29th September 2022
Team Rapid Play 22nd October
A One Day 5 Round Swiss Chess Rapid Play Team Championship will be held on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at The Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge.
Details and entry form are here.
18th September 2022
The draw for the Whitaker has taken place and can be seen on the Whitaker Page.
Note - the draw was done in a purely random manner with the assistance of Andy McAtear.
9th September 2022
Charter Festival Postponed
Unfortunately, tomorrow's street chess event has been postponed due to the period of national mourning. I will contact you again when we have a new date.
8th September 2022
Ulverston's Charter Festival
On Saturday September 10th we have been invited to be part of Ulverston's Charter Festival and asked to play outdoor chess. We have three large outdoor chess sets and we have been given a gazebo on New Market Street.
event is between 10:30 and 3pm so please come along when you can and
encourage members of the public to play.
6th September 2022
Note from Dave Cole
This is an interesting article in today’s Guardian – you may want to put the link on the site.
Are you saying we should give up online chess ? Good Idea !
3rd September 2022
Fixtures for the South League are done. They can be seen on the Fixtures Page.
3rd September 2022
I have produced the fixtures for the Open League. They can be seen on the Fixtures Page.
The matches are a simple reversal of last years which makes it fair for the number of home and away games that teams have.
Kendal have a team this year and so they have replaced the 'Bye 1' position of the fixtures. Windermere have been replaced by 'Bye 1'.
There are 2 'Bye teams' which allows for the easy addition of any extra teams.
1st September 2022
Details and the Entry Form can be seen here.
22nd August 2022
News has just come in of a Junior Tournament.
Date 8th Oct
Entry fee £5
Entries to be in by the 1st Oct
Entries after the 1st to incur an extra £1 late chargeJohn Lydon ( email@example.com ) is organising it.
I will publish the Entry Form when I receive one.
22nd July 2022
Following the AGM on 7th July, here are the Minutes of the meeting together with the Constitution updated for the changes in rules made at the meeting.
As a very brief summary here are the outcomes of the 3 proposals that were discussed.
- Proposal 1 was supported. In future all match arrangements should be carried out via email to provide a documented trail for the League Controller in the event of disagreement between captains or him being required to default a team.
- Proposal 2 was rejected. The meeting agreed to retain the existing wording with matches being played within 4 weeks and 2 days of the stated fixture date. Applies to the Open League, South League, and the Whitaker.
- Proposal 3 was supported. The League Controller is empowered to remove teams from the League if they default on two matches using the definition of default used in the Proposal.
- All correspondence between team captains is to be by email. This provides documentation in case of any disputes. The League Controller should be cc'd.
- The time limit for matches is as it was pre-covid. This is to be enforced. It may seem harsh if clubs cannot raise a full team, or even their best team. This means we will have all matches played thus providing real incentive to do well in the leagues and Whitaker.
- If a match is not played within the time limit of 4 weeks and 2 days one of the teams WILL be defaulted. If any team defaults twice they will be removed from the applicable league and all results removed. If a team has less than the 3 players it is simply a board(s) default - NOT a team defailt.
17th July 2022
Hello, I have resurrected the Games Page.
It uses Chessbase software and supplies a lot of utilities like Engines and Openings database. So please supply any games preferably with notes.
13th July 2022
NCCU North v South Match
Message from Tim Wall - dent
Following on from the success of the online North v South Challenge match in September 2020, which the North won 60.5-46.5, I have proposed to ECF Counties Championship Controller Mark Murrell that there be an over-the-board North v South Challenge later this year.
There are various options for a venue, including one in the North (eg Leeds or Manchester), a neutral one in the Midlands (eg Birmingham) or in the south (eg London).
If the event takes place annually, the venue could rotate between North, neutral and South.
I believe this contest could be a great way to galvanise support for chess in the North, and I would be happy to help organise it from our side (alongside other county captains).
What do you think? Could you raise players from your counties to support this event?
Cumbria players let me know if they are interested in playing in the N v S
match by the 12th August so I can report any interest to the NCCU AGM.
24th June 2022
The 130th Cumbria Chess AGM took place yesterday.
As a quick summary the proposals that were voted through are -
- All contact between team captains is to be by email.
- Matches to be played within 4 weeks and 2 days of the fixture date - as it was pre-covid. Applies to Open League, South League, and the Whitaker.
- If a team defaults a match twice they are removed from the applicable league and all their results discounted.
Gary Sharkey receiving the Open Trophy on behalf of Maryport.
Jonathan Rashleigh receiving the South Trophy on behalf of Kendal
6th July 2022
Congratulations to Carlisle B who have defeated Barrow by a narrow margin in the Whitaker Final. See the Whitaker Page.
