Friday, 5 August 2022

Change Of Club/Match Nights

Newcastle have reverted to Wednesday evenings for their Club/Match nights, with immediate effect. 

Stafford will be playing their NSDCA league matches on the 1st Wednesday of the month, although their Club night will continue to be on Thursday evening. 

Thursday, 4 August 2022

South Cheshire Shield

Congratulations to Alsager on winning this year's South Cheshire Shield. A 3-1 win against Kidsgrove last night in their final match put them on 8 points, just a point ahead of Crewe 'B'. This was the 10th time the competition has been run, with the past 2 years being scrapped because of the C19 pandemic, and the 3rd time that Alsager have won it. All of this year's results can be found here.

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Potteries Junior Chess Club

The Potteries Junior Chess Club, being set up by Chris Hankey, will be opening it's doors at The Gables, 450 Trentham Road, Blurton, ST3 3DS on Saturday the 10th September, from 10:00 until 12:00. The Membership Fee is likely to be £1.50 per session or £5 a month.

Chris has also arranged for International Master Lawrence Cooper to give a 16 board simultaneous display on Saturday 17th September. This will be open to any non-Members of the Potteries Junior Chess Club after the 31st August, if there are any places left. Non-members includes adults as well as juniors and the entry fee will be £6.

If you require any further information then please contact Chris by email - or by telephone - 07866 400719.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Leek Rapidplay Chess Congress Entry Form

The Leek Rapidplay Chess Congress entry form can be viewed/printed/downloaded from here. 

Monday, 11 July 2022

Leek Rapidplay Congress

The Leek Rapidplay Congress is being held on Saturday 24th September after an absence of 4 years, although it is not actually being held in Leek this year !! Instead, it is being held at Bagnall Village Hall. I will be posting a link to a downloadable entry form in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Another Date For Your Diary

There will be a Meeting of the NSDCA Executive Committee next Monday 11th July at Meir Chess Club, starting at 7:30. All Clubs are strongly urged to send a representative, as the purpose of the Meeting is to discuss how the League goes forward next season, following 2 years of the C19 pandemic, and to come up with proposals for consideration at the full AGM on the 8th August.

New Junior Chess Club

A new junior chess club will be opening in mid-September - exact date to be confirmed. The club will be called the Potteries Junior Chess Club and will be based at the same venue as Fenton Chess Club - the Gables, 450 Trentham Road, Blurton, Stoke-On-Trent, ST3 3DS. The club will be open from 10:00 until 12:00 on Saturday mornings, and will be run by ECF-registered coach, Chris Hankey. All age groups are welcome, and parents are invited to attend with their children. Sets, boards and clocks will all be provided. For more details please contact Chris on 07866 400719, or by email:

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Date For Your Diary

This year’s Staffs County AGM will take place at Stafford Chess Club on Wednesday 7th September, starting at 7:30pm. 

Sunday, 22 May 2022

3rd Crewe Rapidplay Congress

There were 115 entrants spread across 4 sections in this weekend's Crewe Rapidplay Congress - Open/Major/Intermediate/Minor. Martin Burns and Fajfer Bartosz (both Crewe) were the standout NSDCA performers, as joint runners-up on 5/7 in the Major Section, just a half point behind the winner. Unfortunately, there were no other NSDCA players required on the podium after the dust had settled. Search '3rd Crewe Rapidplay' on for the full list of results.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Fenton 'B' Pip Cheddleton 'D' To Division 2 Title

Division 2 came to it's conclusion last night, and it could not have been any closer. A 2.5 - 1.5 win for Fenton 'B' against Meir brought them level on match points with Cheddleton 'D'. However, Fenton had a superior game point difference of +15, compared to +14 for Cheddleton. Congratulations to Fenton and commiserations to Cheddleton.