Lincolnshire Chess Association

News 2019-20

Previous Seasons

Arena Tournament Thursday 6th August at 7pm (5th Aug)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#r=401894

The Tournament runs from 7pm until 9pm.
Play as little or as often as you like.
This week the time control is 7 minutes for each player but no increment.
Players of all strengths are welcome.
Also a good warm up for those players representing the two Lincolnshire teams in Semi Final action this Saturday.
We hope to see you all there!

The National 100 (5th Aug)

The National 100 is a 4 region slow play national mini-league for U100 players played across the 3 middle Saturdays in August at 6:30pm. The first match starts on Saturday 8th August. Midlands U100 players wanting to play for the region will need to be ECF members and should fill in the form on the Midlands club home page.

Thursday Night Arena Tournament 30th July at 7pm (29th Jul)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#r=308718

The tournament runs for two hours from 7pm until 9pm. Play as little or as often as you like. Players of all strengths are welcome. We hope to see you all there!

Thursday Night Arena Tournament 23rd July at 7pm (21st Jul)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#r=275977

This week the time control is 5 minutes for each player plus a 3 seconds per move increment.

Play as little or as often as you like.

Players of all strengths welcome.

We hope to see you all there!

Arena Blitz Tournament Thursday 16th July at 7pm (14th Jul)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#r=262132

The tournament will run from 7pm until 9pm. Play as little or as often as you like.

This week the time control is 10 minutes for each player but no increment.

As usual all of our members are welcome but this will also serve as good warm up for those players who are playing in Saturdays county matches.

County Tournament (9th Jul)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Tournament reminder for tonight 9th July at 7pm - https://www.chess.com/live#r=259237

All Players are welcome. Play as little or as often as you like! The tournament runs for two hours from 7pm until 9pm. Tonight the time control is 7 minutes for each player plus a 3 seconds per move increment.

We hope to see you all there!

County Warm-Up Arena (2nd July)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

A quick reminder about tonight's tournament: https://www.chess.com/live#r=246407

An Arena tournament which starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm. Play as little or as much as you like. 10 minutes per player. Everybody welcome but a good warm up competition for those who are playing in the county teams on Saturday.

Saturday Night Double (27th Jun)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

This Saturday 27th June is tournament night!

Saturday Night Double - At 6:30pm we have an 8 minute time control 90 minute Arena tournament - https://www.chess.com/live#r=244105

Then following on straight after for the speedsters a bit of fun with a 7 round Swiss 3 minute Blitz from 8:15pm https://www.chess.com/live#t=1289383

We are trying to offer something for everybody and hope that you will all join us for both of our Saturday evening events!

Note: You will need to be a member of the Lincolnshire Chess club on chess.com to join the tournament.

Tuesday Night Slow Blitz (22nd Jun)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Tuesday Night Slow Blitz tomorrow night 23rd June 7.30pm start. 5 Round Tournament - 8 minutes each player but no increment. ALL are welcome to come and play. You can join the tournament from 6.30pm onwards. To find the tournament use the link below:

https://www.chess.com/live#t=1271342

We hope to see you tomorrow night!

Note: You will need to be a member of the Lincolnshire Chess club on chess.com to join the tournament.

Online County Championships (21st Jun)

Lincolnshire have entered 2 teams in the Online County Championships - one in the Open section and the other in the U1825 section. Both teams were playing on Saturday. The U1825 team beat Leicestershire 10½-1½ and the Open team beat Cheshire & N. Wales 8-4.

Tuesday Night Arena Tournament (16th Jun)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Tuesday Night Arena Tournament - ALL welcome for 90 minutes of fun - Play as much or as little as you like - points for win streaks and a little increment for those who need it !

Use the link below to join:

https://www.chess.com/live#r=218174

This should be a good warm up tournament with both Open and U1825 teams in action next Saturday evening. See you all there on Tuesday 16th June at 7.30pm!

Note: You will need to be a member of the Lincolnshire Chess club on chess.com to join the tournament.

Weekly Team Battle - Update (25th May)

A Lincolnshire team has been created in lichess for those Lincolnshire players who want to participate in the tournament but don't have a team to join. The name of the team is Lincolnshire Nomads.

The direct links for the tournament in the coming weeks are as follows:

Tuesday 26th May - https://lichess.org/tournament/B9lar0BS
Tuesday 2nd June - https://lichess.org/tournament/JUuQ9JYe
Tuesday 9th June - https://lichess.org/tournament/MlELzaug

If you want to enter your own team then you will need to tell Adam Robinson so that he can add it to the tournament.

