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Midlanders' successes at UK Chess Challenge Terafinal

16 Sep. FM Jonah Willow shared first place in the under-18 section with 5 points. Highest scoring Midlander in the under-14 trournament was Finaly Bowcott-Terry (Worcs) with 4 from 6 games and Edison Xu (Warks) shared first place in the under-12. Warwickshire players also did well in the under-8 tournament with Jude Shearsby sharing first place and Ellis Dicen was the highest girl player.

All change in Worcestershire

23 Aug. Worcestershire CA has a new management team and a new website. New secretary is Paul Sharratt and new team captains are: Stephen Woodhouse (Minor Couties team), his son Monty (u120 team) and Tony Shaw takes over Worcestershire u140 team. Ray Collett retired as general secretary at the county's AGM in May and he received the Jim Friar award for services to Worcestershire Chess at their executive meeting in August. Worcestershire's new website is at http://www.worcestershirechess.org.uk/

McPhillips wins Manchester Summer Open

20 Aug, Ian Lamb reports. Joseph McPhillips won the Open outright with 4½ points above IM Nikolay. The Major was shared by Samuel Toniolo (Altincham & Sale) and Athar Ansari (Newport, Shrops) on 4½ points. The Knights tournament resulted in a three-way tie between Patrick Sartain (Harrow), Roger Walker (Belper) and Zak Tomlinson (Barnaby Dun). This event was one of the largest Manchester congresses and had over 150 players. Full results are on the chess-results.com server.

Three-way tie for first in Midlands Open at Telford

12 Aug. Jonah Willow followed up his recent successes coming first with Steven Jones and Modi Shyam Jagdish on 4 points. In the early rounds top seeds Willow and Hebden had setbacks, but Jonah recovered winning his last two games. The Major was won by Athar Ansari (Newport, Shrops) on 5 points and first place in the Minor was shared by John Harris (Glos) and Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove) on 4 points

Jonah Willow latest Midland FM

6 Aug, Neil Graham reports. Jonah Willow's rating has soared to 2303 in the FIDÉ August rating list and he was awarded the FM title.

Jonah Willow Picture by Brendan O'Gorman

Midlands players at the British

5 Aug. Highest ranking Midlands players at the Britsh this year were Ameet Ghasi (Birmingham/Grantham Sharks) and Keith Arkell (Halesowen, Worcs) on 6 points while Joseph McPhillips (Bolton, Gtr Manchester) made 5½ and Mark Hebden (Leicestershire) 5 points. For his performance Joseph shared the under-21 prize and Keith won the over-50 prize. Rohan Pal (Warks) won the under-9 championship while Elis Dicen (Coventry) won the under-8 Girl's championship. The 2018 Britsh champion is Michael Adams, beating Luke McShane in the play-off games. Jovanka Houska won the Women's championship.

New grading list published

26 Jul. The latest rankings are available from the ECF website.

Telford 4NCL tournament surprise results

17 Jul. Jonah Willow (W Nottingham), fresh from his success in the UK Chess Challenge Midlands Gigafinal shared first place with Peter Sowray (Barbican), Michael De Verdier (Sweden) and Koby Kalavannan (Surbiton, London) each on 4 points from five games. They were ahead of GM Wells and IM Merry. Sam Herring (Oundle Sch, Northants) and Nicholas Clanchy (Cambridge Univ) shared first in the Major tournament while Mohammad Mozaffari (Iran and W Nottingham) won the Minor tournament outright.

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Next in the Midlands

Fri 28 to Sun 30 Sep. 4NCL FIDÉ-rated Congress at Nottingham, Park Inn. Five rounds, Fri 7pm. Open, u2000 FIDÉ, u135 ECF.

Next Midlands & national junior events

Sun 23 Sep. ECF Secondary Schools Chess Tournament at Eton College, Windsor. Six-member teams for players in years7-13.

Next National Event

9-28 Nov. World Chess Championship Carlsen-Caruana at The College, Holborn, London.

The "chess counties" forming the MCCU

MCCU counties

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.

By playing in the competitions hosted on this website you agree that your name, chess grade and your membership status with the English Chess Federation (ECF) may be published on this website for the purposes of recording the results of the competitions. You also agree that such information will be passed to the ECF, the governing body, for grading purposes, and published on their website.


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 congresses. Brief results of other 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.