Caplin Hastings On-Line All-Play-All Tournament

Caplin Hastings On-Line All-Play-All Tournament
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021

In just about any other year we would be getting ready for the Caplin Hastings International Chess Congress but, as with the majority of events of all types, this is not possible in 2020. However organisers are pleased to announce the Caplin Hastings All-Play-All on-line Tournament which will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021. The event has a player fund of £7,500.

This will be a 12-player All-play-all, Rapid Play format (15 min +10 sec per player per round). 6 rounds are scheduled on Saturday and 5 rounds on Sunday with play starting at 13.00 GMT on each day.

Players confirmed so far are Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Gawain Jones, Glenn Flear, Mark Hebden, Danny Gormally and Keith Arkell. David Howell has also expressed interest. The final list of players will appear as soon as confirmed. Two places will be reserved for the Winner and Runner-up of the Caplin British On-Line Championships.

Commentary will be provided by GM Simon Williams and WGM/IM Jovanka Houska. Access will be via twitch.tv/gingergm.

We hope the All-Play-all will provide some Hastings chess interest and entertainment at the traditional time of year. In the meantime the organisers wish you all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to welcoming players back to the 96th Caplin Hastings Congress 2021-22.

See the Congress website www.hastingschess.com for full details of Terms and Conditions and Tournament Rules.

For further enquiries please contact:
Marc Bryant, e-mail bryant8830 @yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01424 436313

closed to members

To all club members
Will members please note that due government rules due to the Corona virus the club will again be closed to members from the 5th of November
Anyone wishing to make a private visit must do so within government rules and in consultation with the chairman
Marc a Bryant
Chairman

2019/20 Winter Tournaments

Please note that its recent committee meeting the committee have decided to finish the winter tournaments all games will need to be played by the 24 of December at which point winners will be declared based on games played and points scored

Due to the Corona virus players are not obligated to finish these games however the tournaments will finish on this date

Also please note any player wishing 2 to arrange a sixth player all play all may do so on any date in consultation with the chairman

ECF and SCCU business

Dear All,

I hope this finds you well as we continue in these unusual times with little certainty as to when traditional club over-the-board (OTB) chess might be able to resume. ECF and SCCU business has been continuing, albeit by email and virtual meetings. For example, its nearly 6 months since the ECF Board met in person.

Despite the ECF’s Articles of Association stipulating that a Finance Council Meeting shall be held in April each year, the decision was taken that this was impractical, and parliament has since passed legislation to give companies some leeway where they have such Articles. However, the Finance Council meeting is going to take place as a virtual meeting this coming Saturday (18th July). The agenda and other papers for this meeting can be found here. The meeting will be almost exclusively concerned with financial matters. (The only exception, other than things like Minutes of the last meeting, being a very minor change to Regulation No. 2 reflecting that responsibility for the safeguarding policy has been transferred from the Director of Junior Chess to the Chairman.)

The management accounts being presented to Council suggest that the ECF has actually done rather well during the current (2019 / 20) financial year. A budgeted loss of around £12.5k is now predicted to disappear, with the ECF achieving break even over the year to 31st August 2020. This reflects the fact that whilst the bulk of membership income was received before covid-19 struck, expenditure since then has been curtailed. As well as events having to be cancelled or postponed, the ECF office was closed down, with staff being furloughed under the Government’s financial support scheme. However, going forward to the 2020 / 21 financial year, the position is very uncertain. The ECF anticipates that with the suspension of OTB chess, a number of current members may not renew their membership in 2020 / 21. The Director of Membership has put forward various scenarios for levels of renewal and a budget has been put together assuming a baseline level of anticipated membership income. The Board is also proposing that the previously proposed increases in membership rates for 2020 / 21 be set aside, and the rates remain the same as for 2019 / 20, save for the Supporter Category, where an increase from £5 to £10 is proposed. The budget envisages a small profit over the year of around £7k, but reserves will still be well short of the longterm goal of £100k following significant losses of the past couple of years. Council is being asked to approve this budget, but also to agree that the Board has the freedom to amend it over the coming months as circumstances become clearer. On your behalf, I propose to vote in favour of this, but any contrarian views are invited.

