Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Joint League runs new Summer Individual Tournament, open to ALL!


Coventry, Leamington, and surrounding area / 01 June 2021

Delighted to be fostering local chess across the Coventry-Leamington area, in parallel with celebrating Coventry's City of Culture 2021 celebrations!

The Coventry & Leamington Online Chess League (CLOCL) will be running its inaugural 2021 Summer Individual Rapidplay Tournament, following a very successful Spring League with 30 Local teams across 3 Divisions! This is a joint Coventry League & Leamington League event.

This will be an individuals' competition, instead of a team event. The tournament will begin on Tuesday 8th June, with the deadline for entries in one week's time (Monday 7th June).

There is a hybrid (online/in-person) element to this; if two players wish to play their 7.30pm fixture for a particular evening over-the-board, at a mutually agreed location, in line with the latest Government's Covid Regulations, then we encourage this. The Joint League, is happy to support efforts to return to over-the-board chess, where the Law allows!

Games will be every Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Entries can be taken here: [https://tinyurl.com/CL2021SRT] (If there are technical problems, please email us.)

Current Entries may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/CL2021SRTresults

Entry Cost: FREE

Eligibility: This is open to any player/individual involved in the Coventry League or Leamington League past/present, or live across the general area (roughly greater Warwickshire plus a little beyond?!).

Platform: Lichess (Free to register with an email address). (A previous guide created by myself & Richard B, for using Lichess for a previous event, may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/lichessguide)

(Seperately,  there is also information about the CL & LL Junior Summer Cup 2021, for juniors in 3-player teams, for clubs/schools, or even groups of friends, playing online. So, if you / your juniors' club / school / friends, may be interested in this, then details may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/CLJuniorSummerCupEntry  It will begin at the end of June [23rd].)

Thank you all, for supporting local chess across the Coventry and Leamington area, and beyond.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Coventry & Leamington Joint League concludes on a high!


Coventry, Leamington, and surrounding area / 01 May 2021

The Coventry League and Leamington League came together during the Spring to run an online chess League. In the background of Queen's Gambit, and the City of Culture celebrations, it was crucial to keep local chess vibrant throughout the pandemic, and bring together all the clubs from both Leagues together.

The joint league was a barnstorming success (concluding in April). It brought together thirty teams across three divisions, hailing from across the district area, including five junior teams. A big thank you, goes to all 200 chess players who played in the League, the Team Managers, the Fairplay and Grading Sub-Committees, and of course, Colin Green (Tournament Controller), Ben Graff (Chair), and Malcolm Harding (Secretary) for making this a great success.

Nuneaton A was Division 1 Champions, with Kenilworth A runner-up, and Shirley & Wythall A in third place. Shirley & Wythall B won Division 2, Banbury B was runner-up, with University of Warwick B in third place. Division 3 was won by Solihull, with Sutton Coldfield B runner up, and University of Warwick D on third.

Full results: here

The joint League Steering Committee has now resolved to run two events for the Summer.

(1) An Individual Summer Rapidplay Tournament, beginning on Tuesday 8th February. To be played on Lichess (free) across six weeks, with the caveat that if both players wish to play over-the-board, the League would encourage this (where the law allows), every Tuesday. Deadline for entries, Monday 7th February: [https://tinyurl.com/CL2021SRT]

(2) A Junior Summer Cup, beginning on Wednesday 23rd June, a team event lasting around 5 weeks, played at 7pm, every Wednesday. Deadline for entries, Monday 14th June: [https://tinyurl.com/CLJuniorSummerCupEntry]

For more information, email us at coventryleamingtonchess@gmail.com