Over-the-board chess organised by the
S&DCA was halted in March 2020, as a result of the developing Covid
virus epidemic. At that point the winter League competition was only
about 75% complete, and the individual championship was also
incomplete. The team knock-out competitions (Richardson and Haystead
Cups) had, however, been completed.
The final positions in the league were
notionally calculated, rather than left as unfinished, though the
individual championships were left unfinished.
The Summer League was cancelled.
There was no Annual General Meeting, nor was
there, of course, the usual Fixture Meeting to launch the new season.
However, existing officials agreed to continue in post, albeit with the odd
hint or two of a desire to hand over the baton when the opportunity arose.
Meanwhile, the Executive has been meeting
When it became evident that even a
late-started 2020-21 over-the-board chess season has not going to be
feasible, a relatively informal on-line team competition was launched,
which ran from December 2020 through to February 2021. Meanwhile,
members of Rotherham Chess Club launched a series of on-line individual
competitions, which were thrown open to S&DCA players, and later to
players across Yorkshire.
A second S&DCA on-line team competition
started on 11/03/2021, and is due to end 15/07/2021.
Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Chess Association
ran a three-round all-play-all on-line competition between North, South,
East and West Yorkshire teams. Matches took place on 06/03/2021,
27/03/2021 and 10/04/2021, and South Yorkshire were the winners.
Starting on 25/04/2021, there have been a
series of monthly outdoor over-the-board individual all-play-all
competitions between groups of 4 or 6 players, organised by the General
Secretary at pubs in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield, and a Covid
version of the traditional “Hope Valley” tournament was organised on a
similar basis to be held on 27/06/2021.
Thoughts are being entertained of an AGM in
September 2021, face-to-face or by Zoom, when plans for a resumption of the
normal over-the-board league with be considered. Meanwhile clubs are
being encouraged to take stock of where they stand with regard to
resumption of over-the-board Association events.
Guessing when over-the-board chess will be
able to resume would, of course, be wholly speculative, and, at the moment,
autumn 2021 is the best one might hope for, though that might be
over-optimistic in view of ever-evolving development in the pandemic.
16/01/2022 . .
In the event, a 2021 AGM was shelved, consideration
of resumption of OTB play was delayed, and an on-line league running from September
2021 to February 2022 was launched. An Executive Meeting was scheduled for
27/01/2022 to consider resuming over-the-board inter-team competition
(probably in the format along the lines of the Summer League) starting
around March 2022.