Rapidplay – Saturday 9th October 21

42 children took part in the first face to face rapidplay of the year at the Oak Centre in Braunstone.

In the Kings section new member Jack Pilley took first place with a perfect 4 points out of 4, and we look forward to Jack representing Leicestershire in junior and adult competitions throughout this year. Adam Kerbel and and Sophie Mehta both scored 3 out of 4 with Adam taking the 2nd place medal on tie break

14 players contested the Rooks section, with Yvon putting in a great performance to finish top with a perfect 5 wins out of 5. Sathsara and Zara both finished with 4 points out of 5 taking the 2nd and 3rd place medals.

19 children (!) took part in the busy Knights section, with new players putting some excellent performances. For many of the children this was their first competition and we were impressed with how they kept their concentration throughout the day. David finished in first place with 4.5 points out of 5, well done David. Srijt and Neel both scored 4 points out 5 taking the 2nd and 3rd place medals.

Thank you to all the children who took part, and we will look to the next rapid play in December!

Knights Section
Knights Section
Rooks Section
Rooks Section
Rooks Section
Rooks Section
Kings Section
Prize Giving
Prize Giving
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Leicestershire Online Rapidplay – Saturday 1st May

The LRCA is staging a 5 round Leicestershire Online Rapidplay on Saturday 1st May with Open, U1700, Junior U1300 and Junior U1000 sections. The time control for the top 3 sections is 15 mins + 10 secs with the 1st round at 1pm (the Junior U1000 section begins at 10am with a 10mins + 5sec time control). Fide International arbiter Adam Raoof will be running the tournament on the Tornelo platform https://home.tornelo.com/ and all players will take part in a zoom call whilst games are taking place as a fair play measure.

You can enter at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-online-rapidplay-tickets-148486554281 and the entry fee is £5
Any queries should be directed to competition organiser Alan Agnew tel 07434 286893 / email alanagnew_uk@yahoo.co.uk

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Leicestershire Junior Online Championships – Saturday 20th February

42 children took part in the Leicestershire Junior Online Championships on Saturday 20th February. All games were played using the Tornelo chess platform with Fide arbiter Adam Raoof present to help ensure fair play.

Congratulations to Lindsay Pyun who as well as winning the U13 section also takes the title and trophy for Leicestershire Junior online champion 2021 with a score in of 4.5/5 in the combined U13 and U18 section!

Amelia Ahmad topped the U9 section and Joshua Tang won the U11 section both with perfect scores of 5 out of 5. All children in the first 3 places for their age category won trophies. In the event of any tied scores trophies were awarded according to the Buchholz tie break system (sum of opponents scores)


  1. Amelia Ahmad 5/5
  2. Mikhail Tyukin 3/5
  3. Yvon Van Neerven 3/5


  1. Joshua Tang 5/5
  2. Sophie Mehta 4/5
  3. Adeeb Syed 4/5


  1. Lindsay Pyun 4.5/5
  2. Noor Datoo 3/5
  3. Anant Kapoor 3/5


  1. Sasha Kerbel 4.5/5
  2. Ashish Singh 4/5
  3. John Moughtin-Leay 3/5

Best placed U18 girl – Rameen Masood – 3/5

Overall County Champion – Lindsay
U11 Champion – Josh
U9 Champion – Amelia
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Leicestershire Juniors Closed Online Championship – Saturday 20th February

I am pleased to tell you that on Saturday 20th February the Leicestershire Juniors closed online chess championships will take place. The games will take place using the Tornelo chess tournament platform (it is free to create an account), and all players will take part in a zoom call whilst games are taking place. This is a similar format that the English Chess Federation used for the recent U18 County championships and the British Online Chess Championships. The tournament will be overseen and controlled by Fide arbiter Adam Raoof.

There will be separate sections for U9, U11, U18 which will also incorporate the U13 section. Entry is only open to Leicestershire qualified players. A Leicestershire player is someone either living, attending school, or attending a chess club within Leicestershire.

Time Control: 10 mins plus 5 sec increment per move

There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in each age category, with county titles for the overall winners in each age category. If not already winning a prize, there will be prize for the best placed girl in each section.

