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23rd November 2015 : The county first team travelled into deepest Worcestershire on Saturday and in another tight match saw us scrape home 8½ - 7½. There is a full report and the scoresheet on the county teams tab

16th November : Calling all Juniors! Announcing the Leicestershire Junior Christmas congress - all juniors can enter. There will be four sections - Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18, with trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section together with top girl and extra special prizes. It is taking place at Fairfield Prep School in Loughborough on the 2nd of January 2016. Entries before 18th December are just £10. The entry form can be found here

24th October 2015 : The county's Under 100 team went down by 8½ - 3½ to a strong Nottinghamshire team on Saturday. There is a report and the scoresheet on the county teams tab

17th October: There is a report and the scoresheet of the county first team's recent draw with Nottinghamshire on the county teams tab

25th September: The LRCA annual prize giving and charity quick play evening took place at the Latimer club last night. It was a clean sweep for the Wigston club, with the winners of the BTH Smith trophy being Wigston 1 with a perfect 5 out of 5 and the winners of the Harold Boot handicap trophy being Wigston 2. The evening was a great success with the sum of £112 being raised for the Chairman's charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

22nd September: The In this month's Chess magazine, Chess in Schools and Communities are advertising for a chess tutor in Leicestershire. This would involve teaching chess with the help of a teaching assistant as part of the Primary school curriculum. Anyone interested can contact Chess by email here or by phone on 020 7935 3445

15th September: The debate below about the history of the county championships has prompted your webmaster to add a new tab on the left hand side - archive - which has a detailed archive of all the league division winners, county champions, summer cups, county teams etc, which some of both our older and younger players may find interesting.

10th September: The note below (4th September) regarding the county championship starting in 1923 has provoked a "furious" response from some of our more seasoned players (not naming names). I am told " It was interesting to see the short piece concerning Martin Burrow's decisive victory in the county championship, including the comment that he has become only the 10th person to score 3 or more outright wins. In fact he is the 9th, because, although Alan Edwards' name is on the trophy 5 times, 3 of his titles were held jointly. Also the event was not first contested in 1923, as stated. In his excellent booklet "Chess in Leicester 1860-1960", Don Gould records that the 1st championship took place not long before the 1914-1918 war. The exact year is not completely clear because in his narrative Don gives 1910, whilst a list at the end shows 1912. In any case there were at least 6 events before 1923, interrupted by the war, 3 of which were won by Victor Lovell, who was an outstanding force in Leics chess for 25 years. Lovell triumphed again in 1923, commencing a tremendous run of unbroken success, 1923-34. His final title was 1937, making a grand total of 16! The present trophy was not presented until 1923 and the prior winners are not shown on it. Only 3 people have claimed more than 5 titles. Lovell, Alfred Lenton (9), who deposed Lovell, and P.N.Wallis (8)." So there you have it!

9th September: Congratulations to John Manger who has won the County Championships Major section

8th September : The new handbook for the upcoming season 2015-16 is now on line - it contains the fixtures, latest gradings, county team fixtures, officers etc. This has now gone to the printers and will be distributed to all the clubs at the LRCA annual prize giving and charity quick play evening which will take place at the Latimer club on Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm.

8th September : The LRCA ran a seminar on the Laws of Chess held at the Syston club on September 6th. Thanks go to David Welch for running a very interesting and informative seminar and thanks also Syston and District social club for hosting the event

6th September : Leicestershire will be running two teams in the MCCU county fixtures this season, 2015-16, a First team and an Under 100 team. The fixtures can be found on the county teams tab

4th September : The 2015 County Championship has been won by Martin Burrows, with a fine score of 5½ out of 6. A hard fought final round game against Graham Sharpe was eventually agreed drawn, giving Martin his 3rd title. This makes him just the 10th player to win 3 County Championship titles outright since the event began in 1923.

2nd September : There was a meeting of the LRCA committee held on the 25th August 2015 and the minutes can be read here

28th August : Congratulations to Lewis Turner who has won the County Championships Challengers section with a perfect 5 out of 5 score and also to Ben Vaughan who has won the Minor section, also with 5 out of 5.

24th August : On the juniors tab information on the Special NYCA training day on September 12th, the espca training schedule for the next year and the upcoming junior calendar for 2015-16 can all be found.

11th August: At the British Chess Championships three Leicestershire players took part in the Open - Mark Hebden pts out of 11 (5th=), Martin Burrows pts and Shabir Okhai 5 pts. Congratulations to Sherif Gonem who won the Soanes (Weekender U150) with out of 5. The competition was very tough for the Leicestershire juniors at the British as these were strongest juniors in the country competing. In most instances they out performed their initial seeding and can all be very proud of their performance:

Daniel Chen - U8 section 3 out of 6 pts
Anika Khare - U9 section 1 pt
Nathanael Jacob - U10 section pts out of 7
Matthew Lo - U11 section pts
Tom Brown - U14 section 3 pts

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

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

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