The latest decisions about Corona restrictions allows us to organize a Blitz tournament (time control 5+3) on April 28th 2021 in the GZ Bachwiesen for max. 8 players. Arbiter will be Roger Loup. Is not play

If you would like to prepare again for a play over the board, you should be amongst others familiar with the rules; check out an article (German/French language) on the homepage of the Swiss Chess Federation:

Unfortunately, last round we got relegated in the Swiss Team Battle; let’s fight on Tuesday May 4th 2021 for a promotion back to L4 (time control 5+3):

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As there are now certain relaxations of the Corona restrictions we asked the GZ Bachwiesen if and under what conditions we can again offer chess for adults. If possible, we will play a tournament over the board on April 27th! We will keep you updated!

We kindly ask you to mark an appointment in your in the calendar already now: Our general assembly 2021 will be held on Tuesday June 8th 2021 – depending on the situation either in the GZ or even online.

The SSB has now postponed a possible start of the SMM 2021 until at the earliest after the summer holidays:
Anyway – please do not forget to fill in this short questionnaire by end of April:

And the Swiss Team Battle will continue in league 4 on April 20th 2021 with a time control of 5+3:

In the project “Support your Sport” we are having a great finish and now clearly crossed the level of 700; in case you still have some bons you can assign them until tomorrow April 19th to our club – many thanks!

And I found a course about chess basics (in German language) by GM Stefan Kindermann on the homepage of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In case you are interested, just have a look:


As discussed in our general assembly we renewed the contract with the Gemeinschaftszentrum Bachwiesen until the end of September. However, as we only can use the venue under the given restrictions, the GZ offered a discount on the rental fee!
I am really happy anyway that we still can offer chess for kids over the board in the GZ – many thanks to Roger for all the efforts!

It is still uncertain if the SMM can be played this year at all. Until now it is not possible to register a team. You can follow the latest news on the homepage of the Swiss chess federation:

Unfortunately, as not enough players registered for the Zurich Championship 2021 it had to be cancelled:
However, the Zurich Championships for kids is still scheduled for April 14th and 21st! Please ask Roger, Kurt or myself for details.

At least there is some chess and we continue to play in the Swiss Team Battle – on April 20th in league 4 with a time control of 5+3:

From the last newsletter we more than doubled the number of bons in the project “Support your Sport”:
Until April 12th you still can collect bons and assign it until April 19th to our club. In the meantime Migros doubled the amount of money to be distributed to all clubs! Many thanks to all of you for supporting us.

Easter newsletter

The Zurich Chess Championship will be played this year online on
First round is scheduled for Wednesday April 7th, but the registration will close already the upcoming Tuesday March 30th 2021. In case you are interested, please check out the homepage of the federation ZSV:

Viktor Kortschnoi was one of the most illustrious personalities in chess history. He emigrated in 1978 from the sowjet union to Switzerland where he passed away nearly five years ago in Wohlen (AG) at the age of 85. The BBC issued a radio documentary about the exciting world championship 1978 against Analtoly Karpov – you can find it in English language here:

Next round of the Swiss Team Battle will be played April 6th with a time control of 5+3:

And we almost reached 200 tokens in the project “Support your Sport”! If you like you can until April 12th still collect “Vereinsbons” and assign to our club – many thanks:

Have a joyful Easter … stay healthy and see you soon again!

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Thank you so much for supporting the club in the project “Support Your Sport” initiated by Migros – we already crossed the 100 margin and until April 12th you can still collect “Vereinsbons” which you can assign until April 19th:

We got a bit stuck in league 4 of the Swiss Team Battle. This Tuesday March 23rd will be the next round starting at 19:30 with a time control of 5+3:
Please join our team to fight for a promotion to league 3!

The Swiss Chess Federation discussed the game operation this year. There is still hope to start with the SMM end of June! And if you would like to support us as a team captain, please let me know! Until the end of April we have to register our teams.
Please find here the statement of the SSB about other planned tournaments in 2021 (in German language):

News about chess at Letzi

In the past few weeks we had major problems with our homepage. After all we had to ask the provider for a restore and did quite some manual rework.
However, apart from minor things we are finally back online!

