Heywood Chess Club – Update

As part of our series of updates as we come out of the Covid pandemic and get back to normality, a few clubs have already started with getting back to some normality.

Although, it will take a little while to get all the leagues back up and running smoothly again, some over the board chess matches are taking place across Lancashire.

My thanks to Steve Flaherty (Secretary) of Heywood Chess Club, for the update below.

Heywood Chess club is up and running, meeting on its usual night of Wednesdays from about 7.15pm until 11.00pm. Our membership is currently about a half of what it was pre pandemic. A lot of juniors have disappeared from the scene. And many adults have not been seen these last two years either. We do have a good social media presence and hope to rebuild membership over the next 6 months but I do not think we will get back to what it was. We are running a club championship which is linked to the ECF LMS and so games played get graded and this has brought back some people into the club.

Regarding teams. This is a fluid situation which hopefully will improve.

We have one team in the MCF now. Currently it is an online league but we will have one OTB team in their next OTB league planned for late March. The MCF want to return to normal in September but I cannot think we will be back to entering 5 teams like we did.

We have one team in the East Lancashire League which is run by Peter Barlass. We had two teams pre pandemic.

We have no teams in the CLL but that’s because the CLL are not running a league unless I have missed something. Previously we had two teams in the CLL.

We have no teams in the Bury and Rochdale League but again because there is no league at the present. Previously we had three teams.

So from 12 teams pre pandemic to two teams at present.

We still have a good, spacious venue and have maintained good relations with them throughout the pandemic so the venue is secure for us to rebuild.