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Recent Results, January 2017

Coming to half way through the season -- and both teams are at about half way in the league....  Latest results, two nice wins:

Tuesday 17th Jan, Div 4: Alsager B     2.5-1.5    Stafford B

Monday 16th Jan,  Div 3: Fenton A      1.5-2.5   Alsager A

Alsager Chess Club AGM

The club AGM will take place at the Cricket Club on Tuesday 20th September starting at 7.45pm. An agenda will be e-mailed to members.

2016/2017 Season

Fixtures for the upcoming season have been posted on the NSDCA website and new ECF gradings to be used throughout the season also published on the ECF website. A stocktake has also been completed .. everything is there.

Cheshire Shield Results

It's not getting any better really...

Alsager 2 - 2 Newcastle
Crewe A 3.5 - 0.5 Alsager
Fenton 3.5 - 0.5 Alsager
Newcastle 2 - 2 Alsager

NSDCA AGM 2016

Last night (July 11th) was the NSDCA AGM at Fenton. Minutes will appear on the NSDCA website shortly. Highlights were as follows:

  • Traci Whitfield (ECF Director of Junior Chess) gave a short presentation on child and vulnerable adult protection policy
  • Keele University have joined NSDCA but are unlikely to compete in the leagues in the forthcoming season -- maybe in Cups and friendlies
  • ECF membership fees and game fees will be unchanged in 2016-17
  • NSDCA fees will also remain unchanged
  • The NSDCA is appointing a Grading Official
  • Bill Armstrong and Andrew Leadbetter were appointed as Honorary Vice Presidents of the league (non voting positions)
  • The Open Cup will become a 6 board competition (was 8)
  • The composition of leagues and Cup entries will be deferred until after the ECF July grading lists have been published and entries will have to be made before August 14th
  • I received the Division 4 Trophy on behalf of captain Dick Martin


Cheshire Shield Results so far...

Not a great start this year. We lost our first match 0-4 to Crewe with one board defaulted but managed a draw at Newcastle. Still 6 games to go.

South Cheshire Shield Fixtures 2016

The matches in this years' South Cheshire Shield are as follows:

  • Tuesday 14th June H vs Crewe A
  • Wednesday 22nd June A vs Newcastle
  • Tuesday 5th July H vs Crewe B
  • Monday 18th July A vs Fenton
  • Tuesday 2nd August H vs Fenton
  • Wednesday 10th August A vs Crewe A
  • Tuesday 30th August H vs Newcastle
  • Wednesday 7th September A vs Crewe B


All matches will be played using the NSDCA Division for rules for gradings etc and January 2016 ECF grades will be in force




Player Stats 2016

I've compiled the players stats for the season just gone -- and we have a new best player, Alan Thomason. He's obviously agreed to buy everyone drinks to celebrate... well done Alan!

  W D L %
Alan Thomason 6 5 1 70.8
John Booth 6 4 2 66.7
Steve Brown 6 6 4 56.3
John Smith 4 5 3 54.2
Dick Martin 6 1 7 46.3
Oliver Horrocks 6 3 8 44.1
Andy Barker 3 9 5 44.1
Neville Jones 6 3 9 41.7


South Cheshire Shield

The 2016 Shield competition will take place between May and September ith entrants from Alsager, Crewe, Fenton and Newcastle. Fixtures will be posted soon.

They Think It's All Over .. It Is Now

The A team completed their Division 3 fixtures with a 3-1 home win over Cheddleton D giving them mid-table respectability and throwing the division 3 title race into confusion.

April News

The B team have completed their league fixtures -- winning division 4!
The A team have one remaining league match on Tuesday 19th April

Library News

We have a small library of chess books -- listed below. If anyone wants to borrow one drop me an e-mail and I'll bring it along to club night.

  • The Chess Mind -- Abrahams
  • Teach Yourself Better Chess -- Hartston
  • Essential Chess Openings -- Speelman
  • More Basic Chess Openings -- Kallai
  • Think Like a Grandmaster -- Kotov
  • The Master Game (BBC Series) -- James and Barden
  • Spasskys 100 Best Games -- Cafferty
  • The Mammoth Book of Chess -- Burgess
  • The Sicilian: Lasker-Pelikan -- Wade et al
  • Starting Out: the Kings Indian -- Gallagher
  • Queens Pawn Veresov System -- Bellin
  • Rook Endings -- Levenfish and Smyslov
  • Winning with the Grunfeld -- Adorjan
  • Winning Chess Combinations -- Bouwmeester
  • Hypermodern Chess -- Reinfeld
  • Alekhines Greatest Games -- Alekhine and Alexander
  • The Car-Kann Defence -- Speelman
  • Chess Positions -- Alexander
  • Fischer-Spasky -- Golombek


Recent Results

11th April: The B team took the division 4 title with a draw in their last game of the season at Meir B

               Meir B 2 - 2 Alsager B

Well done to all players and captain Dick (sounds like a pirate...)!

6th April: Div 4    Newcastle E 1 - 3 Alsager B
4th April: Div 3    Meir A 3.5 - 0.5 Alsager A

Newcastle Mini Congress 2016

Two entries from Alsager -- Dick Martin in the U100 and yours truly in the U 130 event. Dick finished mid-table, your scribe in a four way tie for second...

