SOMERSET COUNTY CHESS ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the Somerset County Chess Association
The website for chess in Somerset, England
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 incorporates the Somerset Championships.
Upcoming Events in the Region
May 12th-14th 2023 - 32nd Frome Congress. Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
The 30th Frome Congress was held on the 17th - 19th May. In that 30 years it has been a pleasure to watch young players grow and flourish. The exciting game below was played in Round 1 of 2019's Open between 11-year old Rajat Makkar and the veteran John Waterfield. Here is a prodigious talent to watch out for in the future.
Please send in games. These can be anything
with a local interest. Interesting games from any Division of the
Somerset League are especially welcome.
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Latest Somerset League results, fixtures and current League tables
29/01/2023 - Club contact details updated. Please see the new Club Contacts page.
15/03/2022 - Bristol Blitz. Entries are being taken in advance (only) for the 3rd Bristol Blitz, which is a nine round 5+3 tournament starting at 13:00. This is an open FIDE-rated event, costing £12 per player.
17/02/2022 - Nigel Crucefix. With great sadness Trowbridge Chess Club give notice of the sudden death of Nigel Crucefix, who played in the Somerset leagues for many years. He was well known by the Frome Congress Committee as he would regularly volunteer his time to help clear away sets and tables. He will be missed.
08/01/2022 - Club secretaries updates. Please see the SCCA Club Contacts page for further details.
28/11/2021 - Frome Congress. The 31st Frome Chess Congress will now take place on Friday 13th May to Sunday 15th May 2022. Please see the Congress Home Page for further details.
18/03/2020 - Somerset League.Because of the current coronavirus emergency, and in line with Government and ECF advice, The 2019/2020 Somerset League is shut down with immediate effect. No more League matches should be played until further notice.
16/03/2020 - Frome Congress. The 2020 Frome
Chess Congress due to take place on May 15 - 17 has been cancelled
as a precaution against the Covid-19 virus and to end all
uncertainty regarding the event. The organisers are devastated to
have to make this decision but believe that this course of action
is in the best interests of participants.
09/03/2020 - WECU County Championship. The U160 match between Cornwall and Somerset on 14th March has been cancelled as a precaution against the Corona virus
07/03/2020 - Somerset League. Congratulations to Yeovil on winning Division 1.
04/12/2019 - Frome Congress 2020. Details of the May 2020 Frome Congress are now on the Congress Home Page. Many thanks to the new team of Chris Lamming, Mark Leonard and Dave Marshall for taking over the organisational and administration aspects of this popular congress, now in its 31st consecutive year.
24/11/2019 - WECU Championship. Somerset U160 team played Devon on 16th November. Devon won 12.5 - 3.5. Individual results can be seen here.
13/10/2019 - WECU Championship. Somerset first team played Cornwall on 6th October. Cornwall won 9.5 - 6.5. Individual results can be seen here.
04/10/2019 - WECU Championship. Dates for County match fixtures can be seen here.
24/09/2019 - WECU Jamboree. Devon and Somerset fielded two teams each for the WECU Jamboree with the Devon teams being far too strong for a weakened Somerset. Devon won the Open section 9.5 - 2.5 and the graded section 8.5 - 3.5. Thanks are due to Matt Turner and Millfield for their excellent hosting and to Guy Greenland for his efforts in putting together two Somerset teams. Let's hope that players are more supportive for the next round of County matches starting on October 5th.
03/09/2019 - Somerset League. Fixtures for the 2019-20 season have now been loaded into the League Management System.
03/09/2019 - Frome Club change of venue and match night. Frome have been forced reluctantly to leave their long-standing venue at the Rugby Club and will now meet on Monday nights at the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
15/08/2019 - 2019 WECU Jamboree. The 2019
Jamboree will be held at Millfield School on Sunday, September 22nd.
(Thanks to the school and especially GM Matthew Turner for hosting
the event.) 12 board teams from across the region will compete for
the trophies in one of two sections: Open - no grading restriction
(current holders Somerset!);
For more on these and previous news items see the news page.