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23rd April: The new minor league has just one match to play and the four teams who entered, Red Admiral, Loughborough, Braunstone Bears and Braunstone Butterflies have all enjoyed the games The latest team results, fixtures and table can be found here - with thanks to Stewart Gordon for putting this together.

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

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.

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