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23rd October 2018

John Toothill Memorial Correspondence Chess Tournament

The English Federation are organising a Memorial tournament for John Toothill whom you knew well. Although he hadn't played correspondence chess for quite some time, his CC achievements in the 1970's & 1980's deserve recognition. In view of his connection with Cumbria, we felt it was appropriate to ask the Cumbria Chess Association if they would like to nominate someone to take part?

The tournament will be 13 players, played on the ICCF server, starting December 2018 with 10 moves in 40 days time control. It will be a Minor Category tournament so players will be rated in the region 2100-2200. ICCF Title Norms will be available (CCE & CCM). I know it is unlikely you will find someone wishing to play CC but you never know! Could you let me know by 3 November at the latest please? That gives me time to ask others if you are unable to find a player. 

Thank you. 

Best wishes,
Neil Limbert

ICCF National Delegate for England

NB Please contact Jonathan Rashleigh ASAP if you are interested on the following email address -


22nd October 2018

Cumbria Team Rapid Play

The Results for the Cumbria Team Rapid Play held at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge, Penrith on Saturday 13th October can be seen below and on the Tournaments Page.

Team Results


Individual Results

Board 1 : Dave Phillips (Windermere)
Board 2 : John Kelly (Castles)
Board 3 : Paul Rivers (Castles)

Board 1 : Robin Moss (Castles)
Board 2 : Bill Burgess (Oddfellows)
Board 3 : Fred Clough (Penrith A)


Board 1 : Martin Gawne (Leave em laughing)
Board 2 : Andy McAtear (Penrith B)
Board 3 : Jonathan Rashleigh (Windermere)

19th October 2018

NCCU Club Championship


The NCCU Club Championship will be held during the first half of 2019. 


The Sections of the Championship will comprise the following:  

If enough teams enter a particular section, there could be a jamboree event at a central venue, if the teams agree. 

All NCCU and Northern Clubs can enter - 10 per team.

A third team entering from the same club would only pay 5.

A team comprising three juniors œ free to enter.  

Winners of each Section to receive an NCCU Trophy and a Digital Clock.  

The NCCU Club Rules will be adhered to with particular reference to the following:  

 Please enter teams by 30th December 2018. (When the draw and rules will be sent out to team captains by email)   

Teams wishing to enter should contact Keith Smith, the NCCU Club Championship Organiser - 

9th October 2018

The draw for the Round 2 of the Whitaker has taken place this evening assisted by Andy McAteer and can be seen on the Whitaker Page.

Please note that games have to be played prior to, or within 4 weeks and 1 day of the fixture date as in the Open League. So the last day for Round 2 matches to be played by is by Saturday 8th December so plenty of time !

9th October 2018

Cumbria County Matches

The following email had been sent out by our County Match Captain Andy McAteer -

Hello Chaps,

                       It has been brought to my attention that, as Cumbria have a team only in the under 160 section, some players, despite being willing, are unable to participate in inter-county matches. Therefore, if enough Cumbria players are interested (at least 16) and assuming that no one else wants to do it, I would be willing to arrange the matches. Naturally, as I'm crap at chess, I would be a non-playing Captain. As it is to be an Open team, it isn't necessary to be graded 160 or over, anyone can play but obviously, the team would primarily be intended for those who are ineligible for the U160.

If you or any of your club members are interested, please contact me. Please be aware that the organiser will be expecting entries imminently, so the sooner I get replies, the sooner I know whether or not we can enter a team.

..........Andy. (Cumbria Match Captain)

6th October 2018

Telephone Numbers.
Please be aware that I have removed telephone numbers from the County Officers and the Clubs pages. This is because I noticed that on our web site some numbers were showing up as a link. I was rather alarmed by this, thinking how some nasty people may be latching on to them somehow. I am guessing that we did not really need them, however if you really want your number up there just let me know.

Also, for those of you who do not already know, the email addresses are not text but pictures, again to frustrate the baddies.


13th September 2018

The draw for the first round of the Whitaker took place at Kendal Chess Club this evening by Ken Jackson & David Dean and can be seen on the Whitaker Page.

Please note that games have to be played prior to, or within 4 weeks and 1 day of the fixture date as in the Open League. So the last day for Round 1 matches to be played by is Saturday 27th October.

9th September 2018

Digital Chess Clocks

Phil Walters has suggested that anyone looking for a digital chess clock should have a look at the Leap Digital Chess Clock (FIDE Approved) sold by Chess Direct.

Worth a look !


7th September 2018

Cumbria Team Rapid Play

The Cumbria Team Rapid Play for 2018 will be held at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge, Penrith on Saturday 13th October.

Full details and the entry form can be seen here and on the Tournaments Page.


7th September 2018

New Constitution.
Following the EGM the Constitution has the following changes.

4(2) f) For the Club Open League the fixture must be played prior to the fixture date or within 4 weeks and 1 day of that date. For the Cumbria South League, matches shall be played as near as can be agreed to the stipulated date. 

