Junior Chess

Our Organisation

The Hull and District Chess Association Charitable Trust is a registered Charity (number 1155858). Our vision is for 'Hull to become one of the best places to play Chess in the UK and for Hull to have one of the most forward thinking and vibrant Chess environments in the UK. We will make Hull recognised as a good place to play Chess and make people want to come to Hull to play Chess.

To achieve this aim we have agreed a number of agreed strategies, in particular our Chess Strategy which outlines our five to ten year ambitions.

  • Chess Strategy – the chess ‘promotion and development’ strategy - what we are trying to achieve over the next five to ten years. This is the key strategy document as the others are, in effect, enablers, to provide for us to deliver the Charity’s objects as set out in our Constitution.
  • Investment Strategy – how we decide to invest our funds, the required return and overall longer term view of our investments. After discussion the Trustees agreed to place the funds with Cardale Investment managers, a local company.
  • Financial Strategy – how we are going to spend our income from our investments and other income. A budget based approach reviewed on an annual basis.
  • Reserves strategy – money we will keep aside for ‘emergencies’ and to minimise any short term financial risk from variations in the capital provision of the Charities Investment Funds. The amount agreed is equal to one years expenditure.

The Charity is run by up to 15 Trustees who form the committee of the Hull and District Chess Association. The Constitution and Bye-laws of the Charity outlines how it is run. The accompanying HDCA rules relate to the actual playing environment.

The Association organises a six board and four board winter league, a four board summer league and a range of individual and team trophies. Details of all these may be found in the current handbook which contains all the information required for the season and also on the 'our events' tab. Details of results of all matches played during the course of the season and up to date 'live' yorkshire grades, can be found on the Chessnuts web site as well as on the occasional newsletters distributed during the season copies of which may be found here.

Minutes from all the HDCA Committee meetings as well as AGM minutes and annual reports are available here

We have adopted the ECF Child Protection Policy. Details of this, together with details of our lead for safeguarding issues can be found here.

A list of clubs affiliated to the Association can be found on the Clubs link on this web sites home page

Information on recent events and activities organised and run by the Association are available on the Our Events link


Our People


 HDCA Officers 2016/2017
President Steve King president@hullchess.com
Vice President Andrew Betley andrew@bettley.karoo.co.uk
General Secretary Stephen Greep sjgreep@gmail.com
Treasurer Steve Hodge steve@hodge06.karoo.co.uk
League Secretary Andrew Betley andrew@bettley.karoo.co.uk
Team Tournament Controller Andrew Bettley andrew@bettley.karoo.co.uk
Individual Tournament controller Paul Allison paul.allison63@outlook.com
Congress Organiser Steve King president@hullchess.com
Fixture Secretary Derek Sheppard dereksheppard@dereksheppard.karoo.co.uk
Summer League Controller Derek Sheppard dereksheppard@dereksheppard.karoo.co.uk
Publicity Officer Roger Noble roger_noble@hotmail.com
Junior Officer Dean Morris dmorris@woldacademy.co.uk
Website Steve King president@hullchess.com
Match Captain Dave Mills redsox1@redsox1.karoo.co.uk
Executive Committee Members
Graham Chesters          Lester Jones         Jim Miklevicz         Bill Wright
Honorary Life Members
DH Milton                        KM Milton             RD Westra              John Lawson
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