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.

Nottinghamshire Competitions (8th Oct)

The online entry forms are now available to use for the County Championship, Rapidplay and Congress competitions. You can also download pdf versions of the entry forms if you prefer to enter by post.

Competition Date Paper Entry Form Online Entry Form
County Championship 2-3 Dec 2017 Download Entry Form Enter Online
Nottingham Rapidplay 28 Jan 2018 Download Entry Form Enter Online
Nottingham Congress 21-22 Apr 2018 Download Entry Form Enter Online

If you have any problems with the online entry forms please contact the webmaster. For any general enquiries about the competitions please contact the organiser.

Executive Committee Meeting to be held 13th October (7th Oct)

If anyone has NCA matters to raise with the EC, or would like to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Steve Burke

2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier (7th Oct)

The upcoming 2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier takes place at Birmingham University on Sunday 22nd October. This is a 5 round team rapid-play. Each team consists of four players. The entry fee is 5 for students/under 18 and 10 per adult. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs. For more details please go to the 2020 chess website.

Plus ca change (7th Oct)

Phil Morgan looks at the results from the opening fixtures of the season and writes about the strength and depth of teams. Full Article

Staffordshire Congress (30th Sep)

The Staffordshire Congress took place on 16-17th September. Jonah Willow (West Notts) came equal first in the open section with a score of 3½/5 and won 112.50 in prize money. Hambel Willow (West Notts) scored 1½/5 in the major section and Joseph Hurst (West Notts) scored 3/5 in the minor section.

MCCU Congress (30th Sep)

The MCCU Congress took place on 11-13th August. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) won the minor section with a perfect score of 5/5 and received 250 in prize money. Armaan Gogia (West Notts) scored 1½/5 in the major section. In the minor section Vidura Mendis (West Notts) scored 2½/5 and Arjuna Mendis (West Notts) scored 1/5.

British Championships (30th Sep)

This year the British Championships was held at Llandudno, a coastal town in North Wales. The competition took place between 28th July and 6th August. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) won the U120 Championship with a score of 4½/5 and received 240 in prize money. Armaan Gogia (West Notts) scored 5/7 in the Under 14 Championship and received 20 in prize money. He also won a grading prize in the U140 Championship. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part in the competition:

New Season (20th Aug)

Phil Morgan looks ahead at the new season. He discusses a new club joining the league, the reshuffle of existing club teams in the various divisions and some player transfers. Full Article

Fantasy Football (8th Aug)

Message from Neil Graham

Neymar might be worth 200 million but luckily he's not available for this year's Fantasy Football. If you're a budding Klopp or Koeman it's time to join the Premier Chess Fantasy Football League. Joining code for this year is 1506967-360799. Just one rule - all managers must give their correct name - no pseudonyms please!

The Big Hitters (6th Aug)

With the new grading list coming out in July Phil Morgan looks at the highest graded players in the Notts League and speculates what could happen in the forthcoming season. Full Article

CWANG 2017 (6th Aug)

The annual CWANG event was held in July at the usual venue. Mansfield emerged as the winners on 29½ points. Full Report

Best Game Prizes 2016-17 (6th Aug)

The winners were Michael Milford for the U140 section and Paul Cumbers for the Open. A report is available on the website. The report inclues all the games that were entered, with analysis and comments.

League Management Committee Meeting (6th Aug)

Following the AGM, the new LMC met to decide various aspects of preparation for the new season. The minutes (including the divisional structure for the new season) are now available on the website.

Annual General Meeting 2017 (6th Aug)

The meeting was held on 17th July and the minutes are now available on the website.

Triple Attack (6th Aug)

Marcel Taylor had a good win in the recent U140 county match final. The following article looks at a key position from the game and discusses the winning move. Full Article

Inter-County Finals (9th Jul)

Only one Nottinghamshire team made it through to the finals stage of the County Championships. The U140 team played against Lancashire in the final and lost 9-7. The match was decided on the middle boards. Full Results

Best Individual Wins (30th Jun)

Phil Morgan looks at the best individual wins from players in the league for the 2016-17 season. There have been a few surprise results across the divisions. Full Article

Chess event - Five Leaves bookshop (30th Jun)

There is an author talk at Five Leaves bookshop in Nottingham on Wednesday 19th July. The evening will start with some chess games being played and then later the author, Peter Mortimer, will talk about being a chess traveller and his meetings with people on his travels. Please visit the Five Leaves bookshop website to find out more information.

Inter-County Semi Finals (18th Jun)

The semi finals of the County Championships were played on 10th June. Nottinghamshire had three teams competing at this stage in the following sections - U160, U140 and U100. The U160 suffered a heavy loss to Yorkshire. The other 2 semi finals were much closer matches with the U140 team beating Yorkshire and the U100 team losing to Warwickshire. The results are as follows:

U160 Yorkshire 10½-5½ Nottinghamshire Full Results
U140 Yorkshire 7½-8½ Nottinghamshire Full Results
U100 Warwickshire 6½-5½ Nottinghamshire Full Results

Midlands Junior Chess Championships (10th Jun)

The Midlands Junior Chess Championships will take place on Saturday 22nd July at Leicester. There are six sections, with Midlands Junior Champion titles in each section for the highest scoring boy and girl from the Midlands areas and cash prizes for the winners. This is a one day graded rapidplay championship for players under 18. An entry form is available to download.

