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Peter and Peggy Clarke Memorial Rapidplay - 25th September

This will be the first OTB event in Cornwall since the Suspension of OTB chess in Cornwall in March 2020.

  • 1000 to 1730
  • Open and U1750 sections
  • 6 round Swiss, 25 minutes + 5 seconds per move increments
  • Rooms 2/3 The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LD
  • Full details and entry form
  • For further information email: chess@budechess.co.uk

    Facemasks must be worn at all times in the playing hall while games are in progress unless medically exempt


    OTB CHESS AND COVID

    Following the government's easing of most restrictions on 19th July, the chess world in England is moving towards a return to OTB chess, both at club level and with an increasing number of tournaments and congresses appearing on the calendar. This statement appears on the government website:

    "Lifting restrictions does not mean that the risks from Covid-19 have disappeared. Instead, it marks a new phase in the Government’s response to the pandemic during which people need to manage the risks to themselves and others ...."

    The consensus among scientists, as published in the media, is that Covid still poses a risk to health and that vaccination does not provide complete protection. Given the particular circumstances of OTB chess, participation in an OTB event inevitably carries a personal risk, particularly for older people and those who are vulnerable because of medical conditions.

    The following actions are recommended

  • Event organisers and club officials should carry out COVID risk assessments and make provision made for appropriate precautions.
  • A statement should be provided of the precautions decided on. I will publish any statement I receive on the website.
  • If no such information is available, players should check with the congress organisers to ensure that they are comfortable with the COVID precautions for the congress. Club members/visitors should make similar enquiries of club officials.
  • In preparation for the return of team and individual competitions organised by the county association, I will shortly be starting the process of consulting the members with a view to framing proposals to be voted on at a general meeting later this year or early next year.

    18th August 2021


    Cornwall Chess Trust

    Following a generous bequest in the will of David Saqui, the Cornwall Chess Trust was created for the purpose of using the money in accordance with his express wishes for the benefit of the development of chess in Cornwall.

    More informationn can be found at http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/html/cct/cct-info.shtml


    Spurious Games

    Our County Association president David Jenkins has published Spurious Games (Troubadour Press), a novel with relevance to the local chess scene. You can find more information here.


    Last updated 16/9/2021

     
    Calendar
    Online chess

    Since OTB play was suspended in March 2020, team and individual competitions have moved online.

    Up to date information about our online activities can be found at http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/html/online/index-online.htm


    OTB events
    2021
    Sep 25 (Sat) Peter and Peggy Clarke Memorial Rapidplay
    1000 to 1730
    Rooms 2/3 The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LD
    Open and Under 1750 sections
    6 round Swiss, 25 minutes + 5 seconds per move increments
    Full details and entry form
    For further information email: chess@budechess.co.uk Facemasks must be worn at all times in the playing hall while games are in progress unless medically exempt.
    2022
    Feb 5 (Sat)
    2 days
    Kidlington Congress
    "... we have booked our usual venue, Exeter Hall.
    Further information about next year’s event will be posted when confirmed, and full details along with entry forms will be available later in the year."
    Congress website
    Apr 29 (Fri)
    3 days

    2nd Cornwall Spring Congress
    A provisional booking has been made at the Falmouth Hotel, venue of the 2019 congress, to be confirmed later in the year.
    For updates, details of arrangements and entry form, visit the congress web page

    Nov 11 (Fri)
    3 days
    Torbay Congress
    "... we are planning to hold the 2022 Congress at the Toorak Hotel. We hope to start accepting entries for the 2022 Congress around the middle of 2022."
    Congress website

    This Week's Cartoon

    We may be the only chess website in the UK to employ a resident cartoonist, Dee Jay, who used to be an art teacher in his youth. The cartoons, in black ink and watercolour, combine thoughts on the noble game with local interest. Click on the image to enlarge and here for the cartoon archive. The victims of any satirical cartoon are welcome to request the original drawing on art paper.

    Dee Jay 31/8/2021