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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


26th April 2016 : The draw for the first round of the County Championships Open section has been made and can be found here

21st April 2016 : There is a new initiative for Chess in Schools in Leicestershire from De Montfort University, more details on the juniors tab


14th April 2016 : The details of the arrangements for Cyril Johnson's funeral are as follows - The service will take place at 12.00 o'clock on Friday 22nd April at Syston parish church, followed by interment at Syston Cemetery. Family flowers only, but donations welcome to Diabetes UK or British Heart Foundation c/o George Gamble & Sons 57 High St Syston.


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


11th April : Some very sad news to report, that Cyril Johnson has died unexpectedly in hospital. Cyril WAS Syston chess club for many years and also Cyril's contribution to Leicestershire chess at club and county level was immense, having held almost every office in the LRCA over the years whilst also serving as an officer of the ECF. Our condolences to his wife Julie. John Pattinson writes " When I first came to Leicestershire over 30 years ago the first person I spoke to about chess was Cyril when he put me in touch with Thurnby as the closest club to where I was living. And throughout those years I’ve played for him when he ran the county teams, attended Leicestershire AGM’s where he has worked in various if not all positions. Over the years I’ve spoken about chess for many hours with him, his advice was always welcome. When I had the pleasure of playing chess against him the games were always exciting and open. Even when he was a monkey in the shires. His work was not just for the LRCA but he held many positions at the MCCU including chairman, he also worked to promote chess at the ECF and held the director of home chess position for many years. His work at a national level was recognised with a lifetime membership of the ECF. He was also one of the few arbiter’s in the county and correspondent with a weekly chess column in the Mercury before the internet took over. There are many other roles he had done over the years and he will certainly be missed."


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 leicestershirechess@yahoo.com


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.


30th January 2016: The details of the 2016 county championships can now be found on the county championship tab. As in previous years there are four section, with matches played at the Wigston club. The deadline for entries is April 15th 2016.


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.


22nd September: The In this month's Chess magazine, Chess in Schools and Communities are advertising for a chess tutor in Leicestershire. This would involve teaching chess with the help of a teaching assistant as part of the Primary school curriculum. Anyone interested can contact Chess by email here or by phone on 020 7935 3445


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!


9th September: Congratulations to John Manger who has won the County Championships Major section


8th September : The new handbook for the upcoming season 2015-16 is now on line - it contains the fixtures, latest gradings, county team fixtures, officers etc. This has now gone to the printers and will be distributed to all the clubs at the LRCA annual prize giving and charity quick play evening which will take place at the Latimer club on Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm.


8th September : The LRCA ran a seminar on the Laws of Chess held at the Syston club on September 6th. Thanks go to David Welch for running a very interesting and informative seminar and thanks also Syston and District social club for hosting the event


6th September : Leicestershire will be running two teams in the MCCU county fixtures this season, 2015-16, a First team and an Under 100 team. The fixtures can be found on the county teams tab


4th September : The 2015 County Championship has been won by Martin Burrows, with a fine score of 5½ out of 6. A hard fought final round game against Graham Sharpe was eventually agreed drawn, giving Martin his 3rd title. This makes him just the 10th player to win 3 County Championship titles outright since the event began in 1923.


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 pts out of 11 (5th=), Martin Burrows pts and Shabir Okhai 5 pts. Congratulations to Sherif Gonem who won the Soanes (Weekender U150) with 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
Anika Khare - U9 section 1 pt
Nathanael Jacob - U10 section pts out of 7
Matthew Lo - U11 section pts
Tom Brown - U14 section 3 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


2nd July: The Leicestershire U13 Team are the ECF Under 13 Minor Champions! And the Under 18 Team also finished 2nd in the ECF U18 Minor event as well. For a very comprehensive report and team photo see the juniors tab


29th March: There is a new events calendar tab which lists some of the upcoming events (mainly junior at the moment) - if you have an event coming up or wish to publicise one email the webmaster