Under 1850 MCCU Championship Final

 The Staffordshire Under 1850 Team faced a strong Lincolnshire side in the MCCU Under 1850 Championship on Saturday 17th February.  After a bit of  a last minute scramble a team of sixteen players was assembled and made the journey to the Leicestershire village of East Goscote. The team included two senior debutants to Staffordshire Chess, Bill Kimberely of Lichfield and Michael Andrews of Fenton. Its never too late to represent the county. 

The match was a 8-8 draw with several of the games nearing the time limit.  As a champion had to determined the Championship was awarded to Lincolnshire on board count. With Staffordshire winning on boards 14 and 16, that result was inevitable.

Captain Peter Evans would like to thank all the players and the match details may be seen here.

Oliver Horrocks RIP

 The death of Oliver Horrocks of Alsager Chess Club has been announced. Oliver placed for Alsager Chess Club for many years and he represented Staffordshire in the era when there were two County Under 120 teams. Oliver was a quiet, polite gentleman and it was a pleasure to play against him whatever the result.

A Service to celebrate the gift of his life will be at 11.15am on 22nd February at St Bertoline's Church, Barthomley, Crewe CW2 5PE. 

The Staffordshire Chess Association sends condolences to Oliver's family and friends.

Gordon Sands Funeral

 Gordon's Funeral will be held at Bushbury Crematorium at 12:15pm on Tuesday 12th March 

Cannock League 25th Anniversary Tournament

 To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Cannock League, a celebration rapid play tournament has been arranged for Saturday 20th April at Ryecroft Community Hub. Entry forms and further details may be found here. Please support the CDCL by supporting the event.

Gordon Sands RIP

The death of Gordon Sands has been announced. Gordon played for Wolverhampton for many years and he had recently moved to Mercia. He represented the County on a number of occasions. There is a fine tribute to Gordon on the Wolverhampton Chess Club Website, and more information is available on the WDCL site.

The Staffordshire Chess Association sends condolences to Gordon's family and friends.

Players wanted for the Staffordshire Under 1850 Team

 The Staffordshire Under 1850 team are playing Lincolnshire for the MCCU Under 1850 Championship on Saturday 17th February. The match is at a neutral venue, St Hilda's C of E Church, Ling Dale, East Goscote Leicestershire England, LE7 3XW. If you wish to represent your county then please contact the team organiser, Peter Evans.

Congratulations to Steve Wilcox

 Congratulations to Steve Wilcox who has been appointed a Life Vice President of the Staffordshire Chess Association. Steve and Rushall Chess club are synonymous, he has played over 1,000 games for his club. He has been the secretary of Rushall since the 1980s and although he has relinquished the post twice, he has always found himself back in harness after a short break.

Steve is part of a dynasty at Rushall Chess Club, his father Les was one of the founders, his mother Enid provided tea and coffee to members and visitors on club nights for many years. His son Joseph played for Rushall and Staffordshire, and he coached his daughter Charlotte to be British Girls Champion.

Steve was the Tournament Secretary of the Association for many years and he represented the County when there were teams to suit his rating or grade. Once again congratulations to one of the nicest people in Staffordshire Chess.