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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 reports. 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

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.


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Next in the Midlands

Sat, Sun 1, 2 Apr. Nottingham Congress, at Nottingham High School. Open, u165, u135, u110 five-round Swiss tournaments.

Next National Event

Sat & Sun 1 & 2 Apr. National Club Championships at Solihull. Open and grade limited team competitions.

Next Midlands & national junior events

Sat 18 Mar, English Schools Team and Individual Blitz Championships. At the King's School, Grantham, Lincs. All-day Individual event (am), Team event (teams of 4 plus one reserve)

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.


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 the Midlands Grand Prix. Brief results of 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.