Recent Results

23rd March: Div 3 Stafford B 1.5 - 2.5 Alsager A
22nd March: Div 4  Alsager B 0.5 - 3.5 Cheddleton F
16th March: Div 3  Crewe B 3 - 1 Alsager A
9th March: Crewe C 1.5 - 2.5 Alsager B

Division Four Contenders...

22nd Feb: The B team got a hard fought draw away at Fenton B to take them into joint first place in division 4:

Steve Emmerton        0 - 1      Alan Thomason
Robert West           0 - 1      Steve Brown
Ernie Wilkinson         1 - 0      Oliver Horrocks
Derek Whitehurst      1 - 0      Richard Martin

                        2 - 2

This follows home and away wins against Fenton C, a loss away at Cheddleton F and a home win against Meir B. Four matches to go....   

Mixed Results for the A Team

Recent results for the A team in division 3 saw them draw with Cheddleton E on the 23rd Feb:

John Booth           1 - 0       Karol Grzybowski
John Smith           0 - 1        Phil Birks
Andy Barker          1 - 0       Jacob Cartlidge
Neville Jones         0 - 1       Dominic Taylor

                      2 - 2

Other results for the A team in the new year include an away win at Kidsgrove and a loss away to Cheddleton D leaving us mid-table


16th Feb 2016: Out of the Major Cup

Alsager bowed out of the major cup in the semi-final going down 2-3 to Newcastle 

New Year Results

The first league match of the year saw the A team beat Newcastle D in division three on Tuesday 5th Jan:

John Booth        1 - 0       Martyn Harris
John Smith      0.5 - 0.5    John Day
Andy Barker      1 - 0       Pete Shaw
Neville Jones     0 - 1       Watson Fuller

                 2.5 - 1.5

Santa Handicap

Only one player from Alsager took part in the Santa handicap at Crewe -- yours truly and he didn't overly trouble the scorer with 3/6. Lesson? Less than 10 mins per game is too fast for me...

Congratulations to Dave Price, the winner.

Pre-Christmas Results

The final league game of the year took place on Tuesday 15th December with the A team going down to Meir A in division 3;

John Booth         0.5 - 0.5      Steve Hill
John Smith           0 - 1        Clive Ferry
Andy Barker         0 - 1        Tom Healey
Neville Jones        1 - 0         Bob Perry

                     1.5 - 2.5

8th December saw the A team beat Stafford B in division 3;

John Booth        1 - 0      Pavel Nefyodov
Steve Brown     0.5 - 0.5  Andrew Leadbetter
Andy Barker     0.5 - 0.5  Peter Evans
Neville Jones      1 - 0     Geoff Cox

                    3 - 1

The B team were in action on Tuesday 24th November scoring a good win against Crewe C;

Alan Thomason         0.5 - 0.5       Doug Barnett
Steve Brown             1 - 0          Steve Ballantyne
Oliver Horrocks         0 - 1           Les Hall
Dick Martin              1 - 0          James Marshall

                         2.5 - 1.5

20th November saw a depleted A team get a good draw away to Cheddleton E in division 3; typical night in Leek -- go in at 7.30pm and emerge at 10pm to three inch of snow -- interesting drive home...

Phil Birks            1 - 0       Andy Barker
Sam Beardmore     0 - 1       Neville Jones
Jacob Cartlidge     0 - 1       Oliver Horrocks
Dominic Taylor      1 - 0       Dick Martin

                      2 - 2

Alsager A lost to Crewe B on November 10th

John Booth          0 - 1      Karl Lockett
John Smith          1 - 0     Doug Barnett
Andy Barker      0.5 - 0.5   Martin Gill
Neville Jones       0 - 1      Rakshpal Khandekar

                   1.5 - 2.5

Early Season Results

Alsager have had to withdraw from the Perry Trophy not having enough eligible players to form a team.

A few weeks in and these are the results so far. Last night (Nov 2nd) saw a fantastic win for Alsager at Meir in the Major Cup where we were outgraded on every board:

Steve Hill         0 - 1       John Smith
Clive Ferry       0 - 1       Steve Brown
Peter Windows  0.5 - 0.5   Andy Barker
Tom Healey      1 - 0       Neville Jones
Dave Fuller      0.5 - 0.5   Oliver Horrocks

                   2  -  3

Tuesday 27th October saw the B team draw with Fenton B in division 4

Alan Thomason     1 - 0      Steve Emmertom
Neville Jones      0 - 1      Glyn Valentine
Oliver Horrocks   0 - 1       Derek Whitehurst
Dick Martin        1 - 0      Ernie Wilkinson

                     2 - 2

Tuesday 20th October saw the A team good start come to an end at home to Kidsgrove in division 3

John Booth           0.5 - 0.5     Rich Wiltshir
John Smith            0 - 1        Julian Hawthorne
Andy Barker          0 - 1        Dave Johnson
Neville Jones        0.5 - 0.5     Julian Cook

                        1 - 3



New Season Starts

Both teams were in action as the new season got underway -- and both won. The B team beat Newcastle E on Tuesday 6th October and the A team also beat Newcastle D away on Wednesday. Scores were as follows:

Newcastle D - Alsager A; Div 3

Martyn Harris        0.5 - 0.5       John Booth
Pete Shaw             0   -  1        John Smith
Watson Fuller         0.5 - 0.5       Andy Barker
Brian Wagstaff       0.5 - 0.5       Neville Jones

                        1.5 - 2.5

Alsager B - Newcastle E: Div 4

Alan Thomason         1  -  0        Paul Clapham
Steve Brown            1  -  0       Alberto Gissi
Oliver Horrocks        0  -  1       Brian Wagstaff
Richard Martin         1  -  0       Derrick Jones

                         3  -  1  


2015/2016 Season

League and cup fixtures for the upcoming season have been posted on the Fixtures page.

