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Full list of Manchester League Cup semi- final dates.

Posted by ian on February 7, 2019 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear club secretary/captain,

Here is the next round of matches in all our trophy competitions:

Day Date Month Home Away

Tues 12 March Stockport 1 Blue Club 1 Reyner Shield semi-final

Weds 13 March 3Cs 1 Bolton 1 Reyner Shield semi-final

Thurs 7 March Gt Lever Chorlton 3 Wahltuch Trophy semi-final

Tues 12 March Chorlton 2 Denton 1 Wahltuch Trophy semi-final

Weds 6 March 3Cs 4 Heywood 4 Hartley Trophy semi-final

Weds 17 April Heywood 5 Chorlton 4 Hartley Trophy semi-final

Tues 5 March Chorlton 5 Heywood 6 Milner Trophy semi-final

Weds 13 March Eccles Northenden 2 Milner Trophy semi-final

If you have any problems or queries, do get back to me.

These fixtures are now posted at

under “Future fixtures”. We try hard to keep this up to date and this website is usually the most reliable source of fixtures information, venues, captains, etc.

Best wishes,

Phil Adams

Manchester League Fixtures Secretary

Cairns Cup 2019 starts on Wednesday 6th Feb 2019 in St Louis. More details below.

Posted by ian on February 5, 2019 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Ten of the world's top female chess players will  compete in a new event at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis: The "Cairns Cup" from February 6th to 16th 9 rounds. The tournament is similar to the Sinquefield Cup, but for women.

Live Commentary

Live games:


Greater Manchester U160 team beat Notts U 160 Team 8-7 Last Saturday.

Posted by ian on January 24, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just a brief report to say that the county U160 team had a very close battle with Notts today, and came out winners by the smallest of ,margins 8 – 7 in a reduced 15 board match.

The teams fought all the way to the wire, winning on board 15 to claim the match with the last game to finish.. a nicely executed endgame by one of our new players, Viktor Nagy. He eventually forced a way through on the K-side with his extra pawn. Notts took an early lead, but were pegged back when Francis Moan secured a good win, then Mike Carroll levelled things after a few draws.

Then more draws followed, before Gareth Griffiths and Viktor took us to the slender but well deserved win. Notts managed one other win, but not enough to hold us back.

Well done to the team and thanks to those who helped by standing in at short notice.. We had some late withdrawals due to illness and other problems, which meant we needed to replace 4 of our top 10 boards in the final week. Notts also were blighted by late withdrawals. Thanks also go to Jon, Ian, David Keirman, Daryl & others for the `behind the scenes` support they gave, not least in helping to find late replacements. I`ll send out the detailed score sheet when I have it.. We scored 3 wins and 4 draws on the lower 7 boards.. our top order was also very close...

Meanwhile, we are now through to the National Finals stages, finishing our group as winners, and should play in the National Quarter Finals  I`ll confirm the match details when they are available.

Well done team..

Dave P(Greater Manchester Under 160 Captain)

Stockport Rapidplay takes place this Sunday.

Posted by ian on January 23, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Stockport Rapidplay taking place this Coming Sunday 27th Jan 2018.Still time to enter.Contact: Peter Taylor Email: Web: [MAP]

6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.

4 Sections: Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).

Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections

The Gibralter Masters 2019 starts today

Posted by ian on January 22, 2019 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Many of the England Olympiad team playing. Plus lots of the top Ten in the world.

Live games from 2pm.

Pairings Round 1

Photo Credit@ John Saunders

Tata Steel Masters and Challengers 2019.

Posted by ian on January 12, 2019 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Tata Steel Masters 2019 (World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in Action)and the Challengers start today 12 Jan 2019.13 rounds all play one round a day. Two rest days. and…/masters/master-schedule Live Masters games Live Challengers games Live commentary with IM Lawrence Trent and IM Anna Rudolf

A suggestion from Stockport Chess Club:

Posted by ian on January 9, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As many teams use the M60 to travel around Manchester to get to the opposition, it is often possible to anticipate when and where heavy traffic will hold teams up if United or City are at home. If we have an away game at Worsley for instance and United are at home we know to allow at least an extra 30 minutes.

To address this we have started adding United’s and City’s home fixtures to our fixture calendar, so captains and players can judge if extra time needs to be allowed. This has already reduced late arrivals by our players and other clubs’ captains might find it useful.

Jeff Mason (Secretary, Stockport CC)