Welcome to the website of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association (NCA). The NCA administers chess in Nottinghamshire.
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.
For older news items see the news page.
EMJCA Grand Prix (22nd Nov)
The dates for the EMJCA Grand Prix events being run this season are as follows:
14 December - Risley
22 February - Bramcote
8 March - Bramcote
10 May - Risley
7 June - Risley
5 July - Bramcote
All the events are held on a Sunday from 11am to 6pm. The entry fee for each event is £20. The player with the best 4 results from 6 events will be declared the winner. Please send entries to Christopher Dunworth. Further details are available to download.
MCCU Congress (22nd Nov)
The MCCU Congress will be held on 14-15 March 2015 at Walsall. This is a 5 round long play competition and is part of the MCCU Grand Prix. There is a total prize fund of £1860. An entry form can be downloaded for players interested in taking part.
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 7½-6½ Derbyshire (16th Nov)
The minor team beat Derbyshire 7½-6½ in a closely fought match. The result was closer than expected given that the Notts players outgraded their opponents on nearly every board. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 9½-2½ Lincolnshire (16th Nov)
The U120 team thrashed Lincolnshire 9½-2½ in a very one sided match. They were 8-0 up before Lincolnshire were able to score their first point. Full Results
British Rapidplay (15th Nov)
There were a number of good performances from junior players of the West Notts club. Jonah Willow scored 6/11 in the major, Hambel Willow scored 6½/11 in the minor and in the U11 Trial Adam Bennett and Armaan Gogia both finished equal 2nd with a score of 4/5. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 11 except the U11 Trial):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 6, Alex Combie (Newark) 4½
- Major: Jonah Willow (West Notts) 6, Tim Kendall (Gambit) 3
- Minor: Hambel Willow (West Notts) 6½, Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 6, Akmal Lathif (Nottingham Central) 5
- U11 Trial: Adam Bennett (West Notts) 4/5 =2nd. Armaan Gogia (West Notts) 4/5 =2nd, Abishek Thakar (West Notts) 3/5, Susie Wang (West Notts) 3/5, Rohan Tandon (Nottinghamshire Juniors) 1½/5
Scarborough Congress (15th Nov)
Tim Kendall (Gambit) finished =1st in the minor with a score of 4½/5 and won £375 prize money. Michael Barnes (Gambit) came =4th in the open with a score of 4/5 and won £25. Jonah Willow (West Notts) scored 3½/5 in the major and won a junior prize of £50. In the foundation section Hambel Willow (West Notts) and Chris Budd (West Bridgford) both came =4th and won £20 each. Hambel also won a junior prize of £50. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Michael Barnes (Gambit) 4 £25 =4th, Alex Combie (Newark) 3½, Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 3, Richard Truman (West Bridgford) 1½
- Major: Jonah Willow (West Notts) 3½ junior prize £50, Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) 3, Mike Naylor (Gambit) 3, Mark Radford (Nottingham Central) 2, Drag Sudar (Gambit) 1
- Intermediate: James Thomson (West Notts) 3, Terry Lavelle (West Bridgford) 1½
- Minor: Tim Kendall (Gambit) 4½ =1st £375, Graham Neil (Nomads) 2½, Michael Harper (Gambit) 1½, Chris Bonnello (Radcliffe & Bingham) ½
- Foundation: Hambel Willow (West Notts) 4 =4th £20 and junior prize £50, Chris Budd (West Bridgford) 4 =4th £20, David Dunne (West Notts) 2½
Hull Congress (15th Nov)
Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) came =1st in the minor section with a score of 4½/5 and won £350 prize money. Terry Lavelle (West Bridgford) came =2nd in the intermediate section with a score of 4/5 and won £200 prize money. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 3½ =2nd £80
- Major: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 2½, Janos Wagenbach (Mansfield) 1
- Intermediate: Terry Lavelle (West Bridgford) 4 =2nd £200, Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 2½ GP £7.50, Michael Harper (Gambit) 1½
- Minor: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 4½ =1st £350
Inter-County U100 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-5 Leicestershire (11th Nov)
The U100 team beat Leicestershire 7-5 in a match that was closer than it should have been given the difference in grades. Full Results
Online entry forms (2nd Nov)
The online entry forms are now available for the County Championship, Rapidplay and Congress. The links to the online entry forms are as follows:
If you have any problems with using these online entry forms then please contact the webmaster.
Inter-County Minor Championship: Lincolnshire 9-7 Nottinghamshire (26th Oct)
The minor team lost 9-7 to Lincolnshire. Last season they had an excellent win over Lincolnshire but unfortunately the team weren't able to produce the same result this time round. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Warwickshire 7½-4½ Nottinghamshire (26th Oct)
The U120 team lost 7½-4½ to Warwickshire in their opening match of the season. An early 4-3 lead was the high point of the day as Warwickshire proved too strong on the bottom boards. Full Results
University captains confirmed (22nd Oct)
The University captains for the current season (2014-15) have been confirmed. Details can be found on the information page.
Inter-County U160 Championship: Warwickshire 6½-9½ Nottinghamshire (22nd Oct)
The U160 team beat Warwickshire by a score of 9½-6½ despite missing several regular players and juniors. The match was decided on the bottom boards where Notts players outgraded their opponents by an average of 12 grading points. Full Results
Nottinghamshire Competitions - entry forms (7th Oct)
The entry forms for the County Championship, Congress and Rapidplay competitions can now be downloaded from the website:
The online entry forms will be available later.
Nottinghamshire Competitions (13th Sep)
The dates have been confirmed for the County Championship, Congress and Rapidplay competitions. These are as follows:
- County Championship 22-23 Nov 2014
- Nottingham Rapidplay 18 Jan 2015
- Nottingham Congress 18-19 Apr 2015
NCA AGM Minutes 2014 (10th Sep)
The draft minutes of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association AGM held at West Notts CC on 21 July 2014 is now available to view on the website.
CWANG 2014 (18th Aug)
The annual CWANG event took place on Thursday 17th July 2014 at the Horse 'n' Groom. Central/Mansfield won the event with 25 points, followed by last year's winner Gambit on 22 points. Full Results
League Management Committee Minutes (3rd Aug)
The minutes for the League Management Committee meeting held at the Horse & Groom, Basford on Monday 7th July are now available on the website. Please note that these minutes have been reviewed but will not be formally accepted until the next LMC meeting.
Inter-County Championship - ECF Final Stage (20th Jul)
Three Nottinghamshire teams were playing in the finals. The minor team lost 9½-6½ to Suffolk. The U140 team lost 9-7 to Hampshire. The U120 team won 7-5 against Hertfordshire.
Ashfield Chess Club website revived (13th Jul)
Ashfield Chess Club website has gone live again after being dormant for a few years. The new site has been revived by club member's Steve Bak's hard work and expertise. We hope the site will be of interest to club members, and all those who take an interest in Nottinghamshire Chess. Visit the Ashfield Chess Club website.
Nomads - new venue (6th Jul)
Nomads Chess Club have relocated to Horse & Groom pub, Radford Road, Nottingham. Matches will be played in the function room, which many players will recall from the annual CWANG challenge. Interestingly, Nomads are sharing the pub with Nottingham Backgammon Club which gives chess players another game to try out on Monday evenings. Further details can be found on the Nomads Chess Club website.
NCA Annual General Meeting 2014 (29th Jun)
The NCA Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 21st July at 7:30pm at West Notts Chess Club. An agenda for the meeting and the draft minutes of the RRM meeting on 12th May are available to download. Any reports received by 14th July will be circulated with final papers for the meeting. Please could all officers indicate to the President whether or not they are willing to continue in post for next season; anyone, current officer or otherwise, who would like to take on a role within the NCA is likewise asked to contact the President.
NCA Updates to Rules, Constitution and Executive Committee Standing Orders (29th Jun)
Inter-County Championship - ECF Semi Final Stage (21st Jun)
All 3 Nottinghamshire were successful in their matches at the semi final stage. The minor team beat Leicestershire for the third time this season with a score of 9½-6½. The U140 team had a close match against Kent but came through 9-7. The U120 team had a comfortable win over Staffordshire by 7½-4½.
Minor - Suffolk v Nottinghamshire
U120 - Hertfordshire v Nottinghamshire
U140 - Hampshire v Nottinghamshire
Inter-County Championship - ECF Quarter Final Stage (3rd Jun)
The quarter final stage of the county championships was played on 17 May. Nottinghamshire had 3 teams competing in the minor, U120 and U100 sections. The minor team had a convincing 10-6 victory over Manchester and progress to the semi final stage where they will play Leicestershire. The U120 team beat Lancashire 7½-4½ and also progress to the semi final stage where they will play Staffordshire. The U100 team lost 7-4 to Kent and are out of the championship.
Semi Final Draw
Minor - Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire
U120 - Staffordshire v Nottinghamshire