Forthcoming DCA Events
Fixtures Meeting - 30th August
This year's pre-season council meeting will be held at Rolls Royce Club at 7:30pm on Wedneday, 30th August.

Representatives from entered clubs (entry by 20th August), will allow for any required fixture changes.

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.

Chris Fraser - British U120 Champion

Congratulations to Chris Fraser on becoming the U120 British Champion at the recent British Championships held in Llandudno.

This will of course give him the psychological edge in his Derbyshire Chess activities but I am sure he will be happy to sign scoresheets in his new celebrity role.

Another great result from a player with Derbyshire Chess connections was that of Jonah Willow from West Nottingham club who played in the Championship itself among many Grandmasters and finished with an excellent 4.5 points giving a performance rating of 2226 (204 ECF).

ECF Grades July 2017

The July 2017 ECF Grading List has been released so the Players section has been updated. These grades should be observed from the start of the 2017/18 season. 

A reminder that DCA allows a 15 ECF point leeway for board order. Playing out of grade order by a greater margin may result in penalty.

MCCU Junior Championships 2017

It was encouraging to see that, thanks to the efforts of Ray Forey, four members of Derby Junior Chess Club participating in this year's Midland Chess Chess Union Junior Championships which took place in Leicester on Saturday, 22nd July.

The event had six rounds with under-18, under-16, under-14, under-12, under-10 and under-8 sections. Hopefully, the representation from within DCA will be able to build on this foundation.

Derby Junior Chess Club has sessions on Fridays during term time from 5:30-7:00pm at the modern Methodist Church Centre, Mickleover DE3 9NW. Full courses are available or simply pay £3 per session. For details, contact Ray Forey ( or 01332 512184).

Fixtures Meeting 30th August

Could all clubs wishing to enter teams in the 2017-18 Derbyshire League please ensure that entries are confirmed before 20th August including any details of changes of team captains. 

This year's pre-season council meeting to finalize league fixtures will take place on Wednesday 30th August at Rolls Royce CC at 7:30pm. Entry fees for 2017-18 have been reduced from £10 to £5 per team and payment would be appreciated on or before this meeting.

Provisional fixtures will be issued at least a week before. Representation from all clubs would be ideal so that the calendar can be fixed.

Spondon Summer Championship 2017

This year's Spondon Summer Championship was again enjoyed by all that participated and many thanks due to Bert Loomes for his efforts in making sure that it ran smoothly.

Congratulations to Andrew Toothill for winning the competiton. Prizes were as follows:

1st Place - Andrew Toothill
2nd Place - Saurav Sunny
3rd Place - Alex Webster
U132 Grade - Marcel Taylor
U116 Grade - Leslie Fancourt
U100 Grade - Terry Knight

Full results can be found in the results section.

Derby District League Rules 2017

An amended version of the Derby District League Rules has been provided to reflect the minor changes made at the 2017 AGM. These have been updated in the Rules section and take effect from the start of next season.

These incorporate a number of ECF rule changes which can be found on the ECF website.

Paul Madden - 2017 Derbyshire Champion

Congratulations to Paul Madden on winning this year's County Individual Championship. Time to dig out the now familiar photograph as Paul secures the title for a record fourteenth time.

Other performances of note were Alex Webster who won the Harry Broughton Trophy and Matthew Bubis who won the Dorothy Harrison Cup.

The competition, which involves seven monthly graded rounds for players of all strengths, starts al over again in October and it is hoped that more players will be encouraged to enter.

Full results can be found in the Results section.

Derby Jamboree

The Derby Jamboree had a slightly different format this year; rather than teams playing teams, all players took part in a four round Swiss tournament and team results were calculated by adding member's results. This had the effect of leveling the playing field with players generally playing someone closer to their own strength.

The new format proved to be very popular and ran very smoothly under the capable control of Kevin Dalley. A very enjoyable night which will hopefully continue to grow next year. 

Congratulations to Chesterfield for winning the Major, Lichfield for winning the Minor and to Esteve Mateu of Rolls Royce (Left) who was the only player to achieve a perfect 4/4. 

Full results can be found in the Results section.  

Breadsall - 2017 League Champions

Congratulations to Breadsall Chess Club who, despite their two strongest players being unavailable, managed to hold Chesterfield 'B' to a draw to become 2016/17 League Champions.

All League matches have now been completed on schedule, full results for all divisions can be found in the results section. We hope that everyone has enjoyed the season and that at least as many teams will be entered next year. 

Please send 2017/18 entries to David Williams ( as soon as possible.

Derby District Cup and Plate Winners

Derby 'A' defeated Breadsall to win the 2017 Derby District Cup. Spondon 'B' defeated Rolls Royce 'B' to win the Derby District Plate. Congratulations to both winning clubs. Commiserations to the runners-up who will get their chance for revenge in next year's competition. 

Full results can be found in the Results section.

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

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