Forthcoming DCA Events
Executive Council Meeting
Wednesday 2nd May at Rolls Royce.

Cup / Plate Finals
Cup and Plate Finals will take place at Rolls Royce Chess Club on Thursday 3rd May.

Thursday 10th May at Rolls Royce Chess Club. 7:15pm Start

Annual General Meeting
Thursday 17th May at Rolls Royce Chess Club, 7:30pm

Spondon Summer Chess
Tuesday evenings at Spondon Chess Club

Round 1 - May 22
Round 2 - May 29
Round 3 - June 5
Round 4 - June 12
Round 5 - June 19
Round 6 - June 26
Round 7 - July 3
Round 8 - July 10

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.

Spondon Summer Chess

The Spondon Summer Chess Championship will be running again this year. As always, this is an 8 round Swiss with only the best 6 results counting to allow for holidays. Dates appear in the side banner. Basic rules are:

All moves in 90 minutes. Win 1.5, Draw 0.5, Loss 0 points. Winner is highest score from best six results, lowest grade opponents removed in the case of a tie-break. Prizes are £50, £25 and grading prizes together with Spondon Cup and Foggon Trophy (U100)

Entries to Bert Loomes (07751 113583, - Members £15, Non-members £20, U18 £10

This competition requires the whole event to be arranged speculatively and provides the chance for players to continue playing throughout the summer recess. It is always enjoyed by those that enter and fully deserves your support.

Nottingham Chess Congress

The 43rd Nottingham Chess Congress takes place at the excellent Nottingham High School (NG7 4ED) venue, with easy access from the M1, on Sat/Sun 21/22nd April.

With four sections: Open, Major (U165), Intermediate (U135), Minor (U110), the congress attracts many players from Grandmasters to Beginners. This is the most local weekend tournament and attracts numerous DCA players which adds to the great atmosphere. A highly recommended event to provide 5 graded games, especially if you have never tried a weekend congress before.

Online entry is open Here.

Lichfield End of Season

Lichfield Chess Club, with 16 teams, many of them six board, together with a thriving social chess section, feels the strain at the end of season to clear all matches, not helped by this year's additional postponements due to bad weather.

To accommodate this, some extra club nights have been booked in addition to normal Thursdays and more use is made of the larger hall. Could visiting teams please double check the night and, if the normal clubroom seems to be closed, please go up the stairs in the foyer to the main hall.

Derbyshire Cup / Plate Competition

All semi-finals of the Derbyshire Cup and Plate competition have now been completed. The final Cup semi-final between Belper and Derby 'A' finished as a draw but Belper qualify for the final with a better board count.

This leaves the Cup final of Belper v Breadsall and a Plate final of Rolls Royce v Spondon B to be played at Rolls Royce Club on Thursday 3rd May.

Chess Jamboree

This year's Chess Jamboree will take place at Rolls Royce Chess Club on Thursday 10th May. In order to complete all rounds without having to reduce clock times, players are urged to be ready for a 7:15pm start.

Entries should be submitted to Kevin Dalley at by no later than Tuesday 1st May.

Derbyshire U140 County Team

Derbyshire U140 captain, David Woodhouse, has decided that he does not want to continue in the role next year. This means that a replacement will need to be found if the team is to continue. It would be a great shame to see it disappear again for the sake of both the County and the players that enjoy playing in the very pleasant Count Chess environment with 16 players per team and usually at least two matches running in parallel.

The idea of running the team as four sub-teams proved to be effective in sharing the burden and support for the team has gradually grown to the level where it could very easily go through to represent the Midland Counties in the National stage to put Derbyshire back on the chess map so it will be a regrettable if no-one is prepared to pick up the baton.

Derby District Junior Chess Club

Ray Forey took the initiative last year to start the Derby District Junior Chess Club at the well suited Mickleover Methodist Centre, DE3 9GH.

Sessions are open to junior players of all strengths on Friday evenings from 5:15 to 6:45pm where they receive expert coaching in a discipline that has many benefits at a formative age - and great fun!

The club has now become a victim of its own success with numbers increasing significantly to the point that additional support is needed to coach and encourage small groups of youngsters. If you are willing to get involved in this very worthwhile cause, even on an occasional basis, please contact Ray at

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 for example:

Updated FIDE rule 7.5.5 "for the first completed illegal move by a player, two minutes extra time will ba awarded to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the game will be declared lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player's king by any possible series of legal moves." This rule applies whether blitz, rapid or standard play.


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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