Forgotten Chess Clubs of Nottinghamshire (10th Jun)

Phil Morgan looks back over the years at the clubs that used to play in the Notts League but no longer do. Some of these clubs have either folded, changed their names or now play in a different league. The Notts Chess Association would welcome enquiries from clubs or groups who might want to join or rejoin the League. Full Article

Inter-County Quarter Finals (10th Jun)

The quarter finals of the County Championships were played in May. Nottinghamshire had five teams competing in the following sections - U180, U160, U140, U120 and U100. The U100 team had a bye and automatically went through. The U160 and U140 teams narrowly won their matches but the U180 and U120 teams both lost. The results are as follows:

U180 Devon 10½-5½ Nottinghamshire Full Results
U160 Essex 7½-8½ Nottinghamshire Full Results
U140 Kent 7½-8½ Nottinghamshire Full Results
U120 Nottinghamshire 4-8 Hertfordshire Full Results

General Meeting minutes (28th May)

The minutes for the General Meeting held on 15th May are now available on the website. They will be formally approved at the AGM in July.

Chess In Summer (14th May)

Phil Morgan has written an article to offer suggestions on how you can continue playing chess over the summer now that the league has finished. Full Article

Correspondence Chess (1st May)

Phil Morgan would like to raise a correspondence team for next season. The competition usually starts in October and will involve playing a minimum of 2 games on the internet. If you're interested in playing then please contact Phil Morgan. Full Report

General Meeting Papers (26th Apr)

The General Meeting will take place at the West Nottingham CC venue on Monday 15th May from 7:30pm. The agenda and supporting papers are available to download.

Best Game Prizes 2016-17 (26th Apr)

Message from Steve Burke

As another season draws to a close, hopefully there has been some good chess played over the last 12 months in NCA events (League, Congresses, County Matches).

As in recent years there will be two competitions. One open to all games, and another restricted to entries by players under 140 ECF grade, each with a 15 prize.

The judge decides what constitutes a best game in their view, but don’t be put off entering a game just because one of the computer engines says you made a mistake or two. Almost all games have some mistakes by the winner!

Please send the entries to me via leaguesecretary@nottschess.org by the end of May.

I prefer to receive entries in pgn or chessbase format, for those who use computer programs, but you can send the moves written in the email, or simply by sending a photo of the score sheet. You can add comments and analysis if you wish, but this is not obligatory.

I look forward to being deluged with great games.

Executive Committee meeting minutes (26th Apr)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 7th April is now available to view on the website.

County Championship Changes (26th Apr)

The following changes will be made to the County Championship for next season:

  1. The introduction of U15 and U12 Championships, to be run as a Rapidplay on the Sunday in the classrooms beside the main playing hall.
  2. The introduction of a Senior Championship, replacing the Senior prize, to be determined by the best grading performance of any over-60 in any section.
  3. Incremental time limits will be piloted in the Championship and U155. (This will also apply to the OPEN and MAJOR sections of the congress).
  4. The introduction of a late penalty fee

Notts League Review 2016-17 (26th Apr)

Phil Morgan gives his review of the league this season and the winning teams from each division. Full Report

Obituary for Alan Taylor (14th Apr)

We are sad to announce that Alan Taylor died at home on Sunday, 2 April. He had been suffering from cancer of the throat, which was diagnosed as terminal late last year.

He had been a member of Newark Chess Club for over 30 years and, until the last 18 months, had been a regular player for Newark in the Notts League.

On a personal note, I have known Alan since 1983. At that time I was at Grantham and when the Newark club temporarily folded Alan and two other players joined Grantham. When Newark reformed a couple of years later Alan re-joined Newark and, after I moved into the area in 1986, we’ve been club mates since then.

I think everyone found Alan to be a likeable person and he will be missed by Newark Chess Club.

We offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Graham Ladds
Newark Chess Club

LMC meeting minutes (14th Apr)

The minutes for the LMC meeting held on Thursday 23rd March is now available on the website. This includes a summary of the decisions made on the appeals raised during the season.

Nottingham Congress (12th Apr)

The surprising winner of the Open was Aditya Munshi (West Notts) with a score of 4½/5. Stephen Hunter (Gambit) won the Major with a score of 4½/5. Parin Suchak (Syston) won the Intermediate section with a score of 4½/5. Leslie Fancourt (Derby) won the minor section with a score of 4½/5. Full Results

Four Counties U130 junior team tournament (11th Apr)

The fourth of this series of junior county matches was held in Leicester on Sunday 26th March. Four counties participated in the tournament - Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The Notts junior team finished in 3rd place. Full Report

Inter-County Quarter Final Draw (11th Apr)

Quarter Final draw as follows:-

Under 180 - Devon v Notts (May 20th)
Under 160 - Essex v Notts (May 13th)
Under 140 - Kent v Notts (May 20th)
Under 120 - Notts v Herts (May 13th)
Under 100 - Notts have a bye

Inter-County U180 Championship: Nottinghamshire 8-8 Warwickshire (11th Apr)

The U180 title was shared between Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire when they drew 8-8 in their match. Both teams progress to the national stages. Full Results

Nottingham Congress - lost property (5th Apr)

1 pair of gents glasses
1 rather splendid cushion

Contact Robert Richmond. Tel: 0115-9455908 e-mail: Robrchmnd@aol.com

Letter to primary school leavers from NPSCA (5th Apr)

The Nottinghamshire Primary Schools Chess Association (NPSCA) 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.

