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Potteries Rapidplay

posted 6 Feb 2016, 09:48 by knight moves

The 2nd South Potteries Rapidplay Championship will be held at Fenton Chess Club on Sunday, 26th June.

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Simon Cup 2015-16

posted 4 Nov 2015, 13:06 by knight moves

The draw has been made for this years Simon Cup.  Unfortunately there is record low participation, but I'm sure that won't detract from the fun for those who are taking part.  See the main menu.

Updated Player Stats

posted 30 May 2015, 14:32 by knight moves

An updated player statistics file has been uploaded.  As there is to be no Wolverhampton Summer League this year, then this should be the final upload of the season.

Double Cup Success

posted 28 May 2015, 05:51 by knight moves

Stafford 'done the double' last night in the County Cup Finals.  The Hickman Cup was decided somewhat quicker, but much less satisfactorily than the Jackson, with a no-show from Lichfield.

The Jackson Cup went right to the wire and made up for the lack of entertainment in the Hickman.  Denis and David had both secured early draws on boards 2 & 4, while Peter had grabbed a full point on 5.  Kazik couldn't hold off a strong opponent and finally had to resign his game on top board.  Because of the 'board count' rule, Ken then found himself needing to press for a win.

As the final, and deciding game moved into something of a time scramble, the Alsager player made an illegal move (into check).  The clocks were duly stopped and up stepped Mr Arbiter with his "Have an extra 2 minutes on your clock" routine.  This increase in remaining time (from almost zero) was just enough for Ken to find a few more moves, finally queening a pawn to win the game. 

In the other match being played, Newcastle beat Walsall Kipping by 3.5 - 1.5 in the Withnall Trophy Final.

Stafford Win Wolverhampton League

posted 28 Mar 2015, 08:56 by knight moves   [ updated 28 Mar 2015, 08:56 ]

Stafford have won Division 1 of the Wolverhampton League for the first time since 1981/82.

Matthew Harborne scored the decisive win (which gave us a 3-2 lead before Roger saved a rather improbable draw - we only needed to draw the match), to round off an amazing 8.5 / 9 performance for the season.

Updated Player Stats

posted 28 Mar 2015, 08:53 by knight moves

Latest player stats are available at the bottom of the current season page.

Player Stats 2014-15

posted 7 Feb 2015, 07:10 by knight moves

With apologies for the delay, the first release of the 2014-15 player statistics has been uploaded and is now available at the foot of the Current Season page.

Simon Cup Back in Familiar Hands

posted 4 Sept 2014, 05:04 by knight moves

The Simon Cup has once again reached a successful conclusion.
After a total of 18 round 1 matches were played, Ray Hyde took a guaranteed early place in the semi finals by winning 4 from 4, where he then fell to Lee Grinsell.  Malcolm Armstrong also progressed with a 100% record (3 from 3), where he despatched with 12x previous winner, Roger Butters.
So in a familiar line up for the final, Malcolm and Lee produced their very own upset by actually providing a decisive result at the first attempt.  Malcolm being the victor on this occasion, reclaiming the Cup from last year's winner, Lee.
Congratulations to Malcolm and thanks to all who participated.

Player Stats Update

posted 31 May 2014, 04:39 by knight moves

An updated player stats sheet has been uploaded, which now includes a couple of 'missing' results.

Simon Cup Movement

posted 7 May 2014, 15:36 by knight moves

In what was quite possibly a first for Stafford Chess Club, Wednesday evening saw 3 Simon Cup matches played simultaneously, which resulted is some significant manoeuvring towards the semi-final stages.

Kazik Wozniak completed the last of his round 1 matches against the sleeping tiger, Lee Grinsell,  who took his first 3 points in the competition having won a minor piece relatively early in the game.

Malcolm Armstrong and Andrew Leadbetter both had a win under their belts prior to their encounter, which went Malcolm's way, pushing him into a semi -final position for the time being at least.

The last match of the evening to finish between Roger Butters and Pavel Nefyodov attracted some attention towards it's conclusion, as Roger seemed to have the initiative in the centre, with Pavel fighting for counter play.  In a close run endgame, the match went Roger's way, although he himself needed a second look in the post-match analysis to be confident in dismissing his opponent's chances.

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