Saturday, 4 July 2020

Obituary Brian Birchall

It is understood that Brian has passed away; a victim of Covoid-19. Brian played for Alsager until about 2016 when he retired from competitive chess. He was a stalwart for Staffordshire teams in the County Championships, and a keen supporter of and participator in any local congress.
This memory of Brian has been supplied by Les Hall.

When I started playing, he used to pick me up as he lived near me. We played league and cup matches in the North Staffs League and he also took me to my 1st Congress at Manchester. Over the last few years I have helped him, as his deputy, run a U3A chess group in Crewe on a Thursday afternoon. We played every Wednesday morning, along with about half a dozen others,in Alsager Library.

Brian was a true gent and would do anything for you if you asked, I for one, along with many others will miss him a great deal.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Season 2019-2020 has been Concluded

Please see the following information from Chairman, Robert Milner, and Secretary Robert West.

It has become clear that concluding this season will not be possible.  As such this current season will not be restarted.  All games played up to the point of suspension will be counted for grading and the results of matches played and league standings will be recorded in the Associations's archives.  However, no league titles or trophies will be awarded.  Arrangements for the AGM will be agreed when possible.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Cheddleton Chess Club On-line and Guests are Invited

Cheddleton Chess Club are continuing on line and they would like to invite both current and former Cheddleton & Leek players and any other NSDCA players to join in. Any level of player from beginner to Grand Master can be accommodated.

A minimum of three tournaments a week are hosted:

Friday night 7.45pm a 10min +increment
Sunday 2pm 7 min + increment
Tuesday 7.30pm 5min + increment

Please see the following link for details:

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Chess continues Online

NSDCA players are continuing to play on line. Newcastle have recently played Cheddleton using LICHESS and The results may be seen here.

Alsager have organised a tournament on and while it may be too late to join please check this link.

There is also a Staffordshire side on known as Team Staffordshire and they would like a few more members. Anyone interested should contact Paul Hodgson. Their matches are over a longer interval than the previously described events.

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.