2015/2016 Season

The league and cup fixtures for the upcoming season have now been published on the NSDCA website (and I'll be adding them to our own shortly) -- first matches are in October...

Club Membership Fees

A reminder that club membership fees (£10) are now due and should be paid to Treasurer Neville Jones.

ECF membership is also due for renewal (Bronze £15, Silver £22 Gold £32) -- you've probably received an e-mail to that effect from the ECF. There's a £1 discount if you renew online and Neville has kindly agreed to renew membership for you if you wish (as long as you pay him of course) which will also result in a £1 discount


Final Shield Results

The final two games in the South Cheshire Shield summer competition were played recently. Crewe were winners of the overall competition -- congratulations to them.

Results were as follows:

Tuesday 25th August; Alsager vs Crewe

John Smith       0.5 - 0.5     Neville Layhe
Rory McKeown     1  -  0      David P Price
Carl Mustafa     0.5 - 0.5     Rak Khandekar
Dick Martin        0  -  1      Les Hall

                     2  -  2     

Many congratulations to Rory -- his first match for us and a great performance even though it did last, in his words '' the full three hours''! Well done.

Wednesday 19th August: Crewe vs Alsager

Neville Layhe      1  -  0      Andy Barker
Martin Gill         1  -  0      Neville Jones
Rak Khandekar    1  -  0      Oliver Horrocks
Les Hall            1  -  0      Dick Martin

                     4  -  0      .... not our finest hour...

AGM

The club AGM was held on Tuesday 18th August; minutes will be posted shortly

Shield Fixtures Rescheduled

At Crewes' request the two remaining fixtures in the South Cheshire Shield have been rearranged to:

Crewe vs Alsager    Wednesday 19th August
Alsager vs Crewe    Tuesday 25th August


AGM Rescheduled

Tomorrows' (July 28th) planned AGM has been rescheduled to Tuesday August 18th -- unfortunately Alan T couldn't make it tomorrow. Agenda remains the same. If you do turn up anyway you could always have a game of chess...

July ECF Gradings

The new ECF gradings have been published -- these are the ones we'll be using for all competitions in the upcoming season. Here they are:

Andy Barker                     117
Brian Birchall                    124
John Booth                       153
Steve Brown                     119
Simon Hood                      193
Oliver Horrocks                 101
Neville Jones                    116
Julian Kirk O'Grady             163
Richard Martin                   88
Carl Mustafa                     90
Gordon Parker                   140
John Smith                      126
Alan Thomason                  141


Season Performances; It's That Man Again....

I've trawled through the seasons' NSDCA League and Cup Matches and the winningest (is that a word?) person is, for the third year running, John Smith -- well done John!

Alsager Chess Club: 2014-15 results for NSDCA Leagues and Cup Competitions    
             
Name Games Played W D L %  
John Smith 12 6 4 2 66.67  
Richard Martin 14 9 0 5 64.29  
Simon Hood 4 2 1 1 62.50  
Oliver Horrocks 15 8 2 5 60.00  
John Booth 8 3 3 2 56.25  
Neville Jones 15 6 4 5 53.33  
Andy Barker 24 6 12 6 50.00  
Steve Brown 16 2 9 5 40.63  
Carl Mustafa 12 2 4 5 33.33  
Brian Birchall 3 0 2 1 33.33  
Doug Barnett 29 5 9 15 32.76  
Alan Thomason 11 1 5 5 31.82  
Julian Kirk O'Grady 2 0 1 1 25.00  
Gordon Parker 1 0 0 1 0.00  
             
Analysis of all NSDCA league and cup games played (excluding South Cheshire Shield) in 2014-15 season
Only players playing more than 8 games eligible for season award (<8 in red)    


Thoughts ...

How about a club championship; a rapidplay championship, some training from external folks, a pairs competition. Interested in your thoughts -- e-mail me at andrew_barker735@yahoo.co.uk.....


NSDCA AGM

The league AGM took place on Monday 13th July at Fenton -- Alan Thomason and myself attended -- details and minutes can be found on the NSDCA website or on the Newcastle website. One major change was the election of David Hulme (Crewe) as Chairman, replacing Andrew Leadbetter. Also of note are that ECF fees are going up (details on Newcastle website) as are game fees (from £2 to £2.50).

Stock Take

Carried out on evening of 14th July -- we haven't lost anything.

South Cheshire Shield -- Results So Far...

Last night (14th July) Alsager played Newcastle and a draw resulted:

Neville  Jones      0.5 -- 0.5      John Day
John Smith         0.5 -- 0.5      Paul Clapham
Oliver Horrock       1  -   0        Jeff Tombs
Carl Mustafa         0  -  1         Albertoo Gissi

                       2  -  2

To quote the players: Neville -- '' I was absolutley drained -- best game against John I've ever had. John -- 'we were just going around in circles (they were...). Oliver '' I feel so good  -- shouldn't have won but I did; I drove him home, couldn't wipe the smile from his face ...

