Welcome to the website of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association (NCA). The NCA administers chess in Nottinghamshire.

If you are a new or experienced chess player looking to join a club in Nottinghamshire contact one of the club secretaries shown on the list of clubs. New members are always welcome.

If you need to contact any NCA officer then please visit the information page for their details.

Latest news

For older news items see the news page.

County Championship Final Weekend (10th Jul)

The Finals of the County Championship took place on Saturday 2nd July. In the U120 section Nottinghamshire beat Warwickshire 8-4 to become National Champions for the second time in three years. A report on the day is available to read and the results have been added to the website.

South Lakes Congress (3rd Jul)

Report from Maurice Hill

A number of Nottinghamshire players entered the South Lakes Congress this year and were, by and large, successful.

Jim Burnett took the Best Veterans Prize in the Open (won by Keith Arkell) by coming =4-7th with 3½pts (ECF 197 and TPR 219).

Maurice Hill, in the Major, came =2-8th with 3½ pts and received a Grading Prize since the second prize, when divided between the seven, would have been miniscule! (ECF 147 and TPR 180). David Levens, having a bad tournament, scored 1½pts.

Ray Sayer came =8-15th in the Minor 1 Section with 3pts (ECF 116 TPR130) and Marcel Taylor =22-26th with 2pts.

For full results please go to the Cumbria Chess Association website.

AGM Meeting Papers (3rd Jul)

The AGM will take place at West Notts CC on Monday 11th July from 7:30pm. The agenda and supporting papers are available to download.

County Championship Semi-Final Weekend (3rd Jul)

The Semi-Finals of the County Championship took place on Saturday 11th June. There were 3 teams from Nottinghamshire competing in the U140, U120 and U100 sections. The results are as follows:

U100 Nottinghamshire 5-7 Essex Full Results
U120 Nottinghamshire 7½-4½ Norfolk Full Results
U140 Nottinghamshire 6-10 Worcestershire Full Results

MCCU Congress (3rd Jul)

The MCCU Congress will be taking place at Walsall on 13-14 August. This is a 5 round tournament and is part of the ECF Grand Prix and the MCCU Grand Prix. There are sections for all levels of playing ability. Further details can be found on the MCCU Congress website.

County Championship Quarter-Final Weekend (12th Jun)

The Quarter-Finals of the County Championship took place on Saturday 21st May. There were 4 teams from Nottinghamshire competing in the minor, U160, U140 and U120 sections. Read the round up report to see how the teams got on.

Notts Chess Association AGM (12th Jun)

The NCA Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 11th July at West Notts Chess Club (provisional) from 7.30pm. A reminder that Officers will need to submit a report - please could these be sent to Alan Kenyon (secretary) by 20th June to enable him to circulate well in advance of the meeting.

Anyone wishing to take on/relinquish a responsibility post should also notify Alan of this intention.

Logo Competition, Win A Clock! (30th May)

Entries are invited for a logo competition, to help provide the NCA with a modern image. A flyer can be downloaded with further details about the competition. A revamped version of the logo we used many years ago is also available to download. You can continue the themes of the former logo or invent a new theme that somehow associates Nottinghamshire with chess. Entries are to be submitted to the NCA President, no later than the end of July.

Rules Revision Meeting Agenda Update (15th May)

The agenda has been updated for the Rules Revision Meeting being held on Monday 16th May.

Four Counties U130 junior team tournament (15th May)

The second of this new series of junior county matches was held in Sheffield on Sunday 24th April. Four counties participated in the tournament - Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The Notts junior team finished in 3rd place. Full report

Rules Revision Meeting Papers (1st May)

Here is the agenda and supporting papers for the Rules Revision Meeting to be held on Monday 16th May:

Nottingham Congress (24th Apr)

GM Keith Arkell cruised through to win the Open by 1½ clear points. Marcel Taylor (Radcliffe & Bingham) won the Intermediate with the only other 100% score. Nathan Cragg (Ashfield) and Robert Cater (University) were joint winners of the Minor and Bernardo Pincheira (University) was immediately behind. Both students were playing their first ever adult event. The West Nottingham junior trio of Jonah Willow, Anita Somton and Adam Bennett were second in the Open, Major and Intermediate respectively. Full Report


Keith Arkell - Open Winner
Keith Arkell
Open Winner
David Williams - Major Winner
David Williams
Major Winner
Marcel Taylor - Intermediate Winner
Marcel Taylor
Intermediate Winner
Nathan Cragg - Minor Winner
Nathan Cragg
Minor Winner

Executive Committee meeting minutes (24th Apr)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 8th April is now available to view on the website.

