The E team were whitewashed by Crewe F on Monday. 'Nuff said.
Newcastle made easy progress into the Gothard Cup final, with Lichfield conceding the semi-final match.
Dylans for F
The F team just fell short of getting a point at Meir D with Dylan W winning and Dylan C drawing.
Newcastle v Cheddleton in 3
Friday night saw two third division Newcastle-Cheddleton clashes at the Bridge Club, with our C beating their D thanks to wins from Alan, Hambel and Nic and a draw from Alberto, and our D holding their three man C with Pete and Paul both drawing.
County Cup Matches
Newcastle dates for the County Cups:
Gothard (U161) Lichfield, away, 13th Feb
Jackson (U141) Lichfield, away, 12th Mar
Withnall (U121) Stafford, away, 20th Feb
Three current mambers and old boy James Rothwell participated in the Frodsham Congress over the weekend. Sam and James were gluttons for punishment, playing in the pen section and getting punished. Chris scored 3 in the U160 and Dylan 2 in the U120.
The E team beat Meir C last night with Alberto and Raj winning and Dylan getting the important draw.
3 Draws not enough
The D team came back from their visit to Cheddleton C last night with three draws from John, Alberto and Paul, but this was not enough to gain a match point.
B beat (Fenton) B
The B team emerged narrow winners at Fenton on Monday, with wins for Sam and Alberto, draws for Alan and Nic.
Fun with F
There was an invasion of juniors as the F team took on Cheddleton H in division 6 over 7 boards on Friday. When the dust had settled it was revealed that Dylan Cooper and Isaac had won and Devansh Drawn.
A down at Chapel, C beat D
Barry won and Alan drew as the A team went down to defeat at Holmes Chapel on Thursday. Next day the C team got revenge for their early season defeat against the D team, with Hambel and Alberto winning for the C team and Chris drawing with Alan, Paul with Nic.
The B team struggled against the resistance provided by the Rooks, with Alan and Chris winning and Nic drawing to achieve a amtch tie.
Bashing the Bishops
Alan, Richard and Alberto all won as the C team picked up two points against the Bishops last night.
Point for E too
The E team also started 2020 with a draw, in their case against Cheddleton G thanks to a win from Ethan and draws from Alberto and Pete.
Dylan came joint second in the minor section at the Shropshire Congress in Telford with a score of 4/5. Joe and Sam both reached 50% in the major section, slightly ahead of former Newcastle member Simon Maydew. Alex and Chris found the going tougher in the Open.
Point for D
The D team picked up their first point of the new year through a draw with Alsager A at the Bridge Club on Friday. Chris and John drew and Alberto won.
Newcastle on Tour
Several congresses in the last couple of months have featured Newcastle members. Hambel scored 2½/5 in the U145 section at Witney, Sam 3/5 in the U1900 at Leyland and 2½/5 in the Major sections at both Preston and Hereford, with Nic also getting 2½ at Hereford, but in the Minor section.
Alan was the sole Newcastle point scorer as the C team crumbled to a 1 - 3 defeat at Cheddleton C on Friday.
Pete and Paul led the E team to victory over Meir B last night, with both winning enabling Dylan's draw to prove decisive.
A win and a loss to report from the end of the week. The D team beat the Bishops with Chris and Richard winning, paul drawing, whilst the F team lost at Cheddleton H despite wins from Dylan and Louis.
The week started badly with the B team going down 1 - 4 at Macclesfield on Monday with Alberto's win being the only bright spot. There was only a small improvement the following day with the E team losing at Alsager B. Alberto again got on the scoreboard, this time with a draw, whilst Pete got a whole point.
The Inter Cup team won at Meir thanks to wins from Alberto, Pete and Dylan and a draw from Paul
Win One, Lose One
The club had two matches on Friday, with the B team winning at home against Crewe B and the D team losing at Cheddleton D. Joe and Hambel won for the B team, with Alan, Barry and Alberto drawing, whilst Chris and John picked up draws for the D team.
Three Man 'Castle Out of Perry
Pete, Paul and Watson all drew as Newcastle exited the perry Cup at Crewe on Wednesday.
The C team went top of division 3 with a win against Alsager A last Friday, with Alan drawing to support wins from Richard and Nic.
Wins from Dylan and Raj supported by Alberto's draw enabled the E team to edge past Crewe E on Monday.
Close and Closer
The A team lost narrowly at Cheddleton A on Friday, with Alan winning and Alex and Chris drawing. At the same time the major Cup team were defeated by Stafford on board count after Hambel and Richard won and Alberto drew.
Sanjana made her club debut at Crewe last night, with Andrew getting the F team's point.
Hull and Witney
Joe scored 3/5 in the Major section at the Hull Congress, and Hambel 2½/5 in the Inter at Witney.
Sprint Start for A
The A team won their second match, at home to Crewe A, to match their points total for the whole of last season. Alex, Barry and Alan all won, and Thivyaa and Chris drew.
Alam, Hambel and Nic all won as the C team ran out winners at Crewe C, but the E team did less well against the same host's F team with Watson's win and Andy's draw not being sufficient for a point.
The D team drew at Alsager A last night with Pete winning and John and Alberto getting draws, the latter against former member Tim Twentyman.
The F team started their campaign by giving competitive debuts to Louis, Devansh and Saranya. Old hand Dylan got the team's point.
B draw at Cheddleton
The B team picked up a point from their visit to Cheddleton with Alan and Hambel winning and sam getting the important draw.
Joe, Chris and Dylan made their way to the Birmingham Rapidplay Congress over the weekend with Joe and Dylan scoring 4/7 respectively in the Major and Minor sections and Chris 2 in the Major.
