Norfolk Chess

This is the web site of the Norfolk County Chess Association it is intended to provide useful information to members of the NCCA and to people who are interested in playing chess in the County of Norfolk. It is linked to the county magazine En Passant web-site though to get the real value of this super magazine you may be better to subscribe.

The Object of the NCCA is to organise, encourage and promote adult and junior chess throughout Norfolk, including appropriate surrounding areas, and to represent players and clubs from that area by affiliating to the English Chess Federation (ECF) and the East Anglian Chess Union (EACU). The Associations consitution is available here.

Latest news


There are now reported cases in Norfolk, I have been advised that at least two chess players who are over 70 and are recovering from Cancer have been advised to self isolate (among the measures are that they should keep 2 metres away from others - something that is impossible when playing chess), some others over 70 have decided to avoid chess until the Autumn, the Bury League and Suffolk CCA have suspended their competitions till the Autumn. Also the Government are likely to introduce self isolation measures for the elderly and vulnerable (which could be in force for up to 4 months) and to ban mass gatherings.

After consultation with some clubs and some committee members over the weekend we have decided that we shall suspend the NCCA Competitions (League and Cups) from March 23rd until the Autumn. I have left this for a week as some clubs have arranged and agreed to hold matches this week and this is to allow them to complete those, should they still wish to do so. I must stress that there is no obligation for them to do so and if they are no longer able to complete those matches then they can postpone them without penalty.

If possible we will complete the remaining fixtures in the Autumn and delay the start of the 2020/2021 season. If there is a possibility of commencing earlier we will do so but at this stage that looks a remote possibility.

Some clubs have suggested playing fixtures on-line but I must indicate that under our rules that is not possible.

The AGM on 3rd June will not now take place and will be deferred. Also the Committee meeting scheduled for May will also be deferred.

For Clubs own internal competitions it is for them to decide if they wish to continue. Should you do so then I would ask you to heed all the advice on the Coronavirus and take suitable precautions to protect any elderly or vulnerable members. Your rules may allow you to play such games on-line but I must stress that such games cannot be submitted for grading.

I know that some of you wish to continue playing but I hope that you understand why we have had to take these measures. It is not just for the protection of the elderly and vulnerable but also for the protection of all of us. Please, all of you keep safe and look out for those at risk in your family, of your friends and in your clubs.

John Wickham NCCA Chairman


The Dons open evening at their new venue on 6th April, and the June Swiss are now CANCELLED.

The Great Yarmouth Chess Congress 25th & 26th April 2020 has been CANCELLED.

New Main Sponsor for the Great Yarmouth Chess Congress

We are pleased to announce that Attleborough based Bodo Bio-Security have agreed to be the main sponsor of the Great Yarmouth Chess Congress which will be held on the 25th and 26th April 2020 at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

This will help considerably with the financial stability of the event and may lead to an increase in this year advertised prizes. We are extremely grateful to Bodo Bio Security for their sponsorship of our event.

Details of Bodo Bio-Security are on their website

ECF Club of the year

Congratulations to Broadland on being named club of the year 2018.

See the full citation here

Committee Meetings

POSTPONED - The next committee meeting (Pre-AGM) will be held on Wednesday 6th May 2020 19.30pm at The Aylsham club venue, Aylsham.

POSTPONED - The AGM committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd June 2020 19.30pm at The Aylsham club venue, Aylsham.

County News

Our County sides have done well in recent years. The Captains will usually welcome new faces and you can play for the County at several different levels. For details of the county matches please visit the East Anglian Chess Union website


New ! Analysis of the the games from the recent Great Yarmouth (Norfolk Open) 2019, see the analysis page for online views of the games annotated by David LeMoir.

Analysis of the the games from other Norfolk events going back to 2015.