have met with the Mercure Hotel today and agreed that the 2020 Durham Chess
weekender has to be cancelled. Given the complexities of rescheduling this
year and the importance of staking out 'our weekend' we now should look
forward to May 7 - 9, 2021. I am awaiting a contract to sign but the venue
is booked 🙂.
respect to entry fees you can ask me to return or hold over for the 2021
congress. For return I will need your Account Name, Bank Sort Code and
respect to Mercure accommodation bookings please contact the hotel - email@example.com
or 01325380222 and they will organise your refund. Or you can change your
booking date for next year.
of you may have pre-booked and paid for alternative accommodation on a
non-refundable basis. The best advice I can offer is to try and change
your booking date if your hotel plays hardball over a refund. And please
share your experience with me to pass on to our chess colleagues,
particularly if your refund request is successful.
the coming weeks I will update the website, entry form etc to reflect the
2021 dates. Entry fees and prizes will remain the same. Just please God
the government doesn't mess around with Bank Holidays again! Thank you
again for your support and believe me, I share your disappointment it has
come to this.
regards - Mick