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2009 News Archive

(January to June)


Leek Rapidplay 2009

16 June
Robert Milner from Cheddleton tells me that 19 young players took part in the Rapidplay congress held just over a week ago in Leek. He also said that was more young players than have even taken part before.

Congratulations and well done to everyone who took part.

The general part of this site includes a report with all the final results.
More details

Leo does it again.

23 May
Congratulations to Leo Tsoi, and his younger brother Neddy Tsoi. At last weekend's Worcestershire Megafinal, they both finished with a perfect score of 6 wins from 6 games. They both earned the title Supremo and of course they both go through to the Northern Gigafinal in Manchester on 18 - 19 July.

Well done &
Good Chess!

Tom looks forward to the Gigafinal

11 May
The Trent Megafinal (for players from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) was played at Formarke Hall School in Derbyshire on 2nd May. Among the 23 players in the U12 section was Tom Adams.

At the end of round 5 Tom was on 4½ points. That put him half a point behind David Somers, his opponent in the last round. David was last year's champion, now Tom had to beat him. Tom did beat him in the last round, and secured himself the title of U12 Supremo for the Trent Megafinal.

Tom now goes on to the Northern Gigafinal. At last year's Gigafinal, Tom won the U11 section to become the U11 Ultimo, a title he shared with Athar Mehmood, recently selected for the England U12 team.

Very well done Tom!

Have you heard the joke about the chess player...

11 May
Do you know any jokes, short stories or anecdotes about chess? If you have a good one, it could win you a £10 prize.

Anyone can enter, and all you have to do is send in your joke, short story or anecdote. If the judges think yours is the best, you will win £10 as a prize. The closing date for entries is the end of June. After that date, the winning entry and a selection of all those you send in will appear on this website.

Entries can be emailed to staffs.chess@tiscali.co.uk  You should include the words "Chess competition" in the subject box of your email. If you prefer, you can write down your entry and send it by post to
Andrew Davies. "Chess competition". The Penthouse, Shutt Green Lane, Brewood, Staffs. ST19 9LX. Please make sure your entry includes your name and how we can contact you if you win.

As usual, there are a few conditions of entry, so here's the small print
It is a condition of entry that any jokes, short stories or anecdotes sent by you may be published. They must have something to do with chess. Each person should send a total of no more than 30 jokes, stories and anecdotes. If the winning item is sent in by more than one person, the prize will go to the person whose entry was received first. All material should be suitable for players of all ages. In awarding the prize, the judges decision is final.

Under 9s receive lots of praise for their success in Northampton

27 April
Traci Whitfield is very busy at the moment, but she told me just how well the Under 9 team did in the national finals on Saturday. She said that the team which won bronze medals at the zonal in March, finished in 8th place on Saturday. She also told me that people from all over the country have commented on the team's success.

Everyone on the team played very well, and Traci is really proud of how well you all did. She even told me that a young lady on the team, named Skye Wiggins, did so well she won every match she played.

Well done to the whole team

Under 11s fought hard in Oldham

10 April
Just one week after the Under 9 team secured their place in the under 9 final, could our under 11 team secure their place in the under 11 final in Buckinghamshire?
Details

Under 18 minor county champions

10 April
Staffordshire entered a team into the Under 18 ( Minor) County Championships on 28th February. The team gained a magnificent 11 points out of a possible 12 points thus making them the clear winners. Congratulations to the players on their marvellous success!
Details

Report on the Under 9 team's bronze medal success

10 April
The Under 9 EPSCA Inter-Association Northern Zone Championships took place on Saturday 13 March in Nottingham. Our team finished with bronze medals, and qualified for the finals - here's the report

Under 11s finished joint fifth

25 March
EPSCA's Under 11 Inter-Association Championship semi-finals (zonals) were held last weekend. Our team played at the zonal held in Oldham. Traci Whitfield told me that the team finished with joint fifth. Although the team didn't qualify for the final, they have done well enough to qualify for the plate competition in Buckinghamshire on 9 May.

Well done to all the players!

Under 9s finished with the bronze

15 March
EPSCA's Under 9 Inter-Association Championship semi-finals (zonals) were held yesterday. Our team played at the zonal held in Nottinghamshire. Traci Whitfield tells me that the team finished with the bronze (third place) behind Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. She added that 10 teams took part. The team's success means they qualify for the finals on 25 April.

