Alternative Spring Tournament

19th to 21st March 2021

We are arranging this weekend event as a substitute for the AGM congress which has had to be postponed because of the pandemic.

It will be a five round event played over the telephone, Skype or any other internet based platform such as Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp, Lichess etc. But all players must be prepared to play by telephone if they are drawn against an opponent who does not have the IT skills or equipment to use the other systems.

The event is open to all members and associate members of the BCA.

The rate of play will be all moves in 90 minutes for each player. The games will largely follow the normal timetable of a BCA over the board tournament, with one game on the Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. We do envisage some flexibility on start times. For example, some players might prefer to play their Friday game in the afternoon. Each player can request one or two byes in the first 4 rounds. No byes can be requested in the final round.

A clock will be used in each game if at all possible. Normally, it will be the player with the white pieces who operates the clock but this can be changed by agreement between the players. If both players feel that they simply cannot use a clock in such circumstances their game can be played without one but the game must be completed within three hours and a result agreed amicably.

It must be understood that it will be a fairly informal weekend, requiring friendly cooperation from all concerned. The games will not be submitted for grading.

Please let Gill Smith have your entries by 26 February, letting her know which platforms you are able to use and whether you would want any byes in the first four rounds.

By entering this tournament, you are deemed to have consented to sharing your relevant contact details with all participants and the arbiters.

Our first remote event of this type was held in October/November 2020 and we hope this next one will run as smoothly. All entrants will receive updated information after the closing date. Please get in touch with a member of the committee or TSC if you wish to discuss the event. Indeed, if you do have any ideas about how the weekend should be run then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

The weekend will once again be controlled by Gerry Walsh and Julie Leonard.