Normally this is the time of the year we should be expecting a new season to start and an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to take place. However, we have been unable to have a pre-AGM committee meeting and as a consequence no AGM is possible at the moment.
There is no useful guidance from the ECF to help clubs re-introduce over-the-board chess. Clubs are merely advised to carry out their own risk assessment taking into account Government guidelines and the capabilities of their respective venues. Although Maidstone Leisure Centre is open it is currently closing early in the evening at 21:30hrs. The room we currently use is not large enough to ensure safe distancing and as such no chess can be played there.
A decision of the Kent Chess Committee about last season’s leagues and whether to award trophies to the leaders in each division was in deadlock. Lastly, consideration was being given to introduce ‘Incremental times’ next season, however, there was still no decision on this.