13 December 2018

This particular section of the website has been rather quiet whilst all heads have been down competing in the various competitions. As we approach the Christmas period, please take the time to reflect on the current league tables. In division 1, the table is extremely bunched up with three teams on nine points at the halfway point. Division 2 is more widely spaced out with Ilkley B sitting firm at the top, whilst previous division 1 team Shipley A propping up the foot of the table. In division 3, the Spitfires are looking strong at this point but with the other four teams having postponed games to play, promotion could still in anyone's hands.

Please note that next Tuesday, the Latvian club are holding the TEAM LIGHTNING competition. This is a five board competition and is played at ten seconds per move. If you are unable to field a team but would like to play, please go down to the venue anyway as there is almost certainly the opportunity to play as part of a cross-club team.

26 October 2018

A new statistics document is available to download! It requires Microsoft Excel in order to run it, and is found in the "Links and Downloads" page. I hope it will be of interest for people to view. The document will be updated by Thursday evening every week so please be sure to download the latest copy. The document contains access to detailed results on all players this season, every match card and all league tables. If people want to request any further developments to the document, or have any views / criticisms, please let me know.

11 October 2018

Please note that College have confirmed a new venue. Please click here or visit the clubs page for details.

07 October 2018

I've received a correction from Phil Watson of South Bradford. The postcode initially provided for South Bradford's new venue at Field's social club turned out to be incorrect. For anyone using Satnav to travel there, please use BD7 2RE. This has also been updated on the "Clubs" page.

06 October 2018

Below are two notes from league secretary, Andy Bak:

Parish notice 1 - Central Division club have kicked out the Central Division and College teams at no notice before Tuesday's ( 2nd October) fixtures, which has led to some postponed fixtures in the leagues. They are also temporarily homeless but are actively seeking alternative accommodation. I will keep you all updated with the situation as it progresses. For the first rounds of the Clough and the Hepolite, all the teams previously based at that venue have been drawn in away ties to minimise any disruption.

Parish notice 2 - I am pleased to announce that Bradford University are entering teams into the Hepolite and Clough. More details will follow about this in due course.

03 October 2018

Some important news to start with. The Central Division Working Men's Club is NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS A VENUE FOR CHESS. This affects Bradford College, Central Laners, Bradford Spitfires and Legion. Updates will be provided as soon as any news is available. In the meantime, please contact the relevant captain if you are due to play a match there.

There is a final call for Clough and Hepolite teams for this year's competitions. The draws are due to take place tomorrow evening so please send any last minute entries to league secretary, Andy Bak.

21 September 2018

A couple of points to note as we go into the weekend. Firstly, the individual tournaments start on Tuesday 25th September. If you have never played before, visit the individuals page and pick a tournament to join. Please send all entries to the competition controller, Karim Khan.

Finally, Rupert Jones of Ilkley chess club is travelling to Georgia to take his place in the Papua New Guinea team at the global Chess Olympiad. Click here to follow the action, check out the teams and see how well Bradford represent themselves amongst the world elite! 

19 September 2018


Hi, please note that the league tables have been updated. I have had reports that there have been problems selecting the individual league tabs from the main page. therefore the pages have been separated and should be easier to click on.

There is a new page showcasing links to useful pages and document downloads. If anyone would like a specific page adding to the links, please let me know. The page includes a link to the new league management system so please be sure to visit this page and become acquainted with it. The scorecards have been moved here as well. Coming soon, there will be a statistics download for anyone that way inclined!

Finally, Les Johnson has drawn my attention to the success of a former Bradford chess player, Peter Gayson. Please click here for the link. 

17 September 2018

This week sees the start of the league matches. Scorecards and grading lists can be downloaded from the "League" tab. Please make sure you send your results through to Andy Bak, Paul Clarke and me as soon as possible after your matches. Andy and I will take results either by email or through the facebook group page. Please email results directly to Paul so that the League Management System can be updated.


 12 September 2018

I've received a link to an article written by Jonathan Speelman featuring two games from Bradford's very own Kevin Winter. The games are very informative and include analysis by both Kevin and Jonathan. As an added bonus, there are a couple of excellent photos of world famous GMs lucky enough to meet Kevin! Click here to see the article in full.

10 September 2018

Notes for your diary this week:

11 September - The Harold Boyd Trophy - Taking place at Owlet Hall Social Club in Shipley, the annual eight board match is a fantastic way to warm up for the season ahead. 1 hour on the clock for all moves, £1 per person per entry and the first silverware of the season up for grabs!

14-16 September - The Bradford Congress 2018 commences! Please make sure that you get your entries in as soon as possible, click on the "Congress" tab to secure your place.

29 August 2018

Please take a look at the new "GAMES" page on the website! I'd like the opportunity to showcase your games along with your notes so please feel free to send across any entertaining or instructive games, either wins or losses to bdcachess@gmail.com and I'll endeavour to present them. 

27 August 2018

Welcome to the BDCA website. My name's Lee and I'm the new web editor. As the season commences, weekly updates will appear and significant points will be noted here in the news section. At this point, please note that the season's calendar and league tables have been updated along with the grading lists to be used from the start of the season.

Please note that the Bradford Congress commences on the 14th  September and is currently available to enter. Please click on the above page and download a copy of the entry form to take part in this fantastic local event.

If you have any questions, comments or queries, please contact me using the "Contact" page above. We want to improve this website for the benefit of all members and prospective members of the Bradford chess community and so your suggestions are all welcome.