The situation regarding the ECF office is worthy of note. You may recall that around 3 years ago the ECF took over increased office space which enabled the Chess Library, that had been in storage for a couple of years, to be accommodated as well as the office staff. Negotiations have recently taken place with a university to house the library, negating the need for the increased space. This has coincided with a break clause option in the tenancy agreement which has been activated. This requires the ECF now to vacate the office by 1st November this year. A final decision has yet to be taken over whether a smaller office will be sought, or whether the staff (which is being reduced from 3 to 2) will be asked to work from home after coming off furlough.

Regarding ECF membership for 2020 / 21, I appreciate that many people have experienced serious financial hardship as a result of covid-19 and that any discretionary expenditure over the coming months will need to be critically considered. However, wherever possible I hope we can all encourage our local members to renew in order to keep the ECF ticking over and give some certainty to the activities that can be undertaken.

Council is also being asked to adopt the draft accounts for the previous financial year, up to 31st August 2019. These show a loss of £64.9k, this being £14.5k higher than budgeted. This is largely due to reduced entry fee income from the British Championships and increased costs in the Junior Directorate, as addressed in the Finance Director’s report.

Draft accounts have also been published for the BCF and for Chess Centre Ltd. These are being shown to the ECF Council for information. No BCF Council meeting is taking place at this time.

The SCCU held a virtual AGM last Saturday. There is great uncertainty regarding the ability to resume regular competitions, and very mixed feelings over whether or not it would be appropriate for the Union to run online events, not least for want of people to organise them. Any definite proposals will be put to the Executive Committee as and when they arise. In recognition of this reduced activity, a proposal from the Treasurer for much reduced affiliation and entry fees for the coming year was accepted. These will be reduced as follows:

2019 / 20 2020 / 21

County Affiliation Fee £50 £5

Non-County Member Affiliation Fee £25* £5

County Championship Entry Fee (per team) £20 £5

U14 / U130 League Entry Fee (per team) £35* £5

* £20 if paid by 1st December

All existing Union Officers were re-elected to their same posts. This included the President who will serve for a 3rd year, contrary to the tradition of a change every 2 years. Chris Bernard from Kent was elected to the vacant post of Secretary. The post of Deputy President remains unfilled.

Finally, as a personal note, I have previously announced my intention to relinquish my roles as Sussex Delegate to the SCCU and the ECF this autumn. So far I am unaware of any volunteers to take on these roles. (They need not necessarily be done by the same person.) It remains my intention to step down following the ECF AGM due in October, at which time my tenure as an ECF Director will also cease. I’m still hoping someone will come forward, otherwise Sussex will be unrepresented at regional and national levels.

Regards

ECF Council

Dear ECF Member

This is an invitation to you to consider the possibility of standing for election to the ECF Council that is responsible for setting the organisation’s budget and membership fees and which elects the Board that runs the organisation. It is made up of representatives of the unions, counties, chess leagues, chess congresses and other chess organisations. In addition there are places reserved for individual members (technically called ‘direct’ members to distinguish them from organisations).

For the purpose of the election of Representatives, Direct Members are grouped into the following five categories –
(a) Honorary Life Vice Presidents, Honorary Life Members and Life Members
(b) Gold Members and Gold Junior Members
(c) Silver Members and Silver Junior Members
(d) Bronze Members and Bronze Junior Members
(e) Platinum Members

Each of these five categories is entitled to elect two Representatives. Applications are sought among the five categories of membership . If there are more than two applications in any category, a first two past the post election will be held in that category in accordance with instructions to be issued by the Board. Elected representatives serve for a year, normally from August until the following July, although this year we are regrettably running a little late because of some global difficulties. Elected representatives can stand for re-election at the end of their term of office.

Representatives are members of Council, must be Direct Members (but not necessarily in the category for which they are elected), and remain Direct Members throughout their period of office.

Direct members’ representatives have the responsibility to consult with members in their category of membership and to represent both the views and the interests of that category in meetings of the Council. This is achieved principally through an email sent to members before Council meetings and this email normally offers the opportunity for members to reply to their representative. Council normally meets twice a year (in April and October) and reasonable expenses can be reclaimed.  Obviously this year we may not be able to meet in person but in that case ‘Zoom’ internet meetings will take place instead.

To be eligible, applications must be received at the ECF Office Email: office@englishchess.org.uk on or before Friday 31 July 2020. Direct members may self nominate and do not require any seconders.

