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.
For older news items see the news page.
News for juniors (18th Mar)
A regular newsletter is being published to keep you up-to-date with all the latest local events suitable for juniors. Issue 6 (March 2018) of the newsletter is now available. Please look at the news page for all the issues of the newsletter.
Notts Correspondence Chess (11th Mar)
Nottinghamshire have raised a team this season to play in division 3 of the County & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C & DCCC). Phil Morgan looks at the progress of the team so far. Full Report
University 4 withdrawn from Division 5 (25th Feb)
University have withdrawn their 4th team from Division 5 due to a lack of players. All of their results will stand, and their remaining fixtures will be recorded as 4-0 losses.
General Meeting of the Notts Chess Association (incl RRM) on Tuesday 29th May (11th Feb)
The meeting will be held at 7:30 pm, in the main hall at Bramcote Memorial Hall (West Nottingham CC Venue), Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD.
The main business is expected to concern the League Rules, but this is not exclusive of other matters.
In order that I can produce and issue the agenda ahead of the meeting (in accordance with the constitution) please submit any proposed alterations to the constitution, committee standing orders or league rules, or any other proposals or items for discussion, to me by the end of April.
Steve Burke, Secretary
Executive Committee meeting minutes (11th Feb)
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 19th January is now available to view on the website.
Experience Versus Youth (3rd Feb)
Phil Morgan reflects on the recent Nottingham Rapidplay and how junior players faired against older and more experienced opponents in the major section. Full Article
Nottingham Rapidplay (3rd Feb)
Mark Hebden (Syston) won the open section with a score of 5½/6. Drag Sudar (Gambit) and Armaan Gogia (West Nottingham) were joint winners of the major section with a score of 5½/6. The intermediate section was won by Peter Damms (Louth) with a score of 5½/6. Joseph Wright (University) and Joseph Ward-Langham (Market Harborough) won the minor section with a score of 5/6. Full Results
Stan Cranmer (4/10/30 – 20/1/18) (27th Jan)
Sadly Stan passed away recently after a short illness. I’m sure many of you will have good memories of meeting him across the board or as a teammate. He will certainly be missed at our club. Read full obituary.
His funeral is at 1.00pm on Friday, February 9, at the Mansfield Crematorium if you would like to attend. Afterwards there will be a wake at a local pub. If you would like to go there too, please could you contact Trevor Lewis, who is collating information for the family on our behalf.
Ashfield Chess Club
Midland Open Rapid & Blitz (7th Jan)
The Midland Open Rapid & Blitz will be held on 17-18 February at Holiday Inn Birmingham Walsall, 20 Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, WS2 0BS. There will be four 9-round Rapid sections and a 9-round Blitz tournament. The prize fund for the tournament is £2,680.
For full details, including the online entry form and a downloadable entry form, please visit the MCCU website.
Inter-County Matches Roundup (7th Jan)
Nottinghamshire played Leicestershire in the U100 Championship and Minor Championship last month but unfortunately they lost both matches.
Nottinghamshire County Championship (20th Dec)
The 2017/18 County Champion is Jim Burnett (Mansfield) with a score of 4½/5. Full Results
Grantham Train De-Railed (5th Dec)
Phil Morgan takes a look at the latest results in the league. The Grantham teams have faltered in their recent matches which has allowed the other teams to catch them up. Full Article
Inter-County Matches Roundup (17th Nov)
The minor team beat Warwickshire by a score of 10-6 in their opening match of the season. The U160 team also had a good start to the season with a 9-7 victory against Greater Manchester. The U140 team narrowly beat Derbyshire by a score of 8½-7½. The U120 team lost to Warwickshire by a score of 6½-5½.
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Advantage Mansfield (5th Nov)
Phil Morgan looks at the results from recent fixtures in the top division of the Notts League. Grantham have won the league for the past 8 seasons but with their recent defeat to Mansfield the title race has been thrown open. Full Article
Executive Committee meeting minutes (5th Nov)
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 13th October is now available to view on the website.
Scarborough Congress (5th Nov)
A number of Notts players took part in the Scarborough Congress this year. Mike Barnes (Gambit) and Jonah Willow (West Notts) both scored 3½/5 in the open section. Jonah won £50 for being the joint best junior. Kevin Simpson (Mansfield) scored 3½/5 in the major section. Here is a list of all the Notts players for this competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Michael Barnes (Gambit) 3½, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 3½, Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 3, Alex Combie (Newark) 2½, Michael Naylor (Gambit) 2½, Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) 2, Anita Somton (West Notts) 2
- Major: Kevin Simpson (Mansfield) 3½, David Williams (Long Eaton) 2½, Drag Sudar (Gambit) 2½
- Intermediate: Mark Radford (Central) 3, James Thomson (West Notts) 2½
- Foundation Malcolm Jackson (Ashfield) 3. David Dunne (Nomads) 2½, Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 2½