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.

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Site last updated 09/08/2017.


Andrew Gregory (Bath) won the Somerset Championshipship at the 2017 Frome Congress. Given below is his fourth round game against Jeremy Menadue (Carrick).

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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.

10/05/2017 - SCCA AGM 05/06/2017. The Agenda for the 122nd AGM is here. The AGM is on the 5th June at The Admiralís Landing, Anson Way, Bridgwater TA6 3EX. Item 11 is approval of updated SCCA Rules of Association.

04/04/2017 - Junior Chess. There was an excellent performance by Somerset juniors in the Wiltshire and West of England Junior Championships. Among many good performances were the following:
West of England U16 Champion: Oliver Howell (Millfield)
WoE U18 Girls' Champion: Zoe Varney (Millfield)
WoE U14 Champion: Max Walker (Churchill Academy)
Minor Section, 1st Place: Nicholas Cunliffe (Wells)
WoE U9 Champion: Matthew Timbrell
U9 Controller's Prize: Ernie Fields
Saturday Intermediate, 3rd Place & Controller's Prize: John Skeen (Churchill Academy)

04/04/2017 - Somerset Cup. Trowbridge won the Somerset Cup beating Glastonbury 4.5-3.5.

15/02/2017 - Somerset Cup. The final of the Somerset Cup will be played between Glastonbury and Trowbridge on 6th March.

15/02/2017 - Junior Chess. Somerset Girls had a good day in Swindon on Sunday 12th. The Under 18s beat Berkshire and Wiltshire with 10 points out of a maximum of 12 whilst the Under 11s beat Wiltshire 10.5-7.5.

10/02/2017 - Junior Chess. The final Grand Prix of the season was held last weekend in Frome with the biggest entry for several years. Competition was very tight in all sections but the winners all remained unbeaten. Here are the results. U7s and U8s; U9s; U10s; U14s.

31/01/2017 -Junior Chess. Read Chris Strong's report on another excellent day in the Somerset Junior Grand Prix at St. Saviours School .

29/01/2017 - Somerset's recent match against Cornwall resulted in a hard fought draw even though Somerset were out-graded on the majority of boards. Full results are here.

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


Upcoming Tournaments in the Region

Steve Boniface Memorial Congress August 25 - August 27
Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Web-site: Steve Boniface Memorial Congress

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

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