Worcestershire Under-120 beat Leicestershire
28 Oct, Richard Collett reports. Worcestershire beat Leicestershire. Stan Grayland (Greenlands) and Arnold Kirkland (Droitwich) made excellent debuts in the team, Stan drawing and Arnold winning. Droitwich clubmate David Cleak was back to winning ways despite a heavy cold. John Hesketh (Worcester) maintained his unbeaten record winning on Board 12 with Jeremy Humphries (Kidderminster) achieving another solid win at the other end of the playing order on Board 1. The Redditch players Michele Clack and Toni Reed made their material superiority count, winning drawn-out games in which they successfully avoided awaiting elephant traps.
The captain is Richard Collett (tel. 0121 458 7617). These matches are usually played on Saturday afternoons over 12 boards. The playing sessions are 4 hours with time control at 36 moves in 1½ hours followed by a further ½ hour for each player to complete the game. Home matches were played at Webheath, Redditch last year. Adult players at matches contribute £2 to cover some of the costs of the venue. There is no charge for juniors at any match.
This season there are six matches: 28 October at home to Leicestershire; 16 December at home to Warwickshire; 6 January away to Lincolnshire; 3 February at home to Nottinghamshire; 24 February away to Derbyshire and on 24 March away to Staffordshire.
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 teacher or student at a Worcestershire school, college or university
There are at least six matches this season with Derbyshire and Leicestershire taking part.
|County Under-120 Team - MCCU Stage
|Sat 28 October
||St John the Evangelist Church Hall, Redditch
||won 7½ - 6½
|Sun 17 December
||Tysley WMC, Birmingham
||lost 4½ - 7½
|Sat 6 January
||won 7½ - 4½
|Sat 3 February
||lost 4½ - 7½
|Sat 24 February
||Rolls Royce Pavilion, Derby
||lost 10½ - 1½
|Sat 24 March
||Norton Kanes, Staffs
||lost 3 - 9
Worcestershire managed third place in the Midlands courtesy of defaulted games and went into the national stages, beating Lancashire on tie break in the quarter final and losing to a strong Middlesex team in the semi-final.