Midlands and Northern Girls Championship (14th Mar)

The Notts Primary Schools Chess Association (NPSCA) organised the first Midlands and Northern Girls Championship, which took place on Sunday 5th March at Nottingham High School. There were 4 sections for girls under 14, under 12, under 10 and under 8. The games were played over 5 rounds, with trophies on offer for the first three places in each. Full Report

Notice of a Notts Chess Association General Meeting (8th Mar)

A General Meeting will be held at the West Nottingham CC venue, Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD on Monday 15th May starting at 7:30pm. Full Details

Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 10.5-5.5 Worcestershire (5th Mar)

The minor team had a convincing victory over Worcestershire but overall they finish bottom of the table and will not progress any further this season. Full Results

Inter-County U100 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-5 Leicestershire (5th Mar)

The U100 team beat Leicestershire to become Midland Champions and will progress to the national stages. Full Results

Tradewise Grand Prix 2015-16 (24th Feb)

Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) has won the U140 Section of the 2016 Tradewise Grand Prix, by getting the most points from his six best tournaments. He received 200 in prize money.

Inter-County U160 Championship: Warwickshire 8-8 Nottinghamshire (12th Feb)

The U160 team drew against Warwickshire in the final match of the group stage. The teams are joint midlands champions and both go through to the national stages. Full Results

Nottingham Rapidplay (5th Feb)

Mark Hebden (Syston) won the open section for the third successive year with a score of 6/6. The other sections were more closely contested. The major section was won by Daniel Broughton (Nottingham) and Nigel Young (Chess Mates) with scores of 5/6. The intermediate section was won by Geoff D Brown (Darnell Handsworth) and Armaan Gogia (West Nottingham) with scores of 5/6. Findlay Bowcett-Terry (Halesowen) was the outright winner in the minor section with a score 5½/6. Full Results

Executive Committee meeting minutes (5th Feb)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 20th January is now available to view on the website.

Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-9 Leicestershire (29th Jan)

The minor team's miserable run continues with yet another defeat, this time losing 9-7 to Leicestershire. Full Results

Inter-County U140 Championship: Derbyshire 8-8 Nottinghamshire (29th Jan)

The U140 team drew 8-8 to Derbyshire and are currently second in the table with a chance of qualification to the national stages. Full Results

Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7½-4½ Worcestershire (29th Jan)

Nottinghamshire become Midlands U120 champions after beating Worcestershire by a score of 7½-4½. Full Results

Keith Brameld's Funeral (29th Jan)

Keith Brameld's funeral will take place at Gedling Crematorium at 12:30 on Fri 10 Feb, followed by a reception in Arnold, the venue tbc. Anyone wishing to have time with his coffin may do so at Lymms in Arnold on 9 Feb between 12:00 & 17:00

Gedling Crematorium is about 200 yards on the left down Catfoot Lane when turning off Plains Rd. The funeral reception will be held at Lambley Village Kitchen pub which is at the junction of Catfoot Lane and Main St in Lambley, NG4 4PN.

Change of Venue for West Bridgford (25th Jan)

Please note that West Bridgford have moved all their remaining matches to:

Wilford Social and Bowls club, 55 Main Road, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7AP.
Tel: 0115-9811302.

Please ensure all your players are made aware of this change.

The following additional advice may be useful.

If you are driving from West Bridgford/Trent Bridge along Wilford Lane, continue to the Co-op on your left and then turn right at the traffic lights just after it onto Main Road. The venue is then about 250 yards down the road, a white building on the left hand side, with roadside parking. The entrance is clearly marked, and you will need to walk through the Social Club area, exiting the far door. The chess will be in the Bowls Club pavilion, the entrance to which will be reached after walking just a few more yards.

Coming from Clifton Bridge/Ring Road follow the signs to West Bridgford which will bring you along Clifton Lane. The traffic lights are immediately past "The Harvester" on your left. Turn left at the traffic lights onto Main Road as above.

Executive Committee Meeting (11th Jan)

Message from Andy Walker (President, NCA)

EC will be meeting on Friday 20th January. If anyone has an item for the agenda, or would like to attend, please let me know. There are still a number of vacancies among the officers, most notably for a Secretary, but also for a Safeguarding Officer, a Bulletin Editor and a Special Events Organiser. Please let me, or any member of EC, know if you would be prepared to volunteer for any of these roles, or can suggest someone we should approach.