We are now registered for «Support Your Sport» initiated by Migros – as soon as our club is unlocked, I will pass further details to you. Thanks to Fabio for the hint!

In the Swiss Team Battle we still fight in league 4. Next tournament will be on the upcoming Tuesday March 9th with a time control of 5+3:
There are already players registered up to a rating of 2350 – please join our team to fight against them for a promotion to league 3!

Please note that this year’s Zürcher Stadtmeisterschaft will be played online on Start of the tournament will be Wednesday April 7th and you can find further information on the homepage of the federation:

Also the Zürcher Schülerturnier 2021 will be organized online on It will be played on Wednesday April 14th and 21st; each afternoon between 14:30 and around 17:00. Please ask our youth leader Kurt, gamemaster Roger for further information or get back to me.

Until now it is not clear in which format the SMM 2021 can be played. All planned dates had to be postponed by the Swiss Chess Federation . As soon as it is announced we will get back to you for the planning! Please find here the latest news:

All the best and stay healthy!


Despite all Corona restrictions we can at least offer kids training up to an age of 15.
After discussing it with the GZ Bachwiesen and following the safety precautions, we started last week with 7 kids! For further information please get in touch with Roger Loup at the venue or online with Kurt Glatzfelder.

Tomorrow February 2nd there will be an internal rapid tournament on lichess starting at 19:30:
Please support Roger Loup and join the competition!

With further teams joining, the Swiss Team Battle is again stronger – we are still in league 4 and will play a tournament with a time control of 5+3 on February 9th:

If you are rather interested in playing a rapid tournament for Letzi at the Swiss Team Battle, you can join the team the upcoming Saturday February 6th at 16:00 (time control 7+2):

Last but not least: The Swiss Chess Federation decided not to charge the license fee 2021 because of the unclear circumstances:
We will keep this in mind when we discuss the Letzi membership fee 2021 at our general assembly!

News about chess at Letzi

Hopefully, you had a good start into 2021 and you are healthy!

It is still not possible to meet for chess over the board in our venue GZ Bachwiesen. We might be able to offer kids training under certain restrictions, but this is under clarification at the moment.

Unfortunately, the Swiss Chess Federation had to cancel the first round of the SGM light and it is under discussion whether the remaining can be played or not:

Because of this I would like to call your attention to our team on!
Roger will continue to organize tournaments in 2021 on this platform as well – please support him on this and let him know which time control and modus you would prefer: Blitz or Rapid, with or without increment, Arena or Swiss style…
The leagues in the Swiss Team Battle are getting stronger and stronger and after competing for quite some time in L2 we suddenly find ourselves there in the 4th!
On January 26th we will continue with a time control of 5+3:
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

Christmas Newsletter

Dear Chess Friends,

The year is now slowly coming to an end and even though the situation is recently not developing so positively, I hope that you are healthy and can spend the holidays with family and friends!

Because of the restrictions of the GZ Bachwiesen and the Bundesrat/BAG, we cannot meet in our venue until January 22nd. However, until then we have at least some online chess on the agenda, starting with a rapid tournament in arena style on lichess:

Over Christmas and new Year there is again a Swiss Team Battle, this time we start in league 3 (time control 5+0):

The SGM light is supposed to start on January 23rd. However, the decision about this will be taken by the end of December. You already can find the drawings on our homepage:

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a – especially healthy – Happy New Year 2021!

All the best
Roland Löhr


Let’s close this difficult year with a Christmas tournament over the board on December 8th 2020 – blitz or rapid will be decided by our tournament director Roger! Please let us know in the following doodle if you would like to participate – it very much helps us with the planning:
And please be aware that we will be strictly playing under the regulations of the BAG and the GZ!

As already announced, the SGM light will start January 23rd 2021. In total 126 teams registered for this upcoming season – with one Letzi team in the competition. As soon as we receive the drawings, we will inform you! Please check out more details on the homepage of the chess federation:

Last but not least: The upcoming Tuesday December 1st we will have again a team in the Swiss Team Battle league L3 starting at 19:30 with a time control of 3+2:
As usual: Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!