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Cheddleton Chess Club will again be running three teams in the National Chess League this coming season

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

Luxembourg international Fiona Steil-Antoni.

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The first team, which took fourth spot in the first division for the fourth successive season, again qualified for the European Cup.

However – also for the fourth year in succession – the team was unable to put the funds together to take part in the cup.

All the other teams in the first division are full-time professional, with financial backing from local businesses, while at present Cheddleton is not.

The first team will continue under the careful eye of Fiona Steil-Antoni, who is a Luxembourg international player and the only female captain in the league.

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The overwhelming desire will be to claim the third spot behind Guildford and Wood Green, who are the eternal first and second-placed teams.

The Cheddleton second and third teams will continue in Third Division North for another season, with Simon Edwards acting as captain of both teams.

Both teams were successful last year and gave debuts to four local juniors, who all did well.

In the local league, Cheddleton A will be endeavouring to win back the first division championship, while the B and C teams will be fighting another close struggle in the second division.

The D team will be out to retain the third division crown and the E and F teams are likely to be in at the death when the fourth division is decided.

The G team will also be counted upon to give a good account of themselves in the fifth division.

In addition, there are four county cups to be fought for, as well as four cups at varying grade levels in the North Staffordshire League.

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