New Secretary at Lichfield Chess club

 David Short has retired as Secretary of Lichfield Chess club after 20 successful years in the post. A club spokesman has stated: David is a superb organiser and he brought his experience of nurturing his son, Grandmaster Nigel Short to invigorate the membership at Lichfield. David is a great organiser and administrator and with his experience as a newspaper editor, a very good communicator. David will stay with the club and will retain his interest in introducing new members.

His successor as Secretary is  Stephen Smithson whose quiet efficiency has been observed at meetings and visits to Lichfield Chess Club.

The County Association would like to congratulate David for all his hard work and wish Stephen all the best in his new post.

Under 11's Junior Event Saturday 7th May

 Staffordshire Junior Secretary, Jonathon Blackburn, is running an Under 11 (Year 6 ) and under tournament at Smallwood C of E Primary Academy, Smallwood, CW11 2UR on Saturday May 7th. For further information please contact Jonathon or see this link for the entry form.

RIP Grenville Cross


The death of Grenville Cross of Fenton Chess Club has been announced. Grenville represented the Staffordshire Under 120 team between 2018 and 2020. His results were above average, and he is remembered for his keenness and his willingness to provide transport to away venues. RIP

A fuller obituary may be read on the Fenton Club website.

Official ECF Tribute to David Anderton

 The official ECF tribute to David has been published. A fitting tribute to a remarkable man and his achievements.

RIP David Anderton OBE 1941-2022

 The death of David Anderton of Walsall Kipping Chess Club has been announced. David was not only a giant of  Staffordshire Chess; he served the English Chess Federation and its predecessor the BCF in several diverse roles. With the Staffordshire Association he was President of the Association for many years and captained the County Open team.

There are additional obituaries on both the ECF and Wolverhampton and District Chess Association websites.

The condolences of the Staffordshire Chess Association go out to his widow Doreen and his wider family.

Please find this tribute from the current President of the Staffordshire Chess Association, Robert Milner to his predecessor.

I was first introduced to David Anderton in 1972.

I had been busy for three years introducing the children in my care to the basics of chess and some of them had arrived at a point where they needed to go further.

David invited me to go and visit him and this I did.  He suggested that I formed a club and got the children playing against adults rather than against other juniors.  He gave me many names of people to contact and loads of useful advice.

I acted upon everything he said and I have never regretted any of it.  In the ensuing years, I have always found him to be what I found him then – fifty years ago.  He was always friendly, always helpful, always full of good ideas – in fact the sort of person that everyone values as a friend.

Both I and my club owe most of what we are today to David Anderton and his advice.

I never knew him particularly well – we lived too far away from each other for that.  But I have always found him to be a towering figure in the chess world and someone I was always proud to know.

Staffordshire Juniors in Action

With the coming of spring we are seeing chess push up its shoots with the flowers. Junior Secretary Jonathon Blackburn has sent in this report.

On Saturday March 12th Staffordshire juniors sent a team of 13 to the U11 Northern English Primary Schools Chess Association zonal tournament held in Bolton. We played against players from Merseyside, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire & The Wirral. For more than half the players this was their first ever tournament and gained invaluable experience in playing on the day. After 3 rounds at a time control of 40+10 we unfortunately didn't make it through to the finals. However this was expected with our young team. Top scorer was Sehej Sohi with 2/3 who will be eligible for another 2 years in this tournament!

I would like to thank all the players for exemplary behaviour on the day and the parents/guardians for their support. We had a great time with our in between round sessions outside, I look forward to the next match!

Well played to them all and that day also saw the return of the ever popular Blackpool Congress and a report on the entrants from the North Staffs and District Chess Association may be seen on their website.


Les Hall

Les's funeral will take place on Thursday 23rd December at 2:45 at Crewe Crematorium, Badger Avenue, Crewe, CW1 3JG.

After the service everybody is invited to the Sidney Arms, 240 Sidney Road, Crewe, CW1 5LU.