Chess Page - all the news and results for the Club Chess teams and tournaments.

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Page updated : Wed 31st Oct 2018


Ashby Ivanhoe Chess Club meet in the front lounge at the Ivanhoe Social Club every Thursday.

The club has players of all abilities and always welcomes newcomers no matter what previous experience they have had. If you think you might like to give it a try why not come and join us on a Thursday night from 7:15 onwards. If you would like to know more please contact Neil Roberts on 01530 455957 or 07804 743471 or by email on njhammer@ntlworld.com

The Club currently has 27 adult and 8 junior members and has 5 teams playing in Leicestershire & Rutland Chess Association [LRCA] League.

More information about our progress, matches and members can be found on the leicestershirechess.org web-site.


The Chess club was founded in 1992 by Geoff Whetton. Originally this was for people to simply play social chess, but we entered the Leicestershire league the following year. The club thrived, but unfortunately the standard of play wasn’t high enough to make much of an impact on the league.

In 1997 Ashby Chess club joined with Coalville Academy Chess Club in a mutually beneficial amalgamation. Coalville had some strong members, but dwindling numbers, whilst Ashby had a rising membership.

An unsettled period followed as we tried various venues, until we moved to our present location at the Ivanhoe Social Club. We consequently changed our name to “Ashby Ivanhoe Chess Club”.

League success came a few years later as we won the Division 3 and 4 titles in 2008, and again in 2010.

In 2010 the club decided to advertise for new members and improve facilities in hopes that Ashby Ivanhoe Chess club would step up a level. An extensive library of chess books was created, equipment modernised, an advertising campaign for new members launched and (more recently) a Chess School for juniors was opened.

In 2014 Ashby Chess club competed in the LRCA top tier for the first time in its history, and now fields five teams, more than any other club in the league.

Despite our recent competitive success, we are proud of Ashby Ivanhoe Chess club’s traditional reputation as a friendly and welcoming chess club and are determined to maintain this. People of all ages and playing abilities are welcome, and help is always on hand to improve your game.

Chess League News

The 2017/18 League season has now finished, and in general it has been a very successful one.

The 1st Team and the 3rd Team have finished as Champions of Division 2 & 4 repectively.

The 2nd Team finished a respectable 4th in Division 3, and the 4th Team did particularly well to finish 3rd in Division 4.

The 5th Team have finished bottom of Div 5, but can be pleased with their efforts, as most of the teams in the Division were much stronger. The team’s aim is to give anyone who would like to play league matches a chance, so our team was often not the strongest available.

Thanks to all players for their efforts this season, and we look forward to you representing us again in the upcoming season.

Particular mention should go to Tom Dove (1st Team), Mike Griffiths (3rd Team) and Jake Hart (4th Team), who all captained teams for the first time, with great success.

Also individual performances from Andrew Wilson, Jake Hart, Tom Dove and Will Pettican saw them grab the top 4 places in our Tipper-Reynolds Cup for the players who contribute most in points to our league matches.

More detailed information on how we are doing and upcoming matches in the LRCA league can be found on the leicestershirechess.org web-site and following the League tab.

Club Championships

Last season’s Club Championship was won by for the first time by Alan Agnew after a close fought match with Richard Vann and in the Under 100s Championship Will Pettican beat Mike Griffiths in the Final.

The 2017-18 Championship is now well under way, with 7 of the last 8 places settled. George Worrow-Goodin has done extremely well to be amongst them. For the progress to date see HERE.

The 2017-18 Under 100s Championship is also nearing completion of the Group stages, with places in the semi-finals still possible for most players. For the progress to date see HERE.


We have run a Junior Section for about 5 years, with a number of the youngsters now representing us in competitive matches.

Two in particular are doing very well, both for our Club and in National and County matches. Daniel Chen recently came joint top out of 53 entrants in the Under 11 section of the British Rapid Play Championships and George Worrow-Goodin was rewarded for his efforts with Leicestershire Junior and Adult teams with the Junior Team Player of the Year award. They have also made valuable contributions to our 2nd and 3rd Teams performances this season. We hope that others will go on to do as well.

We have a team of adults who provide coaching and arrange matches. We meet in the Front Lounge at 6:15 every Thursday and, although the Junior session ends at 7:15, some of the juniors stay on to take on the adults – often very successfully.

The Junior session is suspended for the next few weeks, due to holidays and other commitments. It will be back to normal after the upcoming school holidays. Watch this space around mid August to see when this will be. In the meantine, Juniors are welcome to come along to the adult sessions.

When we restart we will be particularly keen to encourage more youngsters in the 7-11 age group, and would particularly welcome children or grand children of members.

The 2016/17 League season finished with mixed results for our teams.

The 1st Team had a tough season in Div 1 and narrowly failed to avoid relegation.

The 2nd Team won the Div 3 title.

The 3rd Team finished as Runner-up in Div 4.

The 4th team were Div 5 champions.

The 5th Team finished in a respectable mid position in the same Division.

Particularly pleasing was the performances of 2 of our juniors, Daniel Chen and George Worrow-Goodin in helping win the Div 5 title, the winning team seen here. 5th Team Div 4 Winners

5th Team Div 4 Winners