Forthcoming DCA Events
Cup/ Plate Competition 
Semi-finals will take place on Thursday, 1st March at Rolls Royce Chess Club.

Could players please get there early enough for a 7:20pm start.

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 v Worcestershire U120

Derbyshire played Worcestershire in the U120 section of the County Championships on 24th February and won by a very impressive style by 10.5 points to 1.5. Not a single board was lost and draws on just three. Full result will appear in the Fixtures / Results section when they become available.

This leaves Derbyshire as a strong contender to progress to the National stages which is outstanding for its first year. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact captain, Les Fancourt, at  

Derby District Junior Chess Club

Ray Forey took the initiative last year to start the Derby District Junior Chess Club at the well suited Mickleover Methodist Centre, DE3 9GH.

Sessions are open to junior players of all strengths on Friday evenings from 5:15 to 6:45pm where they receive expert coaching in a discipline that has many benefits at a formative age - and great fun!

The club has now become a victim of its own success with numbers increasing significantly to the point that additional support is needed to coach and encourage small groups of youngsters. If you are willing to get involved in this very worthwhile cause, even on an occasional basis, please contact Ray at 

Derbyshire Cup/Plate Competition

The semi-finals of the Derbyshire Cup and Plate competition takes place at Rolls Royce Chess Club on Thursday, 1st March.

The matches are:

Belper v Derby A
Chesterfield v Breadsall (postponed until 8th March)

Spondon A v Rolls Royce B
Spondon B v Derby B

Rules of Chess

A few matches this year have been marred by rule book issues, in particular, the 'two minute rule', 'Use of Scoresheets' and 'illegal move rule'. FIDE rules generally apply. Players, most especially captains, are prompted to acquaint themselves with them from time to time, especially since there have been a few recent changes for example:

Updated FIDE rule 7.5.5 "for the first completed illegal move by a player, two minutes extra time will ba awarded to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the game will be declared lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player's king by any possible series of legal moves." This rule applies whether blitz, rapid or standard play.

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
  • Rugeley 50th Anniversary Rapidplay

    Saturday 7th April

    Three sections:
    Open, Intermediate (U160), Minor (U120)

    Lea Hall Social Club
    Sandy Lane, Rugeley
    WS15 2LB

    Open / Other sections
    First £200 / £120
    Second £100 / £60
    Third £50 / £30
    Grading Prize £25

    Further prizes offered subject to number of entrants

    Full Details and Entry Form can be found at:

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