Friday, 19 May 2017

Error In Previous Post

I got my maths wrong in my previous post. Crewe 'E' and Cheddleton 'I' actually finished level on both Match Points and Game Points and so shared the dubious honour of being Wooden Spoonists.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

League Season Finally Comes To A Conclusion

Division 5

The final league match of the season, between the bottom 2 teams in Division 5, saw Cheddleton 'I' claiming the Division 5 Wooden Spoon by virtue of a slightly inferior Game Points difference.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

UK Trounced By The EU

Last night's match between NSDCA UK and EU players ended in a comprehensive 5 - 1 win for the EU. Only a win by Neville Jones on board 6 against his French opponent saved the UK from a whitewash. A very entertaining evening and well done to the EU Team Captain, Alberto Gissi, and his band of mercenaries on their win. Ken McNulty, the UK Team Captain, was more Jeremy Corbyn than Theresa May as he failed dismally to provide the strong and stable leadership required !! There will hopefully be another referendum (Sorry - I meant match) at the end of next season. Click here to view the match score card.

Rhyl Congress Update

I am informed that Mike Lee, Jon and Sandra Blackburn all played in the Major Section at Rhyl, scoring 2.5, 1.5 and 1.5/5 respectively. All the final standings for the Congress can now be found here.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rhyl Congress Results

There do not appear to be any results posted on the internet so my thanks to Les Hall for reporting the following NSDCA performances at the Rhyl Congress:

Alex Richardson and Rich Wiltshire played in the Open Section, scoring 3/5 and 1/5 respectively. Dave Price won the Minor Section with a score of 4.5/5. A fantastic result so very well done to him. Martin Gill and Julian Hawthorne finished joint 3rd with 3.5/5, Chris Rhodes scored 2.5/5 and Les Hall scored 1/5

Crewe were joint first, along with Rhyl, in the team competition.

The Huddersfield and Cotswold Congresses both take place over the last weekend in May. If any NSDCA players are taking part please let me know.

Delancey Schools UK Chess Challenge

The Staffordshire MegaFinals were held at St Edwards Academy, Leek on Saturday. Names of winners and runners-up can be found here.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

4th Time Lucky For Cheddleton

Major Cup Final

After 3 Cup Final defeats in the past 2 weeks, Cheddleton finally broke their duck in a close fought Major Cup Final against Fenton.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Rhyl Congress

There are a handful of NSDCA entrants at this weekend's Rhyl Congress. The usual Crewe Mafia of Les Hall, Dave Price, Martin Gill and Chris Rhodes will be playing, as will Rich Wiltshir and Julian Hawthorne from Kidsgrove and Alex Richardson from Newcastle. If I've missed anybody out I apologise but there is no website giving details of all of the entrants.

Thursday, 11 May 2017


The line-ups for the EU v UK match on Monday have now been finalised and are as follows:

Wojtek Sochacki (Fenton/France)  v  Alex Richardson (Newcastle)
Karol Grzybowski (Cheddleton/Poland)  v  Ken McNulty (Stafford)
Kasian Capatina (Fenton/Romania)  v  Clive Ferry (Meir)
Max Launay (Fenton/France)  v  Doug Barnett (Crewe)
Alberto Gissi (Newcastle/Italy)  v  Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove)
Phillipe Adiaba (Fenton/France)  v  Neville Jones (Alsager)

I'm expecting Nigel Farage to be there cheering on the UK team !!

2016/2017 Season Drawing To A Close

Last night's results effectively brought the league season to an end, with all the Winners and Runners-Up now decided - click here for the full Honours List. There is now just one league match outstanding between Crewe 'E' and Cheddleton 'I' in Division 5 to decide the Wooden Spoonists in that Division.

There is still one Cup Final to be played, with Cheddleton hosting Fenton in the Major Cup this Friday.

After that there are the County Cup Finals on Wednesday 14th June, with Stafford playing Cheddleton in the Open Cup, Fenton playing Sutton Coldfield in the Gothard (U161) Cup, Newcastle playing Lichfield in the Jackson (U141) Cup and Meir playing Walsall Kipping in the Withnall (U121) Trophy.

Finally, a reminder about the South Potteries Rapidplay Championship on Sunday 25th June - entries to me as soon as possible please.