Rebecca Rutter v Cristian Ilinca
Chris Wise v Barry Beavis
Round 3 to be played on Wednesday 23 February 2022
Round 4 to be played on Wednesday 23 March 2022
Fixtures have now been agreed for the 2021/22 season, and we are competing in the following Mid-Kent sections:
The Chess Club will reopen on 15 September 2021 at Maidstone Leisure Centre.
In the interests of all members, please note that should you or any family member have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days or currently has any symptoms which could be caused by coronavirus (eg sore throat, runny nose, cough, aches and pains, changed sense of smell or just feeling slightly off) you must not attend the club for at least 7 days.
Further to the earlier updates in March 2020 & August 2020, I now report that following the success of the vaccination programme, the likeliest date for the Club to re-open is September 2021.
Note this is still highly provisional, as it depends upon:
· The Leisure Centre being open till ~ 23:00hrs (currently it closes at 21:30hrs, but hopefully will be extended after 21 June)
· Vaccinations being offered to our younger members
· Proximity rules being relaxed
Other matters to be resolved are:
Date of pre-AGM Committee meeting
Date of Committee meeting
What ‘incremental times’ will apply
What Kent League Cups to enter (as the grading limits will need to change to accommodate ELO grades)
As before updates will be provided in due course, indicating when the Club will re-open.
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.
Note: Updates will be provided in due course, indicating when the Club will re-open.