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 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...

County Teams – Leics U120s Lose to Staffs 5.5-6.5 – 11 Mar 2019

John Oliver reports on the final U120 match of the season: Full article

County Teams – Postscript - Scoresheet, Minor Counties, Notts v. Leics, 02/03/2019 – 02 Mar 2019

Attached is the match scoresheet Full article

County Teams – Good win for Minor Counties team away to Nottinghamshire – 02 Mar 2019

What a great team effort to squeeze out a win by the narrowest of margins! Going into the match, I wasn't overly optimistic following a couple of late withdrawals over the last few days. However, a special mention is due to our reserves Jim Bingham, Pat Reid and Andrew Wilson, who all stepped in at short notice to ensure that we could field a full team. The grading difference on most boards was small, leading to a predictably tight match. Indeed, with over half an hour to play, the score stood at 7 - 7. The two Wigston players, Martin Burrows and Phil Horspool both had a plus in the remaining two games. Phil was exchange for a pawn up, and despite being fairly short of time, he managed to secure the win which guaranteed we would at least draw the match. Martin's game was played out to a draw - somewhat frustrating when he had appeared very close to victory, but sufficient to secure the match win for us.
This leaves us in a strong position to secure qualification for the knockout (National) stage of the competition; a win in our final match at home against bottom markers Worcestershire would secure our place.

County Championships – COUNTY INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENTS 2019 – 27 Feb 2019

Entries are now invited for the 2019 individual county tournaments, which will be played at the Wigston Chess Club over the summer months. There are 4 sections:
The Championship - 6 rounds; Open to all
The Challengers - 5 rounds; Open to players graded below 160
The Major - 5 rounds; Open to players graded below 140
The Minor - 5 rounds; Open to players graded below 120

All players MUST be ECF Registered, at least BRONZE, members

For further details see the attached

Andy Morley Full article

County Teams – Leics U140 lose out 6-10 to Notts – 24 Feb 2019

Notts U140 have reached the national final in 4 of the last 5 years and outgraded us on all but one of the 16 boards, so it was no surprise that we found things tough going and ended up with a 6-10 defeat. Leics were just one point behind for most of the afternoon, thanks to early wins for Ben Pourmozafaris and Trevor Woods keeping us in contention. However, it was quite clear from the remaining boards in play that this deficit was not going to be overhauled, with only Bob Collins being able to add to our wins tally.

This is our last game in the Midlands section, and likely the last game of our inaugural season. However, we do currently stand in 3rd place out of seven which could be enough to see us through to the national finals, depending on whether Derby get anything out of their final game against Warks next week.

Scoresheet attached. Full article

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