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.
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
NCA Best Game Prize 2013-14 (31st May)
There were 4 games submitted this year for the Best Game Prize. Steve Burke coordinated the Best Game Prize again and Andrew Walker was the judge. To make the judgement fair and impartial the games were given to Andrew with only the moves and no other details. Read the report to find out which game won.
EMC Junior Chess Academy Training Tournament Results (31st May)
The EMC junior tournament took place at Risley on Sunday 25th May. A number of junior players representing the Notts county took part and their scores are as follows:
In the overall EMCA grand prix the highest placed junior representing the Notts county is Adam Bennett in 5th place with 33/72.
Inter-County U140 Championship: Nottinghamshire 9-7 Hertfordshire (18th May)
The U140 team won 9-7 in a closely fought match against Hertfordshire which wasn't decided until the final game. They now progress to the semi-final stage to play Kent. Full results
Southend Congress (30th Apr)
Alex Combie (Newark) was playing in the open section and scored 4/7.
Bristol Spring Congress (30th Apr)
Rob Hearne (West Bridgford) came equal 3rd in the open section with a score of 3½/5. Also playing in the open was Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) and he scored 2/5.
Staffordshire Congress (25th Apr)
There were a number of prize winners from Notts players at the Staffordshire Congress. Adam Bennett (West Notts) won a junior prize of £10 in the minor section with a score of 3/5. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) won a senior prize of £10 with a score of 3/5 in the minor section. Marten Kats (Long Eaton) won the U100 grading prize of £30 in the minor section with a score of 2½/5. Here are a full list of Notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: David Coates (Newark) 2
- Major: James Thomson (West Notts) 1½
- Minor: Adam Bennett (West Notts) 3, Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 3, Marten Kats (Long Eaton) 2½, Shah Hussain (West Notts) 2
Nottingham Congress photos (21st Apr)
Photos of the Congress taken by Brendan O'Gorman are now available on the congress web page of the website.
Best Game Prize (21st Apr)
The "Best Game" prize is being offered for the 2013-14 season. Nominations should be sent to Alan Kenyon prior to the 12th May. This covers games played between 1st May 2013 and 30th April 2014 and should be a game played in an NCA competition or for a Notts County team.
General Meeting of the NCA (21st Apr)
The General Meeting of the NCA Rules Revision meeting will be held at West Notts CC on Monday 12th May from 7:30pm. An agenda is available to download.
Comments on the constitution paper in advance of the meeting should be circulated to all members of the Executive Committee. The minutes of the last meeting also need to be approved.
Nottingham Congress (6th Apr)
There was a three way tie for first place in the Open between Mark Hebden, Alex Posazhennikov and Michael Barnes, all scoring 4/5. Full Results
Nottingham Congress (27th Mar)
Nottingham Congress late entry fee (23rd Mar)
The late entry fee for on-line entries will commence at 00.01 on Tuesday 25th March.
Nottingham Congress update (23rd Mar)
Updated message from Robert Richmond
The entrance to the High School car park is from Forest Road East. The eastern end of Forest Road East at the junction with Mansfield Road (A60) is blocked for roadworks. The junction is at the top of the hill and is controlled by traffic lights. Coming from the South up Mansfield Road the turn into Forest Road East is on your left and St.Andrews church on your right. Vice versa coming from the north.
Competitors coming from the North on the A60 and from the South and East via Trent Bridge will be affected. Those coming from the M1 will not.
Coming from the North you should continue past the blocked right hand turn, take the first right into Chatham Street, and then right again into North Sherwood Street. This brings you back to Forest Road East beyond the roadworks.
Coming from Trent Bridge follow the signs to Mansfield (A60). This eventually brings you onto Huntingdon Street, which merges into Mansfield Road at an awkward uphill junction controlled by traffic lights. The Forest Road East junction is about 50 yards further on. Carry on down the hill, do a U-turn at the roundabout and then proceed as if coming from the North in the paragraph above.
There is a quicker route. The entrance to Huntingdon Street is a left hand turn from Glasshouse Street. At the second traffic lights turn left into Bluecoat Street (right is the B684 Woodborough Road), immediately cross over Mansfield Road and then right into North Sherwood Street.
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 8½-7½ Leicestershire (23rd Mar)
Nottinghamshire are the MCCU Minor/Open champions after beating Leicestershire 8½-7½. The last time Nottinghamshire won the minor championship was back in 1976. Full Results
EMC Junior Chess Academy Training Tournaments (16th Mar)
The final four tournaments will be held on the following dates:
These junior events are 6 round swiss tournaments open to all children U13 & U130 grade. All the dates are on Sundays from 11am until 6pm. Chess training is provided in-between games and throughout the day. The entry fee is £20. An entry form is available to download.
