Latest MCCU News
Keith Arkell wins MCCU tournament and is 2017 MCCU champion
13 Aug. In the open, GM Keith Arkell (Halesowen) was first on 4½ followed by Peter Sowray and Conor Murphy on 4 points. The clash between GMs Arkell and Hebden was in round 4 when Arkell again demonstrated how to win with rook and bishop against a rook. The major was won by Graham Ashcroft with 4½ points and the Midlander Nathanael Paul (Newport, Shrops) shared second place on 4 points. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford, Notts) was clear first winning all his games in the Minor tournament. Visit the congress page to see full list of prizewinners. The congress was organised by Alex Holowczak and the MCCU and attracted
a hundred players.
MCCU correspondence team plays Natcor
27 Jul, Ray Dolan reports. Thirteen players will represent the MCCU in the match that is scheduled to start in August. Click for details on Corres Chess above.
CEO doubles up as Staffs secretary
18 Jul, Steve Emmerton reports. Ray Dolan was elected honorary secretary for Staffs CA at their AGM and Andrew Davies steps down to concentrate on his MCCU youth role.
MCCU retiral gift to PeterGibbs
13 Jul. Eunice and I on your behalf visited Peter and Celia Gibbs to present him with gift and thank-you card signed by members for 9 years as President of MCCU. Thank you for everything you done for Chess.
Eunice and Ray Dolan present Peter Gibbs (centre) with thank-you card and gift
Peter Gibbs, on the right playing black, faces Spassky in the 1960 UK-USSR students' team championship match at Leningrad (now St Petersburg)
Ashton Rapidplay results
9 Jul. The u150 section was won by Paul Woodfinden (Northwich) and u130 grading prize by Phil Colville (Macclesfield, GMC); the u115 section by Michael Fisher (Oldham, GMC) with the u95 grading prize going to local player Denzel Supatan (Ashton, GMC); the u80 section was won by Sajjad Dehghan-Afifi (Sale, GMC). The Tameside jun ior prize went to Ross Evans (Ashton). After the congress, director David Hardy thanked CSC and Ashton Town Council for support and declared: "The success this year means it will become a firm fixture in the chess calendar". See ECF website for pics and full results.
Two Midlands teams win national counties finals
1 Jul, Nigel Birtwistle reports. Lincolnshire beat Suffolk to win the Minor Counties final. In the all-Midlands under-100, Leicestershire had a clear win over Warwickshire. Nottinghamshire under-140s went down to Lancashire.
MCCU annual meeting: new president and correspondence team
17 Jun. John Pakenham (Warley Quinborne & Warks) was elected. Other new post-holders are: Meetings Chairman - Paul Sharratt (Stourbridge & Worcs), Safeguarding Officer - Andrew Davies (Brewood, & Staffs). The MCCU has challenged Natcor, National Correspondence Chess Club, to a 12-board friendly match with 4 boards each webserver, e-mail and traditional postal. Please contact Ray Dolan if you would like to represent the Midlands.
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Next in the Midlands
Fri to Sun 18 to 20 Aug. Manchester Summer Congress at Owens Park, 293 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6HD. Five rounds, Open, Major (u165), and Knights (u125) tournaments. University accommodation available.
Next Midlands & national junior events
Sun 11 Sep. Leamington Junior at SYNDI Centre, Sydenham for under-9s and under-11s.
Next National Event
Sat & Sun 23-24 Sep. English Rapidplay Congress Also English Junior Rapidplay Championship at Liverpool.
The "chess counties" forming the MCCU
Eleven "Chess Counties" form the Midland Counties Chess Union and cover the areas shown in the map on the right. A small Board of volunteer directors currently led by Chief Executive Ray Dolan (Staffs) is elected annually by delegates from member chess counties. The Board organises regional competitions based on policies agreed annually by delegates from member chess counties.
The current webmaster is Ray Collett (Worcs). The website's policy is to report results of the MCCU competitions, principally the MCCU county team tournaments and the Midlands Grand Prix. Brief results of chess congresses held in the MCCU area and and links to organisers' websites are on the "News" pages. A calendar of upcoming chess congresses is on the "Congresses" pages. Some important national and international chess events will also be reported if there is a "Midlands" interest. In the menu bar above: "About" gives more information about the MCCU and has links to rules and administrative papers; "Guide" explains the site's organisation and provides links to most of the site's key pages.
Please send news of Midlands chess events, corrections, notifications of broken links, and suggestions to improve the website to Ray Collett.