Forthcoming DCA Events
Derby Jamboree
The end of season Jamboree will take place at Rolls Royce Club on Thursday 11th May.

Matches are hoped to be started by 7:20pm.

The AGM will take place at Rolls Royce Club on Thursday 25th May.

Proposals should be submitted before Thursday 18th May.

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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.

Breadsall - 2016/17 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.

This week sees the last of this season's matches with a few promotions/demotions still in the balance to make an interesting end to the year.

Website Content

There have been numerous requests to restore recently removed active content to the website such as puzzle(s) of the day, the terrific video showing the top 10 players through history, interactive game etc.

Unfortunately, these were not removed because they were considered stale but because the platform used no longer provides links to external content as part of its latest security policy.

Derby District Cup/Plate Competition

The finals of this year's Cup and Plate Competitions took place this week. Derby 'A' defeated Breadsall to win the cup. The Plate final has been postponed until Thursday, 4th May.

Full results can be found in the Results section.

Spondon Summer Open Championship

The popular Summer Open Championship run by Spondon Chess Club but open to anyone will be running again this year. As previously, the competiton is an 8 Round swiss with only the best 6 to count allowing for players to miss rounds for holidays but remaining in contention. 

Held on Thursday evenings at Spondon Chess Club, the dates are: 30th May, 6th/13th/20th/27th June, 4th/11th/18th July. Draw will be at 7.20pm on day.

Cash prizes (depending on entry) will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and Grading Prizes. Winner will also hold the Spondon Cup whilst the best U100 will hold the Foggon Trophy.

1) All Moves in 90 minutes
2) Points: Win 1½, Draw ½, Loss 0
3) Winner will be the player with most points

a) Match between the players
b) Sum of the opponents scores
c) Removing the results of the lowest grade player in turn
d) Play off.
Bert Loomes (Spondon CC, 01332 736276, 07751 113583,
Spondon CC members £16
None members £18 
Under 18s £10.00

Derby Jamboree - Thursday 11th May

The date for this year's ever popular end of season Jamboree has been set for Thursday, 11th May. It will be held at the usual Rolls Royce venue; start as a soon as possible after 7:15pm. 

All clubs are encouraged to enter at least one team. The fun competition will, as usual, be split into Major and Minor sections. Players not in a full team are still welcome and every attempt will be made to be include them. Entries should be sent in advance to Kevin Dalley ( Nominal fee of £4 per 4 man team will be collected on the night.

DCA AGM - Thursday 25th May

This year's AGM will take place on Thursday, 25th May. It will be held at the usual Rolls Royce venue and start at 7:30pm. 

Anyone wishing to submit any proposals for consideration must do so before 18th May. Similarly, anyone should make it known before this date if they are interested in a committee role.

There should ideally be at least one representative from each club but anyone is welcome to attend. This is YOUR annual chance to express your opinion and have an input into the future of the association. 

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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