Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ex-President Of The ECF Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder

South Cheshire Shield Comes To A Close

Crewe 'B'  1  Alsager  3

The South Cheshire Shield came to a close last night with Alsager finally getting their first win at the expense of Crewe 'B'. Unfortunately this was not enough to prevent them from coming bottom, behind last night's host, by virtue of inferior game points.

In what looks like becoming a regular pre-season friendly, Crewe narrowly beat Newcastle to avenge their 5-4 defeat in the same match last year. This year's match was only played over 7 boards as Crewe 'B' were playing their final match in the South Cheshire Shield.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Leek Congress

In case anybody is wondering what happened to this year's Leek Congress, which would normally have been held last weekend, it was postponed because of Robert Milner's recent illness. I have spoken to Robert and he tells me that it is still his intention to organise it but it will not now happen until the New Year. As soon as any further information becomes available I will let you all know.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

South Potteries Chess Challenge Cup

Fenton  5  Meir  3

Fenton won the annual pre-season South Potteries Chess Challenge Cup against Meir last night, to take the lead in the series by 7 - 6, in a competition that has now been running since 2004. Despite being outgraded on every board Meir put up a great performance and made the hosts fight for every point.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

North West Girls Rapidplay Championship

Thanks to Martyn Harris for passing on the news that Isabelle Rose of Cheddleton played in the North West Girls Rapidplay Championship last weekend, finishing with a score of 2/6.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

South Cheshire Shield

Alsager  0.5  Crewe 'B'  3.5

Alsager are the South Cheshire Shield Wooden Spoonists after last night's loss against Crewe 'B'. This was Crewe's first win in the competition and they are now 2 points clear of bottom placed Alsager, who are still without a win. Even a 4 - 0 win for Alsager in the return match will still leave them well adrift on Game Points.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Fenton Win South Cheshire Shield

Fenton 3.5  Newcastle 0.5

Fenton have won the South Cheshire Shield at the first time of entering. A 3.5 - 0.5 win last night against closest rivals Newcastle gave them the trophy by a margin of 3 points. However, the score does not reflect the closeness of the match, with a couple of error strewn games that could have gone either way. With both teams having a team grade total of 459, just one below the maximum of 460, it was always going to be a hard fought match and so it turned out to be, but good fortune favoured Fenton on the night and Newcastle can consider themselves to be slightly unlucky.

All that is left to play for now is the wooden spoon. Alsager and Crewe 'B' are level at the bottom of the table with 2 points each and have to play each other twice for that particular honour.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

County Fixtures

The County U100, U120 and U140 fixtures have now been published in the NSDCA Calendar. Anybody wishing to play for any of these teams should contact the relevant Team Captain, using the details on the right hand side of the page.

Fenton Back On Top Of South Cheshire Shield

Alsager 1  Fenton  3

Fenton went back to the top of the South Cheshire Shield table by a point last night, following a 3 - 1 win at Alsager. The destination of the trophy will now be decided next week when Fenton play Newcastle. A win for Newcastle would see them snatch the trophy from under Fenton's nose, while a draw will be sufficient to see Fenton come out on top.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

4NCL Fixtures

I have just added the 4NCL Division 3 fixtures to the NSDCA Calendar. Cheddleton are only entering one team this season. Our other representatives are, as usual, Holmes Chapel. The venues for this season are the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield and the Mercure Georgian House Hotel in Bolton.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

South Cheshire Shield Results

Alsager  2  Newcastle  2

There were 2 matches played in the South Cheshire Shield this week. Bottom of the table Alsager held Newcastle to a draw. Newcastle are now a point clear at the top.

Crewe 'A' did the double over their 'B' team and, in the process, lifted themselves into 2nd place above Fenton by courtesy of game points. However, Crewe have now completed all of their fixtures, whilst Fenton still have 2 left to play.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

2016/2017 Fixture Lists

Martyn Harris has now completed the 2016/2017 Fixture Lists and they are available to be downloaded here. The NSDCA Calendar has been updated with all of the fixtures, as has the Fixtures & Results page. If you change any of your fixtures at any time during the season can you please let both myself and Martyn know. All amended fixtures will be updated on the NSDCA Calendar and Fixtures & Results pages and it is these pages that should be used for definitive information during the season.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Team Captains 2016/2017

I have published a list of Team Captains for 2016/2017 on the right hand side of this page. This list is based on your 2015/2016 details. I have made any changes that I am aware of but I'm sure that many of you will have had your AGM's by now and some entries on this list may now be incorrect. Can I please ask everybody to review the list and notify me of any changes as soon as possible.

County AGM

The County AGM was held on Wednesday evening and the following are some of the salient points that might interest NSDCA clubs. There may have been more but by 9:00 I was losing the will to live and looking round for a piece of rope and something to hang it from !!
  • All existing Officers were re-elected.
  • The County U140 team is being resurrected and Peter Windows of Meir Chess Club has agreed to Captain the team. 
  • Peter Evans of Stafford and Robert West of Fenton will continue to Captain the U120 and U100 teams respectively.
  • The format of the County Cups has been changed. From this season they will be end of season matches between teams nominated by the Wolverhampton League and the NSDCA. Nominated teams must, however, be based within the County boundary as defined in Article 2 of the County Constitution. This means that Alsager, Crewe, Holmes Chapel and Macclesfield will not be eligible to be nominated to represent the NSDCA. In the South of the County this will mean that clubs based in Birmingham, Warwickshire or Worcestershire will not be eligible, even though they play in either the Wolverhampton or Cannock League.
I will publish the full AGM Minutes as soon as they become available.

Anybody interested in playing for one of the County teams should contact the relevant Captain. County Captain contact details can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

South Cheshire Shield Result

Crewe 'B'  1  Newcastle  3

Newcastle leapfrogged Fenton to the top of the South Cheshire Shield league table last night with a 3 - 1 win at Crewe 'B'. Newcastle and Fenton are both on 9 points but Newcastle lead by virtue of an extra half game point.