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News in the 2016-7 season

Draws published for county quarter finals

30 Mar. See county match national page. Warwickshire have three fixtures against Middlesex!

GM Hebden triumph at Birmingham Rapidplay

26 Mar. Mark Hebden (Leics) made a clean sweep with 7 to win the Open tournament outright. Simon Smith (Warley Quinborne, Birmingham) and Andrew Price (Leamington, Warks) shared the Major with 5½ and Windsor Peck (Halesowen, Worcs) and Michael Fisher (Oldham, GMC) were joint first in the Minor.

Hereford congress winners

12 Mar. Raymond Ilett (Peterborough) was first in the u195 tournament, Roy Watson (Kenilworth, Warks) first in the Major; and Dennis Bonner (Shrewsbury Telepost) shared first in the minor with four other players. The event was organised by Tony Corfe for Castle Chess and full results are here.

Final Midlands County teams title decided

11 Mar. In the u180 fixture, history repeated itself for the two teams to draw and share the title with Warks claiming the first MCCU nomination place for the national stage on board count. In the other match on the last day of the MCCU stages, Worcs u120 beat Staffs, to be entitled to MCCU's third nominated place.

Midlanders shine at Doncaster

19 Feb, Nick Arkell & Neil Graham report. Three MCCU players, Nick and Keith Arkell (both Halesowen, Worcs) and Mike Surtees (Great Lever, GMC), shared the first prize with Laurence Webb at the Doncaster Open. Martin Burns (Stockport, GMC) and Karl Popper (Syston, Leics) tied for first place in the Major section and Graham Neil (Nottingham Nomads) tied for first place in the Minor.

Midlands team championships shared

18 Feb. In the Minor Counties' team championship, Notts beat Worcs. Worcs and Lincs, coming from behind, share the Midlands championship title and Worcs will be MCCU's first nomination for the national stages. Also in the Minor, Lincs beat Leics. Staffs beat Lincs and Warks beat Worcs in the u120: Notts beat Leics to take the u100 team championship. Your webmaster avoided being run over by tuk-tuks on holiday and apologises for the late publication of the 4 Feb match result below.
4 Feb. Midlands u160 championship was shared between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire and on board count Warwickshire will be MCCU's first nomination for the national stages.

Mancunians beat Cumbria

11 Feb reported by Mick Norris. In a friendly u160 match played at Lancaster, Greater Manchester beat Cumbria 7½ - 4½. For detailed score visit Cumbria CA website.

Nottingham Rapidplay

5 Feb, NCA website reports. GM Mark Hebden (Leics) won his third successive title at this event with a clean sweep 6/6. The Major was won by Daniel Broughton (Nottingham), the Intermediate by Geoff Brown (Sheffield) and Armaan Gogia (W Nottingham) 5/6, and junior player Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Halesowen, Worcs) won the Minor with 5½/6.

Stockport Rapidplay results

29 Jan, Rod Middleton reports. Joseph McPhillips (Bolton, Gtr Manchester) won the Open tournament outright with 5½ points from 6 games. Nicholas Barnaby (Bolton, Gtr Manchester) won the Major also with 5½/6. Robert McLean (3Cs Oldham, Gtr Manchester), Graham Ashcroft (Preston, Lancs) and Ian Stone Maryport (Cumbria) shared first place in the Intermediate with 5 points and Anthony Hunt (Sale, Ches) won the Minor outright on 5½ points. Over 130 player competed.

Latest county team result

28 Jan. Worcs u140 had a narrow victory over Derbys.

County team result gives Nottinghamshire first 2017 Midlands team title

21 Jan. Nottinghamshire take u120 championship with a 100% record and a win in their final match of the season against Worcestershire. In the Midlands Championship, Leics beat Notts and Lincs beat Warks. In the second u120 fixture, Warks beat Staffs.

