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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County Teams – County U120 Team wins against Notts – 19 Nov 2019

On Sat 16th November at the Wigston Liberal Club, the U120 team maintained their good start to the season by winning surprisingly comfortably against Notts 8-4 when on paper their seemed little between the two teams. Full article

County Teams – Match scoresheet, Minor Counties Leicestershire v. Lincolnshire, 16/11/2019 – 16 Nov 2019

Match sheet attached Full article

County Teams – U140 team success vs Staffs – 03 Nov 2019

We were always favourites for this one, out-grading Staffs on every board and the games generally went with grading. Trevor Woods and Harry Kershaw got proceedings off to a flying start with very quick wins, leading to suggestions that Trevor had left his car engine running. Further wins followed from Granville Hill and Ben Pourmozafari, by which time we had taken a 3 point lead and never looked back.

Staffs did give us a tough time on the top 4 boards where we only gained ½ a point in total, despite valiant defending from John Pattison and Chris Knight (who drew the short straw of playing the Staffordshire captain’s son). However, elsewhere wins for Andy Carter, John Manger, Terry Adcock and Michael Busby compounded our lead.

Further wins followed from more difficult circumstances. Paul Mottram survived an early error by finding a mating attack whilst a piece down and with team victory secured, Les Corlett was able to indulge in some showboating, letting his opponent win his queen for half a dozen moves or so, before claiming it back on the way to victory (all intentional I’m sure).

All in all, a good afternoon which saw us as winners by 11 ½ -4 ½. The final scoresheet is attached. Full article

County Teams – U140 and U120 teams make winning starts to the season – 27 Oct 2019

The U140 team won their first match against Derbyshire 9.5-6.5 on Sat 19th October at the Syston Social Club. With Derby defaulting a board and some early wins, Leicester were always comfortably in front and only a couple of late Derby wins narrowed the scoreline somewhat. Ian Farquharson, Ben Pourmozafari, John Manger, Terry Adcock, Paul Mottram and Mick Griffiths all recorded wins for the home team. Match Scoreheet

A week later (Sat 26th October) the U120 team also took on Derbyshire, this time at the Wigston Liberal Club. Again Derby were short of players (2 this time) which played a potentially significant factor in the final scoreline - a close 6.5-5.5 win for Leicester. Shaun Wilkinson, Granville Hill, Andy Carter and David Gamble all scored wins. Match Scoreheet

H.E ATKINS RAPIDPLAY October 13th – 15 Oct 2019

The H.E Atkins memorial rapidplay congress was held on Sunday October 13th, and attracted 113 entries. The OPEN was won by Mark Hebden, with 5.5 /6. Shabir Okhai scored 4.5/6 to come second.
Paul Colburn won the U 165 section. Julian Tang was joint second in the U140 section, and Tarsem Dhillon came second in the U115.
In the Junior U80 section Leicestershire Juniors Sophie Mehta and Alex Cimurs shared 1st place
Full results can be found via the links to the tournaments below
OPEN
U165
U140
U115
Junior U80
Junior U25

Some sad news – 13 Oct 2019

The Braunstone club is sad to report the death of Jeff Toon, who was a long standing member of the club for many years. Jeff joined Braunstone in 1980 and he was secretary of the club for 3 years, 1983 to 1986. He played regularly during his last season, 2009/10, after which he decided to stop playing. He kindly donated his collection of chess books to the club..

Neil Beasley recalls that Jeff was at Dixie GS Market Bosworth with Ralph Hitchman, another former Braunstone club member, and Neil’s King Edward VI Grammar School at Nuneaton played chess regularly against Dixie so he has fond memories of playing against Jeff and Ralph from about as early as 1950. Indeed all three competed in the 1954/55 Under 21 Leicestershire Championships and then continued to meet from there on whilst they all played in the league. My thanks to Neil and John Oliver for this information.

Our condolences go to his daughter Beverley.

County Individual tournaments now complete – 16 Sep 2019

The County Individual tournaments for 2019 are now complete. For the first time for many years every event has been won without the need for a play-off:
County Championship: Mark HEBDEN (Syston) 6/6 (19 players)
Challengers tournament: Jason LV (Wigston) 4/5 (14 players)
Major tournament: Jim BINGHAM (Braunstone) 4.5/5 (11 players)
Minor tournament: Charles EASTLAKE (Wigston) 4.5/5 (17 players)

The full crosstable and pairings can be viewed through the links on the County Championships page. Games for the County Championship matches are also available. (Rounds 1 - 4. Rounds 5 and 6 will be available shortly)

County Championships – Charles Eastlake wins the County Minor tournament – 16 Sep 2019

Congratulations to Charles Eastlake who has won the 2019 Minor Tournament with a score of 4.5 /5

County Championships – Challengers Tournament won by Jason Lv – 16 Sep 2019

Jason Lv has won the Challengers tournament. He won the minor tournament last year, and was unbeaten in the Challengers this year finishing with 4/5

County Championships – Mark Hebden wins the County Championship – 16 Sep 2019

Mark Hebden, playing in the event for the first time in many years, has won the County Championship with a score of 6/6. Congratulations to Mark, who last won the tournament in 1980!