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Welcome to the Leicestershire and Rutland Chess Association Website. All the main news will appear on this page.
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13th August 2016 : The Braunstone club is sad to report that former long standing member Ralph Hitchman has passed away. Ralph was club secretary from 1997 to 2001and a team captain from 1989 through to 2001 as well as a big Leicester Tigers supporter. Ralph's funeral service will be held at Gilroes Crematorium on Monday 22nd August at 1.45pm. Wearing of rugby shirts and colours requested by family please.
4th August 2016 : Leicestershire chess is suffering through the lack of people willing to volunteer for office. We still have no league secretary - which could mean there would be no league chess next season. We have no county team under 140 or under 160 captains so won't be entering teams. And Graham Booley who has run the county first team for many years will be stepping down after the next season. If you are able to help email me ASAP.
18th July 2016 : Leicestershire juniors produced some good results at the Northern Gigafinal (the penultimate stage of the Uk Schools Chess Challenge) on the 9th and 10th July in Manchester - full report on the juniors tab.
7th July 2016 : The Leicestershire Junior Chess Championships took place on Sunday 3rd July at Leicester Grammar School, which proved a popular venue. This year all sections were graded and entries were encouraged from outside the county as well as within. As a result there were strong fields in the U9's, U11's and U18's and competition was keen amongst the 73 entrants. A comprehensive report from Paul Mottram can be found on the juniors tab.
4th July 2016 : Leicestershire competed in the ECF U13 U18 county team competition in Brighton on Sunday 26th June. The U13 Minor team (6 players graded <110) came desperately close to winning the title finishing equal 1st on 15 points with hosts Sussex only to lose out on the total number of wins (13 - 14). The U18 minor team ( 6 players graded < 130) found it tough going being outgraded in most games but all the team members scored at least one win. A fuller report with photo can be found on the juniors tab.
25th June 2016 : The current entries for the Leicester Junior Championships on the 3rd July can be found below with more details on the juniors tab. Note that the deadline for entries has been extended to 1st July.
3rd June 2016 : The county first team lost to Cambridgeshire in the National stages for the 2nd successive year, going down by 9½ - 6½ - report and the scoresheet are on the county teams tab.
Congratulations to John Robinson who played his first match for the county in May 1959 and his win in this match gave him his 100th win for the county!
24th May 2016 : The 'Rockingham' Megafinal for the UK Schools Chess Challenge took place in Wellingborough on the 15th May, and Leicestershire players had a very successful competition, full details on the juniors tab
22nd May 2016 : Having qualified for the Quarter Finals of the National stages of the County U100 competition only after Staffordshire declined to take up their place, Leicestershire, fielding 8 juniors in the 12 board team and outgraded by 7pts per board on average, gave a markedly 'less youthful' Essex team a real run for their money before going down 6½ - 5½ with the result uncertain until the conclusion of the final match. There is a full report from Paul Mottram on the county teams tab
20th May 2016 : The Leicester Junior Chess Championships, will take place on Sunday 3rd July (arrive 9am finish 5:30pm) at Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, LE8 9FL. It will be a 6 round swiss ECF graded rapidplay congress with a 20 mins + 10 sec per move time control. The competition is open to all Juniors irrespective of county of birth or residence. There will be three playing sections: U9, U11 and U18 but titles and awards are to be won in the U8, U9, U10, U11, U13 and U18 age bands. The closing date for entries is the 29th of June. Download an entry form here
20th May 2016 : Anika Khare, one of the top girl players in the county and rapidly improving has been selected to play at the EPSCA All England's under 11 girls match on the 2nd July. She came to the attention of the selectors by scoring 3 out of 3 wins recently at the EPSCA U11 Mixed Team Final earlier this month and last weekend achieved 6 out of 6 wins when winning the highly competitive U11 section outright (as an U10!) and naturally collecting the U10 Suprema trophy at the Schools Chess Challenge Rockingham Megafinal last weekend. Full report on other Leicestershire successes at the Megafinal to follow shortly.
11th May 2016 : Following on from her excellent performances at the EPSCA U11 Girls Final where she was unbeaten with two wins and a draw on board 1 against Sussex, Kent and Lancashire, Milly Kotecha (Syston) has been selected to represent the England Under 11 girls team in two fixtures over the next couple of months including an England v Wales match. Congratulations Milly!