ECF seeks views on member representation and BCF Champ entry

16 & 13 Jan. The ECF Board of Management has invited members to provide comment on ways to improve the representation of individual members in decisions of the federation. Three models have been put out for consultation. There are also consultations on the qualifications for entry to the 2018 BCF Championships. For details please visit: Voting reform and Champ entry. Responses to the ECF are requested by 12 March 2017.

First county match results in 2017

14 Jan. Leicestershire thrashed Staffs in the u100 match.
7 Jan. In the under-140 competition, Derbyshire drew with Nottinghamshire.

Geoff Harris 1930-2016.

7 Jan, Eric Horwill and Brian Dudley report. Geoff Harris, a lifetime member of Stourbridge, was remembered at a service at St Peter's Church, Pedmore. At his peak, Geoff was a 200+ player, twice champion of Worcestershire in 1961-2 and 1962-3. He represented England and of course Worcestershire in team play. His best performance in the British Championship was in 1954 when he was 6th. Playing on board 1 he helped Stourbridge to win two Birmingham & District and several Worcestershire team titles. He is remembered as a "genuine gentleman of the chess board" and will be much missed by all. See full tribute on the ECF website.

Hastings International Chess Congress

6 Jan. GM Deep Sengupta (IND) won the Masters with 7/9. Midlands players in the Masters did not fulfil their potential: GM Mark Hebden (Leics) 5½; GM Keith Arkell (Worcs) 4½; IM Robert Bellin (Staffs) 5 and Martin Burrows (Leics) 4. In other tournaments, Keith Arkell won the Blitz with 7½/9. Mark Whitehead (Rochdale) won the New Year afternoon A tournament.

Counties' Open-Minor decisions

29 Dec, the controller reports. The top three counties in the MCCU Minor competition will be offered nominations for the Minor Counties national stages and Warks and Notts will play for the Midlands u180 title and be offered nomination to the national stage of that competition.

London Chess Classic

16 Dec. Wesley So (USA) won the super GM tournament with 6/9. In the FIDE Open, GM Mark Hebden (Leics) scored 6½/9 and GM Keith Arkell (Worcs) 5½.

Steve Foster 1953-2016

11 Dec, Nottingham Gambit website reports. Steve Foster (Nottingham Central) died peacefully at home after a short illness. Steve played for Nottinghamshire's first team and captained teams for Nottingham Central club. Before retirement, he played for Worcestershire and captained St John's Worcester teams. Our condolences to his family and team colleagues. Nottingham Gambit and Ashfield websites give more information.

County results

10 Dec. In the u160, Notts beat Gtr Manchester. In the u120 matches, Worcs beat Lincs and Notts beat Warks.
3 Dec. After being 7-1 up at the halfway stage, Worcs narrowly beat Lincs in the open and minor section. Meanwhile Leics thrashed warks in the minor/open. Notts u140 and u100 teams at home at Bramcote beat Lincs u140 and a sadly depleted Staffs u100 team.

County match u140 result

19 Nov. Lincs u140 beat Derbys u140 in their first match to catch Worcs in this competition.

Bolton Rapidplay results

12 Nov, Rod Middleton reports. Paul Macklin (Chorlton, Gtr Manchester) lead from the start to win the Open on 5 points from 6 games. Four shared first place on 4½ points in the Major: John Altham (Bury, Gtr Manchester); Martin Burns (Stockport, Gtr Manchester); Stephen Loyd (Chester); and, Aram Tev-Gevorkian (Yorks). The Knights tournament was won by Raven Morrello (Chorlton, Gtr Manchester) and Steve McCall (East Cheshire). Over seventy players competed.

County match national stages rule changes

13 Nov, Peter Sherlock reports. Team captains proceeding into the national stages should consult the ECF national rules. several changes come into effect for the 2017 national stage competitions.

First u140 and u100 match results

12 Nov. In the opening matches for their tournaments, Worcs u140 beat Notts and in the u100, Notts crushed Warks.

Warks set the pace in u160 tournament

5 Nov. In the first match of the u160 team competition Warks beat Greater Manchester.

New website for Cannock & District League

1 Nov, Ray Dolan reports. Visit the new website.

County team champions humbled

29 Oct. In the Midlands Team Championship Warks beat Notts and Worcs edged it against Leics. In the u120 competition, Notts beat Staffs and Lincs beat Warks.

