Redcar Chess Club are sad to report the sudden passing of one of our much-loved members, Alan Hare. As well as being a popular member of the club and Association Alan played a key role in keeping the club and its teams running over the years, most of which as treasurer. He also played an active role on the Committee of Redcar’s Literary Institute. Most of all Alan will be remembered as a lovely man and a good friend to many in our chess community. He will be much missed.
As some of you will be aware Darlington have organised a regular Monday night online tournament which has been growing quickly, they are looking for more players so if you would like to participate the details are below. You will need to be a member of chess.com to play but this is easy to set up and FREE! Enjoy!
EVENING GUYS !!!TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT !10+0 13th APRIL 2020 !Last Monday saw an impressive turnout of 20 players for our 10+0 online tournament,The online club has now been up and running for 3 weeks now and is upto a very impressive 44 members !!If your not already a member, then you can find our club by following the link:https://www.chess.com/clubs/find searching for Darlington and district online tournaments. TOURNAMENT DETAILS:Please find the attached link for this coming Monday nights tournament on chess.comhttps://www.chess.com/live#t=1185691Please follow above link to join tournament.Time Control: 10+06 Round swiss (should last around 2 hrs)Start Time: 7.30pmRegistration From: 6.30pmPlease note that chess.com does employ an auto abort system, meaning if you are playing white, you get around 20 seconds to play your first move, if you don’t move within that time it will abort your game.See you at the chessboard !!Cheers !
Further to the premature conclusion to this season Middlesbrough Chess Club have been award the titles and prize money for each of the three Divisions: A Division – The Rooks, B Division – The Bishops and C Division The Tyros; £40 each a total of £120. Very generously the Club have decided to donate the full amount to James Cook Hospital to assist in these difficult times and we all commend them for this.
Following on from our consultation with all Clubs regarding their views on playing on during the current Covid-19 situation the overwhelming majority were in favour of a suspension of the chess season. We are therefore suspending the League from next Sunday 22nd March until further notice. We will of course continue to monitor events and try to resurrect as much of the season as possible should circumstances allow. In the meantime we would appreciate Clubs continuing to update us as to their views on an ongoing basis.
A suggestion has been put forward that we suspend the season as a precaution against the current outbreak. Before taking such action, which will essentially end the season due to the likely deterioration of matters, I would like to canvass views from all the Clubs. Could you all let me know at soonest as to the thoughts and feelings within your Clubs about continuing to play or not to assist in making this decision. It may be that this is more a question of when rather than if but if we have some feedback then we will be better positioned to act correctly.
Following the removal of the three point penalty for a team failing to fulfil a fixture, we seem to be getting a higher than normal figure of teams forfeiting matches this season. Can I ask all team captains to show consideration for the league and try, if possible, to rearrange the fixture within the six week window allowed, rather than simply forfeiting the match. Forfeiting matches shows a lack of respect for the league and can have a detrimental effect on other clubs / teams playing in the league. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot field a team (even at short notice) on the scheduled night, then advise the opposition captain immediately and then myself. I will consider your request to postpone and, in the majority of cases, I will allow it. I will then ask you to liaise with your opposition captain and set a new date within the next six weeks.
Rule 6.1 in Part 2 of The Rules states that matches shall be played on the date specified in the fixture list, but there is provision to postpone in exceptional circumstances. I would expect all captains to show their opponents, who wish to postpone, some consideration and empathy in cases of genuine difficulties. Please accommodate him if you can.