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.

Please send news of Somerset chess events, interesting games, match reports, corrections, notifications of broken links, and suggestions to improve the website to Somerset Chess.

Site last updated 20/05/2018.

Upcoming Events in the Region

May 25th - 28th The 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, Kings School Gloucester. Details and on-line entry.



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Latest Somerset League results, fixtures and current League tables

20/05/2018 - The 29th Frome Congress was held on the weekend of May 18th to 20th. For a report on this very successful event see the Congress Home Page.

11/05/2018 -The 123rd Annual General Meeting of the Association is to be held on Monday 4th June, 2018 at St. George’s Parish Centre, Church Road, Wembdon, Bridgwater TA6 7RR  commencing at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

28/04/2018 - In the final County match of the season, Somerset defeated a strong Gloucestershire side 8.5 - 7.5 today. Full results here.

28/04/2018 - Congratulations to Somerset League players Kevin Paine, Chris Lamming, Chris Purry, Matthew Turner and Oliver Howell on gaining the Level 1 ECF Arbiter qualification at the ECF Course held at Millfield School in March.

08/04/2018 - Somerset League. Congratulations to Millfield on winning Division 1. (Although Yeovil are still theoretically able to catch them on points, Millfield would win on tie-break.)

26/03/2018 - Somerset League. Congratulations to Trowbridge on winning Division 2 East.

10/03/2018 - Somerset League. Congratulations to Yeovil on winning the Somerset Cup and to Bath for winning Division 3 East.

04/03/2018 - Bristol Spring Congress. Sadly the Congress this weekend had to be cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions and the consequent closure of the School grounds.

28/02/2018 - WECU County Championship. Because of the adverse weather conditions the match against Gloucestershire on 3rd March has been postponed until 28th April.

28/02/2018 - The final of the Somerset Cup will be between Yeovil and Glastonbury on 7th March. Glastonbury defeated cup holders Trowbridge on tie-break in the previous round, but Trowbridge deserve special commendation for the sporting way they gave up home advantage to play at Glastonbury, thereby enabling their opponents to field a team.

21/01/2018 - WECU County Championship.Somerset won a tense match 9 - 7 against Cornwall yesterday, with the match result not being decided until the fifteenth game to finish. Full details and games.

15/01/2018 - ECF Arbiters Course. There will be an ECF Arbiters course held at Millfield School during the weekend of March 10-11. Full details are here. This is an excellent opportunity for any Somerset player interested in gaining an Arbiter's qualification.

27/11/2017 - In the Somerset v Devon County match on Saturday Somerset's first team came agonisingly close to pulling off a surprise win against a strong Devon team. Somerset's top boards scored 4-0 against evenly matched opponents whilst the middle order held Devon to a string of draws despite being outgraded by 20 points or more. However, this grade difference took its toll on the lower boards. The match finished 7.5-8.5. The Division 2 match was won convincingly by Devon 8.5-3.5. Full results and Division 1 games.

16/11/2017 -The 2018 Frome Congress will be held on the weekend of 18-20 May 2018. Details are on the Congress home page. For the first time all sections will be using digital clocks with an incremental time control (90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from start of game).

16/11/2017 - Aspiring chess arbiters please note. There will be a 2-day chess arbiters training course at Millfield School on the weekend of 10/11 March 2018. The event will be advertised on the ECF web-site in due course. It is quite rare for a training course to be held in this area so if you fancy being an arbiter this is an opportunity not to be missed.

16/11/2017 - Somerset have taken advantage of a recent offer to Federations from DGT (the digital chess clock manufacturer) to purchase 16 DGT 2010 clocks for use at SCCA events at a significantly discounted price. The purchase has been part-funded by the Frome Congress. The order has been placed via the ECF.

30/10/2017 - Peter Horne. It is with shock and great sadness that the death of Peter Horne (whilst on holiday in France) is reported. Steven Cook has stepped in for the time being as Secretary and Captain of Norton Radstock's teams for the Somerset Cup and Division 2 East. Steven's contact details are on the Club Contacts page.

18/09/2017 - WECU Jamboree. Somerset put in a very creditable performance at the WECU Jamboree near Exeter yesterday. The Open section of the Jamboree was won by Devon A on 9.5 points. Somerset came second with 7 points ahead of Cornwall A (5), Devon B (4.5) and Gloucestershire (4). Cornwall B won the graded section on tie-break from Torbay League.

11/09/2017 - Laws of Chess. The FIDE Laws of Chess have been revised and a number of changes should be noted. One change in particular is that pressing the clock without making a move is now counted as an illegal move. (Two illegal moves loses the game.) FIDE have published a Table of Changes but a more useful document is the Chess Arbiters Association version of the Laws with added commentary. The Laws now assume that digital clocks with incremental time controls are used. The section on analogue clocks and Quick-play finishes is no longer even in an Appendix but has been relegated to a section called 'Guidelines' along with Laws for adjourned games and the chess variant Chess 960. The section may be removed completely in 2021. 

11/09/2017 - Somerset League Rules. The rules on the web-site have been brought up-to-date to reflect motions passed at AGMs since 2013.

09/09/2017 - Sad news. Tony Bamford, a Vice-President of the SCCA and a long-time, respected member of Glastonbury chess club has passed away. Tony's funeral will take place at Mendip Crematorium on Monday September 25th at 2:00pm.

03/09/2017 - See the ECF LMS link above for 2017-18 Somerset League fixtures. (Somerset are now adopting the new ECF League Management System for recording and display of League fixtures and results.)

27/08/2017 - Correspondence chess. Jim Fewkes reports a terrific result by the Somerset team in Division 3 (Butler Thomas trophy).  Somerset was first with 15/16 and West Wales B was second with 14/16. The key to our success was the due diligence of our players and, of course, it helped greatly that Ivan Stringer scored 2-0 against his West Wales opponent. Presumably we shall be promoted to Division 2 for the 2017/18 competition.

27/08/2017 - The dates of County match fixtures are confirmed.

25/08/2017 - Great News! Somerset's new match captain for WECU County matches is Roger Morgan. Please contact Roger if you are interested in playing County chess. Roger cannot, however, manage the Jamboree on 17th September so a volunteer is still urgently required for that. Please contact Somerset Chess or Ben Edgell if you are interested in helping to raise a team.

17/08/2017 - SCCA AGM minutes. There have been some minor revisions to the first issue of these minutes.

09/08/2017 - Somerset are still without a match captain for the coming season. Without a match captain there will be no County team. Anyone interested in filling this vital role should contact Ben Edgell.

09/08/2017 - Junior chess. Great performances by Somerset juniors at the British Championships. Check out the facebook page for details.

27/07/2017 - New ECF grades. The July ECF grades are now published.

25/07/2017 - New chess web-sites. Jon Fisher has announced the relaunching of the Bristol Chess Times. We wish it success. And here is another new site (The QuietMove) that is also worth a look.

For more on these and previous news items see the news page.