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24th July 2015

Simultaneous display with Nigel Davies
Nigel DaviesThere is a simultaneous to be given by Grandmaster Nigel Davies at Lancaster Library on September 26th starting 11:00 am. Nigel will be giving a talk/analysis session after play is over.

Entry 9.50 adults ; 6.50 under 16

For further details contact Gary Hutchinson on 01524 580700 or email

12th July 2015

NCCU Club Championship - Minor ‏

Congragulations to Penrith on winning the above for the second year running ! Results are on the Tournaments Page.  

22nd June 2015

AGM Actions

 Following on from the AGM 3 points need to be noted -

  1. The NCCU AGM ( 6th June ) minutes.  Also held on the Library Page
  2. Northern 4NCL  email  The 4NCL season 2015/16. Marked as Important. Replies to Mark Whitehead from interested players.
  3. ECF Constitution/Governance email  for action by players in Cumbria - send replies to David Cole/Jonathan Rashleigh.

21st June 2015

Cumria 2015 AGM

  The Cumbria AGM was held yesterday at Eamont Bridge.

Dave Phillips receiving the Division 1 (oops ! I mean the Cumbrian Open) Trophy for Windermere.

Peter Hanks receiving the Whitaker Trophy on behalf of Ulverston.


 There are other things obviously. The full minutes and the new constitution will be available shortly.

21st June 2015

South Lakes Congress

  The Results fron the South Lakes Congress can be seen on the Tournaments Page.

15th June 2015

South Lakes Congress

Ian Mackay has sent in his last game of the South Lakes Congress and how he 'snatched defeat from the jaws of victory' !

Eggerts draw

Have a look on the  Games Page.  It is given as a puzzle.

10th June 2015

Cumbria Junior Chess Championship 2015

CumbriaJuniorChessThe Cumbria Junior Chess Championship for 2015 will be held on Saturday 11th July from 10:30 4 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 7EG

A poster can be downloaded from here.

For further details and/or to download the Entry Form see here.

A copy of this notice is also on the Juniors Page.

9th June 2015

Bruce Wallace

I am very sorry to have to tell you that Bruce sadly died suddenly yesterday (8th June).  I am afraid that I know little more than that at present.  Phil Walters who also lives in Newcastleton had been told about it and he should find out more in the next day or two.

 Bill Hardwick

5th June 2015

AGM 2015 - Email from Jonathan Rashleigh to Club Secretaries

Agm I attach to this email in both Microsoft Word ( Word Documents not inclu
ded on the website - Dave Shaw ) and PDF format the agenda for the meeting to be held on Saturday 20th June together with the minutes of last year's meeting. For the reasons set out below, it is important that you circulate these to all your members as soon as possible.

The Agenda includes no less than 12 proposals for changes to the Consitution which have been received within the prescribed notice period.  Whilst some are tidying up existing practices, others are more fundamental so it is important that as many people as possible make it to the AGM.

The attached document also outlines the procedure for anyone who cannot attend the meeting but would like to register a postal vote on any or all the proposals.  They must individually email me or post me their votes which I must have received prior to the date of the meeting.

I hope that everything is made clear but do contact me if not.

Best wishes
Jonathan Rashleigh - Secretary

See the latest version of the constitution here.

1st June 2015

Have you got a chess demonstration board ?

DemoBoard We are trying to arrange one or two coaching sessions on our club nights at Carlisle for which one, or preferably two, wall-hanging demonstration boards would be ideal. Would any of our clubs have equipment like this which we could borrow for a short while?

Any help would be appreciated.

Bill Hardwick (

25th May 2015

AGM 2015

 All proposals have now been received.

There are 12 proposals.

View the document which contains Agenda, Proposals for Amendment, Voting Procedures, and Procedure at the AGM here
See the latest version of the constitution here.

  23rd May 2015

AGM 2015

Important ! - Today is the last day for proposals to reach Jonathan !!
There are 11 proposals ( so far ).

View the document which contains Agenda, Proposals for Amendment, Voting Procedures, and Procedure at the AGM here
See the latest version of the constitution here.

17th May 2015

Whitaker Champions

Ulverston beat Carlisle 2 today at the Marchesi centre to become the 2015 Whitaker champions.

Full score can be found on the Whitaker Page.

17th May 2015

Cumbria v Lancashire U160

Cumbria were beat 10 -  2 by Lancashire in the under 160 county match on Saturday. The top 2 boards won, but I am sorry to report that the other 10 boards lost !

Full results can be found on the County Chess page.

11th May 2015

AGM 2015

Shout Another Proposal !!