Inter-County U160 Championship: Nottinghamshire 6-10 Greater Manchester (23rd Feb)
The U160 team lost 10-6 to Greater Manchester and will not be progressing to the national stages this year. Full results
EMCA Grand Prix (23rd Feb)
Juniors from the West Notts chess club are currently doing well in the EMCA Grand Prix. Susie Wang is in first place on 59 points, followed closely by Harry Madden on 58 points. Adam Bennett is in 5th place on 33 points. The scores are out of a maximum of 72 so far.
Nomads - New Venue (19th Feb)
With immediate effect and until the end of this season, Nomads will be playing at a new venue - The Sherwood Manor pub.
The Sherwood Manor is located on the corner of Edwards Lane and Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2FX. It is opposite the Cooperative, and just down from the Sherwood Community Centre.
There is ample car parking and Club nights will remain Mondays at 7.30pm.
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-5 Warwickshire (11th Feb)
The U120 team beat Warwickshire 7-5 to put them equal first with Staffordshire on 6 points. The difference between the two teams at the top is that Nottinghamshire have now played all their matches but Staffordshire still have a match in hand. Full results
EMC Junior Academy events (5th Feb)
The next EMC Junior Academy event will be on Sunday 16 Feb at Risley in Derbyshire. It is a 6 round swiss and is open to all juniors U13 and U130 grade. An entry form is available to download. Further events have been booked at Risley on 25 May, 8 Jun and 13 Jul.
Nottingham Rapidplay (30th Jan)
The winner of the Open section was Ameet Ghasi (e2e4 4NCL) with a perfect score of 6/6. The Major section was won by Shabir Okhai (Birstall) with a score of 5½/6. The Intermediate section was won by Pawel Golimowski (Spalding) with a score of 5½/6. The Minor section was won by Peter Ellis (Rolls Royce) with a score of 5½/6. Full results
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 8½-7½ Staffordshire (28th Jan)
Nottinghamshire beat Staffordshire 8½-7½ in the Midland Interzonal semi-final and now face Leciestershire in the final on Saturday 15th Mar. Full results
Inter-County U100 Championship: Nottinghamshire 5½-6½ Warwickshire (28th Jan)
The U100 team narrowly lost 6½-5½ to Warwickshire. With both teams finishing on 4 points, they share the U100 title for 2013/14. Full results
2013-2014 Mid-Season Review (24th Jan)
Phil Morgan reviews the league tables in the Notts league at the half way stage in the season and gives his predictions on the teams that are most likely to win each division. Read review
Inter-County U140 Championship: Staffordshire 5½-10½ Nottinghamshire (24th Jan)
The U140 team had a comfortable 10½-5½ victory against Staffordshire. They are the U140 Champions for 2013-14 and have qualified for the national stages. Full results
Leicestershire Junior Chess Tournament (7th Jan)
The Leicestershire Junior Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday 25th January at Loughborough Grammar School. It is a 6 round rapidplay event for players under 18. An entry form is available to download.
New venue for Mansfield (17th Dec)
Mansfield have had to move to a new venue which is Boothy's Club, 2 West Hill Drive, Mansfield NG18 1PJ. There is no fixed club night during the week but the dates for the remaining home matches on a Wednesday will stay as they are.
Inter-County U160 Championship: Nottinghamshire 9-7 Warwickshire (15th Dec)
The U160 team beat Warwickshire 9-7 and are currently top at the half way stage. Full results
Leicester Congress (15th Dec)
Stephen Prior (Grantham) came equal 2nd in the Open section with a score of 4/5 and won £87.50. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Stephen Prior (Grantham) 4 =2nd, Claudio Mangione (Grantham) 3½, Alex Posazhennikov (West Notts) 3, David Coates (Newark) 2
- Major: Steve Bak (Ashfield) 2½, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 2½
- Minor: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 3, Bob Abrahart (West Bridgford) 3, Andrew Thompson (Gambit) 2½, Andrew Sutton (Nottingham Central) 1½
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 4½-7½ Staffordshire (11th Dec)
The U120 team lost 7½-4½ to Staffordshire but are in equal first place on 4 points at the half way stage. Full results
Inter-County Minor Championship: Derbyshire 5-11 Nottinghamshire (11th Dec)
The minor team beat Derbyshire 11-5 to make it 3 wins out of 3 and are the winners of the East Zone. The team now play Staffordshire (West Zone runners up) on Saturday 25th Jan in the Midland's semi finals. Full results
Inter-County U140 Championship: Shropshire 7-9 Nottinghamshire (5th Dec)
The U140 team beat Shropshire 9-7 in a closely fought match. They next play against Staffordshire on Sat 11th Jan. Full results
British Rapidplay (5th Dec)
The leading Notts player in the open section was Jim Burnett (Mansfield) with a score of 5½/11. Aditya Munshi (West Notts) finished equal 3rd in the U11 Trial with a score of 4/5. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (main sections out of 11 and junior events out of 5):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 5½, Alex Combie (Newark) 5
- Major: Jonah Willow (West Notts) 5
- Intermediate: Hambel Willow (West Notts) 2½
- U11 Trial: Aditya Munshi (West Notts) 4, Adam Bennett (West Notts) 3, Abishek Thakar (West Notts) 3, Neel Badhe (West Notts) 2, Susie Wang (West Notts) 2, Rohan Tandon (Nottinghamshire Juniors) 2
- U12, U16: Aditya Munshi (West Notts) 3, Abishek Thakar (West Notts) 2½
Nottinghamshire County Championship (27th Nov)
The 2013/14 County Champion is Alex Posazhennikov with a score of 3½/5. Full results
Online entry forms (24th Nov)
The online entry forms are now available for both the Nottingham Rapidplay and the Nottingham 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.