Well done to all the players!

THE 2009 STAFFORDSHIRE CHESS CONGRESS IS CANCELLED

15 March
Regretably it has been necessary to cancel the Staffordshire Chess Congress which was due to take place on 18th-19th April 2009. This is due to unforseen problems with the venue which would create poor playing conditions. All entry forms and cheques will be returned as soon as possible. Staffordshire Chess Association apologises for any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause.

Traci Whitfield - Congress Director

Well done

5 March
On Sunday, a number of you went to the Manchester Stadium to compete in the Manchester Rapidplay. This is a popular competition for players of all ages. In the section for players graded under 160, Craig Whitfield finished second with 4½ out of 6.

In the section for players graded under 120, Jacob Boswell, Jack Healings, Jake Cartlidge and Alex Cartlidge all finished on 2 out of 6, and Joshua Guaneri managed 1 out of 6. All very good scores against tough opponents.

Well done all of you!

Athar and the England U12 squad

22 February
Traci also told me that Athar Mehmood is now part of the England U12 squad and will be off to play in Poland later this year.

Well done Athar.

Leo qualifies for the England trials

22 February
Traci Whitfield told me this morning that Leo Tsoi has qualified for the England Under 11 team trials being held in April.

Good Chess Leo!

Personality of the Year?

15 February
Each year, the Staffordshire Chess Association presents two awards.

Their first award is for the Personality of the Year: This is awarded to the person that the judges decide has made a contribution to chess in the Staffordshire area that deserves recognition. Who do you think should be considered for this award in 2009? It could be a player; a coach, captain, organiser, or maybe even the person who turns up at a chess club every week - just to make cups of tea for the players. Who do you think deserves recognition?

To make a nomination, write down the name of the person you think deserves the award, add an explanation of why you think they deserve it, and put your own name at the bottom.

Nominations should be emailed to staffs.chess@tiscali.co.uk. You can submit nominations until the end of March.

Late qualifiers

7 February
If you want to compete in the UK Chess Challenge but your school isn't taking part and you don't know what to do, please get in touch with Traci Whitfield. She will be able to advise you.

If enough players get in touch with her, she may be willing to organise a qualifying tournament just for players like you. There would be an entry fee but if you play well you can still get to the Megafinal.

If you want to know more, please
Email: Traci Whitfield.

Staffordshire Congress 2009

20 January
The 2009 Staffordshire Congress will be held in Bloxwich on 18th and 19th April, 2009. For those of you who do well, there should be a number of junior prizes available. This tournament will also include adult players.

If you are interested in taking part, there are full details (and entry forms) on the Congress page in the general part of this site. You can get in touch with Traci Whitfield if you have any questions about taking part.

Match results

16 January
As I told you, Staffordshire´s Bulldogs team played Shropshire´s team of junior players last Saturday. The results of that match have now been added to the Bulldogs page in the general part of this site.

Although they play for Shropshire, several of their youngsters ended with results worthy of mention here. Well done to Nathaniel Paul and Mark Richards for their wins, and Francis Rooney for the draw. And of course, Angelica for her win against Siddharth Singh, and Athar for his draw against Ravi Patel.

Sorry about the delay, our team captain left the results in his car after the match. He has only just had the opportunity to phone me and tell me the details. Once again, well done everyone.

Staffordshire Congress 2009

11 January
The 2009 Staffordshire Congress will be held in Bloxwich on
18 and 19 April, 2009. This competition lasts two days and will be a mixture of junior and adult players. Full details and entry forms will be available in the next few days.

Improvements to the Events Calendar

8 January
The Calendar page now shows which events have been added to it recently. I've done that to make it easier for regular visitors to find the changes or additions. They will be listed in the New events box on the left hand side of the calendar page itself.

Well done to all the Leek Megafinalists

23 May
111 players took part in Last Saturday's Staffordshire Megafinal played in Leek on 16 May. Well done to everyone who took part.

