Individual County Chess Titles

posted Feb 13, 2016, 2:41 PM by Steve Bak
Originally posted Jan 17, 2015, 1:00 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated May 24, 2015, 11:45 PM ]

Most Individual Nottinghamshire County Chess Titles

Mike Barnes of Gambit Chess Club is the current County Chess Champion and also holds most title wins. He has now won the Nottinghamshire Championship seven times. his first win came in 1992, sandwiched between 2 wins by Adam Collinson. Adam and Paul Kemp in the 1970s each won the title 4 times, and Steven Dishman had 3 title wins. Full list of winners appear in the Archives section of the NCA Competitions Page on the Notts web-site. Results go back to 1923.
Most Individual Derbyshire County Chess Titles. This reveals a fierce rivalry between 2 players, who between them have won this 27 times. Mike Alcock, listed then as a Derby player. won the title in 1972 and 1974. I am pleased to say he won the title 8 times under Sutton colours - 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, and 1999. ( We claim what share we can in club members' past and present achievments. ) He's also won the title 5 times as a Chesterfield player- 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013. Mike has 15 County titles to his name. He's been near the top of the Derbyshire chess tree for over 40 years. Paul Madden of Breadsall is a relative upstart, winning his first title in 1994 and again in 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Paul now has 12 titles and is steadily narrowing the gap between their title wins. He also has 3 County Bridge Championship titles. Mike and Paul's dominance of this competition  is such that in the last 23 years only 3 other names appear on the trophy- Andrew Toothill as winner in 1995 and co-winner in 2001, John Molyneux, winner in 2014 and Simon Gilmore, co-winner in 2002.
For those who are interested the Derbyshire Individual Roll Of Honour going back to 1947 is listed under Top Players and Teams on the Derbyshire web-site. The first name I recognise is Otto Hardy, winner in 1959. The Roll Of Honour ends in 2009 and would benefit from updating, so that we can keep track of the continuing rivalry. 

Dual County Champions.
  Mike Alcock  also won the Nottinghamshire title on 3 occasions. Paul Kemp, a leading player in the 1970s also won both titles. The third player to have achieved this distinction plays regularly now  in Division 3 of the Notts. League, and Division 2 of the Derby and District. Hats off to Maurice Hill, his feat made more remarkable by the gap of 42 years between his two titles.
No one has yet to achieve both titles in the same year. Does this challenge not appeal to strong, eligible players? Paul Madden did play in the Nottingham Congress this year. Perhaps we might yet see him enter a Notts County Championship.

Notts. Nearly Men. 
 Steve Burke has come equal first three times, but never won the title. In 1982 when it was a monthly event he scored 4 wins and three draws before losing in a play-off to Mike Alcock In 1984 he scored 4.5/5  but lost on progressive scores, to Mike again. In 1987 he scored 5/6 and was in a five way tie for first place, missing out to Chris Dunworth. He also finished runner-up in 1998.