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21st February 2017: A reminder that the Leicestershire Junior Chess Congress (incorporating the Leicestershire Junior Championships) will take place on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Leicester Grammar School. There is a list of current entries, full details and to enter online go to the juniors tab.


20th February 2017: The County Under 100 team also had a disappointing result on Saturday in losing to Nottinghamshire by 5 - 7, there is a full report and scoresheet on the county teams tab


20th February 2017: The County team had a poor result on Saturday in losing to Lincolnshire by 9-7 - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab


31st January 2017: The Leicester University 3rd team has withdrawn from the 4th division of the league. Its remaining fixtures will be defaulted.


25th January 2017: The County team beat old foes Nottinghamshire by 9 - 7 on Saturday 21st January - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab


20th January 2017: The County U100 team won their 2nd group match in decisive fashion 11½ - ½ playing at home against Staffordshire - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab


29th December 2016 : Earlier this month, the LRCA was contacted by The Active magazine who wanted to run an article in their January edition on chess in Leicestershire. So myself, Andy Morley and Neil Beasley met with the magazine editor Jeremy Beswick at the Wigston club on the night that Wigston played the University. The article, together with photographs, can be found on line here and keep your eye out for the printed magazine which is given away free in many supermarkets, coffee shops, doctors, dentist etc


17th December 2016 : Parag Kotecha has kindly produced the latest Leicestershire Junior Chess Newsletter - click here to read it


14th December 2016 : Four Leicestershire Juniors played in the festival competitions taking place at the London Chess Classic at Olympia on December 10th and 11th December- see the full report on the juniors tab.


6th December 2016 : The County fielded its strongest team for many years as Leicestershire thrashed Warwickshire 14½ - 1½ to make amends for the poor showing in the previous match - full report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab


6th December 2016 : The latest training sessions and competitions in January and February 2017, particularly for juniors, can be found on the events tab


29th November 2016 : In a busy weekend, as well as playing for the County Under 100's team, Leicestershire sent U11 and U11 girl's teams to an inaugural 4 counties competition at Rugby between Warwickshire (the host county), Oxfordshire and Northants on the 27th November - see the full report on the juniors tab.


29th November 2016 : The County U100 team opened their season with an encouraging 7-5 win over Warwickshire at the junior's training base at Westleigh. A full report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab


29th November 2016 : The LRCA recently staged a Chess In Communities and Schools (CSC) course at the De Montfort University - click here for a report on this event


19th November 2016 : A number of Leicestershire Juniors competed in the various sections of the British Rapidplay Championships in Leeds on the 12th and 13th November- see the report on the juniors tab.


8th November 2016 : After coming close last April, Leicestershire Juniors finally won the 3rd staging of the 4 Counties Juniors U130 Competition at Nottingham High School between Yorks, Notts, Lincs and Leicestershire by winning all three matches. There is a full report and photo by Paul Mottram on the juniors tab. There is also a report on the Northampton Schools Chess Association Grand Prix event at Wellingborough School where there was further success for Leicestershire Juniors.


28th September 2016 : The 2016 County individual tournaments have been completed and all were very closely fought. The Minor, Major and Challengers events were all tied after 5 rounds and were decided by a 2 game play off. The County Championship was decided by the last game to finish in the 6th round when Shabir Okhai and Martin Burrows agreed a draw with just a king and rook each left on the board. So congratulations to the section winners:
County Champion (for the first time) - Shabir Okhai
Challengers (U-160) - Phil Harlow
Major (U-140) - Bob Collins
Minor (u-120) - Colin Ross

All the tournaments were played at the Wigston Club, and 46 players took part in total. Many thanks to Andy Morley who ran the tournament and provided this report


26th September 2016 : The LRCA league handbook for 2016 - 2017 can be found on the handbook and minutes tab - it contains the league fixtures, grades, county team fixtures, rules etc. Note that the handbook will no longer be printed and distributed, and may be updated during the season.