That's 3 so far.

See the updated document here

Important - proposals must reach Jonathan no later than Saturday 23rd May.

7th May 2015

AGM 2015

This years AGM is to be held on Saturday 20th June at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge, Penrith commencing at 2pm.

Our secretary, Jonathan Rashleigh, has produced a document which contains Agenda, Proposals for Amendment ( 2 proposals so far ) , Voting Procedures, and Procedure at the AGM. 
The document can read here.
I urge everbody to read this document.

Important - proposals must reach Jonathan no later than Saturday 23rd May.

24th April 2015

Windermere A have won the Cumbria Open League
Barrow A have won the Cumbria South League
This is 6 years running that Windermere have won the Open ( or first ) Division. See the Archives page.

Barrow A have won the Cumbria South (mid-week) league, which is its first year.

Many congratulations to both teams !

30th March  2015

Cumbria v Yorkshire U160

Cumbria were well beat 9 -  2 by Yorkshire in the under 160 county match on Sunday. Our only winner was Jonathan Rashleigh.

Full results can be found on the County Chess page.

Eggerts draw
Also have a look at the 'great escape' by Eggert on the Games Page.  Interesting ending.

19th March  2015

4NCL 2nd FIDE Rated Congress at Wakefield 17th - 19th April 2015      


All the details and an entry form can be found here.

12th March 2015

Dumfries Allegro Saturday 4th April 2015
        Scottish Chess
There is an allegro competition at Dumfries on Saturday 4th April. All the details and an entry form can be found here.

1st March 2015

New Cumbrian Chess Champion

gradesJason Maxwell, member of Carlisle AF, won the Cumbria Individual Open Trophy this afternoon ( Sunday 1st March ).

To see his progress through the rounds and play through his 5th round game against Dave Phillips go to the Games Page.

Amazing result ! Well done Jason !

Details of the tournament can be seen here, or via the Tournaments Page.

26th January 2015

January 2015 ECF Grades are out


The new grades are now out. See them on the Gradings Page.

Well done Dave Phillips for still heading the Cumbria list  !

16th January 2015

Nccu Club Championship 2015

The NCCU Club Championship will run from February to June 2015. All Nccu clubs can enter - 15 team.

For more details and an online entry form see here.

3rd January 2015

Cumbria Individual.

The Cumbria Individual is from Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March at the Crown, Eamont Bridge, Penrith. 

The  competition is being organised by Carlisle Chess Club but with no suitable venue being available in Carlisle it has been decided to stage it in Penrith with the support and assistance of Penrith Chess club.  

Full details and the entry form can be found here.

Accommodation is available at the hotel for B&B at 40 Single rooms/70 double rooms.  Just contactThe Crown Hotel - 01768 892092

Tea/coffee and food will be available throughout the competition but Mike, the manager has asked us to make it clear that anyone consuming their own food or drinks on the premises will be asked to leave. It is quite reasonable as no charge is being made to us for the use of the hotel for the weekend and I hope that everyone will respect this.

Bill Hardwick

19th December 2014

Xmas Page.

I've put up a few puzzles etc. on Xmas Page.

Merry Christmas  !
Dave Shaw

16th December 2014 ( Updated 18th December with funeral details )

Peter Watson, who played for the Wyndham Chess Club, which was subsumed into SASRA, died following a fall on December 3rd.

I doubt if many people playing in the league now will have known him, but those who have been around long enough may well remember him.

I can't remember when Peter stopped playing in the league, but it will have been the early to mid 80s. He was playing top board for Wyndham when I started playing in the league in the 1976/77 season and certainly would have been playing into the early 1980s.

Originally from Sussex Peter was a graduate from Oxford University who moved to Egremont when appointed Head of English at Wyndham School in Egremont. Following retirement he became active in politics, and for many years was a councillor for Egremont on Copeland Council. During this time, and after he left active politics he set up and published a local newsheet Egremont Today, which although he had formally handed over the editorship he was still working on up to the time of his death. On a personal level he taught me English, when I was a pupil at the school and why it was not a good idea to play against the Marshall if you were not prepared when I was a member of the chess club. He will be very much missed.

Peter's funeral is on Friday January 2nd

St Mary and St Michaels Parish Church Egremont at 11:45am followed by a Quaker service at Distington Hall Crematorium at 1:15pm.

Family flowers only

Donations to either The Samaritans or The Cumbria-Rungwe Community Link
c/o Adams, Read and Hocking Funeral Directors
Dent House
Frizington Road
Cleator Moor
CA25 5EP  

Wes Bell
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