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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.
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Midlands and Northern Girls Championship (14th Mar)
The Notts Primary Schools Chess Association (NPSCA) organised the first Midlands and Northern Girls Championship, which took place on Sunday 5th March at Nottingham High School. There were 4 sections for girls under 14, under 12, under 10 and under 8. The games were played over 5 rounds, with trophies on offer for the first three places in each. Full Report
Notice of a Notts Chess Association General Meeting (8th Mar)
A General Meeting will be held at the West Nottingham CC venue, Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD on Monday 15th May starting at 7:30pm. Full Details
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 10.5-5.5 Worcestershire (5th Mar)
The minor team had a convincing victory over Worcestershire but overall they finish bottom of the table and will not progress any further this season. Full Results
Inter-County U100 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-5 Leicestershire (5th Mar)
The U100 team beat Leicestershire to become Midland Champions and will progress to the national stages. Full Results
Tradewise Grand Prix 2015-16 (24th Feb)
Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) has won the U140 Section of the 2016 Tradewise Grand Prix, by getting the most points from his six best tournaments. He received £200 in prize money.
Inter-County U160 Championship: Warwickshire 8-8 Nottinghamshire (12th Feb)
The U160 team drew against Warwickshire in the final match of the group stage. The teams are joint midlands champions and both go through to the national stages. Full Results
Nottingham Rapidplay (5th Feb)
Mark Hebden (Syston) won the open section for the third successive year with a score of 6/6. The other sections were more closely contested. The major section was won by Daniel Broughton (Nottingham) and Nigel Young (Chess Mates) with scores of 5/6. The intermediate section was won by Geoff D Brown (Darnell Handsworth) and Armaan Gogia (West Nottingham) with scores of 5/6. Findlay Bowcett-Terry (Halesowen) was the outright winner in the minor section with a score 5½/6. Full Results
Executive Committee meeting minutes (5th Feb)
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 20th January is now available to view on the website.
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-9 Leicestershire (29th Jan)
The minor team's miserable run continues with yet another defeat, this time losing 9-7 to Leicestershire. Full Results
Inter-County U140 Championship: Derbyshire 8-8 Nottinghamshire (29th Jan)
The U140 team drew 8-8 to Derbyshire and are currently second in the table with a chance of qualification to the national stages. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7½-4½ Worcestershire (29th Jan)
Nottinghamshire become Midlands U120 champions after beating Worcestershire by a score of 7½-4½. Full Results
Keith Brameld's Funeral (29th Jan)
Keith Brameld's funeral will take place at Gedling Crematorium at 12:30 on Fri 10 Feb, followed by a reception in Arnold, the venue tbc. Anyone wishing to have time with his coffin may do so at Lymms in Arnold on 9 Feb between 12:00 & 17:00
Gedling Crematorium is about 200 yards on the left down Catfoot Lane when turning off Plains Rd. The funeral reception will be held at Lambley Village Kitchen pub which is at the junction of Catfoot Lane and Main St in Lambley, NG4 4PN.
Change of Venue for West Bridgford (25th Jan)
Please note that West Bridgford have moved all their remaining matches to:
Wilford Social and Bowls club, 55 Main Road, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7AP.
Please ensure all your players are made aware of this change.
The following additional advice may be useful.
If you are driving from West Bridgford/Trent Bridge along Wilford Lane, continue to the Co-op on your left and then turn right at the traffic lights just after it onto Main Road. The venue is then about 250 yards down the road, a white building on the left hand side, with roadside parking. The entrance is clearly marked, and you will need to walk through the Social Club area, exiting the far door. The chess will be in the Bowls Club pavilion, the entrance to which will be reached after walking just a few more yards.
Coming from Clifton Bridge/Ring Road follow the signs to West Bridgford which will bring you along Clifton Lane. The traffic lights are immediately past "The Harvester" on your left. Turn left at the traffic lights onto Main Road as above.
Executive Committee Meeting (11th Jan)
Message from Andy Walker (President, NCA)
EC will be meeting on Friday 20th January. If anyone has an item for the agenda, or would like to attend, please let me know. There are still a number of vacancies among the officers, most notably for a Secretary, but also for a Safeguarding Officer, a Bulletin Editor and a Special Events Organiser. Please let me, or any member of EC, know if you would be prepared to volunteer for any of these roles, or can suggest someone we should approach.
Obituary for Stephen Foster (23rd Dec)
It is with great sadness that Nottingham Central Chess Club announce the death of Stephen Foster, long time member and first team captain. He also represented Notts many times in team events and was captain of the county's Correspondence Chess team in recent times.
He died peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday 11th December after a long period of declining health. We are sure his many friends in the Nottingham chess community will remember him with affection.
