Club Update 8

Very high quality session with group 1 on Sunday. Nick is getting everyone to really think about positions, analyse and understand they are not black and white in terms of advantage.

We had 8 juniors playing in the Yorkshire League on Saturday for all three Alwoodley teams. Unfortunately only 1 win so work to do, but these experiences will only strengthen play.

Interclub battle online on Thursday at 6pm.

Junior 4 ncl online season 4 is now done. Both teams 1 and 2 finished 4th in their groups of 8, and the positions of teams 3,4 and 5 were 11th, 17th and 18th out of 55 teams in their division.

We are now reviewing whether to enter this next time, or replace it with a more local competition between 6 and 7pm on a Thursday that requires less administration and may get away from 10 minute chess.

The Grand Prix event 1 is  a week on Saturday!  Still only 20 entries from this club.

A note about attendance. We had 7 ‘no shows’ on Sunday – ie people who didn’t attend and didn’t let us know. The club requirement is 60% attendance in a term and participation more widely in chess (Yorkshire or Leeds League, Grand Prix, Congresses you enter yourself, or failing any of that online events at least such as junior 4ncl/interclub/).  

Please let us know if not attending and if you want to discuss how you can participate more widely please contact me to discuss.

Club Update 7

Club meetings resume next Sunday 7th at the usual times.

I have produced the November calendar below and on the website.

Last Thursday our Junior 4NCL teams had victories for teams 1 and 5, draws for teams 2 and 3 and a loss for team 4. The previous week we had a good 19 player turn out for the inter club battle and won division 2, so that means we are back in division 1 this week. Let’s aim to stay there! This is 6pm on lichess. Also thanks to everyone who played in the intercounty battle last night – Yorkshire came 6th in division 1.

We has three juniors playing for Alwoodley last Wednesday in the Leeds league with Yael winning on her debut – well done!

Looking forward the Grand prix event is approaching on November 27th which is only three weeks on Saturday. Good to report we have 13 players from the club entered at the moment, but out of 60 we can do a lot better. Half the places are filled for this event, so if you leaving it late to enter – don’t. Leeds players don’t get preferential treatment.



Club Update 6

The club takes a break for half term for the next two Sundays. Next meetings are November 7th.

This Thursday there is an inter club battle on lichess at 6pm. We were relegated last time so it would be good if we could go for promotion back to division 1. Everyone can play. If you are not on our team page please can you join before Thursday – I won’t be available for last minute join requests.

My usual reminder that the first Grand Prix event of the season is only 5 weeks away on November 27th – get signed up asap as this event may sell out. Date for the diary – event 2 will be on February 12th in Hull.

Last Saturday we had 8 juniors who took part in Yorkshire League matches and I am pleased to say 4 won their matches – well done everyone. Last Thursday in the junior 4NCL online 4 of our teams won and one drew so very successful evening – again well done all.

Have a good half term everyone.


Club Update 5

Junior 4NCL online teams back in action this Thursday at 6pm and on Saturday we have 8 players taking part in Yorkshire League matches -good luck everyone.

Disappointing relegation form Division 1 last Monday in the interclub battle.

Club meets this Sunday as normal before the half term break.

I am considering getting club hoodies! However I want a decent logo for the club. If anyone has the expertise to design one on can find one online they think would be good let me know.




Club Update 4

We had 11 of our members playing Yorkshire League chess this Saturday, with some playing 2-3+ hours for one game which is great to see. I have put two of the games on our games page that we also went through at the club with group 1. Thanks to the handful that took part in the inter-county battle last night, and I hope we have a few more for the interclub battle this Thursday at 6pm on our team page on lichess. I did send a Whatsapp reminder yesterday but as we know it wasn’t functioning.

I do need to push the point that we expect our members to be playing chess in the world otherwise the club is pointless, so while we have a clutch of players that can’t get enough and play in everything, we have a number that play very little outside our meetings on Sunday, which are primarily for training.

The next Yorkshire league opportunity is Saturday 16th October with Alwoodley B away to ilkley and Alwoodley C at home to Harrogate. Please let me know if available asap (2.30pm start – one long game).

Please can I also push the first Grand Prix event on November 27th.


Club Update 3

I am still short of 1 junior player for the Yorkshire League this Saturday (2.30pm at Alwoodley).

This is 1 long game and will suit those wanting to gain experience of long play chess – not for very new players but anyone else please let me know if interested.


Thanks to all who played ay Ilkley last Saturday – a great 16-2 success and an enjoyable experience for all.