First u120 county result

15 Oct. Notts have a convincing win against Lincs in their opening match.

ECF Book of the Year

10 Oct. Chess for Life: Understanding how chess skills develop and change with the passage of time by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan. Available in paper, e-book or Kindle.

First county match results

8 Oct. In the Minor and Midlands Championship, Lincs beat Notts by a wide margin and Worcs beat local foes Warks.

ECF annual meeting and Midlands candidates

21 Sep, ECF website. The agenda, most papers and candidates' election statements for the 15 October annual general meeting have been published on the website. Alex Holowczak (Warks & Worcs), Traci Whitfield (Staffs), Julian Clissold (GMC) and David Thomas (Warks) are standing for re-election to the directorships of Home Chess, Junior Chess, Non-executive Chairman and Membership respectively. They are joined by Stephen Woodhouse (Worcs) who is standing for election as one of the Non-executive directors. ECF Directorships are volunteer posts.

Staffs withdraw from u140 team tournament

21 Sep, Peter Sherlock reports. Staffordshire have reluctantly concluded they have insufficient players to field a u140 team this season.

Lee Davis makes clean sweep in Hereford

18 Sep, Alan Leary reports. Lee Davis, recent newcomer to Hereford won the county championship, and two other tournaments at Hereford. He also won the Bennet Cup prize for the best individual player in Worcester & District Chess league.

Andrew Ward heads up Warks CA

3 Sep, Alex Holowczak reports. Alex has stepped down from the Warwickshire CA secretaryship and Andrew is his successor.

Midlands Tradewise GP winners

1 Sep, ECF reports. Mark Hebden (Leics) won the +180 Tradewise GP fighting off a challenge from Keith Arkell (Worcs) who was runner-up. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) won the 120-139 section. Midland players also did well in the Most improved GP: Marco Ho (S Birmingham) won the u180 section, Athar Anseri (Newport Shrops) the u140 section and Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek) the junior over 140 compoetition.

County team entries for 2016-7

31 Aug, Peter Sherlock reports. Provisonal fixture dates will be issued in the next week or so. Warks have entered teams for the championship, u180, u160, u120, and u100 tournaments.
30 Aug, Peter Sherlock reports. Staffs have entered u140, u120 and u100. Derebys have entered the u140. Warwickshire have not yet entered.
28 Aug, Peter Sherlock reports. Four teams have entered the 2016-7 Union's County Team championship: Leics, Lincs, Notts, Worcs. In the graded tournaments, Gtr Manchester and Notts have entered the u160; Lincs, Notts, and Worcs the u140; Lincs, Notts, & Worcs, the u120; and Leics and Notts the u100 turnaments. The u180 competition entries will be sought in January.

Joseph Friar winner at Bewdley

28 Aug. At an informal charity rapidplay tournament at Bewdley, Joseph Friar (Kidderminster) was first on 6 points.

Manchester Summer Congress

21 Aug, Rod Middleton Reports. Brandon Clarke (Littlethorpe) and Adam Ashton (3Cs, Oldham) tied for first on 4½ points. Ray Sayers (Bucks) was winner on 4½ in the Major and Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove) on 5 points in the Knights tournament. Over 120 players competed in this event at Manchester University. Harry Lamb was one of the key organisers of this highly successful event.

MCCU@Walsall Congress

14 Aug. GM Mark Hebden won the open with 5 points. Robert Clegg and Richard Desmedt, both Yorkshire shared first in the Major and two Midlanders were first and second in the Intermediate: Athar Ansari (Newport, Shrops) 5 points and Karimi Qais (Lincoln) 4 points. Two Redditch, Worcs, players headed the Minor tournament with David Smith (Redditch) on first with 4½ points and Michele Clack second on 4. For pictures and more ...


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