Presentation for Ray Dolan

The Staffordshire Chess Association Personality of the Year award has been awarded to retiring General Secretary, Ray Dolan, by his successor Peter Evans. The presentation took place at Bloxwich Junior Chess Club. A fitting place as the club was formed by Ray and his wife Eunice to introduce our game to local youngsters. It was quite an event to celebrate Ray’s career in the presence of the local Member of Parliament Eddie Hughes MP and two former Mayors of Walsall, Kath Phillips and Paul Bott. We must not forget the presence of the young people with their coaches and parents. The award was not for the year of 2020, but as a recognition of all Ray's achievements over a long period which includes two stints as General Secretary of the Association.
The event has been well publicised in other location; The Express and Star, and the website of the Wolverhampton and District Chess League. Congratulations to Ray, and best wishes to him and Eunice in all their endeavours.

Updated Junior News

 Please see the updated Junior News from the New Junior Secretary, Jonathon Blackburn here

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. 

Follow this link for more information:

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Staffordshire County AGM

The County AGM will be held on Wednesday 20th 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)