Nottingham Congress and Nottingham Rapidplay (22nd Nov)
The dates have been confirmed for the Nottingham Congress and Nottingham Rapidplay and entry forms are available to download for both competitions.
An online entry form for both competitions will be available in the near future from the website.
Inter-County U100 Championship: Nottinghamshire 11-1 Staffordshire (17th Nov)
The U100 team had another convincing win, this time beating Staffordshire 11-1. They secure progression to the national stages and are currently top of the U100 Championship. Full results
EMC Risley Junior Chess Training Tournament (17th Nov)
East Midlands Chess are holding a Junior Training Tournament in Risley, Derbyshire on Sunday 1st December. There will be a 6 round swiss tournament with training in-between matches. It is open to all children U13 and with an U130 grade. An entry form can be downloaded for this tournament.
East Midlands Chess Tournament (17th Nov)
A series of U18 chess tournaments are being held at Dovecote School in Clifton, Nottingham. For each session there are 6 rounds with every player receiving 30 minutes on the clock for each round. An entry form is available to download.
Inter-County Matches round up (10th Nov)
The minor team beat Leicestershire 9-7 to continue their good run and go top of the East Zone table with 4 points. Full results
The U160 team drew 8-8 with Leicestershire in a close match where Nottinghamshire had a slight grading advantage overall. Full results
The U120 team had a comfortable 8½-3½ win over Worcestershire and are the current leader with 2 wins out of 2. Full results
Scarborough Congress (5th Nov)
There was a record entry of 341 players in the event this year. The best scores from Notts players came from Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) finishing equal first in the major section with a score of 4/5 and winning £125, and David Dunne (West Notts) coming equal third in the minor section with a score of 4/5 and winning £25. Here are the rest of the results for Notts players:
- Open: Mike Barnes (Gambit) 3, Alex Combie (Newark) 2½, Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 2, Glenn Halfpenny (Ashfield) 2
- Major: Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) 4 =1st, Maurice Hill (Nomads) 2
- Intermediate: James Thomson (West Notts) 2, Janos Wagenbach (Mansfield) 1/3
- Minor: Chris Bonnello (Radcliffe & Bingham) 2½, Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 1½
- Foundation: David Dunne (West Notts) 4 =3rd
Hull Congress (4th Nov)
Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) came equal 1st in the minor section with a score of 4/5 and won £187.50. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (all scores out of 5 unless stated otherwise):
- Major: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 2½, Janos Wagenbach (Mansfield) 1
- Intermediate: Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 1½/2
- Minor: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 4 =1st
Inter-County Matches round up (23rd Oct)
The U100 team whitewashed a young and inexperienced Leicestershire team 12-0. Full results
The U120 team convincingly beat Lincolnshire 7½-4½ in a match that looked closer on paper. Full results
The Minor team overpowered Lincolnshire and beat them 10-6. Full results
East Midlands Chess Junior Training Tournament (13th Oct)
East Midlands Chess are running another junior tournament but this time in Bramcote, Nottingham on Sunday 20th October. It is the same format as before with a mixture of competition and training. An entry form is available to download.
Executive Committee meeting minutes (5th Oct)
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 9th August is now available to view on the website.
Update on University venue (1st Oct)
University now have a venue for all their home matches from 15 October up to Christmas.
The Queens Hotel, 189 Queens Rd, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2FE have a separate room at the back which they will use. See map.
After Christmas (and home matches on 1 October) they are in Room LG9 of the Trent Building on the University campus, as previously advised.
