The aim of the League is to promote chess activities and competitions. It extends from Morecambe in the north to Leyland in the south and encompasses players of varied abilities and ages. If you would like more information about the league contact the league secretary
Online Team Chess
During restrictions due to the pandemic the league is organising online chess until over the board chess can return. See how to challenge your opponent on lichess

Division Team Average Grade Match Night Captain
Online 1 Heywood 1 130 Wednesday Vic Pelling
Preston 145 Tuesday Malcolm Peacock
Lytham 133 Thursday Phil Raynor
Poulton 148 Monday David Phillips
Online 2 Leyland 1 95 Tuesday David Lindley
Leyland 2 95 Tuesday Ken Lawson
Bare and Lancaster 109 Thursday Andre Coltman
Heywood 2 71 Wednesday Vic Pelling

Geoff Key and Martin Craven will not play for Leyland 1. David Tuke and Sean Fitzgibbon will not play for Leyland 2.

Kyle Pelling and John Addison will not play for Heywood 2. Joshua Woodbridge and Mike Woodbridge will not play for Heywood 1.

Rules for an online league to run during October November and December 2020.

  • Teams of 4
  • Members or recent former members of a club in the Blackpool and Fylde or another local club (eg Central Lancashire league or Lancaster and Morecambe if the existing clubs agree)
  • If one club has 2 teams then they must nominate 2 players from each team who aren't allowed to play for the other team.
  • To be played on lichess. See the 4ncl guidelines here.
  • 4ncl disconnection guidelines
  • Home and away fixtures. Each team shall nominate a home night or a set of dates for their home matches. Day can be changed to another evening by mutual agreement of captains.
  • Start time will be 7:30pm or by mutual agreement between team captains.
  • fixtures will appear on the LMS
  • Away team has white on odds
  • team captains to supply players lichess user ids in advance.
  • team captains to select their team in the league management system an hour or more before the match is due to begin. Board order to be roughly in order of playing strength.
  • An hour before the match start time the team lists and players will become visible to both sides.
  • At the time of the match, the player with the white pieces should click the link in the LMS to the lichess id of their opponent and issue a challenge on lichess. The time limit should be 45 minutes plus 15 seconds per move.
  • Players should inform their team captain of the result. The home team captain should enter it into the LMS
  • Game default time 15 minutes as per 4ncl. A reserve player can be substituted (even if their playing strength would not fit in with the original board order)
  • No league fees
  • This is a friendly league amongst local players known to each other so the intention is that no checks will be made for cheating (ie use of computers), however in the event of an appeal by a club the league committee reserve the right to change this.
  • The games will not be ECF online rated.

Malcolm Peacock
Online Individual competitions
Open to all chess players who would play in the Blackpool & Fylde Chess League and members of teams ssociated with the league who wish to play some very friendly club night type matches against players they would normally see around the area.

There are two Swiss Tournament events that run for three consecutive weeks. A Standard event and a Double Round Rapidplay event. These events are very flexible and they are played on Lichess. Pairings are displayed on where user ID's are displayed. Matches can be arranged from the issue of pairings to the afternoon of the start of the next round. Players can arrange to be play on days other than the Tuesday or Thursday so they don't clash with league matches. This is a very friendly event and players should agree how to proceed if there are internet issues.

The Standard event has a 45+15 time control and usually played on Tuesday evening. Both players can play a longer timeframe if they wish.

The Rapidplay event has a 15+12 time control and usually played on Thursday evening.

These are the dates for individual 3 round swiss competitions. i.e Round 1 dates with rounds 2 & 3 in the subsequent weeks. Contact Dave Clayton if interested.

  1. Week commencing 28 September (Tuesday Standard 29 September & Thursday Rapidplay 31 September) for three consecutive weeks
  2. Week commencing 26 October (Tuesday Standard 27 October & Thursday Rapidplay 29 October) for three consecutive weeks
  3. Week commencing 16 November (Tuesday Standard 17 November & Thursday Rapidplay 19 November) for three consecutive weeks
  4. Week commencing 8 December (Tuesday Standard 9 December & Thursday Rapidplay 11 December) for three consecutive weeks

The Tuesday 7.30 and Thursday 7.30 are not fixed and game can be played on alternate dates and times by mutual agreement between players.

Over the board chess

The League Rules are here:
The League's Privacy Notice is here:
Nominated Players for 2019
Preston - playing evenly matched two teams (Rule 17a):

  • For Preston 1, Brett Lund and Martyn Hamer will not be eligible to play for Preston 2
  • For Preston 2, Peter Jowett and Conor Reaney will not be eligible to play for Preston 1

Lytham 3 and 4 playing in order of strength (Rule 17b):

  • For Lytham 3 Colin Wilks and Pat Coleman will not be eligible to play for Lytham 4

Rapidplay cup

  • 11/11/19: A Poulton 1 v Lytham 1
  • 12/11/19: B Bispham 1 v Preston 1
  • w/c 9/3/19: C Winner A v Lytham 2
  • w/c 9/3/19: D Winner B v Poulton 2
  • Final Winner C v Winner D


  • E Loser A v Loser C
  • F Loser B v Loser D
  • Final Winner F v Winner E

Latest Results

Leyland 1  4 - 0  Heywood 2  Tue 20th Oct 2020
4 very tight games
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Heywood 2  2½ - 1½  Leyland 2  Wed 14th Oct 2020
My first online league match - it works well :-). Thanks, Ken.
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Leyland 1  3 - 1  Bare and Lancaster  Tue 13th Oct 2020
Some very exciting games!
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Preston  3 - 1  Heywood 1  Tue 13th Oct 2020
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