Forthcoming DCA Events
Spondon Summer Chess
Tuesday evenings at Spondon Chess Club

Round 2 - May 29
Round 3 - June 5
Round 4 - June 12
Round 5 - June 19
Round 6 - June 26
Round 7 - July 3
Round 8 - July 10

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.

Spondon Summer Chess

The Spondon Summer Chess Championship is now in progress with the first round completed. Because it is an 8 round Swiss with only the best 6 results counting, entries can still be accepted for a few more weeks. Basic rules are:

All moves in 90 minutes. Win 1.5, Draw 0.5, Loss 0 points. Winner is highest score from best six results, lowest grade opponents removed in the case of a tie-break. Prizes are £50, £25 and grading prizes together with Spondon Cup and Foggon Trophy (U100)

Entries to Bert Loomes (07751 113583, - Members £15, Non-members £20, U18 £10

Dates appear in the side banner and results are available in the Fixtures and Results section.


The DCA AGM took place on Thursday 17th May. All officers were re-elected into their existing roles, the only change being Les Fancourt who was elected to replace David Woodhouse as U140 captain in addition to the U120 captaincy. 

The only significant changes for next year are firstly, that the first division will align with other leagues with the use of incremental time with 75 minutes on the clock plus 10 seconds increment from move 1; analogue alternative for other matches will remain at 90 minutes for all moves. Secondly, entry to the County Individual and Jamboree competition will be free next year to encourage further growth.

The Council Meeting has been scheduled for 13th September with three clubs requesting division changes due to changes in available players.

Full minutes are available at 2018_AGM_Minutes

Derby Player Success

Congratulations to Shaun Walsh who won the minor section of the recent Frome Chess Congress.

Shaun is a member of Derby Chess Club and looking forward to playing more Derby League chess next season. You have been warned!

Derbyshire Chess Jamboree

This year's Derbyshire Chess Jamboree was held at Rolls Royce Sports and Social Club on May 10th and was enjoyed by everyone who took part as reported by the organiser, Kevin Dalley:

Forty two players from across the county played in a fun rapid-play, with teams competing for the coveted Jamboree Cup and Jamboree Plate trophies. The format ensured that anybody attending could play so as well as complete teams we also had a welcome number of individuals (some of which formed ad-hoc teams).

There were 4 rounds of rapid-play with each player having 15 minutes for the whole game. The format was a modified Swiss competition: - Players from the same team could not be paired against each other - “Accelerated Pairings” were used, whereby players with ECF grades of 130 or above were treated, for pairing purposes only, to have an additional 1½ points. This ensured that in the early rounds significant mismatches were avoided, but later in the tournament the better performing under 130’s could encounter the poorer performing over 130’s. 

The winners of the Cup competition were Derby A with 11½ (out of a maximum of 16). In 2nd were Chesterfield with 10½ and 3rd were Breadsall with 10.

The winners of the Plate were Rolls Royce B with 10½. In 2nd were Derby B with 8 points. Derby D, Spondon  and Derbyshire Knights (a combined Rolls Royce/ Clay Cross team) were 3rd equal with 7½ points. 

A special mention is deserved for Kenneth Morrison who was the only player in the competition to achieve a perfect 4 points from 4 games. Overall a great evening. Any feedback is welcomed to from those who participated, and we look forward to seeing further growth in numbers next year.

Breadsall 2017/18 League Champions

So, another season comes to an end. Champions this year are reigning champions Breadsall who retained the crown by a very convincing margin. The rest of the first division was very tight this year with quite literally, any of the remaining clubs being possibly relegated a couple of weeks ago before the end.

Winners of Divisions 2, 3 and 4 respectively were West Nottinham, Long Eaton and Derby 'E'. Well done to all.

League Cup and Plate

The winners of this year's League Cup after defeating Belper 'A' in the final was Breadsall to complete their excellent season. Rolls Royce 'B' defeated Spondon 'E' to win the Plate.

County Individual Champion

Time to drag out the Paul Madden picture again and we all know what that means! Paul has secured the Derbyshire Individual County Champion title for a surely never to be beaten fifteenth time. This means that he also retains the Lt Colonel Robinson Board which must be part of the furniture by now.

Ranjit Nath drew with Paul in the final match and secured the Harry Broughton Cup for the best performance by a non-seeded player. The Dorothy Harrison Cup grading prize was won by Graham Pace.

Derbyshire Cup / Plate Competition

All semi-finals of the Derbyshire Cup and Plate competition have now been completed. The final Cup semi-final between Belper and Derby 'A' finished as a draw but Belper qualify for the final with a better board count.

This leaves the Cup final of Belper v Breadsall and a Plate final of Rolls Royce v Spondon B to be played at Rolls Royce Club on Thursday 3rd May. 

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

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

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