The club was originally formed on 13th June 1983 as Aylestone Chess Club based at The Black Horse, Narrow Lane in Aylestone. The club then moved to the nearby Union Inn. In 2000, the club moved to The Plough Inn, Station Road, Littlethorpe, changing its name to Littlethorpe Chess Club in the process. Littlethorpe became the largest chess club in Leicestershire with, at one time, 11 teams competing in the Leicestershire league. For a while we also competed in the Coventry league, too.
Nowadays, we are a much smaller club and, in Spring 2009, we moved to The Heathcote Arms (pictured), in Croft. We briefly considered renaming ourselves 'Hit Me - The Castle Hotel Parrot' (an anagram of Heathcote Arms Littlethorpe), and Blaby District Nomads, and after a season where we were known as the Heathcote Arms Chess Club, we have now settled on Blaby District Chess Club at the Heathcote Arms. Wherever we might go from now on, it is our intention to have Blaby District Chess Club as part of our name.
We currently run three teams in the Leicestershire Chess League and cater for all levels of play.
Home matches are played on Tuesday's at 7.30pm, either in the restaurant or the skittle alley. All players, members and non-members alike, are most welcome.
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