Leicestershire & Rutland Chess Association is the body recognised by the English Chess Federation as being responsible for chess in the city of Leicester and the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.  The Association is affiliated to the Midland Counties Chess Union.

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John Mitchell – 01 Nov 2020

Jim Miller writes:

'Loughborough Chess club has suffered another great blow with the death of Professor John Mitchell on October 3rd at the age of 75; he had been in poor health for some time. John joined the club in about 1970, having previously played in Bedfordshire while working for Unilever near Bedford. At that time the Loughborough 1st team had just been promoted to the 1st Division of the League, a position it maintained without a break for more than 40 years (at one time, uniquely perhaps, the club had three teams in the 1st Division!). It was immediately obvious that John was a strong player and a great asset to the club and to the county team. Along with Otto Hardy and many good Loughborough University staff and students, John helped to ensure that Loughborough won the Division 1 championship on several occasions in those four decades, often achieving good personal results against the strongest opposition. He played with intense concentration, always seeking the best move in any position, and in League matches was often in time trouble as a result. But on many occasions his instinct and quick sight of the board saw him through, and the county’s leading players saw him as a formidable opponent. For the county first team, where the longer time limits suited him better, he had close to a 60% record over a long period. Full article

More sad news – 17 Oct 2020

The Loughborough club is sad to report the passing of long-time member John Mitchell after a long illness. He was at a time involved with the Leicestershire junior chess programme. Our condolences go to his family.

Sad news – 12 Sep 2020

The Loughborough club is sad to report the passing of long-time member Terry Adcock after a long illness. Our condolences go to his family.

Online 4NCL Competitions – 28 Jul 2020

The 4NCL have now published their programme of competitions starting from the 2nd half of August.

The competition dates of season 2 of the Online 4NCL Team competition (4 man teams (max team squad size is 8)/ 45m + 15' games) are as below with matches occurring fortnightly on Tuesday evenings on lichess.org .

Rd1. 25 August

Rd2. 8 September

Rd3. 22 September

Rd4. 6 October

Rd5. 20 October

Rd6. 3 November

Rd7. 17 November

SF. 1 December

F. 15 December

Some 180 teams played in season 1 over 5 divisions and it probably represents the best structured online chess team competition out there. With OTB chess still some way off it's a good solution for LRCA chess clubs but also for any group of players who might wish to form themselves into an ad hoc team squad and enter to get some regular meaningful chess games in. As a guide, teams in Div 5 (which is the division new teams would have to enter in season 2) had an average grade range of 90 - 140 per player. With nearly 80 teams playing in Division 5 with a swiss round format, teams soon found they were facing similar strength opposition.

In addition to the team competition the 4NCL is also offering a 7 round individual swiss (Open, U2000, U1700) Autumn Congress with games every fortnight on the Tuesdays when the team competition isn't taking place.

Full details and entry to the competitions is on the 4NCL website. The closing date for entries for the team competition is 11th August

4NCL Online Chess Congress – 03 Jul 2020

For those that are interested and enjoying the chess online but not necessarily the blitz time control, there is a 4NCL online chess congress on the weekend of 10th July.

There are 5 rounds and the time control is much more relaxed with 45 minutes per player, with 15 second increments throughout. The online format is through Lichess, so if you do not have an account on Lichess - registering is very easy - then you will need to register for one.

There are 3 sections - Open, Under 2000 FIDE (ECF 175) and Under 1700 FIDE (ECF 135) based on January grades for ECF and July 2020 for FIDE ratings if you have one.

Matches start on the Friday night at 7pm (10th July) and entries close on Thursday 9th at 9pm. The entry fee is only £5.

Link for entries and all you need to know is here:

http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/online/arrangements_1.htm

Good Luck!

Ben Vaughan

LRCA Monday Evening Blitz Competitions on Chess.com – 30 Jun 2020

There continues to be weekly swiss format blitz competitions on Mondays at 19:30 for members of the LRCA online club on chess.com.

