Sunday, 11 November 2018

Staffs County Cups

The draw for the various Staffs County Cups has been made and can be viewed here. NSDCA clubs involved are Cheddleton, Fenton, Meir, |Newcastle and Stafford.

4NCL Rounds 1 & 2

In Round 1 of this weekend's 4NCL Div 3 North matches, Holmes Chapel beat Bradford DCA Knights 'B' by 3.5 - 2.5, while Cheddleton were beaten 3 - 2.5 by Jorvik.

In Round 2, Holmes Chapel were beaten 5 - 1 by Manchester Manticores and Cheddleton were beaten 3.5 - 2.5 by Spirit Of Atticus.

County U140's Beaten Again

The County U140 team suffered their second successive defeat yesterday, going down by the narrowest of margins - 8.5 - 7.5 - against Leicestershire. Click here for the match score card.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

2018 County Congress Cancelled

The 2018 Staffs County Congress, originally scheduled for the end of November, has been cancelled. Matt Carr's current workload as an arbiter means that he will be unable to organise it this year.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

County U140's Beaten In Opening Match

The Staffs U140 team were beaten 9.6 - 6.5 by Warwickshire yesterday in their opening MCCU County Championship match.

NSDCA representation in the team was provided by myself and Max Launay (both Fenton) and Joe Hirst and Alberto Gissi (both Newcastle). I'm happy to say that none of us lost, with Joe Hirst winning and the rest of us drawing. Peter Evans (Stafford) also played but lost, so I'm counting him as South of the County !!

Click here for the match score card. 

If anybody is interested in playing for either the U100, U120 or U140 teams (grade permitting) then please contact the relevant Team Captain. Contact details can be found here. The County Fixture Lists can be found here.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Crewe Congress Success For NSDCA Players

NSDCA players had a very successful weekend at the Crewe Congress. 

Many congratulations to Harry Gardiner (Crewe) on winning the Minor Section with a perfect 5/5, to Karl Lockett (Crewe) on winning the Major Section, also with a perfect 5/5, and to Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton) on finishing joint 1st in the Open Section with 4/5. Neville Layhe (Crewe) was joint 2nd with 7 others in the Major Section.

Just outside the prizes were Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove) and Dave Price (Crewe), who finished joint 4th in the Intermediate Section with 3.5/5, and Ernie Wilkinson (Fenton), who finished joint 4th in the Minor Section, with 3.5/5.

Please click here to view the final standings in all 4 sections.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Crewe Congress

You can follow all of the results from this weekend's Crewe Congress from the following links:

Open Section

Major Section

Intermediate Section

Minor Section

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Belated Obituary - Brian Hitchins

Robert Milner has submitted the following obituary regarding the recent passing of Brian Hitchins:

Brian Thomas Hitchins 1953-2018

Brian was born in 1953 at Smallthorne.  I believe he started to play chess when he was at Warwick University in the early 1970s but I am not sure and it may be that he only honed his skills after learning before he went there.  He became a very useful player with his grade rising into the 160s and 170s  in the 1980s and 1990s.  When he returned to North Staffordshire after University, he joined the Pioneer Club at Smallthorne which was the home of Smallthorne Chess Club and when I became more active in the old Stoke League in 1974, he was an established character at all the meetings.  During the middle and late 1970s, he often travelled to the county Congress at Northicote School in Wolverhampton on our bus, which we took down each day, and became friendly with several members of our club to whom he was known as "big H" - particularly amongst the younger ones.  I believe that this was how he was known at his own club.  By the late 1970s, he had taken over from Roy Willis as the Secretary of Smallthorne club and in 1981 he also became the League Treasurer.  He became as dedicated to that job as he was to his own club and its members.

During the late 1980s, he sometimes came to visit us as he wanted to know how to encourage his members even more as he was very despondent about some of them leaving to join other clubs.  When he visited us, he always came on the bus and I believe that driving was never to be one of his accomplishments.  During the 1990s, he gradually became more despondent and in 1996, he retired as League Treasurer and stopped playing.

I never saw him again until he turned up in  2016, apparently interested in starting to play again and I was delighted to hear that soon afterwards he joined Kidsgrove and graced the League once more - albeit with a somewhat reduced grade.  It is with great sadness, therefore, that I hear of his passing and think that the League has lost one of its greatest stalwarts of the last fifty years.

Tied Player List

Please note that it is NOT acceptable to enter New Player as a name on match score cards. All players MUST be on the Tied Players list before playing in a match. In previous years this meant submitting a list of your players to the League Secretary. Since the adoption of LMS it now just means reviewing your list of players on the system and notifying me of any changes/deletions/additions. In addition to this, if you have a new member with no previous ECF grading history you MUST obtain an estimated grade from Martyn Harris before they take part in a match. If any match score cards are submitted with New Player on it then I will treat that board as an ineligible player and apply the relevant penalty.

Monday, 8 October 2018

All Square In Opening County U120 Match

The County U120 team started their 2018/2019 campaign on Saturday with a 6-6 draw against Nottinghamshire. Click here for the match scorecard.