At the end of the Megafinal, eleven boys (Supremi) and five girls (Supremæ) finished top in their age group. Another 23 players all scored at least 4 points. They all qualify for the Northern Gigafinal on the weekend of 18 - 19 July. Three players finished with perfect scores at the event.
Roll of honour

And a very special well done to Candice Griffiths: During last year's Megafinal, she finished joint first in her age group, but missed qualifying for the Gigafinal after two play-off matches. This year, she finished top in age group. Very well done Candice.

Good chess to everyone who took part.

Well done Leo

14 May
Congratulations to Leo Tsoi. Last weekend (10 May) in Skelmerdsale, he won the rapidplay tournament for players with grades under 90. He finished with a perfect score of 6 wins from 6 games, and also won the prize for the best junior. I've heard he was presented with the Skelmersdale Shield. As you know, just last month, Leo was selected for the England U11 team.

Very well done Leo!

Tom and Craig help secure the Derbyshire division 3 title for Cheddleton

11 May
Besides his success in the Trent Megafinal,Tom Adams also played for Cheddleton's division 3 team in the Derbyshire league. The Derby League runs from Sept to April and includes mostly adult players. This season Cheddleton entered a team in Division 3 and faced tough opposition. Boards 1 and 2 of the Cheddleton team included players such as Jason McKenna, Chris Sizeland and Craig Whitfield.

It was the team's very last match of the season that would secure the title. Cheddleton were playing a team from Derby/Micklover. If Cheddleton could at least draw, the division 3 title was theirs, a loss would give the title to their opponents. In that final match, Tom won in just 12 moves against a player graded 81. His win helped secure a 3½ - ½ win (and the division 3 title) for Cheddleton. My thanks to Wilf Adams for supplying all the info above.

Well done to Craig Whitfield, Tom Adams and all the other players who helped the Cheddleton team secure the Derbyshire division 3 title.

Help text for the links at the top of these pages

6 May
From now on, if you move your mouse pointer near to any of the links at the top of these pages (e.g. Calendar or Congress etc), a text box should appear. For each link, the text is intended to give you an idea of what is on the page the link takes you to.

It should work properly with most browsers. I've tested it with MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Netscape Navigator. It should work with Safari etc but I can't confirm that.

Gradually, the text will be added to all the main links on the site and improved.

Help text for the links at the top of each page

2 May
From now on, if you move your mouse pointer near to any of the links at the top of these pages (e.g. Calendar or Congress etc), a text box should appear. For each link, the text is intended to give you an idea of what is on the page the link takes you to.

It should work properly with most browsers. I've tested it with MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Netscape Navigator. It should work with Safari etc but I can't confirm that.

Gradually, the text will be added to all the main links on the site and improved.

Leo's success completes a remarkable weekend for local chess

27 April
While the Under 9 team were competing in the national finals, Leo Tsoi was in Liverpool, competing in the trials for the England Under 11 team. Traci has just spoken to Leo, who was delighted to tell her he's now a member of the England Under 11 Chess team.

Congratulations Leo!

2009 Newcastle-Under-Lyme Schools' Under 11 Chess Championship

10 April
Congratulations to St Wulstan's on retaining the

Newcastle-Under-Lyme Schools'
Under 11 Chess Championship

trophy

and becoming the

2009
Newcastle Schools'
Chess Champions
.

Well done to all the players from the schools who took part.
championship report.

12 young players nearly beat the Terriers

30 March
On Saturday afternoon, the Staffordshire Terriers inter-county team visited Ford in Shropshire to play 12 junior players.

Those twelve young players all did very well. Good play secured wins for Angelica Dean, Nathaniel Paul, Peter Mellor and Matthew Best.

There were draws for Athar Mehmood, Jonathan Newey and Jamie Allen. Despite their losses, Mark Richards, Huw Davenport, Francis Rooney, Joe Mellor and Matthew Mellor were all praised by their opponents afterwards. After the last game finished, the Staffordshire team had won by just one point (6½ - 5½).

Well done to all the players on both teams.

Match results
Shropshire Junior Chess website

Our thanks to Shropshire's Francis Best and Steve Rooney for their hospitality and making everyone feel welcome.

St Wulstan's qualify for the National Schools Championship

5 March
Later this month, pupils from

St Wulstan's primary school,
Newcastle

will be competing against Nottingham High School in the first round of the National Schools' Chess Championship. Other teams involved in this competition come from schools such as Eton and Haberdasher's Asks. St Wulstan's may be only the second primary school which has qualified for this competition since 1958.

