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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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
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!

2019 Summer Cups Completed – 15 Sep 2019

The Summer Cups have now been completed. Congratulations to the winners:

* Chapman Cup – Loughborough
* Birstall Cup – Braunstone 2
* Wylie Cup – Wigston
* Harrod Cup – Ashby Colts

Atkins Rapidplay - Current Entries – 15 Sep 2019

Junior U80
Schools 'Ungraded' U25

Annual prize giving and Quickplay Charity tournament – 04 Sep 2019

The LRCA's annual prize giving evening will take place on Tuesday 17th September at the Syston club, starting at 7.30pm. All the prizes for league divisions 1-5, the Summer cups, individual County Championships etc will be presented.
There will then follow the Charity Quickplay event - 4 players per team, all moves in 15 minutes each, 4 or 5 rounds depending on timing, teams to be entered on the night. There is an overall team winner and a handicap team winner.
Everyone is welcome to attend, don't worry if you don't have a full team of 4, scratch teams can be put together on the night.
Entry is £2 per person, all proceeds go to the President's charity which this year is MacMillan Cancer research. Last year we raised over £100.

Leicester HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay - Sunday 13th October – 03 Sep 2019

Only entry is open for this year's Atkins Rapidplay at Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 13th October via the dedicated link on the LRCA home page (see column on left) or here

The Atkins is a 6 round swiss ECF graded Rapidplay promoted by the LRCA with Open, U165, U140, U115 and Junior U80 sections with a time control of 20mins + 10'

There is also an ungraded U25 'schools' section for the less experienced junior players aged under 11 (on 01/09/19)