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Rambling Rook's Diary

Last Article
8 Nov 2017

Newcastle Events

This Week (18 - 22 Nov)

Perry Cup:Crewe A, away, Wed
B Team:Crewe B, home
D Team:Cheddleton D, away, Fri
Club NightFriday

Following Week (25 - 29 Nov)

Inter Cup:Meir, away, Mon
Club NightFriday


C top
20/11/19 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.

E win
15/11/19 Wins from Dylan and Raj supported by Alberto's draw enabled the E team to edge past Crewe E on Monday.

Close and Closer
11/11/19 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.

Another Debut
07/11/19 Sanjana made her club debut at Crewe last night, with Andrew getting the F team's point.

Hull and Witney
05/11/19 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
02/11/19 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.

Mixed Wednesday
01/11/19 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.

D draw
30/10/19 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.

F start
26/10/19 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
26/10/19 The B team picked up a point from their visit to Cheddleton with Alan and Hambel winning and sam getting the important draw.

Birmingham Rapid
22/10/19 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
19/10/19 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.

E Excel
15/10/19 The E team won well at Meir C last night, with Alberto, Pete, Dylan and Andrew all winning.

B Begin Well
11/10/19 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
05/10/19 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
01/10/19 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
26/09/19 The A team's match at Cheddleton A (106) has been moved forwards from 29th to 8th November

Friendly Win, Unfriendly Loss
22/09/19 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
09/09/19 Alex won this year's summer half-hour competitin with a score of 5½/6, ahead of Myron on 4½.


05/11/19 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.

28/10/19 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.

Roman Lach
17/10/19 I have agreed to adjust Roman's estimated grade to 150.

4NCL Congress
06/10/19 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.

Grading Booklet
01/10/19 I have added a booklet of NSDCA grades to the downloads page.

Crewe Congress
01/10/19 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.

New Dates
20/09/19 Two new dates:
505 Alsager B v Cheddleton G has been moved to 12th Nov
207 Rooks v Macclesfield to 19th Dec.

Malcolm Ties
09/09/19 Malcolm Roberts finished in an 8 way tie for first in the Morning Under 135 section at Paignton with a score of 3½/5.

Previous news items for 2019/20 here