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4th September 2015

10-Minute Grand Prix Nears Conclusion

As the 10-minute Grand Prix heads toward its grand finale, the seventh tournament was held tonight. Rob Shaw and Bill Armstrong finished in equal first place with four points each whilst the three Davids – Buxton, Shiers and Hallen finished in equal third place with three points each. It looks like being a nail-biting finish and everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats as we move towards the last stage with Dave Buxton in the overall lead with eleven points, Bill Armstrong second with ten, Josh Brown third with eight and Dave Millington fourth with seven and a half.

The Junior Coaching sponsored by the Staffordshire County Council continued for yet another week.

28th August 2015

Leek Chess Congress

As preparations for the Fifteenth Leek Chess Congress on the 11th, 12th and 13th September at Westwood College Old Hall move on apace in an effort to make it the most successful ever, the club ticked on in familiar style tonight.

Another group underwent some more serious coaching by the good offices of our County Councillors and an unusual tournament was held which was organised by Simon Edwards. It took the form of a five-round ten-minute Swiss tournament with all the games in each round starting with a given position on the board – the position being different for each round.

Dave Buxton eased to victory with a perfect five whilst Simon himself was runner-up with four points. Sam Beardmore beat off some healthy opposition to score two and a half and to finish in third place.

21st August 2015

Ten-Minute Tournament Again

There was another 10-minute tournament at the club tonight when the winner was Simon Edwa*rds with a score of four points. Rob Shaw was the runner-up with three. The leader in the Grand-Prix remains Josh Brown with ten and a half points. Dave Buxton and Bill Armstrong are jointly in second place with eight points and Simon is now fourth with seven.

14th August 2015

The End of the Summer 20-minute Tournament

The Sixth and last round of the Summer 20 minute tournament was played tonight with Rob Shaw finishing on a perfect score of six out of six. With forty one players taking part, the event has carried on since the 26th June and Rob was the thoroughly deserving winner not only for his playing strength but also for his sheer staying power. Dave Buxton was on his own in second place with four and a half points. Amazingly, from such a large field of players, only Jacob Boswell and David Hallen were equal in third place with four points.

The chess coaching made possible by grants from the Staffordshire County Council carried on once more although there will be a break in this next week before continuing once more on the 28th August.

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Rob Shaw on his way to victory

8th August 2015

Jon Hawkins Retains the British Title at Coventry

With the last gasp of the 2015 Championships at the University of Warwick at Coventry yesterday, Cheddleton’s Jonathan Hawkins arose from a sea of eight players who were all within half a point of each other at the end of Round 10 to capture the British Championship title. Last year, after leading the field for most of the event, he was caught by 2013 Champion David Howell, in the last round and shared the title. This year, for the first time, he is the lone Champion.

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Jonathan Hawkins – ECF player of the year and new British Champion in pensive mood

Of Cheddleton’s 4NCL squad, four were playing in the British and all four were in contention for most of the fortnight and, in the last round, Jonathan had to beat Keith Arkell to win the title.

In the end, Jonathan was first with eight and a half points out of eleven, David Howell was in equal second place with eight points, Simon Williams was equal fifth with seven and a half and Keith finished equal tenth with seven. The Championship was one of the closest since the famous seven-way tie in 1974.

Elsewhere in the Championships, Jacob Boswell did well in the first week by finishing equal eighth in the Under-15s with four points out of seven and Carl Gartside finished in a creditable equal fifth place in the under-180s.

Simon Edwards acquitted himself well in the HE Atkins tournament and Roger Edwards did likewise in the weekend Open as did Jacob Boswell in the Under-14s in the second week.

The Final event at the Championships is traditionally an Open Blitz tournament in which, this year, Keith came out second with eight and a half out of eleven.

The event should not be closed without a mention of the excellent performance by Fenton’s irrepressible Steve Emmerton who came second in the British Under-140 grade tournament with four out of five.

7th August 2015

The Summer 20-minute Tournament Continues

The Fifth Round of the Summer 20 minute tournament was played tonight with Rob Shaw remaining in control of the tournament with a convincing win over Roger Edwards.

Dave Buxton is alone in second place with four points out of five after beating Simon Edwards.

There are now five players in equal third place – Roger and Simon are both there with Dave Millington who beat Laura Smith, Caroline Mountford and Ethan Gilman-Hawkes. With thirty-nine players taking part, there is still a lot to play for.

Also, after a break of a few weeks, the junior coaching which has been made possible by a grant from the Staffordshire County Council continued.

31st July 2015

Another Piece of the 10-minute Grand-Prix Jigsaw in Place

Alex and Jacob Cartlidge shared first place tonight in the latest 10 minute tournament counting towards the Summer Grand-Prix title. In equal third plce were Sam Beardmore, Dave Millington, Lewis Woolliscroft and Josh Brown.

In the actual Grand-Prix, the leader is now Josh Brown with ten points, followed by Dave Buxton with eight points and Caroline Mountford with six and a half points.

26th July 2015

David Continues to Move Upwards

Yesterday, the new ECF July gradings were issued – these will be posted here soon - but even that news was eclipsed today when it was revealed that the club’s number one player, David Howell, had crossed the magical 2700 line on the FIDE Live Chess Ratings list for the first time with a new rating of 2712. This consolidates his position as the second strongest player in the UK and plants him as number 36 player in the world. Congratulations, David, and we all hope the British Championships go well!

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David Howell in action for Cheddleton against Isaac Sanders of Barbican in February


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