Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Newcastle Chess Club News

Newcastle now have a Facebook page, which can be found here.

After many years of service Alan Paling is stepping down as Newcastle Secretary. His successor will be elected at the Club AGM on the 5th September.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Midland Counties Congress

Many congratulations to Julian Hawthorne on finishing joint top of the Minor Section in the Midland Counties Championship this weekend, with a score of 4/5.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

New Venue For Stafford

Please note that Stafford have moved to a new venue :

Stafford Constitutional Club
5 Lloyd Street
ST16 3AS

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

League Playing Rules

The League Playing Rules have now been updated with the 2 amendments passed at the 2018 AGM.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

North Staffs Chess Training Day

Welsh International Jonathan Blackburn is running a chess training day at the Tollgate Hotel on Sunday 2nd September, from 10:00 until 16:00. It is intended for improving chess players graded 80 - 130. The cost of the day is £20 per person and places are limited to 20 so pre-booking is essential. Please click here for full details.

July 2018 Grading List

The July 2018 Grading List has now been published. Unfortunately, as some South Cheshire Shield games were played before 30th June 2017 the NSDCA League & Cup matches are being shown under the 2016/2017 season, rather than 2017/2018. This does not affect the calculation of the grades. The problem will not recur this season as a separate grading file will be created for the South Cheshire Shield.

Midland Open Championship

The 2018 Midland Open Championship is taking place in Telford over the weekend of 10th/12th August. Click here for full details and online entry form.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Newcastle Rapidplay Jamboree Results

Newcastle Rapidlay Jamboree 
Open Section 
U130 Section 
Crewe 'A'6.5
Cheddleton 'B'6
Fenton 'B'5
Newcastle 'B'4.5
Crewe 'B'3.5
Cheddleton 'C'2.5
Cheddleton 'A'2
Newcastle 'A'2

Thursday, 12 July 2018

AGM Summary

The AGM was very well supported on Monday evening, with 25 people in attendance.

Although the Meeting ran on for some time there is very little to report as much of the evening was spent discussing proposed changes to the fundamental structure of the league - all of which were rejected.

Proposals that were overwhelmingly accepted were :

League Playing Rules - Article 4 Rule 7

Complete Rule replaced as follows :

'Both Clubs are responsible for entering or verifying  match results on the League Management System within 48 hours of the match taking place.'

League Playing Rules - Article 6

New sentence added at the end of the existing Rule as follows :

'Second or subsequent postponements of any matches are not permitted, except in exceptional circumstances, and with the express permission of the League General Secretary.'

With the exception of Roger Edwards, the Honorary President, all Officers/Officials were re-elected unopposed. Roger is standing down as his 3 year term of office comes to an end. John Day of Newcastle was unanimously nominated as our new Honorary President.

However, the Grading Officer will only be responsible for the allocation/adjustment of new/estimated grades. The generation of the Grading File for submission to the ECF will be handled by the League Management System, as it was this season.

It was agreed that we investigate the possibility of using the League Management System to automatically generate fixtures this season. However, Martyn Harris has agreed to act as a 'back stop' if this proves to be impractical due to conflicts with the Stockport, Wolverhampton and Wirral Leagues, in which NSDCA clubs compete.

If anything else of note happened during the course of the evening then I was probably asleep !!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Crewe Congress

The Crewe Congress is being held over the weekend of 12th/14th October. Full details and online entry form will be available soon.