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From Ben Vaughan - Anstey chess club holds simul

Mike Salisbury 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

U9s place 8th in National Final

Paul Mottram 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

Leicestershire U9s 2nd in Northern Zonal to qualify for National Final

Paul Mottram 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...

Leicestershire Junior Congress Results

Paul Mottram 17 Jan 2019

Jason Lv & Sasha Kerbel finished joint 1st= on 5/6 in the Open section of the junior congress that took place at Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 13th January.
Other Leicestershire Juniors to win Gold (5pts and over) were Joshua Tang in the Minor U80 section and Catharine Lv, Josh Crook and Arav Ajayjumar in the Minor.

A fuller report and detailed results can be found on the junior site

Leicester Junior Open Congress - Sunday January 13th

Paul Mottram 03 Jan 2019

The Leicester Junior Congress takes place on Sunday 13th January at Leicester Grammar School.

This is a junior six round swiss rapidplay chess competition (all players play in all rounds) in three sections (Open, Major and Minor). Full details and online entry is here.

Note that the Minor section would be ideal for school chess players not previously experienced in playing chess tournaments.

Current Entries: Open, Major, Minor

New County Champion

Andy Morley 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

Paul Mottram 06 Oct 2018


Major U165
Intermediate U140
Minor U115
Junior U80
Junior U40

Sad news

Mike Salisbury 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

Andy Morley 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.

Atkins Rapidplay Current Entries

Paul Mottram 05 Sep 2018

Sections: Open, U165, U140, U115, Junior U80, Junior U40

Leicestershire Juniors British Championship Results

Paul Mottram 25 Aug 2018

Shyam Modi (13th= 6/9 in the Major Open), Tom Brown (winner of the U1900 section 5/5) and Jason Lv (2nd= Weekend U1600 section 4/5) were among the highlights.
A full round-up of all the results are here

Charity quick play and prize giving evening

Mike Salisbury 04 Aug 2018

This years annual prize giving and charity quick play event will take place on Wednesday 26th September at the Syston club, starting at 7.30pm
After the prize giving, the quick play will be teams of 4, everyone welcome, teams may be made up on the night.

Leicester HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay Online Entry Now Open

Paul Mottram 14 Jun 2018

The 2nd Leicester HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay will take place on Sunday 7th October 2018 at Leicester Grammar School. It's an ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (20 mins + 10 sec) in Open, U165, U140, U115 and Junior U80/U40 sections.

Click here for Online Entry and full details

Any queries to Andy Morley (email: Tel. 0116 2831488/0776 9721980) and Paul Mottram (Junior sections) (email: tel: 0798 9151175)

League Finished, Syston 1 are Division 1 Champions

Stewart Gordon 16 May 2018

All matches in the 2017–18 League season have now been played. Syston 1 are the overall winners, taking the Division 1 title from Wigston 1, who had won it every season since 2006–07. Congratulations Syston!

Congratulations also to the other Division winners:
- Division 2: Ashby 1
- Division 3: Market Harborough 1
- Division 4: Ashby 3
- Division 5: Market Harborough 2

H.E. Memorial Atkins Rapidplay 2018

Paul Mottram 06 May 2018

The H.E. Memorial Atkins Rapidplay 2018 will take place on Sunday 7th October at Leicester Grammar School. As last year, it will be a 6 round swiss (time control 20 mins + 10 secs) with the following sections:

Open, U165, U140, U115 and junior only U80, U40

An online entry system and further details will be available shortly.

New LRCA Website Up and Running

Stewart Gordon 01 May 2018

The LRCA now has a brand new website. This website contains general LRCA information, news, committee lists, club information, fixtures and results, all in one place.

U11s in EPSCA Final

Paul Mottram 23 Apr 2018

Leicestershire finished 12th out of the 15 teams that competed in EPSCA (English Primary Schools Chess Association) U11 final in Birmingham on the 21st April. Read More

Leicestershire beats Lincolnshire in Junior U130 competition

Paul Mottram 27 Mar 2018

Leicestershire achieved a comprehensive victory against Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in the Junior U130 12 board competition that took place in North Hykenham on Sunday 25th March.

It was a good weekend coming the day after the U120 result. A full report can be found on the juniors website.

Silver For U11s in EPSCA Northern Zonal

Paul Mottram 20 Mar 2018

Leicestershire’s 20 board U11 team (10 of whom are U9) pulled off a remarkable 2nd place in the EPSCA Northern Zonal on the 17th March behind the victors Warwickshire shading the Midland U11 champions Notts into 3rd place on tie break. Read More

Leicestershire Juniors compete in ECF U18 County Team Championships

Paul Mottram 08 Mar 2018

The juniors chess website has reports of the Leicester Juniors performance in the ECF U18 County Team Championship which took place on the 25th February.

Leicestershire U9s and U11 Girls win bronze at Midland Team Championships

Paul Mottram 17 Feb 2018

The junior chess website has reports of the Leicester Junior Congress and the Midland Team Championships, where Leicestershire picked up Bronze in both the U9's and U11 Girls.

RIP Andrew Finch and Allan Castle

Stewart Gordon 05 Feb 2018

Two people who, in their eras, were well known and respected in Leicestershire chess circles have died, both well into their 90s - one recently and the other just over a year ago.

Andrew Finch, a man of considerable intellect, was a member of the Wigston club for almost 20 years, from the early 1980s until 2000. Allan Castle gave up chess in 1972, or thereabouts. However, he was a prominent player, a fixture in the county team in the 1950s and 1960s, reaching a grade of over 180 in his prime, and an important organiser for the Leicester chess club.

Andrew Finch obituary

Allan Castle obituary

Carl Portman visits Leicester Prison

Mike Salisbury 11 Jan 2018

Carl Portman, who writes a regular column in Chess magazine, recently visited Leicester Prison. There is an interesting article on his visit on the ECF website.

New Laws on Illegal Moves

Mike Salisbury 11 Jan 2018

There have been amendments to the FIDE laws of chess which came into force on January 1st 2018, these relate to "illegal moves".

7.5.1 An illegal move is completed once the player has pressed his clock. If during a game it is found that an illegal move has been completed, the position immediately before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. Articles 4.3 and 4.7 apply to the move replacing the illegal move. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position.
7.5.2 If the player has moved a pawn to the furthest distant rank, pressed the clock, but not replaced the pawn with a new piece, the move is illegal. The pawn shall be replaced by a queen of the same colour as the pawn.
7.5.3 If the player presses the clock without making a move, it shall be considered and penalized as if an illegal move.
7.5.4 If a player uses two hands to make a single move (for example in case of castling, capturing or promotion) and pressed the clock, it shall be considered and penalized as if an illegal move.
7.5.5 After the action taken under Article 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3 or 7.5.4 for the first completed illegal move by a player, the arbiter shall give two minutes extra time to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the arbiter shall declare the game lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves.
7.6 If, during a game it is found that any piece has been displaced from its correct square, the position before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position.