Recent International Tournaments

None - Nov. 22, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Latest update from Nigel Byrne:

A number of big tournaments have been played in the last month.

The 22nd European Team Championships took place in Batumi, Georgia Thu 24th Oct to Sun 3rd Nov 2019. The Russian Teams (Men: Andreikin, Vitiugov, Matlakov, Dubov and Alekseenko; Women: Goryachkina, Lagno, Gunina, Kashlinskaya and Girya) were the top seeds in both the men's and women's competitions. England were second seeds in the men's event with (Adams, Howell, Jones, Mcshane and Nick Pert). Other interesting players include: Giri, Mamedyarov, Aronian, Wojtaszek, Duda, Navara, Vallejo, Grandelius, Sargissian and Ivanchuk. Russia took clear first place on 15 points one point clear of 2nd place Ukraine and 3rd place England. In the women's event Russia again took first on 16 points, Georgia were on 15 points and Azerbaijan 14.
I have include links to download a report and all the games from this event
The Superbet Rapid & Blitz took place in Bucharest Wed 6th Nov to Sun 10th Nov 2019. This event was part of the Grand Chess Tour. Players: So, Korobov, Caruana, Aronian, Artemiev, Anand, Karjakin, Le, Mamedyarov and Giri. Levon Aronian beat Sergey Karjakin in a tie-break match 1.5-0.5 after they tied after the rapid and blitz sections. 
Links to download a report and all the games:

The Hamburg FIDE Grand Prix took place 4th to 18th November 2019. Alexander Grischuk beat Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3.5-2.5 in the final. Grischuk won two games in a row after falling behind by losing the third tie-break game. 
Report and games are linked below.
Thanks again Nigel.

Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary


Isle of Man FIDE Tournament

None - Oct. 25, 2019, 9:33 a.m.

From Nigel Byrne:

The FIDE Grand Swiss took place in the Isle of Man 10th to 21st October 2019. It was experted arbited by our very own Matt Carr and included leading players Carlsen, Caruana, So, Anand, Yu, Karjakin, Grischuk, Aronian, Harikrishna, Wojtaszek, Artemiev, Nakamura, Vitiugov, Svidler, Wang, Bu, Vidit, Matlakov, Le, Xiong, Shankland etc. There was a World Championship Candidates place for the highest placed finisher who needed to qualify. Wang Hao qualified for the Candidates after winning the Grand Swiss on tie-break from Fabiano Caruana. Kirill Alekseenko became eligible for a FIDE Wild card as the best non-qualifying player from the event. Magnus Carlsen took his undefeated run to 101 games but was half a point short of the leaders in the end.

I have included links to download a tournament report (Word .doc) and all the games (.pgn)
Thanks Nigel.
Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary

Staffordshire County Cups

None - Oct. 18, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

All Staffordshire Clubs are invited to enter the Staffordshire County Cups.

These consist of one open competition and three grade limited events. The competitions are held on a knock out format.

The events are summarised below


Hickman (Open, 6 boards)

Gothard (Under 161, 4 boards)

Jackson (Under 141, 4 boards)

Withnall (Under 121, 4 boards)

The closing date for entry is Sunday 24th November and we intend to finish the competitions by Mid June 2020.  Please note Meir and Rugeley Chess Clubs have already made their entries.

If any teams are worried about excessive travel, then a neutral venue may be arranged for any tie.

The July Grading List will be used to determine eligibility for the Gothard, Jackson and Withnall competitions.

The full rules are available on this link:

To enter or for further information please email

Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary

Staffordshire County Fixtures

None - Sept. 28, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

An update from Peter Evans from Stafford Chess Club:

The MCCU County Championship fixtures for 2019/2020 have now been published. They have been added to both the County Calendar and NSDCA Calendar. The County Association runs three teams, Under 140, Under 120 and Under 100. Matches take place at the weekend, normally on a Saturday afternoon. Anyone who meets the grade limits and wishes to play please contact the appropriate County Captains.

MCCU All CTY Fixtures
Staffordshire County Calendar
Staffordshire County Captains
Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary

Staffordshire County Fixtures

None - Sept. 2, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

We have been informed that there appears to be an error with the U100 County fixtures with two games arranged for Saturday 30/11/19.

Peter Evans from the North Staffs Chess Association has spotted this & will do a news item for the NSDCA Website shortly, but has asked that all local leagues also inform their members.
U120 County fixtures are also still to be finalised.
We will provide an update once clarification has been given to us of the correct fixtures.
Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary

Staffordshire Chess Association 'Biggest Match in Years'

None - Aug. 28, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

2 teams will compete in a NORTH V SOUTH contest of 50 BOARDS on Sunday 7th JUNE 2020 from 1pm to 5pm.

Venue: The Famous RyeCroft Community Hub, New Forest Road, off Dartmouth Avenue, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 1TR
(Free Car Park. Disabled access)

SECTIONS: Open, Under 180, Under 160, Under 140, Under 120, Under 100 (8 Players per Section except Under 100 which will have 10 Players)

Open to all players who are members of clubs who play in the North Staffordshire & District Chess Association, Wolverhampton & District Chess League or Cannock & District Chess League.

2 hours each on the Clock to make all moves. ECF Graded. ECF Chess Rules Apply.

Please contact the Captains if you wish to play:

North - Robert West email

South - Ray Dolan email or call 07815540866

Board fee of just £1 per player to pay for venue etc. Captains reserve the Right to invite guest players if they are short in a section.

Eunice's Cafe will be open for a selection of on site refreshments.

RyeCroft Community Hub has a People's Gym if you wish to keep fit, contact Dave on 07486 622962.

Gio’s Italian Resturant offers healthy food nearby. If required, please ring Gio on 07913 304455 to order in advance.


Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary

Rushall venue clarification

None - Aug. 4, 2019, 6:21 p.m.



Rushall's venue is St Francis' Social Club, 20 Mill Road, WS4 1RH. The CDCL contacts page is correct but we still had the old venue in our latest news from last year, so it's important to clarify this for all prospective visitors.

Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary

Chess in Schools and Communities

None - Aug. 1, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Chess in Schools and Communities are starting a friendly and fun drop in chess club locally at Rugeley Library. All ages and abilities are welcome. It is totally free of charge and will be held from 4-5pm every Thursday from 5th September 2019. Further information can be found at

Steve Whatmore, Records Secretary.


None - Aug. 16, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Note that the Rushall Chess Club's new venue is at the Bowman, corner of Myatt Ave/Gretton Crescent; not "Wyatt Ave" as previously posted!

New venue for Rushall Chess Club

None - July 16, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

League players may want to note that Rushall Chess Club has a new venue:

The Bowman, corner of Wyatt Avenue and Gretton Crescent, Aldridge, WS9 0DR  

Play is on Monday evenings, starting 7.15

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admin - May 29, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

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