Stephen regularly took part in competitions. Here are a couple of games that he played.
Inter-County U120 Championship: Warwickshire 5-7 Nottinghamshire (18th Dec)
The U120 team make it 3 wins out of 3 after beating Warwickshire 7-5. They extend their lead at the top of the table to 4 points. Full Results
Inter-County U160 Championship: Nottinghamshire 8½-7½ Greater Manchester (18th Dec)
The U160 team beat Greater Manchester by the narrowest of margins in a match that wasn't decided until the last board. Full Results
Mansfield withdraw team from Division 4 (11th Dec)
Mansfield have withdrawn their team from Division 4 due to lacking a sufficient number of players. The match results will be removed from the league table but the games will still be graded.
Inter-County U140 Championship: Nottinghamshire 9-7 Lincolnshire (11th Dec)
The U140 team had a tougher match than expected against Lincolnshire but were able to win 9-7. Full Results
Inter-County U100 Championship: Nottinghamshire 9½-2½ Staffordshire (11th Dec)
The U100 team had a comfortable win over Staffordshire and were gifted a 4-0 head start when the opposition couldn't raise a full team. Full Results
Nottinghamshire County Championship (3rd Dec)
The 2016/17 County Champion is Jonah Willow (West Nottingham) with a score of 4/5. At the age of 13 he is the third youngest player to win the title. Full Results
Four Counties Juniors U130 Competition (21st Nov)
On Sunday the 6th November Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire competed at Nottingham High Junior School. The competition was won by Leicestershire with 6 points. Nottinghamshire finished in last place but there were great results from a number of Notts players against strong opposition. Full Report
Inter-County U100 Championship: Warwickshire 1½-10½ Nottinghamshire (20th Nov)
The U100 team thrashed Warwickshire 10½-1½ in their opening match of the season. On paper this looked to be a close match so it must have been quite a surprise for both teams. Full Results
Inter-County U140 Championship: Nottinghamshire 6-10 Worcestershire (20th Nov)
The U140 team lost 10-6 to Worcestershire in their opening match of the season. This was a disappointing result for Nottinghamshire as they had the better grading average overall but lost too many games on the top boards. Full Results
British Rapidplay (20th Nov)
The British Rapidplay took place in Leeds on 12-13 November. Anita Somton (West Notts) came first in the intermediate section with a score of 8½/11 and won the first prize of £400. Lavanya Maladkar (West Notts) came equal first in the Under 11 Trial with a perfect score of 5/5. In the open section Jim Burnett (Mansfield) and Jonah Willow (West Notts) both scored 6/11. Jonah won a £10 grading prize with a grading performance of 2109. In the minor section Chris Fraser (West Bridgford), Armaan Gogia (West Notts) and Vidura Mendis (West Notts) all scored 6/11. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 11 except where stated otherwise):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 6, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 6, Alex Combie (Newark) 4½
- Intermediate: Anita Somton (West Notts) 8½ 1st
- Minor: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 6, Armaan Gogia (West Notts) 6, Vidura Mendis (West Notts) 6
- Under 11 Trial: Lavanya Maladkar (West Notts) 5/5 =1st, Kian Chan (West Notts) 3½/5, Joseph Hurst (West Notts) 3/5, Zayan Baig (Notts Juniors) 3/5, Aman Chahal (Notts Juniors) 2/5, Mankaran Punglia (Notts Juniors) 2/5, Arjuna Mendis (West Notts) 1/5
Scarborough Congress (11th Nov)
The Scarborough Congress was held in the Spa Centre on 21-23 October. There was a good turnout of Notts players at the competition. Michael Barnes (Gambit) came equal 2nd in the open section with a score of 4/5 and won £100 in prize money. Marcel Taylor (Radcliffe & Bingham) had similar success in the minor section, finishing equal 2nd with a score of 4/5 and winning £83.33 in prize money. Here are the results for all the notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Michael H Barnes (Gambit) 4 (2nd=), Jonah Willow (West Notts) 3, Alex Combie (Newark) 3, Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 3, Glenn Halfpenny (Ashfield) 2, Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) 2, Michael Naylor (Gambit) 2
- Major: Drag Sudar (Gambit) 3½, Anita Somton (West Notts) 2½, David Williams (Long Eaton) 2, Kevin Simpson (Mansfield) 1½
- Intermediate: Hambel Willow (West Notts) 2½, Tim Kendall (Gambit) 2½, Mark Radford (Nottingham Central) 2½, James Thomson (West Notts) 2½
- Minor: Marcel Taylor (Radcliffe & Bingham) 4 (2nd=), Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 1½
- Foundation: Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 3½
Hull Congress (11th Nov)
The Hull Congress was held at the University on 14-16 October. Jim Burnett (Gambit) came equal 2nd in the open section with a score of 3½/5 and won £100 in prize money. Robert Taylor (Ashfield) came equal 3rd in the major section with a score of 3½/5 and won £50 in prize money. In the minor section Ray Sayer (Ashfield) finished mid table with a score of 2½/5.
