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 21/09/2017.

Upcoming Events in the Region

October 13th - 15th 2017 52nd Dorset Chess Congress
Elstead Hotel, 12-14 Knyveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QP
Web-site: Dorset Chess Congress

November 6th - 10th 2017 18th Royal Beacon Seniors Chess Congress
Royal Beacon Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8
Web-site: Royal Beacon Seniors Chess Congress

November 10th - 12th 2017 51st Torbay Congress
Livermead House Hotel Sea Front, Torquay, Devon TQ2 6QJ
Web-site: Torbay Congress

November 25th 2017 Devon v Somerset
(WECU County Championships Div 1)



Here is a miniature from the 2017 WECU Jamboree.

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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.

24/07/2017 - SCCA 2017 AGM. Minutes of the 122nd AGM. Trophy presentations (photos): Henry Powell Shield (D1), Charles Marsh Cup (D2E), Charles Marsh Cup (D2W).

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.

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