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.
Shown below is Somerset's consolation win against Suffolk. In the classical line of the Pirc, White generally seeks to maintain a quiet insistent pressure against Black's position, gradually creating weaknesses that can then be exploited.
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Latest Somerset News Headlines
26/05/2016 - All the games from the 2016 Frome Open can now be seen on the Congress web-site.
22/05/2016 - A greatly weakened Somerset team were demolished 14.5 - 1.5 by Suffolk in the Minor Counties quarter-final in Milton Keynes. The full grisly results can be seen here.
22/05/2016 - Somerset Cup: Taunton defeated Yeovil 4.5-3.5 to win the Somerset Cup.
16/05/2016 - The 27th Frome Congress held last weekend was a great success with a near record total entry and the largest number ever in the Open. Results Summary. Detailed results - Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor
16/05/2016 - Somerset League: Glastonbury are Division 2 West winners and Yeovil have won Division 3 West.
20/04/2016 - The ECF Finance Council meeting on Saturday voted to keep membership fees unchanged next season. However, perhaps unusually for a Finance meeting, there were a great many other matters discussed that would be of interest to most players. Ben Edgell has produced an excellent report which is well worth a read.
17/04/2016 - Somerset put in a very creditable performance in yesterday's 3 Counties Girls' jamboree. Results: Wiltshire 17.5 points, Somerset 13.5 and Oxford 5. Full results listings. See the News Page for Chris Strong's report.
08/04/2016 - Somerset Cup: The cup-final between Taunton and Weston-super-Mare that was scheduled for 22nd March did not take place because Weston were unable to fulfil the fixture. The notice given was in effect less than 24 hours. Weston have therefore been defaulted. In fairness to Weston’s previous opponents, Yeovil and Sedgemoor have been offered the opportunity to play-off for a re-arranged final against Taunton. Sedgemoor have declined and so the final will now be between Taunton and Yeovil on the 17th May.
27/03/2016 - Two new Facebook links have been added to the Links page: Chris Strong's Somerset Junior Chess and the English Chess Federation. The first of these is now on the main menu bar (see top of page) as well.
22/03/2016 - Junior chess: The Somerset Under-11 team has qualified for the finals of the EPSCA inter-Asociation team Championship by a strong performance in last weekend's Zone South competition. Full results are here. See the News Page for Chris Strong's report and a photo of the successful team.
22/03/2016 - Somerset's opponents in the Quarter-finals of the English Minor Counties Championships will be Suffolk.The match is to be played on the 21st May.
18/03/2016 - A warm welcome to the new club started in Wells by Chris Snook-Lumb. Contact details have been added to the club contacts page. Wells are hoping to enter a team in the Somerset League next season. In the meantime Frome and Wells have agreed to play a graded friendly in April.
17/03/2016 - Somerset League: Yeovil are Division 1 champions, Trowbridge have won Division 2E and Frome have won Division 3 East. Divisions 2 and 3 West are still undecided. In Division 2 West Glastonbury currently have a 3 point lead over Yeovil and Wellington, whilst in Division 3 West Yeovil hold a 2 point lead over Sedgeless and Weston-super-Mare.
07/03/2016 - Somerset had a comprehensive win 13.5 - 2.5 against Cornwall in last weekend's Division 1 County match. Full results are here.
29/02/2016 - Chris Strong reports that Somerset had a very successful day at yesterday's Counties Junior Jamboree. The Under 14s was won by Glamorgan with Somerset third. The Under 11's was won by Somerset A with Somerset B third. The Under 9's was won by Glamorgan with Somerset Owls and Bears third and fourth respectively. Chris adds that all the players can be very proud of their results and the Under 11's are the best group Somerset has had for at least 10 years. There is great promise for the future. Full results are here.
29/02/2016 - The final of the Somerset Cup will be contested between Taunton and Weston-super-Mare on 22nd March
For more on these and previous news items see the news page.
Upcoming Tournaments in the Region
28th - 30th May: 48th
10th - 12th June
2016: Bristol Summer Congress