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Entry form available for MCCU Open Championships

12 Jul, Alex Holwczak reports. The 2018 MCCU Open Championships will be held at Telford Fri 10 to Sun 12 August. Two FIDÉ-rated sections - Open and u1900/160ECF - and a u135ECF tournament. Five rounds with an option to take a half-point bye in rounds 1 to 4. Further information with links for on-line entry, terms and conditions.

Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire win national team titles.

8 Jul, Neil Graham reports. In the national county team championship finals held at Warwick, Nottinghamshire - fourth time lucky - beat Yorkshire in the under-140 final and Leicestershire beat Lancashire in the under-100 final. See scores and Neil's reports on the 2017-8 county match national pages. In the open section, Lancashire and Yorkshire tied their match, with Lancashire retaining their Open national title on tie-break.

Peter Sherlock and John Grasham honoured by MCCU

30 Jun, Ray Dolan reports. At the annual meeting held at Derby, Peter and John were made Life Vice-Presidents in recognition of their services over many years. Peter has controlled the county team competitions and been grading officer since 2006. John stepped down as honorary secretary for the union this year after holding the post for years.

Mancunian successes at Pula

30 Jun, Mick Norris reports. Andy Horton (3Cs, Oldham, GMC) and Joe McPhillips (Bolton, GMC) both qualified as IMs at the tournament in Pula, Croatia.

More Staffordshire teams next year

25 Jun, Ray Dolan reports. Staffordshire are to field an under-140 county team as well as teams for the u120 and u100 competitions.



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Next in the Midlands

Fri 13 to Sun 15 Jul. 4NCL Telford FIDE-rated congress at Ramada Hotel Telford Ironbridge, Forgegate, Telford, TF3 4NA. Open. u2000 FIDE(ECF u175), and u135 tournaments.

Next Midlands & national junior events

Sat 14 & Sun 15 Jul UK Chess Challenge Northern Gigafinal at Abbey Hey Lane Manchester M18 8RL. Entry by invitation. Tournaments for each school year.

Next National Event

Jul 27 to 5 Aug. British Chess Championships at Hull City Hall, Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull HU1 3RQ. Weekend, junior and graded tournaments.

The "chess counties" forming the MCCU

MCCU counties

Eleven "Chess Counties" form the Midland Counties Chess Union and cover the areas shown in the map on the right. A small Board of volunteer directors currently led by Chief Executive Ray Dolan (Staffs) is elected annually by delegates from member chess counties. The Board organises regional competitions based on policies agreed annually by delegates from member chess counties.

By playing in the competitions hosted on this website you agree that your name, chess grade and your membership status with the English Chess Federation (ECF) may be published on this website for the purposes of recording the results of the competitions. You also agree that such information will be passed to the ECF, the governing body, for grading purposes, and published on their website.


The current webmaster is Ray Collett (Worcs). The website's policy is to report results of the MCCU competitions, principally the MCCU county team tournaments and congresses. Brief results of other chess congresses held in the MCCU area and and links to organisers' websites are on the "News" pages. A calendar of upcoming chess congresses is on the "Congresses" pages. Some important national and international chess events will also be reported if there is a "Midlands" interest. In the menu bar above: "About" gives more information about the MCCU and has links to rules and administrative papers; "Guide" explains the site's organisation and provides links to most of the site's key pages.

Please send news of Midlands chess events, corrections, notifications of broken links, and suggestions to improve the website to Ray Collett.