Forthcoming DCA Events

Derby Cup / Plate
Remaining dates for the Cup / Plate competitions are as follows:

Thurs 28th February (Semi)
Thurs 02nd May (Final)

Matches take place at Rolls Royce Club. Please be ready to play by 7:15pm

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.

Derbyshire U140 v Staffordshire

The Derbyshire U140 County team were defeated  by Staffordshire in a well fought match this weekend losing by 7 boards to 9 in a match they would have hoped to have won. Full result can be found in the Fixtures/Results section.

The next match is on Saturday 9th February against Worcestershire which Derbyshire need to win to keep hope alive of progressing to the National stage.

John Kelsall - Sad News

It is sad news that I have to report the loss of John Kelsall of Belper Chess Club on the 29th December.  He suffered a brain tumour.

John's funeral service will take place at 11:30 am on Wednesday 23rd January at 'Our Lady of Pepetual Succour Catholic Church, Belper DE56 1WA. 

All are also welcome to join from 12:45am at the Bluebell Inn, Farnah Green, DE56 2UP

Full details can be found Here

Derbyshire Individual Competition

The draw for Round 4 has now been made for the Derbyshire Individual Competition with all games to be completed by the end of January. Two games from the previous round have not yet been played but the draw has needed to go ahead to keep everything on schedule.

It is so far closer than previous years with Paul Madden, Ray Forey, David Smith, Shane Bhayat and Ranjit Nath all sharing first place.

Nottingham 30th RapidPlay

The 30th Nottingham RapidPlay will take place at the excellent usual venue, Nottingham High School NG7 4ED, on  Sunday 20th JanuaryThis year's main Nottingham Congress will be held at the same venue on Sat/Sun 23rd/24th March.

Both have sections and prize money to cater for all levels of player from Novice to Grandmaster and receive good support from DCA players since it is the closest Chess Congress. Both events are highly recommended, particularly if you have never participated in a weekend tournament before.

Full details and entry can be found at

Derbyshire Cup and Plate

The four quickplay rounds of the Derbyshire Cup and Plate competition have now been completed. The two resulting Cup semi-finals will be Breadsall v Rolls Royce A and Derby A v Chesterfield. The two Plate semi-finals will be Rolls Royce B v Belper B and Spondon 'A' v Rolls Royce C

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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