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.

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. 

Ongoing Online Chess

The weekly online chess tournament organised by Dylan Meyer 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 the slightly earlier start times for Mondays and Saturdays.

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

SATURDAY: 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

With pretty much all 'Over The Board' chess coming to a halt due to the Covid crisis, a number of online clubs and tournaments have helped to fill the gap for some. The ECF even now has an online grading list.

As a further extension, it is testing the water so see whether an online County competition has enough interest. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Leslie Fancourt (

The competition is planned to use the platform starting in June and running over 3 months. Details can be found Here

Completion of the Season 2019/20

The Association's Executive have reviewed their plans for the completion of the current season after taking into account the continuing unprecedented situation in respect of the Coronavirus Pandemic and ongoing Government guidance.

With regard to completion of the League season and fixtures it has been decided that there is no immediate urgency in resolving these with a further review to take place at the beginning of June. In the meantime Competition Controller Dave Williams will contact clubs, particularly those still involved in title, promotion and relegation issues, to ascertain their views.

It is hoped that the Cup and Plate Finals and a combined AGM and pre-season Council meeting can all be held in September. The Team Jamboree has been cancelled.

It is intended to complete the County Individual Championship and Mike is hoping that at the latest outstanding Round 6 games will be played by the end of August allowing the final round to take place in September.

Whilst the lack of over the board chess is frustrating for everyone many players are actively turning to online chess as an alternative and I would like to thank Dylan Meyer of Rolls-Royce who has set up various tournaments which are open to all.

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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