Chess in Bedfordshire

BCCA and BCL adopt and expect all members to operate and conduct themselves in accordance with the ECF policies for Child Protection, Anti-bullying and the Treatment of Disabled Players.

These can be accessed via the following links:

BCCA and BCL also comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations.
Data Privacy Statement Child protection policy Anti-bullying policy Treatment of disabled players

Bedfordshire County Chess News

As the government has removed all Covid restrictions, Bedford has also removed their Covid-19 protocols.   23/02/2022
Bedford have updated their Covid-19 protocols. See Beds League page.   24/01/2022
Milton Keynes have updated their Covid-19 protocols. See Beds League page.   14/12/2021
Unfortunately, Luton have had to withdraw from the Bedfordshire League for this season. We look forward to their return next season.   20/11/2021
Cordon Trophy 2021 - Won by Leighton Buzzard A 29/10/2021
During the Coronavirus lockdown, some of the Beds League clubs have set themselves up for online chess.

Luton/ University of Bedfordshire Chess Club are on and the link is

Milton Keynes has a team on LiChess for MKCC members and details can be obtained from the club secretary, Richard Freeman.

Leighton Buzzard also has an online club and details should be obtained from their club secretary, Adrian Matthews.
Following the government's changes to it's advice, it has been decided to suspend the Beds League as from this weekend. This has also been prompted by the Open University closing it's doors to all clubs, the Unveristy of Luton restricting meetings and the church now putting services on hold. So far, Bedford is OK      17/03/2020
As I'm sure everybody is aware, there has been an outbreak of Coronavirus, which is causing a significant amount of disruption, and which can only get worse in the short to medium term. As a good proportion of the league can be considered to be at risk if they contract the virus, the committee wishes to issue the following guidelines :

1 Follow the government's advice on keeping yourself and everybody else as safe as possible. I will not repeat them here as they are readily available elsewhere. If you do need access to them, the ECF has put links to the various pieces of advice at

2 Shaking hands at the beginning and end of the game is a decision for the players.

3 Should captains find themselves unable to raise a team because of fear of infection, postponements will be accepted. Please give as much notice as possible if this happens.

4 Venues may become unavailable and that will also result in postponements.

These guidelines will be kept under review and may change at short notice, especially if the government decides to restrict people's movements.
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Page last updated 9th May 2020
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