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 The League's Privacy Notice is here:

During the pandemic the league moved online but is now starting up again with face to face chess. Online individual events are continuing (see below). Congratulations to Poulton for winning the 2nd online league division 1 and Heywood 1 for winning division 2. Here are your virtual trophies!

Over the board chess

The League Rules are here:

Nominated Players for 2021

Preston - playing evenly matched two teams (Rule 17a):

  • For Preston 1, Up to April 5th Malcolm Peacock and Martyn Hamer were not eligible to play for Preston 2, However this was updated to Brett Lund and Martyn Hamer on and after April 5th.
  • For Preston 2, Peter Jowett and Conor Reaney will not be eligible to play for Preston 1

Lytham 2 and 3 playing in order of strength (Rule 17b):

  • For Lytham 2 Phil Raynor and David Aspinall will not be eligible to play for Lytham 3

Rapidplay cup

This might happen next year if all goes well


Might happen next year
Online Chess
See how to challenge your opponent on lichess
The Online League Rules are here:

Online League
If there is sufficient interest an online league may be organised in January and February

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 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.

Latest Results

Poulton 2  2 - 2  Preston 3  Mon 9th May 2022
Oleg began with his K & Q on the wrong squares, but after this early correction, he contin
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Lytham 1   ½ - 3½  Preston 2  Thu 28th Apr 2022
It was an evening of missed opportunities for Lytham 1: both Phil Raynor and Colin Walker
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Preston 3  2½ - 1½  Leyland 1  Wed 27th Apr 2022
Preston`s new player on Board 4 is Hayley Mars. Hayley faced a tough debut in league chess
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Preston 2  1 - 3  Poulton 1  Wed 6th Apr 2022
After a delayed start due to unforeseen circumstances which resulted in the club not openi
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