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 17/07/2016.


David Buckley (Bath) won the 2016 Frome Open and became Somerset Champion. Given below is his fourth round game against Lewis Martin (Swindon).

Please continue to send in games. These can be anything with a local interest. Interesting games from any Division of the Somerset League are especially welcome.

Previous games shown here can be found in the Games Archive.


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29/06/2016 - Congratulations to St. John's First School in Frome which has been awarded a British Chess Educational Trust Award for 2016. Here is the citation.

13/06/2016 - Minutes of the 2016 AGM.

10/06/2016 - The County match programme for 2016/17 is now known.

07/06/2016 - At the SCCA AGM Guy Greenland was appointed Secretary in place of Jim Fewkes. The meeting thanked Jim for his lengthy service. Somerset are currently seeking a match captain to replace Roger Knight who has stood down. Anyone interested in filling this role can contact Roger for details of what is involved. Full minutes of the meeting will be available in due course. However, one decision to note was that commencing next season Division 1 matches will be played over 4 boards instead of 6. It is hoped that this will encourage more teams to enter. Additional boards can of course be played by prior agreement between the teams.

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

August 26th - 28th: Steve Boniface Memorial Tournament
Sixth Form Common Room, University Rd, Bristol, City of Bristol BS8
Open, U155, U125

September 4th -10th: 66th DCCA Paignton Congress
Livermead House Hotel, Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Open, U180, U135, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135