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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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

County Championships – 2019 County Championships Pairings/ Results – 29 Apr 2019

Entry lists, Results and pairings for all sections of the County Championships can be viewed here:


U9s place 8th in National Final – 29 Apr 2019

The county U9 team placed a respectable 8th out of 15 teams in the National Final at Notts High School on Sat 27th April which builds on last year's U11 team performance where the team placed 12th (out of 15).
Full Report

County Championships – Challengers Tournament 2018 – 04 Apr 2019

Congratulations to Robert Henfrey of the Shepshed Club who has won the 2018 Challengers tournament, after a play off against Ben Pourmozafari of Syston.

County Teams – Minor Counties; Leicestershire miss out on title – 24 Mar 2019

Yesterday we posted a hugely disappointing result, when we missed our chance to secure the Midlands Championship for the first time in 19 years, losing 7 - 9 to a much weaker Worcestershire team. The only explanation seems to be that a number of players (myself included) had an 'off' day. In one game, our player blundered a piece on move 7, I passed up the chance to win the exchange thinking I'd seen something better, but instead missing a simple tactic which gave my opponent a won position... and so on.

The only consolation is that we still take one of the three qualifying places for the knockout stages of the national counties competition. Our quarter final match in the Open section takes place on Saturday 11 May, and once again I would ask all our leading players to keep the date free in their diaries. I will advise on our opponents and venue as soon as this information is available.

The match scoresheet is attached.

Thanks to everyone for taking part. Full article

Leicestershire U9s 2nd in Northern Zonal to qualify for National Final – 17 Mar 2019

A powerful U9 team swept into the National Final in fine style by placing 2nd out of 10 counties in the Northern Semifinal finishing a single point behind last year's national medallists Warkwickshire. Full Report...