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30th December 2016 : The Leicestershire Junior Chess Congress (incorporating the Leicestershire Junior Championships) will take place on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Leicester Grammar School. Full details and to enter online go to the juniors 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.

31st October 2016: The county first team lost to Worcestershire by 8½ - 7½ on Saturday, the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

5th October 2016 : Leicestershire entered two teams in division 2 of the first Junior 4NCL competition of the season at Wokefield Park, Reading on 1st/2nd October. There is a full report on the juniors tab.

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.

28th September 2016 : The new LRCA Results Website has now been launched, and can be found here. The links from this page will also direct you to the new results website. If you have the previous results website set in your favourites or bookmarks, these will need to be changed.

You will notice some differences from the previous site. A few to note are:
- Each fixtures page leads directly to the results pages for the same division
- Features that require you to be logged in, such as result submission, will appear only when you actually are logged in
- Submission and approval are accessed through a single 'My Fixtures' link, which takes you to a page where you will select the match for which you wish to submit or approve a result and then enter the required data

If you have difficulty using this website or you find any bugs, large or small, please do not hesitate to contact the Results Webmaster, Stewart Gordon by email here

You will need to set a password for your user account. This may be either the same password you used on the old results website or a new one. To set a password click here

Many thanks to Stewart Gordon for developing this new system, new functionality will be added over time, and it is the intention to merge the two lrca websites (news and results) together in the future.

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.

25th September 2016 : The Oadby club will be playing in new premises this coming season - at 13 Holmfield Avenue, Oadby, Leics LE2 2BG

13th September 2016 : Leicester Juniors had the first of a planned monthly series of 4 round Rapidplay Swiss tournaments at their new training venue at Westleigh on Saturday afternoon - see the report on the juniors tab

7th September 2016 : Leicestershire are running two teams in the MCCU county fixtures this season, 2016-17, a First team and an Under 100 team. The fixtures can be found on the county teams tab.

2nd September 2016 : The minutes of the 2016 LRCA Annual general meeting held on the 8th June 2016 can be found on the handbook and minutes tab

4th August 2016 : Leicestershire chess is suffering through the lack of people willing to volunteer for office. We still have no league secretary - which could mean there would be no league chess next season. We have no county team under 140 or under 160 captains so won't be entering teams. And Graham Booley who has run the county first team for many years will be stepping down after the next season. If you are able to help email me ASAP.