Monday, 4 June 2018

End of season - Leamington League successes for the club

Simon Turner (left) recieves Division 2 winners trophy
from Ben Graff (LDCL chair)
The Leamington and District Chess League ended in May and the LDCL AGM was held at Olton Chess Club last week. Looking back through the website posts there is a slight sense of deja vu. Last year our LDCL team, led by Malcolm Harding, took home a trophy as winners of Division 4. Promoted to Division 3 for the 2017/18 season they came 3rd in that League, again Malcolm was captain. 

This year it was the turn of our new LDCL Team (Rugby A) to take home a trophy. This team won Division 2 and Simon Turner (Team Captain) is pictured here receiving the award from Ben Graff (LDCL Chair). Ben commented on the success of this team in coming top of the division and being promoted to Division 1 in only one season. 

Fingers crossed for yet more impressive performances from these teams in the 2018/19 season.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Congress Success Congratulations to Jamie and Patrick

While most of us were happy to stay indoors and out of the snow last weekend, and some members had no choice in the matter, Jamie and Patrick managed to get to Coventry and take part in the 2018 Warwickshire Chess Congress over the weekend.

Patrick and Jamie shared second play in the Major with Andrew Price of Leamington, 3.5 points each. In Round 3 the results of a Jamie-Patrick head to head was a draw. Dave Ireland (Coventry) took first place with 4 points - so very close. Well done.

Irresistible picture called 'Artic Chess' is by  'SpeedWayStar' CC:BY NC SA

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Warwick University Rapidplay, Sat 3rd Feb (Congrats to David and Alan)

David and Alan Phillips took part in the Warwick University on Saturday. They had a really good day ...

David came joint third with 4.5 out of 7 and a grading performance of 180. His wins included one against a female FM and various other high graded players. He also drew with Ben Purton - graded 205.

Alan had a slow start (0 out of 2 for his first matches). However he then drew with Louise Head - English Women's champion - in what he describes as 'probably the best game I have ever played'. With 3.5 out of the final 4 rounds for a total of 4 out of 7 Alan won the grading prize.  Fantastic performances and very well done. 

Congratulations also to the organisers for what was not only a well organised event but great fun. Alan and David would recommend this event to anyone - especially as they hand out 100% of the entry fees in prizes !  

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Rounding off the year with our Winter Handicap Chess Tournament.

Photo by HeyDere (CC: BY NC Flickr)
Our last match before the end of year has now been played. Our last meeting was Monday with a four way split of first place in the mini-tournament between Simon, Jamie, David and Nicola. (Simon won the prize on a card draw - free entry to next's Warwickshire Chess Championship in May.)

Bob (President) came along to confer festive greetings on us all, Nigel (Chair) organised the handicapping and ran the tournament, Chris distributed puzzles and sweets. Sadly there was only one Christmas sweater in play (Nalin we missed you!). Thank you to everyone who played. Particular congratulations to Tom and Jonty who had not played in tournaments before and are very new members of the club.

Just to remind you that the next club meeting will be on 15th January 2018 (as 1st January is a Bank Holiday).  Hope to see you then,meanwhile happy holidays everyone. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Rapidplay Congress on 10 September, 2017 

Four sections of play, so something for everyone.
An incentive to brush up on your chess over the summer.

28th Leamington Rapidplay Congress

Organised by the Leamington & District Chess League

Four ECF and Fide Rated sections: Open, Under 170, Under 140 and Under 110
Date: 10th September 2017.
Venue: The SYDNI Centre, 24 Cottage Square, Leamington Spa CV31 1PT (limited free parking is available at the venue, other free parking is available in the surrounding streets.)

Chief Organiser: Ed Goodwin
Arbiters:  Matthew Carr (Chief Arbiter) and Thomas Thorp

Entry fee: £20 (adults) and £15 (juniors born on/after 1 July 1999)
Additional £7.50 fee for Bronze ECF members or non-members
Prizes (all sections): £150 (1st), £90 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £30 (grading).

Play schedule: Round 1 (10.00-11.00), Round 2 (11.15-12.15), Round 3 (12.45-13.45), Round 4 (14.00-15.00), Round 5 (15.15-16.15), Round 6 (16.30-17.30)

Deadline for entry: 12 noon 9th September 2017

Entry form and further details are downloadable from 
or you can use these direct links ... (WORD format)  (PDF format)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Silverware and smiles #2

As promised here is another picture showing off some newly acquired silverware for the club, this time for last season's achievements in the Leamington League.

The Rugby team competed at 4th Division level last season and won 12 of 14 games, finishing some way clear at the top of the table with 24 points (nearest rivals Daventry B and Solihull E each won 7 games and finished with 16 points). The team trophy was an attractive chess board admired here by Malcolm Harding, the captain of our Leamington League team.

The Rugby team is now promoted to Division 3 for the 2017/18 season and we will also next season be fielding a Rugby team in Division 2 (to be captained by Simon Turner). Wishing both teams and captains a successful season.

The other items of silverware shown off here are the two individual cups that Rugby players won. The KO Open cup (won by Patrick Reid) and the KO under-100 cup (won by John Hall). Very well done. Not only cups but medals await you guys.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Silverware and smiles #1

Last Tuesday was the Coventry and District Chess League AGM and both Simon Turner (Captain of Rugby A) and John Hall (Captain of Rugby B) were there to collect trophies on behalf of their team. Simon's trophy will need to be extended before the team name can be added (and a touch of repair may be required). But nice to have some silverware for our teams. I thought you might like a picture!

Also part of the business of the meeting was the election of a new League Secretary (on the retirement of Mike Johnson) and our own Malcolm Harding was elected to this role. Rugby Chess Club Chair Nigel Malka was elected to the role of Grading Secretary (one of the roles Mike J has now retired from). Congratulations on these election successes.

Note: This post is titled #1 (Part 1) because its Leamington League AGM next week and we have further trophies to collect at that meeting.