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17th October: The annual H. E Atkins memorial congress is coming up soon - the last weekend of November (28th to 30th) - at Regent College, Regent Road, Leicester. Details can be found here. Please note that if you know you can't play all 5 rounds and would like a (half-point) bye in any round (except the last) you can take one. You can enter online here


30th September: The handbook for season 2014-15 can be found on line - this is the latest version with a few modifications to the printed copy which was distributed last week to all clubs. It contains the new fixtures, county team fixtures and August gradings.


29th September: The Leicestershire under 14's took part in the National Youth Chess Association county championships on Saturday and there is a comprehensive report on the juniors tab


26th September: The annual presentation of trophies and the BTH Smith charity shield quickplay tournament took place last night at the Latimer club. There were 16 teams of four taking part - an increase over recent years - and the winners over 5 rounds were the Braunstone team of Paul Colburn, Mike Salisbury, John Robinson and Stephen Hamby. The Boot handicap trophy was won by a scratch team put together by Paul Deacon. A big thanks to the Latimer club for hosting the event, and to Andy Morley who controlled it, and the sum of £132 was raised for the President's chosen charity LOROS.


2nd September: A meeting of the Junior committee took place last month and the minutes can be found on the handbook and minutes 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