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Chess! Check it out!
11 October, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 18 October, 2020
Beginner, Improver, Returner or budding Master, watch or play online with Streatham and Brixton Chess Club, Sundays 11th and 18th at the Festival.
Everyone is playing it, now more than ever. The oldest game on the planet. Chess!
It is challenging, it is exciting and it is fun. Once you’ve learnt the basic moves the possibilities on the 64 squares are endless. Young and old, girls and boys, can pit their wits and buff-up their brain cells in the game’s mix of sharp tactics and deep strategy. You can do it on a real board at home or, more likely these days, on a virtual board online – and we’ll give you the opportunity to do just that at the Festival: you will be able to play online with your local Streatham and Brixton Chess Club.
We have a proud history of chess, and we will be celebrating our 150th birthday next year. We’d like to share our passion for the game with you. If you know the basic moves already, we’d like to invite you to watch, and maybe play, some on-line games with us, all with a live commentary. Even if you don’t yet know the moves you are also most welcome to check us out (we’ll give a very quick demonstration). Go on, you might get hooked!
You can watch us play on each of the two Sundays of the Festival, the 11th and 18th October. Our top player Phil Makepeace will first take on specially invited juniors from local schools (perhaps a few invited adult improvers will be playing as well). There will be two rounds in which he will play a dozen or so games ‘simultaneously’. These will be at 2.00pm and 4.00pm and will be livestreamed via YouTube so everyone can watch them in real time. We will play on the popular Lichess platform. Phil will play a move at each board in rotation, and will have an hour to play all his moves in all the games. His opponents will each have 10 minutes to play their moves in their game (plus they will be given an extra 10 seconds each time they move). All the timing will be worked out by the Lichess software.
Phil will explain to viewers what is going on in the games as he plays, and will offer some coaching tips now and then (Phil does professional one-to-one coaching through his company Makepeace With Chess). Most of his junior opponents will be invited from local school chess clubs, organised with the support of Chess in Schools and Communities (a thriving nation-wide not-for profit organisation empowering children through chess).
Then each Sunday, at 6.00pm after these two rounds of invite-games, Phil will play a third round with any members of the public, adult or junior, who fancies a game. This will be your chance to play. You could be a beginner who has just learnt the moves, an ‘improver’ keen to develop your skills, a ‘returner’ dusting off the moves after a break, or a wannabe World Champion! You could work out your moves on your own, or with friends or family. The time allowances will be the same as for the juniors in rounds 2 and 3. This round will also be live-streamed and so be watchable by the chess-interested public. Why not have a go! It could be your chance for chess-glory!
To watch any of the action over the three rounds each Sunday (the invited juniors, and/or the have-a-go challengers), and catch Phil’s commentary, log on to Phil’s website (addresses below). Note that you won’t need to sign in to Lichess just to watch.
If you would like to play in round 3 (on either of the two days – or even both!) you will need to contact us at SFChess@btinternet.com to tell us you are interested. Then register with Lichess – it’s free – and create your own Lichess user-name, which you should share with us in advance (Phil is DayvanCowboy). Then, to play on the day, go to our ‘simultaneous’ on Lichess just before 6.00pm (we will give you the exact address) and, once admitted, it’s your move!