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Nigel Birtwistle MCCU nominee for British

6 Jul, Ray Dolan reports. Nigel Birtwistle (Lincs) has accepted an MCCU nomination to play in he British Championship starting 13 August.

Cleethorpes Rapidplay results

3 Jul. The Open was won by GM Matthew Turner 5/6 with local player Samuel Milson and IM Gediminas Sarakauskas sharing second place on 5/6. The Major tournament wa shared between Alex Royle (Lincs) and Ionel Dragan (Notts) both scoring 4½ points. Minor was won outright by Eldars Gulijevs (Notts) with 5½ points. Over 90 contestants played.

Warks u1650 lose to Surrey in the national final.

2 Jul. Warwickshire fielded the only Midlands finalist team, but lost heavily to Surrey. The Open finals was won on tie-break by Northumberland against Yorkshire.

First woman President for MCCU

25 Jun. History was made at the annual meeting when Eunice Dolan was elected President, the first female head of the organisation founded in 1897. Picture (Linda Clark) shows local MP Eddie Hughes at Bloxwich Junior Chess Academy congratulating Eunice on her election.

Eddie Hughes MP congratulates Eunice Dolan

Birmingham Rapidplay results

12 Jun. GM Mark Hebden (Leics) shared first place in the Open with Yichen Han (Northumberland). Both players finished on 6 points from 7 rounds. IM Lawrence Cooper (Shrops) was on 5½ and young Finlay Terry Bowcott (Solihull) on 5. The Major was won by Heinrich Basson (South Africa) on 6/7; the Intermediate by Alexander Chmelev (Twickenham) on 6½/7; and the Minor was shared by Sathya Vaidyanathan (Warks Juniors) and Joseph Ward (Leics) on 6½. The organiser was Alex Holoczak and the event was a sell-out with 150 players.

Warwickshire under-1650 only Midland finalist

11 Jun. Warwickshire were the only successful Midland semi-finalists beating Yorkshire convincingly in the under-1650 competition. Greater Manchester lost to Yorkshire in the Open, Warwickshire lost to Norfolk in the Minor counties’ competition, Nottinghamshire pulled out of their match against Essex in the under-2050, and Nottinghamshire under-1450 lost heavily to Essex. See national results.

Warwickshire under-1650 progress to semi-finals

21 May. Warwickshire under-1650 team beat Essex in the only quarter final in this competition and will meet Yorkshire in the semi-finals. See score card.

Worcestershire fall to Cambridgeshire

14 May. Worcestershire went down narrowly to Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties tournament. The result was in doubt until the end of the last game. Greater Manchester defaulted their match against Middlesex in under-1850 tournament. See score card. Greater Manchester defaulted their under-1850 match against Middlesex.

Midland over-50s shine in Senior English Championship

8 May. Mark Hebden, 6½ points (Leics) was first, Keith Arkell, 6 points (Worcs) second, and Don Mason, 4½ points (Warks) shared third place. More details.

Annual meeting on 25 June

6 May, Ray Dolan reports. The AGM will be held on Sat 25 June at Rolls Royce, Derby. Please contact Ray Dolan if you want issues raised. Use this link to read reports to be considered at the 2022 meeting.

Nottinghamshire u1450 team through to semi-finals

30 Apr. In the first quarter final match involving Midland teams, Nottinghamshire seniors saw off their junior opponents for the second time this season- the first was in the MCCU match - and progress to the semi-finals in the under-1450 competition. See details. Nottinghamshire will face Essex in June.

Nottingham Congress results

24 Apr. FM Jonah Willow (Notts) was first in the open on 4½ points ahead of Brandon Clarke and GM Mark Hebden. Sammy Benzaira (Notts) shared first place in the Major with James Luong Alejandro Lopez-Martinez, and David Wells (all Yorks). There was also a four-way tie in the Intermediate: John Robinson (Leics), Bill Ward (Yorks), Paul Wheatley (Yorks) and Andre Cockburn (Derbys). The Minor was won outright by James McBain, 5 points, and the Improvers by Joseph Hogan, 4½ points. A hundred players competed.


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Next in the Midlands

Fri 8 to Sat 10 July. 4NCL Congress at Woodland Grange, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa CV32 6RN. Open, u2000, u1700 tournaments FIDE rated. Five rounds, half-point byes available round 1-4.

Next Midlands Junior Chess

Fri 8 - Sun 10 July. Youth Championship National Final at Nottingham HS, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED. Five rounds, 90min+30sec, half-point byes permitted in rounds 1-4, FIDE rated

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Next national event

Mon 8 Aug to Sun 14 Aug. British Chess Championships at Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ.

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.

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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.