Category Archives: Club

Long time no see

Hi all,

Not written anything here for a long time.
Now, with the corona virus upon us, and no club to go to, I have a moment to write here.
I have a little free time so I thought I would test whether the website is useable.

It looks like it is, after a fashion, though all the fixture information will be out of date.


Stockport League Fixtures Meeting

League: Stock League
Division: Limit League
Teams: 4
Players: 4
Matches: Play each opponent 3 times

19/10/2016 Denton LL East Cheshire LL
01/11/2016 Denton LL Macclesfield LL
16/11/2016 Denton LL Stockport LL
29/11/2016 Stockport LL Denton LL
01/02/2017 Denton LL Stockport LL
15/03/2017 Denton LL Macclesfield LL
22/03/2017 Denton LL East Cheshire LL
27/03/2017 Macclesfield LL Denton LL
05/04/2017 Denton LL East Cheshire LL

League: Stock League
Division: 2
Teams: 7
Players: 6
Matches: Play each opponent 2 times

25/10/2016 Chorlton B Denton A
31/10/2016 Macclesfield B Denton A
25/01/2017 East Cheshire B Denton A
30/01/2017 Macclesfield C Denton A
08/02/2017 Denton A East Cheshire B
02/03/2017 Marple B Denton A
14/03/2017 Altrincham A Denton A
05/04/2017 Denton A Macclesfield B
19/04/2017 Denton A Chorlton B
26/04/2017 Denton A Macclesfield C
03/05/2017 Denton A Marple B
10/05/2017 Denton A Altrincham A

Fixtures database – SELSL matches

The south east Lancashire summer league (SELSL) fixtures have been added to a database of fixtures and are now searchable via the link below.

The web page is not very user friendly in my opinion and turned out to be far less useful than the old simple fixture list that I once had. The fixtures don’t include the cup matches. That’s another complaint I have.

On the plus side, it does contain the 15 matches for each of three divisions, so the details are there for other clubs too if anyone is interested.
I need to find a better way to view the data. To see summer league fixtures, put 2016 in the date part of the search boxes.
The image shows an example search: when are Denton 1 at home?


Chess – A game for everyone – Kings and pawns

We have a few matches this week. First, second and third teams get a game. So essentially I think almost everyone should be able to play if they are available.

Home Team Away Team Day Competition
Macclesfield Denton B Monday Stockport League Division 2
Denton 1 Chorlton 1 Wednesday Manchester League Division A
Denton LL Marple LL Wednesday Stockport League Limit League

Teams captains might know better. But that’s what I think the matches are.


Edited later ….

Well,  the captains did know better. Both Wednesday matches had been cancelled. Marple seemed to know, but two Chorlton players turned up, so information about that change had not been fully propatated. I feel partly responsible since I put the fixture list on the website. But I can only put up the information I know.

Something needs to be done to get information to the players properly!

Enjoy a game of chess

The BLOG is back

Hi all.

The software behind the blog is called WordPress and every now and then it likes to be updated to the latest release. But there is a timeout for how long things can take. One day the update was running and timed out. The blog was left with half of one release and half of another. It no longer worked.

It’s nice to have a backup of things to reinstall them, but WordPress is not the simplest thing in the world as there is a database, the content of the posts (held in files), and the software itself.

Then when I tried to update content from my backup, things were having problems there too. I was sending so much stuff it looked like a denial of service attack and the website company was locking me out!

It has been a nightmare to get things back running. I effectively got a Denton Chess Club Blog running at home from the backups and then sent it here, bit by bit!

Now we need some work doing on the match schedules, so they are easier to see!

Incorrect Fixture List

The summer league fixtures are out.

Aargghh. Team captains need to find out their fixtures themselves. While the docement below might give us some ideas about what the fixtures are, it contains rubbish like Tuesday the 17th June being followed by Wednesday the 17th of June!

On another page it mentions Tuesday the 18th of June!

Dear Ivan,

Please could you put this up on our website.

Kind regards
David Holt
Denton Chess Club

Consider it done!
Aargghh. The diagram (taken from the document) shows last years games I think!

We miss you

We miss you

You might imagine a post called we miss you with a picture of my son means I miss my son while he’s away. Well no. That goes without saying! I mean Deaf Dave.