NSDCA AGM

Usually regard these as a thing that has to be endured ... but this was different. Passion, anger even at times. Major events were a new chairman -- Dave Hulme (Crewe) and a re-organisation of the executive. You can get the details from the NSDCA website.

Shield Round 1

Alsager lost at Newcastle in the first round of the Shield;

John Day           0.5 - 0.5      John Smith
Pete Shaw           1   -  0       Andy Barker
Nick Wright         0  -   1      Oliver Horrocks
Brain Wagstaff      1  -  0       Richard Martin

                      2.5 - 1.5


Club AGM 2015

The Alsager Chess Club AGM will be held on Tuesday July 28th at the Cricket Club, starting at 7.45pm. Could all members please let me know whether they plan to attend or not. Contact details are on the website.

Provisional agenda:

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of last meeting
3. Officers reports
4. Membership, including fees for next season
5. Re-election of officers
6. Teams for next season
7. AOB

South Potteries Rapidplay Championship

Fenton are organising a new rapidplay championship with players from other local clubs able to enter. It's a 5-round Swiss event with each player receiving 30 minutes for all moves. It'll be held at the Fenton club venue on Sunday 28th June starting at 10.30am and finishing about 5pm; entry fee is £3.

More details can be found on the Fenton website and if you'd like to enter please contact Steve Emmerton (07850 185536; steve.emmerton@btinternet.com)


South Cheshire Shield 2015

Three teams have entered to Shield competition this year -- Alsager, Crewe and Newcastle. The Alsager fixtures are as follows:

Wednesday 10th June -- away to Newcastle
Wednesday 24th June -- away to Crewe -- rearranged for Wednesday 12th August
Tuesday 14th July -- home to Newcastle

Tuesday 4th August -- home to Crewe


EGM of NSDCA

Last night (4th June) there was an extraordinary general meeting of the NSDCA. Several issues were discussed and most of them will come up for final decision at the AGM on July 13th at Fenton.

Key points:

  • Changes to the composition of Officers -- the President role will become honorary and be filled every three years and a new officer role (results secretary) will be created to sit alongside the Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Clarification of the rule about grading differences between players on the same team -- a player may not play on a higher board than a player with a published ECF grade more than 15 pts higher than his own.
  • A proposal that in the event of two teams tied for a league championship that the team having most individual board wins throughout the season was deferred to the AGM.
    •  


Fancy Playing a Grandmaster?

GM Keith Arkell will be giving a simultaneous on Monday 15th June at Fenton Chess Club and Steve Emmerton has made places available for Alsager club members. Board fee will be approximately £3 and a buffet will be included.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Steve at steve.emmerton@btinternet.com or by phone -- his number is on the NSDCA website

As Steve points out Keith is presently playing in the European Seniors tournament so you could do worse than follow his games for preparation if you intend playing...


Back Down to Earth

Tuesday 28th April; Division 1 at home to Stafford A. The A team were heavily outgraded and despite putting up stiff resistance went down 0-5:

John Booth        0 - 1     Lee Grinsell
Alan Thomason    0 - 1     Malcolm Armstrong
Doug Barnett      0 - 1     Gerald Acey
Andy Barker       0 - 1    Pavel Nefyodov
Neville Jones      0 - 1     David Barker

                    0 - 5


Monday 27th April: Perry Trophy Final

Alsager won a cup ..(I know...). The team were away to Fenton and came away winners! Well done guys.

Ernie Wilkinson       0.5 - 0.5    Andy Barker
Jason Plant            0  -   1     Neville Jones
Steven Walley         0  -   1     Carl Mustafa
Robert West           1  -   0    Oliver Horrocks

                        1.5 - 2.5 

Division 4 -- the C Team Finish in Third Place

The C team completed their league fixtures for the season with a good away win at Cheddleton on Friday 24th April. Well done to captain Dick Martin and all team members;

Karol Grzybowski             0.5 - 0.5      Neville Jones
David Rose                     0  -  1       Oliver Horrocks
Andrei Mihai                  0.5 - 0.5      Carl Mustafa
Joe Alcock                     0  -  1        Dick Martin

                                 1  -  3 

The End is Nigh... (the Season End that is)

Recent results:

Wednesday 22nd April; Div 3 Stafford B vs Alsager B

Last league game of the season for the B team saw a narrow loss at Stafford;

Kazik Wozniak            0 - 1        John Booth
Andrew Leadbetter      0.5 - 0.5    Doug Barnett
Ken McNulty              1 - 0        Andy Barker
Dave Barker              1 - 0        Neville Jones

                           2.5 - 1.5

Tuesday 21st April: Jackson Trophy (<ECF 141) Alsager vs Cheddleton

A fine prformance from the whole team saw Alsager go through to the final of the competition where we'll meet Stafford (away, May 27th -- put it in the diary)

Gordon Parker           1 - 0       Roger Edwards
Doug Barnett            1 - 0       Jon Blackburn
John Smith              0.5 - 0.5  Sam Beardmore
Andy Barker             1 - 0       Jacob Cartlidge
Neville Jones           0.5 - 0.5   Sandra Blackburn

                          4 - 1

Wednesday 15th April, Div 3 Newcastle C vs Alsager B

Martyn Harris           0.5 - 0.5     John Booth
Pete Shaw               0.5 - 0.5      Doug Barnett
Thivyaa Rahulan          0  -  1       John Smith
Paul Clapham             0.5 - 0.5     Andy Barker

                           1.5 - 2.5

Friday 10th April: Division 4 Cheddleton I vs Alsager C

Jacob Boswell           0.5 - 0.5    Doug Barnett
David Millington          1  -  0      Andy Barker
Jacob Smith            0.5 - 0.5     Carl Mustafa
Laura Smith              1  -  0      Dick Martin

                           3  -  1

League Results April 9th

Tuesday April 7th: Alsager B vs Cheddleton F

Last home game of the season for the B team. A close match, but a loss....

