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News in the 2017-8 season
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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