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18th April: Congratulations to Braunstone 6 who have won division 5 - so all the winners of the five league divisions are now known, but the relegation places are still being fought out.


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


8th April: The league season is drawing to a close and congratulations go to Heathcote Arms 2 and Braunstone 3 who have convincingly won the league divisions 3 and 4 titles respectively with two or three matches to spare. Division 5 looks like a straight fight between Braunstone 6 and Wigston 6. Full details on the league tab


24th March: Congratulations to Wigston and Heathcote Arms who have convincingly won the league divisions 1 and 2 titles respectively with two or three matches to spare. Full details on the league tab


17th March: The County first team lost to Nottinghamshire in the Midlands final by the narrowest of margins on Saturday. The scoresheet is on the county teams tab


7th March: The dates for the county championship have been announced. The individual tournaments will again take place at Wigston Chess club, full details on sections, how to enter etc are on the county championships tab


3rd March: On Saturday 1st March Leicestershire under 9's (12 players and 2 reserves) and under 11's (20 players and 1 reserve) county teams competed in the Midlands team championships for the first time in many years. An excellent report from Paul Findley can be found on the juniors tab


27th February: The latest East Midlands Chess (EMC) Junior Academy training tournament was held on Sunday 16th February at Risley Derbyshire. Full details with the leaderboard can be found on the juniors tab. Other dates for future EMC tournaments at Risley are 25th May, 8th June, 29th June (Bramcote) and 13th July.


24th February: There will be a seminar on the new Laws of Chess from the ECF Chief Arbiter David Welch held at the Syston club on Sunday April 6th. For more details please contact Cyril Johnson of the Syston club. The new laws can be found on the Handbook & Minutes tab. *** Please note the new date for this seminar ***


17th February: Calling all juniors! The UK Chess Challenge is coming to Braunstone Chess Club. On the 4th March from 6pm we will compete in the world's largest junior competition. It will take place over 3 evenings: 4th, 11th & 25th March, from 6pm to 7pm each evening. Prizes will be awarded to all juniors and qualification for the MEGA Final. Entry free for all Braunstone club members and only £2 for non-members. More information from Paul Colburn at leicestershirechess@yahoo.com


13th February: The new minor league is now half way through with four teams entered - Red Admiral, Loughborough, Braunstone Bears and Braunstone Butterflies. The latest team results, fixtures and table can be found here - with thanks to Stewart Gordon for putting this together.


29th January: The County first team scored an emphatic win against Greater Manchester by 10½-5½ on Saturday in the Midlands semi-final. We now face a Midlands final against Nottinghamshire who were surprise winners over Staffordshire. See the county teams tab for a full report and the scoresheet.


27th January: On Saturday 25th January one hundred and twenty junior chess players consisting of age ranges from 7 to 18 converged on Loughborough Grammar's Hodson Hall for a 6 round swiss style tournament. A full report with all the winners can be found on the juniors tab.


23rd January: The County under 100 match against Staffordshire played on Saturday has been declared a drawn match 5½ - 5½ due to an administration error. Staffordshire fielded an ineligible player on board 6 which means the result is overturned and they are penalised a point. So Leicestershire finished with 3 points over the season and 3rd in the group behind Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire.


20th January: The County under 100 team finished their MCCU county matches on Saturday with defeat against Staffordshire. There were wins for Ben Raines, Drew Harbidge & Alison Walton, and draws for Mick Slater, Stan Parsons & Daniel Hill. However we lost 4½ - 7½ and finish third in our group. Full Report and scoresheet are on the county teams tab.


18th January: The County under 160 team had an exciting win over Warwickshire by the narrowest of margins today. Early wins from Phil Harlow and Ben Pourmozafri were followed by draws from Mike Salisbury, Richard Hanscombe, Glyn Ward, John Manger and John Pattinson. Richard Vann, Graham Booley and Mike Cowley won to leave the match tied with just one game to finish. Justin Hadi showed excellent end game technique to bring home the final point, leaving the match 8½ - 7½ in Leicestershire's favour. The scoresheet is now on the county teams tab. The next match is at home to Greater Manchester on February 1st.


10th December: It was a great performance from the county first team on Saturday to inflict a comprehensive defeat by 10 - 6 on a strong Lincolnshire side who completely out graded us on the top 8 boards averaging a 15 point grading difference. For a full report and scoresheet see the county teams tab


24th November: On Saturday 23rd November the County under 100 team consisting of a mixture of juniors and battle hardened older players beat Warwickshire by 7 - 5. An excellent report from Paul Findley can be found on the county teams tab


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