Ayman Hammam won the quickplay with a score of 5½/6, and received £80 prize and the Alf Newman Shield. Full Results
Lincolnshire lost 6½-5½ to Kent in the national quarter final stage. This has been the best season yet for the U120 team, having won the MCCU U120 County Championship and qualifying for the national stages. Full Results
There are still places left at the Louth Quickplay which is on Saturday 6th June at Church House in Louth. An entry form is available to download. If you wish to enter or require further information then please contact John Grasham.
Lincolnshire lost 10½-5½ to Essex in the national quarter final stage. It was a closer match than the score might suggest. Several players took risks from level positions to try to pull back the score but the gambles didn't come off. Full Results
The Lincolnshire County Championships will be held on 18-19th July at Lindum Business Park, North Hykeham. It is open to Lincolnshire players past and present. An entry form is available to download.
There were 18 participants in the Inspire 500 quickplay tournament held at St James's Church in Louth on Saturday 28th March. Nick Stead (Grimsby) and John Naylor (Louth) shared first place with a score of 5/6. Full Results
Lincolnshire beat Worcestershire by an 8½-7½ margin to become the MCCU Open/Minor Champion for 2014-15. They now advance to the national quarter final stage to play a team from the Southern Counties Chess Union. Full Results
There will be a quickplay competition on Saturday 28th March to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the spire on St James's Church in Louth. This may be the only opportunity to play chess inside the church. There will be three sections dependant on age, an adult, an under 18 and an under 11 section. An entry form is available to download for the adult and under 18 section. For details of the under 11 section please contact Keith Palmer.
Please note this will not replace the Alf Newman Memorial tournament in June, this will still go ahead as planned. If you have any questions about the event please contact John Grasham.
Lincolnshire beat Warwickshire 6½-5½ to top the table and go through to the national stages for the first time. Their next match will be in the national quarter final on 17th May. Full Results
Lincolnshire beat Greater Manchester by 9½-6½ in the semi-final of the Interzonal stage and will play Worcestershire in the Midlands Final on Saturday 21st February. Full Results
The London Chess Classic is the UK's largest chess festival and consists of many different tournaments. There were 5 players from Lincolnshire who played in the super rapidplay event. Stephen Prior (Spalding) was the leading Lincs players with a score of 5½/10 and finished 127 out of 405. Here are the results for all the lincs players who took part:
Lincolnshire had a comfortable 7½-4½ win over Staffordshire to put them in second place. A win against Warwickshire will see them qualify for the knockout stages for the first time. Full Results
Lincolnshire were trailing for most of the match and had to come from behind before eventually levelling the score at 8-8. The draw means they are top of the Eastern Zone and now advance to the MCCU open semi-final where they will face Greater Manchester. Full Results
The MCCU Congress will be held in Walsall on 14-15 March 2015. This is a 5 round competition with sections for open, major and minor. There is an overall prize fund of £1,860. An entry form is available to download.
Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) finished =2nd in the major section with a score of 4/5 and received a cheque for £38.
Lincolnshire had another hard fought match against Leicestershire but this time they came out on top and won 9½-6½. This win secures their qualification for the knockout stages of the Minor Counties in the New Year. Full Results
Lincolnshire succumbed to a strong Nottinghamshire side and lost 9½-2½. There were a number of unforced errors from Lincolnshire players which cost them dearly. Full Results
There were several Lincs players competing in the Scarborough Congress. Steve Allott (Grimsby) finished =1st in the intermediate section with a score of 4½/5 and won £375 prize money. Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) came =1st in the minor section with a score of 4½/5 and also won £375 prize money. Here are the results for all the Lincs players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
Lincolnshire beat Nottinghamshire 9-7. This was a particularly satisfying win for the team as they had lost to Nottinghamshire in the previous season. Full Results
The minutes for the Lincolnshire Chess Association AGM that was held on Saturday 20th September is now available on the website.
Lincolnshire drew 6-6 against Worcestershire in their first match of the season. The team were leading at several stages during the match but Worcestershire were able to come from behind and level the score. Full Results
Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) played in the minor section of the Chester-Le-Street Chess Congress (15-17th Aug) and finished =2nd with 3.5/5 receiving £37.50 prize money.
Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) played in the B section of the 5th Jorvik Chess Congress held on 26-28th Aug in York. He finished 1st with a score of 5/6 and won £100 prize money.
The Lincolnshire Chess Association AGM will take place on Saturday 20th September at Church House (opposite St James's Church) in Louth at 2pm. An agenda and the minutes from the last meeting are available to download. The AGM will be preceded by the fixture meeting at 12.30pm.
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