Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Fenton On The Move Again

Fenton are moving from their current venue to the Tollgate Hotel & Leisure Centre, Ripon Road, Blurton, ST3 3BS. This move is with immediate effect. The club night - Monday - remains unchanged.

Wednesday Evening Fixtures

Division 3

Crewe 'B' v Newcastle 'D'

Division 5

Crewe 'E' v Fenton 'C'

Newcastle 'F' v Crewe 'D'

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

4NCL Player Required By Holmes Chapel

I've been asked by Pat Bennett of Holmes Chapel to put the following request on the NSDCA website :

Would you like to find out what it is like to play in the 4NCL? Experience the excellent playing conditions and expert controllers? Play in a team with congenial team-mates and stay in a comfortable hotel? Play proper chess with time controls which enable you to fight an endgame properly instead of engaging in a quickplay lottery?

Holmes Chapel play in 4NCL Division 3 North, and are a player down for the last weekend of the season, April 29th to May 1st. If you are interested, email Pat Bennett at for more details.

Tuesday Evening Result

Division 4

Alsager 'B'  2  Cheddleton 'E'  2

Bottom of the table Alsager 'B' put a dent in Cheddleton's title hopes last with a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately the point was not enough to lift Alsager off the bottom. Cheddleton 'E' remain top but the teams immediately below them now have 2 matches in hand.

Revised Grading

Olawale Titiloye of Crewe has had his estimated grading revised up from e120 to e135.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Monday Evening Results

Division 3

Fenton 'A'  1  Cheddleton 'D'  3

Cheddleton 'D' are up to 2nd in the table after last night's win, just a point behind their 'C' team but with a match in hand.

Division 4

Meir 'B'  3  Cheddleton 'F'  1

Cheddleton 'F' did their title chances no good at all last night with their loss at Meir 'B'. They remain in 3rd place, 3 points behind the leaders, although they still have a match in hand.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Warwickshire Open Championships

There were 3 NSDCA players in action at this weekend's Warwickshire Open Championships.

Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove) and Les Hall (Crewe) both played in the U120 Section, with Julian finishing joint 8th out of 40 with a score of 3/5 and Les finishing joint 25th with a score of 2/5.

Thivyaa Rahulan (Newcastle) played in the U170 Section and did incredibly well to finish joint 2nd out of 24 with a score of 3.5/5, just a half point behind the winner. Very many congratulations to her.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday Evening Results

Major Cup Semi-Final

Cheddleton  3.5  Crewe  1.5

Cheddleton will now play either Fenton or Newcastle in the Final on the 28th April.

Division 5

Cheddleton 'G'  3  Fenton 'C'  1

Cheddleton 'G' leapfrogged their opponents to the top of Division 5 last night, with Fenton's cause not being helped by defaulting a board.

Cheddleton 'H'  1  Newcastle 'F'  3

There was no change in the league table for either of these teams last night, although Newcastle distanced themselves even further from the bottom of the table and are now just a point away from the two teams just above them.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday Evening Result

Division 1

Holmes Chapel 'A'  3.5  Stafford 'A'  1.5

It was a tough night for Stafford last night. It was all square on the top 3 boards but they were massively outgraded on the bottom boards with the predictable outcome.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wednesday Evening Results

Division 3

Newcastle 'D'  3.5  Kidsgrove  0.5

Kidsgrove's woes continued as they lost yet again last night and defaulted a board in the process. Newcastle have moved up into joint 2nd in the table, just a point behind Cheddleton 'C' but with 2 matches in hand.

Division 4

Crewe 'C'  2  Stafford 'B'  2

Crewe edged closer to Cheddleton 'E' at the top of Division 4 last night, although they were probably hoping for more than a draw against Stafford 'B'. They are now just a point adrift of the top spot but still have a match in hand.

Division 5

Crewe 'E'  1  Meir 'C'  3

Meir 'C' have overtaken Fenton 'C' at the top of Division 5 by virtue of Game Points following last night's win, although Fenton still have a match in hand.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

County U120's Beat Lincs

The County U120 team beat Lincolnshire by 7 - 5 this afternoon, despite defaulting a board. Click here for the match score card. If they win their final match against Worcestershire on the 11th March they will qualify for the national stages of the competition.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Thursday Evening Result

Division 2

Holmes Chapel Rooks  1.5  Cheddleton 'B'  3.5

The Rooks missed the chance to go top of Division 2 last night when they were beaten by bottom of the table Cheddleton 'B'.