Doug Barnett      0 - 1     Jacob boswell
Steve brown       0 - 1     Phil Birks
John Smith        1 - 0     Sam Beardmore
Andy Barker    0.5 - 0.5   Dominic Taylor 

                  1.5 - 2.5

Tuesday April 2nd: Alsager B vs Newcastle C

A match that featured a re-run of the final game in the newcastle Mini on board 4

Doug Barnett       1 - 0     Martyn Harris
Steve Brown        0 - 1     Pete Shaw
John Smith         1 - 0     Paul Clapham
Andy Barker     0.5 - 0.5   Nic Wright

                   2.5 - 1.5 


Alsager Successes at the Newcastle Mini

Some good results for Alsager players at the Newcastle Mini Congress this weekend (March 28th and 29th)

Andy Barker (yours truly...) was joint first in the U130 competition and Carl Mustafa and Dick Martin were second equal in the U100 event -- well done guys.

The competition was excellently organised as usual by Martyn Harris.

Obviously the drinks are on us this Tuesday....


Tonights (March 24th) division 1 match against Cheddleton A has been postponed

Recent Results...

Crewe Bishops vs Alsager B, Division 3, March 18th

Greg Willett        0.5  - 0.5     Doug Barnett
Karl Lockett          1   -  0      Steve Brown
Martin Gill            1   -  0      John Smith
Kryzstof Zajkowski   0   -  1      Andy Barker

                       2.5 -  1.5

In the fourth division Alsager C had a really good win against Fenton B on Tuesday 17th March to take them towards the top of the table:

Doug Barnett           1  -- 0      Steve Emmerton
John Smith             1  -- 0      Mike Smith
Oliver Horrocks        1  -- 0      Ernie Wilkinson
Richard Martin         0 --  1      Robert West

                         3 --  1

In the top division the A team narrowly lost to Holmes Chapel A on March 12th:

John Turner             0  -  1      Simon Hood
Pat Bennett              1  -  0      Julian Kirk-O'Grady
Mike Hancock            0  -  1      John Booth
Ben Scattergood         1  -  0      Alan Thomason
Malcolm Roberts         1  -  0      Doug Barnett

                           3  -  2

Tuesday 10th March saw both the B and C teams at home with the B team drawing vs Cheddleton F and the C team getting a good win against Meir B

Alsager B vs Cheddleton F

Alan Thomason      0.5 - 0.5      Roger Edwards
Doug Barnett         0  -  1       Jon Blackburn
John Smith          0.5  - 0.5    Sandra Blackburn
Andy Barker         1  -  0        David Hallen

                       2  -  2

Alsager C vs Meir B

Steve Brown         0  -  1      Clive Ferry
Oliver Horrocks     1  -  0      Tom Healey
Carl Mustafa        0.5 - 0.5   Stuart Green
Richard Martin       1  -  0     Bob Perry

                      2.5  -  1.5

March 4th saw a good win for the B team in division 3 vs Newcastle D

Barry Jones          1  -  0      Doug Barnett
John Day             0.5 - 0.5   Steve Brown
Watson Fuller         0  -  1     John Smith
Alberto Gissi          0  -  1     Andy Barker

                        1.5 - 2.5 
 

News and Recent Results

There may be an article on the club in the Alsager Chronicle this week -- keep a look out.

Division 4: Wednesday 25th February, Newcastle E vs Alsager C

A fine win for Dicks' team and a return to form by Doug:

Paul Clapham        0 - 1      Doug Barnett
Jeff Tombs       0.5 - 0.5   John Smith
Thivyaa Rahulan  0.5  - 0.5  Oliver Horrocks
Edward Day         0 - 1      Dick Martin

                      1 - 3


Division 3: Tuesday 24th February, Kidsgrove vs Alsager B

A narrow loss for the B team leaves them mid-table

Ian Jamieson      0.5 - 0.5    Alan Thomason
Julian Hawthorne   1 -   0     Doug Barnett
Dave Johnson      0.5 - 0.5   Steve Brown
Julian Cook        0.5 - 0.5    Andy Barker

                    2.5 - 1.5

Tuesday February 17th, Division 1, Alsager A vs Cheddleton B

First points of the season for the A team:

Simon Hood          1 - 0       Dmitri Whitmore
John Booth           1 - 0       Jacob Boswell
Alan Thomason      0.5 - 0.5   Alex Cartlidge
Doug Barnett        0 - 1       Jacob Cartlidge
Neville Jones        0 - 1       Sam Beardmore

                      2.5 - 2.5


Tuesday 10th February, Division 3: Alsager B vs Meir A

A narrow loss for the B team dents possible title hopes...

