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Secretary Graham Neil 07940 499675
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Members Andrew Walker 01159 472474
  Maurice Hill 01159 164328
  Nick London 01159 665172

Honorary Life Vice-Presidents Frank Ellis, Alan Morrey, Ray Sayer, Brian Hayward, Derek Cronshaw, Keith Walters, David Levens, John Cooper

League Management Committee
League Secretary Nick London see above
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Records Secretary Mike Naylor see above
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Members Chris Budd 01159 814427
Chris Holt 07876 250460
David Griffiths 01159 281597
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Phil Morgan 01623 230461
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Simon Scott 01159 107495
John Swain 0115 8540034
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County Teams Neil Graham 01623 483731
Grading Results Officer Peter Sherlock 01522 888693
Congress Tournament Committee John Swain
Simon Scott
Steve Burke
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Rapidplay Tournament Committee John Swain
Simon Scott
Steve Burke
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Correspondence Captain Phil Morgan see above
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ECF Delegate Vacant
MCCU Delegates Chris Budd 01159 814427
Tim Walker 01159 810525
Auditor David Griffiths see above 
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This is a list of all the clubs in the NCA. Contact details are given for each club’s secretary and all team captains.

The map links at the end of each address take you to Google Maps. The locations shown may be approximate – treat with caution.

This map shows the locations of all of the league’s clubs.


Venue: Coronation Social Club, Bannerman Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 8DW (01623 752122) (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Wednesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: 1st & 2nd team will use digital clocks.

Disabled access: Full access.


NEW Venue: Boat & Horses, 137 Trent Road, Beeston Rylands, NG9 1LP (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Wednesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Disabled access: Can arrange for games to be played downstairs.


Venue: The Lincolnshire Poacher Pub, 161-163 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3FR (01159 411584) (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Tuesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Disabled access: Upstairs room - no lift.

Notes: There’s a small charge for on street parking on Mansfield Rd until 8pm but parking on North Sherwood Street is free.


Venue: Great Gonerby Social Club, 8 High St, Great Gonerby, Grantham, NG31 8JP (01476 564348) (Map

Web site:

Club night: Wednesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: All teams play with digital clocks.

Disabled access: There is disabled access and toilets.

Notes: There is car parking to the front, side and rear of the building. For teams coming from Nottingham, you can head off the A52 and reach the village via the A1 junction at Downtown rather than coming into Grantham itself.

Long Eaton

Venue: Moorlands Club, Curzon Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4FL (01159 732785) (Map)

Club night: Wednesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: Digital clocks will be used (analogue clocks can be used by mutual agreement of both players)

Disabled access: Matches can be played downstairs if notice is given.


Venue:  Brown Cow, 31A Ratcliffe Gate, Mansfield, NG18 2JA (Map)

Club night: Thursday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: Digital clocks will be used.

Disabled access: None. First Floor room


Venue:  The Newark Railway Sports and Social Club, Hatchets Lane, Newark, NG24 2AF (01636 701583)(Map)

Web site:

Club nights: Monday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: Three digital clocks available for use by any team.


Venue: Organ Grinder Pub, 21 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 3JE (01159 703777) (Map)

Web site:

Club nights: Monday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Disabled access: Upstairs room with no wheelchair access. Arrangements can be made with notice for play downstairs.

Nottingham Central

Venue: The Embankment Pub, 282-284 Arkwright Street, Nottingham NG2 2GR (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Tuesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Radcliffe & Bingham

Venue: Royal British Legion, Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent NG12 2BB (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Tuesday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: First team use digital clocks

Disabled access: Downstairs room – wheelchair accessible.


Venue: Trent Building Room C40

Web site:

Club nights: Thursday

Match nights: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Start time: 7:15 pm

Disabled access: Can cater for wheelchair users if given a week’s notice.

West Bridgford

Venue: The Wolds, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7HZ (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Monday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: All teams will use digital clocks.

West Nottingham

Venue: Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD (Map)

Web site:

Club night: Monday

Start time: 7:30 pm

Digital clocks: All teams will use digital clocks if available

Disabled access: Full. Wheelchair access at front and rear; disabled toilet; no stairs

Grading list

A new ECF list is published in January and July each year. You can find out players’ current grades from the ECF web site.


Schedule A: Administration

  1. The League shall be controlled by a League Management Committee, with the day-to-day running of the League in the hands of the League Secretary and the Records Secretary.
  2. Administration of the League shall be governed by the League Management Committee Standing Orders, as determined by the Nottinghamshire Chess Association.

Schedule B: The League

  1. The season is from 1st September to 15th May and clubs must be affiliated to the NCA before entry into the League.
  2. Clubs must, by 30th June, return the completed entry form to the League Secretary. After this date, any proposals to enter new teams may only be made by that club's Secretary. Clubs may request the late entry of additional teams by 30th November.
  3. A team must immediately notify the League Secretary and all captains in that team’s division of a change to the venue, the team captain or his or her details.
  4. If two or more teams from the same club play in the same division, the first match(es) of the club’s teams in that division shall be between them(selves). Matches between teams from the same club must be played by 31st January.
  5. A team not completing at least half of its fixtures shall have its match results removed from the league table.

