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  • 2017/05/03
    The team KO finals were held at Olton last night.
    The results were all closely fought and all were decided on board elimination.
    In the Open KO Kenilworth beat Olton. Phil Holt lost to Paul Lam, Alan Lloyd beat Andrew Paterson,
    Mark Cundy lost to Mark Page, Richard Smith beat Carl Pickering and Gary Hope drew with Ben Graff.
    In the Under 700 Shirley and Withal beat Banbury. Dave Thomas drew with Nick Martin, Gordon Christie beat Mal Waddell,
    John Frreman drew with Gary Jackson, Frank Jimenez lost to Arran Gundry and Roger Ball drew with Chris Fox.
    In the Under 120 Banbury Beat Solihull. Steve Rumsby beat Dennis Horsley, Keith Freshwater beat Dez Rudge,
    Jimmy Blair lost to Paul Silverman and Michael Campling lost to Mathew Lo.
    Thanks to Olton for hosting and to Rob and Richard Reynolds for the usual efficient organisation.
    Photos to follow.

  • 2017/05/03
    Congratulation to Stratford's Peter Drury for winning the LDCL Individual U150 Title.
    Peter beat Andy Johnson, Mike Johnson and finally Gilbert Csecs to clinch the title.

  • 2017/04/30
    Congratulations to Rugby's Patrick Reid on winning the LDCL Individual Open title.
    Patrick was playing in his first individual tournament.
    He beat Mike Johnson, former champion Carl Portman before facing Leamington's Tom Darling in the final.
    After drawing the first leg, Patrick won the decider to win the title.
    Jason Madden won the Individual Under 125.
    The first leg was won by Stratfords Marek Zawadszi. Jason won the second game and the rapid play decider to win his fifth Under 125 title.

  • 2017/04/30
    The Leamington League Lightning (Blitz) Tournament was held at Solihull's Blossomfield Club on Wednesday 26th April 2017.
    34 players competed in the event over 9 rounds at the rate of 5 minutes per game.
    As wel as the Open category there were sections with prizes for the best scores for players graded under 140 and under 110.
    In the open section, there was a strong early showing from Alan Lloyd (Olton), Mark Page (Kenilworth), Ray Carpenter and Tom Thorpe (both Solihull).
    As the rounds passed Alan Lloyd went into the lead and eventually finished with a perfect score of 9/9.
    Mark Page was second on 7 points.
    In the Under 140 section, there were few contenders early on, but Rayyan Farooq (Solihull) began well, only to stall against the stronger players.
    Mike Johnson (Kenilworth also scored steadily. Later on, Mike Warden (Solihull) and Steve Rumsby (Banbury) challenged
    but Rayyan did enough to win the section with 5½ points.
    Penny Wood (Solihull) also weighed in with three late wins to take the Under 110 title with 5 points.
    The trophies were presented by League Chairman Ben Graff. Thanks to Richard and Robert Reynolds for organising and running the (ably assisted by Mark Cundy) and to Solihull for hosting it.
    For full details see Lightning page.

  • 2017/04/09
    The 2017 LDCL Lightning/Blitz tournament will take place at Solihull's Chess Club venue,
    The Blossomfield Club, The Wardens, Widney Lane, Solihull, B91 3JY, on Wednesday 26th 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.

  • 2017/04/09
    The KO Finals are on Tuesday May 2nd at the Olton venue starting at 7.30.

  • 2017/04/08
    The League AGM will take place on Tuesday 27th June at the Leamington Spa Liberal Club at 7.30.
    The draft agenda is here

  • 2017/04/01
    Congratulations to Rugby's John Hall on winning the LDCL Individual Under 100 title.
    Playing in his first individual competition, John beat Sumuran Lohoni and Adrian Grimes
    before seeing off Stratfords Peter Stiff 1.5 0.5 to clinch the title.

  • 2017/03/09
    It's that time of year again. Can you return trophies to Jason Madden.
    If you are playing at Leamington you can take them along, otherwise contact Jason.

  • 2017/03/08
    The Team KO Finals will be held at Olton's venue this year.
    The finals are on Tuesday May 2nd.

  • 2017/02/05
    Congratulations to Rugby player Paddy Reid on reaching the LDCL Individual Open Final.
    Paddy beat Mike Johnson and former Champion Carl Portman, and now awaits the winner of Tom Darling v Peter Drury.

    In the under 125 Jason Madden meets Marek Zawadszi.

    In the U100 John Hall of Rugby beat Sumaran Lahoni and Adrian Grimes to reach the final and will meet Stratford's Peter Stiff.

  • 2017/01/29
    We have only two entries for the best game prize.
    Surely someone must have played a good game somewhere this season.
    Please send your entries to me.

  • 2017/01/02
    The Warwickshire Open Chess Congress is on 25th and 26th Febtuary at the Coventry Rugby Club.
    The Coventry Rugby Club is at Butts Park Arena, Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3GE.
    There is free parking available.
    There are 4 sections :- Open, Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120.
    For more details and an entry form click here

  • For older entries see the archive page

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