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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: a.morley953@btinternet.com Tel. 0116 2831488/0776 9721980) and Paul Mottram (Junior sections) (email: chess@paulmottram.com 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.