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4th February 2015

Tonight a meeting of the League Executive Committee was held at Fenton Chess Club. This was the second of a series designed to review the Constitution and Playing Rules of the League.

The present documents have been in operation since 2004 and were a version of those first introduced in 1979. Many “archaisms” are included and much was contained that is almost meaningless today.

Therefore, it was considered that a thorough overhaul was needed. Somewhat surprisingly the whole process was completed in this second meeting and the two new documents have now been agreed upon by the Committee members amongst whom a remarkable degree of harmony was in evidence.

These will now be circulated within the next few weeks ready for them to be put forward as a Committee proposal to the League Annual General Meeting in July.


3rd February 2015

Cheddleton who were the holders of the Perry Trophy were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition at the Semi Final stage tonight when visiting a useful-looking Alsager side, long on experience and confidence. The two Davids, Hallen with a draw on the top board and Rose with a win on board 3 managed to save the face of the visitors but it was too little too late.


27th January 2015

A close-run match for the J team at Fenton D last night finally finished with the visitors pocketing both points and returning home happy. Caroline continued her recent imperious form with an excellent win on board 2 whilst the rest of the team had to fight every inch of the way. Two bruising struggles on the bottom two boards eventually finished all square with one win to each side with Beth being the one on the winning side. At that point, Roger agreed a draw on the top board to ensure the victory.


24th January 2015

Two matches were played at home last night. A vital Second Division affair between the C and D teams who are currently both in contention for the title proved to be as enthralling as it threatened to be. Every board was pushed to the limit with no quarter given and for much of the match it looked as though all five games would finish up drawn. In the end, the nerve of the C team held the slightest bit more and victories by Bill Armstrong and Caroline Mountford gave them a 3½-1½ victory.

The H team, meanwhile, were entertaining a very strong Meir B team who have gained a reputation as draw specialists this time. Draws were not on the menu last night, however, and apart from a heroic victory by Joe Alcock and a valiant draw from captain Dave Rose, the home team were out of luck.


22nd January 2015

There were two matches held both at Newcastle last night. The F team pushed their claim to be candidates to hold on to the Third Division crown with a very fine win over a useful Newcastle D. Pride of place must go to John Yee with an excellent victory over Barry Jones but the Blackburn family were far from outdone as both Jon and Sandra added to the score. The F team finished as 3 – 1 winners.

Meanwhile, across the room, the I team were on the wrong end of a 3 – 1 score. In a Fourth Division where one point only separates the teams in third and seventh place, previously winless Newcastle E put the visitors to the sword.


19th January 2015

The National Girls School Teams’ Championship

The National Girls School Teams’ Championship Northern Semi Final was held this year for the first time at St. Edward’s Academy, Leek, yesterday 18th January 2015. The event is for teams of three girls from schools all over the northern half of England and Wales and is sponsored by St. Catherine’s School in Bramley, Surrey. A similar southern event is always held at the same time and this year this was held at St. Catherine’s.

The event takes the form of an under 19 and also an under 11 team competition. St. Edward’s put three teams in each category.

One disappointment was that no other Staffordshire school took part. Newcastle-under-Lyme school which had entered a team were unable to turn up on the day.

After two very closely fought competitions lasting most of the day, the winners in the under-19 event were the Fernwood Scool from Wollaton, Nottingham, with 12½ points. In second place were the Royal Grammar School from Newcastle-on-Tyne with 11½ points and St. Edward’s A team finished third with 10 points. All the other teams had their successes but these were the three that qualified for the finals later in the year.

In the under 11 event, competition was even fiercer if anything, with only two points separating the first six teams. The three qualifiers were:- In first place, RGS from Newcastle with 11 points, in second place, on tie-break, the Jesse Gray Primary School from West Bridgford, Nottingham, with 10 points, and, again in third place and also with 10 points, St. Edward’s.

The whole competition was faultlessly organised and controlled by Julian Clissold to whom all thanks should be offered, and the St. Edward’s teams were organised by Colin Abell and David Rose. More thanks are due to Elizabeth Clarke, the head of the host school for allowing it to be used to stage the event.


17th January 2015

The Time for More Internal Matches

Two internal matches last night in the NSDCA. In the Third Division the G team played hosts to the F team and after last week’s win over Newcastle C, the G team were hoping that they could claim back to back victories for the first time this season. Jacob Boswell settled for a draw again and, after a fine performance from David Hallen had taken the bottom board to put the F team in the lead, this meant that both Jack Healings and Sam Beardmore were left with the challenging task of winning. In spite of his recent good form, this proved a bit too much for Jack against an impressive Jon Blackburn. Sam, however, scored a second consecutive win playing a real captain’s innings.

At the same time the K team scored a second consecutive win of 2015, to see themhold on to their place at the top of the Fifth Division. The match was far closer than the eventual result might suggest. The two bottom boards swung from side to side with the result always being in doubt before coming down as a double win for the Snape family. The other two boards then took on the appearance of fights to the death for the respective honour of the two teams. In the end, Roger Walker and Colin Abell were forced to settle fora draw on the top board and David Rose grround out a hard-earned win on board two which ensured that both points went to the K team.


15th January 2015

Cheddleton D maintained their narrow lead in Division Two with a hard-earned victory at Newcastle last night. Simon had an excellent win against one of his old rivals and Phil Birks continued to show his recent good form with the formerly unfamiliar white pieces.
The victory was completed by Jacob Cartlidge who continued his recent fine seam of form.



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