Club Update Number 2


Great to see the new faces on Sunday as well as welcoming back some familiar ones – two really good sessions as well and everything running smoothly and safely.

Next week back to groups 1 and 2. The online competition this week was fantastic with some great games. Well done Varun who won all 6 this week.

Please could you remember, as far as possible, to play on line when your group is on its week off – first week engagement was a bit disappointing, but better this week.

Reminder: This Saturday is the first of the online Grand Prix events – I would hope most could take part as we do expect our members to engage in wider participation in chess. The first tournament runs 1-5pm on lichess.

Sign up here.

Just a quick reminder that if you want to wait in the building on Sunday that is fine, but please use the hall (through the main door) and not the bar lounge thank you.

Monday night Zoom coaching continues with Nick.



Club Update Number 1

Club Return

Well we finally got back to meeting after nearly 6 months. The evening went successfully – thanks to everyone for sticking to the rules – it was safe and I got the feeling the youngsters were just glad to be back. One hour went very quickly! I have shared some pictures on social media and on the website.

Next Sunday it is the turn of Groups 3 and 4. Please arrive in good time (5.30pm start Group 3 and 6.45pm start group 4).

Groups 1 and 2 play online at 6pm.

Don’t forget Zoom coaching with Nick is available additionally on Mondays vis the link I sent the other day.


We had five girls playing in the UK Chess Challenge Tera Finals last weekend  -that is the final stage of a four stage competition. Samiksha finished as best girl in the Under 8 section of the competition – an amazing achievement. Agamya finished 2nd best girl in the Under 18 section. Angelica finished 3rd in ‘She Plays to win’ girls’ competition which started out with 80 girls nationally – another great performance. The club has always trail blazed with girls’ chess and its great to see that continuing as girls are still a minority in chess nationally, and very much so in the county.


There are dire threats on the news about further lockdowns in Leeds – we will keep our eye on the situation and make assessments on a week by week basis and keep you informed. Quick reminder that over 11’s have to wear a mask in the community centre – don’t worry I have plenty if anyone forgets.

Coming Events

Don’t forget the Yorkshire Junior grand Prix kicks off September 19th with the first online event.

Sign up here.

Details here.

Finally – if you are interested in such things my latest blog is available here.

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