Forthcoming DCA Events
Cup/ Plate Competition 
Semi-finals have still not been fully completed. Details of the final will appear here as soon as they are available.

Derbyshire Chess Association

The Derbyshire Chess 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 page. 

Derbyshire U140 County Team

Derbyshire U140 captain, David Woodhouse, has decided that he does not want to continue in the role next year. This means that a replacement will need to be found if the team is to continue. It would be a great shame to see it disappear again for the sake of both the County and the players that enjoy playing in the very pleasant Count Chess environment with 16 players per team and usually at least two matches running in parallel.

The idea of running the team as four sub-teams proved to be effective in sharing the burden and support for the team has gradually grown to the level where it could very easily go through to represent the Midland Counties in the National stage to put Derbyshire back on the chess map so it will be a regrettable if no-one is prepared to pick up the baton.

Derbyshire v Lincolnshire U120

After the recent demolition of Worcestershire, Derbyshire U120 were not able to reproduce the same form and lost to Lincolnshire by 4.5 points to 7.5 despite their opponents having to default a board. All is not lost however, with one remaining match in the Midlands matches against Leicestershire, they still have the chance to progress through to the National stages. Full result in the Fixtures / Results section.

Anyone interested in getting involved with inter-county chess should contact captain, Les Fancourt, at  

Derbyshire Cup / Plate Competition

The semi-finals of the Derbyshire Cup and Plate competition have now been completed except for the Cup semi-final between Belper and Derby 'A'. The winners will meet Breadsall who were victors in the other semi-final defeating Chesterfield. 

Full results can be found in the Fixtures / Results section.

Derby District Junior Chess Club

Ray Forey took the initiative last year to start the Derby District Junior Chess Club at the well suited Mickleover Methodist Centre, DE3 9GH.

Sessions are open to junior players of all strengths on Friday evenings from 5:15 to 6:45pm where they receive expert coaching in a discipline that has many benefits at a formative age - and great fun!

The club has now become a victim of its own success with numbers increasing significantly to the point that additional support is needed to coach and encourage small groups of youngsters. If you are willing to get involved in this very worthwhile cause, even on an occasional basis, please contact Ray at

Rules of Chess

A few matches this year have been marred by rule book issues, in particular, the 'two minute rule', 'Use of Scoresheets' and 'illegal move rule'. FIDE rules generally apply. Players, most especially captains, are prompted to acquaint themselves with them from time to time, especially since there have been a few recent changes for example:

Updated FIDE rule 7.5.5 "for the first completed illegal move by a player, two minutes extra time will ba awarded to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the game will be declared lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player's king by any possible series of legal moves." This rule applies whether blitz, rapid or standard play.


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

Chess Activities and Events
  • Rugeley 50th Anniversary Rapidplay

    Saturday 7th April

    Three sections:
    Open, Intermediate (U160), Minor (U120)

    Lea Hall Social Club
    Sandy Lane, Rugeley
    WS15 2LB

    Open / Other sections
    First £200 / £120
    Second £100 / £60
    Third £50 / £30
    Grading Prize £25

    Further prizes offered subject to number of entrants

    Full Details and Entry Form can be found at:

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