Forthcoming DCA Events
Cup and Plate Competition
The Derby and District Cup & Plate competition finals respectively involving Derby A v Breadsall and Rolls Royce B v Spondon B will take place on Thursday, 20th April.

Matches will be at the usual Rolls Royce Club venue with matches starting at 7:20pm.

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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.

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. 

Mindsports UK Youth Championships

Mindsports Academy are holding the 2017 Mindsports National Championship in Stoke City Football Club on 8-9th July; this includes a Chess section.

The top prize for chess is a fully-paid exciting trip to Qatar for the participant and an accompanying adult. This will include return flights, hotel and paid entrance to The Mindsports World Championships being held late in August. Other prizes are also included and the tournament is open to anyone under the age of 20.

For further information, contact Anne Willis, Education Manager at

Nottingham Congress - very soon

Nottingham Congress takes place on Saturday/Sunday 1-2nd April and entries are beginning to grow.

With an excellent venue and good access from the M1, this event continues to grow each year and now enjoys a large loyal following from casual players to Grandmasters. More details are available below or on the Nottinghamshire Chess Association Website

A38 Overnight Closures

There are a number of overnight closures scheduled on various sections of the A38 south of Derby in both directions. 

They do not come into effect until 9:00pm so will not affect journeys to matches but could affect homeward journeys. Players are advised to check in advance.

Digital Clocks

There was an initiative last year to encourage clubs to move towards using digital clocks which can take advantage of modern time controls, with DCA making generous donation to each clock purchased. Once the transition has been made and players have experienced incremental time control, they are loathed to go back.

I have a number of chess clocks ranging from vintage to modern but my favourite has become my phone! There are a variety of chess clocks available but the one shown is the one I have settled on. It allows custom multi-stage time controls to be easily configured and saved and very clearly shows the number of moves played if in primary time control and pure countdown thereafter. Delay, Bronstein and Fischer increments are also possible. 

A move is made by simply tapping anywhere on the orange which switches the active clock to the opponent. The orange turns to red when time has elapsed. It is the clearest by far and free!!

Whilst the DG2010 is now the FIDE standard clock they are expensive; if your club can't stretch to them, you might consider this option. I have used mine by agreement with opponents and reaction afterwards has always been very positive (but don't forget to select aeroplane mode!).

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
  • Nottingham Chess Congress

    Saturday/Sunday 1-2 April 2017 

    Nottingham High School
    Waverley Mount
    Nottingham NG7 4ED

    Open, Major (U160), Intermediate (U135), Minor (U110)

    Entry and Full Details on Notts Chess Website

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