Club Blogs

3rd March 2015

G Team Success at Kidsgrove

After a succession of disastrous results from the club’s teams, it was with a sigh of relief that the luckless G team leapt into action tonight to show the kind of form everyone had been expecting from them all season. A strong Kidsgrove side with one eye on the Third Division title was rolled over by the four young lions of the G team. Jacob Boswell led the way with the best win of his career on the top board. Another fine win from captain Sam Beardmore and a welcome return to form by Dominic Taylor brought the score to 3 – 0 and the ever-dependable Jack Healings settled for a very useful draw on board 2.

27th February 2015

Dismal End to a dismal Week

Cheddleton F 1½ Newcastle D 2½

The F team let the chance of getting into the Third Division championship race go begging tonight with a defeat at home at the hands of Newcastle D. Three draws were not enugh on the night and now it is all to do.

Cheddleton 1 Stafford 4

A very much depleted club under-139 club team gave Stafford a shock by more than holding them for most of the match but the visitors recovered their composure and ran out with a comfortable winning score. Captain Sam Beardmore showed everyone how it should be done with a famous victory on the top board.

26th February 2015

More of the Same

The I team travelled to Fenton B tonight but it was another somewhat fruitless journey with only Jacob Smith coming home happily clutching a draw. A couple of hours hard fighting by the rest of the team sadly went completely unrewarded.

25th February 2015

Cold Night in Crewe

An only slightly below strength C team with eyes on a possible title bid came completely unstuck against a previously pointless Crewe Rooks side. Dave Buxton and Roger Edwards kept hopes slightly alive and Caroline Mountford fought to the bitter end to try and rescue a point but all to no avail as the Crewe team happily sailed away into the sunset with two thoroughly deserved points.

Not to be outdone, the H team were sitting nearby playing Crewe’s Pawns. This time it was a Fourth Division championship fight but the result was very similar with the home team winning by 3 to 1. Only team captain Dave Rose showed much form with a good win on board 2.

24th February 2015

Sparkling Display at Derby

The club was well represented today when St. Edward’s Academy sent an all-girls team to take part in an under 11s Chess Tournament at the Royal School for the Deaf at Derby. The girls had a highly successful day coming second only to the home school. As usual, there was only one other girl playing in the whole tournament and it was quite a triumph for the St. Edward’s team. In the first round, they lost to the hosts by 3 – 1, but won the second round 3 – 1 and the third round by 4 – 0. Emily Sanzeri, in particular, proved herself the best player in the tournament by winning all her games on the top board but Vicky Sheldon, Isabelle Rose and Molly Allen all did themselves proud in the team’s success. The future of the club looks to be secure with players of this calibre waiting in the wings.

23rd February 2015

D Team Edge Ahead in Second Division

A convincing victory by Cheddleton D at Macclesfield tonight enabled them to put their noses in front in the Second Division championship race. Simon, Alex and Roger Walker were all victorious on the night whilst Chris Baxter, making a very welcome appearance, and Phil happily settled for draws with the match won/

21st February 2015

County Successes

Two County Matches were played today in the Midland Counties Chess Championship.

The County under-120 team played at Newcastle against Nottinghamshire and the club had only one member selected to play in the 9 – 3 victory over the visitors. This was Sandra Blackburn who earned a draw on board 7 against Lukasz Kacprzak

The County under-100 team had a much better club representation with five players – all juniors – in the team that beat Leicestershire 8½- 3½ at Ashby Congregational Church Hall. Dominic Taylor, playing on board 1 for the second time this season, won again – this time against Daniel Hill. This is an excellent start to Dominic’s County career. Jacob Smith also had a second victory when he beat George Worrow-Goodin on board 5. His sister, Laura Smith was equally successful on board 7 against Peter Mottram-Epsom whilst Oliver Snape on board 8 beat Matthew Gamble and Jack Snape on board 12 fought out a tricky draw against Shyen Kotecha. All in all this was a very successful afternoon’s work for the Cheddleton contingent and a good debut for the only one who had not previously played – Jack Snape.

20th February 2015

F team Click into Gear

After an indifferent start to the season, the F team are suddenly beginning to look as though they are still interested in retaining the Third Division title. A masterly win by David Shiers with Jon and Sandra both comfortably holding their own on the middle boards was then capped by a win by John on the top board. Across the room, both the G and J teams followed the same scrits, taking the top two boards and leaving the other two for their opponents. Jacob Boswell and Sam both had particularly good wins for the G team but, hard as the other boards fought, there was to be no reward whist the ever reliable Roger Walker and Caroline Mountford brought the J team back from two down to earn a valuable point in the Fifth Division match.


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