UK Armed Forces Chess Championship 2021: Aldershot

The UK Armed Forces Chess Championship will take place between the 27th-30th August 2021 at St. Omer Barracks, Aldershot (Future Covid restrictions permitting, of course).

The tournament DIN and Entry Form can be found by clicking below. Note the tournament is also the qualification event for the NATO Chess Championships in Belgium soon after.

The Return of the Perrott Trophy!

The Perrott Trophy was contested between the Army v Navy v RAF, and fell into abeyance in the 1990s.

Now it's back in a three date online format which is open to all! 

Click below for details!

Head to the site 'Downloads' page to find the latest edition of Open File.

We now have many past editions of Open File  archived in this section, with many from the early years of the RAF Chess Association in pdf form.

Perrott Trophy Online

Round 1:    9 June: Army vs MOD, RN vs RAF

Round 2:  16 June: Army vs RAF, RN vs MOD

Round 3:  23 June: Army vs RN, MOD vs RAF

UKAFCC 27th August - 30th August 2021


St. Omer Barracks, Aldershot

NATO Chess Championship 2021

11th October - 15 October 2021

Floreal Blankenberge (Belgium)



The another excellent edition of Open File is available now - download it by clicking in the new 'Current Open File' tab, or click below.

October 04, 2020

NATO Online Chess

Members of the UKAFCC have been invited to play in online NATO chess events. The events are played on the popular (and free) LiChess site. Anyone interested should click the button below to becomes members of the group. The organisers state: "Everybody is free to join this team on the condition that they identify themselves by name, first name and country. After approval of the membership by an administrator of the IMCC-team, you can register for the tournaments.."

They plan two 'Arena' format tournaments where we can participate as members of a UK team on the 13th and 15th October at 1900 CET (1800 BST). Again, the details are on the 'Click Here' link to the group membership page.

September 13, 2020

Open File Autumn 2020

The best Open File ever? This is very possible, with some great material from Kevin Thurlow, David Tucker and even Grandmaster Mathew Sadler writes for Open File! A 53 page bumper issue awaits you.

April 13, 2020

Open File Spring 2020

The Spring edition of Open File pays tribute to a fine NATO chess player, IM Lorenz Drabke, who tragically died in a road traffic accident in 2018. There is some Benko opening theory from Kevin Thurlow and plenty of other stuff to enjoy. As a bonus for members, the British Chess Magazine have generously allowed us to publish the March and April editions on this website.

So, if you are looking for something to read during the lockdown, head over to the 'Downloads' section of the website.

March 10, 2020

2020 AFCC Cancelled due to Covid-19 Virus

A Message from our Chairman:


It is with great sadness that I must cancel this year’s AFCC.  You will all be aware of what is going on with Covid-19 and having discussed it with the committee and the organising team I think we have no option other than cancellation. 


There is a possibility that we may be able to hold it later in the year should the situation ease, I will let you know as soon as any decision is made.  With regard to planning for the NATO Chess Championship, it is my intent to submit the initial acceptance to Belgium and then hold off making the final acceptance until the last minute.  Team selection, should we decide to play, will be a topic for another email.

For those of you that have sent cheques I will rip them up and discard them.

Thank you for your continued support, I hope you appreciate that this decision has not been taken lightly.

Yours Aye

Dave Ross, Chairman

October 07, 2019

A New Web Page

I have decided to add a page dedicated to books authored by our members. Click the link below (or via the 'News' sub menu) and purchase one of these fine books from Amazon..

August 31, 2019

Open File Autumn 2019

Here is the Autumn 2019 edition of Open File - head off to the Downloads section to read about the UKAFCC at RAF Scampton (the official report from Dave Ross is an individual download), meanwhile the main magazine has annotated games from Mike Fielding, Dave Tucker and Allan Neder. Our resident editor has a one-on-on interview with famous Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuck, while Steve O'Neill revisits the NATO Chess Championships in Turkey, 2007. 

March 27, 2019

Open File Spring 2019

This edition has a wonderful picture of Jerry Hendy (with hat!) on the cover, an interview with our new President (Chas Chapman) and some great material from Kevin Thurlow, Miles Patterson while the 'Nibbler' himself returns, Allan Nelder!


The new edition of Open File is available in the Downloads area. Note, this page is now password protected. Please contact the Webmaster if you have not received the password via Email.

September 26, 2018

Open File Autumn 2018

The new edition of Open File is available in the Downloads area. Note, this page is now password protected. Please contact the Webmaster if you have not received the password via Email.

March 23, 2018

Open File Spring 2018

The new edition of Open File is available in the Downloads area. Note, this page is now password protected. Please contact the Webmaster if you have not received the password via Email.

February 02, 2018

Stan Cranmer (1930-2018)

It is with deep reget I have to inform member of the Combined Services Chess Association that Stan Cranmer passed away in January 2018. Stan played in many Combined Services and will be remembered as a cheerful, friendly but tough opponent. I'd like to thank Notts Chess League for the Obituary I reprint below. 

November 12, 2017

New Project!

If you go to the 'Downloads' Tab, then 'Open File Archives', you will find the beginnings of a project to offer as many past editions of Open File to download as possible. We have update the Archive and added more newsletters and Open Files from 1976.

September 02, 2017

Laurie Brokenshire CBE (1952-2017)


August 27, 2016

NATO 2016 Results

The NATO 2016 has ended at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

Well done to the UK team, coming in a well deserved 8th place on 15.5 (Dave Onley, David Tucker and Danny Wells all scoring solid 4 point performances and Sherpa Nagadi on 3.5). The tournament was won by the Polish Team on a tie-break from the German team on 20.5 points.

Congratulations to Dave Ross and the team for running an excellent tournament. Please go to the NATO 2016 tab to see more details about the event.

October 10, 2015

Carl Portman wins ECF award!

Our esteemed Magazine editor has won the ECF's President's Award for 2015!

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