Last updated 4 April 2018

Worcestershire are joint Midlands champions

National quarter final

The team plays Devon on Saturday 12 May at Banwell Village Hall, Westfield Road Banwell Somerset BS29 6BA starting at 1pm.

About the team

The open team competes in the Midland Counties Chess Union (MCCU) the MCCU Championship. and will enter the minor counties competition in the national stage if the team is successful in the Midlands competition. John Wrench (Kidderminster) continues as team captain and Stephen Woodhouse is vice-captain.


The county boundary for Worcestershire Chess includes Dudley and you are eligible for selection for a Worcestershire team if:

  • You were born in Worcestershire
  • You have ever lived in Worcestershire for a period of 5 years or more
  • You are a member of a club affiliated to Worcestershire or meets in Worcestershire
  • You currently live in Worcestershire
  • You are a student at a Worcestershire school, college or university

If you are graded above 140, John would like to hear from you. John can be contacted at 07913 227 402 and will do his best to find shared transport for players who do not wish to drive.

Matches are on Saturdays usually starting at 1 or 1:30pm. The playing session is 5 hours with the first time control at 40 moves in 2 hours followed by an extra 30 minutes for a quickplay finish.

Adult players at home matches contribute £2 to cover some of the costs of the venue and catering for home and away team players. There is no charge for juniors (under 18 years of age) at any match.


Fixtures 2017-8

County first Team - MCCU Stage
Click on postcode links for venue and match results for match details

Dates Opponents Venue Result
This Year
Last Year
Sat 18 November Lincolnshire Neutral: Frolesworth Village Hall, Leics lost 11½ - 4½ win 8½ - 7½
Sun 17 December Warwickshire Away: Tysley WMC, Birmingham lost 10- 6 win 9½ - 6½
Sat 20 January Leicestershire
Home: at St Stephen's Church Hall, Worcester win 8½ - 7½ win 8½ - 7½
Sun 25 March Nottinghamshire Home: Tyseley WMC, Olton, Birmingham win 10 - 6 lost 5½-10½
National stages
Sat 12 May Devon Banwell Village Hall, Westfield Road Banwell Somerset BS29 6BA   no match

Last season

Worcestershire were in contention for progression to the national stages until the last match, lost against Lincolnshire. Jim Friar was captain and passed away at the end of may and you can read tributes to him for his contributions to chess on this site and on the ECForum

See last year's county team results with links to match cards.