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  • 2019/04/21
    The last games of this season should be being played this week.
    Then next Wednesday, May 1st, we have the Leamington Lightning at Solihull.
    There is also another version of the Player registrations file.
    Finally, there are some more entries in the best game competition.
    Entries close at the end of this week, so if you want to enter your game, you had better send it soon.

  • 2019/04/05
    Another entry for the best game prize. This time from Tom Darling.

  • 2019/03/02
    At last, we have an entry for the best game prize, from Abbie Stevens.

    Also another version of Player Registrations. There are a couple of re-registrations (Kenilworth), a correction (Stratford) and a new Olton player.

  • 2019/02/21
    The Warwickshire Open Chess Championship takes place from Tomorrow (22nd) to Sunday. Here is a link to the Warkwichshire web page.

    Solhull Chess Club are holding a Rapidplay Chess 960 Tournament on 10th March.
    Here is a link to the Tournament web page.
    The latest version of the Player Registrations is on the Registrations page.

    And finally I have yet to receive any entries for the best game prize.
    It would be a shame to not have a best game for 2018/2019, so even if you haven't played a good game consider sending a mediocre one in.
  • 2019/01/22
    Belated Happy New Year to everyone.
    The latest version of the Player Registrations is on the Registrations page.

    I have not yet received any entries for the Best Game Prize. Surely someone has played what they thought was a good game!
    Please send your entries to me, preferrably in pgn form. If you want to annotate it yourself then feel free to do so,
    otherwise I will use the comments generated by Fritz.

  • 2018/11/01
    Leamington have secured a new match venue for the rest of this season,
    which they will use for all matches against opposing teams unless stated otherwise.
    It is :-
    Trinity Church Hall,
    Trinity Street,
    CV32 5GY

    The Hall stands directly behind Trinity Church, and is accessible from the stretch of Trinity Street
    that runs between Binswood Street and Beauchamp Road. It’s on the south side of the road, near to a small car park.
    Parking on the road itself is generally quite easy.

  • 2018/10/29
    Updated Registration page and Officials page

  • 2018/10/03
    The Individual KO Championships are on the Website.
    If you have entered you should have received an email with the contact details.
    It is up to entrants to contact the opposite player to arrange a time and place to play the fixture.
    When the fixture has been played email me the result.
    The rules are the same as last year.

  • 2018/09/19
    We have just moved the website to a new server, so there may be a few glitches for a while.
    Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

  • 2018/09/17
    Only a few more days to go before entry to the Individual KO's will be closed.
    So far, we only have 6 in the Open,
    5 in the Open Rapid,
    5 in the Under 150,
    8 in the Under 125 and a disappointing 4 for the Under 100.
    So come on and get your entry in now!
    Entry is free, fame beyond your wildest dreams await the winners, plus a medal.

  • 2018/09/07
    The latest version of the Player Registrations is on the Registrations page.

  • 2018/09/06
    The 18/19 season officially kicked off on Tuesday, with the Jamboree in Leamington.
    There were 26 competitors, the most in recent memory.
    In the top section, Arran Gundry set the pace by winning his first four games, but slipped up in the last two.
    That allowed Dan Rowan of Banbury to rebound from losing to Arran in game 4, beating Gordon Christie and Rob Gill
    to finish on four and a half points and claim first place. Andy Collins scored 4/6 for a share of second.
    The lower section was won by one of its youngest competitors - Jude Shearsby of the Coventry Chess Academy who scored an excellent 5.5/6,
    beating league stalwarts such as Jason Madden, Steve Rumsby and Gilbert Csecs en route to 1st place.
    Steve ran him close with 5/6, while Jason and Mike Johnson were tied for third on four points.
    As well as having a section winner, Banbury claimed the team prize.
    Dan Rowan and Steve Rumsby combined for 9.5/12, comfortably ahead of the field.
    Last year's champions Ben Graff and Jason Madden came second with 7.5/12.
    Thanks to Leamington for hosting the event, and to Tom Darling who did a great job running it, ably assisted by Ben Graff.

  • 2018/09/05
    Player Registrations have been updated, if you want to check.

  • 2018/09/02
    The latest version of the fixtures is on the fixture page.

  • 2018/08/30
    Player regiatration can be found at the Player Registration page.

  • 2018/08/20
    In case you hadn't seen it
    Stratford Chess Club has decided to move venue from the RBL on Bull St to The Home Guard Club in Tiddington:

    The Home Guard Club
    Main St, Tiddington,
    CV37 7AY

    They have moved their club night to a Tuesday as well.

  • 2018/08/20
    The League Jamboree will take place at 7.30 on Tuesday 5th September at the
    Leamington chess club venue (Oak house 87 upper holly walk cv324js)
    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 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 Tom Darling
    Tel: 01926 427753
    Email: Tom Darling

  • 2018/08/20
    Why not enter one (or more) of the 2018-19 Individual Knockout Championships?
    Entry is free
    Five sections as follows,
    Open Rapid
    Under 150
    Under 125
    Under 100.
    Engraved medals to all winner, plus a trophy to keep for one year.
    Guaranteed home ties for non-drivers and juniors.
    Entry closes 30th September.
    All entries(please include a phone number) to Steve Rumsby
    Email: Steve Rumsby

  • 2018/08/19
    The fixtures are now available on the fixtures page.
    If there any problems let me know.
    Note Shirley have entered a new team Shirley D in Division 4.
    There have been problems uploading files to the website, but hopefully these have now been resolved.
    It is hoped that we can move the website to a new server in the next few weeks.

  • 2018/08/09
    The match play rules page has been updated with the rule changes passed at the AGM.
    Also, apologies for the delay in publishing the fixtures but I have been unwell. I hope to have them completed by the midlle of next week.

  • 2018/06/02
    The League AGM was held at the Olton venue on the 29th May.
    There were two changes to the rules:-
    From next season the League will implement a player registration system.
    The proposed rule is available in the AGM minutes page of the website.
    Clubs can submit minor changes to the committee for consideration before the rule is finalised.
    The other rule change that was accepted by the meeting was to change to a single 90 minute time period
    with no time controls.
    The Officials of the League are listed in the Officials page.
    The Trophy winners are listed in the Roll Of Honour page.
    The League formation for the coming year is in the Formation page.
    Can club secretaries check the entries are correct.
    Can club secretaries send me details of team captains, secretaries etc as soon as they become available.

  • For older entries see the archive page

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

  • Note: It is a condition of playing in any League Competition that the player agrees to his or her grading information being published on the ECF and League websites.
    If you have any information that you would like put on the website, telephone Steve on 01327 860371 or email him on WebMaster
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