We are approaching the final round of the NSDCA’s 3rd online congress since Covid put a stop to OTB chess. The current event has 32 competitors in 3 sections, with our club providing a dozen of those involved.
We have four players in the top section, occupying places 5 to 8 out of 12 after 4 rounds. Youngsters Lukasz Michalek and Harry Gardiner are chasing podium places alongside Neville Layhe and Dave Price.
In the U120 section, Kobus Nienaber is in joint second just half a point behind the leader, and needs some assistance from club legend Les Hall who faces the tournament leader in the final round. Kobus plays Alsager’s Nev Jones for a chance to finish as champion or runner-up. Our other player aka Pop-Eye has yet to get on the scoreboard.
In the U90 section, we have George Bulbeck and Mike Keenan in contention on 3 pts, trailing the leader by half a point who is paired with Mike. Robert Scott has notched up a creditable 2 pts so far, with Pawel Stanny and Mark Randell also competing.
In the meantime the club is open to limited number by arrangement on each Wednesday. Please contact chairman Dave Price if you wish to attend, so that we can comply with current Government Guidelines and Regulations.