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. sunshine.dolan@gmail.com 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 albegissi@yahoo.it

Monday, 12 August 2019

Crewe Congress 27th to 29th September

Crewe Chess Club remind everybody that the popular Crewe Chess Congress will be held on Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September.
For further details and the entry form please follow this link

Friday, 9 August 2019

Rapid Play Jamboree

The NSDCA Rapid Play Jamboree took place at Newcastle Chess Club on Friday 2nd August. The event was controlled by Alberto Gissi and there were the Open and Under 130 sections.  After two 30 minute games the winners of the Open were the Stafford Team and the Under 130 victors were Cheddleton.
Thanks to Alberto for organising this popular event.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Last Post

This will be my last post on the NSDCA website as I have resigned as both NSDCA Webmaster and LMS Administrator following last Monday's AGM.

These positions go very much hand in hand so it would be preferable if one person was able to take on both jobs. If anybody is interested in taking on these roles then please contact either Robert West, the League General Secretary, or Robert Milner, the League Chairman.

Whilst part of the work in setting up LMS for the 2019/2020 season has already been done, the bulk of it has to be done in late August/early September, following the publication of the July Grading List, and Clubs having indicated which Divisions/Cups they will be entering. The work involved includes setting up new Users as necessary and giving them the correct permissions, allocating teams to Divisions, setting up the Cup draws, updating Club Contact Details - Secretary, Team Captains, etc. - and getting all of the fixtures loaded. Once the fixtures have been loaded you will then need to export them into a file that can then be imported into the NSDCA Calendar on Google. After all this, when the season starts, you will need to change dates of postponed fixtures on both LMS and the NSDCA Calendar, review results as they are entered to ensure that all players in a team are eligible to play, ensure that team grading limits are not exceeded and impose any penalties when they are incurred. It will also be necessary to keep track of all players in the League to ensure that they are properly registered with the ECF. This is pretty much an ongoing task at the start of the season and Club Secretaries will often need to be chased up to ensure that this is done. You will also need to maintain the various internal Club Championships that are recorded on LMS.

In December and June you will be required to create Grading Files for submission to the ECF. 

You will need to be recognised as an official ECF Grader to do this as you will need to be given access to the ECF Grading software and databases that you will need in order to verify the Grading Files before submission. 

Updates to the website are not so frequent these days, following the implementation of LMS, but updates will still be necessary.

In closing, can I thank everybody for the support that they have shown since I have been doing these jobs and wish my successor the very best of luck in the future.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

MCCU Congress

This year's MCCU Congress is being held at the Ramada Hotel in Telford over the weekend of 9th/11th August. Click here for details.

Staffs U100's Win The County Championship

Many congratulations to Robert West and all of his players on winning this afternoon's County Championship Final against Nottinghamshire by 7 - 5. Click here for the match score card.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

League/Cup Entries

Please note that League/Cup entries for the 2019/2020 season should be submitted to both the LMS Administrator and the League Fixtures Secretary within 2 weeks of the July Grading List being published.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

New Minimum Counting Grades

The Minimum Counting Grades for the 2019/2020 season, as agreed at last night's AGM, are as follows :

Division 2  -  100
Division 3  -  90
Division 4  -  80