Due to major renovations to Lichfield’s historic Guildhall which will last six months or so, Lichfield Chess Club’s meetings will be held in various committee rooms on the first floor until the new season starts in September.
Another alternative venue for the odd match has been sourced in the George !V pub next door.
In recent seasons the summer programme of three club nights on the last Thursday in the months of May, June and July, may well be cancelled this year.
Because the venue will change from week to week, it is more important than ever that anyone planning to join the club should first contact the secretary David Short on 01543 304212.
Simply the best
One of Lichfield’s top two players, Ian Kingston, has had to drop out of competitive chess because of pressure of work.
Several members of the club were quickly in touch with Ian to express their regrets at his departure, which prompted the following response.
“At some point I intend to return to chess and if I do it will be at Lichfield, which is probably the best club I have encountered in 40 yea\rs of playing chess in many different leagues” he said.
Ian’s departure will make Lichfield’s efforts to remain in Division 1 of the Birmingham League incredibly difficult. The team was demoted last season but thanks to the second team winning promotion, the club’s first team is still in Division One.
Anniversary in 2020
As part of its 50th anniversay plans, Lichfield Chess Club is keen to boost its membership from 40 to over the 50 mark.
Lichfield is one of the strongest clubs in the Midlands both from a playing and membership perspective. The club runs 15 teams in four leagues- the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Derby and Cannock.
Playing strength varies from virtual beginner to national championship standard. Thursday night is club night in the Guildroom on the ground floor of the Guildhall in Bore Street, starting at 7-15 pm.
Newcomers can just turn up and ask for the secretary or a committee member but to ensure a proper welcome in a room which is often thronged with new faces from visiting teams, please ring secretary David Short, 01543 304212, or fixture secretary Brian Homewood, 01543 255909 to let us know you are coming.
The club runs three internal tournaments which are open to both social and full members. Social, student and junior membership is available to anyone who does not wish to play league chess, for a yearly subscription of £25. Full membership, which includes compulsory membership of the English Chess Federation for league players, is £60.