SOMERSET COUNTY CHESS ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the Somerset County Chess Association
The web-site for chess in Somerset
About the SCCA
The SCCA is a members' organisation of
independent chess clubs. It is affiliated to the West of England
Chess Union and to the English Chess Federation. The SCCA
organises a competitive chess league with three Divisions catering
for all standards of player from novice to expert. There is also
the annual Frome Chess
Congress, an open congress that any player may enter. The
congress is a British Championship Qualifying tournament and
incorporates the Somerset Championships.
Andrew Gregory (Bath) won the Somerset Championshipship at the 2017 Frome Congress. Given below is his fourth round game against Jeremy Menadue (Carrick).
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with a local interest. Interesting games from any Division of the
Somerset League are especially welcome.
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Latest Somerset News Headlines
19/07/2017 - The Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU) is celebrating its 125th (quasquicentenary) anniversary this year. To commemorate the occasion they are staging a North of the Thames vs South of the Thames match on Saturday 16th September at Swiss Cottage in London. Somerset was a member of the SCCU until the creation of the WECU in 1947. Details can be found on the SCCU web-site (see post for 10th July). Any Somerset player wishing to take part should contact the South team manager Mike Gunn.
20/05/2017 - Somerset League. Winners in the 2016/2017 season are as follows: Division 1 - Yeovil; Division 2 East - Trowbridge; Division 2 West - Sedgemoor; Division 3 East - Frome; Division 3 West - 4-way tie between Weston-super-Mare, Sedgeless, Glastonbury and Yeovil.
15/05/2017 - 28th Frome Chess Congress. The 2017 Congress was one of the most successful ever.. There was an exceptionally large entry of 188 with record numbers in the Minor and Intermediate sections. Particularly pleasing was the relatively large number of juniors of both sexes, many of whom were playing their first ever standard play tournament. A full report can be found on the Congress Home Page. Congratulations to Andy Gregory the new Somerset Champion.
10/05/2017 - SCCA AGM 05/06/2017. The Agenda for the 122nd AGM is here. The AGM is on the 5th June at The Admiralís Landing, Anson Way, Bridgwater TA6 3EX. Item 11 is approval of updated SCCA Rules of Association.
04/04/2017 - Junior Chess. There was an
excellent performance by Somerset juniors in the Wiltshire
and West of England Junior Championships. Among many good
performances were the following:
04/04/2017 - Somerset Cup. Trowbridge won the Somerset Cup beating Glastonbury 4.5-3.5.
15/02/2017 - Somerset Cup. The final of the Somerset Cup will be played between Glastonbury and Trowbridge on 6th March.
15/02/2017 - Junior Chess. Somerset Girls had a good day in Swindon on Sunday 12th. The Under 18s beat Berkshire and Wiltshire with 10 points out of a maximum of 12 whilst the Under 11s beat Wiltshire 10.5-7.5.
10/02/2017 - Junior Chess. The final Grand Prix of the season was held last weekend in Frome with the biggest entry for several years. Competition was very tight in all sections but the winners all remained unbeaten. Here are the results. U7s and U8s; U9s; U10s; U14s.
31/01/2017 -Junior Chess. Read Chris Strong's report on another excellent day in the Somerset Junior Grand Prix at St. Saviours School .
29/01/2017 - Somerset's recent match against Cornwall resulted in a hard fought draw even though Somerset were out-graded on the majority of boards. Full results are here.
22/01/2017 - Frome Congress 12th - 14th May: Details and entry forms are now on the Congress home page.
18/01/2017 - Junior chess. On Saturday our juniors played for the Somerset Chess Team in the Wales and West Jamboree. County teams from all over descended on Chepstow for the annual competition. The U14s and U9s won their sections with the U11s coming a very close second. The standard overall was incredibly high with a large number of International players on show. For more details see Chris Strong's full report.
18/12/2016 - Junior chess. Congratulations to Fiona Thet for receiving the Brian Kerr award for Girlís Chess from Chess in Schools and Communities. Fiona is one of the top girls in Somerset and has won this award for her enthusiasm and success in chess. CSC is the main charity for teaching chess in primary schools.
15/12/2016 - Junior chess. An excellent tournament was held at Peasedown St. John on 10th December. Read Chris Strong's report here.
08/12/2016 - Ben Edgell's report on the October ECF AGM can be read here.
For more on these and previous news items see the news page.
Upcoming Tournaments in the Region
Steve Boniface Memorial Congress August
12 - August 28
52nd Dorset Chess Congress
October 13 - 15
18th Royal Beacon Seniors
Chess Congress November 6 - 10