The Sentinel newspaper featured an article on the St Wulstan's team on Tuesday 3 March. The article was called Rookes do battle with chess kings. My thanks to John Amison (from Fenton) and Traci Whitfield for pointing it out to me.

Success for Staffordshire in the national Championships

5 March
Staffordshire are now the ECF's

Under 18
Minor Counties Champions
.

We are still waiting for details, but Traci Whitfield took a team of 6 players to Derbyshire on Saturday to compete in the ECF's Under 18 Counties Championships. The Staffordshire team competed in the minor section, and won every game except one. Phoning me from the venue, Traci said the team were "Well happy", in what was a tough competition.

I should be able to include more details soon.

Success for Craig in Gibraltar

15 February
By Gus Brain
Cheddleton & Leek junior player and England international Craig Whitfield, has been playing in Gibraltar in the GibTelecom Festival Challengerís section. He finished equal 20th out of 52, after being ranked 43rd. He scored 2½ out of 5 and shared the under-1950 grading prize.

Well done Craig!

Club of the Year?

15 February
The second award presented by the Staffordshire Chess Association is for the Club of the Year: This is awarded to the club that the judges decide has made a contribution to chess in the Staffordshire area that deserves recognition. In 2008, this went to Rushall Chess Club because of their involvement with so many local competitions, their coaching for young players and because so many of their players are regualarly involved with inter-county chess. Which club do you think should receive this award in 2009?

To make a nomination, write down the name of the club you think deserves the award, add an explanation of why you think they deserve it, and put your own name at the bottom.

Nominations should be emailed to staffs.chess@tiscali.co.uk. You can submit nominations until the end of March.

Saturday's EPSCA Rapidplay

20 January
Congratulations to all those who went to Liverpool on Saturday to compete in the EPSCA Rapidplay. I'm sure you all had a good time. My thanks to Traci Whitfield who was there with you, and told me just how well you all played.

In the Championship section (under 11s), Leo Tsoi, Edward Davies and Aloysius Lipp all did well. Especially Aloysius who is under 9 but finished with 3 points from 6 games. Leo and Edward may both have achieved a half-norm. If they have, they may be able to qualify for the England Under 11 chess team.

In the Under 11 B section, Oliver Hollins played well.

In the under 10 B section, Emma Crick played against tough opposition and finished with a very good score.

Well done to Jack Healings and Jacob Cartlidge, who had mixed results in the under 10 A section.

Ashwin Kalyana demonstrated some good tactics and held his own in the under 9 A.

We were well represented in the under 8 section by Jacob Boswell , Skye Wiggins, Aroun Kalyana and Amil Mohammed. All 4 achieved good scores, in particular 7 year old Jacob with 4½ out of 6.

Well done and Congratulations to all of you, and thank you Traci for all your support and encouragement.

Craig does well at the Wrekin!

16 January
Well done to Craig Whitfield. Facing tough adult opposition, he finished joint second in the top section of the Wrekin Congress in Shropshire. He scored 3½ out of 5. Just half a point behind the winner. Well done!

Well done!

11 January
Yesterday, Shropshire's Inter-County juniors visited Bushbury, to face Staffordshire's Bulldogs team.

In one very notable game, Ravi Patel played against Shropshire's Athar Mehmood. Their game was one of the last games to finish. Both players played extremely well and earned a very good draw. Last week, Athar scored a perfect 5 out of 5 in the minor section of the Wrekin Congress. Also competing for Staffordshire was Siddharth Singh, who lost a fast but interesting game.

Bulldogs captain (David Buckley) told me that many of the Shropshire team who played yesterday, were also part of their team twelve months ago. David added that the Shropshire players did better than last year, and shows how much they are improving.

Well done everyone!

ECF U18 & U13 County Championships

7 January
Would you be interested in playing as part of an under 18 team? The tournament lasts just one day and will be played in Derbyshire on Saturday 28 February. Players in the under 18 team will play 2 games, with 75 minutes for all your moves in each game.

If you think you might be interested in playing, Email: Traci Whitfield

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