Lost – gone missing

3 June 2019 Fears were expressed tonight for the wellbeing of members of the Awkward Squad. They were scheduled to attend the AGM of the Leeds Chess Association but unaccountably failed to appear. Fixtures Secretary Mike Bramson offered to organise a search party. Chairman Ian Strickland said, “I don’t understand it – I didn’t have… Continue reading »

Sex at the County Championships

21 April 2019 Extract from newsletter to ECF Silver members sent by the Silver Members’ reps on the ECF Finance Council: “……….  there is a proposal, from the Director of Women’s Chess, that teams in the County Championship Open section must include one female player.  The player would not be required to satisfy the eligibility… Continue reading »

Preview of the 2020 British Chess Championships

1 April 2019 Organisations such as the ECF have to plan their flagship events well ahead.  Which is why, with enrolment for this year’s British Championships now under way, ECF has just unveiled its plans for next year. The theme is one of change in order to meet the challenges of the coming years as… Continue reading »

Blackpool Congress 2019

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reviewed by Lumpy Kustud and Dim Parcio 10 March 2019 Lumpy Kustud:   Ah, Blackpool!  The annual pilgrimage!  The ritual of a weekend on the Lancashire Riviera in March with the rain bucketing down, the Mistral howling along the Promenade fit to blow you over and the sea-spray enough to go pit-pat-splosh-CRASH against the windows… Continue reading »


reviewed by Lumpy Kustud 31 October 2018 It was Hallowe’en and all manner of unearthly creatures emerged into the half-light to take part in a grim annual conflict that will continue for half the year. Yes, it was the first round of the gruesome ‘Individuals’ torments tournaments  – the Ellis and Appleby competitions. As these… Continue reading »

British Championships at Hull 2018

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reviewed by Lumpy Kustud 5 August 2018Photo by Roger Noble for BCC, nicked unashamedly from the BCC website This year’s British Chess Championships were held in Hull. What is it about the Leeds League clubs and the British Championships when the latter comes home to Yorkshire? Limewood fielded four entrants flying under the Limewood flag… Continue reading »

The LCA AGM 2018

reviewed by Lumpy Kustud 4 June 2018 It was the AGM of the Leeds Chess Association – the body of wise elders who skillfully and unerringly guide local chess through the hazards and pitfalls of existence towards the sunny heights of, um, well, er ……… oh, forget it! AGMs generally come in one of 2… Continue reading »

British Chess Championships come to Yorkshire

Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August 2018 previewed by Lumpy Kustud At last!  The British Championships come to Yorkshire – to Hull City Hall – and local players can take part without having to step off the sacred soil of God’s Own County. What?  ‘Above our level’ did I hear?  Rhubarb, of the best… Continue reading »