Newcastle lost to Cheddleton in the Withnall Cup Final last night by 1½ to 2½. Alberto, Nic and Paul all drew. That makes six runners-up spot for the season.
Tie at the top
Alan tied with Petru Floresc on 4/5 to share first place in the club's end of season rapidplay. Using cunning tactics they both lost in round 1 and weren't required to play each other in the remaining rounds. Full results under internal events.
Joy for Joe
Joe won his section at the Staffordshire Megafinals with a perfect 6. Well done.
Newcastle lost their Perry Cup Final to Cheddleton on board elimination after wins from Joe and Brian resulted in a level score.
C Fall Away
Having been in contention for the title, the C team lost their final three games to come in third. The latest loss came against at Cheddleton E, with Nic winning and Richard drawing.
End of Season rapidplay
This year's end of season rapidplay takes place on Wed 30th May at the Bridge Club, 7.30 start. Usual five fifteen minute games.
B end on Bum Note
The B team lost their final match of the season, albeit narrowly with Alan winning and both Richard and Alberto getting draws.
Finishing draw for D
The D team finished their campaign with a draw at Cheddleton F on Friday, probably meaning they'll occupy the runners-up spot in division four. Pete won and John and Paul drew.
C Stay Still
The C team lost again on Wednesday, this time at home to Meir A, with Alan's draw and John's win being insufficient to earn a point on their own.
Newcastle's Perry Cup Final match at home to Cheddleton has been postponed to 23rd May.
1½ to the Home Team
Newcastle played three matches last night, in every one of which the home team scored 1½ points. Luckily two of the matches were away despite it being our club night.
At home to Cheddleton A Reinhold, Barry and Alan all drew; at Crewe D in division four Nic and Jeff won and John drew for our D team whilst at Crewe F Pete and David provided the wins and Alberto the draw for the E team.
Win and Draw
The E team's good season continued with a win at home to Crewe F thanks to victories from Pete, David and Edward. It's looking very much as if the team will finish second in division five. Meanwhile the B team accrued a point with reinhold and Alberto winning and Hambel taking a draw.
C hit Turbulence
The C team's efforts to win division three suffered a setback as they went down at Fenton B last night, with Richard's win and Watson's draw being insufficient ot gain a point.
Outgraded by an average of 30 points a board the A team still came away from Cheddleton with three draws from Alan, Hambel and John.
Newcastle Edge Crewe double-header
Newcastle edged their 9 board showdown with Crewe by 5 to 4 last night at the Bridge Club. In the division two match against the visitors A team, all was drawn, with Barry, Alan, Hamble, Richard and Nic filling our B team boards. The clash of the Es saw more action, with Alberto and Joe winning and David getting the draw which saw the visitors slip to their first defeat of the season.
Martyn won the Major section of the Mini congress outright, and Richard the top spot in the Intermediate section to bring some joy to the club.
The Major Cup team lost their final on Friday despite draws from Alan, Alberto and Joe.
The Intermediate Cup team lost their final to Crewe despite draws from Richard, Pete and Paul.
The club played their Withnall Cup semi-final against Fenton on Monday, coming out on top thanks to wins from Alberto and Nic, and a draw from Joe.
National club goes
Newcastle were unable to retain their National Club title over the weekend. Have to let others have a turn at winning.
B well off the pace
The B team slipped into the lower regions of division 2 as they suffered defeat at the hands of Cheddleton C on Wednesday. Alberto won, Alan drew and the rest didn't.
D Edge Forward
Pete won and Paul and Brian drew as the D team picked up a useful point at Crewe C tonight.
C confirm a medal
The C team's win at Alsager B last night ensured a top three finish, though they'll hope to be in the mix for the title. Alan and Richard won, supported by Nic and watson drawing.
Unhappy returns for B, E draw
The B teams return match with Cheddleton D went badly wrong, with only a draw from John preventing the whitewash. Mmeanwhile in the battle of the E teams at Crewe, the spoils were shared with Edward's win and draws from Alberto and Brian securing the point.
Point for B
The B team picked up a point at Cheddleton D on Friday, with paul's win being supported by draws from Alan, Alberto and Nic.
Hambel Swings It
Hambel's win was decisive for the C team at home to Crewe B last night, with Alan, John and Watson all drawing.
E pass 50%
The E team guaranteed an above average season by beating Cheddleton H tonight to move to 17 points. Pete and Edward got full points and David the critical draw.
Four New Dates
The B team home matches against Cheddleton B, Cheddleton D and Rooks have been rearranged for 16 May, 28 March and 25 April respectively, whilst the C team home match against Cheddleton E is now scheduled for 23 May.