Do not be shy about coming forward – the intention is that the post should be open to ordinary members without necessarily any other chess credentials: you do not need to be an organiser, an arbiter, a grader, a club chairman or even a team captain. Just a willingness to read up on the papers before the meetings, present the major issues to other members and take note of the feedback. Council has its excitements and controversy but at a personal level is very open.  You will find yourself welcomed in, as I did when, with no chess standing, I served as a Silver members’ rep some four years ago (retiring from that role a year ago). It’s not for everyone but if your interest as been raised by reading this do give it serious consideration. I shall be happy to talk to anyone seriously considering standing.

Michael Farthing, Chair of Council

Risk assessment template

Chess Club name:Hastings and St leonards chess club                                                                             Assessment carried out by:M.Bryant

Date of next review:31/8/20                                   Date assessment was carried out:3/7/20

 

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
 

Transmission of Corona virus from player to player while attending chess playing session:

1 Through touching hard surfaces or equipment already touched by infected person.
1.1 Venue Features: Door Knobs, light switches, etc. Players, staff, visitors, volunteers acquiring virus by touching contaminated objects or surfaces. Things to consider:

 

·        Ensuring hard surfaces at the venue are as likely as possible to be virus free at start of session.

 

·        Cleaning and disinfect objects and surfaces that are likely to be touched regularly. Propping doors open as far as possible.

 

·        Providing hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser for all people coming into the club

Further things to think about:

 

·        Staff/volunteers regularly reminded to ensure cleaning procedures carried out

 

 

·        Asking players, visitors, staff and volunteers to wash or sanitise their hands on arrival, and then regularly throughout the playing session

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What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
             
1.2 Venue Features: Catering Equipment Player acquiring virus by touch. Consider:

 

·        No catering

 

·        Players being asked to bring and take away any drinks and drinking vessels for their own use

 

 

Ensure that players are aware of procedures      
1.3 Cash Handling Player acquiring virus by touch. Consider:

 

·        No cash handling.

 

 

 

Ensure that players aware of procedures      

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.4 Coats and Hats Player acquiring virus by touching another player’s contaminated clothing Consider

·        allocated coat pegs suitably spaced out

·        ask players to bring the minimal amount of outdoor clothing

 

 

Consider

·        .

 

·        Ask players to socially distance when arriving and leaving.

 

·

     
1.5 Toilets

 

Toilets will be available during the session

Areas in toilets may be contaminated by one player and touched by another Consider the following:

 

·        Placing antiseptic hand wash in each toilet

 

·        Placing antiseptic wipes in each toilet

 

 

·        Instructing players to wipe surfaces (BIN) and then use handwash thoroughly after using toilet

 

·        Instructing players to maintain social distancing if queueing.

 

Consider

 

·        placing signage that explains current hand washing guidance in the rest room area

 

     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.6 Players bringing the virus into the club on their hands Players may contaminate surfaces or equipment Consider the following:

 

 

·        Providing hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser for all people coming into the club

Consider

 

·        Regularly members not to attend if they are showing any symptoms

 

·        Signage throughout the playing venue promoting hand washing

     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.7 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Tables and chairs

Player acquiring virus by touching contaminated furniture Some examples you may want to consider:

 

·        Wiping tables and chairs clean before start of each session

 

·        Encouraging players not move furniture unnecessarily during the playing session

 

·        Discouraging players from storing coats etc on chair backs

 

·        Wearing disposable gloves when arranging the furniture prior to the playing session.

 

·        Keep movement of players/changes of opponent to a minimum during the playing session

Consider

 

·        Planning the playing session well in advance, with room layout and instructions properly communicated to members

·        Room layout and boards etc should be in place in advance of players’ arrival

     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.8 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Boards

Player acquiring virus by touch. Possible action you might take:

 

·        Storing boards for 72 hours prior to usage.

 

·        Cleaning boards prior to the start of each playing sessions

 

·        Wearing disposable gloves when putting boards and other equipment on tables.

 

·        Boards not to be moved during playing session.

 

Consider

 

·        Signage to remind players of the new protocols that need to be in place

·        The extra space that will be needed between boards to maintain social distancing will reduce the number of players able to play

 

     

 

1.9 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Clocks

Player acquiring virus by touch. Possible action you may take:

 

·        Quarantine clocks for 72 hours prior to use.

