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by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 03, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Roy Catlow
Replies: 0
Views: 644

Roy Catlow

Roy Catlow, a stalwart of Rose Forgrove Chess Club for many decades, died last week following a battle against Alzheimers and later Covid 19.
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun May 03, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Office Staff on Furlough
Replies: 38
Views: 3576

Re: ECF Office Staff on Furlough

It's worth remembering that a lot of club and league chess runs down after Easter anyway. We don't know what the state of play is going to be in September so it's impossible for the ECF or anybody else to make a plan. If chess activity is still limited it's possible that a lot of casual players won'...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat May 02, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Office Staff on Furlough
Replies: 38
Views: 3576

Re: ECF Office Staff on Furlough

I think that current membership ought to be Free until 31/12/20 compensating for the missing chess. It's hardly the fault of the ECF that people are currently prevented from playing chess. And at the start of the pandemic people such as myself who were calling for a `business as usual` approach (wr...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Office Staff on Furlough
Replies: 38
Views: 3576

Re: ECF Office Staff on Furlough

I wonder how many ECF members will renew their membership in September Obviously it will depend on how back to normal we are, relatively speaking. We will have lost some players to the outbreak and others will perhaps be choosing to self isolate, however there will be some who are raring to go. If ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Office Staff on Furlough
Replies: 38
Views: 3576

Re: ECF Office Staff on Furlough

English chess is obviously largely on hold due to the lockdown so there will be limited work for the ECF office to actually do. For example, as leagues are inactive there won't be any new players taking out memberships who have to be processed and the directors don't need any secretarial support. Al...
by Andrew Zigmond
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Bill Pettigrew 8/2/1927 - 12/1/2020
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: Bill Pettigrew 8/2/1927 - 12/1/2020

I recall Bill Pettigrew penning a humorous article for Chess magazine back in (I think) the 1990s relating to an incident that occurred when he was a young police officer. The basic gist was that he was asked to play in an internal police match and obtained his superior's permission to play with the...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tim Crouch
Replies: 14
Views: 2936

Tim Crouch

A post on the Chess Heaven facebook group yesterday reported the death of Tim Crouch, a victim of the Coronavirus outbreak. Tim Crouch was a well known figure on the weekender circuit and was hugely liked and respected within the chess community. I played him several times and was always struck by h...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jacoba `Cobie` Ives
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Jacoba `Cobie` Ives

Within Yorkshire the death of Cobie Ives has been reported at the age of 97, sadly a victim of the Coronavirus outbreak. While the name was unfamiliar to many, including myself, she may well have been the first woman to represent Yorkshire at adult chess. https://mannchess.org.uk/YNotices/2020-04-10...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Dawson
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Re: Adrian Dawson

My personal memory was of giving a Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at Ranby Prison, Sheffield, against Category 1 prisoners - organised by...Adrian Dawson, of course! RIP Adrian, a moral guy, one of the good guys - it was a privilege to know you Steve Mann has drawn up an obituary for the YCA website...
by Andrew Zigmond
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Dawson
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Adrian Dawson

It was with great sadness that I learnt yesterday of the death of Adrian Dawson last week. He had announced on social media last year that he was terminally ill. Adrian was a stalwart of Calderdale chess club and previously held officer roles within the YCA and NCCU although this was before my time ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online chess for young players
Replies: 22
Views: 2060

Re: Online chess for young players

Ideally I'm looking at a closed group where they can play each other and I can share hints and tips. I'm experimenting with chess kids but haven't quite got to grips with it yet and the site isn't free. Andrew You can set up a closed group on, for example, Lichess where Watford Juniors among others...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online chess for young players
Replies: 22
Views: 2060

Re: Online chess for young players

I've just had to cancel the junior club I run until further notice and I suspect many others will be in the same boat. Some of my students have expressed an interest in continuing online in some form. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how this can safely be done? Andrew, can I just check that...
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online chess for young players
Replies: 22
Views: 2060

Online chess for young players

I've just had to cancel the junior club I run until further notice and I suspect many others will be in the same boat. Some of my students have expressed an interest in continuing online in some form. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how this can safely be done?
by Andrew Zigmond
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Postponement - official
Replies: 11
Views: 1169

Re: Postponement - official

I think we should place on record our thanks to the officials of the 4NCL and indeed the ECF who are dealing with a situation no-one could have envisaged even a few weeks ago. Let us hope that by the time August is here that chess will be back to something like normality. I'm very happy to second t...
by Andrew Zigmond
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 16727

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Looks like Boris has finally pressed the red button. Well actually he hasn't. He's told people to avoid pubs, clubs and restaurants. He's stopped short of enforced closures. That makes a big difference. If they were forced to close they could claim insurance. He hasn't - these venues will either ha...