Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Les Hall's Funeral

Liz would like to thank all the people who attended Les’s funeral and thank all the people who attended the wake afterwards. She said it was nice to chat with all of  the chess players.

Liz and the family really appreciated their attendance.

There were at least 15 members from Crewe Chess Club, plus many others from local NSDCA clubs. In the current climate of concern special mention should be made of those who travelled from as far as Wallasey and Huddersfield.

Monday, 13 December 2021

Les Hall

Les's funeral will take place on Thursday 23rd December at 2:45 at Crewe Crematorium, Badger Avenue, Crewe, CW1 3JG.

After the service everybody is invited to the Sidney Arms, 240 Sidney Road, Crewe, CW1 5LU.

Thursday, 9 December 2021

RIP Les Hall

I have just received the sad news from Crewe Chess Club that Les Hall passed away on Wednesday 8th December. Crewe have issued the following statement:

"It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Les Hall passed away yesterday, Wednesday 8th December, after he had been admitted to University Hospital Stoke, having contracted Covid-19.

Les was a key member of Crewe Chess Club, having been a founder member in 2014. Before this he was an integral part of Alsager Chess Club and well known throughout the wider chess community, not just in North Staffordshire but across the whole North of England, where Les would play at many weekend congresses.

There is no doubt that Les lived for the game of chess and would always be available to help the club in any way he could. Although club nights would not start until 6:30 or 7:30, he would always be there early, setting up the club for whatever matches or games were to be played. If any team was short of a player at the 11th hour we knew who to call and he would always make himself available.

Les's enthusiasm has been instrumental in establishing Crewe Chess Club over the last 7 years, and it was his drive and energy that made sure Crewe Congresses were put back on the national chess agenda and helped make the club the success it is today.

He will be sadly missed by all and the club will not be the same without him.

Our thought are with Liz and the family."

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Staffordshire County AGM

The County AGM was very sparsely attended last night. There was little of note to discuss as we have entered no teams in this season's MCCU Championship, no Club tournaments are being run this year and there will be no County Congress.

Ray Dolan has stood down as County Secretary due to ill health and the County have extended their thanks to him for the work he has done in many different positions over the course of many years.

Traci Whitfield has also stood down as Junior Secretary and the County also extended their thanks to her for the work she has put in organising junior chess over many years.

Andrew Leadbetter indicated that he did not want to continue as ECF Delegate.

Accordingly, the following Officers were elected:

President - Robert Milner
Secretary - Peter Evans
Treasurer - Andrew Leadbetter
Tournament Secretary - Peter Evans
Junior Secretary - Jonathan Blackburn
Joint Webmasters - Peter Evans/Steve Emmerton
Social Media Secretary - David Blower
ECF Delegate - Steve Emmerton
MCCU Delegates - Andrew Leadbetter/Peter Evans/Steve Emmerton  

No Team Captains or Congress Secretary were elected for obvious reasons.

The Club Of The Year Award went to Staffordshire Spitfires, the junior team organised by Jonathan Blackburn.

The Personality Of The Year was not awarded, but it was agreed that the trophy would be presented to Ray Dolan as a Long Service Award.

There followed a discussion on how we might invigorate chess in the County, such as organising a doubles tournament on the lines of the one organised in North Staffs on several occasions, and we will be looking into this. It was felt that the appointment of a Social Media Secretary to boost our Facebook presence would also help to attract new young players to the game. We will be looking to enter teams in the MCCU Championship again next year and, hopefully, getting the County Congress off the ground again. Alberto Gissi had gone a long way to organising the 2020 Congress before Covid struck and it had to be abandoned. 

If anybody would like to suggest any other initiatives that we might take then please contact the President or Secretary.                                                                                          

Friday, 1 October 2021

RIP Steve Burndred

Kidsgrove have made the following announcement:

"The Club is sad to announce the passing of Steve Burndred. Steve played for Kidsgrove for over 30 years until his long time illness denied him the opportunity to play his beloved chess. Steve had been missed at the Chess Club for some time. Our thoughts are with Janet, Matthew and Gareth".

2021/2022 Fixture List

The 2021 /2022 Fixture List has now been published and can be viewed here. The fixtures have also been added to the NSDCA Calendar, which can be viewed either here, or by clicking on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Revised Constitution

Following on from last Monday's AGM, I have just published a revised version of the Constitution to reflect the changes made in relation to the NSDCA Officers and Officials. You can view this from the tab at the top of this page.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

AGM Summary

Robert West will be publishing the official Minutes of last night's AGM in due course. However, in the meantime, I have summarised below the most important points.

A minutes silence was held to remember those Members who had passed away since the last AGM.

The positions of Fixtures Secretary, Results Secretary, Tournament Secretary, Grader and Publicity Officer were abolished as these functions are all handled either by LMS (in the guise of the LMS Administrator and Club Captains), or on the NSDCA website. The relevant parts of the Constitution will be re-written in the near future to reflect these changes.

The following Officers were elected:

Chairman: Robert Milner  Secretary: Robert West  Treasurer: Peter Evans  LMS Administrator: Steve Emmerton  Webmaster: Steve Emmerton

NSDCA Reps To Staffordshire County Chess Association: Bob Perry & Peter Evans                                                                    

Peter Evans agreed to act as Deputy Webmaster in the event of Steve's unavailability and Nic Wright agreed to act as Deputy LMS Administrator.

Peter Evans gave an account of the League's financial position and proposed that we forego Club fees for the coming season. This was unanimously agreed.

It was agreed that the current League Playing Rules would be suspended for one year and new Rules agreed for the coming season once the format of the competitions had been finalised.

There will be no Cup competitions this season.

There followed a discussion regarding the mandatory wearing of face masks during matches, while at the board. The proposal to enact this rule was passed on the casting vote of the Chairman. There followed a proposal from Crewe that a separate Division be created where the wearing of face masks would be voluntary. This was unanimously agreed. Steve Emmerton will now contact all Club Secretaries to find out which Division (Mandatory Masks or Voluntary Masks) they wish to enter and how many teams they wish to enter. Once this information has been received we will decide on the format of each competition. Secretaries are requested to forward this information to Steve by Friday the 1st October.

The 2022 AGM will take place during the week commencing 11th July 2022 - venue to be decided nearer the date.



Friday, 17 September 2021

AGM Documentation

If you are a Club Secretary you should, by now, have received the documentation for the forthcoming AGM. However, it is now also available for anybody else to view online by clicking here.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Chess In Schools & Communities

Chess In Schools & Communities are putting on their first Stoke tutor training day on Friday 12th November.

 If you're wanting to teach chess, are currently teaching it, or are just interested in how it's done, then this 1 day course is perfect for you. 

Follow this link for more information:

Or to book: