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.

Latest news

For older news items see the news page.

MCCU Open Congress (29th Jul)

The 2018 Midland Open will be at the Ramada Hotel in Telford between 10-12 August. The leading Midlands player will be the 2018 Midlands Champion, and qualify for the 2019 British Chess Championships.

More information here: http://www.mccu.org.uk/m_congress/index.htm

Online entry here: http://www.mccu.org.uk/m_congress/entryform.htm

Annual General Meeting of the Notts Chess Association on Tuesday 31st July (15th Jul)

As announced at the RRM, the AGM will be held on 31st July at 7:30pm in the Bramcote Memorial Hall.

An agenda for the meeting is available to download. Supporting documentation will be sent to clubs and officers in due course.

General Meeting minutes for May (15th Jul)

The minutes for the General Meeting held on 29th May are now available on the website. This meeting included league rule revisions.

Ups and Downs. On and Off The Board (8th Jul)

Phil Morgan writes about correspondence chess including the success of Nottinghamshire winning Division 3 and also his own personal success in representing Wales in a friendly match against Italy. In addition to this he looks through Stan Cranmer's collection of books and magazines. Full Article

GDPR (26th May)

Pending work related to this, all contacts for officers and clubs have been temporarily removed. If you need to contact the NCA, please use secretary@nottschess.org for the time being.

Letter to primary school leavers (20th May)

The Junior Committee of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association is sending letters to Year 6s and their parents to advise them on how they can continue playing chess when they move to secondary school. The letter is available to download.

News for juniors (20th May)

Issue 8 (May 2018) of the newsletter is now available. Please go to the news page for all the issues of the newsletter.

General Meeting Supporting Documents (20th May)

The General Meeting of the Notts Chess Association (inc RRM) will take place on Tuesday 29th May at the West Nottingham CC venue. A number of supporting documents are being circulated in advance of the meeting. These are as follows:

Nottingham Congress (29th Apr)

Alan Merry (International Master) wins the OPEN, in a field including 3 Grandmasters and one other International Master. First ever wins against Grandmasters for Jonah Willow (West Nottingham) and Shyam Modi (Leicester). Other section winners - MAJOR Robert Clegg (Huddersfield) & David Lees (Stamford) , INTERMEDIATE Patrick Reid (Braunstone) , MINOR Joseph Wright (University) Full Results

Best Games and Best Swindle Prizes (22nd Apr)

I invite you to send me your best games played under NCA auspices this season (since the end of May 2017). This means any game played in the Notts League, the County Championship, the Nottingham Congress or Rapidplay, or for a County Team. (Given that computer assistance is allowed, correspondence games are excluded. Although, if you’ve played a good one, I’d be happy to publish it with the other entries).

As usual, there is an open prize and an U140 prize. We are also reviving a Best Swindle prize, which is open to all. The prize for each is £15.

Please email entries to me by the end of May, preferably in PGN or ChessBase format, but photocopied score-sheets or typed up games are acceptable too. You can include comments and/or analysis if you wish.

Steve Burke

Executive Committee meeting minutes (22nd Apr)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 13th April are now available to view on the website.

News for juniors (15th Apr)

Issue 7 (April 2018) of the newsletter is now available. Please go to the news page for all the issues of the newsletter.

Congress Announcement (4th Apr)

Free entry to GM's, IM's, WGM's and WIM's.

Message from Robert Richmond, Congress Director

News for juniors (18th Mar)

A regular newsletter is being published to keep you up-to-date with all the latest local events suitable for juniors. Issue 6 (March 2018) of the newsletter is now available. Please look at the news page for all the issues of the newsletter.

Notts Correspondence Chess (11th Mar)

Nottinghamshire have raised a team this season to play in division 3 of the County & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C & DCCC). Phil Morgan looks at the progress of the team so far. Full Report

University 4 withdrawn from Division 5 (25th Feb)

University have withdrawn their 4th team from Division 5 due to a lack of players. All of their results will stand, and their remaining fixtures will be recorded as 4-0 losses.

