Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Grading List

The July 2018 Grading List has now been published and can be viewed here. There will be an August revision but this is unlikely to affect any Fenton grades.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Newcastle Rapidplay Jamboree

We had 2 teams in the Newcastle Rapidplay Jamboree on Friday. The 'A' team failed to cover themselves in glory, finishing bottom of the Open Section with 2/8. The 'B' team did significantly better, finishing 3rd in the U130 Section with 5/8. Robert West did particularly well, winning both of his games.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Club Championship

Only one match played in the Club Championship last night, with a win for me against Chris Brian.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Club Championship

The draw for the 1st Round of the Club Championship has now been made and can be viewed here. All games to be completed by the 9th July.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Newcastle Rapidplay Jamboree

We have entered 2 teams in the Newcastle Rapidplay Jamboree on Friday 13th July - one in the Open Section and one in the U130 Section. The Open team is Petru, Kas, Glyn and me. Robert West will Captain the U130 team, which he will announce in due course.

Mr Personality

For reasons best known to themselves, I was given the Staffordshire Chess Association Personality Of The Year Award at last night's County AGM, supposedly for the work I have done as County Tournament Secretary and on the County and NSDCA websites.

Club Rapidplay Championship

The Club Rapidplay Championship will be an all-day event on Sunday 2nd September. It will be either a 5 or 6 round Swiss tournament with 25 minutes each on the clock, plus 5 second increments. Alberto Gissi of Newcastle has agreed to act as Tournament Controller.

Club Individual Championship

Stuart will be running the Club Championship this year. It will be a 5 round Swiss competition, with 2 dates being allocated for each round. The time control will be as per normal league rules.The dates for each round will be published on the Club Calendar in the next day or so.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Club Individual Championship & Club Rapidplay Championship

I recently sent a txt message to everybody asking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to run this years Individual Club Championship. To date, I have had no responses to this request. Unless somebody comes forward  there will be no option except to not run it this year. Summer is now upon us and, if it is going to be run, it needs to start NOW. The Rapidplay Championship is not so urgent as we don't normally run this until a few weeks before the Club AGM in September. One option for the Rapidplay Championship would be to make it an all day event and run it on a Sunday - assuming the Tollgate can accommodate us.

Sunday, June 03, 2018


Petru, Kasian and Max all played for the EU team in Sunday's match against the UK. Petru lost, from what should have been a drawn position, and Kasian and Max both won. However, their wins weren't enough as the UK won the match by 5-4.