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.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Manchester Congress

Congratulations to Julian Hawthorne of Kidsgrove on winning the Knights Minor Section of the Manchester Congress this weekend with a perfect score of 5/5.

I'm told that Les Hall, Doug Barnett and Karl Lockett of Crewe all played as well. I don't think that any of them were on the prize winners list but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

Monday, 22 August 2016

County AGM

Just a reminder that the Staffs County AGM takes place at Stafford Chess Club this Wednesday 24th August. All members of all clubs are entitled to attend and vote.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Perry Trophy - Revised Draw

Alsager have withdrawn from the Perry Trophy so the draw has been revised. Keele Uni will now be at home against Meir and Cheddleton now have a bye.

2016/2017 Cup Draws      
Open   Major  
CrewevNewcastle CheddletonvMeir
Stafford Bye CrewevNewcastle
MacclesfieldvHolmes Chapel Fenton Bye
FentonvCheddleton Newcastle Bye
Intermediate   Minor (Perry Trophy)  
Newcastle Bye Keele UnivMeir
Crewe Bye Crewe Bye
StaffordvCheddleton NewcastlevFenton
Alsager Bye Cheddleton Bye

Thursday, 18 August 2016

South Cheshire Shield

Crewe 'B'  1  Crewe 'A'  3

Crewe 'A' took the honours in last night's match against their 'B' team.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Divisional Lineups

The constitution of the Divisions for the coming season is now known and can be viewed here.  The Provisional Tied Players list is now the actual Tied Players List and can be viewed from the link on the right hand side of the page.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

South Cheshire Shield

Crewe 'A'  3.5  Alsager  0.5

Apologies for the delay in reporting this result but I've been away from home since last week. Alsager remain rooted to the bottom of the South Cheshire Shield table following their latest loss at Crewe 'A' on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

South Cheshire Shield

Fenton  2  Crewe 'A'  2

Table topping Fenton were held to a 2 - 2 draw by Crewe 'A' last night. Next week's match between Fenton and 2nd placed Newcastle, who have a match in hand, could decide the destination of the trophy.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

South Cheshire Shield

Crewe 'A'  1  Newcastle  3

Newcastle remain hot on the heels of the leaders, Fenton, following a 3 - 1 win at Crewe 'A' on Wednesday evening. They are now only a point behind, with both teams having played the same number of matches. Fenton would have been hoping to extend their lead this Tuesday but their match at Alsager has been postponed.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A New Club Champion At Fenton

Glyn Valentine has won the Fenton Club Championship at the first time of asking. A win in his final match last night gave him a 100% score of 6/6 and put him beyond the reach of the chasing pack.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Provisional Tied Players List - 2016/2017

All Club Secretaries, plus other Club Officials, should all have received an email from me by now, asking them to review the Provisional Tied Players List for 2016/2017. This list includes the new gradings published by the ECF earlier today. Anybody else who wants to see the list can click on the link on the right hand side of the page to view it. Can I encourage everybody to review it and point out any mistakes or omissions that I have made.

This list should go a long way to enabling you to decide what teams you will be entering in which Divisions and Cups and I'm sure that Martyn Harris would appreciate hearing from you with your intentions, sooner rather than later.

ECF Grading List

The July 2016 Grading List has just been published. Please click here to view it.