    If a team withdraws from the league after completing at least half of its fixtures, their remaining matches will be recorded as being defaulted.
  6. Final positions of teams in a division will be determined by match points (win = 2 points, draw = 1, loss = 0); game points; results between tied teams (match points; game points) fewest defaulted boards and playoff matches at a neutral venue, which if drawn will be decided by board count; bottom board elimination; toss of a coin by a neutral LMC member.
  7. All matches must start at 7:15 pm or 7:30 pm as notified by the home club unless both team captains have agreed an alternative time. The home team will ensure the equipment is properly laid out at the agreed time of starting. If it isn't ready, the away team may:
    1. insist on the lost time being taken off the home players’ clocks and
    2. claim a win by default on any board not ready within 30 minutes of the agreed time of starting.
  8. A match will be defaulted by any team that fails to field at least half the number of players scheduled to play in a match.
    1. The standard time limit shall be 80 minutes (65 minutes in the bottom division) plus an increment of 10 seconds per move to finish the game.
    2. The home team may decide to play with an alternative time limit of 90 minutes (75 minutes in the bottom division) to finish the game.

    A list of the home teams who have decided to play using the time limits in b) above shall be circulated to each club prior to the start of the season.
  9. Each match must be played over 4 boards in the bottom division and over 5 boards in all other divisions.
  10. Before the start, the captains must exchange fully completed team lists. The away team shall have white on the odd-numbered boards.
  11. The Laws of Chess, as interpreted by FIDE, must be adhered to. Exceptions or additions to these laws:
    1. English descriptive notation is permitted
    2. Mobile phones must be switched off or, by prior agreement with the opponent and opposing captain, set to silent
    3. If a player fails to arrive at the board within 30 minutes of the agreed time of starting, that board shall be defaulted unless a qualified substitute is found in the meantime. A substitute must be on the ECF Grading Database, or have played for the club during the current season.
  12. Each team captain must send the result to the Records Secretary, and notify the League Secretary of any dispute, within 7 days of the match.
  13. Any claim that a match has been won by default must be accompanied by a fully completed team list.
  14. Fixture rearrangements:
    1. A captain seeking to rearrange must inform the opposing captain and seek permission from the League Secretary, explaining the compelling reason for such a request.
    2. If the League Secretary agrees to the rearrangement then, no later than 14 days after the scheduled fixture, the team captains must agree a new date and inform the League Secretary.
  15. All games played in the league will be submitted for grading. Where penalties are applied under league rules, the actual game result will be used for grading.

Schedule C: Players

  1. The LMC may penalise any club that uses a player who is not, in the opinion of the LMC, a bona fide member of that club.
  2. A player may only play one game in any one evening, including wins by default.
  3. No player may play in the League for more than one club in any one season except at the discretion of the LMC.
  4. Once a player has been listed on a team sheet three times in total on higher boards for any team(s), that player may not appear for a lower team. Higher boards are defined as above the bottom two boards played or won by default.

    Before the season starts, a club must list 3 current members who will be tied to the 1st team.
  5. New players:
    1. A club wishing to field a player new to that club must inform the Records Secretary of the player’s grading code and grade, date of birth (juniors only) and details of clubs or counties previously played for, and to confirm their written consent per rule C7 is held
    2. The information must be provided with, or before, the results of the player’s first match for the club
    3. From 1st March each season, only players who live, work or study in Nottinghamshire, or have previously played in the league, may be introduced by a club.
  6. A player may not be graded more than 20 points above anyone on a higher board, except where a lower graded eligible substitute is used after the agreed start of the match.

  7. Before playing in the League, all players must have given their consent to their personal data being used in accordance with the NCA Privacy Policy.

Schedule D: Penalties

  1. Club penalty - The penalty for infringing rule B2 is a fine of £20.
  2. Team penalties -
    1. The penalty for defaulting a match or infringing B3, B4 or B15(a) is the loss of 2 match points and a fine of £20.
    2. The penalty for infringing B14 is the match is record as a double default.
  3. Player penalties -
    1. The penalty for playing an ineligible player in C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 or C7 and for defaults above the bottom board played or won by default, is the transfer of any game points scored by the offending player plus 0.5 game points from the offending team to their opponents , provided that the total game score shall not become negative
    2. The first time a player’s phone sounds the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes. The second time the player’s phone sounds the game is lost, unless the opponent cannot win by legal means, in which case the game shall be drawn.
    3. The penalty for infringing rule B11 is the default of each board where no name is entered.
    4. The penalty for smoking in the playing area is the loss of the game.
  4. Clubs may appeal to LMC against any penalty imposed. Such appeals must be submitted to the League Secretary within 28 days of notification, and explain why the infringement was not reasonably within the club’s control.

