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.

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Rules Revision Meeting Agenda Update (15th May)

The agenda has been updated for the Rules Revision Meeting being held on Monday 16th May.

Four Counties U130 junior team tournament (15th May)

The second of this new series of junior county matches was held in Sheffield on Sunday 24th April. Four counties participated in the tournament - Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The Notts junior team finished in 3rd place. Full report

Rules Revision Meeting Papers (1st May)

Here is the agenda and supporting papers for the Rules Revision Meeting to be held on Monday 16th May:

Nottingham Congress (24th Apr)

GM Keith Arkell cruised through to win the Open by 1½ clear points. Marcel Taylor (Radcliffe & Bingham) won the Intermediate with the only other 100% score. Nathan Cragg (Ashfield) and Robert Cater (University) were joint winners of the Minor and Bernardo Pincheira (University) was immediately behind. Both students were playing their first ever adult event. The West Nottingham junior trio of Jonah Willow, Anita Somton and Adam Bennett were second in the Open, Major and Intermediate respectively. Full Report


Keith Arkell - Open Winner
Keith Arkell
Open Winner
David Williams - Major Winner
David Williams
Major Winner
Marcel Taylor - Intermediate Winner
Marcel Taylor
Intermediate Winner
Nathan Cragg - Minor Winner
Nathan Cragg
Minor Winner

Executive Committee meeting minutes (24th Apr)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 8th April is now available to view on the website.

Best Game Prizes (24th Apr)

Entries are invited for this season’s best game prizes. As last year, there are two prizes (15 each). One is open to all, while the other is an Under 140 prize (July 2015 grading list).

Any game played in an NCA event (League, County Championship, Rapidplay, Congress or County Match) since May 2015 is eligible.

Games don’t have to be perfect to win! A mistake or two, doesn’t necessarily rule a game out. So why not enter your most enjoyable game of the season? It would be good to share more of the highlights of our season with our fellow players.

Games in PGN or ChessBase form would be easiest, but a simple score of the game (including details of when/where it was played and who against) is acceptable. You can add any notes or comments that you wish, though this is not required.

Please send entries to Steve Burke by the end of May.

Congress (Apr 16/17) Emergency Phone Number / Volunteer(s) needed (5th Apr)

Here are the contact details for Robert Richmond, the organiser of the Nottingham Congress:

Emergency number, for use on the day - 07498-575638

For queries before then 0115-9455908 or by email - Robrchmnd@aol.com

Volunteer(s) needed for part of the Saturday to serve refreshments. Please ring Robert Richmond if interested.

NCA Meetings (5th Apr)

The general meeting of the NCA "Rules Revision Meeting" will be held (provisionally) on Monday 16th May at West Notts Chess Club.

Please send any proposals for the agenda to Alan Kenyon (secretary) by Monday 18th April at the latest.

An Executive Committee meeting is being held on 8th April. Should any member wish to express an interest in attending this or wish to add an item for discussion to the agenda let the secretary know.

Inter-County U180 Championship: Warwickshire 9-7 Nottinghamshire (19th Mar)

The U180 team lost 9-7 to Warwickshire and miss out on a clean sweep of the Midland County Team championship titles. Full Results

Inter-County Minor Championship: Worcestershire 7-9 Nottinghamshire (19th Mar)

Nottinghamshire beat Worcestershire 9-7 to win the Minor Championship. The team now progress to the quarter final of the national stages to play either Norfolk or Middlesex. Full Results

Obituary for John Buttery (13th Mar)

The following brief obituary was received from Barry Redburn at Radcliffe and Bingham chess club:

"It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of long time Radcliffe and Bingham member, John Buttery. John passed away in February, aged 93, following a couple of falls in the last two months, the last of which occurred in a Nursing Home in Clifton.

John was a character and a man of strong faith. After every club evening on a Tuesday, he would deliver a sermon to us all, whether we wanted it or not. He could never be accused of keeping his opinions to himself.

For all his eccentricity he will be sorely missed by us all, at his club, county and Nottingham congresses, all of whom he supported whenever possible."

Inter-County Matches Roundup (4th Mar)

Nottinghamshire county teams were in good form as they win 3 Midlands titles in the U140, U120 and U100 championships. All 3 teams progress to the national stages.

U100 - Nottinghamshire 6½-5½ Warwickshire Full results
U120 - Worcestershire 3½-8½ Nottinghamshire Full results
U140 - Nottinghamshire 10-6 Derbyshire Full results

Mansfield Venue (16th Feb)

Mansfield do not have a venue for their remaining home games. They will contact opponents to make alternative arrangements.

Inter-County U140 Championship: Worcestershire 6-10 Nottinghamshire (16th Feb)

The U140 team beat Worcestershire 10-6 and are currently equal first in the group stages with Derbyshire. Their last match against Derbyshire will decide who wins the U140 championship. Full Results

Executive Committee meeting minutes (7th Feb)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 15th January is now available to view on the website.

Nottingham Rapidplay (7th Feb)

The winner of the Open section was GM Mark Hebden (Guildford 4NCL) with a score of 6/6. The major section was won by Athar Mehmood (Newport) with a score of 5/6. The intermediate section was won by Hari Solomonides (West Bridgford) with a score of 5½/6. The minor section was won by Leslie Fancourt (Derby) with a score of 5½/6. Full Results

Inter-County U160 Championship: Nottinghamshire 10-6 Warwickshire (24th Jan)

The U160 had a comfortable 10-6 victory over Warwickshire to make it 2 wins out of 2. Full Results

Inter-County U140 Championship: Lincolnshire 5-11 Nottinghamshire (17th Jan)

The U140 team had a convincing win against Lincolnshire. They fielded a very strong team and only lost 2 games. Full Results

Mansfield Venue (17th Jan)

The remaining home fixtures for Mansfield will be played at the Brown Cow. If there are any further changes to the venue then the opposition teams will be informed.