Inter-County U120 Championship: Staffordshire 3½-8½ Nottinghamshire (11th Nov)
The U120 team scored another impress win, this time against Staffordshire and are at the top of leaderboard. Full Results
Inter-County Minor Championship: Warwickshire 10½-5½ Nottinghamshire (11th Nov)
The minor team suffered a humiliating defeat to Warwickshire and now must win their remaining matches to reach the knock out stages. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 9½-2½ Lincolnshire (29th Oct)
The U120 team scored a convincing 9½-2½ victory against Lincolnshire. Full Results
Inter-County Minor Championship: Lincolnshire 13-3 Nottinghamshire (29th Oct)
The minor suffered a heavy defeat to Lincolnshire by a score of 13-3. Full Results
English U11 Championship (23rd Oct)
The English U11 Championship took place at Nottingham Junior High School on 15-16 October. There were 35 juniors taking part in the competition and the winner was Lavanya Maladkar (West Notts) with a score of 5/5. Nottingham Juniors have now won this prestigious title 4 times, but Lavanya is the only girl champion in its long history. Full Report
Nottinghamshire Competitions (18th Oct)
The online entry forms are now available to use for the County Championship, Rapidplay and Congress competitions. You can also download pdf versions of the entry forms if you prefer to enter by post.
|Competition||Date||Paper Entry Form||Online Entry Form|
|County Championship||19-20 Nov 2016||Download Entry Form||Enter Online|
|Nottingham Rapidplay||29 Jan 2017||Download Entry Form||Enter Online|
|Nottingham Congress||1-2 Apr 2017||Download Entry Form||Enter Online|
Executive Committee meeting minutes (9th Oct)
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 30th September is now available to view on the website.
County U14s Championship (9th Oct)
The NYCA U14 County Championships were held in Northampton on Sunday 25th September. Nottinghamshire finished second overall just behind Sussex but ahead of Kent. Full Report
Mickey Adams Simultaneous (21st Sep)
The simultaneous display given by Mickey Adams against 25 players last Saturday, September 17th, at Ludorati Cafe, Maid Marian Way was a resounding success. Mickey Adams, a five times winner of the British Championship and, at one time, World number 4 for two years, remains a Super GM! He won 22, drew 2 and lost just 1. Full Report
Executive Committee Meeting (17th Sep)
The executive Committee will meet on Friday 30th September. If you would like to attend, or if there is something you would like us to discuss, please contact the Executive Committee.
Darnall FIDE Rapidplay (17th Sep)
Several Notts players entered the Darnall FIDE Rapidplay on 3rd September. Anita Somton (West Notts) won the intermediate section with a score of 5½/6 and received £100 in prize money. Drag Sudar (Gambit) came equal 3rd in the major section with a score of 4/6 and won £12.50 in prize money. Here are a list of all Notts players that took part in the competition (all scores out of 6):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 4, Peter Mercs (Gambit) 3, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 3
- Major: Drag Sudar (Gambit) 4 =3rd
- Intermediate: Anita Somton (West Notts) 5½ =1st, Mark Radford (Nottingham Central) 3½, Hambel Willow (West Notts) 3½
- Minor: David Dunne (West Notts) 4, Vidura Mendis (West Notts) 4, Arjuna Mendis (West Notts) 1½
Mickey Adams Simultaneous Chess Exhibition in Nottingham (12th Sep)
On Saturday, September 17th, at 1pm, a simultaneous chess exhibition with the British Chess Champion Mickey Adams will be held at Ludorati cafe bar in Nottingham. Mickey will be taking on all comers all at once!
To reserve your seat at a table with Mickey Adams you must pre-register at http://ludoratichessma2016.questionpro.com/. The £12 entry fee to play Mickey to be paid at the door. Spectators are free. See the press release for further details.
National Chess Day (3rd Sep)
The National Chess Day will take place on Saturday 10th September at Nottingham Railway Station to support the mental health charity, Mind. A 6 round blitz event will start at 12.00 noon. Entry fee is £20 and 50% of all monies collected will be used for prizes. Please come along and show your support.
CWANG 2016 (3rd Sep)
The annual CWANG event took place on Thursday 18th August 2016 at the Horse 'n' Groom. Gambit emerged winners on 25 points. Full Report