I am sure he has a surname, but I never knew it. And while he was at the club, he could be a little annoying. On match days, you would feel that it was a little futile telling him to be quiet as he didn’t know when he was making a noise. And THAT was most of the time. I guess he knew when he was making a clucking sound though, as every time I retreated a piece, he would hold three fingers over his head like a rooster’s cockcomb, and flap his elbows in an imitation chicken jesture, and cluck.

Despite that, or maybe because of it, Dave was interesting character at the chess club, and I miss his original playing style. I tend to think in English words. Being deaf, Dave clearly did not think the same was that most people do, and some of his moves were both surprising and ingeneous. Unfortunately for his chess results, not all his moves has the same quality.

I wonder what he is up to these days.

Today’s U160 match …and future options

Hi Mick, all…
Firstly, well done to all involved in getting yesterdays National Quarter Finals matches organised and completed..
And well done to Tim for looking after the County U160 team this past two years…not an easy task.

On another day, I suspect things could have been different. But the result isn`t everything….although `success breads success`, and silverware can definately add shine.

I think we need to convey the full message of the County chess offering to our local players and clubs…
Its about the day out, the camaraderie, the chess/social banter…and the travel, plus the actual match itself.
Key to the whole thing is an enjoyable day out…escape from the daily drudge..etc. You also get to play at a more relaxed rate than normal league chess.

There is nothing quite like the match atmosphere at these 16 board matches..and it should be noted that this competition(s) provides some very good chess playing opportunities for players of all standards in this area.. Important for player development at all levels, and important in fulfilling Manchester’s role in providing good chessing for our local chess community.
Yesterday, Alan Beresford was telling me that Manchester used to play 100 board matches at times… during a journey that was greatly enriched by various unscheduled scenic detours through the Cheshire countryside. Not to mention getting foxed by the Birmingham road jungle. Fortunately, I had Peter King on board to take charge of navigation, decoding my cryptic instructions, spotting key clues on signposts, so we arrived safely in good time. We were also slowed by the Birmingham M6 congestion, on the way to Spaghetti Junction.
Those fortunate enough to go by David Keirmans express high speed service arrived more quickly, I believe.

As to Micks question….below, about possible additional county teams……

I`d agree, but I definitely think we/Manchester should go for an U120 team….and not a U140 team.
I say this, because our other teams need the space to take on a wide range of players e.g., the U160 team yesterday had players graded down to circa ECF 110, and the First team had some players who were U160.
So, this overlap is very useful..

Its not easy to actually raise teams, and county captains really have to battle to complete team lists..specially at the National Counties stages at this time of year, when player availability is more difficult…the summer weather, the FA Cup Final, Juniors on exam duty, players who are getting tired after a long seasons league chess, and other family/social commitments, can prove a challenging obstacle. Having two county matches on the same day adds to the problems for team captains…

So, its vital that Manchester gets plenty of support from across our clubs. These events are all about providing good chess playing opportunities for local players in this area…roughly within a 25 mile radius of Manchester…
I hope our captains continue to get good support from our local players and clubs. Our main neutral venue at Newcastle_U_Lyme Bridge club provides a very good central location to play our matches against other Midlands Counties in the early season, and provides decent refreshments and playing conditions.
I hope players enjoy the summer break, and any of the many congress events going on in the meantime…including the Bolton team Jamboree chess event, later this month .

In the meantime..I`ll just add two points….volunteers are vital to our chess bodies/clubs, and AGM season is fast approaching, so I`d urge support from all players.
Help is always available, so a willing pair of hands is key.
Secondly, a message to local clubs…organise club competitions for novice/beginner players, and advertize these on websites and local press. Clubs really do need an influx of new blood, and really need to encourage new membership at the grass roots..

Good chessing to all..
Dave P Ad hoc publicity

Special Effects

Special Effects

I also found out on Wednesday that my phone does special effects. I knew it could do 3×3 pictures as I posted one a week or two earlier, but now I have discovered these effects too.

I am feeling a little guilty about the lack of chess content in these blog postings today. I think I could post a win by my chess program to rectify that. Yesterday some software I use auto-reposonded to a tournament request and so Sidonia was entered into a competition while I watched TV. My program then crashed and I was sanctioned – a caution – from the powers that be at FICS: the free internet chess server.

I still like the site. I was told off for abandoning mid tournament. At the moment Sidonia is back on there playing against marishka. Marishka plays the weirdest openings!