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.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Cheddleton Beaten In Gothard Cup Final

Cheddleton wound up their season last night with a 2-2 draw against Sutton Coldfield in the Gothard (County U161) Cup Final.  Unfortunately, board elimination went against them and Sutton Coldfield retained the trophy they won last year. Click here for the match score card.

Leek Rapidplay Congress

This weekend's Leek Rapidplay Congress attracted 56 entries - 15 in the Minor Section, 24 in the St Edwards Section and 17 in the Open Section.

Harvey Murray-Smith (Cheddleton) was joint 1st in the Minor Section with 4.5/6.

Thivyaa Rahulan (Newcastle-Under-Lyme) won the St Edwards Section with 5.5/6, ahead of the runner-up Geoff Laurence (Macclesfield) on 4.5/6 and Steve Hill (Meir) and Ben Scattergood (Holmes Chapel) in joint 3rd on 4/6.

Jonathan Blackburn (Holmes Chapel) was runner-up in the Open Section with 4/6.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

2018/2019 County Teams

Are you interested in playing for one of the Staffs County teams in the 2018/2019 MCCU Championship ? The County are entering teams in the U100, U120 and U140 sections of this season's competitions. If you would like to play, grade permitting, then click here for further details.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Newcastle Rapidplay Jamboree

This year's Jamboree will be held on Friday 13th July, starting at 19:30. It will be the usual format - teams of 4 in 2 sections - Open and U130. January grades will apply. Entry fee is £2 per team. Deadline for entries is the 12th July to enable the draw to be made in advance. Please contact Alberto Gissi if you want to enter a team. Each players will have 2 games - one with the White pieces and one with Black. Time control is 30 minutes each on the clock and no increments. All games will be graded.

County AGM

There was a higher than usual turnout at last night's County AGM, with 13 people in attendance. There is nothing too momentous to report. We have had a volunteer come forward to run a County U140 team, and as soon as I have his full details I will publish them. Robert West and Peter Evans will continue to run the U100 and U120 teams but there was nobody forthcoming to run an Open, U180 or U160 team.

Peter Evans has replaced me as County Tournament Secretary and I wish him luck in banging his head against the same brick wall that I have been doing for the past 3 years.

All other Officers were re-elected unopposed.

The 2018 County Congress to be held over the weekend of 30th November/2nd December. Venue to be announced later. Work will be done to enable online entries.

The Club Of The Year Award was not made this year. 

For reasons best known to themselves, the Meeting gave me the Staffordshire Chess Association Personality Of The Year Award, ostensibly for the work I have done as County Tournament Secretary and on the County website. Very unexpected and very embarrassing !!

A Privacy Policy to be put in place following recent changed to Data Protection Laws.

Full Minutes of the Meeting, plus the Accounts, to be published on the County website shortly.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Staffs County Congress

The 2018 County Congress has provisionally been pencilled in for the weekend of 30th November/2nd December. Full details to follow in due course.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

LMS Home Page

Please click here to view document regarding changes to the League Management System Home Page.