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News in the 2017-8 season
Midlands team championship result
24 Feb. In a home fixture, Derbys u120 smashed Worcs.
Ameet Ghasi is double Midland Champion
18 Feb. The Midlands Open Rapidplay was won by Ameet Ghasi (Grantham Sharks 4NCL) with 8½ points from 9 games. GM Keith Arkell (Cheddleton 4NCL/Halesowen, Worcs) shared 2 and third places with Tomasz Sygnowski (Sutton Coldfield, Warks) on 7½ points.
17 Feb. In the Blitz, first seed Grantham Sharks' player IM Ameet Ghasi won the title in style with 8½/9. In second place was Halesowen/Cheddleton player GM Keith Arkell with 8 points. The tournament attracted over forty players.
The weekend was organised by IO Alex Holowczak and attracted 79 players. Results of all sections and links to full results.
Midlands team championship results
17 Feb. Nottinghamshire win u160 team championship with a narrow home win against Warwickshire. In a u120 match run in parallel at Bramcote, Notts u120s beat Staffordshire.
10 Feb When battle for the u140 champion was resumed in the new year, Notts broke the mould with a 9-7 win while Worcestershire, luckily gifted a default, turned in another narrow win this time against Derbys. The decider Worcs-Notts is next month. The u120 match between Leics and Warks finished in an wild time scramble to decide the match with the game going to Leics.
3 Feb. In the u120 competition, Worcs beat Notts comfortably.
Stockport Rapidplay results
28 Jan. In this six-round event, Nigel Davies (Lancs) was first on 5½ points in the Open. Mark Hann (GMC) shared first place on 5 points in the Major with Andrew Jaques (GMC). First in the Intermediate was Richard Renegade (Cheshire, 5½ points) while Sam Hayman (GMC) and Andrew Beswick (GMC) shared first in the Minor also on 5½ points.
County team results
27 Jan. In the u160 Warks beat GMC 9½-6½ to get a place in the national stages. In the u120, Staffs beat Warks and in the u100, Staffs had a home win against Notts.
20 Jan. In the Midlands team championship, there were two very close results. Nottinghamshire lost at home to Lincolnshire and Worcestershire won at home against Leicestershire to get their first match points of the season. In the u120 matches Lincs beat Warks and Derbys beat Notts
First county match results for 2018
13 Jan. In the u120 competition, Leics had a convincing win against Staffs.
Shropshire Chess Congress
7 Jan. IM Alan Merry made a clean sweep with 5 points in the Open with IM Amit Ghasi (Lincs) and GM Stephen Gordon (3Cs, GMC) second on 4 points. The Major was shared by Chris Lewis (Newport, Shrops) and Glyn Pugh (Telford, Shrops) on 4 points. Four players: Dominic Barefoot (Oswestry), David Gilbert (DHSS), Colin Mace (Wellington, Shrops), and Richard Szwajkun (Telford, Shrops) shared first in the Intermediate and promising junior Chinmay Monga (K EdWard's Sch, Birmingham) won the Minor with 4½ points. Nearly 150 players participated. See further results.
Midlands masters at Hastings
5 Jan. GMs Mark Hebden (Leics) and Keith Arkell (Worcs) and IM Steve Mannion (Staffs) scored 6 points from 9 games and shared 6th prize in the Hastings Masters.
Standardised penalty for illegal moves
1 Jan, SCCU reports. New FIDE rule 7.5.5 comes into force: "for the first completed illegal move by a player, the arbiter shall give two minutes extra time to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the arbiter shall declare the game lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player's king by any possible series of legal moves." This rule applies whether Blitz, rapid or standard play.
County match results
17 Dec. Warks enjoyed a double win over Worcs in Minor and u120 matches at Olton.
5 Nov, Rod Middleton reports. The open was won by Paul Macklin (Chorlton) with 5/6 points; Robert Hanson (Preston, 5 points) won the Major and Doug Barnett (Alsager) and Alex Sosnowski (Eccles) shared first place in the Knights tournament.
First county team results in u100, u140 and u160
4 Nov. Six teams were in action with wins for Notts in the u160, Worcs in the u140, and Leics in the u100
Wins for Worcs and Warks in the u120
28 Oct. Sorry about the delayed details for the Warks-Derbys match caused by scrambled comms: full details now uploaded.
Warwick University win Midlands 2020 Qualifier
22 Oct. Warwick University A team, 15 points, just pipped Sutton Coldfield CC, 12 points, in this 20 minute team rapidplay competition.
Notts win first county match
21 Oct. Notts get the season underway with a win against Warks in the Midlands team championship.
Dr Brian Dudley 1931-2017
20 Oct. Chess players from clubs in Worcestershire and Staffordshire joined family members at the funeral in Stourbridge. Brian was a former president of Worcestershire Chess Association, captain of their first team in the 1970s and a vice-president of the MCCU. A short obituary has been published on the Birmingham & District Chess league website.
Birmingham Rapidplay: MCCU president gains a second place
15 Oct, Alex Holowczak reports. IM Ameet Ghasi (6½/7) won the Open beating GM Keith Arkell (Worcs, 5½). Colm Buckley (Chester) and Florian Biermann (Nottingham Gambit) shared first in the Major on 5½; Mark Radford (Nottingham Cent) shared first in the Intermediate also on 5½ points; Imogen Dicen (South Birmingham, 6½) won the Minor with MCCU President John Pakenham (Warley) in sole second place on 6 points.
Halesowen, national chess club of the year.
21 Sep.The English Chess Federation selected Halesowen from six other nominated clubs as 2017 Chess Club of the Year. Read the club's submission from the link in the news column of their home page.
Staffordshire Open results
17 Sep. A multiple pile-up in the Open led to four sharing first place on 3½/5 points: Jonathen Blackburn (Holmes Chapel), Jonah Willow (W Nottingham), Craig Whitfield (Cheddleton), and Connor Boswell (Cheddleton). In the Major first was shared by Jon Blackburn (Cheddleton) and Douglas Barnett (Crew) both on 4 points. Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove) won the Minor outright with 4½ points. The event was controlled by Matthew Carr and attracted over sixty players.
Rugeley - Chess Staffs club of the year
6 Sep, Ray Dolan reports. Chairman Patrick Waller received the award from Ray Dolan for the fifty years' services to Staffordshire chess.
Three new teams in MCCU county team competitions
3 Sep, Peter Sherlock reports. Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire have entered additional teams for the 2017-8 season. Warwickshire entered a new u140 team and the u120 competition has two extra teams: Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Like the previous season, all counties competing for the Midlands Team Championship decided to enter the Minor Counties, but the top two teams will be offered the chance to compete in the Open section of the national stage.
MCCU-Natcor correspondence match starts September
30 Aug. Fourteen players from six counties represent the MCCU team led by CEO Ray Dolan. Methods of play include web-server, e-mail and post. Play commences 3 September with each players having two games against the same opponent and games will be played until a result is agreed. See details on correspondence chess web page.
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