Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

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Joseph Conlon
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Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Joseph Conlon » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:31 pm

With the government roadmap out, it appears that according to the roadmap, junior chess may be able to restart from 12th April, as part of step 2.

I am starting this thread in order to have a separate dedicated thread for those who run junior OTB events and want to restart sooner rather than later and wish to discuss ideas, plans etc.

Personally, I have just emailed the venue I use to ask them when they will be taking bookings again :)

Nick Grey
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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Nick Grey » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:57 pm

Children allowed to attend indoor play activities, with up to 15 parents or guardians allowed to join them. I think Stage four
No earlier than 21 June:

All legal limits on social contact will be removed.

Joseph Conlon
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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Joseph Conlon » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:23 pm

Children's chess should come with stage 2:
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Nick Grey
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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Nick Grey » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:48 pm

Good luck.

Simon Rogers
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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Simon Rogers » Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:32 am

Joseph Conlon wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:23 pm
Children's chess should come with stage 2:

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Great news Joseph. Let us know when your tournament is in April with an entry form and I'll inform our Juniors.
Good luck.
When are you reopening your Junior Chess Club?

Joseph Conlon
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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Joseph Conlon » Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:39 am

I don't run a junior chess club, so that may have to wait a long time.

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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Joseph Conlon » Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:28 pm

Having booked the school I normally use for a junior event on the 12th April, I use this spot to note that, despite relatively closed advertising, the event reached its capacity of 32 yesterday, 4 weeks in advance.

This compares with my event in October, which had 13 players in total, and a planned one in January which had 20 registered two weeks in advance when lockdown was announced and the event was cancelled.

At least at junior level, the demand is there for OTB chess once it is allowed.

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Wadih Khoury
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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Wadih Khoury » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:21 am

By the way, is the restriction to U12 due to government guidelines or just a choice?

Also, as a parent, how easy is it to organise? Do you need insurance or arcane administrative skills or is it as "simple" as focusing on the chess aspects: booking a venue, advertising, getting an arbiter, doing the pairing, submitting to the ECF, etc.. ?

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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Simon Rogers » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:09 am

Hats off to Joseph for arranging this tournament.
Is there any future dates?

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Re: Junior organisers running OTB tournaments

Post by Joseph Conlon » Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:45 pm

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:21 am
By the way, is the restriction to U12 due to government guidelines or just a choice?

Also, as a parent, how easy is it to organise? Do you need insurance or arcane administrative skills or is it as "simple" as focusing on the chess aspects: booking a venue, advertising, getting an arbiter, doing the pairing, submitting to the ECF, etc.. ?
U12 was a choice - its me trying to draw an approximate dividing line where covid transmissibility goes up as children develop the bodies of adults and start transmitting covid as well as adults do.

I think the balance of risks is well in favour of children playing chess again but also want to minimise the chance of covid transmission.

For the rest, have replied privately.

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