Lichfield’s keenly anticiated club championship tournament, one of the highlights of the season, could not go ahead without risking infringement of the City Council’s covid restrictions for the Guildroom. It would have involved too much moving around before and between rounds and would have been difficult for the controller to police.
It has been postponed until the end of the season in early May by which time it is hoped that the pandemic will be fighting a losing battle with booster jabs.
In its place a different kind of tounament is being held on Thursday, 6th January which will involve far less moving around. Progressive Chess was successfully trialled by Lichfield a few years ago during the summer period. All games are of the same duration, 15 minutes each and for the most part players will be matched against others of similar ability. Hopefully there will be time for five rounds. Only winners of each round will change tables. There will be a maximum of 16 boards so the first 32 players to contact the secretary, David Short or the club chairman and controller David Fone will be entered. After that there will be a waiting list in case anyone is unable to attend.
The chairman will be sending out an email to all members and newcomers very shortly with full details of the competition. The last club meeting this year will be on Thursday 16th December and the committee are recommending that those attending should consider taking a lateral flow test on the day of the meeting.