21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

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Andrew Wainwright
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21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

Post by Andrew Wainwright » Mon May 18, 2020 2:36 pm

Imagine, a venue that is solely dedicated to promoting Chess at all levels, based outside of London.
A true centre of Chess excellence, where a Chess community can come together to enjoy their love of the game.
No more dingy upstairs rooms/basements in a pub or social club, hidden away from the world, uninviting to new members and junior players alike.
A modern, safe, welcoming, digitally supported and purpose built facility.
A highly accessible location, with great transport links by road and rail.
Now wouldn't that be something???

*Watch this space :-)

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Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon May 18, 2020 2:50 pm

It would be something. (It would also be something pretty expensive to build and run, which is the main reason such a thing doesn't already exist.)

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Post by Matt Bridgeman » Mon May 18, 2020 3:14 pm

I remember in South Australia they have a really useful, large, detached ‘Chess Centre’ in Adelaide. It’s generally always buzzing with junior and senior events and coaching, and it’s probably why South Australia is one of the more active states in Australia for chess. From memory I think the building was willed to Chess South Australia a few decades ago, but I may be mistaken. You’d probably need a similar generous gift to make the idea work here.
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Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon May 18, 2020 3:21 pm

Andrew Wainwright wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 2:36 pm
Imagine, a venue that is solely dedicated to promoting Chess at all levels, based outside of London.
There was an attempt around twenty years ago to develop such a facility in Hastings. The local council was in favour and there may even have been a site in mind. It would have used National Lottery funding and they said "no".

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Post by Matt Bridgeman » Mon May 18, 2020 3:30 pm

It’s a shame in a way some permanent infrastructure doesn’t remain from the 1980’s boom of successful English grandmasters.

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Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

Post by Mick Norris » Mon May 18, 2020 6:47 pm

Andrew Wainwright wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 2:36 pm
Imagine, a venue that is solely dedicated to promoting Chess at all levels, based outside of London.
A true centre of Chess excellence, where a Chess community can come together to enjoy their love of the game.
No more dingy upstairs rooms/basements in a pub or social club, hidden away from the world, uninviting to new members and junior players alike.
A modern, safe, welcoming, digitally supported and purpose built facility.
A highly accessible location, with great transport links by road and rail.
Now wouldn't that be something???

*Watch this space :-)
Will we able to see it from this side of the Pennines :wink:
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Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

Post by Andrew Wainwright » Mon May 18, 2020 6:53 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 6:47 pm
Andrew Wainwright wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 2:36 pm
Imagine, a venue that is solely dedicated to promoting Chess at all levels, based outside of London.
A true centre of Chess excellence, where a Chess community can come together to enjoy their love of the game.
No more dingy upstairs rooms/basements in a pub or social club, hidden away from the world, uninviting to new members and junior players alike.
A modern, safe, welcoming, digitally supported and purpose built facility.
A highly accessible location, with great transport links by road and rail.
Now wouldn't that be something???

*Watch this space :-)
Will we able to see it from this side of the Pennines :wink:
Don't know about that Mick, but we certainly home you lot from the "wrong side of the hills" will come visit some time :D

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Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

Post by Andrew Wainwright » Mon May 18, 2020 6:55 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 2:50 pm
It would be something. (It would also be something pretty expensive to build and run, which is the main reason such a thing doesn't already exist.)
Doesn't exist yet.........

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Post by Joey Stewart » Tue May 19, 2020 11:09 pm

I guess there is always a chance a chess player wins the euro lottery and just cant think of anything better to do with their hundreds of millions then building some sort of shrine to chess, but until that happens I think the old chess and bridge clubs are as close as we will ever get in the UK - the impression I have got from attending years of chess AGMs is that most chess players are pretty reluctant to part with money for anything that they do not consider to be of vital importance so crowd funding a £50 million chess kingdom may well be impossible.


I have got to say, it would be pretty cool though, I would definitely go check it out if it ever does happen
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