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15th July: Congratulations to all our juniors who competed in the GIGA final last Saturday and Sunday. Just to have qualified is a great result and they were competing against the strongest chess players in the northern half of the UK. Special congratulations to our winners: Matthew Lo 1st in the U10 boys, Anika Khare 1st equal in the U9 girls, and Milly Kotecha 2nd equal in the U10 girls. Full results are on the juniors tab


12th July: The minutes of the LRCA Annual General Meeting held on the 3rd June 2015 can be read here.


9th July: There will be a basic "Arbiter's course" with Cyril Johnson and David Welch held at the Syston club on September 5th from 1pm to 6pm. Anyone may attend, for more details please contact John Pattinson here


5th July: The South Leicestershire Junior Championships took place on July 4th at Dunton Bassett - a full report can be found on the juniors tab


5th July: There are two more training days coming up - Saturday 11th July at Loughborough and Saturday 25th July at Melton Mowbray - full details are on the events tab


2nd July: The Leicestershire U13 Team are the ECF Under 13 Minor Champions! And the Under 18 Team also finished 2nd in the ECF U18 Minor event as well. For a very comprehensive report and team photo see the juniors tab.


20th June : There was a meeting of the LRCA Juniors committee held on the 28th May 2015 and the minutes can be read here.


13th June : The draw for round three of the county championships have been made and can be found on the county championship tab


31st May: There are training days for juniors every Saturday throughout June - these will be held on the 6th June at Ashby, 13th June at Loughbourough, 20th June at Braunstone and 27th June at Melton, with sections for beginners and more experienced players. Details of these and several other events for Juniors are now listed on the events calendar tab


31st May: The South Leicestershire Junior Championships will take place on July 4th at Dunton Bassett - full details and entry form can be found here.


25th May: The Leicestershire Junior Championships took place on Saturday - there is a full report with all the winners etc here - thanks to Paul Colburn


4th May : The league season has concluded and congratulations to the divisional winners (full details are on the league tab) :

  • Division 1 - Wigston 1
  • Division 2 - Braunstone 1
  • Division 3 - Loughborough 2
  • Division 4 - Kirby Castlers 1
  • Division 5 - Red Admiral 1
  • Division 6 - Wigston 6

13th April: The county first team had a disappointingly narrow loss to Cambridgeshire on Saturday in the Minor Counties quarter final - the report and scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab.


6th April: The Leicestershire & Rutland Junior Chess Championships will take place at the Village Hall in Rothley on Saturday 23rd May from 10am to 5pm. There are sections for U8/ U9/ U10/ U11/ U13 & U18, with full details and an entry form on the juniors tab. There are also details of two training sessions coming up


29th March: There is a new events calendar tab which lists some of the upcoming events (mainly junior at the moment) - if you have an event coming up or wish to publicise one email the webmaster


24th March: A team of 18 Leicestershire Under 11's took part in the Engish Primary Schools Chess Association tournament at the weekend for the very first time - and a full report from Paul Colburn can be found here.


23rd February : The county first team and the under 100 team were both in action on Saturday with mixed results. The first team beat Greater Manchester by 9 - 7 whilst the under 100's lost to Staffordshire by 3½ - 8½, the reports and scoresheets can be found on the county teams tab.


2nd February : The county under 100 team lost narrowly to Warwickshire by 7-5 on Saturday, see the report and scoresheet on the county teams tab.


24th January : The county first team had a disappointing narrow loss to Worcestershire on Saturday, see the scoresheet on the county teams tab. We now have to play Greater Manchester to see who gets the third place in the National stages, the match is likely to take place on Saturday 21st February.


2nd December: The 2014 H. E. Atkins memorial tournament took place over the last weekend at its regular venue, Regent College. The number of entrants - 120 - was a record since the congress was revived in 2006. The Open section was won by the rising star of English women's chess, 13 year old Akshaya Kalaiyalahan who played some very enterprising chess. The Major was won by Roger Greatorex from Wales and the Minor was won by Mike Maher of Lichfield. Despite the overall success of the tournament, the number of local entries - just 20 - was disappointing and the lowest since 2006. Full details of the event including the prizewinners, crosstables and games from the Open can be found here

Many thanks to Sean Hewitt for his help in advance of the tournament with the entries and the website and his invaluable input over the weekend, and to Ben Vaughan who helped with the controlling, and also Andy's wife Judy who provided the refreshments. Report by the Atkins controller, Andy Morley - and thanks to you Andy for a great job (ed).


14th November: The county first team and the Under 100's have been in action over the last month (whilst your webmaster went on a well earned holiday!) and the results and scoresheets can be found on the county teams tab


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