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Candidates 2020 suspended.

Posted by ian on March 26, 2020 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames.


FIDE can not continue the tournament without guarantees for the players' and officials' safe and timely return home. In this situation and on the basis of clause 1.5. Rules of Candidates Tournament, the FIDE President decided to stop the tournament. It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon, as the global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow. As it was stipulated by the special rules agreed with the players before the start of the event, the results of the 7 rounds played remain valid, and the tournament will be resumed in the same composition starting with the games of the 8th round. FIDE is grateful to the players, officials, volunteers and the entire team of organizers, including the Chess Federation of Russia and the main partner of the tournament - SIMA-Land.



Arkady Dvorkovich,

FIDE President

South Lakes Chess Congress June 2020 postponed.

Posted by ian on March 24, 2020 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

South Lakes Congress 5-7th June 2020


The South Lakes Chess Congress (SLC) has been postponed for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We have been monitoring the situation in the hope that the situation would improve, but the UK government's action on prohibiting events and gatherings has meant we have reluctantly to postpone the event.


When the situation improves we will assess if the SLC can be held in future months and will keep you informed.


Thank you for your support.


Keep safe and we hope to see you soon.


The South Lakes Chess Congress organisers

Candidates 2020 underway.

Posted by ian on March 17, 2020 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Live games and Live commentary with GM Jan Gusti GM Magnus Carlsen and IM Lawrence Trent.

MCF Chess League Suspended

Posted by ian on March 16, 2020 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

MCF Coronavirus advice update 15.03.2020



While Council’s advice issued last week regarding the coronavirus crisis was both sound and sensible, things have been moving very fast and it is already clear that new guidance is required.



The ECF has now recommended that all evening leagues suspend their activities. In response to this, as well as to numerous concerns expressed to the Council of the MCF, and in line with action taken this weekend by other local leagues, it has been decided to suspend the Manchester league for at least the next five weeks, with immediate effect.



It is possible that clubs with matches already arranged for this week might agree to go ahead with them; this will be at their own risk of course, and in such a case the guidance offered by the MCF last week remains relevant.



The next MCF Council meeting is scheduled for Monday 8th June 2020, but the situation will be monitored on a week-by-week basis and clubs will be kept informed of developments.



Best wishes to all.



John Walton (President)


pp the MCF Council


Posted by ian on March 13, 2020 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Guidance from the uk Government and the NHS

The MCF’s Advice Regarding the Corona Virus


Some international chess events have been cancelled due to the corona virus but, for the

time being at least, most chess life in the UK is continuing as normal.

However, in view of the current situation, some precautions and planning would seem

sensible, including:

1. players should not feel at all obliged to shake hands either before or after their


2. clubs should check whether their toilet, bathroom and kitchen facilities are

appropriate, including the provision of hot water, soap and/or suitable gels and

hand-drying facilities;

3. at league matches, having hand sanitizer and tissues available in the playing area

would be sensible; the provision of disposable gloves could also be considered;

4. players should be encouraged to make frequent use of the hygiene facilities;

5. it is worth considering cleaning the chess pieces and clocks before matches (and

afterwards too, if they are likely to be in use again soon; on hard surfaces such as

chess pieces the virus can survive for a long period of time, of up to 48 hrs at the

extreme end);

6. players should try to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: this is likely to be of

greatest concern during matches; the typical “chess posture” when thinking about

moves often involves rubbing eyes, playing with hands over the mouth or cupped

over the eyes, scratching heads or chins, etc.

7. any player with the virus-like symptoms is best advised to lay club loyalty aside for

the time being and “self-deselect” from playing in a match, or merely attending club;

8. if the situation worsens, as seems likely, clubs might find it difficult to raise a team;

the MCF will treat this as “force majeure” justification for postponing a match and

both the opposing Captain and the Fixtures Secretary should be informed;

9. if the MCF Council considers it necessary and appropriate, the winter league season

will be extended into June to accommodate postponed matches;

10. if general conditions or government measures make it impossible for the season to

continue, the league will be suspended; the MCF Council will then decide what

action will be appropriate.

The current ECF advice is here:

and FIDE’s latest statement can be found here:


Best wishes to all our members,

The MCF Council


Chess in Schools and Communities are hosting our 1st One Day Chess

Posted by ian on March 4, 2020 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Chess in Schools and Communities are hosting our 1st One Day Chess

Congress events of 2020 for Year 2 to 6 pupils and Year 7 to 11 pupils.

Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-

Lyne OL6 8RS.

Saturday 4th April 2020 from 10am – 2.15pm. (Registration from 9.30am).

The tournament is NOT run on a knockout basis and all competitors will play

a minimum of 5 games.

Entry fee payable on the day is £3.00.

Competitors should bring a packed lunch with them although some drinks and

sweets will be available to purchase. Parents are welcome to stay.

Queries on the day 07974 952252.


Reply Slip


Please send your entry to your school chess coach. Alternatively email or or phone David on

07974 952252

Name of Pupil____________________ Date of Birth____________

Name of School_______________________

Emergency Contact Number ________________

RIP Paul Timson (1946 - 2020)

Posted by ian on February 16, 2020 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Paul used to play for Heywood in the Manchester League and Manchester Manticores in the 4NCL.

Paul a genuinely nice guy will be missed. More details at the link below.

The funeral will take place on Monday 2nd March. The service will be at Whalley Methodist Church at 2pm , (followed by a cremation at 3pm).

There will be refreshments at the Foxfields at Billington.

Cairns Cup 2020 underway In St Louis.

Posted by ian on February 10, 2020 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Ten of the world’s best female chess players compete in a 9 round robin, including world champ GM Ju Wenjun and defending Cup winner GM Valentina Gunina. Join GMs Alejandro Ramirez, GM Yasser Seirawan, and WGM Jen Shahade for the move-by-move commentary.

Live Games

Live Commentary from GMs Alejandro Ramirez, GM Yasser Seirawan, and WGM Jen Shahade