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 Championships – Jim Bingham wins the Mjor tournament – 22 Aug 2019

Congratulations to Jim Bingham, who has won the Major (u140) tournament with a score of 4.5 /5. Jim had the rare luxury of having won the tournament with a round to spare, but still had a tough final round game against Andrew Wilson which was eventually drawn. This ensured Jim was unbeaten in the tournament.

Anstey Chess Club simul - again! – 16 Aug 2019

Having been made aware of the chance to play a simul - (by this very website and Facebook!) - another simul was offered to us by Phil Horspool of Wigston. Our humble thanks as a club go to Phil and all those that have played so far, for giving our squad the opportunity to play such excellent quality players with very friendly personalities. We were only too pleased to buy Phil a drink or two, to say thank you but he chose to drink water, which went down well with the bar staff! Anyway, the guys thoroughly enjoyed the night.
Results wise, Phil beat Oskar Rudczenko, John Whitmore, John Derry, Alan Skaria, Mick Squire, Rudy Gaw, myself and David Buckley. In every case, Phil was extremely kind in victory, taking time to go through the mistakes of the players and explain where they went wrong. In all cases he allowed resetting of the board to the critical position and offering advice from there. There were some very interesting positions - I'll look forward to going through the games with my team.
Once again, many thanks to Phil for agreeing to play us all in such a fashion.
I am delighted and equally humbled to say that we have the chance to maybe squeeze in one more simul before the league season starts and that has been offered to us by Graham Sharpe - I will be in touch with you soon Graham.
Many thanks again - to Phil, Shaun Cope, John Naylor and John Robinson. The team really enjoy the simul format - it gives them all valuable game experience.

Ben Vaughan - Anstey Chess Club

H.E. Memorial Atkins Rapidplay Sunday 13th October 2019 Online Entry – 31 Jul 2019

Entries for this year's Atkins Rapidplay at Leicester Grammar School are now open on this link.

The Atkins is 6 round swiss ECF graded Rapidplay promoted by the LRCA with Open, U165, U140, U115 and Junior U80 sections.

There is also an ungraded U11 'schools' section for the less experienced junior players.

And another simul at Anstey club – 12 Jul 2019

Having been made aware - by this very website! - another simul was offered to us by Shaun Cope of Melton Mowbray. Our humble thanks as a club go to Shaun and all those that have played so far, for giving our squad the opportunity to play such excellent quality players with very friendly personalities. We were only too pleased to buy each person a drink or two, to say thank you. The guys thoroughly enjoyed the night. Results wise, Shaun beat Oskar Rudczenko, John Whitmore, John Derry and David Buckley. Shaun beat Mick Squire in a very complicated two Knight endgame and I managed to levy a draw by saying at 10:50pm - 'Let's go home Shaun!'. I was an exchange down but had an active Knight against a Rook. In every case, Shaun was extremely graceful in victory, taking time to go through the mistakes of the players and explain where they went wrong. There were some very competitive games and some very interesting positions - I'll look forward to going through the games with my team. Once again, many thanks to Shaun for agreeing to play us all in such a fashion.
I am delighted and equally humbled to say that we have two more simuls that have been offered to us - from Phil Horspool and Graham Sharpe - I will be in touch with you when I am back from holiday at the end of July. Many thanks again - to Shaun, John Naylor and John Robinson. The team really enjoy the simul format - it gives them all valuable game experience.

Ben Vaughan - Anstey Chess Club'

AGM Minutes – 02 Jul 2019

The draft minutes of the recent AGM can be viewed here

Another simul at Anstey club – 20 Jun 2019

Following the successful simul at Anstey chess club by John Robinson, we have the following report from Ben Vaughan: We were contacted by Syston's John Naylor about another simul! Our humble thanks as a club go to John for giving our squad the opportunity to play such an excellent quality player with such a wonderful personality. We were only too pleased to buy him a drink or two, to say thank you. Personally, I was very excited to test myself against such a high quality player. Results wise, it wasn't good, as you can imagine! We all lost but John was extremely graceful in victory, taking time to go in depth to each players game and explain where they went wrong. John beat myself, Mick Squire, John Whitmore, John Derry, Rudy Gaw and a new guy called David.
Once again, many thanks to John Naylor for agreeing to play us all in such a fashion. The invite for a simul is extended to anybody in the County if you would like to do so. I am delighted to report back to you all that a couple of other players have contacted me and are interested in a simul with us. I will be back to you all in due course! Many thanks again - to both John Naylor and John Robinson. It is humbling to know that there are people in the County that are willing to help a new and fledgling club. From Ben Vaughan - Anstey Chess Club

UK Schools Chess Challenge Megafinal Round up – 20 Jun 2019

25 Leicestershire Junior Players, including 14 age group winners qualified through the recent Megafinal (County) Stages of the UK Schools Chess Challenge to qualify for the Regional Stages (Gigafinals) in July. Full report...

County Teams – Open Counties Championship; Leicestershire lose out against a strong Middlesex side – 12 May 2019

Leicestershire's first team played yesterday at Bedford against a strong Middlesex side in the quarter-final of the Open Counties Championship, and went down by 6 points to 10. We led briefly when Paul Colburn won the first game to finish, but unfortunately this proved to be our only win. However, ten games were drawn, many against significantly higher graded opponents, so we put up a decent showing against a team which might well have beaten us by a bigger margin. Thanks to all who took part, and I hope to see you all again in action for the first team next season.

Results sheet attached (I have used the MCCU result sheet for convenience.) Grade order may look a little strange - this is because FIDE ratings were used to determine board order, but I have not shown them on this sheet. Full article

From Ben Vaughan - Anstey chess club holds simul – 09 May 2019

Anstey Chess Club welcomed Syston's John Robinson to our club last night for a simul that John and I had agreed to play. Our thanks as a club go to John for giving our squad the opportunity to play such a well known and excellent quality player. All he asked is that we buy him a drink or two, which we were only too pleased to do.
Results wise, it wasn't so good, as you can imagine. We aren't the strongest club in the County! I managed to get a draw, which I am sure was given to me out of charity, as he won all of the other games against Mick Squire, John Derry, John Whitmore and Oskar Rudczenko.
Once again, many thanks to John Robinson for agreeing to play us all in such a fashion. The invite for a simul is extended to anybody in the County if you would like to do so. I am sure there are more of you out there that would be up for a simul - come along and help a fledgling club! It was an invaluable learning experience for our squad that is largely new to over the board chess. From Ben Vaughan - Anstey Chess Club

Annual General Meeting – Leicestershire and Rutland Chess Association 2019 AGM – 02 May 2019

This year's AGM will be held at the Regent Club Leicester on Wednesday 22nd May at 7:30PM. Full article