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.

County Teams

03/11/19 We have three teams once again in county competitions this season. If any Herts players would like to play, please contact the appropriate team captain

The U160 team, with 16 boards, plays in the East Anglian Chess Union (EACU) County Championships.
All matches (two per day) are held on a Sunday at Turners Hall in the centre of Newmarket.
The captain is Corinne Mountford of Hertford Chess Club.

60th Capes Trophy

On 11 October 2019 the North Circular Chess League (NCCL) will be holding the 60th Capes Trophy. It's a 5 minute per player per game Blitz tournament over as many as 10 to 12 rounds, depending upon entries.

Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate this achievement but getting as many teams as we can. Remember this is for teams of four players. Can each of the NCCL clubs make every effort to raise as many teams as they can.

This will be held in the hall at Wanstead House starting 7:30pm. Don’t forget a bar will be open for the duration of the evening.


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.

Bryan Fewell

With sadness we advise that Bryan Fewell passed away on Wednesday 15/05/19, following a long battle with dementia.
As you may remember, Bryan was a dedicated chess player, and a President of HCA for many years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the British Chess Federation.
His funeral will take place at 11am at Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road, Knebworth, Herts on Monday 3 June.
Posted 20/05/19.