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29th January 2016

All Systems Go in the North Staffs League

Nowadays, it can be quite tricky hosting four matches on a Friday evening, but all four safely fitted in the Assembly Hall tonight without too much trouble. Altogether, there were well over sixty people – members and visitors – present which is one of the best attendances for a while. There were six Cheddleton teams in action as there were two internal matches out of the four.

Yet again there was a proliferation of good, close and interesting encounters in evidence which is an encouraging sign.

Pride of place must go to the A team who temporarily came out of hibernation to play one of the rare First Division matches. On the night they were worthy winners but against a sorely depleted Stafford A side. Dave Buxton and Dmitri Whitmore were both winners with Rob Shaw and Gerald Acey finishing all-square on the top board. This result means that it is the A team’s turn to spend a bit of time at thetop of the League

The D and E teams slugged it out in the return Division Three match and this time the E team gained their revenge with a hard ground-out win by courtesy of Jacob Cartlidge’s win and three draws.

The F team entertained Alsager B in the Fourth Division and continued their good season with a very tight victory. Frank Bruce, who is quite a rare performer these days, was pressed into service very late in the day but was the hero of the hour with a neatly-fashioned win on the bottom board. Dave Rose added another win to the team tally and Karol earned an honourable draw on the top board.

In the Fifth Division, the H team played host to the G team and failed to continue their recent good run. Andrei and Joe were both successful for the “visitors” whilst Emma pulled one back for the H team. Jacob and Ali shared the spoils in their game.


27th January 2016

A Night of Triumph and Disaster at Newcastle

Cheddleton’s adventures in the North Staffs Intermediate Cup were brought to an abrupt conclusion tonight at the Semi Final stage in Newcastle.

With twelve suitable eligible players all unavailable for one reason or another, it fell to the ever-reliable Sandra Blackburn to take command of a relatively raw troop of players all eager to prove their worth.

The closeness of the final score – a 3 – 2 victory for the hosts – suitably reflected the closeness of the match. Sandra herself and Joe Alcock on the bottom board fought out two vey honourable draws and Dominic Taylor excelled himself with a win on the second board.

Not to be outdone, Andrei Mihai and Laura Smith both battled on for a long time before eventually falling to opponents graded between thirty and forty points higher than themselves.

It was a disappointing evening in that the team lost but a triumphant one in the way they played.


24th January 2016

Cheddleton 1 Return To the Top

In a very tough match today, Cheddleton 1 overcame their nearest opponents, Barbican 1 to replace them at the top of Pool A in the First Division of thw Four Nations Chess League.

The team came back from one nil down with first a win by Jon Hawkins and then at even intervals over the next four hours, further wins by Fiona, David Howell and finally Vlad Hamitevici. With the match safely in the bag, the last to finish in a very fierce game was David Eggleston who added his draw to those of Ezra and Tamas.

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The Cheddleton Team Tonight


23rd January 2016

Comfortable Win for Cheddleton

Back to the Four Nations Chess League for Cheddleton 1 this weekend and a match against Wood Green – a team that has been there or thereabouts at the run in for the First Division championship for many years.

After taking a fairly early two board lead from wins by David Eggleston and Tamas Fodor, the Cheddleton players all looked comfortable in the rest of the games which seemed to lead to all the team taking their corporate foot off the gas and the remainder of the match saw a gentle trickle of draws coming in from even tough games.

With a five three victory, Cheddleton dropped from top place in Pool A of the First Division by half a board to Barbican 1 – tomorrow’s opponents.


22nd January 2016

An Interesting Night at Westwood

There was a completely unexpected result in the Internal Second Division match tonight between the B and C teams. Although all the games, quite naturally, were very close-fought, the result came out with four wins for a somewhat depleted C team and only one for a full-strength B team. The B team’s sole winner was Jacob Boswell, finishing a good week for himself whilst Simon and Roger Edwards both won for the C team and were joined by Joe Alcock making his debut at this level and Chris Baxter playing his game of the season.

Nearby, the D team renewed their challenge for Division Three honours with a win over the visiting Alsager A team. Jon Blackburn and David Hallen put the team in an unbeatable position and then John Yee worked hard to claim the necessary half point to hang on to both points.


20th January 2016

H Team Perform Well at Newcastle

The H team travelled to Newcastle tonight and deservedly brought back both points. Two neatly constructed victories by Beth and Jacob led the way and Caroline then happily settled for a draw on the top board to clinch the team win which, for an hour or two has seen them on top of the Fifth Division.


17th January 2016

A Bit of a Damp Squib

The weekend’s matches at Wychwood Park, Crewe, ended today as something of a damp squib with both Cheddleton teams losing.

In Pool A of the Third Division North, Cheddleton 2 came up against the Division leaders, Bradford Knights A. After a close fight in which Cheddleton seemed to be winning for most of the match, it gradually slipped away from them and the ever-dependable Paul Wallace was the only winner with Gerald Acey and Simon Edwards each contributing a half point.

Cheddleton 3 in Pool B were in a very tight match with five of the games being drawn. Sadly, that was not quite enough to gain any points for the team as Spirit of Atticus B floated away with both. Such a narrow victory was possible toclaim as a moral one for the local team as they were outgraded by an average of 251 grading points on each board.

One bright spot of the weekend was that five Cheddleton players – Paul Wallace, Jacob Boswell, Gerald Acey, Simon Edwards and Steve Emmerton all remained undefeated over the weekend.


16th January 2016

Quite a Bright Start

The second weekend of matches in the Four Nations Chess League began on quite a bright note at Wychwood Park, Crewe today for the two teams in the Third Division North.

In Pool A Cheddleton 2 came up against Jorvik and wins by Paul Wallace, Simon Edwards and Ian Jamieson formed the basis of a convincing victory. Draws from Gerald, Alex and Colin made sure that the whole team went home undefeated.

In Pool B, Cheddleton 3 looked comfortable against a very strong Bradford Knights B but, as the day wore on, the picture began to fade and Cheddleton finished up on the losing end of a 4 – 2 score. A magnificent win by Jacob Boswell was the high spot and draws by Steve Emmerton and Rob Taylor both contributed to the score.



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