Sunday, 17 December 2017

County U120's Beaten By Derbyshire

The County U120 team were beaten 8-4 by Derbyshire in their opening MCCU Championship match on Saturday. Click here for the match score card.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Martyn Harris

As many of you will already know, Martyn has been planning on moving up to the Lake District for some time. Well it has finally happened and he is now living in Kendall. His email address is unchanged - - but his tel no has obviously changed. If anybody would like to know it then please contact me and I will pass it on. 

In addition to being a stalwart of Newcastle Chess Club, Martyn did an awful lot for chess in North Staffs in general. The Newcastle Mini Congress, the Rapidplay Jamboree, the NSDCA Doubles - none of these would have happened without the commitment,  enthusiasm and hard work of Martyn. The annual slog of producing the League and Cup fixtures is a thankless task that he always performed admirably and he will be a hard act for his successor to follow. I'm sure that he will be sorely missed at both Newcastle and throughout the wider North Staffs chess community.

No doubt those of you who are regulars on the Congress circuit will continue to cross paths with him as I can't imagine that he will stop playing.

Anyway, as this is now beginning to sound like an obituary, I would just like to finish by thanking him, on behalf of everybody connected with the NSDCA, for all of his efforts over the years, and to wish him a very Happy Christmas in his new home and all the very best for the future.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Hastings International Congress

I have just noticed that Carl Gartside (Macclesfield) has joined Jacob Boswell in entering both the Christmas Morning and Afternoon sections at the Hastings International Congress, and Hambel Willow (Newcastle) has entered the Christmas Afternoon section. Good luck to all of them.

County U100's Beaten

The County U100 team went down to a heavy 9.5 - 2.5 defeat against Warwickshire on Saturday. They have now lost both of their matches in this season's MCCU Championship and have just one match left to play - against Nottinghamshire. Click here for Saturday's match score card.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

London Chess Classic FIDE Open - Final Rounds

Rounds 7 and 8 brought a draw and a win for Simon Edwards, bringing him up to 3.5 /8. He was not paired in the 9th and final round. Click here for the final cross table.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

London Classic FIDE Open Rounds 4 - 6

Rounds 4 - 6 brought little success for Simon Edwards as he slipped back to joint 206th, following losses in Rounds 4 and 6 and a draw in Round 5, leaving him on 2/6. Click here for the standings after Round 6.

Monday, 4 December 2017

London Classic FIDE Open Update

It was probably not unexpected that Simon Edwards lost his opening match against WGM Jovanka Houska. It probably was unexpected that he only drew his 2nd round match against an opponent rated 400 points lower than him. However, he made up for this with a win in the 3rd round so now sits in joint 110th place out of 288 on a score of 1.5/3. This puts him, temporarily at least, ahead of a couple of GM's and FM's. Monday's 4th round match will be another difficult task as he takes on an opponent rated 209 points higher than him. Click here for the standings after the 3rd round.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

London Chess Classic FIDE Open

Simon Edwards is playing in the London Chess Classic FIDE Open starting today, so we wish him all the very best of luck. He doesn't have an easy task as his 1st Round opponent is WGM Jovanka Houska, the current and 6 time British Women's Champion, in which Simon has the Black pieces.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Some Early Season Stats

Thanks to the League Management System we can now produce Player Stats which may be of interest. In the following stats I am ignoring Division 1 as not enough matches have been played. In the other Divisions I am only including players who have played 3 or more matches in each Division.

In Division 2, the leading players are :
Petru Floresc (Fenton) 4.5/5 = 90% and Rick Renegade (Crewe) 3.5/4 = 87.5%.

In Division 3, the leading players are :
Rick Renegade (Crewe) 4/4 = 100% and Peter Windows (Meir) 4/5 = 80%.

In Division 4, the leading players are :
Phil Birks (Cheddleton) and Joe Alcock (Cheddleton) Both 2.5/3 = 83.33%.

In Division 5, the leading players are:
Roger Walker (Cheddleton ) and Amy Lovatt (Crewe) Both 3/3 = 100% and Steve Ballantyne (Crewe) 3.5/4 = 87.5%.

Rick Renegade is obviously the man to watch, with 7 wins and a draw from his 8 league matches, plus a win in the Open Cup. Expect to see his grade shoot up in the January Grading List. With a Performance Grade approaching 200 in Division 2, we should also see Petru Floresc's grade move rapidly north in January.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Preston Congress

The NSDCA were well represented at this weekend's Preston Congress.

Jonathan Blackburn finished joint 5th in the Open Section on 3.5/5, with Thivyaa Rahulan in joint 18th on 2/5.

Jon Blackburn was joint winner of the Minor Section on 4/5, Rich Wiltshir was joint 5th on 3.5/5, Sandra Blackburn and Sam Parry were joint 7th on 3/5.

Julian Hawthorne was outright winner of the Standard Section on 4/5/5.