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11th September: The handbook for season 2014-15 can be found on line - this is a draft version and not yet complete. It contains the new fixtures, county team fixtures and August gradings. The final version will be printed and distributed at this year's charity evening and quick play tournament which will be held on Thursday 25th September at the Latimer club - see below


2nd September: A meeting of the Junior committee took place last month and the minutes can be found on the handbook and minutes tab


31st August: The fifth round of the Open section of the county championships was played on Thursday. The current status of all the sections of the county championships can be found on the county championships tab with the latest results, pairings, games etc. Congratulations to Kevin Bennett of the Shepshed club who has won the Major with 4½ out of 5.


21st August: This year's charity evening and quick play tournament will be held on Thursday 25th September at the Latimer club, starting at 7.30pm. The trophies for winners of the leagues, summer cups, county champions etc will be presented. Also the handbooks will be distributed to each club There will then follow the quick play tournament for the Boot trophy, teams of 4, enter on the night, a small charge per team will apply, all proceeds going to the chairman's charity LOROS. Everyone welcome!


19th August: The County Under 160 teams needs a captain! Anyone willing to volunteer please contact Graham Booley - unless anyone comes forward we will be unable to play in the Midlands section.


1st August: The new league season starts at the beginning of October and 46 teams have entered, three more than last season. There will be six divisions and the entries are as follows:

Division 1 Division 2 Division 3
     
Ashby 1 Ashby 2 Ashby 3
Heathcote Arms 1 Braunstone 1 Braunstone 3
Melton 1 Braunstone 2 Loughborough 2
Shepshed 1 Heathcote Arms 2 Market Harborough
Shepshed 2 Loughborough 1 Melton 2
Thurnby 1 Syston 1 Shepshed 3
Wigston 1 Syston 2 Latimer 1
Wigston 2 Wigston 3 Thurnby 2
     
Division 4 Division 5 Division 6
     
Braunstone 4 Braunstone 5 Ashby 4
Hinckley Kirby Castlers 3 Heathcote Arms 3
Kirby Castlers 1 Leicester University Kirby Catlers 4
Kirby Castlers 2 Melton 3 Melton 4
Latimer 2 Red Admiral 1 Oadby
Syston 3 Syston 4 Red Admiral 2
Wigston 4 Wigston 5 Syston 5
Wigston 6

10th July: There are comprehensive reports on the juniors tab of two recent events, the Leicestershire Junior Championships and the National Gigafinals - thanks to Paul Findley for these reports.


29th June: The Leicestershire Junior Championships took place in Loughborough on Saturday 21st June - full details can be found on the juniors tab


24th May: During the Spring term each year over 50,000 UK school children begin to participate in the UK Chess Challenge. On Saturday 17th May over 50 Leicestershire junior chess players travelled to Northamptonshire to compete against their peers in the Rockingham Megafinal - and came away with 13 of the 24 prizes available!! A full report can be found on the juniors tab


19th May: There were mixed fortunes for the two county teams in action on Saturday. The first team had a fine performance to beat Sussex in the National quarter finals by -7½ and will go on to play old rivals Nottinghamshire in the semifinal. The Under 160 team lost narrowly to Cambridgeshire by 9 - 7, the match going down to the last game. See the county teams tab for reports and the scoresheets


10th May: The new minor league has now finished and congratulations go to the winners Braunstone Bears. The four teams who entered, Red Admiral, Loughborough, Braunstone Bears and Braunstone Butterflies have all enjoyed the games. The full team results and table can be found here


12th April: Two of Braunstone's juniors attempted to qualify for representing England by competing in the National Chess Junior Squad on the 5th and 6th April. Conor Reid competed in the U16 section and Matthew Lo in the U10 section. This was Conor's second attempt in the U16 section and he finished with a very respectful 2.5 out of 5 ending up in 7th position and with performance grade of 157. Full results can be found here

Matthew Lo at his first attempt scored a fantastic 3.5 out of 5 in the U10 section, finishing in joint 6th with a performance grade of 112. Given that Matthew is still an under 9 this was an amazing performance and he can hope for an even better performance next year. Full results can be found here


22nd October: In a recent league match the following scenario occured. Player A was playing Player B. Both were very short on time and making frantic moves. Player B's flag fell but neither player noticed. A spectator pointed out to both players that Player B's flag had fallen. Player B then claimed a draw because only his opponent or the team captain can point out a flag fall. Player A agreed the draw. Your league secretary was asked his view. He consulted the three ECF arbiters in Leicestershire, two of which replied with their verdict, and I also got a third verdict from the ECF's senior arbiter. All three responses and what they would have done as arbiters were different! So the moral is, spectators don't interfere