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  • Well done to Carl Portman of Banbury on becoming the LDCL individual Open Champion.
    Carl playing in his first Leamington Open triumphed over Ola Oladejo of Leamington,
    Kenilworth's Dave Shurrock and Nigel Byrne of Solihull to reach the final
    before claiming the title against Kenilworths Joshua Pink.


  • Congratulations to Kevin Bowman of Daventry on becoming the new LDCL U-150 Individual Champion.
    Kevin had a great run to the final beating Steve Henderson of Stratford, Banbury's Daniel Rowan and former Open and U-150 champion Peter Drury of Chipping Camden


  • A reminder that the League Lightning Tournament is on Wednesday the 23rd at Solihull.
    For further details click here.
    John Green would be grateful for early notice of likely numbers so he can ensure sufficient tables and equipment.
    John's email is johnsidneygreen@hotmail.co.uk


  • The date for the Team KO Finals is now Tuesday 13th May at Leamington.
    The date for the League AGM is Monday the 2nd June also at Leamington.


  • We now have 6 entries in the best game competition.
    The competition ends on the 14th May (in case someone plays a blinder in the KO finals)
    Please send in your entries - preferably in pgn form.


  • Jason Madden has asked for people to return trophies to him as soon as possible, and by April 23rd at the latest (at the Leamington Lightning)
    The clubs/individuals concerned are
    Banbury : Team U700 KO and Division 2 Ch
    Daventry: Stanley Gibbins Trophy (Chris Ross)
    Leamington: Individual U150 KO (Tom Darling)
    Olton: Team Open KO, Division 1 Ch, Division 4 Ch, Lightning Open (Phil Holt)
    Shirley: Division 3 Ch
    Solihull: Lightning U140 (Iain Brodie)
    Stratford: Individual Open KO (Colin Searle), Individual U120 KO (Stuart Calderbank), Team U120 KO, Best Game Prize (Colin Searle)


  • Congratulations to Adrian Grimes on becoming the new U120 champion.
    Adrian who plays for Chipping Campden ploughed his way through a tough field with fine wins against Harry Bowman, Peter Stiff and reigning champion Stuart Calderbank.


  • GM John Nunn will be giving a 20 board simultaneous exhibition in Hanwell, near Banbury on Sunday 8th June 2014.
    Oxfordshire and Leamington players have the first opportunity to secure a board - which have begun filling up already.
    Cost is £22 per person to include the game against Nunn, a free magazine, photograph and signing session and some very nice prizes too.
    Refreshments will be available and a raffle with a special prize on the day.
    Nunn rarely gives simuls these days and as a legend of British Chess he would make a memorable opponent!
    Previous simuls organised by Carl have been very enjoyable events.
    Email Carl at carl.portman@hotmail.co.uk for a pdf file with details.


  • For those interested in congresses, now is the time to book your stay in Gloucestershire for the 2014 Cotswold chess Congress.
    Held on the traditional Spring bank holiday we are often blessed with fine weather to enjoy the local sights.
    For an entry form and details of how to contact the Cheltenham Tourist board click here.


  • Congratulations to Marek Zawadzki on becoming the Individal U90 Champion.
    Marek who plays for Chipping Campden beat Leamington's Rob Mantell over three tough games.
    Both players faired well with the white pieces during standard play taking the match into a rapidplay playoff, which Marek won.
    Kenilworths Josh Pink reached the Open Final beating Leamington player Tom Darling in a very close match.


  • Kenilworth have a new website.
    See here


  • For older entries see the archive page


  • Meanwhile here are 3 little chess puzzles for you to try :-




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