Sheffield & District Chess Association

Established 1883



Covid Status






Over-the-board chess organised by the S&DCA was halted in March 2020, as a result of the developing Covid virus epidemic.  At that point the winter League competition was only about 75% complete, and the individual championship was also incomplete.  The team knock-out competitions (Richardson and Haystead Cups) had, however, been completed.


The final positions in the league were notionally calculated, rather than left as unfinished, though the individual championships were left unfinished.


The Summer League was cancelled.


There was no Annual General Meeting, nor was there, of course, the usual Fixture Meting to launch the new season.  However, existing officials agreed to continue in post, albeit with the odd hint or two of a desire to hand over the baton when the opportunity arose.


Meanwhile, the Executive has been meeting via Zoom.


When it became evident that even a late-started 2020-21 over-the-board chess season has not going to be feasible, a relatively informal on-line team competition was launched, which ran from December 2020 through to February 2021.  Meanwhile, members of Rotherham Chess Club launched a series of on-line individual competitions, which were thrown open to S&DCA players, and later to players across Yorkshire.


A second S&DCA on-line team competition is due to be considered by the Executive shortly.


Guessing when over-the-board chess will be able to resume would, of course, be wholly speculative, and, at the moment, autumn 2021 is probably the best one might hope for, though that might be over-optimistic.