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?"
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.