Frank Wood 1942-2020 RIP

Frank Wood, the Chairman of Wolverhampton Chess Club and a tireless worker for the Wolverhampton League passed away after a short illness on December 28th 2020. Frank was a true gentleman and his courtesy and friendliness made a visit to Wolverhampton  Chess Club a pleasant experience whatever the result on the board. His friends from his club have written a moving obituary which may be seen here.

Andrew Davies 1960-2020 RIP

 Sadly I have to announce to you all the passing of one of Staffordshire Chess’s most loyal stalwarts – Andrew Davies. 

Andrew P. Davies was born in March 1960 at New Cross Hospital, which was one of the two main hospitals in Wolverhampton at the time.  He was the youngest of a family of six.  For many years he suffered with his health and with physical problems and pain related to the debilitating disease HSP from which he suffered. His determination and considerable intelligence made him able to live what most people would call a successful life where he could indulge his love of chess and his enthusiasm for mathematics.

I also discovered a few years ago that he had a fascination with the history of the different waves of invasion of these islands by various British tribes in the last millennium before the Christian era.  He lived in the somewhat forlorn hope of one day linking his own family history to some of these events.

His first venture into chess organisation was in 1995 when he became the secretary of Brewood Chess club.  In more recent years, he branched out into other areas of chess, qualifying as a junior coach and as an arbiter.  In both of these spheres he became very active, coaching many junior players in clubs in the southern part of the county and later became the manager of coaches for the ECF.  He was also the webmaster for Junior chess organisations – both for the Staffordshire Junior Chess Association and for EPSCA – as well as being the Director of Junior Chess for the MCCU. 

For several years, he also served as the General Secretary of the Staffordshire Chess Association.

Andrew’s life was troubled but he always seemed pleasant and agreeable. He had one self-confessed addiction – he loved to have a mug of Earl Grey tea and an almond crescent and no day began well for him without them!

We are very sad to have lost a personal friend and a major force in Staffordshire Chess.

Robert Milner, President of the Staffordshire Chess Association.

Traci Whitfield, Secretary for Junior Chess.

The tributes from Brewood Chess Club for their friend are very moving and may be seen here.

From Peter Evans, County Captain Staffordshire Under 120 Team. Andrew was a great help to me in my tenure. He was the one player I could ring on the evening prior to a match to fill a vacancy and he would always play unless he was fulfilling another chess commitment.  RIP

Staffordshire Juniors Competing in the Junior County Online Chess Championships

 There were 7 rounds of matches played. Teams consisted of 6 players, two Under 11 players, with at least one girl selected and the remaining players under 18s with at least two girls.

Staffordshire entered a strong team and were seeded mid-table. Our heroes making up the team were: Sam Parry, Joe Hirst, Dylan Cooper, Amrissa Johal, Shriya Sastry, Aarav Sohi, Isaac Stanley and Amraya Johal.  Sam and Joe have previously represented Staffordshire adult teams over the board.

Apart from being extremely proud to play for the county they gained invaluable experience playing serious competitive online chess. In these times serious games are hard to come by and tournaments like this give our young warriors the opportunity to show how much they have improved in the game they enjoy playing. For our young children sharing their screen while being on zoom as well as having to isolate a room in their house must feel initially a bit strange but as we know about juniors, they adapt quickly and impress us at times

The team finished joint 7th out of 12. We were no match for Warwickshire or Kent, but the other 5 matches were close battles. 

The star performer was Joe Hirst with 6 wins.

The County Committee thanks Jonathon Blackburn for his coaching and organisation of the team. 

Invitation to play in a Staffordshire Team in the 2020 World Chess League

Peter Hornsby is the lead organiser of the 2020 World Chess League and his own team is named after the picturesque Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley  

Peter invites Staffordshire players to join the team. The competition uses the engine and the matches are played once every two weeks and there are two games of 10+5, so it is all completed in around 40 minutes. 

If you wish to assist, please contact Peter.

Covid-19 Virus

All County Cup matches have been suspended until further notice.

The remaining County U120 match has been cancelled.

The County Congress has been cancelled.

The Crewe Rapidplay Congress has been cancelled.

The Staffs North v South match has been postponed.

The County AGM has been postponed.

Further announcements will be made in due course.
The Staffordshire Chess Association is the governing body for chess within the Staffordshire County Boundaries, as defined in Article 2 of the County Constitution.

The constituent leagues of the Association are :

The Cannock & District Chess League

Please click on the links for more information on these Leagues.

The Staffordshire Chess Association is affiliated to the Midland Counties Chess Union and the English Chess Federation.
The aim of the Association is to promote the playing, teaching and development of chess at all levels in the County.

Whilst league chess within the County is organised by the above leagues, the County run their own County Cup competitions and the various County teams in the Midland Counties Championship. Details about these can be found from the tabs at the top of the page. The County also organise and run the annual Staffordshire Congress, which is normally held in April. Cheddleton Chess Club organise the Leek Congress in September and the Leek Rapidplay Congress in June.

Young or old, if you are interested in playing chess, either competitively or just socially, you will find all the information that you need on this site to enable you to find a club that is local to you. All of the Officers of the Association will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have so please do not hesitate to ask.