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47th Nottingham Congress

Our annual Congress took place over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2024 at our usual venue, Nottingham High School. 

A record 172 players competed in the Congress (compared with 153 last year).  We had accepted 180 entries (our venue maximum) but unfortunately there were eight last minute withdrawals for a variety of reasons.

The loss guarantee kindly provided by Nottinghamshire Chess Foundation was therefore not required and an extra £200 in prizes was distributed via £40 Slow Starter awards in each section (for players scoring no more than one point from the first three rounds).

From sale of refreshments £352.50 was raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal. Thanks are due especially to Marc Richmond but also to Florian Biermann and Graham Neil and occasional help from arbiters for staffing the hot drinks facility. 

Thanks are also due to all the other organizers and arbiters who helped to make the Congress a success – Phill Beckett, Steve Burke, Stephen Humphreys, Graham Neil, Simon Scott, John Swain, Marcel Taylor and Hambel Willow.

Marcel Taylor is finally bowing out after seven years of very generous sponsorship, initially of the Congress and later the Rapidplay as well, for which we are extremely grateful.  Marcel also came up with the idea of an Improvers section at both events.  The competitors and organizers gave him a very well-deserved round of applause.

You can see a list of the results and prizes here where you will also find direct links to the full results for each section on Chess-results.com

If you have any questions, or need to contact us about the Congress, you can email us here

Tournament News

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Nottinghamshire County Championships 2024

Nottinghamshire County Championship 2023/2024 Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2024 The Royal British Legion Hall Radcliffe-on-Trent Nottingham NG12 2BB Organised by Gambit Chess Club Eligibility: 1 Born in Nottinghamshire 2 Living in Nottinghamshire 3 Working in Nottinghamshire 4 Attending an educational establishment in Nottinghamshire 5 Member of a chess club based in Nottinghamshire or affiliated to Nottinghamshire Chess Association […]

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33rd Nottingham Rapidplay

Capacity has now been reached. We are pleased to announce our that our annual Rapidplay will take place on Sunday, February 4th 2024 at our usual venue, Nottingham High School, starting at 10:00 am. This will be a 6 round Swiss system event, with five ECF rated sections. The basic entry fees are £20 for Adults and £15 for Juniors, whilst […]

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33rd Nottingham Rapidplay

We are pleased to announce our that our annual Rapidplay will take place on Sunday, February 4th 2024 at our usual venue, Nottingham High School, starting at 10:00 am. This will be a 6 round Swiss system event, with five ECF rated sections. The basic entry fees are £20 for Adults and £15 for Juniors, whilst the prizes in each section […]

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46th Nottingham Congress

We are pleased to announce that the Congress will take place on the weekend of April 15th & 16th at our usual venue, Nottingham High School. It will be a five round, ECF-rated, standard play Swiss, with five sections. Full details of the event, the entry form and access to online entry are available on our Competitions page.

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32nd Nottingham Rapidplay

We are pleased to announce our next tournament, the Rapidplay, to be held on Sunday 29th January 2023 at Nottingham High School, our usual venue. The main details, such as the rating limits for the five sections, can be seen on our competitions page, where a downloadable entry form with all the details can be seen. There is also a […]

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Nottinghamshire County Championships

Nottinghamshire players, past and present, are invited to enter the County Championships on Sunday 13 November at Bramcote Memorial Hall. The NCA Annual General Meeting agreed with the Tournaments Committee’s proposal to run a six-round Rapidplay in the hope that this new format may attract larger numbers of players and also help to celebrate the NCA’s centenary year in style. […]

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Best Games and Swindles

With the return of “over the board” chess also comes the chance to show off your best efforts. Any games played in NCA tournaments (Rapidplay or Congress) league or county teams in the past 12 months are eligible. There are prizes for best games (open and under 1800 sections) and also for your best swindles. Please send entries to me […]

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Future Events

The latest edition of the Junior Newsletter is now available on the Juniors page. It includes details of several upcoming events suitable for Juniors. We are also looking for views on the format for our County Championship later this year. Please take a look on the competitions page

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2022 EJCOA NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The East Midlands Regional Final will be held at Nottingham High School on Saturday, May 21st. There are numerous age-group sections from under 20 down to under 8. Each will be five rounds of Rapidplay (25 mins + 10 sec/move) starting at 10:00 and finishing 17:45. Entry Fee £15. The top boy and the top girl in each age category […]

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31st Nottingham Rapidplay

In view of the continuing uncertainty about Covid developments, we cannot yet be absolutely certain that the event will be able to go ahead. However we have decided to start taking entries, which will be limited to a maximum of 150 in total. A full update on the current situation can be seen on the Tournaments tab of our Competitions […]

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31st Nottingham Rapidplay

We are currently planning to hold this ECF-rated event on Sunday 20th February 2022 at the usual venue, Nottingham High School, starting at 10:00am. However, in view of the current uncertainty about Covid developments, we cannot yet confirm this or start to take entries. Hopefully circumstances will allow us to do this in early January. Meanwhile, the currently expected details […]

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Latest News

We are hoping to restart our Rapidplay and Congress in 2022 – Covid permitting! The currently planned dates are: Rapidplay – Sunday 20 February Congress – Weekend 23-24 April All being well, details of the events, and how to enter, will appear here nearer the time.   For local players, we are also planning to reinstate the County Championship, in […]

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Volunteers Needed!

