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17th February 2016

A Major Major Cup Success

Travelling to Crewe tonight for a clash in the Major Cup, the Cheddleton under-150 team were very conscious of the fact that they were without several of their 140+ players, but in the event, they still comfortably went through to the next stage with wins by Sam, Karol and John bolstered by a draw from Bill.


14th February 2016

Cheddleton Keep the Flame Alive in the 4NCL

Today was again a successful day for Cheddleton 1 in the 4NCL Division One at Birmingham Airport. The opponents were Guildford 2 who were runners-up in the League last year and are the second string of Guildford Chess Club which is far and away the strongest club in the country. British Champion Jon Hawkins, playing on board two for Cheddleton was the first to finish with a resounding win for his team.

Soon afterwards, wins by Fiona and Keith and a draw by Simon put the local club well on the way to victory. At steady intervals, wins by David Howell and draws by Tamas Fodor and David Eggleston confirmed a convincing victory which keeps Cheddleton on top of Pool A.

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The team celebrate after the victory over Guildford 2 They are (left to right) Jonathan, David Eggleston, David Howell, Simon, Keith, Fiona, Tamas and Vladimir

In Pool A of the Third Division North at Wakefield, Cheddleton 2 were not as successful as in yesterday’s match. In playing the Broadland Bitterns, the second team came out all square with two wins, two draws and two losses each. Paul Wallace and Alex Richardson both won on the top two boards and Simon Edwards and Ian Jamieson both drew to make sure of a vital point for the team.

Sadly, the third team went one stage worse today than they in yesterday’s encounter in Pool B of the Third Division against Manchester 2. Only Martyn Harris’s draw on bard two stood between the team and a complete whitewash.


13th February 2016

Two Matches Won in the 4NCL

Today saw a return of the 4NCL – the National Chess League – programme. Cheddleton 1, currently holding on to top spot in Pool A of the First Division were up against Three Cs, the top Manchester club at the Holiday Inn at Birmingham Airport.

Cheddleton took an early lead through Simon Williams and then, after a long and hard struggle, added to the lead with a clutch of games finishing fairly closely together. Wins by Keith, Vlad and Jon followed soon afterwards by a draw from Tamas assured Cheddleton of the points. As the day wore on, further draws from Fiona and David Eggleston and a win on the top board by David Howell completed a successful day’s work.

Meanwhile, at the Cedar Court Hotel at Wakefield, the fifth round of the Third Division North was taking place.

In Pool A, a somewhat depleted Cheddleton 2 were in action against Manchester 3. Team captain Simon Edwards gave the local side an early lead but then things started to swing the other way as Manchester moved into a two to one lead. The match then moved into a third phase as Jacob Boswell evened up the score. From then onwards, it was Cheddleton all the way as Paul and Alex completed a four board to two victory to keep up the team’s slight interest in clambering into the Championship Pool.

Also at Wakefield, Cheddleton 3 were playing against bottom-of-the-table Bradford C. With a useful-looking side on show, Cheddleton were hoping for a better result than they have achieved so far this time. However, their hopes were not to be realised as only Bill Armstrong on the top board gained anything at all from the match and the team went down to a very disappointing five one defeat.


12th February 2016

A Better Night to End a Poor Week

A poor week finished tonight on a slightly brighter note as the B team finally gained a win in Division Two over Crewe A and the I team grabbed an invaluable point in Division Five against mid-table Meir C.

All members of the B team were undefeated on the night and it was obvious from the way they played that Sam Beardmore – the team captain – had really zizzed his players up for this match. Dave Buxton, Jacob Boswell and Dominic Taylor were all successful in their games and Dave Millington and Sam himself took part in honourable draws.

The I team had to fight back from two boards down but heroic performances by Sandra Blackburn and Dave Hallen rescued the match. Dave Hallen’s endgame was a sight for sore eyes and really impressed the admiring crowd that surrounded the board at the end.


10th February 2016

No Joy at Crewe Again

Tonight saw a long and rather fruitless journey to Crewe for the F team who came away empty-handed after something of a mauling at the hands of ofCrewe C in the Fourth Division. Paul Shelley was the only one of the visitors to score.


8th February 2016

E Team Go Down at Meir

The E team were unable to keep up their recent good run in the Third Division tonight. The team made their first change of personnel this season because of Sam Beardmore’s unavailability but were lucky in having Matthew Carr able to step into the breach at short notice. However, in the event, draws by Phil Birks and Dominic Taylor were all that the E team had to show for the evening’s efforts.


5th February 2016

A Cold Night in All Respects

There was another busy night at Westwood tonight with three visiting teams who all seemed to have come with the sole estimable purpose of carrying valuable points back home with them.

The evening finished with only five home players successful and, for the most part, the marauding visitors left in possession of the place of slaughter.

It was not an easy evening to forget but it is one that certainly needs putting out of mind as soon as possible by the hosts.

The B team in the lower reaches of the Second Division entertained fellow-strugglers Fenton A and finished with little to cheer about except good wins by Dave Buxton on the top board and Jacob Boswell on board three. Otherwise, the team was soundly trounced by a very good Fenton side.

The D team did keep the club’s flag flying in Division Three – or, at least the Blackburn family did. Jon and Sandra both won to rescue a point for the team and to keep their hopes of a championship trophy alive if slightly tarnished.

In the Fourth Division, the F team were equally keeping the top spot in their sights but tumbled unceremoniously to defeat at the hands of Newcastle E.

Paul Shelley was unusually the first to finish which he did with a flourish to put the home team in the driving seat, but it was downhill all the way after that with only Karol’s draw troubling the scorers afterwards.


3rd February 2016

Downs and Ups Tonight

There were two matches tonight with very different results.

In the Second Division, the C team as current leaders, travelled to Crewe to meet the resurgent Crewe A. Apart from Simon Edwards on the top board and Jon Blackburn on board 4 there was little to show for the team’s mental exertions. Simon had a very good victory against an on-song opponent and Jon fought out a useful draw whilst everyone else returned home empty-handed.

Conversely the E team who have struggled for most of the season in Division Three, notched up their second successive impressive victory, this time against Newcastle D.

After an early setback, the team could hardly go wrong as, one-by-one the other three players, Dominic, Sam and Jacob settled their opponents’ hashes for the evening and came out of the Bridge Club waving a useful two points in the air. This was particularly satisfying for Dominic, coming as it did on the back of his success at Nottingham last weekend.



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