Coronavirus – an update

The world has changed dramatically since our coronavirus guidance to leagues issued on 14th March. There is now no question that leagues and other face to face chess activities, including any club meetings, should not be happening and will be directly contrary to the restrictions announced by Boris Johnson on 23rd March. This would include club members meeting in each others’ houses or other private venues.

This will continue until the risk of infection from coronavirus reduces and the Government restrictions are relaxed. Given this, we have been considering how our members can continue to play chess in the meantime. Online chess is likely to become more attractive and a bigger part of our chess-playing lives; the ECF has written a guide to online chess – see this post – and is working with a range of chess organisations to ensure that our members can continue to play chess safely despite social distancing requirements.

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