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6th February 2024

Cumbria Individual Championship 2023-24

Andy -

I've attached an entry form for the Cumbria Championships which is to be
held at Shap Memorial Hall on the weekend of the 5th, 6th and 7th April.

Please do your best to attend as we need the numbers to cover the
increased venue hire and keep the prize money from dropping. Of course,
if we get enough entries, the prize money may even increase.

ECF membership at Bronze level, or above, is required.

You see the Entry Form here, and on the Tournaments Page.

30th January 2024

NCCU Under 1850 -  Yorkshire v Cumbria

Nccu LogoCumbria under 1850 were beaten by Yorkshire at Barnard Castle yesterday.

Details can be seen here, and on the CountyChess Page.

Read a nice description of the day from Andy.

21st January 2024

NCCU Under 1850 -  Cumbria  v  Greater Manchester

Nccu LogoCumbria under 1850 were beaten by Greater Manchester at Lancaster yesterday.

Details can be seen here, and on the CountyChess Page.

Read a nice description of the day from Andy.

12th January 2024

Pennine Cup

Peter Hanks and John Lydon took some young players to Manchester on Sunday 14th to take part in the Pennine Cup.

It was a tough tournament, but Johnny Robson on board 1 did very well to come away with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Amogh Kashyap on board 4 also had a fine tournament with 5 wins and 1 loss.

12th January 2024

Lancaster One day Rapid Play Feb 2024

Details can be seen here.

9th January 2024

Club Bank Accounts

Dear all

Many of you will have read recent press articles about banks allegedly freezing or closing charities’ and community groups’ bank accounts with little or no notice, apparently on the basis of not receiving the information they claim they need as part of their responsibility to help prevent financial crime and to meet their regulatory obligations. If you have examples of chess organisations (whether they be chess clubs, leagues, county associations, unions, or other chess-related bodies) having been affected by this we would like to hear from you. Please email us with details on office@englishchess.org.uk

English Chess Federation

John Lydon's Email to the ECF -

Dear Sir or Madam 

I have recently had an email forwarded to me, asking for details of instances of Banks or in this case Building Societies closing accounts. 

I am the Junior Organizer for the Cumbria Chess Association.

A Building Society account was part of the handover from the gentleman who was the previous Junior Organizer.

Roughly a year ago the Cumberland Building Society informed me of their intention to close the account, from memory they gave about a months notice.

I contacted them and was informed that if we wished to continue using the Cumberland, we would have to open a new account and go through a huge amount of bureaucracy for a fairly nominal amount of money.
From memory they wanted personal details of all committee members of Cumbria Chess Association, regardless of whether or not they were involved in Junior Chess, a copy of the Chess Association Constitution and minutes of the most recent AGM. 

I told the Cumberland that I wasn't happy, and would be looking elsewhere for an alternative, and they advised me that all other financial institutions would be the same.
The enquiries that I made supported their statement. 

I emailed the other committee members to make them aware of the situation and consult with them. 

It was reluctantly agreed that I would open a bank account in my name, but that it would be separate from my personal account and only used for Cumbria Chess purposes. 

I well and truly do not like having money that doesn't belong to me in an account of my name, and I don't think that is good governance, but unfortunately it was seen as the least bad available option. 

I hope that this is of interest to you, and if anyone has found a better option than the one that I've reluctantly used, then I would very much like to know what it is. 

Thank you 

John Lydon

4th January 2024

Ian Hewitson

 Extract from The Westmorland Gazette -


published on 04/01/2024

HEWITSON Ian Peacefully on 10th December 2023, aged 81 years. Loving husband. dad. grandad and gold panner. Funeral service at Beetham Hall Crematorium on Tuesday 16th January at 12.30pm. No flowers please, donations to Manna House. Enquiries c/o Fishwicks tel:015395 63108

17th December 2023

Ian Hewitson

It is with great sadness that I report the recent passing away of Ian Hewitson.

He was a long term member of Windermere Chess Club, and a good, very well liked friend of many people.

I will post more details when I have them.

11th December 2023

Barrow Chess Club

Barrow Chess Club has moved to

Navy Club,
Ramsden Dock Road,
Barrow Island,
Barrow-in- Furness,
LA14 2NT

See the Clubs page for a Google map

Also please note that Dave Cole has changed email

24th November 2023

South Lakes Congress 2024

The Entry Form can be seen here, and on the Tournaments Page.

