Forthcoming DCA Events

Derby Cup / Plate
Dates for the Cup / Plate competitions are as follows:

Thurs 18th October
Thurs 29th November
Thurs 28th February (Semi)
Thurs 02nd May (Final)

Matches take place at Rolls Royce Club. Please be ready to play by 7:15pm

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.

Derbyshire U140 v Nottinghamshire

After a great start to this year's campaign by defeating Lincolnshire by 11½ boards to 4½, Derbyshire U140 suffered a reversal of fortune this weekend losing to Nottinghamshire 5½ boards to 10½. See the results section for full details.

All said, the match was played in very good spirit and it made for a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon for everyone involved. New players are always welcome to participate for either this or the U120 team as it should be made clear that County chess matches cater for ALL levels of play. Contact Les Fancourt (

From having no County presence a few years ago. Derbyshire is now well placed in both the U140 and U120 sections. It would be great to see this expand into U100 and/or U160 sections. It is hoped that at least one team can again make it through the Midlands to National stage.

Derbyshire Cup and Plate

The first two Quickplay rounds of the Derbyshire Cup and Plate competition have now been completed with Breadsall and Spondon 'A' emerging as early leaders.

The final two Quickplay rounds to decide which teams move on to the normal play graded stage takes place on Thursday, 29th November at Rolls Royce Chess Club. Players need to be ready to start by 7.20pm. 

European Chess Club Cup

The 34th European Chess Club Cup starts this week in Chalkidiki, Greece. 

61 top European Chess clubs are participating and among the players are Magnus Carlsen, Shak Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler... and Jonah Willow representing the Wood Green Club which has Jon Speelman on board one.

Exciting time for Jonah and good to have a local hero to follow.

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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