County Captains for 2012/2013
Open - Mike Conroy
U180 - John Cooper
U160 - Bill O'Rourke
U140 - Dave Almond
U120 - Dave Thorp
U100 - Phil Shaughnessy
Lancashire's U180 team faced Surrey in this year's quarter finals with the match played at Syston on Saturday 10th May 2014. Unfortunately Lancashire lost a close match by a score of 7 - 9.
Lancashire's Open team also lost out to Surrey by a score of 6 - 10 when the teams met in Leicestershire on Saturday 17th May 2014. On the same day Lancashire's U120 team were beaten 4½ - 7½ by Nottinghamshire.
Lancashire's U160 and U140 teams met their counterparts from Middlesex on Sunday 19th May 2014 at Spondon. Lancashire narrowly won the U140 match while Middlesex were more comfortable winners at U160 level.
There has been a rash of Roses battles recently in this season's Northern Counties Chess Union Championships. The results at the various levels were as follows.
We understand that Yorkshire are not entering the U140 competition this season and so Lancashire's team will progress straight through to the national stages.
NCCU U160 Lancashire 8 v 4 Cumbria - Played at the Reform Club Lancaster 09/02/14
After Cumbria's victory last season, it was with some trepidation that we met again. However I felt we had a stronger team this year. Jordan Lewis was the first to finish, with a draw on board 3. Speaking later George said he was happy to get the draw, as he felt Jordan had an advantage in the ending. Roger Chapman weighed in with a nice win to give us a lead, which Paul Bridge doubled quite soon after. 2½-½.
Lancashire's U180 and U160 players headed off to Finals Day of the ECF County Championships on Saturday, 13th July 2013. The venue for the event was the Trident Centre, Warwick and play was due to start at 13:30. Unfortunately many of Lancashire's players were late due to closure of the M6 and this did our players no favours at all.
Despite the travel problems, and defaulting board 1 because Dominic Rabbitte couldn't make it through the traffic on time, the U180 team were comfortable winners in the end against Cambridgeshire. Congratulations to captain John Cooper and all his players.
Unfortunately the U160 team couldn't quite surmount the travel difficuties and ended up losing a very close match to Essex. Many thanks are due to the organisers and the Essex captain and players who all did what they could to accomodate our late arrivals.