It’s a knockout – stage 1

16 October 2019 Our top Arjay team have passed the first challenge in their quest to defend their Arjay knockout Cup title. Paul Johnson, Paul May and Siefaldin Holi brushed aside a Rose Forgrove team to win by 2½ points to ½. But a quick caution against over-optimism: it was only Forgrove’s no 3 team…. Continue reading »


12 October 2019 John Light added to his impressive accumulation of prizes at the recent Darnall & Handsworth Rapidplay. This time he shared top place (with one other) in the Minor with 5 points from a possible 6. Tom Leah, who last season was outright winner of the Leeds CA Gambit Trophy and our Limewood… Continue reading »

New season – the story so far

12 October 2019 Three match-dates in and 7 of our 10 teams have dipped their toes into the turbulent waters of the new season. (Our 3 Arjay teams play their first matches this coming Wednesday.) In the main league, Division 1, our top team had a torrid time of it. Outgraded on all 5 boards,… Continue reading »

Setting up the new season

Setting up the new season

2 September 2019 The EGM of the Leeds Chess Association (EGM because it is not the AGM) takes place routinely in early September. It is where the various clubs declare how many teams they wish to field for the new season and where matters such as the number of teams in each division are settled…. Continue reading »

Dream Birthday

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13 July 2019 It was John Grasham’s birthday today. And he was playing for Yorkshire – against Worcestershire in the English Counties U140s Championship Final at Kettering. John won his game. Yorkshire crushed Worcestershire and won the U140s trophy by 10½ to 5½. A dream birthday indeed. John’s game is now enshrined among our Best… Continue reading »

New 1-day event at York

30 June 2019 Paul Johnson (he of our cup-winning Arjay team) has created a new control program for pairing players in competitions using the Swiss System. To test it out Paul has arranged a 1-day tourney at York on Sunday 8 September. Paul writes:As I have now nearly finished my suite of Visual Basic programs… Continue reading »

Two new Champions

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12 June 2019 Two new champions were declared tonight at the club’s annual Blitz Championship event. Blitz Champion Paul Smith became this year’s Blitz Champion. He won 7 games and drew 1 out of the 9 games, playing in a style than left more experienced opponents floundering. A fine achevement! (For the record, Bob Maltby… Continue reading »