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17th February 2018: The juniors tab 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.

13th February 2018: The Leicestershire U120 team won their match against Warwickshire 7-5 on Saturday 10th at the junior training venue at Westleigh. It was a close match with a controversial finish - a report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

5th February 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. To read a fine obituary written by Brian Foreman please click here. A tribute to Allan will be posted here shortly.

21st January 2018: Leicestershire's county team lost by 8½ - 7½ away to Worcestershire on Saturday - report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

19th January 2018: Leicestershire's Under 120 team had a very convincing 9½ - 2½ win against Staffordshire on Saturday 13th January, a full report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

11th January 2018: Carl Portman, who writes a regular column in Chess magazine, recently visited Leicester Prison. There is an interesting aricle on his visit on the ECF website, it can be found here

11th January 2018: There have been amendments to the FIDE laws of chess which came into force on January 1st 2018, these relate to "illegal moves". These amendments can be found on the handbook and minutes tab

8th January 2018: Leicestershire's Under 100 team is the Midlands county champions, beating Warwickshire by 6½ - 5½ on Saturday, a full report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

18th December 2017: Leicestershire's first team won its first match of the season, beating Nottinghamshire by 9½ - 6½ at Thurmaston on Saturday. A report and the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

12th December 2017: Last season, Leicestershire's Under 100 lost away to Nottinghamshire 7 - 5, the only loss on the way to the national title. This time however, Leics raced away to a 5 - 0 lead early on and victory was never in doubt. Notts did fight back, but needing 6 wins and a draw, the task was too great. The final score was a win by 7½ - 4½, the scoresheet can be found on the county teams tab

8th December 2017: Entries for the Leicestershire junior congress on February 4th 2018 are now open - more details can be found here

28th November 2017: The county juniors (35 children in all) played for Leicestershire on Saturday in the Four Counties match. It was a very successful day for the team with the U18s and U11s finished 2nd and the U11 Girls and U9s both finishing 3rd. Read the full report now on the leicestershire juniors website which also has links to the detailed individual results for the competition.

21st November 2017: Leicestershire's first team and Under 120 team were in action on Saturday with mixed results. The first team lost to a strong Warwickshire side by 9 -7 whilst the U120 team had a convincing 9 - 3 win against Lincolnshire. The scoresheets and reports can be found on the county teams tab

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.

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.

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.

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