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10th November 2017: Leicestershire's Under 100 team, the current National champions, kicked off the defence of their title by beating Staffordshire by 7 - 5 on Saturday. The scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

29th October 2017: Leicestershire had a disappointing start to the County team season, with the first team going down by 9½ - 6½ to Lincolnshire yesterday, and the Under 120 team losing by 6½ - 5½ to Worcestershire - the scoresheets and match report can be found on the county teams tab

17th October 2017: Graham Booley has retired after 17 years as county first team captain with John Denton taking over the role. Graham reports on his last season in charge and reminises about his 17 years in the role in this report which he has produced here - many thanks Graham for all your hard work.

16th October 2017: The HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay tournament took place yesterday Sunday 15th October at Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, Leicester.

The prize winners were as follows:

1st Mark Hebden £150 - 6pts
2nd Rafal Malczyk £75 - 4.5 pts
3rd Bao Nghia Dong £40 - 4pts
U180 Grading prize: Shyam Modi £15/ Esteve Mateu Guiu £15 - 3.5pts

Major U165
1st Tom Brown 5pts £100
2nd= Phil Harlow (£40) / Ben Pourmozafari (£40) - 4pts
Grading Prize U150 Bob Wallace and Michael Owen both £12.50 each - 3.5pts

Intermediate U140
1st= Dylan Meyer (£75) / Guy Walker (£75) - 4.5pts
3rd= Max Miller (£15)/ Tony Shaw (£15) - 4pts

Grading Prize U127: Saurav Sunny (£25) - 4pts

Minor U115

1st= Colin Ross (£75) / Rakym Serik (£75) - 5pts
3rd John Weston - 4.5pts - (£30)

Grading Prize U100: Andrew Wilson (£8.33)/Neil Roberts (£8.33)/ Vignesh Sudhakar (£8.33) - all 4pts

Junior U80

1st U16 - Amrissa Kaur Johal - 5pts
2nd U16 - Ranulph Wheway - 3pts

1st U12 - Austin Meynell - 4.5pts
2nd U12 - Rakshai Muthusamy - 4.5pts
3rd U12 - Hope Wheway - 4pts

1st U10 - Mihir Sharma - 5pts
2nd U10 - Noor Datoo - 4pts
3rd U10 - Morris Walker - 3pts

1st U8 - Olivia Chen - 3pts
2nd U8 - Alex Shen - 3pts
3rd U8 - Arooj Mahajan - 2.5pts

A big thanks to Paul Mottram and Andy Morley for organising and running the event

Full results and crosstables can be viewed here

6th October 2017: Congratulations to Nghia Dong who has won the 2017 County Championship. He beat Martin Burrows in a play-off after both players had finished with 5½ out of 6 in the main event.

28th September 2017: Wigston player Ben Vaughan is offering chess tutoring for beginners and is running sessions from Anstey Community Library in Anstey. The next session is on Saturday 7th October. Anybody interested is welcome to come along from 10am to 1pm. There will also be boards set up for friendlies for those that are a little more experienced. And it's free, so come and enjoy a morning's chess. Contact Ben on 07469 207548 if you've got any questions.

27th September 2017: The LRCA's annual presentation evening took place place last night and was a great success. In the Quickplay tournament which followed the presentations, there were 10 teams of 4 players entered and the winners of the B T H Smith trophy were Syston 1, who fielded a team with an average grade of over 190! The winners of the handicap prize, the Boot Trophy, were Shepshed. A total of £82 was raised for the President's charity, the Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to everyone who attended.

27th September 2017: Leicestershire are running three teams in the MCCU county fixtures this season, 2017-18, a First team, an Under 120 team and an Under 100 team. The fixture lists and captain's details can be found on the county teams tab

26th September 2017: This LRCA website is getting a makeover. The Juniors section and the Clubs section have been redesigned by Paul Mottram and Stewart Gordon and the links on the left now take you to the new pages. The old Juniors and Clubs pages will no longer be updated. Thanks to Paul and Stewart for all their hard work.

26th August 2017: The draw for the fifth round of all sections of the 2017 county championships has been made - see the county championship tab for the details

11th August 2017: The LRCA's annual presentation evening will take place on Tuesday 26th September at the Syston club starting at 7.30pm. The trophies for divisional winners, summer cups, county champions etc will be presented, then followed by the quick play tournament, teams of 4, for the B T H Smith trophy and the handicap winners receive the Henry Boot trophy. Teams can be made up on the night so everyone who comes along can play. More details to follow.

22nd July 2017: Here is a photo from the archives. It is Leicestershire and Hinckley legend Peter Gibbs, on the right playing black, facing Boris Spassky in the 1960 UK-USSR students' team championship match at Leningrad (now St Petersburg)

4th July 2017: The Leicestershire junior committee is looking for new chess coaches - expenses can be paid, the Saturday session is at Westfield school but coaches are also needed for other areas in Leicestershire and Rutland. Anyone interested should contact Bob Wallace or Paul Mottram - see the juniors tab for their contact details.

23rd June 2017: Ray Dolan is trying to get together a correspondence chess team - if anyone is interested in playing (3 formats - post, e-mail and online) then contact Ray by email here

7th June 2017: The LRCA's Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 6th June at the Latimer club - here are the officers reports and financial statements from the meeting

29th December 2016 : Earlier this month, the LRCA was contacted by The Active magazine who wanted to run an article in their January edition on chess in Leicestershire. So myself, Andy Morley and Neil Beasley met with the magazine editor Jeremy Beswick at the Wigston club on the night that Wigston played the University. The article, together with photographs, can be found on line here and keep your eye out for the printed magazine which is given away free in many supermarkets, coffee shops, doctors, dentist etc