Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Playing Chess During the Shutdown

There are still ways to play chess while the Covid-19 lock-down is observed. The ECF have released a detailed document about their online offerings, which is explained on this link, or you may go direct to the ECF site.

Alternatively you may play using WhatsApp by the method described below.

Each of the players sets up a chess board at home and opens WhatsApp on their smartphone with Video Call option chosen. You may then play in real time just as if you were at a chess club. Calls via WhatsApp when connected to the home broadband are free

Friday, 20 March 2020

Crewe Rapid Play Cancelled

The Crewe Rapid Play due to be played in May has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. The Club hope they can still run their September congress. Please see this link.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Staffordshire Congress cancelled due to Covoid 19 Virus

Please see this message from Ray Dolan, Secretary Staffordshire Chess Association.

Due to the ongoing issues with the Corona (Coviod 19) virus the following changes have been made.

The proposed Staffordshire Congress that was to be played on 18th and 19th April has been cancelled.

The North versus South match will be re-arranged from July if necessary

The County Cups 2020 will be completed when it is possible to resume normal chess.

The County Annual General Meeting normally takes place in July or August. The AGM will probably be delayed.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Urgent all NSDCA Matches Postponed until the End of March

This message is being sent to all Club Secretaries and Team Captains on behalf of Robert Milner, the NSDCA Chairman, and Robert West, the NSDCA General Secretary.
In view of the current advice from the Government and various chess governing bodies (ECF / MCCU) the decision has been made to suspend all NSDCA matches with immediate effect. This will be reviewed at the end of March when more advice and information is available.

Please note all March matches are marked in the LMS as postponed. Please do not rearrange them at this stage.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Under 120 defeated at Shropshire


The first Staffordshire versus Shropshire match in the Under 120 Section for a number of years resulted in a win for the hosts, Shropshire, by 7 boards to five. Staffs never recovered from the quick loss of two boards.  Staffordshire’s progression to the National Stages will depend on next Saturday’s away game at Nottinghamshire. Any eligible player who wishes to assist should contact the Under 120 Captain Peter Evans

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Stafforshire Under 100 and Under 140 finish their season

The Staffordshire Under 100 and Under 140 teams finished their seasons with differing results. The Under 140 team was awarded a 16-0 win when their opponents, Nottinghamshire conceded the match. The Under 100 travelled to Stratford upon Avon to play Warwickshire and ended up loosing a close game by seven boards to five. Both teams will not qualify for the national stages and therefore the Under 100 have finally relinquished their national title. I am sure both captains wish to thank the players for their efforts.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Juniors win or share each section in the Newcastle Mini

Despite the efforts of Storm Dennis the Newcastle Mini congress went ahead at the weekend.  There were joint winners for both the Under 160 and Under 130. Petru Floresc (Fenton) and Harry Gardiner (Crewe) shared the Under 160 with 3.5 out of 5. The under 130 was shared between Julian Hawthorne (Fenton) and Lukasz Michalek (Crewe) both with 4 out of 5. The Under 100 completed a near clean sweep for Crewe with Joseph Bussell winning all of his 5 matches despite his choosing to promote a pawn to a rook in the final game.
Thanks and congratulations are due to Alberto Gissi for running the event, and thanks to Jon and Sandra Blackburn for the refreshments.
Full details and scores may be viewed here.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Staffordshire Congress Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th April

Congratulations for Alberto Gissi for getting this event moving. The congress will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April and the venue is Ryecroft Community Hub Sports Hall, 28 New Forest Road, (off Dartmouth Avenue), Walsall, WS3 1TR.

Entry forms are available on this link

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Close Match for Staffordshire Under 140 Team

The Staffordshire Under 140 Team played our neighbours Derbyshire on Saturday 1st February. There was plenty of NSDCA involvement on both sides with Roger Walker and Leslie Fancourt of Cheddleton representing their home county. In a close match decided on the last two boards, Derbyshire triumphed by a single point winning by 8½ to 7½

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

County Fixtures - Correction

Apologies for the last post about the fixtures for the County Teams. The Staffordshire Under 140 Team have two remaining matches, away against Derbyshire on Saturday 1st February and at home to Nottinghamshire on Saturday 29th February. On that Saturday, 29th February, the Under 100 team will be in action away at Warwickshire (U100). This is a big commitment for the County so why not and try a Saturday match and have a game. You can contact the captains by following this link.