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  • 09/09/2015
    Leamington Chess Club have a new home, it's
    The Leamington Spa Liberal Club
    87 Upper Holly Walk,
    Royal Leamington Spa,
    Leamington Spa,
    Warwickshire CV32 4JS
    tel: 01926 423072

    The change starts next week

  • 08/09/2015
    The LDCL Jamboree took place at Leamington last week.
    Twenty six players from Kenilworth, Leamington Banbury, Rugby and Stratford
    gathered to enjoy this traditional season curtain raiser.
    Players fought it out over six tough rounds,
    pausing only briefly to enjoy food laid on by the Leamington club.
    Teams of two playing ten minutes each games, fought it out in two pools of strength.
    In third place were Jason Madden and new player Bogdan Boracui.
    Leamington's Andy Collins and Rob Mantell scored a very respectable 4/6 each to take second place.
    Clear winners on the night were Banbury's Chris Evans and Gilbert Csecs with a very impressive 5/6 each.
    Chirs Evans won the higher pool and Jason also won the lower pool.
    Thanks to Jason Madden for organising the event and
    special thanks also to Charlie Madden for organizing the pairings and keeping score.

  • 04/09/2015
    Hurry, hurry, entry for the Leamington Individual Knockouts closes on Sunday 13th at 1 pm.
    The deadline for entries to the Leamington League knock out competitions has been extended to the 13th September!
    Have you got what it takes to win an Individual competition.
    Eternal glory and riches beyond the dreams of avarice await the winners (well a trophy and a medal anyhow).
    The competitions are :-
    Open Rapid
    Home ties for juniors and non drivers.
    Entry is free and is open to anyone who plays in the Leamington League.
    You can enter as many competitons as you like.
    All entries to Jason Madden

    Entries close 1pm Sunday (13th September)
    Normal league rules apply

    For more information see here

  • 04/09/2015
    I have been updating the clubs page.
    Can club secretaries (and anyone else) check that the details are correct.
    If there are any errors can you let me know.

  • 10/08/2015
    The first version of the Fixtures is now on the Fixtures page.
    A few typos and mistakes have been pointed out - see fixtures page.
    Can Club Secretaries and team captains please check them.
    Report any errors or problems to me as sson as possible.
    Teams who also play in the Coventry League (Kenilworth, Nuneaton and Rugby)
    may have clashes with Leamington League teams who play on a Tuesday.
    Can you try to resolve these with the respective Leamington League team captain.
    If you cannot reach a resolution, then let me know.
    Note Leamington have withdrawn their B team from Division 2.

  • 05/08/2015
    The League Jamboree will take place at 7.30 on Tuesday 1st September at the
    Leamington chess club venue (Home Guard Club Portland street).
    The Jamboree (traditionally the Leagues curtain raiser), is an easy going
    competition designed to blow the summer cobwebs off.
    Entries are £2 and includes food.
    Teams of two compete in two pools of strength over four or five rounds to determine the winners.
    Each team of two must have a combined grade of no more than 280.
    Entries to J. Madden
    Tel. 01926650115
    Email: J. Madden

  • 12/06/2015
    The League AGM was held on the 1st June,
    the two changes which were agreed were :-

    From September Division 3 will be 4 boards.
    Division 4 stays as 3 boards.

    Teams with digital clocks can use incremental times with 35 moves in the first 70 minutes and 10 minutes to complete the game.
    Every moves is also subject to a 10 second increment.
    Thus a 60 move game gives 4200 seconds for the first 35 moves + 350 seconds increments
    plus 600 seconds for the last 25 moves plus 250 seconds increments, giving a total of 5400 seconds or 90 minutes
    which is the same as before.
    Both sides have to agree to use incremental time and all players in both teams must use it.

    See League Formation for Formation and Team KO entries.
    If there are any mistakes can you let me know as soon as possible.
    Photos will be posted shortly.

  • 19/05/2015
    Guy Greenland and Bruce Holland wish to relinquish running the Leamington Rapidplay Congress.
    At least two volunteers are required to replace them.
    If anyone is interested then contact Joshua Pink (email -
    It is too late to run the event this year, so whoever takes it on would be looking at September 2016.
    All the infrastructure is in place to run the event, so it isn't a case of starting from scratch.

  • 07/05/2015
    The Team Knock Out Finals were held at Olton this year on Tuesday 5th May.
    In the Open KO Banbury beat Shirley 3:2,
    in the U700 KO Banbury beat Solihull 4:1,
    and in the U120 KO Banbury beat Leamington 3:1.
    This is the first time that a club has won all 3 Team KO competitions, so congratulations to Banbury for a great team effort.
    Thanks also to Olton for hosting the event at very short notice in a friendly and efficient manner,
    even though they had no team in the final.

