|Posted on April 8, 2020 at 12:35 AM|
Like everywhere else in the UK at the moment, Brewood Chess Circle is closed until further notice as the UK government try and deal with the Coron Virus situation. Let me use this update to wish everyone well at this difficult time. The club will reopen as soon as possible but in the meantime it is continuing online, on two different websites.
For juniors only the club also continues on http://www.chesskid.com at the following link https://www.chesskid.com/club/home/brewood-chess-circle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.chesskid.com/club/home/brewood-chess-circle
So far club members have interacted with each other by playing friendlies on the chess.com website, and we are currently in a vote chess game against Team Birmingham. The match with us as white has started e4 d5 with Team Birmingham choosing the Scandinavian Defence as black. We are currently in discussions about the second move but I do not want to give anything away just yet.
Vote chess works by players discussing the move, and then all voting for it, and whichever move has the most votes is automatically made at the end of the time limit for each move. The time limit in the current match is 1 move every three days, so that should keep us occuipied for a lengthy period of the lock down.
On chesskid.com the club has advertised its services to seven schools in the local area, as well as the nearby Stafford Youth Chess Club. So far there has been posts about chess notation (writing down the moves) and castling. We want to make sure anyone new to chess on the website enjoys themselves but we do want to help anyone who joins us to improve.
The chess club has had to react very quickly to the changing circumstances. Hopefully it will not be too long before we are meeting again face-to-face, but in the meantime we can always enjoy a game of chess online. I will once again wish everyone well at this difficult time, and hopefully we will soon be back.
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