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15th April 2017: The list of entries for all four sections of the 2017 County Championships continues to grow, see the county championship tab for the details.

10th April 2017: There were insufficient entries to require a preliminary round of the Minor Counties, so the County first team will now play a quarter final against Cornwall on May 13th. More information on the county teams tab

12th March: The Leicestershire Junior Chess Congress (incorporating the Leicestershire Junior Championships) took place on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Leicester Grammar School. There is a comprehensive report from Paul Mottram with all the details on the juniors tab.

28th February 2017: There are currently numerous rates of play permitted in the Leicestershire league, including the option of FISCHER timings (ie the use of increments, whereby additional time is added for every move played). The widespread use of digital clocks has made the use of FISCHER timings standard for most tournaments and events, and a proposal has been lodged with the League Committee from the Braunstone Club, supported by the Wigston Club for the use of FISCHER timings to be adopted as the standard. A more detailed paper supporting this proposal has been prepared, and this can be read here. The views of the clubs are sought, after which the League Committee will decide how to proceed. If your club does NOT agree with the proposal to make Fischer timings the norm, it would be helpful if you could include the reasons for this in your response. Responses should be sent to Andy Morley by email here by the end of March please, so that any changes can be applied to the rules of the 2017 Summer Cups

27th February 2017: Entries are now invited for the 2017 County Individual tournaments which will, once again, be taking place at the Wigston Chess club during the summer. The full details of how to enter, the different sections, the current list of entries and dates can all be found on the county championship tab - note the closing deadline for entries is 31st March.

27th February 2017: Braunstone is withdrawing it's 3rd team from division 2 with immediate effect. The loss of 3 regular players, coupled with a relentless problem regarding transport, has resulted in this difficult decision being made. Its remaining fixtures will be defaulted.

20th February 2017: The County Under 100 team also had a disappointing result on Saturday in losing to Nottinghamshire by 5 - 7, there is a full report and scoresheet on the county teams tab

20th February 2017: The County team had a poor result on Saturday in losing to Lincolnshire by 9-7 - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

25th January 2017: The County team beat old foes Nottinghamshire by 9 - 7 on Saturday 21st January - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

20th January 2017: The County U100 team won their 2nd group match in decisive fashion 11½ - ½ playing at home against Staffordshire - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

29th December 2016 : Earlier this month, the LRCA was contacted by The Active magazine who wanted to run an article in their January edition on chess in Leicestershire. So myself, Andy Morley and Neil Beasley met with the magazine editor Jeremy Beswick at the Wigston club on the night that Wigston played the University. The article, together with photographs, can be found on line here and keep your eye out for the printed magazine which is given away free in many supermarkets, coffee shops, doctors, dentist etc

6th December 2016 : The County fielded its strongest team for many years as Leicestershire thrashed Warwickshire 14½ - 1½ to make amends for the poor showing in the previous match - full report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

26th September 2016 : The LRCA league handbook for 2016 - 2017 can be found on the handbook and minutes tab - it contains the league fixtures, grades, county team fixtures, rules etc. Note that the handbook will no longer be printed and distributed, and may be updated during the season.