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Coventry Congress results

18 Feb 2024. The Open was won by Finaly Terry-Bowcott (Warks) with 4½ points from 5 games. The major was won by Arav Baid (Gtr Manch, 4½ points); the Intermediate first place was shared by Dinuga Basnayake (Notts) and Jerome Stellio (Staffs), both on 4 points. Three players shared first place in the Minor: Granville Hill (Liecs), Shivam Patel (Warks) and Gregory Kornilovich (Warks). Over 120 players competed in this congress organised by Alex Holowczak See full results.

Lincolnshire three time Midlands champions

17 Feb 2024, Peter Sherlock reports. Lincolnshire u1850 beat Staffordshire on board count to become MCCU u1850 team champions. Lincolnshire won all three competitions they entered. See full results.

Nottingham Rapidplay

4 Feb 2024, Simon Scott reports. GM Mark Hebden (Leics) shared first place with IM Jonah Willow (London) with 5 points from 6 games on the Open. First place in the Major (u1900) was shared by Julian Tarwid (Leics), Edouardis Ter Gevorkin (Yorks) and Alexander Linton (Cambs) all on 5/6. Four shared first place in the intermediate (u1700): Angel Monterde (Yorks), Sanketh Basnayake (Notts), and Ana Williams (Notts) all with 5/6. Max Dooley (Notts) won the Minor (u1500) outright with 6 points. Hatle Mehta (Leics) and Miheli Gunarathne (Notts) shared Impovers tournament with 5½ points. Over 180 players took part. See full details.

Birmingham Rapidplay

28 Jan 2024. IM Yichen Han (NED) won the Open outright with 6½ from seven games. Karan Kukreja (Warks) won the Major (u2000) with 6 points. Dhairya Pandya (Warks) won the Intermediate (u1750) and Rowan Eccleston (Lancs) the Minor (u1500) both with 6½ points. The event was organised by Alex Holowczak and 140 players competed. See full results.

East Midlands Congress results

28 Jan 2024. Matthew Dignam (Herts) claimed first prize in the u2400 competition with 4½ points finishing above GM Keith Arkell (Worcs) on 4 points. Jacob Liu (Herts), Mihir Sharma (Northants), Piers Hinds (Notts) and Kevin Williamson (Beds) shared first place in the u1900 tournament. Tara Tamilselvan (Leics) won the u1500 competition outright with Warwickshire junior Siyao gaining a rating prize. The event was held at Northamton University, organised by Joshua Morris, and chief arbiter was IA Adam Raoof.


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Next in the Midlands

Sat 2 Mar. University of Warwick Rapidplay at Warwick Science Concourse, Library Road, Coventry CV4 7AL. 10:30am to 6:30pm, three sections Open, Major (u1800), and Minor (u1400). Seven rounds, time control 15 min + 5 sec

Next Junior tournament

Sat 23 Mar 2024. Shropshire Junior Chess Congress at Charlton School, Apley Avenue, Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3FA. Sections for U-18, U-14, U-12, U-10 and U-8. Six rounds starting 10am finishing 6pm, time control 15 min + 10 sec. Free parking in school grounds and light refreshments available.

Sat 23 Mar. Birmingham Junior Open at King Edward VI Five Ways School, Scotland Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 4BT. Five rounds starting at 1pm, prize-giving 6pm. Seven tournaments: Under-11 Open, u1000, u800, u600; and Under-18, Open, u1400, u1000. Medals for high scorers. Organised by Alex Holowczak.

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Next national event

Sat & Sun 2-3 Mar. British Rapidplay Championship 2024 at Holiday Inn, Peterborough West, Thorpe Road, Peterborough. Start 12:30pm to 4:30 pm. Eleven rounds, time control 15 min + 5 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.