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 Junior Chess
Any juniors (up to age 16) of any strength wishing to get involved with playing chess should contact Ray Forey (firstname.lastname@example.org 01332 512184).
If there is sufficient interest for a new intake, the Derby District Junior Chess club will run again on Friday evenings where expert coaching will be provided. More details in the junior chess section.
Magnus (film) Special Offer
The QUAD Arts Centre in Derby (DE1 3AS), would like to let the chess community know that it will be screening the new Chess based film, Magnus, later this month as a special promotion.
Magnus (U) is a documentary telling the story of the current World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlson, who was a child chess prodigy in Norway before becoming the third youngest ever Grandmaster at the age of 13.
The film will be screening from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th. Screening times and a trailer can be found on the Derby Quad website.
Derby Quad are inviting members of Derbyshire Chess clubs to see the film at a special offer rate of just £5 per person. To claim this offer please just quote the keyword CHECKMATE to box office staff when booking your tickets either in person at the box office or by calling 01332 290606.
This film is also part of their 16 – 25 offer which allows people between these ages see films for just £3.50. To claim this offer, customers need to buy their tickets less than 45 minutes before a screening starts and present any identification that shows their date of birth.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire Match
Saturday 7th January saw a close fought match between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire U140 County teams end in a draw with 8 points each.
Report by captain, David Woodhouse, and results in the results section.
Derbyshire Individual Championship
Round 3 of the Derbyshire Individual Championship was completed before Christmas on schedule placing Paul Madden and Ranjit Nath as join leaders so far.
The draw for round 4 has been completed and is now live with games to be completed before the end of January.
Nottingham Rapidplay and Congress
Nottingham Rapidplay and Congress entries are now open; they take place respectively on Sunday 29th January and Saturday/Sunday 1-2nd April.
With an excellent venue and good access from the M1, these events continue to grow each year and now enjoy a large loyal following from casual players to Grandmasters. More details are available below or on the Nottinghamshire Chess Association Website
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 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 email@example.com