EACU County Chess

With congresses thin on the ground this coming season there’s a good opportunity for county chess to flourish. They’re competitive and convivial with the option of the winners to proceed to ECF national stages held around May and June 2022.
The EACU (East Anglia Chess Union) organises county otb chess matches to teams from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambs, Beds & Herts.
There are typically 4 to 8 matches a season held on Sundays, usually in Newmarket. They’ve a popular format – two matches a day. One in the morning another in the afternoon.

4NCL Online Chess

Hertford, St Albans and Watford are amongst the 170 plus teams that have entered 4NCL's latest competition. Matches, on four boards, are played on Tuesday evenings . The rate of play is 45 minutes + 10 seconds per player. The HCA have three teams entered all under the squad name 'Broken Herts'. All their players are graded u120 although the competition is open to all standards of play. The huge popularity of this event is inevitably due to club chess players seeking an alternative to over the board chess whilst everyone is in lockdown due to Covid-19.

Coronavirus and chess

16/03/2020 The HCA have decided to suspend all their competitions, except Correspondence Chess, until further notice. It is to be hoped there will be time to reinstate them in an extended season but the situation is too uncertain to give a view of this now. We will be in touch when we have a plan to move forward again.

Keith Woodhouse

Keith Woodhouse

Photo: Brendan O'Gorman
It is with sadness that I note Keith Woodhouse’s death from cancer. Keith was a member of Royston Chess Club and a good friend. We connected due to our both being members of a correspondence chess network who happened to live in the same village. Keith originally introduced me to Royston Chess Club.


The Herts Chess Association AGM will be held on Friday 5th July from 7.30pm in the first floor Committee Room of the Salisbury Arms Hotel, Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1BZ.
Updated, 14/06/19, first posted 20/05/19.