Clay Cross Chess Club

Clay Cross A-Team Secures Division 1 Safety!

2017-18 season round-up

Our first team played its final game of the Derbyshire League season at Bateman’s Mill on Wednesday, 11th April, knowing a draw would be good enough to stay up in Division 1. The visitors , Derby A, brought a strong team with an average grade of 171 against our average on the night of 156.

With David Levens, a regular player in his first season for our club, absent, team captain Paul Williams opted to sit out and select Phil Morgan for Board 4. This proved an inspired decision, as Phil, ECF 141 scored a quick win against Kevin Dalley, ECF 171. The visitors hit back on Board 2 but the two regular mainstays of the team in recent seasons, Anthony Natt and Geoff Brown, made sure of the desperately-needed point with draws in their games.

So its Congratulations to Clay Cross A, who since earning promotion to Division 1 in season 2014-15, have consistently punched above their weight against higher graded opponents, and have shown steady team improvement. In 2015-16 the team scored 10 points. Last season this was bettered to 12 points. This season the team claimed 13 points with 5 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. The division was very tight but crucially we finished ahead of Lichfield A, League champions as recently as 2015-16.

An exciting end to the season also looks in prospect for Clay Cross B at Bateman’s Mill on Wednesday, 25th April. We host already promoted Long Eaton. A draw would confirm our position as runners - up in Division 3 of the Derbyshire League and take us into Division 2, of course.

Our 6 board Clay Cross team in the Sheffield League Division 3 has 2 games still to play, but occupies a comfortable mid-table position.

The Club Championship attracted 8 entrants this year and with just 2 of the 5th (and final) Round games still to play Antony Natt (W3, D1, Pts 3.5) is looking firm favourite to become outright Champion. To be sure Phil Morgan (W2, D3) also has 3.5 points, but Phil is relying on a miracle (Brian Lever winning against Antony) for last year's top standings (Antony and Phil shared the title) to be repeated. Close behind, with 3/5 (after a fine 5th Round win over Geoff Brown), event controller Neil Cameron must surely be deemed "Minor Champion".

In all it’s been a successful season for our Club’s 3 League teams, and the Club Championship.

The object of Clay Cross Chess Club is to promote the playing of chess in the Clay Cross area.

We play league chess within Sheffield and Derbyshire Chess Associations, and have three teams of various standards in their leagues. Our two home match venues are shown here. The church is our Tuesday evening venue for Sheffield matches. The hotel is where we play our Derbyshire League home matches on Wednesday evenings.

You can just come along for a friendly game, or if you are a complete beginner or an improver we'll give you lessons or advice on how to improve. If you would like to find out more about us before you visit and meet us, please contact the secretary, Brian - details here - or fill in the Contact us page, and we'll get back to you straight away.

Everyone interested in Chess is welcome!

Beginners (free lessons); Improvers (friendly games & advice); Experienced Players (come and have a serious game/join a team): Families (leading club members are DBS checked). It's free!

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