Friday, 18 October 2019

Staffordshire County Cups, Please enter

All Staffordshire Clubs are invited to enter the Staffordshire County Cups.
To enter or for further information please email Peter Evans
These consist of one open competition and three grade limited events. The competitions are held on a knock out format.
The events are summarised below
Hickman (Open, 6 boards)
Gothard (Under 161, 4 boards)
Jackson (Under 141, 4 boards)
Withnall (Under 121, 4 boards)

The closing date for entry is Sunday 24th November and we intend to finish the competitions by Mid- June 2020.  Please note Meir and Rugeley Chess Clubs have already made their entries.
If any teams are worried about excessive travel, then a neutral venue may be arranged for any tie.
The July Grading List will be used to determine eligibility for the Gothard, Jackson and Withnail competitions
The full rules are available on this link.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Score from the Staffordshire Under 140 Match

The Staffordshire under 140 team played its first fixture at the weekend against Worcestershire. Worcestershire were the National runners-up in the U140 section last season and a tough game was anticipated. It proved to be so and despite the efforts from the players including representatives of five NSDCA clubs the match was lost by 12-4.  Please see here for the scorecard. There are three county teams, Under 100, Under 120 and Under 140, Anyone who wishes to play please contact the captains

NSDCA Doubles Entries are now on the LMS

The entries for the NSDA Doubles to be held on Saturday 2nd November, at Holmes Chapel Chess Club, may be seen on the LMS.  There are two sections combined grade under 320 and under 220. Please contact Albeto Gissi if you are able to join the existing entrants.  Email

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Notable Scores from the Crewe Congress

Congratulations Joe Hirst (Newcastle under Lyme) who won the Major and Julian Hawthorne (Fenton), winner of the Intermediate Section). In the Open section Carl Gartside of Macclesfield gained 3.5 points out of 5 to be among the runners-up.

Friday, 27 September 2019

NSDCA Doubles Latest

Alberto Gissi has asked for more entries in the NSDCA Doubles on Saturday November 2nd.

320 Section
Steve Emmerton/Gerald Acey
Ray Hyde/Glyn Valentine
Petru Floresc/Julian Hawthorne
Richard Renegade/Les Hall
Jonathon Blackburn/Issac Stanley
Jon & Sandra Blackburn

220 Section
Stuart Hull/Ernie Wilkinson

Monday, 23 September 2019

County Fixtures

The MCCU County Championship fixtures for 2019/2020 have now been published and can be viewed here. They have also been added to the both the  County Calendar and NSDCA Calendar. The County Association runs three teams, Under 140, Under 120 and Under 100. Matches take place at the weekend, normally on a Saturday afternoon. Anyone who meets the grade limits and wishes to play please contact the appropriate County Captains.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Alsager win the South Cheshire Shield

Alsager have won the South Cheshire Shield after drawing 2-2 with Crewe A last week. Congratulations to Andrew Barker and his team who finished one point ahead of the two Crewe Teams in the 9th running of the Shield. A fitting reward for Andrew's hard work with the competition.
A full league table and results may be seen in the LMS

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

New Season Fixtures

The New Season 2019-2020 fixtures have been released and may be seen in the LMS and the Association Calendar. As well as the league fixtures, the first round (or quarter final) of the cups are also displayed. The semi finals are scheduled when possible for the week commencing 2nd March and Finals week is scheduled for the week of the 19th April.
Will Club Secretaries and Team Captains please check their fixtures as it is desirable to negotiate changes before the season commences.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Biggest Chess Match in Years Sunday 7th June 2020

The Staffordshire Chess Association is holding a North versus South Match on Sunday 7th June 2020. The match starts at 1pm on Sunday 7th June. Robert West will captain the North Team. The venue is Ryecroft Community Hub, New Forest Road. Off Dartmouth Avenue, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 1TR. It is intended to have sections according to grade: Open, Under 180, Under 160, Under 120, and Under 100. Players will need to a pay a small entry fee. Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks will be available. Please contact Rob if you wish to play for the North or Ray Dolan, The Staffordshire County Chess Secretary for any other questions. Please support this event.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

NSDCA Doubles Saturday 2nd November

The rapid play doubles event will be held at Holmes Chapel Chess Club on Saturday 2nd November.
As a reminder to you all the address is Victoria Club, Holmes Chapel CW4 7BE
This is a “teams of two” quick-play event restricted to members of clubs affiliated to the NSDCA
There will be five rounds commencing at 10:30 with an expected finishing time of 17:00
The entry fee is £3 per player and Bronze Members are eligible.
To enter please contact Alberto Gissi email