General Meeting of the Notts Chess Association (incl RRM) on Tuesday 29th May (11th Feb)

The meeting will be held at 7:30 pm, in the main hall at Bramcote Memorial Hall (West Nottingham CC Venue), Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD.

The main business is expected to concern the League Rules, but this is not exclusive of other matters.

In order that I can produce and issue the agenda ahead of the meeting (in accordance with the constitution) please submit any proposed alterations to the constitution, committee standing orders or league rules, or any other proposals or items for discussion, to me by the end of April.

Steve Burke, Secretary

Executive Committee meeting minutes (11th Feb)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 19th January is now available to view on the website.

Experience Versus Youth (3rd Feb)

Phil Morgan reflects on the recent Nottingham Rapidplay and how junior players faired against older and more experienced opponents in the major section. Full Article

Nottingham Rapidplay (3rd Feb)

Mark Hebden (Syston) won the open section with a score of 5½/6. Drag Sudar (Gambit) and Armaan Gogia (West Nottingham) were joint winners of the major section with a score of 5½/6. The intermediate section was won by Peter Damms (Louth) with a score of 5½/6. Joseph Wright (University) and Joseph Ward-Langham (Market Harborough) won the minor section with a score of 5/6. Full Results

Stan Cranmer (4/10/30 – 20/1/18) (27th Jan)

Sadly Stan passed away recently after a short illness. I’m sure many of you will have good memories of meeting him across the board or as a teammate. He will certainly be missed at our club. Read full obituary.

His funeral is at 1.00pm on Friday, February 9, at the Mansfield Crematorium if you would like to attend. Afterwards there will be a wake at a local pub. If you would like to go there too, please could you contact Trevor Lewis, who is collating information for the family on our behalf.

Ashfield Chess Club

Midland Open Rapid & Blitz (7th Jan)

The Midland Open Rapid & Blitz will be held on 17-18 February at Holiday Inn Birmingham Walsall, 20 Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, WS2 0BS. There will be four 9-round Rapid sections and a 9-round Blitz tournament. The prize fund for the tournament is £2,680.

For full details, including the online entry form and a downloadable entry form, please visit the MCCU website.

Inter-County Matches Roundup (7th Jan)

Nottinghamshire played Leicestershire in the U100 Championship and Minor Championship last month but unfortunately they lost both matches.

Minor Leicestershire 9½-5½ Nottinghamshire Full Results
U100 Leicestershire 7½-4½ Nottinghamshire Full Results

Nottinghamshire County Championship (20th Dec)

The 2017/18 County Champion is Jim Burnett (Mansfield) with a score of 4½/5. Full Results

Grantham Train De-Railed (5th Dec)

Phil Morgan takes a look at the latest results in the league. The Grantham teams have faltered in their recent matches which has allowed the other teams to catch them up. Full Article

Inter-County Matches Roundup (17th Nov)

The minor team beat Warwickshire by a score of 10-6 in their opening match of the season. The U160 team also had a good start to the season with a 9-7 victory against Greater Manchester. The U140 team narrowly beat Derbyshire by a score of 8½-7½. The U120 team lost to Warwickshire by a score of 6½-5½.

Minor Nottinghamshire 10-6 Warwickshire Full Results
U160 Nottinghamshire 9-7 Greater Manchester Full Results
U140 Nottinghamshire 8½-7½ Derbyshire Full Results
U120 Nottinghamshire 5½-6½ Warwickshire Full Results

Advantage Mansfield (5th Nov)

Phil Morgan looks at the results from recent fixtures in the top division of the Notts League. Grantham have won the league for the past 8 seasons but with their recent defeat to Mansfield the title race has been thrown open. Full Article

Executive Committee meeting minutes (5th Nov)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 13th October is now available to view on the website.

Scarborough Congress (5th Nov)

A number of Notts players took part in the Scarborough Congress this year. Mike Barnes (Gambit) and Jonah Willow (West Notts) both scored 3½/5 in the open section. Jonah won £50 for being the joint best junior. Kevin Simpson (Mansfield) scored 3½/5 in the major section. Here is a list of all the Notts players for this competition (all scores out of 5):