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