 

·        Clocks to be laid out at start of session using gloves, and not moved unnecessarily until the playing session has ended.

 

·        If using DGT clocks, have the time controls preset before the start of each session

 

·        Provision of adequate wipes and bins for players to clean clocks throughout the playing session.

 

Consider

 

·        Signage to remind players of the need to clean clocks regularly during the playing session

 

     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.10 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Pieces

Player acquiring virus by touch. Consider the following:

 

·        Maximising use of “bubbles”, especially where opponents do not change during the playing session

 

·        As with FIDE regs for blind players, use two boards for each match up, including calling out the moves

 

·        Providing each player with his own set of pieces for the playing session.  For informal games, relaxing normal playing conventions (eg removing your own pieces from the board when taken)

 

·        Provision of adequate hand sanitizing dispensers in the playing hall for use throughout the playing session.

Consider

 

·        Location of hand sanitisers, making the cleaning of hands easier

·        Any adjustments to playing protocols must be made within the laws of chess if a game is to formally graded.  The use of a “bubble”, or 2 boards for the same game would be acceptable

·        “Bubbles” can be created up to a maximum as stipulated by HMGov in their guidance.  Provided players agree, sessions could be organized in these “bubbles”, or with a number of “bubbles” within the playing hall

 

 

     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.11 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Table Numbering Signs

Player acquiring virus by touch. Things to consider:

 

·        Table numbering signs being stored for at least 72 hours before each session or wiped clean after every session with a sanitising wipe.

 

·        Disposable gloves being worn when putting table numbers on tables.

 

·        Players instructed not to touch them.

       
1.12 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Scorecards and pens

Player acquiring virus by touch. Consider:

 

·        Instructing players to use their own pens

 

·        Adequate supply of scoresheets on each table prior to the start of each playing session

 

·        Players to take scoresheets home

 

 

 

 

     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
1.13 Chess Club Equipment:

 

Other equipment

Player acquiring virus by touch. Consider:

 

·        Demonstration boards to be used by one person only for the duration of the session

       
    ·        Hand cleansing prior to reading books or magazines, and quarantine literature for 72 hours after session  
       
2 Through inhaling droplets breathed out by infected person.
2.1 Players standing or walking without observing social distancing in car park

 

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet. Consider:

·        arrangement of parking spaces

·        social distancing signage

·        floor signs to encourage social distancing

·        Mandatory wearing of face masks

 

 

 

Adjustments made to take social distancing fully into account will be different for each venue.  Clubs should individually their playing hall to ensure risk of Covid 19 infection is minimized.

     
     

 

 

 

     
     
     
     
2.2 Players clustering as they approach the playing hall. Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet. Consider:

 

·        Arrange for players to queue if necessary, with appropriate social distancing

·        Mandatory wearing of face masks

 

 

Consider

 

·        Ensure players are aware

·

     
       
       
       
2.3 Players passing each other without distancing as they take their places Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet. Consider:

 

·        Mandatory wearing of face masks whilst in the playing hall

       
     
     
     
     
     

 

What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What controls are required? What further action do you need to take to control the risks? Who needs to carry out the action? When is the action needed by? Done
2.4 Players passing each other without distancing as they leave. Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet. Consider:

 

·        asking players to collect outdoor clothing etc,

       
     
     
     
     
2.5 Players breathing on each other at the table Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet. ·        Players will be advised to bring their own face mask, to be worn at all times in the playing venue.

 

·        Clubs have a stock of disposable single use face masks to use as necessary.

 

·        Ensure layout of the playing tables fulfils social distancing guidance in place at the time

 

·        Ensure playing venue is properly ventilated, with windows open and doors propped open

 

Consider

 

·        Planning the room layout, with the venue management, well ahead of the playing session, in accordance with the HMGov guidance in place at the time

·        Ensure room is laid out in accordance with the plan

·        If as is likely the number of playing boards is reduced, use a booking system to ensure numbers of players do not exceed maximum capacity

 

     
       
2.6 Players breathing on each other as they change opponents Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet. ·        Mask to be worn at all times.

·        Names and board numbers called at the start of each round.

·        Where a session is less formal with more staggered start times, players should be instructed to maintain social distancing at all times.

·        Ensure layout of the playing tables fulfils social distancing guidance in place at the time

 

 

Consider

 

·        With the planned room layout, include a one-way path around the room from which players can access their table.

