Chess In Schools & Communities

Chess In Schools & Communities are putting on their first Stoke tutor training day on Friday 12th November.

 If you're wanting to teach chess, are currently teaching it, or are just interested in how it's done, then this 1 day course is perfect for you. 

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Staffordshire County AGM

The County AGM will be held on Wednesday 27th October at the Stafford North End Community Centre, Holmcroft Road, Stafford, ST16 1JG, starting at 7:30 pm. All members of all affiliated Clubs are invited to attend. 

Staffordshire Spitfires victorious against Manchester

 Jonathon Blackburn reports that the Staffordshire Spitfires 1st team of Joe Hirst (Newcastle), Joe Conway-Lees, Aarav Sohi and Ryan Wood (Rugeley) were victorious against Manchester Juniors A by 5.5 to 1.5.  

Additionally there was a win for the second team in Division 4 by 6-2. The following players were representing Staffordshire: John Sewell (Brewood), Cade Birch, Sehej Sohi and Cara Birch.

Well played to all the youngsters and thanks to Jonathon for his arrangements.

John Day and John Smith RIP

 The deaths of John Day of Newcastle Chess club and John Smith of Alsager have been announced. John Smith represented the county at Under 120 and Under 140 Level. John Day was a great supporter of county chess, he would play for any available County Team his grade would permit and he last represented the Staffordshire Under 140 in 2020. John and his wife Frances hosted county games at Newcastle Bridge Club and many previous captains are grateful for their help and organisation.

For fuller tributes please see these links: John Day & John Smith

Cannock League: New Website and Proposals for Over the Board Chess

 The Cannock and District Chess League has new website where their proposals for a limited restarting of league chess may be read in more detail. They propose a short autumn program with two four player divisions. 

Division 1: Total rating limit less than 6501 (495), unrated player 1275 (77)

Division 2: Total rating limit less than 5801 (401), unrated player 1150 (60)

Abbots Bromley Chess Festival, Sunday 25th July

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 

Staffordshire Spitfires in the Junior 4 NCL

Staffordshire Spitfires finished with a 4-4 draw in their final match in the Junior 4NCLl, finishing in an expected 2nd place in their group of 8. An excellent effort from all those involved; Joe Hirst, Dylan Cooper, Aarav Sohi, Isaac Stanley, Sehej Sohi and Devansh Boddu.

Another Staffordshire Junior county online match against ShePLaysToWin (girls team), Suffolk and Sussex has taken place. Staffs lost in the first round to Sussex in a match that was closer than the 13-7 score suggested, and followed by beating  Suffolk 13.5-6.5. Top performers from Staffordshire were Joe Hirst and Sehej Sohi both with 2/2.