Thank you also to all those who played in the inter club battle on lichess – we came third in division 1 but I feel we should be able to manage more than 10 players! This is open to everyone. Please join out team on lichess. Next battle is Thursday 7th October.

I will put the October calendar on the website as well.

Coming Up

Junior 4 NCL online teams in action this Thursday.

Inter County Battle Monday 4th October 6pm on lichess: Yorkshire Junior Chess Association • (all welcome!)

Date for the diary:

The first Grand Prix event of the season OVER THE BOARD will be on November 27th at Queen Margaret’s school at Escrick near York. There will be sections for all standards. Further details to come very soon.


Attendance was 68% last Sunday. Please let us know (well in advance) if not attending. Most did and we appreciate that, but there were still’ no shows’.

Club Update 2

Coming up this week:
Thursday 6pm Inter club Battle at 6pm on lichess. Everyone is welcome and the more the better please.

Saturday 1pm – match with Ilkley Juniors Over The board (selected teams).

Sunday club meets. Please advise any absences before the club.

Congratulations to coach David – he has become a father for the first time  - baby Eden born last Thursday – all doing well.


Our junior 4NCL teams were in action last Thursday – wins for teams 1 and 3, a draw for team 4 and defeats for teams 2 and 5. Thanks to everyone who played. Next matches on 30th September.

Saturday October 2nd is the first Yorkshire League fixtures. This should be a given for all our better players or those aspiring to be so. Please could those who received an e-mail about it respond asap now – thank you.

Well done to those who played in the tera final challengers at the weekend – please let us know how you got on.


Club Update 1

Weekly updates are back!

It was so good to be back last Sunday. Good to see new faces, as well as familiar ones. The two session format went well – I hope the hall will be available for waiting on most occasions but sometimes there are events going on. Please can you let us know in advance if not attending so we can organise better.

This Thursday is Junior 4NCL round 3 for those involved (6pm).

Also back are inter club battles on Thursdays when there is no Junior 4NCL – so first one is 23rd (6pm on lichess).

The calendar for the rest of the month is below. Please could any new members who are not on the club page on lichess join the club page: Leeds Junior Chess Club •

Also if anyone is not yet on the whatsap group the link is:


Thursday September 16th: Junior 4NCL at 6pm Online

Sunday September 19th: Club meets

Thursday September 23rd: Inter club battle on liches 6pm.

Saturday September 25th at 1pm: friendly match OTB v Ilkley Juniors.

Sunday September 26th: Club meets

Thursday September 30th: Junior 4NCL at 6pm Online




Arrangements for the coming term


I know many of you have been asking for these details but I have had to chase up payments so I could know final numbers and make sensible decisions about how the club operates this term.

The first date back will be September 12th. For those who are new we meet at Alwoodley Community Centre, The Avenue, Leeds, LS17 7NZ.

Children in group 2 will meet 5-6.30pm.

Children in group 1 will meet 6.30-8pm.


Please come to the tennis court end to enter through that door, not the main door.

Please collect from the main door. Children in the 6.30pm group won’t be allowed in until all the children from the earlier group have vacated the room using this one way system.

Parents are welcome to wait in the hall. If there is an event in the hall you may be able to use the lounge but I will confirm that.

All children should wear face coverings to ensure the safety of everyone. Hands will be sanitised on the way in and out. I have plenty of coverings available if they forget. Please could all children be tested (I assume they will be at school) before they attend and if they test positive stay away. I am not going to ask for proof as I know you will all be responsible – thank you.

This information, together with the days of all our meetings, will be on the website – so if you forget anything or are not sure that is a good place to go.

The groups for September are below,  although anyone in group 2 could be asked to attend group 1 in the future if we felt it appropriate.

After everything, we are really excited to be back – let’s hope it lasts.

Who is in which group - download here.


Summer Update

Thanks to all players who played Junior 4NCL last night – 3 teams lost and 2 won (specifically teams 4 and 5 won).

Please can I remind those who haven’t paid yet that club fees are due by end of August thank you.

Two events coming up: Firstly we have an online challenge from a team in China, to take place Sunday 29th August at 10am (to suit both sides). I am looking for 6 players for this (time will be 10+5 – two games).

Secondly – over the board on September 25th at 1pm against Ilkley Juniors in Ilkley – looking for 9 players and aimed at our newer less experienced players (2 games per player at 25 mins each).

I will ask again early next week – but if anyone would like to get their names down now please let me know.