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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 end of next month 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

21st July: There is sad news of the death of Bob Veitch from the Syston club. Bob originally came from Merseyside with his job at British Telecom for whom he played at their excellent venue at their offices at 66 London Rd. When they closed as a chess club, he spent some years at Birstall before moving to Syston. Bob was the main organiser of correspondence chess for Leicestershire and the MCCU, his efficient organising helped Leicestershire run two county sides and the MCCU run an individual championship and a team tournament. For many years Bob was the compiler of the names of those with voting rights at BCF/ECF Council meeting and assisted with the membership scheme in the early days. Outside of chess, Bob's interests were bee-keeping, his allotment and his wife and family. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues and friends across Leicestershire chess.

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.

12th June: The County first team lost to old rivals Nottinghamshire by - in the Minor Counties Open semifinal on Saturday. See the county teams tab for the scoresheet

29th May: The Leicestershire Junior Championships will take 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

6th May: The Summer Cups will soon be underway, and here are the grading rules - the grades to be used throughout the 2014 Chapman & Birstall Cup are the ECF’s standard play grades published in January 2014. For the Wylie and Harrod Cups the grades published in the ECF’s January 2014 lists must be used. Where a player has both rapid play and standard play grades, the rapid play grade will be used in relation to Rule 10, except that if the rapid play grade is category E and the standard play grade is in categories A-D the standard play grade will be used instead (i.e. if both grades are E grades the rapid play grade will be used). All the grading information and fixtures will be provided on the LRCA results web site - see the Summer Cups tab above for the details

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