Alan Thomason       0 - 1     Steve Hill
Doug Barnett         0 - 1     Clive Ferry
Steve Brown          1 - 0     Peter Windows
Andy Barker         0.5 - 0.5 Dave Fuller

                      1.5 - 2.5

Major Cup

Friday and it's Cheddleton -- though they do give you a really nice cup of coffee there. Thanks Ladys'

We lost 3-2 to a strong Cheddleton team -- outgraded by 119 points -- but well done to the players that turned out!

Matthew Wyza           1 - 0          Alan Thomason
John Yee                 0.5 - 0,5      Doug Barnett
Phil Birks                 0.5 - 0,5     Brian Birchall
Jon Blackburn             0 -  1        Andy Barker
David Millington           1 - 0         Carl Mustafa

                            3 - 2

Perry Trophy

Tuesday February 3rd saw Alsager beat Cheddleton to go into the final of the Perry Trophy where we'll meet Fenton on April 27th

Andy Barker      0.5 - 0.5     David Hallen
Neville Jones      1   -  0      Caroline Mountford
Carl Mustafa      0   -  1      David Rose
Oliver Horrocks   1   -  0      Dominic Taylor

                    2.5 - 1.5    

I overheard Oliver turn down a draw offer early in the evening -- good job he did!


Division 4 -- January 27th: Alsager C vs Crewe

Results;

Steve Brown            0 -1      Karl Lockett
John Smith             0 - 1     Martin Gill
Oliver Horrocks        0 - 1     Rakshepal Khandekar
Richard Martin         1 - 0     Les Hall

                         1 - 3

Results Update

Not a great start to the new year for the club, with early results as follows:

January 20th, Division 1: Alsager A vs Newcastle A

Simon Hood            0.5 - 0.5     Alex Richardson
Julian Kirk O'Grady  0.5 - 0.5      Reinhold Heinlein
John Booth             0  -   1       Martyn Harris 
Alan Thomason        0.5 - 0.5      Barry Jones
Doug Barnett          0.5 - 0.5      John Day

                         2  -  3

January 13th, Division 3: Alsager B vs Fenton A

John Booth            0.5 - 0.5       Ray Hyde
Doug Barnett           0  -  1        Rob Taylor
Andy Barker            0  -  1        Ernie Wilkinson
John Smith             1  -  0        Kas Capatina

                         1.5 - 2.5

January 13th, Division 4: Alsager C vs Cheddleton H
Great win for the C team!

Neville Jones          0.5 - 0.5      Karol Gryzbowski
Carl Mustafa           0  -   1       David Rose
Oliver Horrocks        1  -   0       Andrei Mihai
Richard Martin         1  -   0       Joe Alcock

                        2.5 -  1.5     

January 6th, Withnall Cup: Alsager vs Fenton

John Smith             0 - 1           Mike Smith
Nevile Jones           0.5 - 0.5      Derek Whitehurst
Carl Mustafa           0.5 - 0.5      Ernie Wilkinson
Oliver Horrocks        0  -  1         Kas Capatina
Richard Martin         0.5 - 0.5      Robert West

                         1.5  -  3.5

Dates for Staffs Cup Matches

Dates for our two Staffordshire Cup matches have been finalised ... put them in your diaries:

Withnall Cup -- Alsager vs Fenton: Tuesday 6th January

Jackson Cup -- Alsager vs Cheddleton: Tuesday 21st April

Last Match of the Year

Last night (Tuesday 16th Dec) saw the clubs last match before the new year. Unfortunately the C team went down 0-4 to Cheddleton I. Scorecard:

Doug Barnett        0 - 1      Matthew Wyza
Neville Jones        0 - 1      Colin Abell
Oliver Horrocks     0 - 1      Jacob Smith
Richard Martin      0 - 1      Laura Smith

                      0 - 4


Nose Bleed Time for the B Team

Two recent wins for the B team -- away at Cheddleton and at home to Stafford have taken them into second place in division 3: heady heights indeed..
The individual results were as follows:

Tuesday 9th December at home to Stafford B:

Doug Barnett       0.5 -- 0.5    Pavel Nefyodov
Steve Brown        0.5 -- 0.5    Ken McNulty
John Smith         0.5 -- 0.5    Andrew Leadbetter
Neville Jones        1  --  0      Peter Evans

                      2.5 -- 1.5 


And away at Cheddleton G on Friday 5th December:

Jacob Boswell            1 -- 0         Doug Barnett
Default                   0 -- 1         Andy Barker
Sam Beardmore        0.5 -- 0.5      Carl Mustafa
Dominic Taylor           0 -- 1         Oliver Horroks 

                         1.5 -- 2.5

The C team were also in action in division 4 on Monday 8th December, travelling away to Meir B and getting a good draw:

Clive Ferry           0 -- 1        Steve Brown
Peter Windows       1 -- 0        Carl Mustafa
David Fuller          1 -- 0        Oliver Horrocks
Eddie Burke          0 -- 1        Richard Martin

                       2 -- 2


League Results in Divisions 3 and 4

Last night (Tuesday 25th Nov) saw our B team gain a good win in division 3 against Crewe to put them mid-table:

Doug Barnett                 1 - 0            Karl Lockett
Steve Brown                0.5 - 0,5         Martin Gill
Andy Barker                0.5 - 0.5         David Price
Neville Jones                 1 - 0            Les Hall

                                3 -1

On Monday 24th the C team travelled to Fenton narrowly losing their match:

Steve Emmerton             0.5 - 0.5        Doug Barnett
Neal Davies                  0.5 - 0.5        Neville Jones
Ernie Wilkinson              0.5 - 0.5        Oliver Horrocks
Robert West                   1 - 0           Richard Martin

                               2.5 - 1.5


Recent Results...

