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 County Championship (19th Sep)

Entries are now being accepted for the County Championship. You can either enter online or download a pdf version of the entry form.

General Meeting (31st Aug)

A general meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th September at Gambit Chess club at 7pm. The meeting has been called to consider the proposal "that Retford Chess Club be admitted to NCA as an affiliated member and be permitted to participate in NCA league and other competitions". The club currently have fixtures in place for a team within Division 5. This is subject to the outcome of the general meeting. The venue for the meeting will be confirmed in due course.

British Championships (31st Aug)

The British Championships was held at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay on 26th July to 4th August. Jonah Willow (West Notts) scored 5½/9 in the Championship and became joint British U18 Champion. Robert Taylor (Ashfield) won a grading prize in the Weekender Soanes. Here are the results for all the Notts players who took part in the competition:

Manchester Congress (31st Aug)

The Manchester Congress took place on 16-18th August. Two Notts players entered the Knights section. Graham Neil (Noamds) scored 3½/5 and Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) scored 3/5.

LMC meeting minutes (4th Aug)

The minutes for the LMC meeting held on 4th July are now available to view on the website.

Jonah's Rise (4th Aug)

Phil Morgan looks at the rise of Jonah Willow, one of the most promising junior players to come from Nottinghamshire. He also looks at the coverage and commentary of major chess tournaments. Full Article

South Lakes Congress (29th Jun)

The South Lakes Congress took place on 7-9 June in Kendal. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) came equal first in the Minor section with a score of 3½/5. He won £56.25 in prize money.

News for juniors (29th Jun)

Issue 18 (July / August 2019) of the newsletter is now available.

New venue for Nottingham Central Chess Club (29th Jun)

Message from Andrew Sutton (Club Secretary)

The club has changed venues. We are now at The Embankment Pub in Nottingham. The venue is excellent, with very quiet playing conditions, good beer, parking, lots of buses but unfortunately no disabled access. Importantly the venue allows juniors in the playing area.

The Embankment Pub
282-284 Arkwright Street

I am hoping that we will be able to hold events - such as blitz tournaments and rapidplays in the very roomy playing room, and our first event will be a grand opening/house warming event hopefully in July.

Executive Committee meeting minutes (29th Jun)

The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 12th April are now available to view on the website.

Annual General Meeting (20th Jun)

The AGM will be held at 7:30pm on the 8th July at the Wolds pub, West Bridgford.

Chess in Notts - Future Developments Survey (19th May)

A discussion paper has been created with the aim of highlighting and considering a range of different ideas that NCA members may want to support to improve competitive chess in the County. After reading the paper you are invited to complete a survey questionnaire.

Letter to primary school leavers (19th 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.

Notts Correspondence Chess (6th May)

After the success of last season the Nottinghamshire team have been promoted to Division 2 of the County & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C & DCCC). Phil Morgan looks at the progress of the team so far. Full Report

Notts League Season Review 2018-19 (6th May)

As the season comes to an end Phil Morgan looks at how well the teams have done in each of the divisions. Full Article

NCA Best Games and Swindle Prizes (6th May)

Message from Steve Burke

I invite you to send me your best games played under NCA auspices this season (since the end of May 2018). 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). Games played at the 4NCL Congress in Nottingham are also acceptable.

As usual, there is an Open prize and an U140 prize. There is also 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.

I look forward to seeing your games.

The Presidents XI (28th Apr)

The eleven individuals who have been President of the Association and are still active in Notts chess, taken at the congress


Top row: Michael Barnes, Tim Walker, John Swain, Brian Hayward, David Levens
Bottom Row: Neil Graham, Andrew Walker, Ray Sayer, Shane Bhayat , Robert Richmond
Inset : Michael Nailard

News for juniors (28th Apr)

Issue 17 (May 2019) of the newsletter is now available.

News for juniors (6th Apr)

Issue 16 (April 2019) of the newsletter is now available.

Nottingham Congress (6th Apr)

IM Alan Merry (4NCL Barbican) won the Open section with a score of 4½/5. Stefan Walentowicz (West Bridgford) won the Major section with a score of 4½/5. There was a four way tie for first place in the Intermediate section between Neal Fisher (Peterborough), Alan Ruffle (Swadlincote), Andrew Allen (Worksop) and William Egan (Scunthorpe), all scoring 4/5. Leonard Barham won the Minor section with a score of 4½/5. Full Results