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Council Meeting
Details of this year's council meeting to be held at Rolls Royce Club to determine the league structure for next year will appear here as soon as know.

Derbyshire Chess Association

The Derbyshire Chess Association is affiliated to the English Chess Federation (ECF). The Association runs the Derby and District Chess League as well as a number of other chess competitions in Derbyshire.

Any Chess Club interested in entering a team in the Derby and District Chess League should make contact through the Officers and Contacts page. All standards of play are catered for.

Anyone interested in joining a Derbyshire Chess Club for social and/or competitive chess can find details of clubs on the Chess Clubs page.

MCCU Junior Championship 2017

The MCCU are holding a Midlands Junior Chess Championship in Leicester on Saturday 22 July. There are six sections ranging from U8 to U18, with Midlands Junior Champion titles in each section for the highest scoring boy and girl from the Midlands area, and cash prizes for the winners.

This is a graded one day six round rapidplay championship for players born after 31 August 1999 and entry fee is £10.

Full details can be found on the MCCU website and have provided this (Word Document) Entry Form.


Paul Madden - Derbyshire Champion

Congratulations to Paul Madden on winning this year's County Individual Championship. Time to dig out the now familiar photograph as Paul secures the title for a record fourteenth time.

Other performances of note were Alex Webster who won the Harry Broughton Trophy and Matthew Bubis who won the Dorothy Harrison Cup.

The competition, which involves seven monthly graded rounds for players of all strengths, starts al over again in October and it is hoped that more players will be encouraged to enter.

Full results can be found in the Results section.

Spondon Summer Championship

The Spondon Summer Championship has now passed the point where new players can enter and is running smoothly. Results after each round appear in the Results section.

Rounds are held on every Tuesday evenings finishing on 18th July with the draw for all attending taking place at 7.20pm on the day.

Cash prizes (depending on entry) will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and Grading Prizes. Winner will also hold the Spondon Cup whilst the best U100 will hold the Foggon Trophy.

1) All Moves in 90 minutes
2) Points: Win 1½, Draw ½, Loss 0
3) Winner will be the player with most points

a) Match between the players
b) Sum of the opponents scores
c) Removing the results of the lowest grade player in turn
d) Play off.
Bert Loomes (Spondon CC, 01332 736276, 07751 113583,
Spondon CC members £16
None members £18 
Under 18s £10.00

Derby Jamboree

The Derby Jamboree had a slightly different format this year; rather than teams playing teams, all players took part in a four round Swiss tournament and team results were calculated by adding member's results. This had the effect of leveling the playing field with players generally playing someone closer to their own strength.

The new format proved to be very popular and ran very smoothly under the capable control of Kevin Dalley. A very enjoyable night which will hopefully continue to grow next year. 

Congratulations to Chesterfield for winning the Major, Lichfield for winning the Minor and to Esteve Mateu of Rolls Royce (Left) who was the only player to achieve a perfect 4/4. 

Full results can be found in the Results section.  

Breadsall - 2017 League Champions

Congratulations to Breadsall Chess Club who, despite their two strongest players being unavailable, managed to hold Chesterfield 'B' to a draw to become 2016/17 League Champions.

All League matches have now been completed on schedule, full results for all divisions can be found in the results section. We hope that everyone has enjoyed the season and that at least as many teams will be entered next year. 

Please send 2017/18 entries to David Williams ( as soon as possible.

Derby District Cup and Plate Winners

Derby 'A' defeated Breadsall to win the 2017 Derby District Cup. Spondon 'B' defeated Rolls Royce 'B' to win the Derby District Plate. Congratulations to both winning clubs. Commiserations to the runners-up who will get their chance for revenge in next year's competition. 

Full results can be found in the Results section.

Derbyshire Chess History

Do the names George Moorcroft, Arthur Severn, Isaac Iglesias ring any bells? They are certainly a blast from the past for me.

They are featured in the History section. If you have any interesting material relating to Chess in Derbyshire suitable to be featured, please send it to Kevin Gallagher at

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