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MCCU annual meeting: new president and correspondence team

17 Jun. John Pakenham (Warley Quinborne & Warks) was elected. Other new post-holders are: 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.

Four Midlands teams in national county finals

11 Jun. Lincs get throught to the finals by the skin of their teeth in the Minor Counties competition, Warks beat Notts and Leics beat Surrey in the under-100s to set up an all Midlands final. In the under-140 competiton Notts beat Yorks and Worcs drew with Lancs, but lost out on board count. Other Midlands teams lost: Leics to Suffolk in the minor counties, Notts to Yorks in the u160, and Worcs to Middlesex in the u120.

MCCU president retires

2 Jun, Ray Dolan reports. Our loyal  President Mr Peter Gibbs contacted me saying he would not be standing for re-election as President at this year's AGM.   He has been our President for the past 9 years since 2008.  On behalf of the MCCU I thank him for all he has done for us. I also thank him for the wonderful job he did writing the chess column in the Birmingham Post for many, many years  plus everything he has done for chess. He will be an hard act to follow.

Spassky-Gibbs 1960
Peter Gibbs, on the right playing black, faces Spassky in the 1960 UK-USSR students' team championship match at Leningrad (now St Petersburg)

Nine Midlands county teams go to national semi finals

13 and 20 May. In the Minor counties competition, Lincolnshire beat Essex and Leicestershire had a stonking victory against Cornwall. Worcestershire went down to Suffolk. In the under-160s, Nottinghamshire beat Essex , but Warwickshire lost to Middlesex. Both Midlands teams - Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire - got through to the semi-finals in the u140 competition. In the under-120s, Worcestershire beat Lancashire on board count. Three of the four semi-finalists on the under-100 competition are filled by Midlands teams: Leicestershire, who beat Lancashire, Warwickshire beat Kent and Notts had a bye.

ECF finance council meeting raises subscriptions

22 Apr, Andrew Leadbetter reports. Most members will have to pay more next season, but junior bronze membership goes down slightly. Although the Game Fee was abolished, the pay-to-play (membership upgrade) fee has increased slightly. Council members voted to increase representation of direct members, but the vote did not reach the 75% threshhold for action.

MCCU CEO and Director honoured

21 Apr. Walsall's Mayor honoured Eunice & Ray Dolan for their contributions to Bloxwich and its community at the annual Walsall Civic Awards awards ceremony.

Ray and Eunice Dolan with Kath Phillips (Centre)

Left to right: Ray Dolan (MCCU CEO), Kath Phillips (Walsall Mayor)
and Eunice Dolan (MCCU director)



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Midlands Junior Chess Championships

Sat 22 July 2017 at Leicester

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MCCU Congress at West Brom

Fri 11 to Sun 13 August 2017

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For details, visit links from here or Congress and Junior Events pages


Next in the Midlands

Sun 25 Jun. South Potteries Closed Rapidplay Championship atTollgate Hotel & leisure Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. Competitors must be members of clubs affiliated to North Staffs & District Chess Association.

Next Midlands & national junior events

Sun 18 Jun. Kenilworth Junior Open at Kenilworth School & Sports College, Kenilworth, Warks. Under-11, and Under-9 tournaments, 6 rounds.

Next National Event

Fri 28 Jul to Tue 6 Aug. British Championships at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales. The British Chess Championship and tournaments for all

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 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.