Division 3

Tuesday 18th November saw a hard fought draw between Alsager B and Newcastle D with scores as follows:

Doug Barnett          0 -- 1          Alan Paling
Steve Brown          0.5 - 0.5        John Day
Andy Barker         0.5 - 0.5        Watson Fuller
Neville Jones          1 -  0          Alberto Gissi

                         2 -- 2

Neville is on a roll at the moment

Intermediate Cup

Alsager travelled to Crewe (Nov 12th) but went down 2-3 largely due to yours truly hanging a knight in the end game -- sorry guys...

Andy Barker           0 - 1       George Scattergood
Neville Jones          1 - 0       K.Zadkowski
Carl Mustafa          0 -  1      Martin Gill
Oliver Horrocks       1 - 0       Dave Price
Richard Martin        0 - 1       Les Hall

                         2 - 3

Perry Trophy (11th November)


A convincing win against Newcastle sends Alsager through to the semi-finals next year. The match scorecard:

Andy Barker          0.5 - 0.5    Brian Wagstaff
Neville Jones         0.5 - 0.5    Paul Clapham
Carl Mustafa          1   -  0     Alberto Gissi
Richard Martin        1   -  0    Leon Harrington

                        3  --  1


More League Activity

A couple of matches this week. On Tuesday (4th Nov) in Division 3 a strong B team had their first win of the season, convincingly beating Kidsgrove 3.5 -- 0.5. Scores:

Alan Thomason    1 -- 0       Ian Jamieson
Steve Brown     0.5--0.5      Julian Hawthorne
Doug Barnett      1 -- 0       Dave Johnson
Andy Barker       1 -- 0      Julian Cook

                  3.5 -- 0.5

On Wednesday (5th Nov) the A team travelled to Stafford for their first Division 1 game of the season. Outgraded by over 150 points they went down to a 4 -- 1 defeat:

Malcolm Armstrong     1 -- 0     Simon Hood
Gerald Acey           0.5--0.5    John Booth
Matthew Harborne     1 -- 0     Gordon Parker
Roger Butters          1 -- 0     Alan Thomason
Pavel Nefyodov       0.5--0.5    Andy Barker

                         4 -- 1

Recent League Results

Three matches to report on in divisions 3 and 4. The B team have played two matches over the last week with results as follows:

Alsager B, Division 3: Monday 27th October away at Meir A:

Steve Hill        1 -- 0     Doug Barnett
Clive Ferry    1/2 -- 1/2  Steve Brown
Peter Windows   1 -- 0    Brian Birchall
Dave Fuller    1/2 -- 1/2  Andy Barker

                   3  -- 1

Alsager B, Division 3: Monday 20th October away at Fenton A:

Rob Taylor        1/2 -- 1/2  Alan Thomason
Steve Emmerton  1/2 -- 1/2  Steve Brown
Mike Smith          1 -- 0  Doug Barnett
Kas Capatina        1 -- 0 Andy Barker

                      3 -- 1

The C team had a home game last week:
Alsager C, Division 4: Tuesday 28th October at home to Newcastle E

Steve Brown     1/2 -- 1/2  Nic Wright
John Smith      1/2 -- 1/2  Paul Clapham
Oliver Horrocks  0 -- 1      Brian Wagstaff
Dick Martin       1 -- 0     Derrick Jones

                    2 -- 2

Staffordshire County Cups

The draws for the two Staffs cup competitions we've entered have been made -- and we have two home draws:

Jackson Cup (5 boards, all grades <= 140): Alsager vs Cheddleton -- to be played before 30th April 2015

Withnall Cup (5 boards, all grades <=120): Alsager vs Fenton -- to be played before 28th February 2015)

I'll look for some suitable dates and contact the opposition...


If it's Friday it must be Cheddleton

The B team started its' league season last night (17th Oct) with a trip to Leek to play Cheddleton F. Four good games with honours ending even. Full scores were:

John Yee            1/2  -- 1/             Doug Barnett
Jon Blackburn       1/2  -- 1/2              Brian Birchall
Sandra Blacburn      0  --  1               Andy Barker
David Hallen          1  --  0               Neville Jones

                       2  --  2 


And We're Off...

League fixtures for the 2014/15 season started for Alsager last night (Wednesday October 8th) with the C team visiting Crewe Pawns in Division 4 where they gained a creditable draw. Full results:

Carl Lockett            1 -- 0         Doug Barnett
Carmel Barwick         1 -- 0         Carl Mustafa
Les Hall                0 -- 1         Oliver Horrocks
James Marshall        0 -- 1         Richard Martin

                         2 -- 2

Next up are the B team away to Cheddleton F on Friday 17th October



Fixtures Updated

Some minor changes to the fixtures have been made and are included on this websites' list: only Division 3 is affected.

Cheshire Shield Conclusion

Newcastle beat Kidsgrove in the final match of the competition to win the Shield by 1 point, Alsager coming a good second. Congratulations to Newcastle. Note to self -- must do better next year.

