Lincolnshire Chess Association


Welcome to the Lincolnshire Chess Association web site. The aim of the association is to promote, organise and encourage adult and junior chess in Lincolnshire. A number of chess clubs are affiliated to the association and membership is open to any chess club based in Lincolnshire. The association runs the Lincolnshire League as well as a number of other chess competitions in Lincolnshire including the county championship, quick play tournament and jamboree.

Latest News

Fixtures meeting postponement (10th Sep)

It has been agreed to postpone the fixtures meeting until a later date. The AGM will continue as planned at 1pm on Saturday 11th September.

Some Lincolnshire clubs are struggling to reopen or have less members than before the pandemic. It seems appropriate to give clubs more time to rebuild.

Lincolnshire Chess Association AGM (8th Aug)

The Lincolnshire Chess Association AGM will be held on Saturday 11th September at the Training Centre of Lindum Construction Business Park, Station Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 3QX (subject to prevailing Government advice). The fixture meeting will start at 11:30am, followed by the AGM at 1pm.

If anyone has any agenda items or proposals, please let the general secretary know in good time.

CCWU20 Final Results (8th Aug)

Lincolnshire topped group 2 and progressed to the final to play Derbyshire where they lost 8-6. Full Results

Lincs Clubs Reopening (4th Aug)

Clubs are now starting to reopen post-lockdown. Dates have been confirmed for the following clubs:

  • Grantham - Wed 28th July
  • Lincoln - Wed 4th August

Updated ECF guidance for clubs (16th Mar)

The ECF has published some updated guidance and a roadmap which clubs should be made aware of:

The main points to note are:

  • No earlier than 17th May - limited club/local activity could resume based on the rule of six restrictions.
  • No earlier than 21st June - chess events could start opening up in a number of phases.

All these dates are subject to change.

The ECF are also planning a British Championships for October but in a slightly different format than usual.

UK & Ireland County Championship - Results Update (7th Mar)

Lincolnshire started the competition with a 12-10 loss to Glamorgan in round 1. The team beat Derbyshire 4.5-1.5 in round 2 and are leading 3-1 against Highlands & Islands in round 3. They only need half a point from the remaining two games to secure the win. Rounds 4 and 5 are starting this month.

Lincolnshire Online Rapidplay (7th Feb)

The Lincolnshire Online Rapidplay tournament was held on Saturday 28th November on The tournament consisted of six rounds with each player having 25 minutes for the whole game. Nick Stead (Grimsby) won the tournament with a score of 5½/6. Full Results

Online League Chess (13th Dec)

The new season of the Iceni Live League starts on Monday 11th January. The time control is 15/10 and is played on via the club match feature. Teams consist of at least four players. There are three divisions - open, U1850 (average rating under 1850) and U1700 (average rating under 1700). The divisions may change depending on the number of teams participating. 9 rounds will be played with a round played each week. Matches are played weekday evenings starting at 7:30pm. The home team chooses which evening the match is played.

The League is open to clubs from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. A number of clubs from these counties have entered the league. It would good to see a Lincolnshire club enter the league.

A club has been set up on called Boudica1. Lincolnshire players who are interested in playing online league chess can sign up for a account and join the club. At least 6 players need to join the club to make it viable in entering a team in the league. So far 2 players have joined so another 4 is needed.

If you have any questions please email the webmaster.

Friendly county match against Worcestershire (13th Dec)

In October and November this year the MCCU organised some online county team competitions on lichess. 3 teams played in the Open section and 2 teams played in the U1825 section. If the MCCU organise any further county team competitions it would be good if Lincolnshire were able to enter a team.

The Worcestershire captain has agreed to organise a friendly match on lichess against Lincolnshire in the New Year in a similar format to the competitions. The format is 6:30pm on a Saturday evening with a 60/15 time limit played over 12 boards. Individual challenges are used so that the ECF standard grade determines the board order. The date and time is still to be confirmed for the friendly match.

