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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2nd LRCA Online Blitz 06/04/20 – 08 Apr 2020

Thirty players played in the 2nd weekly LRCA Online Blitz competition on chess.com on Monday evening

Martin Burrows finished clear of the pack with 5/6 with 4 players (Tom Brown, John Naylor, Dave Bray and Shabir Okhai) finishing on 4.5 pts.
Full results are here

The next LRCA Blitz (6 rounds, time control 5 mins + 3 secs) will be on Monday 13th April at 19:30

It's open to the all members of the LRCA online club on chess.com, which now numbers over 66 members. You can join for free here.

A direct link to the tournament is available here - join from 18:30 on 13/04/20: 2nd LRCA Blitz 13/04/20

1st LRCA Online Blitz 30th March – 31 Mar 2020

27 players of all abilities played in the 1st LRCA Online Blitz competition on chess.com last night that was staged specifically for members of LRCA clubs.
Five players Shabir Okhai, Martin Burrows, Jeremy Wells, John Naylor and Laurence Livesey finished on 4 points out of 5 with Shabir, also arguably sporting the best chess.com username 'OkhaiTheNoo', shading it on the chess.com tie break system.

Full results are here

The next LRCA Blitz (6 rounds, time control 5 mins + 3 secs) will be in 6 days time on Monday 6th April at 19:30

It's open to the all members of the LRCA online club on chess.com, which now numbers over 50 members. You can join for free here.

A direct link to the tournament is available here - join from from 18:30 on 06/04/20: 2nd LRCA Blitz 06/04/20

ECF Tournaments on Chess.com and Lichess.org – 29 Mar 2020

The ECF has formed large online clubs on Chess.com and Lichess.Org and is running a programme of online tournaments. Check on the ECF site here for details of this and other organisations such as the 4NCL who are moving activity online.

Joining LRCA Online Club on Chess.com to play in LRCA Tournaments – 25 Mar 2020

All members of clubs affiliated to LRCA are invited to join the new LRCA club on chess.com. Simply create a login on chess.com (free of charge for basic membership) and then go to the LRCA club page and click join.
The LRCA plans to run regular online competitions for club members. The first of these is on Monday 30th March at 7:30pm.
The 5 round swiss blitz (5m + 3') competition can be accessed direct from this link or alternatively go to chess.com then Play/Live Chess and look on the Live Tournaments tab (RHS) from 6:30pm on the day of the competition. It's entirely free of charge to play, simply click Join to register to play.

League Competition Suspended – 16 Mar 2020

The LMC (League Management Committee) has suspended the league season due to the Covid 19 outbreak. The club secretaries were informed of this decision on Friday 13th March. The LMC will continue to monitor the situation and discussions will be ongoing as to whether it may be possible to resume the season at a later stage to complete the outstanding fixtures.

County Teams – Leicestershire U120s win Midland Title – 08 Mar 2020

Having won all four matches of the season so far after a narrow 6.5-5.5 victory over a 'stronger than on paper' Shropshire team at Thurmaston on 15th February (scoresheet), Leicestershire were already assured of qualification to the national stages as they approached their final match of the season against Worcestershire at Alvechurch on Sat 7th March. Unfortunately on the day a clean sweep of wins wasn't to be and always behind, the team came down with a surprising 4.5-7.5 defeat (scoresheet) against a side that had only won one other match this season.

The day had a silver lining however, as after the results of other matches in the group came in, it became clear Leicestershire have won the Midland U120 title with 8 pts (no other team can score more than 7pts). After a frustrating season last year where the team always seemed to be just on the wrong side of a number of very close matches, the Leicestershire U120 team have regained the title they won in their debut season in 2017-18.

The task now will be for them to regain their early season form in time for the National Quarterfinal in mid May.

2020 Leicestershire and Rutland Chess Association AGM – 02 Mar 2020

Advanced notice that this year's AGM will be held at the Regent Club Leicester on Wednesday 20th May at 7:30PM.

County Championships – Individual County Tournaments 2020 – 30 Jan 2020

Entries are now invited for the Individual County Tournaments 2020. The events will once again be played at the Wigston Chess Club on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. See the attached document for details of the tournaments and the round dates. Full article

County Teams – U120s beat Staffs 7.5 - 4.5 – 19 Jan 2020

The U120s maintained there unbeaten record with their 3rd win of the season against Staffs on Sat 18th at the bridge club in Newcastle Under Lyme. Full article

London Junior Chess Championships – 27 Dec 2019

Jason Lv, the winner of the Challengers (U160) in the 2019 County Championship, had an excellent result in the London Junior Champs U14 Major section in tying for 1st place on 5/6 and securing the U13 title. This event is as competitive, if not more so, as the British Championships, which puts the performance in context. A full round up of the Leics results at the LJCC will follow on the junior website.