Forthcoming DCA Events
Cup/ Plate Competition 
Semi-finals will take place on Thursday, 1st March at Rolls Royce Chess Club.

Could players please get there early enough for a 7:20pm start.


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.

Derbyshire v Staffordshire U120 Match

The newly formed Derbyshire U120 suffered a heavy defeat in its first match against Warwickshire but this weekend saw a complete reverse of fortune as it gains in strength and made short work of Staffordshire winning by 8 games to 4 losing on only 2 boards. Full result in the Fixtures/Results section.

The team's next match is on 6th January against Lincolnshire. New U120 players wishing to get involved and enjoy County chess should contact Leskie Fancourt. Similarly, players U140 should contact David Woodhouse (contact details in the 'Officers and Contacts' section).

Nottingham Rapidplay Congress

The 29th Annual Nottingham Rapidplay Congress is now open for entry. The event takes place on Sunday, January 28th at the usual excellent venue, Nottingham High School NG7 4ED. 

It is an ECF Graded 6 round Swiss tournament with Open, Major (U160), Intermediate (U135) and Minor (U110) sections with around £800 in various prizes. No entries can be accepted on the day because the pairing for the first round needs to be prepared in advance.

Full details and entry can be found at Notts Chess Website

Derbyshire v Lincolnshire U140 Match

The U140 Midlands section of County Matches has been fiercely fought this year with every match going down to the final board and Saturday's Derbyshire v Lincolnshire match was no exception. This time thankfully, it was in Derbyshire's favour and they managed to win by the narrowest of margins.

Many thanks as always to Mike Boreham and the Rolls Royce Club for providing excellent facilities and captain David Woodhouse conveys his thanks to everyone who supported the team.

After its recent resurrection, the U140 team continues to grow in strength with the U120 team providing the welcome role of allowing displaced players to still play county chess. Players wishing to get involved graded below 140 should contact David Woodhouse, those below 120 should contact Leslie Fancourt (contact details in the 'Officers and Contacts' section).

Full result in the Fixtures/Results section.

Derbyshire Cup/Plate Competition

The final quickplay rounds 3 and 4 of the Cup/Plate competitions were completed last week to decide which teams go through to the normal play Semi-Finals.

The semi-final matches are:

Belper v Derby A
Chesterfield v Breadsall

Spondon A v Rolls Royce B
Spondon B v Derby B

Rules of Chess

A few matches this year have been marred by rule book issues, in particular, the 'two minute rule', 'Use of Scoresheets' and 'illegal move rule'. FIDE rules generally apply. Players, most especially captains, are prompted to acquaint themselves with them from time to time, especially since there have been a few recent changes.

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

Chess Activities and Events
  • Rugeley 50th Anniversary Rapidplay

    Saturday 7th April

    Three sections:
    Open, Intermediate (U160), Minor (U120)

    Lea Hall Social Club
    Sandy Lane, Rugeley
    WS15 2LB

    Open / Other sections
    First £200 / £120
    Second £100 / £60
    Third £50 / £30
    Grading Prize £25

    Further prizes offered subject to number of entrants

    Full Details and Entry Form can be found at:

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