Steps to play:

1. Join the LRCA chess.com club here (it's free): https://www.chess.com/club/lrca

2. Look out for a news post on the LRCA chess.com club news page on Monday afternoons with a direct link to the evenings competition or alternatively just go to Chess.com/Live Chess after 18:30 on Monday evening and the competition should be visible in the list of tournaments on the tournaments tab on the RHS of the page. After clicking on it, you then need to click the 'join' button to be added to the list of entrants. Pairings are automated and the 1st round will start at exactly 19:30 with the following rounds beginning some 15 secs or so after the conclusion of the previous round.

3. Results for all LRCA tournaments appear automatically here: https://www.chess.com/club/live-tournaments/lrca

2nd Round ECF Online County Team Competition – 28 Jun 2020

The 1st round of the Online ECF County Team competition, scheduled for the 13th June, was unfortunately beset by technical issues on the chess.com server which led to all the matches being aborted. The entire round has been rescheduled for the 1st August.

All of this meant that the 2nd round on Saturday 20th June was the first serious competitive outing for both Open and U1825 Leicestershire teams.

The Open team played Devon losing 3.5-8.5. Team captain Andrew Wilson writes ‘With the average grade differential of almost 20 points, it was always going to be tough but there were notable wins for Phillip Horspool (against a National Master) and David Walker (with the completely unfamiliar to me ‘Hopton attack’). I also won but not with much credit, as my opponent kindly offered a ‘Botez Gambit’ on move 23.’

With the U1825 team needing to lend some players to the Open team, they also had a tough day at the office going down 1.5 – 10.5 against a strong Lincolnshire team (average grade 129) with the only points coming from top (a draw to Mike Garland Jr) and 3rd board (Paul Mottram)

Open Team Scorecard

U1825 Team Scorecard

19/20 League Season Update – 23 Jun 2020

The LMC (League Management Committee) met on 16th June (virtually) to take some decisions regarding the unfinished 19/20 league season in the light of Covid 19.

They are as follows:

1. The 19/20 League season is now formally declared as over.

2. With around 75% of the season played it was decided to award division titles rather than void the whole season. The final positions have been calculated using average pts scored per game (of the games completed) as the determining metric meaning that Syston 1, Braunstone 3, Melton 2, Anstey 1 and Ashby 4 are declared the winners of the 5 divisions respectively (see pdf below)

3. It was decided that any decisions about promotion/ relegation are premature at this stage as it's not known what shape or form the league (ie how many teams/ divisions) will take or when it will be possible to hold the next season.

4. The LMC will reconvene at the beginning of August (or earlier if circumstances change) to consider any possible future steps regarding a return to OTB chess Full article

County Teams – Leicestershire to Play in Online ECF County Team Competition – 09 Jun 2020

Leicestershire have entered Open and U1825 teams in the new Online ECF County Team Competition that is being hosted on chess.com at 6:30pm on Saturday evenings. Teams are of 12 boards and the time control is 60 mins + 10'. The group stages start on Saturday 13th June and run through to the end of July with the knockout stages taking place in August. Any players interested in playing should contact Paul Mottram (paul@paulmottram.com).

The fixtures are as follows:

Open
13-Jun Leics V Yorks
20-Jun Devon V Leics
04-Jul Leics V Yorks
18-Jul Cheshire & N Wales V Leics
25-Jul Middx A V Leics

U1825
13-Jun Northumberland V Leics
20-Jun Leics V Lincoln
18-Jul Norfolk V Leics
25-Jul Leics V Greater Manchester

9th LRCA Blitz 25/05/20 – 31 May 2020

Mark Hebden won the 9th LRCA Online Blitz competition on chess.com winning with all 6 games with Tom Brown clear in 2nd with 5pts.
Full results are here

The next LRCA Blitz (6 rounds, time control 5 mins + 3 secs) will be on Monday 1st June at 19:30

It's open to all members of the LRCA online club on chess.com. You can join for free here: https://www.chess.com/club/lrca

A direct link to the tournament is available here - you can register/join from 18:30 on 01/06/20: 10th LRCA Blitz 01/06/20