The Staffordshire Congress takes places at St Edwards Academy in Leek this weekend. You can follow these links to view the entries :
Staffordshire Club Of The Year
Ray Dolan presented the Staffordshire Club Of The Year Award to Rugeley on Tuesday evening. Pictured below is Patrick Waller, the Rugeley Chairman, receiving the award from Ray.
Keith Arkell won the Open Section of the MCCU Congress with a score of 4.5/5.
Graham Ashcroft of Preston won the Major Section with a score of 4.5/5.
Chris Fraser of West Bridgford won the Minor Section with a perfect 5/5.
Click on the links to view the full scores.
The Minutes of the 2017 AGM have now ben published and can be viewed here.
The County finances have been boosted by almost £220 to date by people either becoming a Friend Of Staffordshire Chess or by a donation via our Just Giving crowd funding page.
Ray Dolan was elected as the new County General Secretary and Correspondence Secretary at last night's AGM, succeeding Andrew Davies. Full detail of the AGM will appear when the Minutes are published later this week.
The NSDCA will be one of the first chess organisations in the country to use the new ECF League Management System. It would appear that, currently, the Birmingham & District Chess League are the only ones using it in earnest. However, the NSDCA have begun setting it up and are already using it to administer the South Cheshire Shield, and will be ready to use it for all of their Leagues and Cups by the end of August.
The MCCU Congress is being held in West Bromwich over the weekend of 11th/13th August. Please click here for further details and an entry form.
Lawrence Cooper won the 3rd South Potteries Rapidplay Championship today, beating Jacob Boswell of Cheddleton in an Armageddon game after they had tied on 5/6.
It was a full house at Stafford Chess Club last night as all 4 Finals were played simultaneously for the first time in several years. The clubs from the South of the County dominated proceedings, winning all 4 matches. Stafford beat Cheddleton by 3.5-2.5 in the Hickman Cup, Fenton were whitewashed 5-0 by Sutton Coldfield in the Gothard Cup, Lichfield beat Newcastle by 3-2 in the Jackson Cup and Walsall Kipping beat Meir by 3-2 in the Withnall Trophy. You can click here to view all of the match score cards. It was a very successful evening and I now hope that we are going to see a resurgence of these competitions. Next season will see a change, with the Cups reverting to a knock-out format, with all teams in the Wolverhampton League, Cannock League and the NSDCA eligible to enter - not just the ones within the County boundaries.
A special vote of thanks goes to Matt Carr, who did his usual ultra efficient job of arbiting the matches.
Many congratulations to Bill Armstrong of Cheddleton on winning the British Visually Impaired Championship this week for the 3rd time in succession, and 4th time in total.
Following a County Meeting on Tuesday evening I have been asked to take over the running of the County website. This is a newly designed site and will contain, primarily, information to enable you to get news from around the County via the websites of the individual leagues, find a club, contact an Officer of the Association, etc., etc. It will also contain County specific news - eg : County match results, County Congress information and results, Notices and Minutes of Meetings, etc., etc. The old website will continue to be available for archive information. Can I take this opportunity to thank Andrew Davies for the work he has put in over the years on the old website.
The County AGM will be held at Stafford Chess Club on Tuesday 18th July at 7:30.
Captains are needed for the County U160 and Correspondence Teams. If anybody is willing to take on either of these roles can they please contact Andrew Davies, the General Secretary, or Robert Milner, the County President.
The County Congress will be held at St Edward's Academy in Leek over the weekend of 16th/17th September. Please click here for further details and an entry form.
Many congratulations to Newcastle on winning the ECF Intermediate Club Championship this weekend. 3 wins and a draw from their 4 matches saw them take the title by a margin of 2 points. The Newcastle team consisted of Alex Richardson (W3 D1 L0), Martyn Harris (W2 D0 L2), Alberto Gissi (W2 D1 L1) and Nic Wright (W2 D2 L0). Click here to view the final table
The January Grading List has now been published.
The County U120 team were beaten 8.5 - 3.5 by Warwickshire yesterday afternoon, leaving them bottom of the Midland Counties Championship table with two defeats from their opening two matches. Click here for the match score card.
The County U100 team suffered a crushing 11.5 - 0.5 defeat at the hands of Leicestershire this afternoon, leaving them rooted at the bottom of the Midland Counties Championship table. Once again, we were unable to field a full team. A late withdrawal due to illness left us with only 11 players and insufficient time to find a replacement. This is the heaviest defeat that I can recall for a Staffordshire County team. Our single half point came from Joe Alcock of Cheddleton on board 2. Click here for the full match score card.
Alex Richardson of Newcastle-Under-Lyme Chess Club was the highest placed Staffordshire player in the Open Section at this weekend's Shropshire Congress, finishing joint 4th in a very strong field of IM's and GM's. His performance has qualified him to play in this year's British Championship in Llandudno so many congratulations to him.