Unfortunately, although the club re-opening on Thursday 3rd September went well, recent changes to COVID guidelines mean that we are suspending meetings again. This will be kept under review.
As per the recent mail from the ECF, there are at least two pertinent issues:-
- There is an appeal for ecf membership renewal. All sporting organisations are struggling and the Federation is no exception and needs your support!
- There is a new rating system, compatible with international FIDE ratings. It seems quite good and I believe the idea is to update monthly (if we ever play serious chess again!).
|Ledger, Stephen C||2185||A|
|Botteley, Michael T||2043||C|
|Reed, Darren S||2005||D|
|Bodily, Richard T||1968||C|
|Habershon, Paul F||1938||B|
|Obi, Marc ON||1938||A|
|Pike, Steve C||1840||C|
|Walker, Robert S||1758||C|
|Gill, Peter S||1728||C|
|Shields, Callum T||1660||C|
|Cox, R David||1270||B|
|MacKenzie, Reginald W (Mac)||1203||C|
|Lawrence, Anthony P||1053||C|
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!
World champion Magnus Carlson was hoping to top the Fantasy Premier League in the final week but disappointingly fell away to finish 11th out of 7,628,968 players.
For information, I scored more points than he did in the last week, but finished a mere 2,999,622 places behind!
Given the truncated nature of the season, they may not be quite as significant as usual but the end of season gradings are out. Full details may be found here. Bedford players are as folows:-
|Bodily, Richard T||169||C||168||B|
|Botteley, Michael T||179||C||173||B|
|Chapman, Andrew J||166||B||161||A|
|Cox, R David||76||A||76||A|
|Gill, Peter S||137||C||136||C|
|Habershon, Paul F||165||A||170||A|
|Lawrence, Anthony P||47||C||41||C|
|Ledger, Stephen C||198||A||196||A|
|MacKenzie, Reginald W (Mac)||67||C||66||D|
|Obi, Marc ON||165||A||159||A|
|Pike, Steve C||152||C||152||C|
|Reed, Darren S||173||D||172||E|
|Shields, Callum T||128||C||128||D|
|Walker, Robert S||141||C||130||B|
Tony Lawrence is missing his chess! – if anyone fancies giving him a game, get in touch with him or reply below and I’ll connect you.
Maybe we should invest in some of these screens!?
Great to see so many people at the AGM last week – hope it won’t be too long until we can move some pieces!
For those that are interested, 4NCL games can be viewed online on a Tuesday evening (there are 3 rounds left). 3 Bedford members are taking part for MK Phoenix teams 1 and 2, James Gardner, Toby Cox and Lucian Cox.
To view the games, go to https://www.4ncl.co.uk/ and then to online and individual pairings which will be announced at around 6.30 every Tuesday. There is a link attached to each paring from which the game can be viewed.
I believe there are other ways to watch. Danny Gormally who is top board for Steve Ledger’s team Blackthorne Russia actually commentates on his game as it progresses! You can find that at https://www.twitch.tv/elgransenor12/
Please share more thoughts on this by replying to this post.
Take care, Steve