Monday, 2 December 2019

Under 100 Team Draw

The Staffordshire Under 100 Team are National Champions, and they began their defence with a 6-6 draw away to Worcestershire at the weekend. There was plenty of NSDCA representation with players from Fenton, Crewe and Meir, with the latter club providing 50% of the 12 board team.

Monday, 25 November 2019

2020 Shropshire Congress

The 2020 Shropshire Congress will be held from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January at the Wrekin Housing Group, Telford, TF3 4AW. For further information and an entry form please check here

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Close win for the Staffordshire Under 120 Team

The Staffordshire Under 120 Team won a very tight match away against neighbours Derbyshire by a single point, 6½ to 5½. With the players on the top ten boards all very close in their grades, the game should have been close and it proved to be. The end game skills of the Staffordshire veterans turned the match with two wins and two draws from seemingly lost positions to take the away team past the winning post. The team included players from four NSDCA clubs; Stafford, Meir, Fenton and Cheddleton. Captain Peter Evans offers his apologies to those who offered to play and for whom transport could not be arranged. Anyone who wishes to play county chess at Under 140, Under 120 or Under 100 level should contact the team captains.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

NSDCA Doubles

Due to the small number of entries in the 220 Section, the 220 and 320 Sections were merged, bringing the total number of teams up to 10.

The tournament was won with a round to spare by Steve Emmerton and Petru Floresc of Fenton, who went on to finish on 8/10, 2 points clear of their nearest rivals. Please click here to view the final standings.

Many thanks to Alberto Gissi for his wonderful organisation of the event, to George Scattergood and Holmes Chapel Chess Club for providing the venue and all of the equipment and, finally, to Jon and Sandra Blackburn for once again providing all of the refreshments, which I know is much appreciated by everybody.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Staffordshire Junior Chess Championships Sunday 17th November

The Staffordshire Junior Chess Championships will be held on Sunday 17th November 2019 at Hassell Community Primary School,Barracks Rd, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. ST5 1LF.

For further details and entry form please see this link

Monday, 28 October 2019

Division Six

The first matches in the new Sixth Division 6 were played at the weekend with a four board game between Newcastle and Meir and an eight board game at Cheddleton who hosted Crewe. The results are in the LMS. It looks like most teams fielded Juniors with the odd veteran to assist. Congratulations to the players, organisers and parents for getting the competition underway.

Win for Staffordshire Under 120 Team

Staffordshire Under 120 began their 2019-2020 season with a 7½ to 4½ win against Worcestershire. For the match score see here. There were representatives from three NSDCA Clubs and several members of the team had been involved in the Under 140 match, also against Worcestershire earlier in the month.
For an opportunity to represent the County in the Under 140, Under 120 or Under 100 competitions. For details please contact the captains.

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