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Worcestershire chess news

30 Sep. Dr Brian Dudley (Stourbridge), former president of Worcestershire Chess Association and captain of the first team died aged 86 after a short illness. He was Worcestershire Individual Champion on four occasions, the first in 1961 and the most recent in 1972. Brian captained Worcestershire in the only post-war appearance of Worcestershire in the national county semi-finals against Sussex in the 1970s. The association's members extend condolences to his wife Sheila, daughter Fiona, son Michael, and grandchildren Annie and Finn. The funeral was held on Friday 20 October at Stourbridge.

29 Sep. Timman's Titans ECF book of the year. Portraits of world champions told partly through Timman's encounters with them.
21 Sep. Halesowen Club wins national award. The English Chess Federation selected Halesowen from six other nominated clubs as 2017 Chess Club of the Year. Read the club's submission from the link in the news column of their home page.

20 Sep. Worcester & District League Fixtures. At the annual meeting, Kidderminster Rooks were relegated to Division 2 and Stourbridge promoted to replace them. Stourbridge also entered a second team in Division 2. The first Division plays home and away while Division 2 teams play each other once. Most fixtures have now been arranged and are on the District website.

9 Sep. GM Keith Arkell wins again at Paignton. Keith shared first place.

6 Sep. Dudley and District Chess League 2017-8 fixtures. Dates have now been published on the DDCL website.

5 Sep. Worcestershire county league 2017-8 fixtures. Dates for fixtures in the Worcestershire Chess League are now on the WCL website.

22 Aug, Stewart Fishburne reports. Halesowen Simul. John Edge played nine members of Halesowen club in a simul and scored +6 =2 -1. The winning member was Peter Banks.

20 Aug. Kevin Hurney is 2017 County champion. Hurney scored 4½ points. Kevin is a member of Greenlands and South Birmingham clubs and regularly turns out for Worcestershire first team. Other prize winners were: Lee Davis (Malvern, 3½ points) Senior champion; Rob Bricknell (Redditch, 3 points) Minor champion; Philip Smith (Worcester, 2½ points) Veteran champion; Manvith Sandhu (Halesowen, 2½ points) Junior champion; and Ravi Sandhu (Halesowen, 1½ points) best ungraded player. Manvith is 9 years old and attends Hallfield School Edgbaston. He proved a very worthy winner of the junior title by beating or holding his own against established county team players.

Use Congress on the left menu for more details.

Kevin Hurney, right receives trophy from Andrew Farthing

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.


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.