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Last updated 20 November 2017

MCCU Correspondence Chess

MCCU correspondence team plays Natco: MCCU lead 4-2

20 Nov. Rob Sutton (Worcester) wins on board 2 to take MCCU 5-2 up.
26 Oct. MCCU now 4-2 up after Natcor captain wins his games.
10 Oct. MCCU are now 4-0 up after Stepehen Woodhouse won both his games on board 5.
14 Sep. Shock early win for MCCU. Rob Marks (Warks) on board 4 won both his games.

30 Aug, Ray Dolan reports. Ray Dolan leads the MCCU team and Paul Pope the Natcor team. The MCCU line-up using web-server is Matthew Jordan (Worcs), Robert Sutton (Worcs), Brian Turner (Worcs), Rob Marks (Warks) and Brian Turner (Worcs); using e-mail, are Alan Ruffle (Worcs), Geoff Rosser (Staffs), Peter Sherlock (Notts), Tony West (Worcs), Tom Stokes (Lincs); and using post are Laurence Hayden (Leics), Ian Scott (Lincs), Graham Payne (Staffs) and William Taylor (Notts). All players have two games one as white and one as black against the same opponent. Ten moves should be completed within 30 days and unused time is carried forward until a result is agreed.

27 Jul, Ray Dolan reports. Thirteen players will represent the MCCU in the match that is scheduled to start in August. Worcestershire provide Tony West, Alan Ruffle, Stephen Woodhouse, Matthew Jordan, Brian Turner and Robert Sutton, Lincolnshire Tom Stokes, Peter Sherlock and William Taylor; Staffordshire, Graham Payne; and Leicestershire Laurence Hayden.

National Correspondence Chess Club

The club offers members the En Passant magazine. There are individual, team and freindly tournaments to enter.

2014-15 Warks get Bronze in Division 1

Warwickshire A were again third on 9½, one point behind winners Essex A, who beat Yorkshire A on tie-break in the Ward Higgs competition of the Counties & District Corresponsdence Chess Championship.

2013-14 Warks third in Division 1

Warwickshire A shared second place with Yorkshire B on 10 points in the Ward Higgs competition. The winning team was Yorkshire A on 11½ points.

2012-13 tournament is by electronic transmission

The rising price and slower delivery of postal mail means that this year's tournament is by electronic transmission of moves. The Controller is Cyril Johnson to whom entries by e-mail should be sent by 15 December. Entry is free to MCCU players and there is a gift voucher prize sponsored by Chess Direct.

2011-12 Midlands correspondence chess championship won by Keith McLaughlin

Not only did Keith win with a clean sweep 6 out of 6: this is also the fifth year in succession he has won the tournament.

The PC Gibbs Midlands correspondence chess championship

The PC Gibbs Tournament is open to anyone eligible to play for the MCCU counties (Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Herefordshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire,Warwickshire, Worcestershire). The 2011-12 competition starts in August. The competition is run as an all-play-all tournament. Bob Veitch is the Controller and you should contact him as soon as possible if you want to enter next year's competition.

For 2011-12 competition, and previous year's results, please use the menu on the left.

Correspondence chess

Correspondence chess in now mostly played by e-mail to save on postal costs, but the webmaster understands that one competitor prefers to play by post. Correspondence chess is ideal for players who have an unpredictable work schedule or place of work and those who cannot leave the house because they care for a member of their family, or who are housebound themselves. In theory you can take a day to decide your move, but in the real world, wives, girlfriends, neighbours and other distractions claim all but a few disciplined players. It is just so easy to write down or type unintended moves even when you have put thought into deciding the best move to play. Serious blunders are nearly as common as in over-the-board games. At the highest level, competitors often try out 'experimental' openings to get opponents away from established lines of play and games are often spectacular.

If you would like to compete in the 2012-13 tournament, which starts in August 2012, please contact Bob Veitch.