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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

15th May: The first round of the county championships have been played and the results and the draw for the second round can be found on the county championship tab

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.

3rd April: The film "The Dark Horse" is showing at the Phoenix from 3rd April to 16th April, rated 15. It is a New Zealand film based on chess champion Genesis Potini now deceased. He suffered from mental health issues but taught chess to young people from 'challenging' backgrounds

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

25th March: The closing date for entries for the 2015 County Championships is fast approaching with full details to be found on the county championship tab - how to enter, dates of each round etc. As in previous years there are 4 sections, Open, Challengers (under 160), Major (under 140) and Minor (under 120). It is free to enter! Currently we are short of entries for the Major and Minor sections - with four sections there is a tournament for players of all strengths. Please get your entry in!

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.

2nd March: The Melton Mowbray club has a new website - it 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

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