University venue and captains (26th Sep)
University are having some difficulties in regard to room bookings. The matches on 1st October, and then all home matches after Christmas, will be played in Trent Building, Room LG9. See map. All other matches before Christmas are currently hoped to go ahead as planned, but a specific location is yet to be arranged. This will affect teams in Divisions 1, 3 & 5. More specific info re pre-Christmas venues and any rearrangements that may be needed will be advised in due course.
Team captains for University for the following year are going to be:
Leek Congress (22nd Sep)
Jonah Willow (West Notts) scored 3½/5 and came equal 4th in the B section. He had a 169 grading performance which was 28 points above his actual grade of 141. Hambel Willow (West Notts) scored 3/5 in the C section.
Leamington RapidPlay (17th Sep)
Drag Sudar (Gambit) came equal first in the intermediate section with a score of 5/6. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part (all scores out of 6):
- Open: Pablo Padilla Cabero (Ashfield) 2½
- Major: Andrew Toothill (Ashfield) 3, Stephen Foster (Nottingham Central) 1½
- Intermediate: Drag Sudar (Gambit) 5, Aditya Munshi (West Notts) 2
- Minor: Dorothy Blampied (Radcliffe & Bingham) 3½
NCA AGM Minutes 2013 (14th Sep)
The draft minutes of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association AGM held at Nomads CC on 8 July 2013 is now available to view on the website.
East Midlands team in the 4NCL (5th Sep)
East Midlands Chess are looking at entering a team in the 4NCL for the 2013-14 season. They are looking for chess players with an EM connection, grading 180+ and who would like to play this coming season. The aim is to start in division 3 and work up to division 1 within 3-5 years. Please contact Christopher Dunworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07577-273275 for further details.
New venues for Mansfield and Newark chess clubs (3rd Sep)
For the upcoming season Mansfield and Newark have moved to new venues and are playing on different club nights to what they had previously. Here is a summary:
|Mansfield||The Railway Inn, 9 Station Street, Mansfield NG18 1EF||Wednesday|
|Newark||The Roaring Meg, 117 Barnby Gate, Newark, NG24 1QZ||Monday|
For further details visit the information page
East Midlands Chess Junior Training Tournament (3rd Sep)
East Midlands Chess are running a junior training tournament in Risley, Derby on Sunday 22nd September. It is a 6 round swiss tournament open to all children U13 and U130 grade. There will be a mixture of competition and training. An entry form is available to download.
English U11 Closed Championships (25th Aug)
The East Midlands will be hosting the English U11 Closed Championships at Nottingham High Junior School on Sat & Sun 12 & 13 October. Anyone in Year 6 and under can enter provided that they were born in, live in or attend school in England. An entry form is available to download.
British Chess Championships (11th Aug)
The 100th British Chess Championships was held in Torquay this year from 28th July to 10th August. Over 20 Nottinghamshire players took part in the various events that were ran over the 2 weeks. Robert Willoughby (West Notts) came equal 1st in the U140 Championship and won £160 prize money. Robert Taylor (Ashfield) came equal 2nd in the British Seniors U150 and won £30 prize money.
A selection of games is now available for replay.
Full results are as follows:
Adult and Junior sections:
- British Championship: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 5½/11, Peter Mercs (Gambit) 5/11, David Coates (Newark) 4/11
- British Senior Championship: David Levens (West Notts) 3/7
- British Seniors U150: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 3½/5 =2nd, Stanley Cranmer (Ashfield) 2½/5
- British Seniors U130: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 3/5
- Major Open: Richard Webster (West Bridgford) 6/11
- U160 Championship: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 2/5
- U140 Championship: Robert Willoughby (West Notts) 4½/5 =1st
- U120 Championship: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 1½/5
- Rapidplay Week 2: Peter Mercs (Gambit) 4½/6
- 5 Day Open AM Week 2: William Atiomo Snr (West Bridgford) 2/5, Mark Radford (Nottingham Central) 0/2
- Weekender Atkins: Mark Radford (Nottingham Centra) 1½/5
- Weekender Soanes U150: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 2½/5
- Weekender Yates U125: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 3½/5
- U14 Championship: Harry Croasdale (West Bridgford) 4½/7, Hambel Willow (West Notts) 3/7
- U12 Championship: Taylor Pearson (West Notts) 5/7, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 4/7, Karam Sangha (Notts HS) 3½/7, Will Atiomo Jnr (Notts Juniors) 2½/7, John Croasdale (West Bridgford) 2½/7
- U10 Championship: Aditya Munshi (West Notts) 4½/7, Abhishek Thakar (West Notts) 4/7, Ayesha Pearson (Notts Juniors) 2½/7
- U9 Championship: Aditya Munshi (West Notts) 4½/7, Abhishek Thakar (West Notts) 4/7, Susie Wang (West Notts) 4/7