Sunday, 17 February 2019

Join In The Debate

Join the English Chess Forum, which is completely independent of the ECF, to join debates about all chess related topics in England. You can click here to join.

New Chess Club

There is a new chess club in Madeley Heath, who will probably be applying to join the NSDCA from next season. They are based at the Crewe Arms Hotel and meet on Wednesday evenings. They are playing friendlies against Crewe this coming Wednesday and Fenton the following week.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Junior Chess Tournament

Jonathan Blackburn is organising a chess tournament for children of primary school age on Saturday 2nd March at Smallwood C of E Primary Academy. Please click here for further details.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

ECF Grading Proposals

The ECF are proposing to move to monthly, rather than 6 monthly, grading lists from 2020 and have produced a consultation paper that you are invited to comment on. This can be viewed here. They are also proposing that we move to the 4 digit ELO grading system from the 3 digit ECF system currently in use. This would mean, for example, that an ECF grade of 140 would become an ELO grade of 1750, using the current conversion algorithm. Personally I think that monthly grading would add an unnecessary level of confusion but you may have other thoughts. In any event, please make your views known to the ECF via the link on the document.

The ECF Grading Manager has laid out the plans in more detail in a document that can be viewed here.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

4NCL Rounds 5 & 6

It was a good weekend for Cheddleton in this weekend's 5th & 6th Round 4NCL Division 3 North matches. They beat Bradford DCA Knights 'C' by 4.5 - 1.5 in the 5th Round and White Rose '2' by 4 - 2 in the 6th Round.

Unfortunately it wasn't such a good weekend for Holmes Chapel, who lost both of their matches. They were beaten 5.5 - 0.5 by Shropshire '1' in the 5th Round and by 4 - 2 against White Rose '2' in the 6th Round.

The 5th Round scorecards can be found here and the 6th Round scorecards here.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Withnall (County U121) Trophy

Stafford are into the Semi-Final of the Withnall Trophy following a 3-1 win against Walsall Kipping in the 1st Round. Click here for the match scorecard. They will now play Rushall from the Cannock League on the 18th March.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

2nd Crewe Rapidplay Congress

The 2nd Crewe Rapidplay Congress is being held on Sunday 19th May. Click here for full details.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

County U100's Off The Mark

The Staffs U100 team got their first points of the season on Saturday, with a 7-4 win against Leicestershire. Click here for the match score card.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

15th Newcastle Mini Congress

The 15th Newcastle Mini Congress is being held over the weekend of 13th/14th April. Please click here for full details. Click on tab at top of page for list of current entries.

Friday, 25 January 2019

English Seniors Championship

For all you old dodderers out there, the English Seniors Championships are being held in Solihull from the 4th to 7th April. There are 2 Sections - Over 50's and Over 65's. Please click here for full details.