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 – Leicestershire U120s beat Worcestershire 7-5 – 18 Feb 2019

Leics U120 finally managed to chalk up a first win of the season against Worcs at Syston after the near misses of the last two matches. Full article

County Teams – U120 Team Lose Narrowly to Notts – 10 Feb 2019

John Oliver writes: After a welcome 3 month winter break, the U120 team was back in action, at home to Notts, on the 2nd Feb. Full article

County Teams – Midland Minor Counties: Lincolnshire V Leicestershire – 22 Jan 2019

Despite a valiant effort against a very strong Lincolnshire side, Leicestershire came up just short, losing out 7.5 - 8.5 in the Minor Counties competition. Full article

Leicestershire Junior Congress Results – 17 Jan 2019

Jason Lv & Sasha Kerbel finished joint 1st= on 5/6 in the Open section of the junior congress that took place at Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 13th January.
Other Leicestershire Juniors to win Gold (5pts and over) were Joshua Tang in the Minor U80 section and Catharine Lv, Josh Crook and Arav Ajayjumar in the Minor.

A fuller report and detailed results can be found on the junior site

County Teams – Leicestershire beat Warwickshire by 8½ - 7½ in opening match of the season – 08 Jan 2019

Leicestershire first team beat Warwickshire by 8½ - 7½ at home on Saturday. At around 5pm, it seemed highly unlikely that we would win the match. As can be seen from the scoresheet, it was a close affair, but the result sheet only tells part of the story; for much of the last hour, it looked like we would lose the match, since both Paul Colburn and Morgan Blake appeared to have dead lost positions and Martin Burrows had only a small plus which looked like it might end in a draw. But then Paul somehow forced a draw and Martin managed to squeeze out a win. Morgan was four pawns down (!), but his opponent only had seconds left, so Morgan offered the draw, which his opponent accepted to avoid losing on time, and we scraped home to win the match. Exciting stuff, but not good for captains of a nervous disposition! Our next match is away to Lincolnshire on 19th January. Thanks again to all for playing, and well done to the team for a very hard-fought win! Report by John Denton Full article

Leicester Junior Open Congress - Sunday January 13th – 03 Jan 2019

The Leicester Junior Congress takes place on Sunday 13th January at Leicester Grammar School.

This is a junior six round swiss rapidplay chess competition (all players play in all rounds) in three sections (Open, Major and Minor). Full details and online entry is here.

Note that the Minor section would be ideal for school chess players not previously experienced in playing chess tournaments.

Current Entries: Open, Major, Minor

County Teams – U 100s beat Notts – 14 Dec 2018

The U100s achieved a narrow 6-5 win over Notts. The teams were very evenly matched, with most boards having very little grade difference.
There were well earned victories for Harry Kershaw, Stephen Matts, Andrew Dean, Stewart Gordon, Brian Wood & Adam Kerbel, and close encounters in the other matches
With the scores tied at 5-5 and all other matches in the room completed, including U140s games, Brian Wood held his nerve in a tight end game with several people crowded round to cement the victory.
Well done to Brian and all concerned.
Our next match is at home, in Thurmaston, to Staffs on Jan 26th. Another victory would see us into the National stages again. Full article

County Teams – Leics U140 team edge close tie against Lincs – 09 Dec 2018

The U140 team achieved a narrow victory against a resilient Lincs side by a single point, with the match outcome being decided on the final board. Full article

County Teams – Under 100s not quite good enough v Warwicks – 17 Nov 2018

Leics could tell they faced a tough match when the teams were announced, being outgraded on all boards, and by about 14 on average.
But despite this, the match got off to a good start with Rory Haywood & Neil Roberts each beating stronger opponents early in the proceedings.
About half way through the match we found ourselves 4-3 down but with reasonable chances in most of the remaining matches.
At 6-4 down the 2 remaining matches were Andy Carter’s, which was close with Andy having a slight edge, and Adam Kerbel’s.
Adam’s game came down to a rook and 4 pawns each end game, which unfortunately, despite a valiant effort, Adam lost.
Considering that he is only 12 and that this was his first match at this level, Adam played a remarkably mature game and was unlucky not to gain some reward for his efforts.
With the match lost, Andy accepted an offer of a draw from his opponent.
Overall the team should be pleased with their efforts, and can look forward to the next match, away to Notts on Dec 8th, with some confidence.

County Teams – Leics U120s hold Warks to a draw – 07 Nov 2018

Despite having given Worcs an 8 - 4 drubbing in their opening match,
Warks beefed up their higher boards for our match at Greenlands Chess Club on 3rd November.
However, we too put out a stronger side than the one which lost to Derbyshire a fortnight earlier and
the net result was a close contest throughout. Full article