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  • 2016 04 28
    The 2016 Leamington League Lightning Tournament took place on Wednesday 27th April at Solihull's Blossomfield Club.
    31 players competed at the rate of 5 minutes per game over 9 rounds.
    7 clubs from the League were represemted and there were graded sections set at Under 140 and Under 110.
    Early leaders included Mark Page and Ben Graff (Kenilworth), Robert Reynolds (Olton), Ian Brodie and Clement Meunier (Solihull).
    Mark and Clement remained level pegging into the later rounds, but the final round proved decisive, when Mark lost.

    The Intermediate section was very close from the beginning, with a good showing from Mike Johnson and Dave Shurrock (Kenilworth),
    Jason Madden (Leamington), Jim Gillespie (Olton) and Kevin Bowman (Daventry).
    After the final round, it was Jim and Kevin involved in a play-off, which was won by Kevin.

    In the Minor section, Martin Goodwin (Solihull) and Paul Hodgskin (Olton) led from the outset
    and it was these two who were involved in a play-off, which was won by Paul.

    Thanks to Richard Reynolds for running the Tournament and to Solihull for hosting it.
    For full details see Lightning page.

  • 24/04/2016
    The Team Knock Out Finals will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at the Olton venue at 7.30

  • 22/04/2016
    The ECF have recently published the updated “Child Safeguarding Policy”, which replaces the former “ECF Child Protection Policy” with immediate effect.
    It is a requirement of your insurance that this revised policy be followed.
    The ECF had hoped to produce a summary of the policy, to act as a guide for clubs and associations when it is being implemented.
    However, they have received legal advice which warned them against publishing a summary.
    Every section is important, and a summary may encourage omission.
    Each organisation MUST have a Lead for Safeguarding, likewise a Safeguarding Officer (these may well be the same person).
    This new Policy must be brought to their attention, and they will be best placed to consider what changes you may need to make to your existing procedures,
    and when and how widely the document needs to be circulated.
    You should also retain a copy for your records, as per the Care Risk Management Conditions of your Schedule.
    The ECF Safeguarding Children Policy has now been updated, and can be found here.

  • 22/04/2016
    Congratulations to Joshua Altamura on winning the individual under 125 title.
    Leamington's Josh beat Peter Leggett, Sumi Lohani and Rob Mantell before beating Steve Rumsby 1.5 0.5 in the final.

  • 06/04/2016
    The 2016 LDCL Lightning/Blitz tournament takes place at Solihull's Chess Club venue,
    The Blossomfield Club, The Wardens, Widney Lane, Solihull, B91 3JY, on Wednesday 27th 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.

  • 03/04/2016
    The Olton website has moved to

  • 02/04/2016
    Yet another game for the best game prize.
    This one is from Richard McNally.
    Remember the competition ends at the end of April, so get your entries in before then.

  • 15/03/2016
    Can people return trophies to Jason Madden as soon as possible.

  • 03/03/2016
    We have our first Best Game entry from Ben Graff.
    Hopefully this will inspire or at least encourage you to enter some more games
    so that Ben does not win by default.

  • 26/02/2016
    Congratulations to Stratfords Marek Zawadzki on winning the Open Rapid title.
    Marek took three rapid and one blitz game to dethrone reigning champion Ben Graff.

  • 25/02/2016
    Daventry have withdrawn their B team with immediate effect.
    In due course an adjustment to the Division 3 League table will be made.
    This will probably be to remove results played in the second half of the season -
    currently only Daventry B v Stratford B

  • 02/02/2016
    Officials page updated and
    Kenilworth & Solihull captains updated

  • 25/01/2016
    Three of the entries in the Team KO's have been entered incorrectly, in that home and away teams are the wrong way round
    They are Kenilworth v Leamington in the U700,
    Banbury v Leamington in the U120 and
    Stratford II v Solihull in the U120.
    The fixture list is correct not the KO results.

    In the Open KO
    Banbury plays Shirley at Banbury on 1st March
    Solihull play Kenilworth at Solihull on 2nd March

    In the U700
    Shirley plays Banbury at Shirley on 1st February
    Kenilworth plays Leamington at Kenilworth on February 29th

    In the U120
    Banbury play Leamington at Banbury on 2nd February
    Stratford II play Solihull at Stratford on February 11th
    Apologies for the mistakes. If I have time I will switch the entries round in the results table.

  • 29/12/2015
    In the Individual Knock Out Tournaments Penny Wood has reached the semi-final of the Under 100 beating club mate Des Ridge and defending champion Chris Fox.
    Penny will meet Marek Zawadzki who defeated Adrian Grimes and Bernard Visgandis.
    Rob Mantell and Steve Rumsby have advanced to the last four beating Gilbert Csecs and Marek Zawadski and Jimmy Blair and Abbie Stevens respectively in the Under 125.
    Peter Drury beat Jason Madden and Joshua Altamura to reach the last four of the U150.
    Alberto Albeniz and Ben Graff have also made it to the semi-finals, while Steve Rumsby and Gilbert Csecs have to play to decide the fourth contestant.
    Defending Champion Ben Graff continued his unbeaten run in the Open rapid defeating Ola Olaleye and Paul Kelly.
    Ben is joined in the semi-finals by Marek Zawadzki, Tom Darling and Jason Madden.

  • 22/12/2015
    Joshua Pink is standing down as Chairman, and Ben Graff has volunteered to take over until the AGM.
    I'm not sure if Ben is prepared to carry on as Chairman after the AGM,
    so if anyone is interested in taking on this role, then can you let Mike Johnson know.

  • 21/12/2015
    The 7th 4NCL Congress will take place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport on the weekend of 29th January - 31st January.
    It has three sections: Open, U2000 FIDE/U175 ECF and U135.
    The top two sections are FIDE-rated. The prize fund is £2,250.
    More information can be found here:
    To enter, you can do so online or download the online entry form. Both are available at the link above.

    A FIDE Arbiters' Seminar will take place at the venue, alongside the Congress.
    The entry fee is £60 (£50 for hotel residents), and candidates who achieve 80% or more in the exam
    will earn a FIDE Arbiter norm, as well as being a Level 1 ECF Arbiter.
    Information and online entry to the Seminar can be found here:

    Enquiries about the Seminar should be made to Alex Holowczak at

  • 21/12/2015
    There have as yet been no entries for the best game prize
    Please send your entries in - preferably in pgn notation.

  • 21/12/2015
    At the half way stage in the season Solihull A have 3 point lead at the top of Division 1,
    with Daventry A at the bottom, yet to score.
    Stratford A lead Division 2 on 12 points, 4 ahead of Solihull B,
    with Kenilworth C at the bottom.
    In Division 3 Stratford B on 12 points narrowly lead Banbury C on 11,
    while Solihull E are bottom on 1 point.
    In Division 4 Solihull F lead on12 points with 3 clubs at the bottom on 2 points -
    Kenilworth D, Solihull G and Banbury D

  • 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

  • For older entries see the archive page

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