Bedford Chess Club has managed to meet very infrequently during the past year but is now happy to announce re-opening plans!
The club plans to re-open from the evening of Thursday 24th June and continue to meet during the Summer months. Whilst we all hope for a full return to normality, some anti-COVID measures may still need to be taken (masks, sanitiser, social distancing etc.) but this will be decided upon by the committee nearer the time. Unfortunately, the recent Indian variant and continued high levels of infection in the Bedford area mean that these plans will be under review up until the date so it is advised that you check back on the website nearer the time for go ahead confirmation.
The Junior club plans to re-open from September but, again, this is subject to review. Whilst anti-COVID measures may be appropriate for the Adult club, it is highly impractical to try to apply these in the case of the Juniors. Further information will be published here nearer the time.
There’s probably all sorts of important online chess going on at the moment but I must saying I’m missing seeing the whites of my opponent’s eyes. Anyway, if you need a diversion, you could do worse that watch the new Netflix series Queen’s Gambit. Unlike much of chess in films, they even manage to set the board up correctly!? – to be fair, there’s some quite amusing rhetoric which I enjoyed (quite aside from the sex and drugs).
If you get past the first episode, Beth manages to play some quite decent stuff, much of which is drawn from real games. Its hard to get the detail on superficial viewing but the Ginger GM does it here in his own inimitable style – watch the series first (or don’t – its not that unpredictable!).
Stay safe, Steve
(note extremely bene, we’re still paying albeit modestly for this website to be hosted so if anyone wants to share anything with the world, please send and I will gladly post)
Bedford Chess Club restarted last night after the Covid lockdown. Everything was a bit different – masks, sanitiser, your own personal set, tables turned lengthwise etc. but on the whole I thought it was an encouraging first effort.
There was a very positive turnout of members, young and old. It might be interesting to hear what other people thought so please reply below.
The main things I found difficult were remembering not to pick up my opponents pieces and working out how to drink beer whilst wearing a mask!
GREAT NEWS! – as most of you will already know but well worth reiterating, the club will re-open tonight!
Following the positive AGM in July, the committee have “met” and decided that we can re-open. A RISK ASSESSMENT has been performed and a Protocol has been devised to enable this. It is important that all attendees familiarise themselves with both and follow them. They will be kept under review and any concerns should be addressed to the secretary but hopefully all is well and we can get back to some over the board chess!