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.

North East Midlands On-Line Chess Club (10th Jan)

Phil Morgan has written a short article on the North East Midlands club on lichess and the opportunities available to players who join the club. Full Article

Hull 4NCL Online Congress (2nd Jan)

This congress was held on 30 Oct - 1 Nov. There were 4 sections and 5 rounds were played in all sections. The congress was run online using the lichess platform. The Notts players who took part in the event and their results are as follows:

Correspondence Chess (26th Dec)

This year the Nottinghamshire team were playing in Division 1 of the County & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C & DCCC). As it was the top division they faced tough opposition on all boards. The team are currently in last place on 5 points with two games left to finish. Full Results

4NCL Online Season 2 (24th Dec)

Ashfield entered four teams into the 4NCL online league for season 2.

Team A started with two wins in the early rounds but could only manage a draw after that. They finished 6th out of 8 in division 2 group C. Full Results

Team B had an average start but finished strongly in the later rounds. They ended up mid table 4th out of 8 in division 3 group C. Full Results

Team C played well overall but a couple of disappointing losses saw them slip down to 17th out of 68 in division 6. Full Results

Team D had the most success, winning 6 out of 7 matches and finished 2nd out of 68 in division 6. Full Results

Chess In The Rule Of Six (23rd Sep)

Phil Morgan looks at online chess and the options available for players. Previously he viewed online chess as a good way to practice for over the board matches but now he realises there is a lot more it offers. Full Article

The National 100 (5th Aug)

The National 100 is a 4 region slow play national mini-league for U100 players played across the 3 middle Saturdays in August at 6:30pm. The first match starts on Saturday 8th August. Midlands U100 players wanting to play for the region will need to be ECF members and should fill in the form on the Midlands club home page

Robert Richmond (1956-2020) (21st Jul)

Following the sad loss of Robert in January, a collection of obituary contributions can be seen here

Chess During Lockdown (21st Jun)

Phil Morgan takes a look at chess during the lockdown. Over the board play has stopped but chess continues to be played online at all levels. Full Article

Nottingham Congress Cancelled (15th Mar)

The Nottinghamshire Chess Association has reluctantly cancelled the 45th Annual Nottingham Congress, which was due to take place on 21st--22nd March at Nottingham High School. This is the first interruption to our annual Congress, which began in 1976, and we have not come to this conclusion lightly.

Proposed government restrictions on large gatherings, together with an English Chess Federation announcement suggesting an initial three-week cessation of team chess matches, in conjunction with the rapidly escalating national situation and local circumstances, make this the only reasonable course of action.

Arrangements will be made to refund entry fees to all competitors as soon as possible.

Notts Correspondence Team 2020 (8th Mar)

Phil Morgan looks at the rise of the Nottinghamshire team who now play in the top division. Full Article

Nottingham Rapidplay (1st Mar)

Mark Hebden (4NCL Guildford) won the open with a score of 5½/6. Full Results

Warwickshire Congress (1st Mar)

The Warwickshire Congress took place on 21-23 Feb. Jonah Willow (West Notts) finished equal 2nd in the Open section with a score of 4/5 and won £56.25. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (all scores out of 5):

Doncaster Congress (1st Mar)

The Doncaster Congress took place on 21-23 Feb. Anita Somton (West Notts) finished equal 1st in the Major section with a score of 4/5 and won £183.33. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) came equal 2nd in the Minor section with a score of 4/5 and won £50. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (all scores out of 5):

News for juniors (1st Mar)

Issue 24 (Mar 2020) of the newsletter is now available.

60 years of County Chess (16th Feb)

Andy Walker has written an article about county chess then and now. He observes the changes that have taken place over the years in county chess including the team selection and player grades. He also recalls stories of funny incidents in games. At the end he shares his playing record in county matches. Read article

Robert Richmond's funeral arrangements (9th Feb)

Robert's funeral service will be at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Loughborough Road, Nottingham NG2 7FE on Wednesday 19th February at 3.00 p.m. All are very welcome subsequently to come to The Beeches Hotel, 69 Wilford Lane, Nottingham NG2 7RN for refreshments. If you are able to email to indicate that you hope to attend, that would be helpful but is not essential.

John Swain

4NCL Congress (9th Feb)

The 24th FIDE Rated Congress was held in Harrogate on 17-19th Jan. Jonah Willow (West Notts) won the Open with a score of 4½/5 and took first prize of £500. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (all scores out of 5):

News for juniors (9th Feb)

Issue 23 (Feb 2020) of the newsletter is now available.

Nottingham Rapidplay and Nottingham Congress (19th Jan)

Following the untimely loss of Tournament Controller, Robert Richmond, we have now reorganised things and the new entry details (postal or online) are available here:

Competition Date Online Entry Form PDF Entry Form
Nottingham Rapidplay 16 Feb 2020 Enter Online Download Entry Form
Nottingham Congress 21-22 Mar 2020 Enter Online Download Entry Form

Robert Richmond (12th Jan)

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Robert this week. He has done a massive amount for the County and his Club over the years and he will be greatly missed. I believe a more fitting obituary will follow, but in the meantime we will be making arrangements to cover the work he was currently doing, most notably the upcoming RapidPlay and Congress.

Steve Burke (for the Executive Committee)