Yorkshire Chess Association





The Resumption of Inter-Team (“League”) Chess


Personal views of the webmaster, ahead of the YCA President’s expected contribution:


Evidence suggests there is an undertow of hesitancy on the part of a number of players to contemplate resuming over-the-board chess in the foreseeable future, or indeed to attend meetings, irrespective of whether inter-team chess becomes legal.


Some players are reluctant to return to over-the-board chess while Covid is still perceived as a threat, albeit a low-level one.


Some players will not return to over-the-board chess if/while wearing masks is mandatory.


Some players will not be prepared to provide lifts for fellow team members.  Some players will not be prepared to travel as a passenger in a car.  Some players will not be prepared to travel by public transport.


Those so reluctant to resume over-the-board chess, could either give up playing chess (mainly older ones), or switch to just on-line chess (mainly younger ones, perhaps).


A few of those so reluctant to resume over-the-board chess may have been team captains, meaning new captains may need to be found.


Some previous venues may have been closed down, necessitating finding a new venue.


It may take time for all these things to be identified or resolved, making it uncertain for a while what teams will re-enter leagues for winter season 2021-22.


This all makes the timing of organisations’ annual general meetings perhaps better delayed until August or even September, rather than June or July.  This does not so much affect those local leagues whose AGMs are normally held in September, but makes things more difficult for the YCA, whose AGM is normally held in June.  The above reservations of players regarding resumption of over-the-board play will also impact on the numbers likely to attend a non-virtual AGM, reducing the already dicey chances of a quorum being achieved.  A similar problem in achieving a quorum would apply to the holding of a virtual YCA AGM, as at least two of the most probable attenders of a non-virtual AGM both lack the means to attend, say, a Zoom-held AGM.


Of course, some clubs may be pleasantly surprised by an increase in new members arising for one reason or another, such as the interest allegedly created by the Queen’s Gambit film (of which the writer has no knowledge), or migration of on-line players to over-the-board chess (which seems unlikely to occur to a significant degree).



Steve Mann