A just result as Carlisle B are the only team to have played every round.Commiserations for Barrow who have come very close to a trophy for the second time this season.
6th July 2022
AGM July 9th 2022
Dave Cole has covid and so he is isolating for a few days. Jonathan is going to chair the meeting as well as performing his usual role as Secretary.
Dave has sent a report for the meeting which is attached here. It is worth a read before the meeting as there is a lot of information included.
Here are the other attachments.Please do your best to attend. We need to decide on the way forward.
27th June 2022
School Chess Tournament
Note from John Lydon, our Junior Organiser
Hello,Just to let you know that the tournament which Long Marton Community School hosts every year (Pandemics permitting) has returned again.
I attended on Friday the 24th to support the event.
I loaned them some sets from Cumbria Chess, and arranged for some more from Carlisle Chess Club.
Not sure if both of you know this, but 2 years ago the school gained an award (Engraved Board, Chess Set and Chess Clock) from the British Chess Educational Trust.
Due to the pandemic the award has been in my house for that 2 years, but I'm delighted to say that I presented the thoroughly deserved award to the Head Teacher (Rachel Smith) after the tournament (See attached pic).
On a personal note, I'm delighted to say that Hayton Primary School (where I teach kids to play chess) entered a team for the 1st time. They won the team event, and came 1st and 2nd in the individual placements.
I hope to be forwarding some pics of the children, with a request put an article on the web site.
As they are children, that won't happen unless I get parental permission.
Hopefully there will be a follow up.
24th June 2022
AGM July 9th 2022
Dear Club Secretaries and Captains
I would ask you to encourage as many of your members as possible to come to the AGM to ensure that we can get the season off to a positive start.
You will recall that last year, to accomodate Covid, teams
of 3 rather than 4 were allowed together with much more flexibility around the
fixing of dates for matches. There has been no proposal to amend the
number of members in a team but the League Controller's proposals seek to
tighten up the organisation of match dates. The rules as currently
drafted are included in the Constitution which is available on the CCA website.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
6th June 2022
South Lakes Congress 2022
The 24th South Lakes Congress took place this weekend.
A list of the prize winners can be seen here.
The full results are here.
21st May 2022
Cumbria Open League 2022
Maryport A have drawn their last game with Barrow and thus have won the Open League for the 2021-22 season.
What a wonderful achievment for Maryport A !
A very close finish. Barrow could have won it yesterday.
21st May 2022
AGM July 9th 2022
Dear Club Secretaries & Officers
next annual general meeting of the Cumbria Chess Association will be held on Saturday
9th July. Subject to final confirmation, it will be held at the Crown
at Eamont Bridge starting at 2pm.
The impact of Covid haunted last season with quite a few matches not played despite the reduction in team size and the increased flexibility around fixture dates. Hopefully this will not be a factor next Winter and it is therefore important that all clubs join in discussion of what they want out of league and cub chess and what rules should apply so that there can be a full and enjoyable season ahead. As always, it is important that all clubs be represented at the meeting.
As required by the Constitution, I will send out an agenda at least two weeks before the meeting and would be grateful if, before then, you could give me any items or proposals that you would like to be included.
18th May 2022
Lancaster One Day Rapidplay 18th June 2022
There is to be a one day rapidplay tournament in Lancaster on 18th June. Details can be seen here.
11th May 2022
NCCU AGM Minutes 2022
The NCCU AGM minutes from April 2022 can be seen here, and on the
10th May 2022
North East Final of National Youth Chess Championships
North East chess organisers,
I would like to invite juniors from your area, school and chess club to take part in the North East Final of the 1st National Youth Chess Championships.
It is being held on Saturday 28 May, 2022, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at St Mary's Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7PE
I am organising the North East Regional Finals on behalf of the English Junior Coaches and Organisers Association (EJCOA).
Competitors will be organised into several age categories (Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20, with ages as of 01/01/2022) and will play five rounds of chess (each player will have 25 minutes to make all their moves, plus 10 seconds per move).
The winning boy and girl in each category will be eligible to compete in the National Finals at Nottingham High School, July 8-10. There will also be trophies and other prizes, to be announced on the day, depending on the number of entries.
To enter the North East Regional Final, go here:
Further details can also be found here:
This is not a school-run event and so St Mary's Catholic School takes no responsibility for admissions or to attend/supervise on the day. The students and their parents are responsible for these things.
Please don't hesitate to get back to me if you have any questions.
EJCOA Regional Organiser
Tel: 0750 372 2366