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.
After a number of enquiries, to clear up any confusion: League results need only be sent to me at email@example.com or via the website contact page. Any convenient format is acceptable.
David Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) produces a bulletin from the website for distribution to anyone that desires.
Derbyshire Individual Championship
This year's Derbyshire Individual Championship competition is now live with round 1 to be completed by the end of October. The competition is over 8 rounds meaning that winners of all prizes will emerge at the end of April including the coveted County Champion title.
Results should be returned to Mike Boreham and will appear on the website as soon as they are reported.
Mickey Adams Simultaneous
Saturday 17th, 25 chess enthusiasts had the pleasure of playing GM Mickey Adams in a simultaneous exhibition held at the perfect venue of Ludorati Game Cafe in Nottingham. The five times and reigning British Champion has, during his paying career, beaten the likes of Anatoly Karpov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen and has been ranked as high as World #4.
Despite a strong field, Mickey won 22, drew 2 and lost only 1 game to David Levens. Besides David and myself, the only other Derbyshire representation was Maurice Hill although the event was largely over-subscribed. A terrific afternoon and great shame that there is not the enthusiasm for such events in Derbyshire. My own game appears on www.checkmate.me.uk.
Lichfield Matches, A38
The first A38 junction heading south to Lichfield remains closed for a couple more months. Away teams are advised to ignore the suggested diversion of going down a junction and heading A38 northbound again but to simply head into Lichfield at the second junction. This is probably even quicker than the original route!
On certain nights, the A38 may be closed with a diversion in place. This will not affect travel to, but may affect homeward journeys. Please check with the club for up-to-date information if of concern.
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