Forthcoming DCA Events
DCA 75 Years Event

Some events are planned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Derbyshire Chess Association. 

Details will appear on the website when they become available.

Derbyshire Chess Association

This year, the Derbyshire Chess Association celebrates 75 years since its inauguration. The 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.

AGM and Council Meeting

These meetings have been combined and will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, 19th August. More details will be sent out nearer the meeting. Hopefully we will have a proposed format for the online league by this time.

2020 Grading List

The last ECF 3-digit format grading list has been published and unlikely to change since there has been no chess play or results accepted since the start of the Covid lockdown at the end of March.

These grades will be used as the initial grades using the ELO format to be used soon using the simple formula ELO = 7.5 x ECF + 700. This has been updated in the Players section.

Season 2020/2021

DCA would like to run an online league so that members of Derbyshire clubs will have the chance to play some form of structured competitive chess. It is envisaged that this will run up to Christmas.

Online chess divides opinions so we want to structure the league in a way which will encourage a maximum number of players to take part.

Options (we need your opinions)
  • We could opt for teams of 3, 4 or 5.
  • Time controls could be long with 1 game being played in a session or shorter with each player playing 2 games (1 with each colour).
  • All matches within a round could take place on the same night or we could allow an element of choice ie. a 'club night'
  • Matches could be every week, 2 weeks, or 3 weeks.
  • Teams could be based on existing clubs or a combination of players from more than 1 club.
  • Matches could be played on or lichess.

Please email your views to David Williams ( concerning these options or any other points you think are relevant.

2019/20 League Results

The final tables have been determined by the percentage of points gained from those available. For example Belper B played 8 matches and scored 12 points from a possible maximum of 16. Their percentage success rate is therefore 75%

This makes the champions of each division Breadsall, Belper B, Lichfield B and Rolls Royce C. No decisions have been made regarding promotion and relegation since it likely that the number of teams entering the league in the next season may be significantly different.

2019/20 Cup and Plate

After consultation with the teams involved it was agreed that the finals would be played when over the board play becomes possible.

Online Chess Change

The weekly online chess tournament organised by Dylan Meyer are still have proved to be a great outlet some some in these peculiar times. Anyone in Derbyshire Chess Association (and some other local clubs) are very welcome but please note that the Saturday tournaments have been moved to Friday.

There are three regular competitions each week:

MONDAY: 7.00pm: 7min/3sec BLITZ, 120 minute duration on

THURSDAY: 7.30pm: 10min/5sec BLITZ, 150 minute duration on

FRIDAY: 7.00pm 15min/10secs five round SWISS on

Full instructions for entering these are now on This Link This is a permanent page which will be updated to have the latest links to the actual tournaments, and any new info or instructions.

The links to the actual tournaments will only be posted on this page two days before the events. Note that you can take breaks during the Blitz events, and the Swiss is broken up into rounds. You can leave the competitions at any time.

Any questions to Dylan Meyer: (07769 754894) or Mike Boreham: (07525 925926).

Online 2020 Counties Championship

The Derbyshire Online County team won its first match against Warwickshire. The match was played over nine boards which finished with 4.5 points each but Derbyshire won an extra two boards by default.

If you are interested in taking part in future matches which will take place in the next two months, please contact Leslie Fancourt (

2020/21 Results and Grading

After proposing to do so for some time, the ECF is almost certain to abandon ECF grades in favour of ELO grades for the start of next season. They will also be upgraded monthly to keep grades more current in line with other systems. This means that results need to be returned to ECF within 14 days from the end of the month in which they are played.

Decisions need to be made on how results, league tables etc. are to be handled as they will need to be entered on the ECF League Management System. I am happy to keep grades up-to-date monthly if it is deemed necessary but it only works if I continue to directly receive all results. Due to the number of commitments I have on numerous fronts, I am not prepared to scour other systems looking for results. This gives rise to two options.

a) The ECF LMS should replace the DCA website for all results and results directly entered there.

b) The DCA website will continue with results requiring double entry and/or someone taking responsibility for ensuring that all results are replicated on the LMS within the required time for grading.

This will be an issue to be decided at the forthcoming AGM, whatever form it takes. 

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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