In remembrance of Bob Platt

With great sadness we have to report that Bob Platt has died in Southport hospital after a short illness.

Bob was a longstanding member of Formy Chess Club playing for the first team over many years and also was Treasurer for some time. Prior to Formby he  had been a member of Waterloo and the Royal.

His connection with MCA chess went back well over 50 years.

The funeral will take place at Thornton Crematorium on Wednesday 19th April at 3:20pm.

After Bob's funeral at Thornton Crematorium there will be a gathering at the Cross House Pub  Cross Green Formby where there is ample parking on site from approx 4-00 p.m. A buffet will be provided and Mrs Platt would like some idea of numbers for  catering purposes.

All of you who will wish to go to the Cross House, and all are welcome, please contact me by e-mail, or on 01704 877854 or 07806 778 788 by Monday night.

Mike Barrett
(President of the MCA)

Scientists prooved: Coffee is doping for chess players!

When not under time pressure.... Doping in Chess

Methylphenidate, modafinil, and caffeine for cognitive enhancement in chess: A double-blind, randomised controlled trial
Excerpt: "Treatment effects on chess performance were not seen if all games (n=3059) were analysed. Only when controlling for game duration as well as when excluding those games lost on time, ...
When not under time pressure, such effects may result in enhanced performance..."

John Davis died yesterday

It is with extreme sorrow that I have to report the death yesterday of John Davis our long standing and much admired Secretary of the MCA.
More information re funeral arrangements etc. may be available by the time of the Committee meeting next Wednesday but if not will be made known as soon I am told of them.

John's funeral will be held at Landican Cemetery  Arrowe Park CH49 5LW at 1-00pm on 25th July. I apologise for this late entry but I have previously e-mailed all clubs and M'side officials .

Mike Barrett
(MCA President)

Knotty Ash Cup and John Ripley Cup 2015/16

The first round of both cup competitions has now been played. For all results, pairings and everything related to the cup competition, please visit "MCA Tournaments".

The second round of the Knotty Ash Cup will be played in the week starting with Monday, 07/12/2015, the second round of the John Ripley Cup will be played in the week starting with Monday, 26/10/2015. Please remember that both weeks are reserved for this tournaments.


Hiding behind fellow pawns,
Bashing bishops,
Capturing queens,
Killing kings.

Across the battlefield,
Across the battlefield,
What a cacophony,
Such a noise.

The pawn has reached promotion,
All hail the queen!
Oh no the black bishop is dead!
There is some wrestling in D4 and D5,
Uh oh the white queen is dead,
Poor thing,
At the wrong place at the wrong time!

Tick Tock, Tick Tock,
The chess clock,
Check, Check,

Written by Harriet Baybutt-Scull

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