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2005 News Archive


24 Sept
As a trial for the 2005/6 Inter-County season, Traci Whitfield will run a team in the MCCU (Midland Counties Chess Union) Inter-County season. The team will compete in the section for players graded under 100 (or ungraded). Her intention is that most of the players should be under 18. Each game will involve 12 Staffordshire players.

The games will be:
15 Oct  Away to Staffordshire A
26 Nov  Home v Worcestershire

14 Jan  Home v Shropshire

If the team does well, they can continue into the knockout stages shown below. Otherwise their season will be complete.

11 Feb  Regional semi-final (At a neutral venue)
4 Mar  Regional final.

Under 9 team head for National final

18 Mar
By Traci Whitfield
The U9 Staffordshire Junior chess Team travelled to Hyde in Manchester on Saturday (12th March) to take part in the English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) North Zone Under 9 competition.   Facing strong competition from other northern counties and association teams, they played very well and qualified for the national final in Nottingham on 23rd April.

The team consisted of Ravi Patel, Conrad Green, Greg Smalley, Alex Tsang, Utsav Nanda, Henry Stanley, Joshua Hollins, Calum Williams, Matthew Kelly, Richard Stanley, Tom Sweeney and Ross Fuller.   2 members acheived a perfect score of 3/3 - Conrad Green and Calum Williams.

Congratulations to them and the whole team.

The Under 11 team is in action next week in the EPSCA under 11 zonal in Wallasey.

St John's juniors

8 Jan
In just 9 months, St John's junior chess club has grown from just 11 members to 32.   No less than 8 members qualified for the UK Chess Challenge (ages 10 and over).   They are also one of the few local organisations (including schools) that are entering players in the Land Challenge (also for junior players).

Junior Congress 2005

16 Sept
The 2005 Staffordshire junior Chess Congress will be held at
Hassell CP School, Barracks Rd,

on 8 October.

Open to players aged under 18, entries will be divided into eight seperate age groups, ranging from under 8, to under 18.

Under 11s do well at Wallasey

20 Mar
By Traci Whitfield
The Under 11s went to Wallasey this weekend for the EPSCA Under 11 competition.   They did really well to achieve 20½ points and 8th place with only 15 regular team members!   Our special thanks go to Natasha Brian (ON CRUTCHES!), Tom Davies, James Davies, Chiraag Hegdikar and 7year old Oliver Reynolds for standing in at last minute to give us 20 players.   Special thanks also to Ryotaro Yamashita who travelled all the way from Lichfield after a hockey match in time to play in the last round.

Sam Bromage on board 11 was the only player to win all 3 of his games - well done.   Craig Whitfield on board 1 and David Li on board 14 acheived a very good score of 2½.   Des Leung on board 3, Danny O'Gorman on board 14 and Matthew Lawton on board 16 got a solid 2 points.   Alex Brian on board 10,and Conrad Green on board 15 both acheived a very respectable 1½ points.

The top 9 boards were lucky to get any points at all, so tough was the competition, but no doubt all the players got some excellent experience at national level (should stand them all in good stead at the UK Chess Challenge Gigafinal in July!)   Most of our points were gained from the lower 11 boards (thanks folks).   Credit must go to U9 team member Conrad Green for an excellent game in the 1st round which was commented on by several other counties.   Although Conrad eventually lost in the end game, the skill in the opening and middle game was a joy to watch - well done.   A delightful moment occured towards the end of round 3 when Oliver Reynolds playing on board 20 against strong opposition finally realised that he hadn't lost but drawn due to stalemate - I wish I`d had a camera to capture the look of pure joy on his face!

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Please contact:

Traci Whitfield  and  Andrew Davies


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