4(2) g) Exceptions to rule f above will require the permission of the League Controller.  Shortage of available players or non-availability of the normal playing venue shall not constitute a reason for the match not be arranged within the stipulated time. 

4(2) h) In order to establish the date upon which a fixture will be played the home team captain must contact the away team captain prior to the fixture date with the intention of agreeing a match date. If a mutually agreed date cannot be made the home team captain should formally offer two reasonable dates, one of which the away team captain should accept.
If the match is not  played within the stipulated period and no team has a win by default, then no points are scored for either team unless the League Controller has already agreed an exception.

 4 (3) c) The match date shall be arranged between the captains of the two teams on the same basis as for fixtures played in the Club Open League as set out in rules 4(2)f to 4(2)h above.

See the whole document here and on the Library Page.

Please note -

We do need rules, but our outlook is as always one of mutual consideration. Some teams may struggle this year and may need help. I urge captains to contact each other to arrange matches at the earliest convenience and in keeping with the spirit and co-operation shown by all clubs at the Special General Meeting.

7th September 2018

2018-19 Fixtures.
The fixtures can be seen on the Fixtures Page.

Sorry to report that Sasra have had to drop out. Barrow have replaced them in the fixtures.

Please note -

For the Open League, and the Whitaker, games are to be played prior to, or within 4 weeks and 1 day of the fixture date. 
27th August 2018

Niamh Bridgemann
 The following email has been received from Matt Bridgemann - who once played at Kendal for a few weeks with his daughter Niamh.

Niamh has recently been selected to play at the World Cadets Championship in Santiago De Compostela, Spain between the 3rd and 16th November. She'll be going in the 11 round, Under 12 Girls event. We've put together a crowd funding page at the Just Giving website to help fund the trip. The ECF have provided an estimated cost, not including flights, of over 2800 for Niamh and an accompanying adult to attend the championship. Pretty steep! If you and Bill could perhaps arrange for the link to be put on the Lancashire and Cumbria Chess websites (and Twitter) it might help Niamh's cause. 

Here's the link;


13th August 2018

Fixtures 2018-19.
I have done the fixtures early this year as I am away from Wednesday 29th August until Wednesday 5th September and the first fixture date for the Open League is on Saturday 15th September. See the Fixtures Page.

That does not allow much time, so if the rules still say that the Home Captain has to contact the away team 2 weeks before fixture date, I think that for this first fixture we will have to be flexible and just do the best we can.

I may have to change some things depending on what is decided at the Special General Meeting.


15th August 2018

Special General Meeting Saturday 1st September


The following email has been sent to all Association & Club Members-


Dear Association Officers and Club Secretaries 

In conformance with the Cumbria Chess Association Constitution, I attach an agenda providing 14 days notice of a Special General Meeting of the Association  which has been requested by more than 12 Association members representing more than 3 affiliated clubs. 

The meeting will be held Saturday 1st September as the Crown Hotel at Eamont Bridge commencing at 2pm. 

The single agenda item will be to discuss proposals to change the rules for establishing the dates upon which fixtures in the Open League will be played.  The current rules in section 4 or the Constitution were put in place following decisions taken at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.  The current version of the Constitution is available on the Association website. 

As at Annual General Meetings, voting at the Special General Meeting will be by show of hands of those present.

This notice will also be posted on the Association website.

Yours sincerely
Jonathan Rashleigh - Secretary

See the Agenda here and on the Library Page, for full details.

13th August 2018

Club Memberships 2018-19.

Club Secretaries to post their club Membership list, Cumbria and ECF Membership fees (where appropriate) to the Cumbria Membership Secretary.

Address to send fees: Dave Cole, 26 St Quintin Ave, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9HB. Email membership list to

See the form here and on the Library Page, for full details.

6th August 2018

County Chess and Games Page.

Please note that Andy McAtear is now running the County Chess Page and the Games Page.

These are not under so there is a very small delay.

Please send Andy any games for publishing. I am sure he will be pestering you all in the near future !

26th July 2018

July 2018 Grades

The July ECF grades have now been issued and can be seen on the ECF Grading page.  

  The Top 10 grades
Name Club Grade
Stavros Karampatos Carlisle Austin Friars 189
Michael L GreenCarlisle Austin Friars186
Dave PhillipsWindermere183
Matthew Mackenzie Barrow 180
John Toothill Windermere175
Roger HartMaryport169
Tamsin Jones  Carlisle Austin Friars 168
Martyn HarrisKendal167
Dave Cole Barrow 166
Neil MaxwellKeswick165
   Congragulations to Stavros on leading the table ( again ) !

20th July 2018

Chess in Schools

John Lydon from Carlisle Chess Club is now working with the Chess in Schools programme and has made a start with Upperby School in Carlisle.

He would like to draw attention to the Chess in Schools website. Please have a look.

Their Mission Statement -

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve childrenžs educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess. Founded in 2009, we now teach in over 300 schools and support 500 more nationwide. We also organise a world-class tournament, the London Chess Classic.

