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 18/01/2017.


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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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 Girl’s 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.

14/11/2016 - Junior chess. The next Under 8 - Under 14 tournament will be at Peasedown St John School near Bath on 10th December. This is the Entry Form but please encourage your pupils/students to enter online at Somerset Primary Schools Chess Association.

14/11/2016 - A weakened Somerset team lost 9.5-6.5 to Gloucestershire on 5th November. Full results are here.

21/10/2016 - Junior chess. Congratulations to Toby Kan, Samir Khan and Iben Hullah who all got their first half-norms for the England Squad at Nottingham last weekend. They have been inspired by Fedor Turetskiy and Chirag Hosdurga getting the Squad places last year. On November 6th there is the Wiltshire Junior Open tournament in Swindon. Chris Strong notes that is very rare these days to get a qualifying tournament for the London Junior which is this close to to us.

14/10/2016 - Junior chess. Last Sunday the first Grand Prix of the season was held at Blagdon Primary School. 65 children from all over competed in three sections. See Chris Strong's report. Many Somerset Juniors will be competing in the English U11 Closed tournament this weekend in Nottingham, having been inspired to go for an England place by Chirag Hosdurga. Good luck to all of them.

23/09/2016 - Two corrections have been made to the new Division 3 West fixtures loaded this morning (Web-master errors). In particular, Yeovil are hosting Taunton Knights (not Wellington) on the 28th September.

23/09/2016 - Chard & Ilminster have made a late decision to enter Division 3 West. The fixture list is revised in Score Checker. (All D3W fixtures are changed.)

16/09/2016 -Taunton club have a new venue and Nick Wilson has returned as match captain for the KO cup and Division 1. For details see the club contacts page.

16/09/2016 -WECU Jamboree. Congratulations to Devon and Torbay League who won the Open and Graded sections respectively. In the Open, Devon scored 8.5, Somerset 6, Cornwall 3.5. In the Graded section Torbay scored 7.5, Gloucs 6, Somerset 4.5.

09/09/2016 - The 2016/2017 Somerset League fixtures are now in Score Checker. Note that there are some amendments to the fixture list as originally circulated.

06/09/2016 - Here is the County match fixture list for 2016-17.

05/09/2016 -The first Somerset County match fixture of the 2016-17 season is (as is traditional) the WECU Jamboree on 11th September. Details are here.

05/09/2016 - Somerset match captaincy. The vacancy has been filled by a workshare arrangement. Roger Fenton will be responsible for organizing venues and liaising with other captains. Ben Edgell, Matt Staniforth, Roger, and Jack Rudd will be sharing the selection work. Jack will be captaining the team on the day.

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.

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


Upcoming Tournaments in the Region

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