And one not so close
The team enjoyed themselves last night at home to Cheddleton I with Richard, Joe, Pete and Edward all winning.
Two close matches
Last nights matches with Crewe were both close run affairs, with home advantage telling in both cases. The B team lost at Crewe A despite Barry's win and draws from Reinhold and Nic, whilst Newcastle came out on top in the clash of the Ds thanks to Jeff's win, with John, Paul and Brian all drawing.
Joe Rules Blackpool
Joe scored a perfect 5 in winning the Standard section of the Blackpool Congress over the weekend.
Set back for E
The E team went down 1½ - 2½ at Cheddleton H on Friday despite a win from David and a draw from Pete.
Reinhold drew and Barry, Alan, Hambel and John won as the A team proved unwanted guests for Stafford A, whilst the Perry Cup team of Pete, Paul, Brian and Jeff reached their final by whitewashing Crewe's A team at the Bridge Club.
Watson Secures the Draw
Watson's win, backed by draws from John and Richard secured a point for the C team at Kidsgrove last night.
All last week's Newcastle matches fell victims to the weather. Could well be a case of "What are you doing in May?"
Hot on the news of the NSDCA AGM I've received another email stating that in fact the AGM will be held at Meir Chess Club, 7.30 start on 9th July.
The league AGM will take place on Monday 9th July at Fenton Chess Club. All members are entitled to attend and speak, but voting is restricted to two members per club. See above article!
North Staffs at the Lakes
There was plenty of North Staffs interest at The South Lakes Congress over the weekend. Alex Richardson and Joe Hirst scored 3½/5 to come respectively joint second and joint fourth in their sections. Richard Cantliff and Sam Parry reached 50%, Martyn Harris, Malcolm Roberts and Nic Wright didn't.
Time to start listing all the honours for the season. I'll keep this list at the top of the column until complete, when I'll date it (done) and allow it to sink with the rest of the news.
|Division 1||H Chapel A||Cheddleton A
|Division 2||Fenton A||Macclesfield
|Division 3||Crewe B||Fenton B
|Division 4||Cheddleton F||Newcastle D
|Division 5||Crewe E||Newcastle E
I've spotted seven names familiar to North Staffs players competing in the Rhyl Congress over the weekend. In the Major section Jon Blackburn scored 3, with wife Sandra and Michael Lee on 2½ and Rich Wiltshir on an unusually modest 2. Chris Rhodes and Julian Hawthorne were just outside the medals in the Minor section with scores of 3½, with Les Hall on 2.
Julian Hawthorne and Joe Hirst both finished on 50% in the Intermediate section of last weekend's Nottingham Congress despite being seeded in the bottom half.
Not at the Mini
Craig Whitfield was not at the Newcastle Mini congress, being engaged instaed in coming joint second in the Open Section of the 18th 4NCL Congress with ascore of 4/5. Thivyaa Rahulan found the going in this section rather tougher, whilst Sam Parry scored 50% in the Minor.
Fenton take two
Fenton A secured the division two title last night with their narrow victory over Cheddleton B.
The 14th Newcastle Mini congress was the first run by Alberto Gissi. Martyn Harris (Newcastle, now Kendal) won the Major section with 4½, a point clear of Glyn Valentine (Fenton) and Michael Lee (Holmes Chapel). In the Intermediate section Richard Cantliff (Newcastle) and Simon Layhe (Crewe) tied for first on 3½, whilst the Minor was won by Harry Gardiner (Crewe) with 5 points, with Steve Szwajkun (Newport) second on 3½. Philip Wright (Crewe) picked up the Kangaroo prize. Hopefully I shall get around to a fuller report in due course.
A few players from the NSDCA found a better way of entertaining themselves than munching through a pile of chocolate egges over Easter. At Bolton Jacob Boswell scored 2½/5 in the Open, Sam Parry 2 in the Major and Julian Hawthorne 3 in the Knights section whilst Malcolm Roberts had his usual Easter sojurn at Exmouth scoring 3/7 in the FIDE graded major.
Plenty go to Blackpool
There was plenty of North Staffs representation at the Blackpool Congress over the weekend. Best scorers were Joe Hirst in the Standard Section with 5, Andy Raeburn in the Intermediate with 4 and Sam Parry and Chris Rhodes with 3½ in the Minor and Standard respectively. Dave Price beat par with 3, whilst Jacob Boswell, Mick Renshaw and Jon and Sandra Blackburn all reached 50%. Also spotted were Ken McNulty, Malcolm Roberts, Michael Lee, Les Hall, Simon Layhe, Philip Wright and Angie Renshaw.