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Page last updated 14 May 2024

Role of Chess Counties in the MCCU

Ten county chess associations - Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire - currently form the MCCU. At times in the past, the Manchester Chess Federation, playing as Greater Manchester (currently affiliated to the NCCU), Oxfordshire (currently without affiliation) and Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire CA in the EACU) were members of the MCCU.

The counties have agreed annual funds based on the level of chess activity in each county to pay for the competitions run by the MCCU. Each county association has four votes at the annual MCCU general meeting and may send more than one delegate or appoint a proxy vote.

Most of the county associations forming the MCCU field teams in inter-county competitions organised by the MCCU. The Covid epidemic has reduced players’ willingness to travel to distant away venues and there is a reduced level of activity in the 2021-3 seasons. Traditionally, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire have not competed as teams. In 2022-3 season only Lincolnshire, Notottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire entered teams in the MCCU county teams competitions.If you are keen to organise a county team, please talk to your county secretary and the MCCU Chief Executive Officer.

MCCU Counties
The ten counties that form the MCCU

County Association Directory

If the relevant details are not available from the linked county association's website and you wish to contact a county chess association secretary, a delegate or officer to the Midlands Chess Counties Union, please contact Ray Dolan, CEO MCCU.

Derbyshire website

Secretary: John D.Hoddy
MCCU delegate: Simon Gilmore

Nottinghamshire website

Secretary: Chris Budd
MCCU delegate 1: Tim Walker

Herefordshire website

Secretary: Alan Leary
MCCU delegate: Alan Leary

Shropshire website

Secretary: Tony Preece
MCCU delegate 1: Roger Brown
MCCU delegate 2: Glyn Pugh

Leicestershire & Rutland website

Secretary: John Pattinson
MCCU delegate 1: Shabir Okhai
MCCU delegate 2: Paul Mottram
MCCU delegate 3: John Mitchell

Staffordshire website

Secretary: Peter Evans
MCCU delegate 1: Peter Evans
MCCU delegate 2: Ray Dolan
MCCU delegate 3: Stephen Smithson
MCCU delegate 4: Eunice Dolan

Lincolnshire website

Secretary: vacant. Please contact Nigel Birtwistle
MCCU delegate 1: Peter Sherlock
MCCU delegate 2: Ian Scott
MCCU delegate 3: William Orr

Warwickshire website

Secretary: David Thomas
MCCU delegate 1: Alex Holowczak
MCCU delegate 2: vacant
MCCU delegate 3: vacant
MCCU delegate 4: vacant

Northamptonshire website

Secretary: Keith Ball
MCCU delegate: Chris Gibson

Worcestershire website

Secretary: Paul Sharratt
MCCU delegate 1: Paul Sharratt
MCCU delegate 2: Stephen Woodhouse
MCCU delegate 3: Tony Shaw
MCCU delegate 4: Monty Woodhouse