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
The Online League Rules are here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/64404

Online Season 2
Leyland 1 have been promoted to division 1 and Heywood 1 relegated to division 2. Season 2 will start January 11th.

Geoff Key and Martin Craven will not play for Leyland 1. Matthew Walsh and David Lindley 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.

Congratulations to Poulton for winning the 2md online league division 1 and Heywood 1 for winning division 2. Here are your virtual trophies!

Online Individual competitions
Open to all chess players who would play in the Blackpool & Fylde Chess League area, plus players from clubs in neighbouring leagues. These are friendly games, similar to games you play at club night against players they would normally see around the area.

There are two Swiss Tournament events that run for four 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 Chess-Results.com where user ID's are displayed. Players can re-arrange to play on a separate date/time if unable to play on the set evening. 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.

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

These are the start dates for the next tournaments. Contact Dave Clayton if interested.

  1. No. 11 - Week Commencing 14th June
  2. No. 12 – Week Commencing 12th July
  3. No. 13 – Week Commencing 9th August

The Tuesday 7.30pm and Thursday 8.00pm are not fixed and game can be played on alternate dates and times by mutual agreement between players.

Last Wednesday of the Month Preston Open Swiss. 7:30pm This will be a repeat or Preston's Christmas Swiss Tournament open to players from local leagues ( Blackpool and Fylde, Central Lancs, Lancaster and Morecambe etc) . Join Preston Chess club on lichess, and then join the tournament.

Over the board chess

The League Rules are here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/36296
The League's Privacy Notice is here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/45048
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

Plate

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