Cheshire Shield Result -- Final Game

The final game in the Cheshire Shield competition took place last night (17th Sept) with Alsager playing away at Newcastle. A good win put us top of the table, one point ahead of Newcastle. But... Newcastle have one game left away at Kidsgrove on September 30th. If they win they take the trophy ... but if they don't...

Scorecard for the game:

John Day           0 -- 1    Doug Barnett
Nic Wright         0 -- 1    John Smith
Richard Cantliff    1 -- 0    Andy Barker
Thivyaa Rahulan    0 -- 1    Richard Martin

                     1 -- 3 


Cheshire Shield Result, Tuesday 9th Sept

Another draw -- this time at home to the current table leaders Newcastle. Individual scores were as follows:

Doug Barnett         1 -- 0        John Day
Steve Brown          0 -- 1        Nic Wright
John Smith           1 -- 0        Brian Wagstaff
Carl Mustafa         0 -- 1        Ben Lack

                       2 -- 2

The next -- and final -- game in the competition is away at Newcastle on Wednesday 17th September


Wow!

A couple of super results for Alsager players at the recent Manchester Chess Congress.

Doug Barnett won the open section with a great score of 4.5/5 and Brian Birchall was joint second in the Knights section with a score of 4/5. Well done guys!

Rumour has it that substantial prize funds were received so may be worth hanging around them at the bar on club night!


Latest South Cheshire Shield Result

Alsager drew with Kidsgrove in round 4 of the South Cheshire Shield competition last night (Tuesday 26th August). Individual scores were as follows:

Doug Barnett             1  --  0        Julian Hawthorne
Brian Birchall             0  --  1        Dave Johnson
Andy Barker             1/2 -- 1/2      Julian Cook
Dick Martin              1/2 -- 1/2      Steve Nixon

                            2  --  2

The next match is at home on Tuesday 9th September against Newcastle.    


Competitions for the 2014-2015 Season

Alsager have teams in the following competitions for the upcoming 2014-15 season:

NSDCA Division 1: captain Alan Thomason, 5 boards, no grade limit
NSDCA Division 3: captain Andy Barker, 4 boards, grading limit 520
NSDCA Division 4: captain Dick Martin, 4 boards, grading limit 460

League games begin in early October and fixture lists have been published on the NSDCA website

We also have teams in all the NSDCA Cup Competitions:

Open Cup -- Captain Alan Thomason, 8 boards, no grading limit. First match away at Newcastle
Major Cup -- Captain Andy Barker, 5 boards, all players graded below 150. Alsager have a bye in the first round
Intermediate Cup -- Captain Andy Barker, 5 boards, all players graded below 130. First round away at Crewe
Perry Trophy -- Captain Andy Barker, 4 boards, all players graded below 110. First round at home to Newcastle

In addition this year we've entered 2 Staffordshire County Team Competitions:

Jackson Trophy, Captain Andy Barker, 5 boards, grading limit <=140
Withnall Trophy, Captain Andy Barker, 5 boards, grading limit <=120

Player of the Year for 2013-2014

The award is given to the player with the best overall results and who has played 8 or more competitive games during the season (league and cup).

The winner this year is John Smith -- congratulations John! He won last year too so he's on a roll. Note to captains -- John needs tougher games this year to give the rest of us a chance!

Performance details for 2013-14 are on the Performances page


Wednesday 13th August

Next Tuesdays' AGM (19th August) will now start at 8.00pm, not 7.30pm; should be over relatively quickly so planty of time for a game afterwards.

Wednesday 6th August: South Cheshire Shield Result

Alsager won last nights South Cheshire Shield match away at Kidsgrove with good wins from Doug and Neville. Full results:

Derek Northage       0   --   1     Doug Barnett
Julian Hawthorne      1   --   0     Brian Birchall
Dave Johnson          1/2 --  1/2   Andy Barker
Steve Nixon           0    --   1    Neville Jones

                        1 1/2 -- 2 1/2

The next match is at home to Kidsgrove on Tuesday 26th August



Sunday 3rd August 2014: Club Updates

A reminder to all that the club AGM to discuss teams for the upcoming season will take place at the Cricket Club on Tuesday 19th August from 7.30 pm onwards.

Recent results in the South Cheshire Shield:

Crewe vs Alsager, July 31st 2014  

George Scattergood      1  --  0        Doug Barnett
Martin Gill                1/2 -- 1/2       Andy Barker
David P Price              0  -- 1         Neville Jones
Les Hall                    1  -- 0         Richard Martin   

                           21/2 -- 11/2        

Alsager vs Crewe, July 1st 2014

Doug Barnett        1  --  0        Martin Gill
Brian Birchall        1/2 -- 1/2      Dave Price
Andy Barker         0   --  1       Carmel Barwick
Carl Mustafa        1  --   0       Les Hall 


                   21/2 -- 11/2


Thu. 24th Jul. 2014

A quick update on the Alsager Chess Club.

First of all a big thank you to Les for all of his work as our secretary over the past two years. Les has now moved on to new challenges  at Crewe and we are delighted that Andy Barker has stepped up to take over as our new secretary.
Thank you to all of our member for their continued support and good luck to our SC Shield team at their away match against Crewe next Wednesday.

Alan T