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Countdown to Dorset Rapidplay on 15th March 2020


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.

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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

Christmas Puzzle No 1
Dorset Junior Chess Championships 2029

Forthcoming events

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)

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If you are interested in forthcoming congresses in both our region and beyond, you may find this ECF link useful:
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11 rounds of quickplay chess - all in a day!