Following the recent online AGM there are three areas in particular where the association needs volunteers to step forward to help us get chess back on the board! Executive Committee – There are two vacancies for EC Members. If you have any ideas on how to develop chess in the county, this is the ideal place to put them forward. […]

Fixtures & Results : 2023–24

The league usually runs from 1 September to 15 May. All clubs affiliated to the NCA are eligible to compete. Teams normally consist of five players (four in the bottom division) and play each other home and away during the course of the season, but this season all matches will be played over four boards.

We are using the ECF’s League Management System now. Apart from team captains, each club should have one (or two) nominated members who will be able to submit match results. If you’re unsure of yours then ask your club secretary.

If you have any questions, or need to submit your results by email then contact :

Simon Scott email link

The latest versions of the league fixtures, results and tables are available through the League Management System.

To assist team captains we provide links to the following useful documents

The following teams have decided to play with ‘quickplay finish’ time controls (i.e. without increments):

Division 1


  • Mansfield
  • University 1

Divison 2


  • Beeston 1
  • Central 1
  • Nomads 1

Division 3


  • Nomads 2

Division 4


  • Beeston 2
  • Central 2
  • Nomads 3
  • University 2

Division 5


  • Central 3

League News


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Revised League Fixture List

A new version of the fixture list for 2022-23 has been posted via email to all club secretaries and team captains.  The new version includes additional teams in division 4 and division 5. It also includes fixtures for the new rapid play ‘Minor League’ which is intended to give juniors and those new to league chess an opportunity to play competitive […]

County Teams | Games | Latest News | League | Tournaments

Best Games and Swindles

With the return of “over the board” chess also comes the chance to show off your best efforts. Any games played in NCA tournaments (Rapidplay or Congress) league or county teams in the past 12 months are eligible. There are prizes for best games (open and under 1800 sections) and also for your best swindles. Please send entries to me […]

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Notts League Update

Due to Coronavirus restrictions the 2019-2020 season was suspended in March 2020 with most teams having two or three matches still to play. It was hoped that these could be completed later in the year when allowed, but (as restrictions went on) the LMC eventually decided to end the season with proportional points allocated for those remaining matches.

We run various County Teams competing in the MCCU and National events at various levels.

We also run a team, or teams, in the County Correspondence Championship. This form of chess used to be played by post, but now has a very different format, being run on the internet and with computer assistance being allowed.

If you think you might be interested in this, please contact the team captain, Phil Morgan.

County Team News


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County Correspondence Team

The Counties and Districts Correspondence Chess Competition started on 14/4/23. Our team is in the Ward-Higgs, Division 1 section. Nottinghamshire team. 1 SIM Jonathan Tait 2419 2 CCM Gordon Anderson 2378 3 CCM Richard Webster 2361 4 CCM John Shaw 2322 5 CCE Phil Morgan 2232 6 Kevin Williamson 2120 7 Glenn Halfpenny 1800p 8 Andrew Robins 1800p We have […]

County Teams | Games | Latest News | League | Tournaments

Best Games and Swindles

With the return of “over the board” chess also comes the chance to show off your best efforts. Any games played in NCA tournaments (Rapidplay or Congress) league or county teams in the past 12 months are eligible. There are prizes for best games (open and under 1800 sections) and also for your best swindles. Please send entries to me […]

County Teams | Juniors | Latest News

Nail-biter in NG9

On 26th February, our Notts u1450 juniors hosted Leicestershire u1450 for a winner takes all clash at Bramcote. A good natured and well fought match, prefaced with Leicestershire’s captain and a couple of their players kindly helping us with setting up some of the tables and boards. As the match started, it quickly looked like a lot of the games […]

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Correspondence Chess

The 2021 season has now been completed. Nottinghamshire finished in third place in Division 2 of the Counties League competition behind, East Wales B and Yorkshire A. You can view the full Results here The 2022 season will begin in February. If you are interested in playing for Nottinghamshire in this competition, please contact Phil Morgan, County Correspondence Captain before […]

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Season 2021-22

Following the request for volunteers to captain teams, our thanks to David Levens, Mick Frings and Mike Swanwick, who will captain Notts U2050, U1450 and U1450 Juniors teams. The following details were supplied by Peter Sherlock, MCCU County Championship Controller… U2050 section – only Nottinghamshire have entered and will go through to the National Stages as MCCU1. Entries for this […]

County Teams | Latest News | Tournaments

Volunteers Needed!

Following the recent online AGM there are three areas in particular where the association needs volunteers to step forward to help us get chess back on the board! Executive Committee – There are two vacancies for EC Members. If you have any ideas on how to develop chess in the county, this is the ideal place to put them forward. […]

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Correspondence Chess

Congratulations to our team captain, Phil Morgan, who has achieved the title of Welsh CC Expert. He provided an update on this year’s team, which is currently participating in Division 2 of the County Correspondence competition. The event started late, in February 2021, so will officially end in January 2022. At the end of June, we stood in first place […]