  • 07/05/2015
    The 2015 Leamington League Lightning Tournament saw a large entry of 44 players.
    There was a stronger than usual entry in the open section and the numbers resulted in there being three sections in total.
    Phil Holt (Olton) drew with Robert Reynolds (also Olton) in the opening round and this allowed Russell James (Solihull)
    to retain the lead with a perfect score up to round 5.
    Phil remained half a point behind and the deadlock was not broken in round 6 when the two leaders met, agreeing a draw.
    The trailing pack consisting of Keith Ingram (Shirley), Mark Page (Kenilworth), Olivia Smith and Iain Brodie (both Solihull)
    struggled to keep up, but the leaders dismissed all opposition until Round 9.
    Phil Holt won his final game, but Russell James was beaten by Mark Page and pipped to the title by Phil.
    The Under 140 section saw a strong challenge by Solihull entrants Paul Smith and Rayyan Farooq, along with Jason Madden (Leamington).
    Gilbert Csecs (Banbury) and Marco Ho (Olton) might have done better, but both had a tough time against the stronger players.
    Jason and Paul finished level on 5½ out of 9, with Rayyan half a point behind and it was Paul Smith who won the play-off.
    The under 110 section saw some creditable performances, with a number of players reaching 3½ points.
    However, Marik Zawadzki (Stratford) finished with 5 points and Gilbert Csecs scored 4½ to finish runner-up.
    Thanks to the Reynolds brothers for organising and running the event so well, and to Solihull for hosting it.
    For full results and pictures follow Lightning link.

  • 07/05/2015
    Young Harry Bowman of Daventry has won the individual under 120 title.
    Well done to Harry whose victims included Abbie Stevens,Rob Mantell and (after an epic three game final) John Green.
    Congratulations to Leamington's Oladejo Olaleye on winning the Under 150 individual title.
    Ola fought through an extremely tough field of Peter Drury, Nick Martin, Ben Graff and Neil Staples to claim his first league title.
    Congratulations to Andrew Patterson on winning the Leamington individual open cup.
    Andrew who now qualifies for the British Open beat Ola olaleye, Alex bonilla, Josh Pink and Carl Portman.

  • 29/04/2015
    Please note - The Team Knock Out finals will now take place at the Olton venue next Tuesday
    Not at Leamington, as the Leamington venue is unavailable then.

  • 22/04/2015
    The League AGM will take place on Monday 1st June at the Home Guard Club, Leamington at 7.30.
    The agenda is here

  • 10/04/2015
    Congratulations to Chris Fox on becoming the Under 90 Individual Champion.
    Chris, who plays for Banbury saw off Tony king in their semi-final before beating Olton's Paul Kelly in the final.

  • 05/04/2015
    The 2015 LDCL Lightning/Blitz tournament takes place at Solihull's Chess Club venue,
    The Blossomfield Club, The Wardens, Widney Lane, Solihull, B91 3JY, on Wednesday 29th April, starting at 7:30pm.
    Entry is £1 per person, all monies collected will be returned in prizes.
    There will be 9 rounds at 5 minutes per game, paired on the Swiss system.
    Prizes will be awarded in the Open and Minor sections, grading limit for the minor will depend on entries.
    If there are enough entrants there will be 3 sections - Open, Under 140, and Under 100, as last year.
    I would ask entrants to arrive before 7:30 in order to ensure a prompt start.
    Can clubs make their members aware of the event, a good attendance always makes the tournament more interesting.

  • 31/03/2015
    It's that time of year again.
    Can people please return their trophies to Jason Madden of the Leamington club as soon as possible.
    Jason needs them so that they can be engraved ready for the AGM.

  • 31/03/2105
    Congratulations to Leamington's Ben Graff on winning the Individual Open Rapid title.
    Ben enjoyed wins against Jason Madden, Paul Kelly and Tom Darling before defeating Joshua Pink
    to win the title for the second time.

  • 25/02/2015
    We have another game in the best game competition.
    There are now 7 games in the competition
    Nontheless, there is still time to send in your entry.

  • 13/02/2015
    In the Under 90 Chris fox of Banbury knocked out Kenilworth's Tony King
    to set up a final with Olton's Paul Kelly, who beat Peter Leggett in his semi-final.
    John Green of Solihull has reached the Under 120 final after beating Peter Stiff of Stratford.
    In the Under 150 Neil Staples beat Andy Johnson to reach the final.

  • 01/02/2015
    At last, we have 2 entries in the best game competition.
    However, as they are from the same person, unless we get some more entries,
    the winner will be a forgone conclusion.
    So, please, send some more entries in.

  • 22/01/2015
    As yet, no one has entered any games for the best game prize.
    Some of you must have played a game that they thought was quite good.
    If you have, then send your entry (or entries) to me, preferably in pgn format.
    If I don't receive any entries I will be forced to enter one of my own games - and that's no idle threat.

  • 14/01/2015
    I have just been informed of the sad news that David Hodgkins of the Leamington club died last night.
    David has been a huge part of Leamington Chess Club and the Leamington League for a very long time
    and will be deeply missed by his many friends.
    His passion for Chess and his values, integrity and good humour always shone through in everything that he did.
    He never let any of the challenges he faced stop him from living his life to the full.
    He was a true Chess player.
    We have no other details at this stage, but will advise when we know what the funeral arrangements are.
    Rest in Peace David.

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