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Last updated 17 July 2019

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24 Apr, Ray Dolan reports. The MCCU Annual Meeting will be held Saturday 15 June at Rolls Royce Derby. Papers will be sent to county secretaries, delegates and officers nearer the meeting.

IM Joseph McPhillips wins Bolton Easter congress

McPhillips (Bolton, GMC) had a clean sweep and was 1½ points ahead of the field in the Open. Martin Burns (Stockport, GMC) won the Major with 5 points and Arpad Busznyak (Bolton, GMC) the Minor with 4½ points. The Busy Person’s Blitz was a tie between GM Stephen Gordon and Joseph McPhillips with 7 points from 8 games. The tournaments were organised by Rod Middleton and attracted 140 entries.

Midlands Junior Champions

21 Apr. Kishan Modi (Leics Jun) was U18 champion with 6 points, The U14 prize was shared by Jason Lv (Leics Jun) and Pavel Marowski ((Oxen Jun) 4 points. The U11 winner was Jude Shearsby (Coventry Chess Acad) 4 points and the U9 champion was Elis Dicen (St Patrick’s Birmigham) Winners took home up to £300 in prize money. Full prize list and link to cross-tables..

Midland masters success in Rhodes

17 Apr. IM Robert Bellin (Walsall, Staffs) played board 1 in England 65+’s Silver Medal team placed behind Russia. In the Senior 50 team competition, GM Keith Arkell (Halesowen, Worcs) won an individual silver medal. See Stewart Reuben’s report..

Cannock & District League celebrate 20th Birthday

2 Apr, Ray Dolan reports. The league was founded in 1999 by Robert Mayne, Brian Lynam, Robin Lewis and Ray Dolan. It now has twelve clubs competing in three divisions and competitions for the Chase and Robert Ward trophies. Visit CDCL website.

Draw for national stages of county championships

30 Mar, ECF reports. The full draw is on the county teams' national page of this website. Lincs get a bye and free pass into the Minor Counties semi-final. Warks had to decine their nomination for the u120 and are replaced by Derbys and Worcs decided not to enter the u180 competition.

Final MCCU county match results spring surprise in the championship

23 Mar. With a chance to become Midland champions, Leics lose to bottom placed Worcs. In the u140, Lincs beat Staffs.

Midlands county teams in the national stages: late u120 substitution

23 Mar, Peter Sherlock reports. Worcs decided to withdraw from the u180 competition, Derbys replace Warks in the u120 and Notts confirmed as the third nomination for u100. The national stage rounds are scheduled as shown on the national web page of the this year's county matches. The full list is: Open MCCU1 Leics, MCCU2 GMC; MinorCounties MCCU1 Lincs, MCCU2 Notts; u180 MCCU1 Warks; u160 MCCU1 GMC, MCCU2 Notts; u140 MCCU1 Worcs, MCCU2 Notts, MCCU3 Leics; u120 MCCU1 Notts, MCCU2 Derbys, MCCU3 Staffs; u100 MCCU1 Warks, MCCU2 Staffs, MCCU3 Notts. Players in the national stages must be ECF members (in the Open gold membership) and captains are reminded to obtain from the national controller clearance for all ungraded players in grade limited sections. Good luck to all Midlands teams!
17 Mar, Peter Sherlock reports. MCCU have nominated at least two teams in the Open and each of the grade limited competitions. The u140 and u120 sections have three nominations and Notts have asked for a reserve place if available in the u100.

Warks u140 beat Derbys and Leics get 3rd place in national stage

16 Mar, Peter Sherlock reports. In the hotly contested u140 competition, Warks had a narrow home victory over Derbys. This weekend’s result means that Leics take the final Midlland’s place in the national stage.

Notts win Midlands under-120 team championship

9 Mar. The end-of-season u120 match between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire was crucial, but Warks needed a win whereas Notts only a draw. With a board down, Notts squeaked the draw.
9 Mar, Neil Graham reports. In the battle for the remaining two MCCU nominations for the national stages, Warks and Staffs just edge out Derbys.

Worcs win Midlands under-140 and Warks win under-100 team championships

2 Mar. In the u140 showdown, Worcestershire emerged victors, leaving two team to fight for the third nomination for the national stages. In the u100, Warwickshire had a convincing win against Staffs u100 to maintain a 100% set of results.

Midlands team championship hangs on final match

2 Mar. Leics beat Notts in the championship so the result of the final match of the season will decide whether Leics or Notts are champions.

County team results

23 Feb. In the u140 competition, Notts set up a championship showdown with Worcestershire next weekend with a win against Leics while Lincs beat Warks. In the u120, Worcs pick up a match point with a draw against Staffs.
16 Feb. In the Championship competition leaders Lincs fell to Warks. The remaining matches will be crucial. Leics u120 beat Worcs
9 Feb. Worcs u140 team book their place in the national stages with an away draw against Derbys.
2 Feb. Notts beat Worcs in the championship to join Lincs at the top of the table. Notts beat Leics and go top of the u120 table.

Solihull Club runs Chess 960 rapidplay

13 Feb. Solihull blaze a trail for ’Fischer Random’ rapidplay with an open tournament on 10 March (see top right). There will be grading prizes for ECF rapidplay graded players, but because Chess 960 is a chess variant, results in this tournament will not be graded.

Stockport Rapidplay results

27 Jan, Rod Middleton reports. Adam Ashon (3Cs, Oldham, GMC) and IM Joseph McPhillips (Bolton, GMC) were first in the Open with 5 points from 6 games. Phillip Seery (Bare Inst, Morecombe, Lancs) won the Major, Michael Norris (Manchester Mantihores, the Intermediate and Denzel Supatan (Bare Inst, Morcombe, Lancs) the Minor all on 5½ points. Just under 150 players took part.

