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.
League Cup and Plate Competitions
The quickplay qualifying stage of this year's Derby League Cup and Plate competitions have been completed and the teams that have emerged to take part in the graded semi-finals are:
Chesterfield v Derby A
Belper A v Breadsall
Rolls Royce B v Derby C
Spondon B v Belper B
These matches will take place at Rolls Royce; the date will be published as soon as it is known.
Derbyshire Individual Champ - Round 3
One game remains outstanding for Round 2 of the County Individual Championship between reigning County Champion Paul Madden and, hot from his simul win against of Mickey Adams, David Levens.
Since this game cannot be arranged before the end of the month, round 3 has been started and is now live with games to be completed during December with the slightly early start hopefully allowing the round to be completed before the Christmas break.
Results should as always be returned to Mike Boreham and will appear on the website as soon as they are reported.
Keith Myhill (Clay Cross) R.I.P
Sad to have to report the loss of Keith Myhill after a short illness.
Many Derbyshire players will have known him for a long time. Keith was one of the founder members of Clay Cross Chess Club and will be sadly missed by everyone there.
His obituary Sheffield Chess Club can be found Here
Derbyshire v Lincolnshire U140 Match
Derbyshire narrowly lost to Lincolnshire on Saturday 19th November in the first County Match of this year's competition. Results and full report by captain David Woodhouse can be found in the results section.
The next match will be at home to Nottinghamshire on Saturday, 7th January.
Joseph Henry Blackburne
In the below excellent compilation 'History of top chess players over time' it can be seen that in his prime, J.H.Blackburne was the second ranked player in the World, second only to Wilhelm Steinitz. He was though, probably most famous for his Blindfold Simultaneous ability where he very regularly played 10 strong opponents at a time without sight of the board.
Quite excitingly, many of these took place locally. Burton chess club has an unbroken history to be proud of and due to the generosity and hospitality of W.H.Worthington of brewing fame (and president of the Burton Chess Club when it took up residence in the new Liberal Institute Club opened in 1880), Blackburne gave two day exhibitions - a 10 player blindfold on one day and an unlimited player simultaneous on the other - on no less than seven occasions, the first being in 1875. These are documented in Tim Harding's book and Trevor Bould has loaned me hand written records from the time.
Worthington also donated impressive trophies including an impressive cased sterling silver cup and a large boxed solid ivory chess set and wooden board, very probably used by Blackburne himself, and now much too valuable to be awarded for internal competitions.
Fuller details and photographs will soon appear in the History 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 email@example.com