Worcestershire Chess Association
Last updated 26 June 2018
Worcestershire chess news 2017-8
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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.
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.
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.
29 Mar, Dave Scriven reports. Stourbridge have reached the finals of the Birmingham League Terrill trophy.
13 Mar. Redditch are are finalists in the KO team tournament for the Wheatley Cup. Worcester play Shirley after Easter.
24 Feb. Worcestershire u120 crash against Derbyshire. Derbyshire coasted to a 10½-1½ victory with only Jeremy Humphries (Stourbridge), David Cleak and Arnold Kirkland (both Droitwich) managing to draw games.
18 Feb. Worcestershire players at Midlands Rapidplay. GM Keith Arkell (Halesowen) was 2nd on 7½ points. Don Curry, also Halesowen, was placed second in the under-2000 tournament, which Steve Crockett picked up a best performance prize in the under-1750 competition.
3 Feb. Worcestershire u120 team defeated Nottinghamshire in a home match at Redditch. Seven Worcestershire players achieved wins.
23 Jan. Redditch beat Droitwich in the KO team tournament.
5 Jan. Kidderminster beat Malvern in the team KO competition for the Wheatley Cup. The fixture was postponed from December because of snow.
17 Dec. Worcestershire lose to Warwickshire. In a double county fixture at Olton Chess Club in Tyseley, the first team, missing several senior players, lost 6-10 and the under-120 team lost 5½-6½. Geoff Marchant (Malvern) was the only winner in the senior match, but the team should take heart from young players' results with Joseph Friar (Kidderminster, board 4) and Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Halesowen, board 14) both drawing games against higher graded opponents. In the under-120 match, Peter Hodkinson (Mercia) Brian Allsop and Stan Grayland (both Greenlands) won their games.
6 Dec. Shirley & Wythall beat Greenlands in the Team KO handicap competition to earn their place in the semi-finals.
15 Oct. GM Keith Arkell (Halesowen) was second in the Birmingham & District Chess league Rapidplay with 5½ from 7 games. Other Halesowen players also scored well: John Edge 4½ (shared third prize), Dustin Bowcott and Finlay Bowcott-Terry 3½ in the Major, Manvith Sandhu and Don Curry 4 in the Minor and Tony Taylor and Silas Bowcott-Terry 3½ in the Minor.
29 Sep. Timman's Titans ECF book of the year. Portraits of world champions told partly through Timman's encounters with them.
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.
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.
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.
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