New Year County team results

26 Jan. In the u140, Worcestershire beat Lincolnshire and remain unbeaten. Derbys beat Warwickshire in the u120. In the u100 Staffs beat Leics in an 11-board match.
19 Jan. Manchester beat Notts to claim the u160 Midlands title.
19 Jan. In the championshp matches, Warks beat Worcs and Lincs beat Leics.
12 Jan. In the u140, Staffs beat Derbys and Lincs beat Notts and in the u100 Notts beat Staffs. All three matches were close results.
5 Jan. In the championship, Leics beat Warks while in the u120 competition, Notts beat Derbys and Warks beat Staffs.

County u180 team entries invited

14 Dec, Peter Sherlock reports. County team competition controller Peter Sherlock has invited all counties to enter the u180 competition: deadline 31 Dec.

County match results

9 Dec. In the u140 tournament, both Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire retain 100% scores beating Warks and Staffs respectively while Leics beat Lincs. In the u100 tournament, in an 11-board match Leics beat Notts.
1 Dec. In the Championship, Lincolnshire beat Worcs and Notts beat Warks. In the u120, Staffs beat leaders Derbys to open up that section.
24 Nov. In the u140 competition, home teams had a good day: Notts beat Warks, Derbys beat Leics, and Worcs beat Staffs

Carlsen retains World Championship

29 Nov. After twelve standard play draws at London, Carlsen crushed Caruana 3-0 in the quickplay play-off.

MCCU players at Bled World Seniors Championships

24 Nov. Keith Arkell finished 7½/11 in 9th position and Lee Davis was on 4½ points.

Bolton Rapidplay

18 Nov, Rod Middleton reports. The open section was dominated by Paul Macklin (Chorlton, GMC) with a 100% score of 6pts. The key game was a 4th round encounter with Ali Jaunooby, where Paul who was over 5 minutes behind on time, blitzed an ending with less than a minute left on his clock. Szilard Tamas (Sheffield) was the sole winner of the Major. The Knights finished in a tie between Alex Sosnowski (Eccles) and Steve Whatmore (Birmingham). The eventwas held at the Bolton Ukrainian Social Club and 76 players competed.

County match results

17 Nov. Warks defeated Leics and remain the only winning team in the u100 competition
10 Nov. In the u140 competition, Leics beat Staffs and Notts beat Derbys
3 Nov. Two u120 matches this weekend: Warks drew with Leics and Notts beat Worcs.

Dates for centennial county team competitions

31 Oct, ECF reports. Mark Murrell, Director of Home Chess has published the default dates for national stages of this year's centennial inter-counties competitions.

Preliminary Rounds – Saturday 27th April 2019
Quarter Finals (Open, Minor, Under 160, Under 120) – Saturday 11th May 2019
Quarter Finals (Under 180, Under 140, Under 100) – Saturday 18th May 2019
Semi-Finals – Saturday 8th June 2019.
Finals – Saturday 13th July 2019

County match results

27 Oct. Warks u140 beat Staffs, Worcs beat leics and Derbys beat Lincs
20 Oct. Derbys beat Leics in the u120 and Warks beat Notts in the u100.

ECF annual meeting seeks fee increases

13 Oct. Council approved the strategic plan, but it was confirmed that any fee increases would need a positive vote at a future meeting. Alex Holowczak (Worcs) was elected unopposed as Dirctor for Junior Chess in succession to Traci Whitfield (Staffs).

First county match results of the season

6 Oct. Lincs and Notts fought to a draw in the championship, while Warks beat local rivals Worcs and Staffs drew with Notts in the u120.

England placed 4th in the Batumi Olympiads

6 Oct. In spite of a convincing win against Kazakstan, England just missed out on a podium in Georgia and were unable to overhaul Poland. In fourth position, the team performance is a marked improvement on the last few years and David Howell on board 3 had a particularly good tournament. China won both the Open and the Women's team event and much-fancied USA were unable to make good on thier number 1 seeding in the Open.

Keith Arkell wins 4NCL Nottingham Open

30 Sep, Neil Graham reports. Keith was first on 4½ points in the Open. The first prize in the Major was shared by Joshua Pink (Stockport, GMC) and Ismael Lafuente Molano (Spain). The Minor first prize was also shared: Roy Hadfield (Leamington, Warks) and Sajjad Dehghan-Afifi (Manchester). Entries for this event were closed early because the venue capacity had been reached and over 150 players competed.

Midlanders' successes at UK Chess Challenge Terafinal

16 Sep. FM Jonah Willow shared first place in the under-18 section with 5 points. Highest scoring Midlander in the under-14 trournament was Finaly Bowcott-Terry (Worcs) with 4 from 6 games and Edison Xu (Warks) shared first place in the under-12. Warwickshire players also did well in the under-8 tournament with Jude Shearsby sharing first place and Ellis Dicen was the highest girl player.

All change in Worcestershire

23 Aug. Worcestershire CA has a new management team and a new website. New secretary is Paul Sharratt and new team captains are: Stephen Woodhouse (Minor Couties team), his son Monty (u120 team) and Tony Shaw takes over Worcestershire u140 team. Ray Collett retired as general secretary at the county's AGM in May and he received the Jim Friar award for services to Worcestershire Chess at their executive meeting in August. Worcestershire's new website is at http://www.worcestershirechess.org.uk/


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