Conditions in the chess room are as follows:
- Hand Sanitiser is available in two areas of the room (the club has put them on the wall). We are encouraged to use this when passing.
- We have a sanitiser spray for the sets which is used when taken out the box and set up.
- The tables are set up in a square for distancing – so we have a room big enough to use 4 tables per game.
- The main tables also have a gap which increases distancing (covers 2/3 squares of the chess board @ 2” per sq) which is 4-6” and the clock sits over the gap (this is a good guide) so it is stable on both tables.
- Clocks are roughly 6-8” in length depending on analogue or digital – set up to suit in between the gap.
- The distance is therefore roughly 1.5m between players. Players can adjust their seats to be further away if they wish.
- Boards need to be wooden or cardboard based to have the gap – roll up boards will not be able to have a gap.
- The tables on either side encourage distancing and stop spectators coming too close.
- Spectators can view from behind each player but are encouraged not to.
- No masks are warn, but it’s an option if players want to.
- The conditions are near enough back to playing conditions we are familiar with and as the ‘new normal’ it is really not much different from before.
Barrow and Cumbria Membership
Barrow membership is expected to remain the same cost as last year, but it will be decided at the Barrow AGM at the end of Sept, beginning of Oct.
Cumbria membership will be decided at a later date once either an AGM has been held or an agreement reached by all clubs and the Cumbria Committee.
Membership of the ECF
Membership rates for 2020-21 are the same as below, now including the new category of ECF Supporter £10.
Note that the £1 discount no longer applies on-line or if submitted before 31st October; this is because the discount agreement on MO’s (Membership Organisations) of which Cumbria was one, has been terminated by the ECF. (This termination was pre-Covid and a push towards individual rather than bloc applications).
If anyone has any problems with on-line membership, please let the Cumbria Membership Secretary (Dave Cole) know.