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. 

Sunday, 24 April 2022

League Season Approaches The End

The much changed 2021/2022 league season is rapidly approaching its end. Crewe 'D' have won the Voluntary Mask Division (VMS), with 9 wins and a draw from their 10 matches. Cheddleton 'A' have won the Mandatory Mask (MMS) Division 1, with 6 wins and 2 draws from their 8 matches. The Division 1 Wooden Spoon is still up for grabs, with Fenton 'A' and Cheddleton 'B' fighting it out to avoid the bottom spot. They meet on Monday in the last Division 1 match of the season, and Fenton need a win to climb off the bottom. Anything else and they will be confirmed as Wooden Spoonists. MMS Division 2 is still up for grabs, with Fenton 'B' and Cheddleton 'D' level on match points, although Fenton have a superior Game Point difference. They both have one match left to play, Cheddleton against Kidsgrove and Fenton against Meir. A win for Fenton, by any margin, will give them the title. Whatever the result of these two matches, Meir are already confirmed as Division 2 Wooden Spoonists.

It is still very unclear what will happen next season, with doubts over the NSDCA futures of Newcastle, Stafford and, possibly, Macclesfield. For this reason, it is very important that all Clubs send a delegate to the NSDCA pre-AGM Meeting at Meir on the 11th July, where we decide on how we proceed for the 2022/2023 season. Please ensure that you put this date in your diary.

Nottingham Chess Congress

Chris Hankey (Fenton), Les Fancourt (Cheddleton), Doug Barnett (Crewe) and Phil Wright (Crewe) all played in this weekend's Nottingham Congress. Chris scored 2.5/5 in the Major Section. Les and Doug were the strong men in the Intermediate Section, propping up the table with 0/5. Phil did considerably better in the Improvers Section, finishing joint 8th out of 21, with a score of 2.5/5.

South Cheshire Shield

This year's South Cheshire Shield will be running from mid-May until the end of July and will be contested by 6 teams - Alsager, Crewe (2), Fenton, Kidsgrove and Stafford. Due to the narrow time window, the teams will only play each other once. Click here to view the full fixture list. There is an overall team rating limit of 6400 and everybody will use their actual rating - or estimated rating, if applicable.

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Smallwood Junior Chess Tournament

Jonathan Blackburn is organising an Under 11 junior chess tournament on Saturday 7th May at Smallwood C of E Primary Academy. Please click here for entry form. Jonathan can be contacted by email at

Monday, 18 April 2022

Crewe Rapidplay Congress

The 3rd Crewe Rapidplay Congress is being held on Sunday 22nd May at the Ibis Styles Hotel in Crewe. Full details and online entry form can be found here. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

RIP Grenville Cross

Fenton Chess Club are very sad to report the passing of Grenville Cross, one of their most popular Members. You can click here to read the Obituary on the Fenton website.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

South Cheshire Shield

The South Cheshire Shield will be starting again towards the middle of May and will be running until August. Please contact Andy Barker of Alsager Chess Club if your Club is interested in taking part. It will be a rated competition with an overall maximum team rating of 6400. The NSDCA League Rules used this season will apply.