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:

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Staffordshire County AGM

The Staffordshire County AGM will be held on Wednesday 20th October at Stafford North End Community Centre, Holmcroft Road, Stafford, ST16 1JG, starting at 7:30 pm. All members of NSDCA clubs based in Staffordshire are invited to attend. Obviously this precludes our Cheshire members.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

New Venue For Kidsgrove

Kidsgrove Chess Club now have a new venue - The Bluebell Inn, 25 Hardingswood Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 1EG. Their club night has now moved from Tuesday to Thursday.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Abbots Bromley Chess Club

Abbots Bromley are a new chess club based at the Bagot Arms in the village. They are slightly out of the NSDCA catchment area but may well be in reach of many NSDCA players. They meet on Sunday evenings and play mainly online chess against teams from around the world, in both friendly and league matches. They also organise internal over the board competitions, but have not yet taken the plunge into matches against other clubs, either as friendlies or in a league. Having visited the Club myself to play in one of their Sunday evening competitions, I can tell you that they are very friendly bunch of people and welcome players of all ages and abilities.

You can contact their Secretary, Peter Hornsby, on 07528 665266 or by email :