Chess Events



Dorset is a good choice of county in which to play chess! Over 200 players actively take part in regular club matches and competitions. There are 2 major congresses each year, the Grand and the Dorset Open, plus a Rapidplay held in March. On Sunday, 17 September 2017 the 1st Dorset Blitz Championships successfully took place in Wareham. The Controller was Steve Peirson. In July & August 2016, the 103rd British Championships were held in Bournemouth, with record individual entries – very much down to the considerable efforts of Dorset Chess Association officials Martin Simons and Ian Clark. Clubs playing in the Dorset County and Bournemouth & District Leagues also gave generous financial support to help enable the event to take place.

Finally, chess for juniors is highly organised including coaching and several congresses. Dorset Junior Chess Officer is Eric Sachs.

Steve Bailey fund raising

Martin Simons Christmas FUN Chess Problems

Christmas tree Dorset Chess website

All the Officers of the B&DCL and Dorset County Chess Leagues wish you all a relaxing Christmas and lots of fun chess playing days in 2018.  May all your sacrifices be good ones!

And now as it is Christmas, here are three fairly simplistic looking but moderately hard, fun chess problems for you to enjoy and ponder over during the festive season.  No cheating!  Solutions will be published in early January 2018.

(With grateful thanks to Martin who is Chair of the B&DCL, many times Dorset county champion and one of the principal organisers of chess events in the County. Just before New Year, there will be a feature here from Martin as he reflects on a “successful year for Dorset chess”)


1. White to move and mate in 3 (there are lots of mates in 4 but these do not count).

Christmas Quiz Problem 1

2. White to move and mate in 3 (again, there are lots of mates in 4 but these do not count).

Christmas Quiz 2

3. White is threatening Qxf7ch and Qxa8 but its Black to move, there a few good moves but one wins instantly (taken from T Kazmierski v M Simons played in the Southampton Chess League on 4th December 2017).  Due to shortness of time, however, this great move was not spotted until immediately after the game, much to the cost of the player with the Black pieces!

Christmas Quiz 3

Invitation to view the new ECF League Management System (LMS)

ECF Grading etc

ECF League Management Software (LMS) 

You may have seen mention that, as Dorset, we have been one of the counties taking part in the ECF initiative to use generic software for league results and the generation of tables etc. We have been participating since the latter part of last season.

Subject to local consultation, it is proposed to use this software next season to provide the fixtures/results and league tables through a link on our current website. You can view this data via the link on the top menu bar (ECF LMS) and select “Dorset” from the list of organisations. No need for a log-in to view the Dorset data. You will see the system allows for listing fixtures by club and other searches are also possible. An important ECF feature is that captains could enter results on-line themselves, thus saving admin time and creating greater immediacy.

The software is still being developed so there will, inevitably, be future changes. For example, it is possible the last three columns in the tables will be suppressed. Please look at the Dorset fixtures and tables and any feedback would be much appreciated. The Project Leader is Phil Wallace, Wimborne’s Secretary and County Grader.

Chess is a great game for everyone!

Dorset Chess Association supports and encourages chess playing throughout the county

To view club details and make contact with secretaries etc, please see details by clicking on B&DCL & Dorset League on main menu above. Some clubs have websites and links to these are through the menu at the foot of this home page.

If you seek social and informal chess during the day, the Bournemouth, Southbourne, Poole & Wimborne clubs run sessions typically in café type settings. Please click on “Relaxed and casual chess” below

Relaxed and casual chess locally

You may be interested in more informal chess and there are currently these weekly opportunities: Monday Kinson Community Centre, Kinson 1.45pm to 5pm Tuesday Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Wednesday Flirt Café Chess Club, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Thursday Royal British Legion, Wimborne from 10am; Friday The Crooked Book, Boscombe 11am to 1pm

(There are no board fees, but chess players are expected to buy a drink, i.e tea/coffee/soft drink or something to eat)

Laws of Chess

Here is a link to the FIDE website and the laws of chess: Laws of Chess

The laws run into many pages; listed below are a few of the less understood ones:

Extracts from the FIDE Laws of Chess (as at July ’17)

(“his” also refers to “her”; in the context of non-congress chess, like our league games, assume we should read “captain[s]” for “arbiter” )


Please also refer to the B&DCL Rules (updated June ’17) and the Captains Notes, both on the website

End of extracts. July’17

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Reminder the Dorset Chess Association Rapidplay is at Ringwood on Sunday 18 March 2018. Entries will be possible around Christmas through the Dorset Chess website
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The popular East Devon Congress in Exeter is running 23-25 Feb '18. Entries now welcome and website
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