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County match results

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 scambled comms: full details now uploaded.

Warwick University win Midlands 2020 Qualifier

22 Oct. Warwick University A team, 15 points, just pipped Sutton Coldfield CC, 12 points, in this 20 minute team rapidplay competition.

Notts win first county match

21 Oct. Notts get the season underway with a win against Warks in the Midlands team championship.

Dr Brian Dudley 1931-2017

20 Oct. Chess players from clubs in Worcestershire and Staffordshire joined family members at the funeral in Stourbridge. Brian was a former president of Worcestershire Chess Association, captain of their first team in the 1970s and a vice-president of the MCCU. A short obituary has been published on the Birmingham & District Chess league website.

Birmingham Rapidplay: MCCU president gains a second place

15 Oct, Alex Holowczak reports. IM Ameet Ghasi (6½/7) won the Open beating GM Keith Arkell (Worcs, 5½). Colm Buckley (Chester) and Florian Biermann (Nottingham Gambit) shared first in the Major on 5½; Mark Radford (Nottingham Cent) shared first in the Intermediate also on 5½ points; Imogen Dicen (South Birmingham, 6½) won the Minor with MCCU President John Pakenham (Warley) in sole second place on 6 points.

Halesowen, national chess club of the year.

21 Sep.The English Chess Federation selected Halesowen from six other nominated clubs as 2017 Chess Club of the Year. Read the club's submission from the link in the news column of their home page.


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Next in the Midlands

Sat & Sun 13 & 14 Jan 2018. 4NCL Divisions 1 &2, rounds 3 & 4 at St John's Hotel, Solihull, Warks.

Next Midlands & national junior events

Sat 25 Nov. Northampton London Junior Chess Championships Qualifying Event at Chisholm School, Northampton NN4 6TP. 10am to 5:30pm, 6 rounds, under-8, under-10, under-12, and under-18 tournaments.

Next National Event

Sat & Sun 18 & 19 Nov. British Rapidplay Chess 2017 at Ilkley, West Yorks 11am to 6:30pm Sat and 9:30am to 5pm Sun.

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.