Friday, 23 April 2021

Another chance to play in the NSDCA On line League

 David Price is proposing to run the third session of the NSDCA On line league. It is proposed to commence the competition in early May.

It is intended to be a five round Swiss style competition, with the conditions as for the previous legs: LICHESS, four board teams, and 2 games per evening for each player with a time limit of 25 minutes with a 5 second increment.

For further information and entry please contact David


Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Second NSDCA Online Congress

Following the success of the NSDCA online congress, Alberto Gissi has agreed to run a second event commencing at the end of April. The format will be the same; 45 minute games with a 5 second increment, The grading limits for the four sections have been changed to : Open, Under 150, Under 120 and Under 90. Entry qualification is still based on the August 2020 standard play grades.

To enter please contact Alberto.

This is a suitable time to congratulate the winners of the initial online congress and thank Alberto for his efforts. The winners were:

Open: Simon Edwards (Cheddleton); Under 160: Lukasz Holcman (Crewe); Under 130 Kobus Nienaber (Crewe); Under 100 David Ashby (Crewe) 

The second online league has also finished with Crewe 2 winning by one point from the following teams; Cheddleton and Leek, Holmes Chapel, and Macclesfield. Thanks are due to David Price for his stepping in to take over the running of the competition from David Hulme.

All details of both to Online League and Congress may be seen in the League Management System

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Chess in the Park to Restart on March 10th

Fenton Chess Club will be resuming their Chess in the Park on Wednesday 10th March. As before the venue is  in Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme. As the cafe is now closed, the games will be on the benches in the garden outside the cafe. Covoid-19 restrictions will be observed with only one game per bench permitted.

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Junior News and Opportunities

 Jonathon Blackburn has arranged a junior match, Staffordshire versus Wales, on Thursday 11th February, starting a 6pm.  If any Junior wishes to play then their parents or coach should contact Jonathon.

Jonathon has been coaching the Staffs Spitfires in the Junior 4NCL.  After two rounds the team have won one and narrowly lost the other match The Newcastle Juniors Dylan Cooper and Joe Hirst have done well on the top boards. For fuller details see the first and second round results


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Individual Tournament Details

 Further details of the longer format competition have been received from the organisers. This is an individual competition, and your entry should be made to Alberto Gissi.  

The event will be 4 section swiss style competition, ungraded, so will be open to everyone and you are not required to be ECF members. The event is free and there will be no prize, except for the congratulations from your opponents. 

The time control will be 45 minutes with a 5 second increment.  

Format: 5 rounds, 1 game per night played over several weeks, on alternate weeks from the online league. 

It is intended to have 4 sections based on the July 2020 standard grades: Open, Under 160, Under 130 and Under 100. However, the grades for the sections may be amended if the number and grade of the entrants warrants. 

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Return of the Online league for 2021

 David Price and Alberto Gissi are organising the second NSDCA Online rapid play tournament. As before the games will be on Lichess.

The time controls are the same as in the 2020 tournament, 25 minutes with a 5 second increment. The matches will consist of 2 games versus the same opponent on the same evening, one game with each colour.

The proposed start date is week commencing Monday 18th January and as with the previous on line league we would play on the alternative week to the 4NCL on line league.

Alberto is also looking to run a congress style event over several weeks. This will allow players to be paired more equally, possibly in different graded sections. This will be a single game at a longer time control,  45 mins + 15 secs.

This would be a good time for club secretaries and team captains to circulate their membership so we can attempt to increase participation.

To confirm entries please contact David.




Sunday, 13 December 2020

Andrew Davies 1960-2010

 The death of Andrew Davies, a stalwart of Staffordshire and Midlands Chess has been announced. Andrew played for Brewood Chess club, but many NSDCA members will have meet him at Staffordshire County or Staffordshire Junior events. A fuller obituary may be found at either of these websites.

Staffordshire Chess Association  or Wolverhampton and District Chess League

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

NSCDA On Line League Proposals

 This message is being sent from Crewe Chess Club to current captains of the 2020 Trial Online League, NSDCA Committee, and other club secretaries or interested parties not covered. Please forward this message to all of your club colleagues.

Thanks to the teams taking part in the Trial League we have had 52 players participate so far which represents approximately 1/3 of the OTB numbers.

Taking the view that OTB chess is unlikely for the next few months, we would like to set up another Online League to start in January to run for about10-12 weeks.

The intention would be to try and run two separate competitions.

1. A Rapid-play League, based on the current format (25 mins + 5 secs; two games per board, one as W & B.,4 boards per team)

2. A longer-play League, based on format of 45 mins + 15 secs increments. For this league, there would be only one game per night, with the away team being white on odd boards. (4 boards per team).

The competitions will run in alternate weeks so clubs and players may participate in either or both of the events.

The aim is to involve as many as possible.

The are other ideas that need to be discussed, and comments are welcome.

Should results be submitted for ECF "Online Grading" which would require each player to be registered at least at SUPPORTER LEVEL with the ECF. Or do we continue with the "friendly/ungraded style" ?

Do we ask teams from neighbouring leagues if they wish to participate in the proposed competition?

Please confirm entries and answers to the other questions to David Price at Crew Chess Club.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Moving the League on Line

Previous posts have described how North Staffs Clubs are taking their games on-line and thanks to the organisers for their hard work. With the backing of the NSDCA committee, David Hulme of Crewe is trying to organise an on-line competition for the NSDCA clubs, so if you wish to compete in the competition please contact David.

It is David's intention for the competition to run between October and December. 



Invitation to play in a Staffordshire Team in 2020 World Chess League

Peter Hornsby is the lead organiser of the 2020 World Chess League and his own team is named after the picturesque Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley  

Peter invites NSDCA players to join the team. The competition uses the Chess.com engine and the matches are played once every two weeks and there are two games of 10+5, so it is all completed in around 40 minutes. 

If you wish to assist, please contact Peter.