All ages are at 31/8/20, so the categories will be in effect apply to the school years below. The date of birth will take precedence when choosing a section.

Under 9 : School years 1- 4

Under 11 : School years 5 & 6

Under 13 : School years 7 & 8

Under 18 : School years 9 – 13

If you would like any more information please contact Alan Agnew at alanagnew_uk@yahoo.co.uk or 07434 286896

Online entry is available here:


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2020 Leicestershire Junior Awards

Lindsay Pyun has been awarded the John Robinson Cup for the most improved Leicestershire Junior Chess Player. She has worked hard at her game and competed extensively with results such as Top U12 Girl at the England Youth Online Championships and 5th U12 Girl at the UK Chess Challenge Terafinal.

Joshua Tang wins the George Winterton Cup for the Leicestershire Junior Team Player of the year. He won all his games at the EPSCA Northern Zonal where Leicestershire qualified for the National final and led the U11 team on board 1 in the Midland Counties Championships. He has also been a regular in the Leicestershire Juniors 1st team in the Online 4NCL competitions.

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Knights December Rapidplay

12 children took part in the last Knights rapidplay of December on Saturday 19th of December, with a trophy available for the winner! Siyoung Ryu took first place with a perfect 5 wins out of 5. Yvon Van Neerven was 2nd with 4 points, and Zara and Mikhail shared 3rd place.

1 – Siyoung 5/5

2- Yvon 4 / 5

3- Zara Mehta and Mikhail Tyukin – 3 / 5

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Kings December Rapidplay

17 players took part in the last rapidplay of December on Saturday 12th of December. John Moughtin Leay and Sophie Mehta finished with 4.5 points out of 5, with a draw in their individual game. John took first place on tie break, and Noor Datoo finshed in clear 3rd place with 3.5 points. All three receive vouchers for the online store at chess.co.uk!

  1. John Moughtin Leay – 4.5
  2. Sophie Mehta – 4.5
  3. Noor Datoo – 3.5
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Rooks December Rapidplay

14 players tooks part in the last Rooks rapidplay of December, with trophies and medals available for the first 3 places.

Amelia Ahmad was the clear winner with a maximum 5 points out of 5. Sofia and Anjal fought out a tough game in the last round to decide who took second place.

  1. Amelia – 5/5
  2. Sofia – 4/5
  3. Anjal, Sathsara and Aarav 3/5 – Anjal takes the 3rd place medal on tie break.

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Rooks November Rapidplay – Saturday 28th November

16 players took part in the Rooks November Rapidplay on Saturday 28th of November. The clear winner of this month’s trophy was Amelia Ahmad with an undefeated 4.5pts out of 5!

  1. Amelia Ahmad – 4.5pts
  2. Sofia Hilmi – 4pts
  3. Yuvraj Singh – 3.5pts
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ECF Online U18 County Team Championship

Leicestershire was one of 12 county teams to compete in this high level national event on chess.com and on Zoom on Saturday 21st November. Each 6 player team had to consist of 2 U18s, 2 U18 Girls, 1 U11 and 1 U11 Girl . It was a 7 round Swiss with a 10 minute + 5 sec time control.

The tone was set right from the start where Leicestershire faced eventual winners Warwickshire in the first round and actually performed very creditably to hold them to 4-2 scoreline with a win and 2 draws. A comfortable win over Greater Manchester followed in the second round followed by losses to Northumberland and Oxfordshire in the next two rounds although at one stage it was looking very promising against Oxon (who eventually placed 3rd) before there were some late reverses in a number of games.

Round 5 saw a comprehensive win against Merseyside, before losses against Kent and Yorkshire followed in the last two rounds. Leicestershire finished in a creditable 7th place overall having faced no fewer than 5 of the 6 counties above them in the final standings over the course of the competition.

Sophie Mehta and Lindsay Pyun both had excellent competitions scoring 4.5 and 4 points respectively but all members of the team scored solidly.

Full results are here

The team comprised: Jason Lv, John Moughtin-Leay, Lindsay Pyun, Rameen Masood, Joshua Tang, Sophie Mehta

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