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The 130th Cumbria Chess AGM took place on Saturday 9th July


Full details are now available

  22nd July 2022

Following the AGM on 7th July, here are the Minutes of the meeting together with the Constitution updated for the changes in rules made at the meeting. 

Both of these documents are also available on the Library Page and the Archives Page.

As a very brief summary here are the outcomes of the 3 proposals that were discussed.

  1. All correspondence between team captains is to be by email. This provides documentation in case of any disputes. The League Controller should be cc'd.
  2. The time limit for matches is as it was pre-covid. This is to be enforced. It may seem harsh if clubs cannot raise a full team, or even their best team. This means we will have all matches played thus providing real incentive to do well in the leagues and Whitaker.
  3. If a match is not played within the time limit of 4 weeks and 2 days one of the teams WILL be defaulted. If any team defaults twice they will be removed from the applicable league and all results removed. If a team has less than the 3 players it is simply a board(s) default - NOT a team defailt.

 17th July 2022

Games Page

 Hello, I have resurrected the Games Page.

It uses Chessbase software and supplies a lot of utilities like Engines and Openings database. So please supply any games preferably with notes.

13th July 2022

NCCU North v South Match

 Message from Tim Wall - dent

Hi folks,

Following on from the success of the online North v South Challenge match in September 2020, which the North won 60.5-46.5, I have proposed to ECF Counties Championship Controller Mark Murrell that there be an over-the-board North v South Challenge later this year.

There are various options for a venue, including one in the North (eg Leeds or Manchester), a neutral one in the Midlands (eg Birmingham) or in the south (eg London).

If the event takes place annually, the venue could rotate between North, neutral and South.

I believe this contest could be a great way to galvanise support for chess in the North, and I would be happy to help organise it from our side (alongside other county captains).

What do you think? Could you raise players from your counties to support this event? 

Could Cumbria players let me know if they are interested in playing in the N v S match by the 12th August so I can report any interest to the NCCU AGM.


24th June 2022


The 130th Cumbria Chess AGM took place yesterday.

As a quick summary the proposals that were voted through are -

Full details will follow with the Minutes and the new Constitution.

 Gary Sharkey receiving the Open Trophy on behalf of Maryport.
 Jonathan Rashleigh receiving the South Trophy on behalf of Kendal.
6th July 2022



Congratulations to Carlisle B who have defeated Barrow by a narrow margin in the Whitaker Final. See the Whitaker Page.

A just result as Carlisle B are the only team to have played every round.

Commiserations for Barrow who have come very close to a trophy for the second time this season.

 6th July 2022

July 9th 2022

Dave Cole has covid and so he is isolating for a few days. Jonathan is going to chair the meeting as well as performing his usual role as Secretary. 

Dave has sent a report for the meeting which is attached here. It is worth a read before the meeting as there is a lot of information included.

Here are the other attachments.

AgendaMinutes of the last meeting, Proposals, Accounts

Please do your best to attend. We need to decide on the way forward.
 27th June 2022

School Chess Tournament

Note from John Lydon, our Junior Organiser


Just to let you know that the tournament which Long Marton Community School hosts every year (Pandemics permitting) has returned again. 

I attended on Friday the 24th to support the event.

I loaned them some sets from Cumbria Chess, and arranged for some more from Carlisle Chess Club.

Not sure if both of you know this, but 2 years ago the school gained an award (Engraved Board, Chess Set and Chess Clock) from the British Chess Educational Trust.

Due to the pandemic the award has been in my house for that 2 years, but I'm delighted to say that I presented the thoroughly deserved award to the Head Teacher (Rachel Smith) after the tournament (See attached pic). 

On a personal note, I'm delighted to say that Hayton Primary School (where I teach kids to play chess) entered a team for the 1st time. They won the team event, and came 1st and 2nd in the individual placements. 

I hope to be forwarding some pics of the children, with a request put an article on the web site.

As they are children, that won't happen unless I get parental permission.

Hopefully there will be a follow up. 

Many thanks

 24th June 2022

July 9th 2022

Dear Club Secretaries and Captains

I attach the agenda for this meeting together with the Minutes of the last meeting and proposals for discussion received from David Shaw.

I would ask you to encourage as many of your members as possible to come to the AGM to ensure that we can get the season off to a positive start. 

You will recall that last year, to accomodate Covid, teams of 3 rather than 4 were allowed together with much more flexibility around the fixing of dates for matches.  There has been no proposal to amend the number of members in a team but the League Controller's proposals seek to tighten up the organisation of match dates.  The rules as currently drafted are included in the Constitution which is available on the CCA website.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Jonathan Rashleigh

6th June 2022

South Lakes Congress 2022


The 24th South Lakes Congress took place this weekend. 
A list of the prize winners can be seen here.

The full results are here.

21st May 2022

Cumbria Open League

Maryport A have drawn their last game with Barrow and thus have won the Open League for the 2021-22 season.

Many congratulations.

What a wonderful achievment for Maryport A !

A very close finish. Barrow could have won it yesterday.

 21st May 2022

July 9th 2022

Dear Club Secretaries & Officers

The next annual general meeting of the Cumbria Chess Association will be held on Saturday 9th July.  Subject to final confirmation, it will be held at the Crown at Eamont Bridge starting at 2pm.
The impact of Covid haunted last season with quite a few matches not played despite the reduction in team size and the increased flexibility around fixture dates. Hopefully this will not be a factor next Winter and it is therefore important that all clubs join in discussion of what they want out of league and cub chess and what rules should apply so that there can be a full and enjoyable season ahead.  As always, it is important that all clubs be represented at the meeting.
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

 18th May 2022

Lancaster One Day Rapidplay 18th June 2022


There is to be a one day rapidplay tournament in Lancaster on 18th June. Details can be seen here.

11th May 2022

NCCU AGM Minutes 2022

The NCCU AGM minutes from April 2022 can be seen here, and on the
Library Page.

10th May 2022

North East Final of National Youth Chess Championships

Dear North East chess organisers,

I would like to invite juniors from your area, school and chess club to take part in the North East Final of the 1st National Youth Chess Championships.

 It is being held on Saturday 28 May, 2022, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at St Mary's Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7PE  

 I am organising the North East Regional Finals on behalf of the English Junior Coaches and Organisers Association (EJCOA). 

 Competitors will be organised into several age categories (Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20, with ages as of 01/01/2022) and will play five rounds of chess (each player will have 25 minutes to make all their moves, plus 10 seconds per move). 

 The winning boy and girl in each category will be eligible to compete in the National Finals at Nottingham High School, July 8-10. There will also be trophies and other prizes, to be announced on the day, depending on the number of entries.

 To enter the North East Regional Final, go here:

Further details can also be found here:;instance=20220528100000

This is not a school-run event and so St Mary's Catholic School takes no responsibility for admissions or to attend/supervise on the day. The students and their parents are responsible for these things.

Please don't hesitate to get back to me if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Tim Wall

EJCOA Regional Organiser

Tel: 0750 372 2366

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Open League 2021-22
Team Pld Pts
Maryport A719
Penrith A712
Carlisle A79
Carlisle B66
Windermere 4 4
Maryport B 6 3
Penrith B 6 3

South League 2021-22
Team Pld Pts
Kendal 5 11
Windermere 2 3
Barrow 2 1
Ulverston A21
Ulverston B 1 0

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