Seeking BCCA players for two Upcoming Team Tournaments!

We have two upcoming tournaments on the webserver & I have around 40 places available for BCCA members. Do you want to play?

1/ Welsh Member Organisations Team Tournament: BCCA are affiliated to the Welsh CC Federation & we will be submitting four or five teams into this event. There will be five players per team & each player will play (probably) 8 or 10 games per player. Each board will have rating bandings as follows:-

Board One: Open

Board Two: No higher than 2,300

Board Three: No higher than 2,150

Board Four: No higher than 2,000

Board Five: No higher than 1,850

This should ensure even well-matched chess. Games will start in December.

2/ Scottish CCA Webserver Team Tournament: Organised annually & starting in January. We have submitted five teams in past years & I look to do the same again. There are four boards per team. There were three Divsions last season & the crosstables can be seen here:-

All standards are catered for. Each player will probably play 6 games.


Entry is free to BCCA members for both of these tournaments! So why not make the most of your BCCA membership & enter one of them or both!

Please also bear in mind that BCCA Medal tournaments will be starting in February or March so I appreciate that playing an additional 6-10 games is a fair-sized commitment. So manage your game loads carefully.

Please contact me (Neil Limbert – see the latest BCCA magazine for my email address or contact me through this website) if you wish to play. I look forward to hearing from you! If you do wish to play, please specify which tournament you would like to enter, or simply state you are happy to play in either, or that you would like to play in both.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

All members are advised that our AGM will take place on Saturday November 4th, 2pm, at the offices of Pett, Franklin & Co. LLP, Victoria House, 116 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3BD.  We will discuss the year gone by & plan for the year ahead. If you would like your say in how the BCCA is run, you would be welcome to attend. If you can’t go but would would still like to see a particular subject raised, please contact the General Secretary Neil Limbert.

Webserver Trios – September Update

We start with Class 1 Trio No.151 which was won by Brian Robinson and Andrew Ellis jointly with 3 points apiece. The third player was Paul Theedom-Bridgeman. Brian and Andrew receive 1 BCM Point each and are promoted to Class 2

Then comes Class 1 Trio No.160 where Ju Te Xiang was the winner with an excellent score of 3.5/4 against Chris Kent and Raymond Cox. Ju receives 2 more BCM Points and has already qualified for Class 2.

Next we have Class 1 Trio No.162 which was a close fought battle between 2 new members, Lea Hudson and Peter Dearnley. Lea prevailed with an excellent score of 3.5 points, Peter finished with a very respectable 2.5 points and almost made it 3 points apiece. The third player was Alan Terry. Lea is promoted to Class 2 and receives 2 BCM Points

After that we have Class 1 Trio 159 which was a very tight contest between Iris Pardoe, Brian Cunningham and Keith Dudeney. In the end Iris prevailed with a score of 2.5 points and moves back to Class 2 with 2 BCM Points

Now we are on to Class 2 Trio No.84 where Richard Akrill won with a score of 3 points against Michael Farmer and Stephen Woodhouse. Richard receives 4 BCM points and is promoted to Class 3 and the possibility of qualifying for a Webserver Trios Championship Semi-Final.

And finally we have Class 3 Trio No.39 where Trevor Carr prevailed in a very tight match with Dr. Mark Wilson and Edmund Foulds. Trevor received 3 BM Points. Both he and Mark will be playing in Championship Qualifiers next time round. Edmund returns to Class 2 for his next Trio.

BCCA teams win the BCCL & the Welsh Member Organisations Tournament

BCCA teams have triumphed in the last couple of days!

BCCL (British CC League): the BCCA Giants team (8 players with each player playing two games) have won the BCCL Championship. The crosstable can be seen here: Although there are 2 games still awaiting adjudication decisions, the Giants cannot be caught. The full team was Captain Neil Jefferson, Olli Ylönen, Brian Thompson, Yosua Sitorus, Graham Pattrick, Allan Gardner, Johnny Owens, Andrew Ellis.

Welsh Member Organisations Team Tournament II: the BCCA Wildcats have won this event (5 players with each player playing 6 games) which came down to the very last game. The full crosstable can be seen here:  Congratulations to the team who comprised Captain Russell Sherwood, Mark Eldridge, Brian Thompson, Les Ellis, Keith Kitson.

Handicap Tournament 2016-7

The 2016-7 Handicap Tournament finished in a tie for 1st place between Paul Terry & Russell Sherwood. Paul earns 5 CM points & they share the prize money for 1st/2nd place. In 3rd place was Raymond Burridge.

The Handicap tournament is now free to enter so any member can enter at any time.  Pairings are by post or e-mail.

Richard Akrill awarded Candidate Master Title

Richard Akrill has been awarded the BCCA Candidate Master Title after reaching 20 Candidate Master (CM) points.  His points were accumulated in 4 different Trio’s as well as winning a Silver Medal tournament: well done to Richard!

Richard is the 10th member to be awarded the Candidate Master Title during 2017. The full list of Title Holders can be seen here:

Greg Hughes wins Bronze Medal tournament

All the games in this event have now finished & the final crosstable can be viewed on the Server here:  Congratulations to Greg Hughes who scored a fantastic 11.5/12 to win the tournament and a Bronze Medal – well done Greg! Honorable mentions go to Pablo Moujan & Ben Wood whose scores of 11 and 10.5 respectively would usually be good enough to win the event! Pablo earns 3 Candidate Master points for 2nd place.