We've had many events across the UK since 2015, to view the reports and results just click on the tournament name below!
The 2020 Chess 2016-17 Season
The NUCC Series 2015-16
The Story of 2020 Chess
At the end of the 2015 summer term, the outgoing President of Durham University Chess Club attempted to arrange a friendly match against York University to celebrate the end of the exam period. However Leeds University were also interested in participating, so with the help of Joel Wagg and Alexander Taylor a small scale rapid-play team competition was set up for students in York. It was labelled ‘The Northern Universities Chess Championship’ (NUCC) inviting teams from across the UK. There were 32 students representing a handful of universities on the 14th of June, which resulted in Durham prevailing over York in a thrilling finale to claim the inaugural title.
Eager to build on this success the committee sought support to enhance this student venture for the next academic year. This was achieved through a chance meeting with the director of the ‘British Chess Magazine’, who generously agreed to sponsor the next event and provide memorabilia for tournament prizes. ‘Purling London’ also kindly donated a prestigious Chess board which was to be used as the overall first trophy for the winners.
On the 6th November twenty teams from a dozen universities took part in the second instalment of NUCC at York University, with Edinburgh the eventual winners. The success of the tournament was recognised through publications in the Yorkshire Post, The British Chess Magazine and the Durham Palatinate, significantly raising the profile of NUCC.
Buoyed by this success members of the NUCC committee launched a sister tournament in the south, which despite being the first event it immediately matched the enthusiasm seen in York, with Oxford University triumphing overall. Lord Lyndon Harrison of Chester offered his valuable support in attending, and awarding the prizes in the closing ceremony.
A development of NUCC came out for the 2016-17 season, '2020' Chess, which was designed to crown the best rapidplay team in the country with 20 minutes as the time controls.
Events have since been held across the UK, starting in Edinburgh, then in record breaking numbers in London, followed by Leeds,York, Birmingham and Manchester with the top teams, many of them from schools and clubs as well as universities, qualifying for the ‘2020 Chess Super Final’ which took place at the University of York. Warwick University prevailed in the final against the hosts earning them the '2020 Chess Champions' title, until next year at least! The tournament was attended by the Right Honourable Mayor of York Barbara Boyce who kindly awarded the prizes at the end of a long but thoroughly enjoyable day.
Chess & Bridge, Chess Openings Wizard (a software company from the United States!) and The Internet Chess Club kindly agreed to support these tournaments with equipment and prizes, which enhanced and raised the 2020 Chess' profile even further, our thanks to them and all others who have helped.
2020 Chess has also been officially recognised by the English Chess Federation and accepted onto the council, more details can be found here:
We look forward to the 2017-18 season!
Chess and Bridge: www.chess.co.uk
Chess Openings Wizard: www.bookup.com
The Internet Chess Club: www.chessclub.com