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Birmingham Rapidplay

9 Jun 2024. The Open tournament was won by CM Stanley Badacsonyi (London) with 6 points from 7 games with IM Yichen Han (Oxon) and Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Warks) sharing second place on 5½ points. Michael Green (Leics) and Shahab Quraishi (Staffs) shared first place in the Major (u2000). Three shared first place in the intermediate (u1800) with 6 points: Richard Swajkun (Shrops), Joshua Cherrington (Leics) and Max Dooley (Notts). The Minor (u1500) was won outright by Daniel jones (Staffs). Over 140 competitors played in this Birmingham and District Chess League event organised by Alex Holowczak and Harrison Marriott. See full results.

County semi-finals: Lincolnshire battle way to final

8 Jun 2024. The Minor counties team from Lincolnshire was the only Midland team to get to a national final. Lincolnshire beat Somerset in the Minor Counties competition. The Lincolnshireunder-1850 and under-1650 teams lost to Greater Manchester teams. Staffordshire lost to Essex. See links to full semi-final results.

English Seniors championships

28 May 2024. The over-50 champion was GM Peter Wells (Oxon) with 6 points from 7 games. The top scoring Midlander was GM Mark Hebden (Leics). IM Paul Littlewood (Middx) won the over-65 championship with 5½ points and The highest scoring Midlanders were Mike Page (Warks) and Dave Bray (Leics) who both scored 4 points. Over 70 players competed at Kenilworth and the event was organised by Nigel Towers (Worcs), Adrian Elwin (Beds) and Richard Buxton (Warks).

Alex Holowczak FIDÉ appointment

22 May 2024. Worcestershire IA Alex has been appointed Technical Administration Panel chair for the Chess Olympiad to be played in Budapest in September.

Leamington Open results

19 May 2024. Elis Dicen (Warks) won the Open in fine style with 4½ points from her five games with Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Warks) leading the chasing pack on 4. Oliver Harrison (Warks) won the Major (u2000) with 4½ points. Jasmine Burgess (Oxon) won the Intermediate (u1750) and Mike Warden (Warks) made a clean sweep of the Minor (U1500). Over 120 players attended the congress at Warwick Trident, directed by Alex Holowczak with arbiters Richard Buxton, Dennis Dicen and Dipal Patel. See full results.

Worcestershire lose u1650 quarter final

18 May 2024. Surrey beat Worcestershire at Cumnor, Oxon by 9½-6½. See link to full results. Worcestershire had to pull out of the u1450 competition because of the difficulty in raising a team.

Lincolnshire progress to Minor Counties semi-finals

11 May 2024. Lincolnshire beat Bedfordshire 13-3, but Worcestershire lost to Sussex 8½-7½. See links to full results.

Warwickshire She Plays to Win Rapidplay

28 Mar 2024. The Open was won by WGM Elmira Mirzoeva (London) with 4½ points from 5 games. The Secondary tournament was won by Siyao Ou (Warks) with 3½ points and the Primary was won by Arini Padala (Derbys). The event was held at Coventry, organised by Alex Holowczak, and the chief arbiter was Matthew Carr. See full results.

Midland team goes out in first National stage County match

27 Mar 2024. Staffordshire u1850 team travelled to Sheffield for the first match in the national stages and suffered a heavy defeat.

David Dunn Memorial Rapidplay

27 Mar 2024. Joseph Friar (Worcs) shared first place in the Open with 5½ points from seven games with Elis Dicen (Warks). Quraishi Shahab (Staffs) won the Major (u2000) with 5½ pionts. Three shared first place in the Intermediate: Rhys Edwards, Tayeb Kazemi and Sathya Vaidyanathan (all Warks) scored 5½ points. Usama Pervais (Staffs) dominated the Minor (u1500) with 6½ points. The event was organised by Terry Walker, the arbiter was Matthew Carr, and held at the Moseley All Services Club, Birmingham. See full results.


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Next in the Midlands

Sat 13 Jul. Leicester Rapidplay at The Cedars Academy, Wanlip Lane Birstall, Leics. Start at 10am with 6 rounds. Open, Major (u1950), Intermediate (u1750), Minor (u1550) and Improvers (u1300) tournaments.

Next Junior tournament

Sun 23 Jun. Solihull Junior Open at Light Hall School, Hathaway Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 2PZ. 1pm start, 5 rounds, prize-giving at 6pm. Under-11 Open, u1000, u800, and u600 tournaments; Under-18 Open, u1400, u1000 tournaments. Time control 15 min + 10 sec.

Online competitions

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Next national event

Thu 20 to Sun 23 Jun. English Chess Championships and Women’s Championships at Holiday Inn Kenilworth-Warwick. Players must have been born in England or are residents and have ENG FIDE registration. Seven rounds, time control 90 min+ 30 sec.

The "chess counties" forming the MCCU

MCCU counties

Ten "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.

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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.