Forthcoming DCA Events
Fixtures Meeting - 1st Sept
To assist clubs that play in multiple leagues, the fixtures meeting is slightly earlier than usual and will take place on Thursday, 1st September, 7:30pm at Rolls Royce Club.

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.

Digital Clocks

It is intended that within a few seasons, Derby & District League Division 1 will use digital clocks, ideally using DGT 2010 digital clocks which has become the de facto FIDE standard. 

To ease the introduction, the 30 move time control has been temporarily suspended and DCA is offering financial support to clubs needing to acquire new clocks. This will take the form of £15 contribution towards each clock together with any discount that can be obtained placing a single larger order. If of greater benefit, DCA will provide a free clock for every three purchased. This only applies to DGT 2010 clocks.

If your club wants to take advantage, interest needs to be registered very soon. Clocks will be available for pick up at the League Meeting on Thurs, 1st September at Rolls Royce Club.

DCA League 2016/17

The new season is almost upon us. David Williams has taken on the role of League Controller and needs to be informed as soon as possible what teams are to be entered so that leagues can be finalised. Remember that a player can play any number of games on board 4 and remain eligible to play for a lower team.

If a team is newly entering, please provide details of playing strength if you would like to be considered for immediate entry into a higher division.

The responsibility of producing a weekly bulletin remains part of the League Controller role for players who prefer this to the website. If you don't receive a copy and would like to, please contact David directly at so that he can amend his records.

DCA League 2016/17 Results

Processing of League Results is now part of the webmaster role so the website will contain the most up-to-date information. This means that results now need to be sent to Kevin Gallagher at

Both team captains need to return results so that they can be tallied. Any information relating to the requested re-scheduling or forfeiture of matches or to any disputes will still be handled by the League Controller whose decision will be final. 

Derby District Junior Chess Club

Derby District Junior Chess Club is now taking enquiries for its new intake. Expert coaching is provided and the club caters for everyone from children wishing to learn to accomplished players wishing to improve.

The youngest member so far is aged 7 but it is open to members upto the age of 16. Sessions will re-commence on Fridays during term time from 5:30-7:00pm at the modern Methodist Church Centre, Mickleover DE3 9NW starting from September 16th.

Full courses are available or simply pay £3 per session. For details, contact chief coach Ray Forey ( or 01332 512184).

Other players wishing to support Ray with the occasional coaching session, please also add your name to his list. Donations of books or DVDs suitable for juniors to help to establish a library would be very gratefully received.

Spondon Summer Tournament

Spondon Summer Tournament is now complete after eight rounds with the best six results counting. Congratulations to Philip Sheldon on winning the competition.Other prize-winners were Saurav Sunny (second place), Miles Webster (U130 grade) and Kevin Woodbridge (U120 grade).Individual match results are available in the Results section.

Many thanks are due to Bert Loomes who made the event possible.

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 County Champion

Paul Madden successfully retained the Derbyshire County Champion title this year which means that he has now held the title an impressive thirteen times - unlucky for some (his opponents mainly). The title also attracts the Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Board trophy.

The Harry Broughton Trophy, awarded to the highest non-seeded player, went to Martin Cobham and the Dorothy Harrison Cup for the highest placed 'bottom half' player went to David Smith.

All trophies and mementoes will be presented at the forthcoming AGM at Rolls-Royce on evening of 26th May. Full results can, as always, be found in the results section.

Thanks are due to Mike Boreham for keeping everything running smoothly and it is hoped that support for the competition will continue to rise for the 2016/17 season.

Lichfield - Derby League Champions

Another Derby and District Chess League season has come to an end with Lichfield Chess Club emerging as clear Champions.

The new Division 4 proved to be a success providing the opportunity for a number of new players to start playing league chess and hopefully, more teams will be attracted to enter next year.

A few months rest now before the whole process starts again.

Breadsall - Jamboree Winners

Congratulations to Breadsall on winning the end of year Jamboree for an impressive fifth time in the last six years.The Minor competition was won by Derby Chess Club. Full results in Results section.

Breadsall - League Cup Winners

This year's League Cup was won by Breadsall making it their eighth win of the title since year 2000. 

The League Plate was won by Rolls Royce 'B' with a strong performance. Full results in the Results section. Congratulations to both clubs.

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
  • Darnall & Handsworth Rapidplay

    Saturday 3rd September

    Stradbroke Community Centre, 
    Sheffield S13 8LT
    Open / U170 / U145 / U120 sections. £750 Prize Fund
    All FIDE and ECF graded.

    Entries are now open Click Here for full details.

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