Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Chess In Schools & Communities

Chess In Schools & Communities are putting on their first Stoke tutor training day on Friday 12th November.

 If you're wanting to teach chess, are currently teaching it, or are just interested in how it's done, then this 1 day course is perfect for you. 

Follow this link for more information:

Or to book:

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Staffordshire County AGM

The Staffordshire County AGM will be held on Wednesday 20th October at Stafford North End Community Centre, Holmcroft Road, Stafford, ST16 1JG, starting at 7:30 pm. All members of NSDCA clubs based in Staffordshire are invited to attend. Obviously this precludes our Cheshire members.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

New Venue For Kidsgrove

Kidsgrove Chess Club now have a new venue - The Bluebell Inn, 25 Hardingswood Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 1EG 

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Abbots Bromley Chess Club

Abbots Bromley are a new chess club based at the Bagot Arms in the village. They are slightly out of the NSDCA catchment area but may well be in reach of many NSDCA players. They meet on Sunday evenings and play mainly online chess against teams from around the world, in both friendly and league matches. They also organise internal over the board competitions, but have not yet taken the plunge into matches against other clubs, either as friendlies or in a league. Having visited the Club myself to play in one of their Sunday evening competitions, I can tell you that they are very friendly bunch of people and welcome players of all ages and abilities.

You can contact their Secretary, Peter Hornsby, on 07528 665266 or by email :

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Rating Conversion

The old 3 digit grading database is no longer available on the ECF website. However, you can use the conversion tab at the top of this page to convert your new 4 digit rating to the old 3 digit equivalent - or vice versa.

Congresses Coming Back

Over the board Congresses are slowly starting to return. Jacob Boswell played in the recent Northumbria Masters Congress. Chris Hankey, Leslie Fancourt and Dylan Whitney are all playing in this weekend's 4NCL Congress. Glyn Valentine, Steve Emmerton and Joe Hirst are all playing in the Bury St Edmunds Congress at the end of October. My apologies if I have omitted anybody. 

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

ECF Membership Fees

Can I please take this opportunity to remind everybody that ECF Membership Fees are due now. You can renew your Membership from here. Please note that, if you have held ECF Membership at any time in the past, you MUST use the Renew option - NOT the Sign Up option. Only use the Sign Up option if you have never held ECF Membership in the past. If you have previously held ECF Membership, and you select the Sign Up option, the system will create a second Membership No for you, which will have ramifications for the Rating System.

ECF Rating Update

For those of you who might be interested in such things, I have just received the following from the ECF regarding the new rating system :

Rating System Update

Friday, 20 August 2021

John Smith RIP

 The death of John Smith of Alsager Chess Club has been announced. John had previously played for the Staffordshire Under 120 and Under 140 Teams. Please see this tribute from Alsager Chess Club. 

It is with great sadness that Alsager Chess Club announces the passing of John Smith. A true gentleman and friend to us all, he was a founding member of Broughton Arms Chess Club, the forerunner of Alsager Chess Club. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Our sincere condolences go out to all his friends and family..


Thursday, 19 August 2021

NSDCA Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the North Staffordshire & District Chess Association will be held at Meir Chess Club on Monday 20th September. The most important issue to be discussed is the Committee's proposals for re-starting OTB chess. For the 2021/2022 season only it was proposed that all Clubs will be entered into a 6 round Swiss competition, to be played over 4 boards, to run fortnightly from October to December.

The competition will then be split into two Divisions, with matches to be played from January until May. The teams in the top half of the Swiss competition will play in an all-play-all Division 1, with the teams in the bottom half playing in an all-play-all Division 2.

Please note Meir Chess Club are still at the Royal British Legion, 197 Meir Road, Normacot, ST3 7JF