If you are a Lincolnshire player and are interested in playing friendly or competitive county matches please sign up for free on lichess and join the Lincolnshire team - When new posts are added to the team forum please respond promptly to them to indicate your availability to play in matches.

If you have any questions please email the webmaster.

UK & Ireland County Championship (4th Dec)

Lincolnshire have entered a team in Division 4B. There are 10 teams in the division with 9 rounds being played over the next year. In the first round Lincolnshire play Glamorgan. The match will start on Tuesday 15th December. Full results

Lincolnshire Online Rapidplay (24th Nov)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Lincolnshire Chess are holding an Online Rapidplay tournament on Saturday 28th November. This will be our second Rapidplay event of the year following on from the successful Online Louth Rapidplay tournament held in June. The tournament will consist of six rounds with each player having 25 minutes for the whole game. The tournament starts at 10am and will finish at around 3pm. There will be no breaks in between rounds. Each round will start immediately after the last game of the previous has finished. A rough outline of the tournament schedule is given below:

9.00am : Registration for the tournament opens.

Round 1: 10:00am Round 2: 10:50am Round 3: 11:40am Round 4: 12:30pm
Round 5: 13:20am Round 6: 14:10pm Finish: 3pm

Everybody is welcome to play regardless of playing strength. We are hoping to be able to organize some prizes for the winner and probably a couple of rating prizes depending on entry.

The link to the tournament is here:

Players must be members of Lincolnshire Chess on if they wish to play. To join Lincolnshire Chess go to Home - and create your free account and username.

Once you have created your account you can join Lincolnshire Chess here: Lincolnshire Chess - Chess Club -

It would be good if you could all keep Saturday 28th November free so that you are able to play. For the tournament to run smoothly we ideally need 30 players to enter so please make an effort to play if you possibly can please.

UK & Ireland County Championship (8th Nov)

Lincolnshire is registered in the UK & Ireland County Championship which starts in December. The time control is 3 days per move. The competition is split into divisions with around 10 teams in each division. As Lincolnshire are a new team they will start in division 4. Usually there will be one match per month. In each match you play 2 concurrent games against your opponent - one with white and the other with black. The aim is for all matches to be completed by 30th November 2021.

If you are a Lincolnshire player and interested in taking part then please join Team Lincolnshire on

CCWU20 (8th Nov)

The County Championship Warm Up Tournament (CCWU) has been taking place on The game format is called Daily Chess which is a style of correspondence chess. The time control is 3 days per move. There are 2 groups with 5 teams in each group. All the teams play each other once in the group. The winner of each group then play in a grand final. There is no cut off date for the matches to end but a team can declare a win once an unassailable lead has been reached. Lincolnshire are playing in group 2. Full Results

Blitz Tournament (28th Sep)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Our next scheduled blitz tournament will be held next week on TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER @7.30PM.

The time control will be 3 minutes for each player plus a 2 seconds per move increment.
Arena Tournament running for 90 minutes from 7.30pm - 9pm.
Registration for the tournament opens at 6.30pm.
Earn points by winning or drawing, and score bonus points for winning streaks. You can join or leave at anytime. When the time is up, all games end.

Everybody is welcome for a fun, fast paced evening of chess. We hope to see all of our regular players in action and it would be nice to have a few new faces competing as well!

Thursday 10 Minute Arena tournament (23rd Sep)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

After a short break we are back running tournaments for our Lincolnshire Chess members again. The first tournament of the Autumn series kicks off this coming THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER@ 7.30PM:

Arena tournament running from 7.30pm and finishing at 9pm.
Play as little or as often as you like.
Extra points are scored for winning streaks. When time is up the tournament ends.

We hope that you will continue to support our tournaments and hope to see you all on 24th September@7.30pm!

Online County Championships (13th Sep)

Lincolnshire had two teams playing in the finals. Neither team were successful on the day. The open team lost 8½-3½ to Northumberland and the U1825 team lost 7½-3½ to Essex.