Saturday, 18 November 2017

2018 Shropshire Congress

The next big local Congress is the Shropshire Congress in Telford over the weekend of 5th/7th January. Full details and an online entry form can be found here.

County U120 Match Postponed

The County U120 match against Warwickshire on the 25th November has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

Friday, 17 November 2017

36th Bolton Rapidplay

It's just been brought to my attention that there were several NSDCA participants at the Bolton Rapidplay on the 5th November.

Many congratulations go to Doug Barnett of Crewe on winning the Knights Section with a score of 5.5/6. Richard Renegade of Crewe finished joint 13th out of 46 with 3.5/6. Les Hall finished on 2/6, Joe Hirst of Newcastle finished on 2/6 and Patrick Curr of Macclesfield finished on 1/6. 

Jacob Boswell finished joint 6th out of 15 in the Open Section with 3.5/6.

Phil Cattermole of Macclesfield was the highest placed NSDCA player in the Major Section, finishing joint 18th out of 31 with a score of 2.5/6. Denzil Lobo, also of Macclesfield finished joint 21st with 2/6. Geoff Laurence had a tournament he'll probably want to forget, finishing joint 28th with 1/6.

Crewe Rapidplay

This season's Crewe Rapidplay will be held on Sunday 20th May 2018 at the Ibis Styles Hotel. Full details and entry form will appear here when available.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

North Staffs UK v North Staffs EU

Following the success of last season's UK v EU match, which the EU won by 5-1, the event will be repeated this season on Monday 21st May 2018 at Fenton Chess Club. I am hoping to make it an 8 board match this season, so if you have any EU players at your club who would be willing to play then please let me know. The UK team will be selected after we know which EU players will be playing. All clubs will be given the opportunity to have one of their members selected for the UK team and we will be making sure that everybody plays somebody else of a similar grade. The January 2018 Grading List will be used and all of the games will be submitted for grading.

Newcastle Into Semi-Final Of Withnall Trophy

Newcastle beat Meir by 3.5 - 0.5 last night to reach the Withnall County (U121) Trophy Semi-Final. Click here for the match score card.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Torbay Congress

Martyn Harris finished joint 4th in the Torbay Congress Major Section with a score of 3.5/5. Malcolm Roberts finished joint 6th in the Intermediate Section with a score of 3/5.

4NCL Round 2 Results

It was good news all round for Cheddleton and Holmes Chapel in the 4NCL today. Cheddleton had a particularly good 3.5 - 2.5 win again a Manchester Manticores '2' team with an average rating of 2037. Holmes Chapel beat 3C's by 4.5 - 1.5. Click here for the match score cards.

Thivyaa Rahulan played on board 1 for Manchester Manticores '4' and finished the weekend with a score of 0.5/2.

David Hulme played on board 6 for Spirit Of Atticus 'B' on Saturday, unfortunately finishing 2nd against a player rated 207 points higher than him.

Another old NSDCA face in evidence was Ian Jamieson, previously of Kidsgrove and Newcastle, but now playing his league chess for Newport. He was playing for Shropshire '1' and had a good weekend with 1.5/2.

Rounds 3 & 4 will be played over the weekend of 13th/14th January at the Mercure Georgian House Hotel in Bolton.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Deja Vu

Holmes Chapel must be getting feelings of deja vu. Following their 4.5 - 1.5 defeat against Cheddleton in Division 1 on Friday evening, Cheddleton proceeded to beat them by the same score again in the 4NCL this afternoon. Click here for the match score card.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Next Weekend's Events

Next weekend sees the Torbay Congress, at which Malcolm Roberts of Holmes Chapel is playing in the Intermediate Section.

It is also the first 2 rounds of 4NCL Division 3 North, in which both Cheddleton and Holmes Chapel are playing. They face each other in the 1st Round. In the 2nd Round, Cheddleton are playing Manchester Manticores '2' and Holmes Chapel are playing 3C's '3'.