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 – 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

County Teams – Leicestershire U120 Team Lose to Derby – 28 Oct 2018

After reaching the National Semi-Finals this year, it was a bit of a wake up call
to lose the new season's opening U120 fixture away to Derbyshire. Full article

New County Champion – 25 Oct 2018

We have a new County Champion. Alan Agnew and Martin Burrows tied for first place over the 6 rounds of the tournament, but Alan won the rapidplay 2-game play-off to claim the County Champion title for the first time. Congratulations to Alan, who finished unbeaten in the tournament.

Atkins Rapidplay - Pairings and Results – 06 Oct 2018


Major U165
Intermediate U140
Minor U115
Junior U80
Junior U40

Sad news – 27 Sep 2018

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Barry Read who played for the Braunstone club for over 30 years. He passed away last week after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Barry will be greatly missed by those of us who have known him during his long association with Braunstone Chess Club which was the only chess club he’s ever belonged to. Barry’s quiet, unassuming manner has meant that he has been universally liked.

Presentation evening and Charity Rapidplay – 26 Sep 2018

There was a good turnout for the annual presentation of trophies, followed by a 5 round rapidplay tournament for the BTH SMITH Charity shield (10 minutes per player).The event raised £106 for the President's charity, and was won by an impressive Syston side whose average grade was 201. They finished ahead of a strong Wigston team (average grade 193), with Syston 2 finishing third.
There was a larger entry than we have had for a few years, with 13 teams competing. This meant there was a 3-team jamboree pairing each round which caused plenty of confusion and, I hope, fun!
The Harold Boot handicap trophy was won by Latimer.
Thanks to the Syston Club for hosting the event.

County Championships – County Championship tournaments – 21 Sep 2018

The main rounds of all tournaments are now completed. We have two tournament winners so far, with two events now requiring a play off:
Championship: Martin Burrows and Alan Agnew finished tied with 5 / 6,
Challengers: Robert Henfrey and Ben Pourmozafari tied on 4/5
Major: Sasha Kerbel won with 5 / 5
Minor: Jason Lv won 4.5 / 5
The details of all tournaments can be found in the County Championships section of the website.

County Teams – Fixtures 2018-2019 – 16 Sep 2018

In 2018/19 Leicestershire will have teams in the Open, U140s, U120s, U100s in the Midland Championships. Please contact the relevant Team Captains if you would like to represent your County Full article