Appendix – Grading Guidence re Rule C6

Clubs must assign a Match Grade for each player, and include that grade with the player's first match result of the season. The Match Grade will remain in force all season unless the Records Secretary agrees otherwise.

Assignment of the Match Grade should be in the following order of priority:

  1. The standard play grade from the most recent ECF grading list.
  2. Converted FIDE or National grade.
  3. Last published ECF standard play grade (adjusted by up to 10 points either way if you feel it appropriate).
  4. A club estimate of the player's grade.

There may be cases where an old ECF grade (option c) is considered to be inaccurate by more than 10 points. In these cases a club may assign an estimate, but only with the agreement of the Grading Results Officer. This permission should be sought before the player's first game as, if permission is not given, it may affect the player's eligibility for that match.

In practice most players will be assigned their August grade (as last year).
Changes of grade mid-season are only likely to be granted in exceptional circumstances.


  1. The name of the organisation shall be The Nottinghamshire Chess Association.
  2. Aims
    The aims of the Association are:
    1. to organise chess in Nottinghamshire;
    2. to encourage the playing and study of chess in the County; and
    3. to participate in and contribute to regional and national chess activities.
  3. Membership
    The membership of the Association shall consist of the following:
    1. individual members
      1. honorary life vice-presidents,
      2. elected officers,
      3. elected committee members,
    2. affiliated clubs; and
    3. associated organisations with an interest in chess
  4. Application for affiliation or association shall be open to:
    1. any club or organisation having its regular meeting place in Nottinghamshire; and
    2. any club in an adjoining county
  5. An Affiliated club shall have the right to send delegates to general meetings on the basis of one delegate per club plus one delegate per team in the league. An associated organisation shall have the right to send one delegate to general meetings.
  6. A club or organisation shall cease to be affiliated or associated in any of the following circumstances:
    1. the non-payment of fees due one month from a written demand sent by the Association Treasurer;
    2. by a resolution terminating such affiliation or association passed at a general meeting; and
    3. by a letter of resignation sent to the Association Secretary.
  7. Meetings
    The Association shall hold an Annual General Meeting. Not more than eighteen months shall elapse between successive Annual General Meetings. The business shall include the election of a President, Secretary and Treasurer.
    1. The duties of the Secretary shall be:
      1. To attend to the day-to-day administration of the Association;
      2. To convene all general meetings of the Association; and
      3. To take and publish minutes of all such meetings.
    2. The duties of the Treasurer shall be:
      1. To attend to the day-to-day finances of the Association; and
      2. To prepare and submit duly audited accounts to a general meeting of the Association.
  8. A Special General Meeting may be requisitioned by the secretaries of at least one-third of affiliated clubs, in writing to the Association Secretary, who shall then arrange for a meeting to be held within six weeks of receiving the requisition.
  9. Proposals for General Meetings:
    1. Any proposed alterations to the constitution, committee standing orders, league rules and any other proposed resolution must include the names of the proposer and seconder, and be submitted in writing to the Association Secretary.
    2. Only individual members and affiliated clubs’ secretaries, treasurers and team captains may propose or second alterations.
    3. League rules may only be altered at a designated general meeting (the Rules Revision Meeting) to be held no later than the end of May. The proposer and seconder must be from different clubs.
    4. In exceptional circumstances the Rules Revision Meeting may vote to defer consideration of a proposed rule change to the next general meeting, such a vote requiring a two-thirds majority.
  10. The Association Secretary shall give at least 21 days notice of general meetings by e-mail, delivery or post to all members. This notice shall include any proposed alterations to the constitution, committee standing orders or league rules or a proposed resolution to terminate membership, otherwise such proposals shall not be entertained.
  11. Procedure at meetings
    1. The quorum shall be ten.
    2. If present the President shall take the chair at all meetings. Otherwise the individual members and club delegates present shall elect one of their number to chair.
    3. The matters dealt with at meetings shall be those of which due notice has been given and such other matters as the Chairman may, at his or her discretion allow, unless precluded by any other parts of the Constitution.
    4. The Chairman may adjourn any meeting that has been in progress for more than two hours to another date and place nominated. No further notice of the adjourned meeting shall be necessary.
  12. The items below shall be dealt with in general meetings. All other items may be dealt with in general meetings or by a committee appointed for that purpose by a general meeting.
    1. the number, titles and duties of the Association’s officers and committees
    2. the election of honorary life vice-presidents;
    3. the election of officers, provided that no person may be elected President more than three years in succession;
    4. the appointment of committees;
    5. the adoption of the duly audited annual accounts;
    6. the setting of fees;
    7. the annual reports of the officers and committees;
    8. any alterations to the constitution, committee standing orders and league rules;
    9. the admission or termination of a club affiliation;
    10. the bank mandate; and
    11. alteration of the financial year.
  13. Voting
    1. Each individual member or affiliated club delegate shall have one vote. No proxy voting shall be allowed.
    2. A two-thirds majority of those attending and entitled to vote shall be necessary for alterations to the constitution. All other matters shall be decided by a simple majority.
    3. In the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

Standing Orders