County Champions

The NCCU County Championships are open to all NCCU affiliated Counties in every section. The county championships run the following sections every year; Open, U180, U160, U140, U120, U100

Teams consist of 12 players in the Regional Northern stages and 16 players for teams progressing to the National County Championships. To find out more information about the county championships read more below.

Club Champions

The NCCU Club Championships are open to all NCCU affiliated Clubs in every section. Teams consist of 4 players. To find out more information about the county championships read more below.

  • Open – Open to all players
  • Major –  Total grading limit (4 players) 680 Average top 2 boards 180
  • Minor – Total grading limit (4 players) 520 Average top 2 boards 140
  • Seniors – Open to all players aged 35 and over (4 player team) (average age of combined players must be at least 55 years).

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NCCU History

This small history section was created to give a flavour of the Union and what it is acheived for chess playing throughout the North of England over the last 120 years. Including what it does now and what it hopes to do in the future.