17th July 2018

Constitution 2018

The 2017 constitution has been released and can be seen here, and on the Library Page.

A summary of changes -
Exceptions to the rule above will require the permission of the League Controller. Shortage of available players or non-availability of the normal playing venue shall not constitute a reason for the match not be arranged within the stipulated time. 

       In order to agree the date upon which a fixture will be played, the following rules must be observed:

  1.  The home team captain must contact the away team captain at least two weeks before the stipulated fixture date to try and agree a date and offering at least one date.  If this does not occur then the away team captain can claim the match by default.
  2. The away team captain must respond at least one week before the stipulated fixture date, accepting an offered date or to negotiate with the home team captain another mutually agreeable date.  If this does not occur then the home team captain can claim the match by default.
  3. If a mutually agreeable date cannot be established, the home team captain must contact the away team captain offering two dates which do not have to include any previously offered date, one of which the away team captain has to accept. This offer of two dates must be made at least 4 days before the first of these offered dates
  4. The offered dates should be on the basis of a 1pm or 2pm start for matches to be played at a weekend or 7pm or 7:30pm for matches to be played on weekday or other times by mutual agreement.
  5. For the purposes of the above rules, email is a valid form of contact and where possible documentary evidence should be retained in support of any potential default claim.
  6. If the home team premises or a suitable alternative for the home venue are not available, then the home team must offer to play the match at the away team venue 
  7. If the game is played more than 6 days after the original fixture date no points shall be scored for either team unless the League Controller has already agreed an exception.
  I shall give examples of the above in the next few weeks.

   Other points -  
11th July 2018


A one-day jamboree tournament for Under 16 teams at Ackworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract,West Yorkshire WF7 7LT

Saturday, 6th October 10:30am-6:30pm

Full details and the entry form here.

 Note. A list of tournaments including junior ones can be seen on the Tournaments Page.

9th July 2018 Cumbria Chess

John Kelly of Carlisle has created a Cumbria Chess Association Online Club at and can be accessed here.

Are you a Cumbrian Chess Player? Then join our online club to play and chat with fellow players across Cumbria. 

Login, let us know who you are and request membership to access our Tournaments, Matches and Forums.

25th June 2018

Cumbria Individuals 2019

The Cumbria Individuals for 2019 will be held at Shap Memorial Hall on the weekend of 5th-7th of April.


23rd June 2018

Cumbria Chess AGM
The main amendment is that for the Open League and the Whitaker all matches are to be played in the week designated by the fixtures. Details will be decided before the start of next season. 

In the Whitaker the away teams will have White on odd boards as in League matches.

Clive Hutchby of Keswick takes the post of Publicity Officer.

Full minutes will follow.

Barrow A won the South League.

Penrith 1 won the Whitaker.


Dave Siddall won the Cumbria Individual.

19th June 2018

NCCU AGM Minutes.

The latest NCCU AGM minutes can be seen here, and on the Library Page.

16th June 2018

Cumbria Chess AGM

Don't forget !

Our AGM is next Saturday 23rd June at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge 2pm.


Please check the following -

13th June 2018

22nd South Lakes 2018 Prize Winners

OPEN    300   M Surtees

=2nd   50     T Wall,     A Richardson ,  J Burnett,

MAJOR   =1st   225   D Lovejoy,      K Potter,

15  =Grading prize   R Clegg,   C Heald       J Cawston,   S Potter

30    Best Cumbria player   D Siddall

INTERMEDIATE   =1st   90    M Connor, T Dickerson, M Beardsley, S Clare, D Newell,

30   Grading prize   C Carey,   S Parry

30   Best Cumbria player   C Dodd (see note(i) below)

MINOR    =1st   90   Andy Kelly, D Scorer, P Coleman, Alan Kelly. G Miller

30    Grading prize   P Jackson , R Bohm

30    Best Cumbria player   B Henderson

Note(i) The Cumbria prize cannot be shared and goes to the lowest grade on the same points.

For full results see here and on the Tournaments Page


Carlisle world chess tour reaches the South Lakes.

10th May 2018

Cumbria Chess AGM

The following email was sent to Cumbria Chess Secretaries on the 5th May. Hopefully all Cumbria Club members have all received it !

If not, please let me and your secretary know.


Dear Officers and Club Secretaries 

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Cumbria Chess Association will take place on Saturday 23rd June  at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge  commencing at 2pm.

Please let me know before 31st May of any proposals for change or other items that your Club would like to be included in the agenda.  The final meeting agenda will be circulated in the first week of June.

Jonathan Rashleigh
Secretary CCA

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Open League
Team Pld Pts
Carlisle A315
Penrith A312
Carlisle B310
Keswick A37
Penrith B25
Keswick B35
Carlisle C31

South League
Team Pld Pts
Ulverston B28
Barrow A14
Barrow B24
Ulverston A11

See League Tables for full details.

See ECF Grading page for grades.
The Clubs Page has a link to grades for each club.