blitz. James beat John Varilone in an Armageddon tie break after both had finished on 9 points. In the Kidderminster Minor Blitz tournament, there was also a tie between Andy Farnsworth and Jeremy Crowther on 6/7. Junior James Knight was third with 5/7.


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 Dr Brian Turner (Malvern). A lst 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 may be run in the future. Use the "Open 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.