Saturday, 24 July 2021

John Day RIP

The death of John Day, the President of the NSDCA was announced on July 13th. John played for Newcastle under Lyme Chess Club and its predecessor, Penkhull for many years. John was also a stalwart of Newcastle Bridge Club and would have been instrumental in Newcastle’s tenancy at the Bridge Club.

As well as his playing and being treasurer at Newcastle, John was a was a great supporter of Staffordshire Chess, not only as a player, but as a host of county matches at Newcastle Bridge Club. Everything was properly set out and with his wife Frances provided drinks and refreshments with great hospitality

John was a kind and generous man, and I am sure all players from the NSDCA will join me in expressing their condolences to Frances and the family.

If anyone has further memories or tributes, please contact the webmaster and they will be published as soon as possible.


Friday, 23 July 2021

Attention Club Secretaries and Treasurers

 This a message to warn all club secretaries and treasurers. A club in the NSDCA has today been informed by its bank that the club’s bank account has had no transactions for a year and therefore faces closure.

With no league fees or room hire costs to pay and an understandable reluctance to ask members for annual subscription with no chess matches, other clubs will probably not have used their bank account. If a club gets a similar letter, advice from the bank is to make a transaction or two.  Maybe pay your own subscription or pay in any cash float.


Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Abbots Bromley Chess Festival! Sunday 25th July from 5pm

 The Abbots Bromley Club and Jonathon Blackburn are holding a "Chess Festival" on Sunday 25th July at the Coach and Horses, High St, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3BN. Weather permitting, the event will take place in the large pub garden. Anyone and everyone of all ages and abilities welcome! 

The program is as follows: 

 5pm: Masterclass coaching session starring Wales Chess Champion and FIDE Master Jonathan Blackburn for juniors and beginners   

6pm: Casual & Friendly games  

7pm: Online ‘Hybrid’ Chess match vs. Dundee City  

8pm: FM Jonathan Blackburn plays a simultaneous match against all challengers, with prizes for winners!  

Interested or any questions? Feel free to invite people from beyond Abbots Bromley, and stay for as little or as long as you like!  

For further information please contact Club Captain by email Peter Hornsby  or call him on 0752866522 


Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Online Congress Winners

 The winners of the online congress are are available for publication.

Open/ Under 150   Winner Alan Paling (Newcastle-under-Lyme),   Joint Second Roger Edwards (Cheddleton and Leek)  and Ken McNulty (Stafford).

Under 120   Winner Ryan Wood (Stafford)  Joint Second Neville Jones (Alsager) and Kobus Nienaber (Crewe)

Under 90  Winner  Dominic Cooper (Newcastle-under-Lyme)  Joint Second George Bulbeck (Crewe) and Peter Evans (Stafford)

An interesting combination of both youngsters and veterans. Thanks are due to Alberto Gissi, David Price and David Hulme for all their work with the online competitions. Full details of all online competitions may be viewed on the LMS.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

New Venue for Fenton Chess Club

 Fenton Chess Club have re-opened at their new venue: The Blurton Club, 136 Drubbery Lane, Blurton, ST3 4BT. 

For those of you who are free in the afternoons, Fenton are still running the Chess in the Park sessions outside in Brampton Park, Newcastle on Wednesdays, from 12:00 onwards. In the event of bad weather the meeting is inside at the Little Vic pub in King Street, Newcastle. Everybody is invited to attend the  Wednesday sessions.

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.