Best Game Prizes (24th Apr)

Entries are invited for this season’s best game prizes. As last year, there are two prizes (15 each). One is open to all, while the other is an Under 140 prize (July 2015 grading list).

Any game played in an NCA event (League, County Championship, Rapidplay, Congress or County Match) since May 2015 is eligible.

Games don’t have to be perfect to win! A mistake or two, doesn’t necessarily rule a game out. So why not enter your most enjoyable game of the season? It would be good to share more of the highlights of our season with our fellow players.

Games in PGN or ChessBase form would be easiest, but a simple score of the game (including details of when/where it was played and who against) is acceptable. You can add any notes or comments that you wish, though this is not required.

Please send entries to Steve Burke by the end of May.

Congress (Apr 16/17) Emergency Phone Number / Volunteer(s) needed (5th Apr)

Here are the contact details for Robert Richmond, the organiser of the Nottingham Congress:

Emergency number, for use on the day - 07498-575638

For queries before then 0115-9455908 or by email - Robrchmnd@aol.com

Volunteer(s) needed for part of the Saturday to serve refreshments. Please ring Robert Richmond if interested.

NCA Meetings (5th Apr)

The general meeting of the NCA "Rules Revision Meeting" will be held (provisionally) on Monday 16th May at West Notts Chess Club.

Please send any proposals for the agenda to Alan Kenyon (secretary) by Monday 18th April at the latest.

An Executive Committee meeting is being held on 8th April. Should any member wish to express an interest in attending this or wish to add an item for discussion to the agenda let the secretary know.

Inter-County U180 Championship: Warwickshire 9-7 Nottinghamshire (19th Mar)

The U180 team lost 9-7 to Warwickshire and miss out on a clean sweep of the Midland County Team championship titles. Full Results

Inter-County Minor Championship: Worcestershire 7-9 Nottinghamshire (19th Mar)

Nottinghamshire beat Worcestershire 9-7 to win the Minor Championship. The team now progress to the quarter final of the national stages to play either Norfolk or Middlesex. Full Results

Obituary for John Buttery (13th Mar)

The following brief obituary was received from Barry Redburn at Radcliffe and Bingham chess club:

"It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of long time Radcliffe and Bingham member, John Buttery. John passed away in February, aged 93, following a couple of falls in the last two months, the last of which occurred in a Nursing Home in Clifton.

John was a character and a man of strong faith. After every club evening on a Tuesday, he would deliver a sermon to us all, whether we wanted it or not. He could never be accused of keeping his opinions to himself.

For all his eccentricity he will be sorely missed by us all, at his club, county and Nottingham congresses, all of whom he supported whenever possible."

Inter-County Matches Roundup (4th Mar)

Nottinghamshire county teams were in good form as they win 3 Midlands titles in the U140, U120 and U100 championships. All 3 teams progress to the national stages.

U100 - Nottinghamshire 6½-5½ Warwickshire Full results
U120 - Worcestershire 3½-8½ Nottinghamshire Full results
U140 - Nottinghamshire 10-6 Derbyshire Full results

Mansfield Venue (16th Feb)

Mansfield do not have a venue for their remaining home games. They will contact opponents to make alternative arrangements.

Inter-County U140 Championship: Worcestershire 6-10 Nottinghamshire (16th Feb)

The U140 team beat Worcestershire 10-6 and are currently equal first in the group stages with Derbyshire. Their last match against Derbyshire will decide who wins the U140 championship. Full Results

Executive Committee meeting minutes (7th Feb)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 15th January is now available to view on the website.

Nottingham Rapidplay (7th Feb)

The winner of the Open section was GM Mark Hebden (Guildford 4NCL) with a score of 6/6. The major section was won by Athar Mehmood (Newport) with a score of 5/6. The intermediate section was won by Hari Solomonides (West Bridgford) with a score of 5½/6. The minor section was won by Leslie Fancourt (Derby) with a score of 5½/6. Full Results

Inter-County U160 Championship: Nottinghamshire 10-6 Warwickshire (24th Jan)

The U160 had a comfortable 10-6 victory over Warwickshire to make it 2 wins out of 2. Full Results

Inter-County U140 Championship: Lincolnshire 5-11 Nottinghamshire (17th Jan)

The U140 team had a convincing win against Lincolnshire. They fielded a very strong team and only lost 2 games. Full Results

Mansfield Venue (17th Jan)

The remaining home fixtures for Mansfield will be played at the Brown Cow. If there are any further changes to the venue then the opposition teams will be informed.