11th May 2016 : The draw for the first round of all of the sections of the County Championships has been made and can be found on the county championships tab
26th April 2016 : Leicestershire Juniors finished a very fine 2nd in the U18 U130 4 counties competition over 12 boards against Yorks, Notts and Lincs on the 24th April at Eccleshall School in Sheffield. There is a full report from Paul Mottram on the juniors tab
21st April 2016 : There is a new initiative for Chess in Schools in Leicestershire from De Montfort University, more details on the juniors tab
11th April 2016 : This season Leicester Juniors have had two teams (Leicester Gambits A & Leicester Gambits B) competing for the first time in the national Junior 4NCL competiton and there is a report on their progress on the juniors tab
29th March : The Under 100 county team has qualified for the Quarter Finals of the National stages after Staffordshire declined the nomination. We will play Essex on the 21st May. Anyone who is interested in playing for the team please contact captain Paul Colburn on firstname.lastname@example.org
29th February: In the Minor Counties section, Nottinghamshire beat Worcestersire on Saturday, which means that Leicestershire finished 2nd in the qualifying pool and avoided a preliminary round, so our next match will be on May 21st, our opponents yet to be decided. Please let captain Graham Booley know if you are available to play.
24th January 2016: The county Under 100 team lost to Warwickshire by 7 - 5 on Saturday. The match report and scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab
21st January 2016: The county first team lost to Warwickshire by 8½ - 7½ on Saturday. The scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab
17th January 2016: On Saturday 2nd January 2016, the LRCA hosted a Christmas congress at the Fairfield Prep School in Loughborough. There is a full report from Paul Colburn with all the winners on the juniors tab
7th December 2015 : The county first team beat Lincolnshire by 8½ - 7½ on Saturday. The scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab
23rd November 2015 : The county first team travelled into deepest Worcestershire on Saturday and in another tight match saw us scrape home 8½ - 7½. There is a full report and the scoresheet on the county teams tab
24th October 2015 : The county's Under 100 team went down by 8½ - 3½ to a strong Nottinghamshire team on Saturday. There is a report and the scoresheet on the county teams tab
17th October: There is a report and the scoresheet of the county first team's recent draw with Nottinghamshire on the county teams tab
25th September: The LRCA annual prize giving and charity quick play evening took place at the Latimer club last night. It was a clean sweep for the Wigston club, with the winners of the BTH Smith trophy being Wigston 1 with a perfect 5 out of 5 and the winners of the Harold Boot handicap trophy being Wigston 2. The evening was a great success with the sum of £112 being raised for the Chairman's charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
15th September: The debate below about the history of the county championships has prompted your webmaster to add a new tab on the left hand side - archive - which has a detailed archive of all the league division winners, county champions, summer cups, county teams etc, which some of both our older and younger players may find interesting.
10th September: The note below (4th September) regarding the county championship starting in 1923 has provoked a "furious" response from some of our more seasoned players (not naming names). I am told " It was interesting to see the short piece concerning Martin Burrow's decisive victory in the county championship, including the comment that he has become only the 10th person to score 3 or more outright wins. In fact he is the 9th, because, although Alan Edwards' name is on the trophy 5 times, 3 of his titles were held jointly. Also the event was not first contested in 1923, as stated. In his excellent booklet "Chess in Leicester 1860-1960", Don Gould records that the 1st championship took place not long before the 1914-1918 war. The exact year is not completely clear because in his narrative Don gives 1910, whilst a list at the end shows 1912. In any case there were at least 6 events before 1923, interrupted by the war, 3 of which were won by Victor Lovell, who was an outstanding force in Leics chess for 25 years. Lovell triumphed again in 1923, commencing a tremendous run of unbroken success, 1923-34. His final title was 1937, making a grand total of 16! The present trophy was not presented until 1923 and the prior winners are not shown on it. Only 3 people have claimed more than 5 titles. Lovell, Alfred Lenton (9), who deposed Lovell, and P.N.Wallis (8)." So there you have it!
2nd September : There was a meeting of the LRCA committee held on the 25th August 2015 and the minutes can be read here
28th August : Congratulations to Lewis Turner who has won the County Championships Challengers section with a perfect 5 out of 5 score and also to Ben Vaughan who has won the Minor section, also with 5 out of 5.
24th August : On the juniors tab information on the Special NYCA training day on September 12th, the espca training schedule for the next year and the upcoming junior calendar for 2015-16 can all be found.
11th August: At the British Chess Championships three Leicestershire players took part in the Open - Mark Hebden 7½ pts out of 11 (5th=), Martin Burrows 6½ pts and Shabir Okhai 5 pts. Congratulations to Sherif Gonem who won the Soanes (Weekender U150) with 4½ out of 5. The competition was very tough for the Leicestershire juniors at the British as these were strongest juniors in the country competing. In most instances they out performed their initial seeding and can all be very proud of their performance:
Daniel Chen - U8 section 3 out of 6 pts
15th July: Congratulations to all our juniors who competed in the GIGA final last Saturday and Sunday. Just to have qualified is a great result and they were competing against the strongest chess players in the northern half of the UK. Special congratulations to our winners: Matthew Lo 1st in the U10 boys, Anika Khare 1st equal in the U9 girls, and Milly Kotecha 2nd equal in the U10 girls. Full results are on the juniors tab
12th July: The minutes of the LRCA Annual General Meeting held on the 3rd June 2015 can be read here