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!

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!

Chess News

The Zurich Chess Federation has announced to cancel the ZMM “light” 2020//21 because of the circumstances around the Corona-Virus.

For the SGM “light” starting in January 2021 we registered one team for the Regionalliga 1. Please enter your availability to the doodle if not yet done.

Unfortunately, we got relegated in the Swiss Team Battle. Tuesday November 3rd we will now start in league 3 with a time control of 5+3:
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

Please continue to follow the safety regulations of the BAG, the SSB and the GZ, e.g.

    • stay at home if you do not feel well – in case we would have to send you home
    • please wash your hands before and after the chess evening
    • from an age of 12 you have to wear a sanitary face mask
    • please keep a distance of 1.5 meter whenever possible
    • the room must be aired out on a regular base
    • there is a maximum of 15 persons an evening


Firstly, I would like to appeal to you to support our team captains with entering your availability to the doodles for the SGM (start in January 2021) and ZMM (will start already in November!).

We will continue to meet every Tuesday evening in the Cafeteria of the GZ Bachwiesen (not in the Pflegezentrum!). As discussed at our annual meeting, we will try to extend our contract with the GZ at least until October 2021. In case of any match on a Saturday we will try to get a room there or in the Hallenbad Altstetten.

Apropos annual meeting: We had elections and Dimitris Leventeas as inventory manager, Osi Odermatt as Aktuar and Patric Müller as treasurer joined the commitee. Many thanks especially to Roland Enderli and Dimitris Leventeas (actually, he’ll stay …) for your support over the past years!
If you would like to contribute as a manager of the homepage or with sending out the newsletter – please get in touch with me!

Next round in the Swiss Team Battle will be October 20th:
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

And yet again: Please continue to follow the regulations of the BAG and the recommendations of the Swiss Chess Federation – this supports in particular our club in this challenging situation!

News from the Club

This upcoming Tuesday October 13th our annual meeting will be held in the GZ Bachwiesen (not Pflegezentrum!) – please support the club with your participation!

Unfortunately, our team 2 lost the SGM promotion match for league 2 against a strong Frauenfeld with 1:3.
There is now a break with the regular league, but a  “SGM light” has been announced by the Swiss Chess Federation.

The ZMM will be played in a “light version” as well. We registered  with 2 teams – details will follow!

In the Swiss Team Battle we managed to stay in league 2! Congrats to our best players last Tuesday: Kurt Glatzfelder, Georg Kradolfer and Patric Müller!
Next round will be October 20th:

Please continue to follow the regulations of the BAG and the recommendations of the Swiss Chess Federation – this supports in particular our club in this challenging situation!

Information about the current situation

Dear Chess Friends,

I don’t have to write a lot about the current situation around the Corona-virus.

Chess at Letzi and in Switzland has been more or less closed down. The last round of the SGM and the first of the SMM season have been postponed by the SSB; the start of the Zurich Stadtmeisterschaft is as well cancelled.

Currently, it is not allowed to visit the Pflegezentrum Bachwiesen to play chess; however, we are in discussion to find another venue or maybe even to start internal online tournaments.

We are in close touch with the federations and will inform you as soon as there are news!

Please check out the following links for further information (mainly in German):

Besuchsverbot in den Pflegezentren

Information vom SSB zur letzten Runden der SGM und ersten der SMM

Link zum Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG)

All the best and stay healthy!

Roland Löhr

Zurich Chess Federation – new link to the ZSV homepage

Please note that the link to the homepage of the Zurich Chess Federation (ZSV) has been changed:

You can find the invitation to the Zurich Chess Championship there as well:

The tournament will start April 1st 2020 and will be played again in the Kirchgemeindehaus Enge, Bederstrasse 25.


ZMM – Letzi 1 wins in the last round, team 2 and 3 lost

Riesbach 1
SC Letzi 1
Robert Salzer
Roland Löhr
Christoph Wirth
Massimo Maffioli
Christoph Hausherr
Daniel Muster
Christian Steiger
Vincenzo Serratore
Takashi Suda
Werner Brunner
Martin Tremp
Marianthi Tsaroucha
SC Letzi 2
Pfäffikon 1
Raphael Niederberger
Patrik Hugentobler
Uladzimir Kokarau
Benjamin Huss
Franco Rocco
Manfred Gosch
Julien Cretin
Andreas Scheidegger
Samuel Beatty
Stefan Wanner
Janusz Barczyk
Hans Joller
Säuliamt 1
SC Letzi 3
Harry Oesch
Thomas Lutz
Beat Kessler
Jörg Lutz
Maurizio Kessler
Roger Loup
Erich HedingerStefan Büttcher

All results, schedules and further information: ZMM