·        Effectively communicating the room layout and walkways in advance to members attending

     

 

Mr Roy Richardson,

Mr Roy Richardson,

This is my sad duty to inform them membership of the death of Roy Richardson his wife Alison informs me of the following

I have some sad news to share about Roy Richardson, which I would appreciate your passing on to the other chess club members.

 

Roy, my husband, passed away on Friday, having had another stroke. Roy had many happy times at the club playing chess, which he loved.

 

Roy’s cremation is planned for 9am on Tuesday 14th July, without attendance in accordance with his wish to keep people safe. I am asking instead that on that day and at that time, people light a candle should they wish, and have a period of silence in which we can all join together in remembering Roy safely in our own homes.

 

When in time it becomes safe to be together in groups again, the family will meet to scatter Roy’s ashes on the sea at Pett Level as he wanted. Everyone who would like to will then be welcome to meet with us later on that day to share in a remembering and celebration of Roy’s life.

 

I will be contacting the club in due course about rehoming Roy’s collection of chess books through the chess club library and chess club members, which I know he wanted on his death.

 

Warm regards

 

Alison Green

 

Might I take this opportunity to just reflect a little I am sure that Roy will not mind Roy was not the strongest player in the club however what Roy lacked ability he more than made up in dedication and enthusiasm something stronger players could learn from including myself

Roy will be miss by the members of the club and myself

And I would like to take this opportunity of offering my condolences to Roy family on behalf of the club and myself

Marc a Bryant

Chairman

Hastings and st Leonard’s chess club

 

simultaneous display

Hi Marc

Your club members may be interested in an event we are running online.

At time of writing there are 19 spaces remaining.

David Fryer

Secretary Crowborough CC

07919 402315

secretary@crowboroughchess.org

www.crowboroughchess.org

https://lichess.org/team/crowborough-chess-club

GM David Howell online Q&A and Simultaneous

Crowborough Chess Club are delighted to welcome back GM David Howell, former Crowborough player, FIDE 2700+ , World Top 40 and three time British Champion.

He will start by giving a talk and answering your submitted chess questions.

Sunday 21st June start 2:00pm

At around 3.45pm there will be a 15 minute break and then David will play an online simultaneous display against all entrants on Lichess.

The cost for this event is £5 and spaces are limited to 30 so book early.

This event is suitable for players of ECF grade 100 and above.

Book online

Subject: Lichess Team Battle

Subject: Lichess Team Battle

Team Battle tonight on Lichess – pop in play a few games from 7pm
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Crowborough Chess Club
CrowChess 0
0
2
Brighton&Hove Chess Club
BuftonTufton 0
0
3
Mid Sussex Chess League
dkrmiller 0
0
4
Eastbourne Online Chess Club
0
5
EAST GRINSTEAD BOOKSHOP CHESS CLUB
0
6
The Farm Chess Club
0
7
Horsham Chess Club
0
8
Sussex University
0
9
Bognor Brilliancies
0
You can if you wish voice chat on Zoom
Meeting ID: 979 834 3402
Password: CCC
David Fryer
Secretary Crowborough CC
07919 402315
secretary@crowboroughchess.org
www.crowboroughchess.org
https://lichess.org/team/crowborough-chess-club

Open Blitz Championships Finals.

  • Dear Chess Player,

    We are sending this email bcced  to participants  in last year’s UK Open Blitz Championships Finals.

    The ECF is running an Online English Blitz Championships this year, with 2 qualifying Swiss tournaments  on Saturday May 9th followed by separate men’s and women’s knockout finals on May 16th. The qualifying tournaments are open to all ECF members or supporters who will also need to join the ECF members club on chess.com.

    You can find full details and a registration form here:

    https://englishchessonline.org.uk/english-online-blitz-championships-2020/

    https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/english-online-blitz-championship-2020-4253/

    We will be publishing the chess.com tournament links tomorrow via the newsletter, web site, and chess.com club home page. Please note that you will need to be a member of the chess.com ECF members club to join the tournament(s) on the day:

    https://www.chess.com/club/english-chess-federation-members

    We very much hope you are able to take part in one or both of the group stage tournaments and wish you every success in the championship.

    Best Wishes,

    Nigel Towers and Ed Goodwin


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