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MCCU Junior Congress

Junior Open Congress at Kenilworth School on Tue-Thu 3-5 April

For details, see MCCU congress pages

Under-120 teams all have chances

10 Mar. In the u120, Notts beat Leics and Derbys beat Lincs. In the final match of the u100, Warks clinch a chance in the national stages with a draw against Notts.

Bad weather hits counties fixtures

1 Mar. With some of the worst weather conditions in the last 50 years, all three county matches scheduled for 3 March were postponed. The pair of Worcs-Notts matches have been rescheduled for Sun 25 March and the Warks-Lincs match for Sat 24 Mar.

Midlands team championship result

24 Feb. In a home fixture, Derbys u120 smashed Worcs.

Ameet Ghasi is double Midland Champion

18 Feb. The Midlands Open Rapidplay was won by Ameet Ghasi (Grantham Sharks 4NCL) with 8½ points from 9 games. GM Keith Arkell (Cheddleton 4NCL/Halesowen, Worcs) shared 2 and third places with Tomasz Sygnowski (Sutton Coldfield, Warks) on 7½ points.

17 Feb. In the Blitz, first seed Grantham Sharks' player IM Ameet Ghasi won the title in style with 8½/9. In second place was Halesowen/Cheddleton player GM Keith Arkell with 8 points. The tournament attracted over forty players.

The weekend was organised by IO Alex Holowczak and attracted 79 players. Results of all sections and links to full results.

Midlands team championship results

17 Feb. Nottinghamshire win u160 team championship with a narrow home win against Warwickshire. In a u120 match run in parallel at Bramcote, Notts u120s beat Staffordshire.

10 Feb When battle for the u140 champion was resumed in the new year, Notts broke the mould with a 9-7 win while Worcestershire, luckily gifted a default, turned in another narrow win this time against Derbys. The decider Worcs-Notts is next month. The u120 match between Leics and Warks finished in an wild time scramble to decide the match with the game going to Leics.

3 Feb. In the u120 competition, Worcs beat Notts comfortably.

Stockport Rapidplay results

28 Jan. In this six-round event, Nigel Davies (Lancs) was first on 5½ points in the Open. Mark Hann (GMC) shared first place on 5 points in the Major with Andrew Jaques (GMC). First in the Intermediate was Richard Renegade (Cheshire, 5½ points) while Sam Hayman (GMC) and Andrew Beswick (GMC) shared first in the Minor also on 5½ points.

County team results

27 Jan. In the u160 Warks beat GMC 9½-6½ to get a place in the national stages. In the u120, Staffs beat Warks and in the u100, Staffs had a home win against Notts.

20 Jan. In the Midlands team championship, there were two very close results. Nottinghamshire lost at home to Lincolnshire and Worcestershire won at home against Leicestershire to get their first match points of the season. In the u120 matches Lincs beat Warks and Derbys beat Notts

First county match results for 2018

13 Jan. In the u120 competition, Leics had a convincing win against Staffs.
6 Jan. Also in the u120 competition Lincs narrowly beat Worcs and in the u100 Leics beat Warks.

Shropshire Chess Congress

7 Jan. IM Alan Merry made a clean sweep with 5 points in the Open with IM Amit Ghasi (Lincs) and GM Stephen Gordon (3Cs, GMC) second on 4 points. The Major was shared by Chris Lewis (Newport, Shrops) and Glyn Pugh (Telford, Shrops) on 4 points. Four players: Dominic Barefoot (Oswestry), David Gilbert (DHSS), Colin Mace (Wellington, Shrops), and Richard Szwajkun (Telford, Shrops) shared first in the Intermediate and promising junior Chinmay Monga (K EdWard's Sch, Birmingham) won the Minor with 4½ points. Nearly 150 players participated. See further results.

Midlands masters at Hastings

5 Jan. GMs Mark Hebden (Leics) and Keith Arkell (Worcs) and IM Steve Mannion (Staffs) scored 6 points from 9 games and shared 6th prize in the Hastings Masters.

Standardised penalty for illegal moves

1 Jan, SCCU reports. New FIDE rule 7.5.5 comes into force: "for the first completed illegal move by a player, the arbiter shall give two minutes extra time to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the arbiter shall declare the game lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player's king by any possible series of legal moves." This rule applies whether Blitz, rapid or standard play.

County match results

17 Dec. Warks enjoyed a double win over Worcs in Minor and u120 matches at Olton.
16 Dec. Leics beat Notts in the championship and u120 Derbys beat Staffs
9 Dec. In the u100, Leics had a comfortable win against Notts and Warks soundly beat Staffs.
2 Dec. In the u140, Derbys beat Lincs. The u140 competition is fierce with no match being decided by more than a single point.
18 Nov. In the Midlands championship, Lincs beat Worcs and Warks beat Leics.
11 Nov. In the u140, Notts beat Derbys in a close match to join Worcs in the lead. In the u120s a dramatic finish gave Warks a close away win against Notts.

Bolton Rapidplay

5 Nov, Rod Middleton reports. The open was won by Paul Macklin (Chorlton) with 5/6 points; Robert Hanson (Preston, 5 points) won the Major and Doug Barnett (Alsager) and Alex Sosnowski (Eccles) shared first place in the Knights tournament.

First county team results in u100, u140 and u160

4 Nov. Six teams were in action with wins for Notts in the u160, Worcs in the u140, and Leics in the u100

Wins for Worcs and Warks in the u120

28 Oct. Sorry about the delayed details for the Warks-Derbys match caused by scrambled comms: full details now uploaded.


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Next in the Midlands

Sat & Sun 17 & 18 Mar. 4NCL rounds 7 & 8, Division 3 North at Mercure Bolton Georgian House.

Next Midlands & national junior events

Fri 16 Mar. East Midlands Chess Academy Junior Grand Prix Round 3 at Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HB.

Next National Event

Sat & Sun 7 & 8 Apr. ECF 2018 National Club Championship at Park Inn by Radisson Telford, Telford Centre, Forge gate, Telford TF3 4NA.

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.


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.