Two Narrow Squeaks
The A team edged past Holmes Chapel A 3 - 2 on Thursday with Chris and Joe winning and Alex and Barry getting draws. The following night Alan and Hambel won and Nic drew as the C team won 2½ - 1½ at Cheddleton D.
The E team won well at Meir C last night, with Alberto, Pete, Dylan and Andrew all winning.
B Begin Well
The B team started with a win against Fenton B tonight, with Barry, Alan and John all getting full points and Sam a half.
D Chop C
The D team beat the C in their opening fixture of the season with wins from Pete and Andrew. Alan drew with Chris as did Nic with Paul
Newcastle at Crewe
Joe won the 35 player Major section at the Crewe congress over the weekend with a score of 4/5, with Sam being in the 8-way tie for second a half-point further back and Chris getting some much needed practice to reduce the accumulated rust of years. Nic had a quiet time in the Intermediate (39 players), as did Dylan in the 32 player Minor.
Old boys Daniel Sullivan and James Rothwell plied their trade in the powerful 36 player Open, reaching 2½ and 2 respectively.
A move forward
The A team's match at Cheddleton A (106) has been moved forwards from 29th to 8th November
Friendly Win, Unfriendly Loss
The club lost their final South Cheshire Shield match at home to Crewe B despite Nic's win and Joe's draw. At the same time they also took on Crewe in a friendly which with the help of a win for the visitor's Philip Wright playing for us we won 4½ - 2½ with the other points coming from Chris' draw and wins from Alan, John and Sam.
Alex takes Summer Half
Alex won this year's summer half-hour competitin with a score of 5½/6, ahead of Myron on 4½.
Petru Floresc and Harry Gardiner shared first spot in the Open section of the Mini with 3½/5, with Chris Hankey on 3.
Lukasz Michalek and Julian Hawthorne both reached 4 in the U160 to tie top in that section, with Steve Emmerton and Rick Renegade sharing the bronze medal on 3.
Joseph Bussell achieved a perfect 5 in the U100s, with Oliver Davies, Isaac Stanley, Lee Tilton and Jay Swann in the pile up behind on 3½
Mini Day One
At the end of day one, the U160 section is very much up for grabs, with Chris Hankey and Jon Blackburn leading on 2, a half point clear of Petru Floresc, Harry Gardiner and Doug Barnett.
Sunday for the U130s starts with a clash between Julian Hawthorne and Steve Emmerton, both on 100%, with Lukasz Michalek and Rick Renegade hoping to close from a point back.
Joseph Bussell in the U100s also has 100%, with Oliver Davies, Isaac Stanley, Lee Tilton and Philip Wright all within easy striking distance with scores of 2½. With four more players on 2, like the U160s this section could have a blanket finish.
Alongside the Newcastle interest mentioned left Andrew Raeburn scored 3/5 in the Open whilst in the U160 Geoff Laurence scored 3½, with Julian Hawthorne and Michael Lee on 2½ and Doug Barnett a little lower down.
In the U120s Dave Price scored 3½, George Jelliss 2½ and Les Hall and Philip Wright 2.
The Shropshire Congress took place over the weekend at Telford. Newcastle results can be found in the left hand news column.
Julian Hawthorne scored 2½/5 in the Intermediate section, just ahead of Derek Whitehurst and Les Fancourt, with stuart Hull a little further back. In the Minor Martin Chadwick scored an above average 3.
There have been plenty of congresses over the last couple of months that featured North Staffs players.
Jonathan Blackburn scored 5½/9 in the FIDE open at the London chess Classic, with Simon Edwards on 2½/5 in the Weekend Open there.
Malcolm Roberts had his own tour of the South-West, scoring 2½/5 at the Royal Beacon Seniors in Exmouth and then 2/5 at Torbay.
At Preston Pavel Nefyodov scored 4/5 to finish joint second in the Minor Section, with Les hall reaching 2½ in the Standard section.
Sam Parry came second in the Major at the Bolton Rapidplay with 4½/6. Goeff Lawrence unfortunately finished below average in this section, as did Doug Barnett in the Knights section.
With apologies to anyone whose performance(s) I have overlooked.
I have belatedly produced the first set of performances for the season, which I shall update from time to time, probably without reporting so.
Petru Floresc and Steve Emmerton won the North Staffs Doubles over the weekend with a score of 8/10, ahead of Jonathan Blackburn and Isaac Stanley, Ian Bates and Michael Lee, Dave Price and Julian Bulbeck all on 6.
A small contingent of North Staffs players - Sam Parry, Malcolm Roberts and Les Hall - all scored moderately in their respective sections at the Scarborough Congress over the weekend.
I have agreed to adjust Roman's estimated grade to 150.
A small contingent of North Staffs players particpated in the latest 4NCL congress at South Normanton over the weekend, with Joe Hirst scoring 3/5 in the major and Julian Hawthorne and Les Fancourt having a quieter time in the minor.
I have added a booklet of NSDCA grades to the downloads page.
Needless to say there was lots of local interest in the Crewe Congress, so I won't mention everyone or repeat the performances of the Newcastle players mentioned left. Jonathan Blackburn and Bartosz Fajfer were best placed local in the Open with 3/5, Carl Gartside was in the pile-up for second on 3½ in the Major. Julian Hawthorne won the Intermediate section with 4½, with Rick Renegade and Roger Walker amongst those tied 4th on 3½, as were Derek Whitehurst and George Jelliss in the Minor.
Two new dates:
505 Alsager B v Cheddleton G has been moved to 12th Nov
207 Rooks v Macclesfield to 19th Dec.
Malcolm Roberts finished in an 8 way tie for first in the Morning Under 135 section at Paignton with a score of 3½/5.