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 – County Championships 2022 - Results and Pairings Site – 05 May 2022

Please use the following links to get to the Results and Pairings Site for each section. Once on the site you can flip between sections by using the dropdown on the top left navigation.

Open

Challengers

Major

Minor

Leicestershire and Rutland Chess Association 2022 Annual General meeting – 30 Apr 2022

After a few covid years off the LRCA 2022 AGM will return and be held at the Regent Club Leicester on Wednesday 8th June 2022 at 7:30PM.

Back Issues of Chess Magazine. – 30 Apr 2022

Tom Allen has kindly donated his grandfathers back issues of Chess magazine to the Association. If anyone would like to borrow any issues from October 1971 to April 1987 please contact John Pattinson

County Championships – Individual County Championship 2022 – 02 Apr 2022

Entries are now invited for the 2022 County Individual tournaments which will be held at the Wigston Chess club during the summer. There are four sections Open, Challengers (U1900), Major (U1750) and Minor (U1600). The deadline for entries is 30th April and all entries should be sent to Andy Morley. All details are on the attached document. Full article

County Teams – Leicestershire win U1850 Midland Title – 07 Mar 2022

The Leicestershire U1850 team defeated Greater Manchester 6.5-5.5 in a close match at Newcastle Under Lyme on Saturday 5th March. With just these two teams entered it was a straight head to head them between to decide the Midland Championship. There were great wins for Gijs Kruitbosch, Julian Tarwid, Lindsay Pyun, Chris Knight and Ben Noyvert with a notably strong showing from the top 8 boards. Full details are on the match scoresheet.

Assuming we accept our nomination for the National knockout stage of the competition we'll go straight through to the National Quarterfinal which is scheduled for Saturday 14th May. We'll need a much larger squad of players to do so so please contact Paul Mottram (email: chess@paulmottram.com, mobile 07989151175) if you would be interested in becoming part of it.

Leicestershire Success at Notts Rapidplay – 04 Mar 2022

The weekend before the Doncaster Congress, Leicestershire players enjoyed success at the Notts Rapidplay on 20th February. In the Open section Shabir Okhai (Syston) scored an impressive 5/6 to to tie 1st place with IM IM Sarakauskas Gediminas and in the Intermediates (U1700) Lewis Jeffrie (Loughborough) playing his first congress also scored 5/6 to take a share of first place. In the Major (U1900), junior Musa Peer (Wigston) was clear in 2nd place also with 5/6.

Full results are here: https://chess-results.com/tnr610854.aspx?lan=1&art=0

First Congress, 5/5 for Alistair Geear – 28 Feb 2022

Market Harborough Chess Club wishes to congratulate Alistair Geear on winning the Minor Section (u1600) of The Doncaster Congress (Feb 25-27). Of the 70 entrants Alistair was the only one to score 5/5 and will collect £300. Not bad for his first congress!

County Teams – MCCU County Matches 21-22 – 01 Jan 2022

This season, following the changes to 4 figure ratings and also the grade boundaries for county teams, Leicestershire has entered an U1850 and an U1450 team into the midlands competition.
The U1450 team, captained by Neil Roberts have already played one match (a 4-8 loss to Notts) on 27th Nov but have further matches against Warwickshire and Notts Juniors on the 22nd Jan and 26th Feb respectively.

The U1850 (captained by Paul Mottram (email: chess@paulmottram.com) have just one match against Greater Manchester which has been moved from its' original February date to Sat 5th March. County qualified players are welcome to get in contact if they would like to be considered for either team.

Harborough helping Kettering shake off the cobwebs – 09 Dec 2021

Market Harborough played away at Kettering in an eight-game friendly on December 6th. The match is thought to be the first over the board encounter for any Northamptonshire club, since the first lockdown in March last year.

Players from all three of Harborough’s LRCA teams were represented in the line-up. Over the board debuts were also given to Conor Hackett, who drew on board seven and Omar Oliveri, who won on board eight. Harborough’s 5 ½ v 2 ½ win might have been helped by Kettering’s inactivity, but the Northants club will be satisfied just shaking off the OTB cobwebs.

A return match has been pencilled in for January…Kettering won’t have far to travel, unlike the majority of LRCA teams when they face Harborough.

Migration Now Complete – 29 Nov 2021

This website is now fully up and running on the new host, and logins are re-enabled.