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.

Happy 2018

The first half of the season has been completed and, with the exception of a few unavoidably postponed matches because of the short blast of icy conditions, everything has run smoothly.

The new January ECF grading list will be published at the end of the month. The website and results will use the new grades, indicated by a change in colour, as soon as they are published because they are the values that will actually be used for ongoing calculation. 

The players section will also be updated so captains please observe any significant improvements/declines of players that might affect board order.

County Individual Championship

Round 3 of this year's County Individual Championship finished on schedule and the draw for round 4 has been made with matches to be completed by the end of January. Draw and results can be found in the Fixtures / Results section.

Only David Levens remains on full points but the competition still has four rounds remaining which still leaves many players in contention.   

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 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 which will take place at Rolls Royce Chess Club on Thursday, 1st March.

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
  • Midland Open Rapid & Blitz

    Sat / Sun 17-18th February

    Holiday Inn Birmingham Walsall, 20 Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, WS2 0BS.
    There will be four 9-round Rapid sections and a 9-round Blitz tournament.

     The prize fund for the tournament is £2,680.

    For full details, including the online entry form and a downloadable entry form, please visit this link on the MCCU website:

  • 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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