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Derbyshire U140 
The county U140 team plays against Nottinghamshire on 11th November.


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 U140

Last weekend, the Derbyshire U140 had its first match of the season against last year's Midland Counties winners - Nottinghamshire. It was an exciting finish going down to the very last game. Derbyshire took an early lead in the match with later results gradually evening the score. The final game looked for some time as though it was going to provide another win to level the match so it was to the opponents great satisfaction when it was eventually drawn to give them a win by the narrowest possible margin. Full result in the results section.

All said, it was an enjoyable afternoon of chess with two matches running together making for a great atmosphere. 

The next match is at home against Lincolnshire. Please make your interest known if you are between 120 and 140 ECF.

Derbyshire U120

The new Derbyshire U120 enjoyed its inaugural match against Warwickshire.  The team lost 9 - 3 with Nigel Marshall gaining the only win and draws secured by Graham Pace, Edward Brown, Alan Holden and Leslie Fancourt (captain). 

It is encouraging that with Leicestershire join Derbyshire as new entrants in the U120 section which now has seven counties represented with the added bonus that this means that three teams, rather than the usual two, will progress to the National stages.

Great to see the new team up and running and I am sure it will gain in strength as it gets established. Full result the results section.

Rules of Chess

A few matches this year have been marred by rule book issues, in particular, the 'two minute rule' 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.

Minor altercations can lead to ill-feeling in a league that prides itself on its informality and friendliness.

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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