NCA Centenary Grandmaster Tournament

Top-level chess comes to Nottingham in early November when invited Grandmasters take on some of England’s best young players, including the cream of Nottingham’s chess talent.  It takes place from Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November.

This special tournament is being organised to celebrate NCA’s centenary since its foundation and is the strongest tournament to be held in the County since at least 1996.  Overseas grandmasters from Ukraine and Netherlands will join battle with Leicester GM Mark Hebden.  They will face strong competition from Nottingham’s own IM Jonah Willow and FM Ankush Kandelwal, who are both seeking title norms.

Some of England’s other young stars will also compete with titled masters from Poland, Ireland and Sweden.  You can see the full field with ratings and pairing for each round on:

The tournament is taking place in the city centre at the Nottingham Mechanics Institute with rounds starting at 10.00 am and 3.00 pm each day.

Alongside the international event, a parallel tournament is taking place at the same venue for 10 of our best local teenage players.  They will be competing to win their own competition, and will also benefit from playing and analysing their moves alongside the top masters – a great opportunity to enhance the standard for our wealth of Nottinghamshire young talent.

You can follow the play each day either via one of the online platforms:

Or via a series of YouTube videos showing highlights of the best games each day, with commentaries from national chess coach and International Master Andrew Martin, assisted by Tournament Director IM Tim Wall.  Click here for the daily reports:

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