Scarborough Congress

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Andrew Zigmond » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:26 pm

That's sad news although I understand the reasons. I've played in every Scarborough congress since 2005 and I'm sure many people can top that. Hopefully 2021 will be the comeback year.
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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Nick Grey » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:02 pm

With GW in Spain hoping he stays. Best wishes for 2021.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:24 pm

Sad news about Scarborough being cancelled.
It is my favourite tournament. Great venue.
I would recommend all forumites enter the Scarborough Chess Congress next year.
If you haven't been to Scarborough, you've not lived.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:41 pm

I've played three Britishes in Scarborough, but have never entered the congress. A bit far to travel for a weekender.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Simon Rogers » Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:45 am

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:41 pm
I've played three Britishes in Scarborough, but have never entered the congress. A bit far to travel for a weekender.
You could make it into a bit of a holiday and visit Whitby or get a train down to York.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:44 am

Scarborough seems to have become more prominent on the Covid modelling recently, with a 85% chance it turns into a Covid hotspot (above 50 cases per 100,000 people) on the 20th September. I guess the Council made the right call.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Paul Robert Jackson » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:26 am

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:44 am
Scarborough seems to have become more prominent on the Covid modelling recently, with a 85% chance it turns into a Covid hotspot (above 50 cases per 100,000 people) on the 20th September. I guess the Council made the right call.
Possibly the financial future of the Spa Complex may have also been a factor.
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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:01 pm

I think the Spa Complex is owned by the council.
A decent venue, much improved since they fixed the lighting a few years ago.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Paul Robert Jackson » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:21 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:01 pm
I think the Spa Complex is owned by the council.
A decent venue, much improved since they fixed the lighting a few years ago.
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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Simon Rogers » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:36 am

Sounds like the ownership of the Spa is changing hands.
This has appeared on regional news under Yorkshire on the BBC red button text service:

"Entertainment venues return to council control"
"Entertainment venues on the Yorkshire coast will be run directly by the local council from January 2021.
Scarborough Spa and the Whitby Pavilion have been run by Sheffield City Trust (SCT) since 2012.
SCT, which is subsidised by Sheffield City Council, had been told its own council funding was dependent on it ending loss-making contracts with other authorities.
Its contract with Scarborough Borough Council had been due to run until 2022."

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Alex McFarlane » Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:12 pm

The organisers have been monitoring this situation.

It is much too early to say how this will affect the congress.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Paul Robert Jackson » Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:44 pm

www.scarboroughspa.co.uk
Latest update about the Spa Complex (Venue).
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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Paul Robert Jackson » Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:36 am

Is Scarborough Congress a possibility in 2021
.....or is it to soon to ask?
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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Alex McFarlane » Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:56 am

Still too soon, I'm afraid.

Although the theatre is advertising events, I've heard of nothing taking place in the Spa Centre.

I think we would be waiting for a bit more certainty in any case.

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Re: Scarborough Congress

Post by Alex McFarlane » Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:59 pm

It is hoped that it will be possible to run the Scarborough Congress this year on the weekend of 29-31 October.

The Centre is planning to re-open from July so the Spa Centre itself should be available by the planned dates.
There is obviously still doubt about what the Covid situation will be then, so players may wish to exercise caution with regard to booking accommodation.

Entry forms are normally available at around this time. However, we do not intend to distribute entry forms until there is a bit more certainty about the numbers that will be able to take part.

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