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Posted 15th July 2021

Following recent discussions amongst members of the club and with the LRCA, the latest developments are:

  • The new league season for 2021/22 of over the board chess will start at the end of September 2021
  • Guidance on vaccinations and Covid testing will be provided by the LRCA in the next few weeks
  • There will be 4 players in each team in each division
  • Braunstone will enter TWO teams into the league, one in division 1 and one in a lower division
  • Jim Bingham will captain the first team, Guy Closs will captain the second
  • It is our intention that no league matches will clash with the 4NCL Online teams and that both teams will not play league matches on the same night
  • We will have two teams in the upcoming 4NCL league played on alternative Tuesday evenings, both will be captained by Dave Bray.
  • There will be NO subscription/membership fee for the new season
  • Members will however have to pay the normal annual ECF fee of £15 to play league chess
  • We will book the larger Ravenhurst room at the Civic Center so that we can hold both league matches and also club night friendly games on the same evening
  • It is intended to start club nights towards the end of August, of course this is all subject to latest Government regulations



Here are some photos for the Christmas evening on Monday 16th December - see how worried Gheorghe looks in his game against your webmaster!

Julian kindly submitted the following position from his game in the match agaist Shepshed on October 29th. Julian, as black, had the move Rg5 which wins on the spot

After the "Braunstone Derby" last night (15th October 2019):

Some sad news to report, Jeff Toon who was a long standing member of the club has died. Jeff played for the club for many years until about 10 years ago when ill health forced him to stop playing. For the last few years Jeff was living in a care home in LFE. Our condolences to his daughter Beverley, who kindly donated Jeff's collection of chess books to the club.

Our Braunstone team has won the 2019 Birstall Cup! Needing to beat Latimer by 4-0 to win on handicap, it looked vey unlikely towards the end of the evening, despite Dave Bray, Graham Booley and Mike Salisbury winning their games. The last remaining game saw Dave Sandrovitch an exchange down with seconds on his clock against Granville Hill, only to see Granville blunder his rook leaving Dave to bring home the final point.

Congratulations to our second team which won the division 2 title and has been promoted to the first division for the upcoming season 2019-20.

The clubs Annual General meeting took place in June 2019 and the minutes from the meeting can be found here

If any member wishes to have their game published on the website please send it in pgn format to your webmaster and it will be done. See the games tab for a game between your webmaster and the county champion which was wilder than normal.


© M W Salisbury for Braunstone Chess Club 2010