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Reminder: The HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay tournament will take place on Sunday 15th October at Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, Leicester. It will be a 6 round swiss with the following sections: Open, U165, U140, U115, U80 (U16 Juniors only). The time control is 20min + 10 secs. Full details and online entry form can be found here


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: Leicestershire convincingly won their National U100 final against Warwickshire 8½ - 3½ at the Trident Centre, Warwick on Saturday. It's the first time Leicestershire have won the title in this section since the the competition began in 1995/96 which is well before 8 of the 12 players (all juniors) in action for Leicestershire were born. A full report and the scoresheet is on the county teams tab


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


21st June 2017: The draw for the third round of the Open and Minor sections of the 2017 county championships has been made - see the county championship tab for the details.


11th June 2017: The County first team lost by 9 - 7 to Suffolk in the Minor Counties semifinal on Saturday. The report and scoresheet is on the county teams tab


11th June 2017: The County U100 team beat Surrey convincingly 7½ - 4½ in the National Semifinal on Saturday at Brogborough in Bedfordshire. They will now contest the final on July 1st against Warwickshire. The report and scoresheet is on the county teams tab


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 May 2017: The draw for the second round of all the sections of the 2017 county championships has been made - see the county championship tab for the details and the round 1 results and games.


23rd May 2017: A reminder that the LRCA's Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 6th June at the Latimer club, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here is the agenda


22nd May 2017: The County U100 team qualified for the National Semifinals in fine style by beating Lancashire 8-4 in the their quarterfinal - there is a full report and scoresheet on the county teams tab


20th May 2017: The draw for the second round of the 2017 county championships Challengers section has been made - see the county championship tab for the details.


18th May 2017: In the quarter finals of the Minor Counties, Leicestershire made the long trip to Bristol to play Cornwall on May 13th, winning 14½ - 1½ . We will now meet Suffolk on 10th June, venue to be agreed. The report and scoresheet is on the county teams tab


8th May 2017: The LRCA's league season has finished, congratulations to the divisional winners:

Division 1: Wigston 1

Division 2: Shepshed 2

Division 3: Ashby 2

Division 4: Kirby Muxloe 2

Division 5: Ashby 4


12th March: The Leicestershire Junior Chess Congress (incorporating the Leicestershire Junior Championships) took place on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Leicester Grammar School. There is a comprehensive report from Paul Mottram with all the details on the juniors tab.


28th February 2017: There are currently numerous rates of play permitted in the Leicestershire league, including the option of FISCHER timings (ie the use of increments, whereby additional time is added for every move played). The widespread use of digital clocks has made the use of FISCHER timings standard for most tournaments and events, and a proposal has been lodged with the League Committee from the Braunstone Club, supported by the Wigston Club for the use of FISCHER timings to be adopted as the standard. A more detailed paper supporting this proposal has been prepared, and this can be read here. The views of the clubs are sought, after which the League Committee will decide how to proceed. If your club does NOT agree with the proposal to make Fischer timings the norm, it would be helpful if you could include the reasons for this in your response. Responses should be sent to Andy Morley by email here by the end of March please, so that any changes can be applied to the rules of the 2017 Summer Cups


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