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
Meanwhile, the Executive has been meeting
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
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