5 Dec ’19: To celebrate 25 years this is a very special Rapidplay event! Please click on “Congresses”, main menu bar and then “Rapidplay 2020”. And at Saturday evening, the competition has 2 entrants Peter Anderson, Ringwood (188) and Keith Gregory, Fareham (175)
27 Nov: The ECF are strongly committed to see more women and girls playing chess, whether in a chess club, junior clubs, school or university – or just enjoying social chess in libraries and cafes etc. To this goal, they have appointed a Women’s Recruitment Officer, Tim Wall ([email protected]) Tim wrote to all chess organisers […]
23 Nov: Dorset player Kevin Goater is achieving fantastic results in the World Seniors as reported by Allan Pleasants immediately below:- Kevin Goater is playing in the World Seniors in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Kevin started the 11 round competition that has 20 grandmasters and many other titled players in it in fine style […]
21 Nov ’19: It will again take place at the Merley Community Centre, near Wimborne. Eligibility rules require entrants to have met at least one of these conditions:- a) Born in Dorset b) Lived in Dorset for over 5 years c) Play regularly in either the B&DCL or Dorset County Chess League (pictured James Forster, 2019 Dorset […]
Countdown to Dorset Rapidplay on 15th March 2020
WELCOME TO DORSET CHESS
Dorset is a good choice of county in which to play chess! Over 200 adult players regularly take part in club matches and competitions and over 100 juniors in chess activities.
There are 48 participating teams in 2 vibrant chess leagues – the Bournemouth & District Chess League (B&DCL) and the Dorset County Chess Association (DCCA) League in which 10 friendly clubs participate. Details of your nearest club can be found by clicking on the ‘B&DCL League‘ and ‘Dorset League‘ headers at the top of this page.
There is also a B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup and more recently a friendly Bacchus League for new or inexperienced players.
Results from the leagues and cup can be accessed via the ECF LMS (League Management System) – click on the red button on this page, top right. All other current chess news is posted on this website.
Several congresses are run during the year
Dorset Open and these 1 day congresses:
- Dorset Closed
- Dorset Blitz
- Dorset Rapidplay
- Various juniors chess events.
In July and August 2016 the 103rd British Chess Championships were held in Bournemouth for the first time in 80 years which achieved a record attendance. This was very much down to the considerable work of the B&DCL and DCCA officials Martin Simons and Ian Clark. Along with the successful Bournemouth Grand Chess Congress organised by the B&DCL for 4 years which provided half of the local sponsorship to these championships, clubs across both leagues also provided essential financial support.
Countdown to Christmas from Nikki - here is the first of 25 chess puzzles created by Martin Simons - for more please go to "Junior Chess" main menu bar
Fri 20 Dec ’19 Southbourne Christmas Handicap Quickplay, Tuckton (7.15pm arrival)
Sat 8 Feb ’20 Dorset County Junior Chess Championships, Bournemouth School for Girls (all day)
Sun 15 Mar ’20 25th Dorset Rapidplay, Greyfriars Ringwood (all day)
Sun 24 May ’20 3rd Dorset Closed Congress, Merley (all day)
Fri 16- Sun 18 Oct ’20 55th Dorset Open Championship, Bournemouth (weekend congress)