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

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·        Ask players to socially distance when arriving and leaving.

 

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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

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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
1
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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Corona virus

Corona virus

Following the, governments announced today that all pubs clubs leisure centres cafes and restaurant are required to close and for individuals to avoid any unnecessary social contact

It is with great regret that the club committee have decided to close the club as of the 21st march

This decision will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and in line with government advice

You will appreciate this is a very hard decision considering club has been open for 140 years and with two world wars has never close

Consequently, the club championship is now suspended and will be completed as and when we can

It is unlike that we will be running summer tournaments

Should any club member wish to make a private visit to the club IE to play  a game or to look at the library they must now do so by contacting  the chairman who will ensure the you are able to gain access  this must be done via prior arrangement whereby the chairman will ensure  you are able to gain access

In all other cases you will not be able to gain access

You Will appreciate this is not the news that we wanted but we all have a civic duty to ensure we do not infect others

Chairman

On behalf of the committee

Marc A Bryant

to: Team Captains and Secretaries

  • to: Team Captains and Secretaries

    In view of current events, including the advice of the ECF that evening leagues should be suspended, and the fact that some of our member clubs have already decided to curtail their activities, all MSCL matches are suspended from today, until further notice.
    I also note the following comments that the BBC website has just posted, following the Prime Minister’s remarks this afternoon:
    “Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel,” the prime minister says.
    • Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days
    • People should start working from home where they possibly can
    • Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
    • Only use the NHS when we really need to
    • From tomorrow government will no longer be “supporting” mass gatherings using emergency workers
    As there can be no certainty when matches will be able to resume, no decision will be taken on how best to conclude the league season until the situation is clearer; the league AGM is provisionally planned for June 30th; should this go ahead, this may be an opportunity to agree the right way forward.
    Best wishes to everybody in these difficult times.
    Peter

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KCCA

Hi All
We have decided to postpone all chess matches for the rest of the season until further notice. If circumstances change we will let you know.
The health and well being of all chess players is far more important. We wish everyone good health and please follow all guidelines as they develop.
Best wishes
KCCA

The Tunbridge Wells chess congress

The Tunbridge Wells committee decided last night that due to the Corona Virus we simply can’t go ahead with the June congress.

The prime minister said yesterday that the government are trying to delay the peak of the epidemic to the “early summer”.

A lot of people gathered indoors and drawn from a wide geographical area would be a perfect recipe for virus spreading. That is, of course, if people were to make entries and we suspect that large numbers of would-be participants would simply stay away making the congress financially non-viable. Also, of course, the government may be forced to copy the Italians and ban such events.

Apologies if this messes up anyone’s personal plans. Better, we think, to call it off now than in mid May if the epidemic is widespread then and people have booked trains, hotels, time off work etc..


Jerry Anstead

mid sussex

 

Division 1

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Horsham 1 8 7 1 0 26½ 13½ 15
Worthing 1 8 5 2 1 25½ 14½ 12
Hastings & St.Leonards 1 7 5 2 0 24 11 12
Brighton & Hove 1 7 4 1 2 21 14 9
Hastings & St.Leonards 2 6 4 1 1 17 13 9
Worthing 2 8 2 3 3 20 20 7
Eastbourne 1 8 3 1 4 19½ 20½ 7
Horsham 2 8 3 1 4 18 22 7
Worthing 3 7 1 1 5 11½ 23½ 3
Haywards Heath 1 7 0 1 6 26½ 1
Lewes 1 8 0 0 8 13½ 26½ 0

Division 2

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Argumentatives 8 7 1 0 26½ 13½ 15
Brighton & Hove 2 9 5 3 1 27½ 17½ 13
Hastings & St.Leonards 3 8 5 1 2 24 16 11
Sussex University 8 4 2 2 24 16 10
Horsham 3 8 3 1 4 18 22 7
Brighton & Hove 3 8 3 1 4 17 23 7
Lewes 2 9 2 2 5 20½ 24½ 6
Crowborough 9 3 0 6 20 25 6
Woodpushers 6 1 3 2 14½ 15½ 5
Eastbourne 2 8 1 2 5 15½ 24½ 4
Uckfield 1 7 1 2 4 12½ 22½ 4

Division 3

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
East Grinstead 8 6 1 1 25 14 13
Worthing 4 7 5 1 1 25½ 11
Brighton & Hove 4 8 5 0 3 22 17 10
Hastings & St.Leonards 4 7 5 0 2 21½ 13½ 10
Uckfield 2 8 3 2 3 17 23 8
Bexhill 8 3 1 4 21½ 18½ 7
Horsham 4 6 2 2 2 13 17 6
Haywards Heath 2 9 1 3 5 17½ 27½ 5
Eastbourne 3 7 1 2 4 13½ 21½ 4
Eastbourne 4 8 1 0 7 12½ 27½ 2

Est. 1882