Lincolnshire clubs go online (25th May)

Due to the current situation clubs in Lincolnshire have moved online. The two main platforms of choice are lichess.org and chess.com. Here are the links to each of the clubs:

Weekly Team Battle (25th May)

Adam Robinson from the Louth Chess Club has organised a weekly team battle on lichess.org between all his former and current clubs including Louth. He would like to invite Lincolnshire clubs to take part. The tournament takes place every Tuesday at 7pm. The time control is 3+2 blitz chess. Full Details

Further update on League (19th Apr)

With the country now in full lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the advice from the management team is to postpone the league indefinitely. A further advice document is available.

League postponed (17th Mar)

The Lincolnshire Chess Association Management team have reached the decision to postpone league matches for 3 weeks until 5th April. At that time the management team will review the situation and make a decision on whether a further postponement is necessary. This is because of the increasing spread of the Coronavirus around the UK and the risk it poses to chess players. The Management team have produced an advice document for you to read.

Minor County Match: Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire (15th Mar)

A highly impressive performance save the minor team beat Nottinghamshire 12-4 and share the MCCU title with Warwickshire. Full Results

U140 County Match: Lincolnshire v Worcestershire (15th Mar)

The U140 team lost 10-6 to Worcestershire. They finish in third place and qualify for the national stages. Full Results

Minor County Match: Shropshire v Lincolnshire (1st Mar)

The minor team had a comfortable 8-4 victory against Shropshire. With a large difference in grades between the two teams the match result was never in doubt. Full Results

U140 County Match: Lincolnshire v Leicestershire (9th Feb)

Leicestershire conceded the match as they were unable to field a team. Lincolnshire collect the 2 match points and are noew securely in 3rd place in the table.

Minor County Match: Lincolnshire v Warwickshire (17th Dec)

The minor team drew 8-8 with Warwickshire in a match they should have won. Full Results

U140 County Match Round Up (17th Dec)

The U140 team won against Derbyshire and Staffordshire which puts them equal 2nd in the table. Good results in their remaining 2 games will give them the chance to qualify for the national stages.

30 Nov Derbyshire 7-9 Lincolnshire Full Results
7 Dec Staffordshire 6½-9½ Lincolnshire Full Results

Minor County Match: Leicestershire v Lincolnshire (24th Nov)

In an evenly contested match the minor team prevailed with a 10-6 win over Leicestershire. Full Results

U140 County Match: Lincolnshire v Nottinghamshire (20th Oct)

The U140 team lost their opening match of the season against Nottinghamshire by a score of 9½-6½. Full Results

LMS (13th Oct)

This season we are using the ECF's League Management System. It will initially be used in conjunction with recording the results on the website. There will be a number of benefits with using the LMS:

The intention is to trial the LMS this season with the aim of introducing it fully next season. During the trial period captains will not be able to submit match results direcly to the LMS. Match results should be emailed to the league secretary in the normal way.

Advice on Fischer Timings (13th Oct)

The LCA team have provided some guidance on what to do if a league game cannot be finished. The most likely reason for this is that the venue must be vacated before the end of the game. Read Guidance

AGM minutes (15th Sep)

The minutes for the AGM held on Sunday 8th September are now available on the website.

Lincolnshire League Survey (15th Sep)

A questionnaire was sent to all secretaries of the clubs affiliated to the Lincolnshire Chess Association. The purpose of this was to look at potential improvements that could be made to the Lincolnshire League. The survey results are now available to download.

Changes to league rules (15th Sep)

Here is a summary of the changes to the league rules:

Lincolnshire Chess Association AGM (31st Aug)

Message from John Grasham

The Lincolnshire Chess AGM will take place on Sunday 8th September at 1.30pm at Church House, 6 Upgate, Louth, LN11 9ET. An agenda, minutes of the AGM and a list of proposals resulting from the Lincolnshire League Survey are available to download.

Firstly, due to the potential changes in the Lincs League as a result of the survey that will be discussed at the meeting, the fixture meeting will take place after the AGM rather than before it.

Secondly, I am sure everyone is already aware, but I am resigning from by posts as secretary, league secretary and MCCU delegate at the meeting. These posts are up for election. If anyone in interested in taking these roles on, please let me know.

George Renison Memorial Jamboree (4th Aug)

This year's George Renison Memorial Jamboree will take place in Louth on Saturday 14th September. The cost per person is £8 whcih will cover the costs of the buffet and tea and coffee. Full Details

Chess Notes

Back issues of Chess Notes (in pdf format) can be downloaded here.