19th October 2023

Long Marton School Chess Tournament September 2023

A report by John.  See it here.  

7th October 2023

Cumbria Chess Rapid Play Team Championship 2023
The competition has been postponed until later in the season.


8th October 2023

Whitaker Round 1


The draw for the 1st round of the Whitaker took place at Kendal Chess Club.

The details are on the Whitaker Page.

7th October 2023

Cumbria Chess Rapid Play Team Championship 2023
A One Day 5 Round Chess Rapid Play Team Handicap Championship will be held on Saturday October 21st 2023 at

The Crown Hotel
Eamont Bridge
Penrith CA10 2BX
Tel no: 01768 892 092

  Teams of 3 players are eligible to enter from all Chess clubs

  Full details can be seen here.

1st October 2023

Long Marton School Chess Tournament September 2023

It was reported on in the News and Star. See it here.  

 A report from .John Lydon -

The Cumbria Junior Chess Tournament took place at Long Marton Community School on Saturday 30/09/2023. There were Under 18 and Under 13 sections. Johnny Robson became the Under 18 Cumbria Champion with a very impressive performance including a nail biting win over last year’s champion. Fifteen players contested this group. Johnny is pictured here holding his winner’s trophy and being presented with his certificate by tournament controller Peter Hanks.

This was the second post lockdown Cumbria Junior Chess Tournament put on by John Lydon, the Cumbria Chess Association Junior Organizer, and the entries were over double that of the first. The Under 13 Section was contested by 21 players. Amoghajay Kashyap won this section to become the Cumbria Under 13 Champion. Amoghajay is pictured here holding his winner’s trophy and certificate. Amoghajay’s younger sister Nydilay also competed in this group.

Children at play in the tournament. Neil Foxcroft watching one of the games. Parents are watching the action from seats around the edge of the hall. The Cumbria Chess Association thanks Long Marton Community School for hosting this year’s event, and thanks teacher John Davis in particular who gave up his Saturday to allow access. John Davis teaches chess in his school and holds a tournament for local schools every year. Cumbria Chess Junior Organizer, John Lydon presented the school with a donation of chess books as thanks and appreciation.

24 September 2023

Cumbria Junior Chess Tournament 2023

A one day Junior Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday 30th September at Long Marton School, Appleby.

Full details can be seen here.

24 September 2023

President Eggert

Eggert is our new President !

Also, an NCCU delgate.

25 August 2023

Constitution 2023

An amended Constitution is now available.

It can seen here, on the Library Page, and the Archives Page.

 Some main headlines are -

14th August 2023

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5th August 2023

Gary Sharkey

Gary on the way to stardom.

Radio Cumbria Interview.

17th July 2023

Keith Arkell Simultaneous Exhibition Maryport.

Your chance to beat a Grandmaster !

Saturday 5th August.

Contact Gary Sharkey.

14th July 2023

Cumbria Junior Chess Tournament 2023

A one day Junior Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday 30th September at Long Marton School, Appleby.

Full details can be seen here.

28th June 2023

Ulverston 30 minute rapidplay Sat 17th June 2023


Results can be seen here.

14th June 2023

Cumbria Chess AGM

Dear Club Secretaries, Team Captains & Officers

The next annual general meeting of the Cumbria Chess Association will be held on Saturday 19th August.  Subject to final confirmation, it will be held at the Crown at Eamont Bridge starting at 2pm.

As required by the Constitution, I will send out an agenda at least two weeks before the meeting and would be grateful if, before then,  you could give me any items or proposals that you would like to be included.

Best wishes

Jonathan Rashleigh

8th June 2023

South Lakes Congress 2023

The winners can be seen here.

Full results can be seen here.

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Open League 2023-24
Team Pld Pts
Penrith A718
Penrith B612
Maryport A512
Carlisle A59
Carlisle B69
Maryport B66
Maryport C50
Penrith C50

South League 2023-24
Team Pld Pts
Ulverston A615
Kendal A610
Kendal B610
Ulverston B55
Ulverston C60

See League Tables for full details.

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